Boston's Most Demanded Building Amenities

By Collin Bray, President of Sales at Century 21 Cityside


Four Seasons at One Dalton, Back Bay


The country’s most luxurious new developments boast some extreme amenities and services that far surpass anything that has been previously offered. Doormen, 24-hour concierge services and private clubs and restaurants are no longer enough to satisfy most residents. NYC’s Sky offers a private park, cell-phone boosters and an in-house stylist from TrunkClub.com. Some buildings go much further than that. L.A. hosts a slew of buildings that offer over-the-top gyms with rock-climbing walls, lap pools with underwater speaker systems and professional-quality basketball and tennis courts.


The Basketball Court of The Arlington, Back Bay


Boston, which in the years past has not been known for being a luxury real estate destination, has quickly proven its’ metal with some of the most luxurious and service-driven buildings on the East Coast. Millennium Tower and the new Four Seasons are perfect examples, but we are still more than a decade away from reaching Boston’s goal of the “Imagine Boston 2030” housing plan, an initiative headed by Mayor Marty Walsh. The plan entails building 53,000 new homes in Boston. One method developers are using to attract residents is offering new and unique amenities.


The Courtyard of The Ink Block, South End


Boston has recently taken its’ environmental impact quite seriously; likewise, developers have added many environmentally-conscious amenities and services to new buildings. Many full-service buildings such as the Ritz-Carlton, One Greenway, and The Kensington offer electric car charging spaces in their garages, making current electric car owners happy and attracting those who are interested in purchasing electric cars. A number of buildings also feature pre-installed NEST Thermostats, which make in-unit climate control more precise and more energy-efficient.


Recreation, relaxation and entertainment are all important features to have in full service buildings. Boston residents want services that will make their busy lives more convenient and more leisurely. For residents with pets, The Kensington features a full-service pet spa with professional bathing, walking, and sitting services. The Ink-Block hosts “Yappy Hour” cocktail parties for pet owners to mingle in the building’s private park. One Back Bay features an on-site gourmet market with full catering and grocery delivery and also has a childrens’ play and party room. The W Hotel & Residences, Millennium Tower and Battery Wharf all have spas complete with steam rooms and professional massages. The Arlington even has an ever-demanded private basketball court. For developers with smaller buildings, a common roof deck, bike storage and a daily onsite supervisor to accept packages, perform repairs and keep an eye on the building are the most important amenities to offer. Seville Boston Harbor chose to incorporate these three amenities, which helped pre-sell the building 90% before completion.


The Roof Deck of The Seville Boston Harbor, East Boston


What could the future demand of developers to attract condo buyers and renters? Many people who work in the city travel for work; cabs to the airport can be quite expensive, while taking luggage on the T can be a pain. Boston is a huge supplier of Uber and Lyft drivers; accordingly, we predict future new developments will offer private black-car livery services for residents. For the city’s most elite consumers who travel frequently, helicopter pads would be a welcomed addition to an otherwise unused roof. Entertaining guests has also become increasingly important to Boston buyers. Pre-wiring surround sound entertainment systems or wireless Sonos speakers, which offer room-by-room speaker playback, would attract many buyers.


The Helicopter Pad of The South Park Center, Los Angeles


Boston has quickly caught up with the likes of Miami, San Francisco and New York in the quality of its’ new residences and is only moving forward. Many new buildings are coming to Boston; when the city hits 2030, we expect a completely re-imagined city that offers residents the very best amenities available.

Related News

Screen shot 2016 11 30 at 9.45.05 pm
The Developer's Agenda - Bulfinch Triangle In Focus
Mar 28, 2017 - Executive Luncheon This Thursday at the UMass Club
Screen shot 2017 03 14 at 2.47.23 pm
Municipal Harbor Plan approval enables two landmark waterfront developments, ensures long-term climate change resiliency
Mar 14, 2017 - The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has approved a new Mun...
Flush
Equip your construction site with Flush’s deluxe restroom solutions
Mar 08, 2017 - Site management is a significant undertaking no matter the size and scop...
A new blueprint for the seaport active uses envisioned in updated seaport square plan
A New Blueprint for the Seaport: Active Uses Envisioned in Updated Seaport Square Plan
Feb 21, 2017 - Within the last 20 years, the Seaport Innovation District has evolved fr...
Fenway catalyzer 2017 diagram
The Fenway Catalyzer
Feb 07, 2017 - For decades, massive asphalt parking lots dominated the landscape around...
Walter harnett vidaris
Vidaris, Impacting Boston’s Future Skyline
Jan 29, 2017 - In Boston’s changing cityscape, Vidaris is helping to build the next gen...
Divine design center kitchen renovation boston
The impact of the kitchen in the modern home
Jan 29, 2017 - For those searching for a home or apartment, especially in Boston’s high...
Header devices 2
Simplify your service contracting operations with streamlined software
Jan 24, 2017 - As information technology continues to evolve, standards for service con...
99 chauncy 101 summer
TIAA acquires two key Downtown Crossing office properties from Synergy Investments for $75M total
Dec 09, 2016 - Synergy Investments has sold two key Downtown Crossing office properties...
Suburban workspace
Four New Suburban Boston Office Developments
Dec 07, 2016 - Boston's suburbs offer innovative office spaces set in a unique, relaxin...
Five new buildings topping off boston
Five New Buildings Topping Off
Nov 30, 2016 - 2017 will bring several exciting new buildings to Boston. These building...
Union square somerville new apartments condos retail development dellbrook jks construction
Dellbrook | JKS energizes Somerville’s Union Square with two new buildings
Nov 27, 2016 - Dellbrook | JKS has successfully completed two new buildings, Union Squa...
Apartments now leasing boston
Four Exciting New Luxury Apartment Buildings Now Leasing in Boston
Nov 17, 2016 - New luxury apartment buildings are rapidly rising into the Boston skylin...
5 companies logos
Five New CRE Technology Movers and Shakers
Nov 11, 2016 - Today's hot real estate market presents endless opportunity for innovati...
Columbus center original plan
Columbus Center
Oct 30, 2016 - Developers and MassDOT consider Columbus Center revival
Bpda boston planning development agency
New identity for BRA
Sep 28, 2016 - Boston Redevelopment Authority rebranded Boston Planning & Development A...