Annual Meeting/election Coming, DOR Leaving…

More changes in the air.

It’s that time of year again when the residents of the Ritz-Carlton Boston South Tower will meet for the annual owners meeting and elect a new Board of Managers. The meeting will be June 7 th in the evening. Voting ballots should be arriving shortly.


And it looks like the bi-annual search will get underway for yet another Director of Residences as the current DOR , James Zaratin will be departing Boston July 1 and head west to LaLa land.

Will the new DOR  come from local talent or from the imported variety?  The beat goes on.

Here is the official notice:

Director of Residences Departure Announcement

Dear South Tower Residents:

We have recently been informed that our Director of Residences, James Zaratin, has accepted an offer and been promoted to oversee The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. James has been with us at the South Tower for almost two years and has provided great results for the building through enhancing our community feel and helping us get prepared for some large capital projects starting this year. We certainly would like James to stay with us, but understand that this is the next step for him in his career and would like to wish him the best in his future endeavors. James will be officially starting his new position on July 1st, 2016. With that being said, the Board and The Ritz-Carlton are quickly beginning the interview process for new candidates to fill the Director position. Both the Board of Managers and James have provided criteria to The Ritz-Carlton Human Resources team for traits that they feel a successful Director should have for this property. Due to the capital projects beginning this July, prior project management experience is clearly a must. The goal for the Board and for Ritz-Carlton is to have a new Director beginning August 1st, if not sooner, in order for there to be a smooth transition and leadership in place for the elevator modernization project. Until the Director position has been filled, Residents should continue working with the Concierge Team, Residences Liaison, and Residences Manager for any questions or concerns that they may have. Hotel General Manager, Tim Terceira, will also be providing oversight and staying involved in the upcoming projects we have scheduled to ensure operations continue to run as they should. Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to seeing all Unit Owners at the upcoming Annual Meeting on June 7th to answer any questions that they may have regarding this matter or any other topics that are to be discussed.

Warm Regards,

The Board of Managers

Mark Winkeller , Jack Tsai , Bruce McCue , Michael Mason , Douglas Horst

Changes are in the air…

New name, new logo but the mission remains the same!



In the Fall of 2014, a small group of Downtown Boston residents came together to mobilize against a proposed 43,000+ sq. foot entertainment complex in the neighborhood. We were compelled to act based on the information at hand and because residents lacked a proper voice in the process – we believed fervently that our neighborhood and beloved City deserved better than what was being proposed. We appreciated the critical importance of residents in the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Boston and recognized that residents, as citizens and taxpayers, have a fundamental right to have a voice in matters that stand to impact quality of life and the ongoing development of their neighborhood.

We founded the Residents’ Association for one simple reason: to enable civic engagement. We expected to engage 30-40 residents across a few residential buildings but what transpired over a few short weeks was completely unexpected. Through word of mouth, basic research of the proponent’s public filings, and a data driven approach, hundreds of Downtown Boston residents organized and engaged to shine the spotlight on obvious issues with the proposed entertainment complex and its proponent. Despite being dubbed obstructionists by some, we carried forward. History confirms that this effort was both prudent and necessary. As anticipated, the proponent of the failed project is facing several labor lawsuits in multiple states and continues to shutter locations nationwide. Our neighborhood and City deserved better.

What initially started out as a small, informal group of residents coming together to respond to a challenge quickly evolved into a robust, active residents’ association with over 400 members and growing from across 15 Downtown Boston residential buildings. The Association remains 100% independent and volunteer resident driven. It remains committed to engaging, informing, and empowering Downtown Boston residents by creating a forum for discussion and debate on a wide range of topics related to quality of life and development in Downtown Boston.

Today, we are pleased to share an exciting announcement and milestone. Based on your feedback, discussions with stakeholders, and our experiences over the past year and a half, the Leadership Team of what has been known as the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association has decided to rename the Association to Downtown Boston Residents’ Association to more closely align with the neighborhood’s current identity. Our new website address is You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

More on the Skinny…


The 171 Tremont Street project team has filed their DPIR (Draft Project Impact Report) with the BRA (Boston Redevelopment Authority). The DPIR can be accessed by clicking on  the above link.

Lots of details so happy reading!


Sneak Preview…

Just listing this absolutely stunning Ritz-Carlton Penthouse!

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Simply brilliant! MLS Exclusive at $2,950,000

Twist Again Like We Did Last Summer…


Another in the series presented by David Maister is coming this Fall:

Main artists to be included are Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Pat Boone, Johnny Cash, The Coasters, Ray Charles, Chubby Checker, The Chiffons, Patsy Cline, Sam Cooke, Bobby Darin, Dion, Fats Domino, The Drifters, Everly Brothers, Connie Francis, Leslie Gore, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Platters, Elvis Presley, Neil Sedaka, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, Bobby Vee and Bobby Vinton.

In addition, we will explore 150 additional artists with one video song performance each. (Registrants receive an email every day of the week featuring a new artist and song.)

Thanks to these Folks for making Boston Shine…


AARE Ritz Sale #300…

Atlantic Associates Real Estate hit a major milestone today with the sale of 1 Avery Street unit 34A  in the north tower of the Ritz-Carlton Residences Boston Common , located on Avery here in Boston.


imageWith spectacular views spanning Boston Common and the Charles River, this 2242 SQFT luxury home at the Ritz Carlton was exclusively listed and sold by Kathleen Cook, Atlantic Associates Real Estate  at $2,850,000.


This spectacular  home was the 300th sale by Atlantic Associates RE at the Ritz-Carlton Towers since the luxury complex first opened on Avery Street in 2001.

Atlantic Associates Real Estate continues to be the leader in sales and leasing of luxurious Ritz-Carlton condominium homes in Boston’s vibrant Midtown location.



MCDRA Neighborhood Meeting…


From the MCDRA:

Dear Members,

Our March meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 17  at 7:00PM (Suffolk Law School):

Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:00PM
Suffolk University Law School (4th FL, Courtroom, Room 425)
120 Tremont Street
(Handicap Accessible)


7:00PM Boston Police Department and MBTA Transit Police Update

7:15PM Announcement regarding expansion of the MCDRA Leadership Team – positions described below.* We are looking to fill these volunteer positions following our March meeting

7:30PM Chris Cook, Commissioner, Boston Parks & Recreation, will be joining us for a discussion around our open spaces, including the Boston Common and the new proposed Visitor Center

8:15PM Other Updates, including the proposed developments at 171 Tremont Street, 533 Washington Street, and Bromfield / Washington Streets

*As we continue to grow, we are looking to evolve from a small Executive Committee to a more robust Leadership Team. We are seeking to fill the following volunteer positions following our March meeting:

Technology Co-Manager
Assist with updating website, sending out meeting notices and announcements, helping with speaker / meeting presentations. Help to develop and curate timely web and social media content

Membership & Public Relations Manager
Conduct outreach to neighborhood buildings and condo associations within the MCDRA geographic area. Help recruit and welcome new members. Work with the Downtown BID, The Boston Globe, etc. to publicize association and neighborhood announcements

Social Coordinator
Plan and implement activities such as neighborhood tours, wine tastings, and other activities based on the interests of members. Encourage opportunities for feedback and participation.

Meeting & Events Co-Manager
Serve as a liaison with Suffolk University and others to secure monthly meeting location. Liaise with Leadership Team and residents to suggest and determine monthly speakers, extend invitations and set monthly agendas.

Estimated Time Commitment for each role
1. Monthly residents meeting (1.5 – 2 hours)
2. Leadership Team meeting (1 – 2 hours)
3. Time spent on your volunteer activity (1.5 – 3 hours)

Rishi Shukla, George Coorssen, Deva Hirsch
Executive Committee

About the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (MCDRA)

The Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (MCDRA) is an independent organization that was formed in October 2014 by residents of Boston’s Midtown / Downtown Crossing neighborhood. The organization, run exclusively by volunteers residing in the neighborhood, facilitates community building and ensures that residents are informed and have a voice in key decisions that stand to impact the quality of life in and development of Midtown / Downtown Crossing. MCDRA requires that members disclose any conflicts of interest and that they reside in the neighborhood.


From Curbed Boston…

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Downtown Boston
Ritz-Carlton Spread’s New Owner Will Live There Two Weeks a Year
Meet Boston’s $4.1M pied-a-terre

The 4-BR, 3.5-BA Unit 19E at the uber-influential Ritz-Carlton Residences in downtown Boston just traded for $4,100,000 after nearly eight months officially on the market. The final going tag represents a significant price-chop from the original asking of $4,350,000; but it still pencils out to one of the biggest sales in Boston so far this year. Plus! According to a source with knowledge of the deal, the new foreign owner of the 3,263-square-foot condo with two garaged parking spaces plans to use it just two weeks a year. Kathleen Cook of Atlantic Associates Real Estae Cook of listed Unit 19E at 2 Avery Street. Have a look around at what might be Boston’s priciest pied-a-terre right now.

Got Wine?

MCDRA Wine Tasting



                     February 29th  from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gordon’s Fine Wines and Liquors
39 Temple Place , Boston

It’s a Leap Year!

What better way to spend our bonus day this year than a gathering with neighbors to sample an assortment of wines! Please join neighbors and fellow members of the Midtown Cultural District Resident’s Association  at a social event at the new Gordon’s Fine Wines and Liquors on Temple Place. The shop will welcome you with samplings from their Enomatic Wine Machines that will offer the chance to taste wines from around the world, plus sample cheeses and charcuterie. A casual, informal social gathering to get to know neighbors. Gordon’s will present everyone who signs up by 3 days in advance with a Gordon’s customer card.

Tickets $10.00 on sale now through 2/26


150 Years Ago Today….

The Civil War ended 150 years ago and today the “Return of the Flags” was reenacted this morning on Boston Common.



December 22, 1886 was the exact day that the Govenor  of Massachusetts , John J. Andrews, was presented the battle flags of the returning Civil War battalions for  permanent installment at the State House. Those original flags are now stored away for preservation.


Today,  volunteer actors , some with direct Civil War ancestry, marched from the Common to the State House with replica flags.




And look who happened to stroll by…



Conan Obrien ! Lots of selfies with the troops.



Naughty or Nice…

Old St Nick made an early scheduled stop to the Ritz-Carlton South Tower recently . He just wanted to catch up with Christmas wishes of the excited youngsters.  And excited they all were. Of course there were cookies and milk on the menu too.

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We all know Quechee is always on the nice list…


But it wasn’t just the kids  or the pets that Santa took a shine to.


Whether these two are on the naughty or nice list, well, I  think I will leave that for you to decide!








MCDRA Last Meeting….


Last week at the MCDRA meeting ,which was held at the Modern Theatre , attracted a smaller than usual crowd, most likely due to the busy holiday season.



John Fitzgerald,  Deputy Director 

The main focus was on a presentation of Imagine Boston 2030, the first master plan for the future of the city in 50 years.

You can get the whole story at:

And you can participate in their surveys to provide your own vision for shaping the future of Boston. It is expected that the final plan will be adopted in the Summer of 2017.

Also on the agenda  for the brief meeting was an update on the Godfrey Hotel which has been under construction for over 2 years. But it looks like the end of that mess is in sight.



Apparently they are waiting on and expecting a liquor license from a defunct Lonehorn Steakhouse out in the Brookline area.   They have , however,  already taken room reservations for mid-January . I would say that the end of construction is near!






 Prediction for 2016….

Well, we certainally hope so!

The Greater Boston real estate market will be one of the best in the country in 2016, according to a new analysis by

In the site’s “Top Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2016,” Boston came in at No. 10, with predicting a 10 percent increase in existing-home sales and a 6.09 percent increase in median sales price.

Here is the complete ranking

2. St. Louis
3.San Diego
6.New Orleans
9.Virginia Beach



                     Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston


All of the housing markets in the top 10, noted, see 60 percent more listing page views on its website than average, and homes in the markets sell 16 days faster. The main factors contributing to that demand include growing household formations, a strong job market, low unemployment and large populations for the Millennial, Gen X and Silent generations.


Merry Christmas from the Mayor…


The City of Boston announced that two hours of free parking will be provided at the city’s 8,000 metered spaces on select days this holiday season. Parking meters are conveniently located throughout Boston’s Downtown, as well as in several of the city’s residential neighborhoods that also host thriving commercial districts.

“The winter holidays are a great time to experience Boston,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “People visit from around the world to dine, shop, visit our arts and cultural attractions, attend sporting events, or just take a stroll and soak up the holiday spirit. Offering free, curbside parking is one way that we are welcoming people to our city this holiday season.”

Two hours of free parking at metered spaces will be offered in Boston on the following days.

1) Friday, November 28
2) Saturday, November 29
3) Saturday, December 6
4) Saturday, December 13
5) Saturday, December 20

While payment at meters will not be required on these five days, the time limit on the meters will be in effect. The purpose of this is to allow as many drivers as possible a chance to take advantage of this opportunity.

“We are pleased to provide this incentive to Boston’s residents and visitors,” said James E. Gillooly, Interim Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department. “Boston’s meters are located in some of the liveliest, most popular areas of the city, and free parking at them on weekends during the busy holiday season is a bonus that I encourage drivers to enjoy.”

The standard maximum time limit at the vast majority of Boston’s meters is two hours. However, at a limited number of meters, it is indicated on the meter that parking is regularly allowed for a maximum of four hours. At these meters, four hours of free parking will be provided on these five days. Parking at meters in Boston is always free on Sundays and no maximum time limit is enforced.

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