Just Listed! Atlantic Associates Ritz-Carlton Luxury Rental

 

 

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Ritz-Carlton South Tower! Oversized 1+ bedroom, 1.5 baths. 1,158SQFT with Brazilian cherry wood floors throughout, expansive kitchen with Viking range and separate gas cook top, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher. Includes valet garage parking. Direct elevator access to Sports Club/LA and hotel restaurant and lobby.  Exclusive $4,800/M0

 

Gossip Report…

Check this out from The Banker and Tradesman Gossip Report, #2 sale. Congrats Kathleen Cook!

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Dog Day Afternoon…

Friends of the Boston Common, in collaboration with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, has recently developed a plan that allows dogs to play off-leash in certain areas of the Common. The plan which was approved in 2013 by the Parks Commission, protects grass from overuse and minimizes interference with others enjoying the Common, while providing essential recreation for dogs. This is the first approved off-leash area in a city park that is not fenced off.

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For more information on the program, visit Friends of the Public Garden’s website here.

Meet and Greet…New DOR and New Residents…

If you missed last night’s social gathering in the South Lobby, you missed the chance to meet some new neighbors and our new DOR.

You were not there? Well I was and here is the proof…

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New Director of Residences,  Mr. James Zaratin (left ) and long time resident Mr. Steve Dexter (right). Below, Board President Mr. Mark Winkeller and new member Ms. Varda Konstam.

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Three Amigos

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Resident Ted Alexio and Resident Manager Barbara Gillman

Resident Ted Aleixo and Resident Manager Barbara Gillman

Everyone's favorite bartender from the Bistro, Sterling!

Everyone’s favorite bartender from the Bistro, Sterling!

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Ritz-Carlton 2nd Quarter Newsletter

As the last days of summer linger in Boston, the Ritz-Carlton looks to new events and changes for the Fall.

Published in their 2nd Quarter Newsletter, James Zaratin introduces himself as the new Director of Residences, inviting residences to A Wine and Cheese Social on Wednesday, September 10th from 5:30-7:30 in the South Tower lobby.

Additionally posted in the newsletter are events to look forward to in September.  A new Irish Festival, iFest, will be in the South Boston Waterfront from September 26-28, 2014. The festival celebrates Irish culture, sports, food and entertainment and will host traditional Irish cuisine, music and dance, and workshops on genealogy.

To view the whole newsletter, click below.

Ritz-Carlton 2nd Quarter Newsletter

Returning from Summer Hiatus…

As Summer ends, lots of news at the Ritz-Carlton Residences.

The South Residential Tower has a new Director of Residences, James Zaratin, and you can meet him this week on Wednesday, September 10th. There will be a Wine and Cheese social that will also feature the work of a new Executive Chef from the Ritz bistro, Frank Kassner. The event will be held in the lobby of the South Tower from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Mr Zaratin takes over from Brian Clark, who left the position recently after serving 2 years as the DOR.

There has also been a change with the Board of Managers for the South Tower with the recent move by Bob Kozick. Bob served as Treasure for the past few years and his seat on the Board has been taken over by Varda Konstam. She will serve as Assistant Treasurer with Faith Arter stepping into the role of Treasure. Jack Tsai will fill the role that Faith carried as Clerk. Mark Winkeller continues as Board President. That leaves Joe Bidden, whoops, I mean me as Vice President. These changes went into effect August 1st.

Bye ,Bye Sports Club LA .

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Equinox  recently bought out the Boston club along with several others around the country. Look for changes and upgrades there soon. But don’t ask me what those changes will be . Obviously I don’t work out.

Flash Back Time…

Check out these photos from the 1950’s… Avery Street at Washington Street.

Shot by Nishah Bichajian and found in the MIT collection under the  “Modern Era”.

In the bottom shot we see a film being shown at the Mayflower Theatre called the French Touch, which was released in 1952. The movie had the following plot:

Mario (Fernandel), a bumptious sheep-shearer, discovers he has a inimtable touch that makes women, as well as sheep, swoon at his professional caress. He is soon the most sought-after hairdresser in France and is awarded the Legion of Honor. Among the women whose lives are changed by a hairdo(and his “touch”) are Renee Devillers, his understanding wife; Arlette Poirier, a busy demimondaine, and Blanchette Brunoy, his most appreciative customer who sets up his ritzy establishment.

I think you get the idea…

Thanks to Emily Paul for sharing the site from flickr.com

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Latitude 360 Meeting

Notice: Residents of North Tower
Residents of South Tower, Residents of South Tower..

The September 10th meeting of the Midtown Park Plaza Neighborhood Association (MPPNA) has the potential to be a “game changer” for our neighborhood!

The developers and building owner of a “mega nightclub” called Latitude, with more than 43,000 sq.ft., and a capacity of over 1100 people, proposed for the corner of Washington St. and Avenue de Lafayette (about 100 feet from out building) will present plans at this meeting. The building is owned by Mr. Robert Epstein, the managing partner of the Abby Group and owner of the Boston Celtics.

Everyone wants to see our neighborhood continue to thrive. Historically, the MPPNA has had influence on the scope of many projects. As the developers proceed to seek approval with various liscensing board, this MPPNA offers the best venue to voice our unique concerns as residents. The usual attendees represent business, retail, restaurants, educational institutions, and service agencies. Residents have been under-represented.

All residents are urged to attend this important MPPNA meeting September, 10th, at 10am, Wilbur Theatre, at 246 Tremont St.

 

Atlantic Associates Exclusive Ritz-Carlton Sales!

JUST SOLD!! 2 Avery Street Unit 34F

The only 1 bedroom available at the Ritz-Carlton! Over sized 884SQFT 1 bedroom, 1.5 marble baths. Brazilian cherry wood floors and recessed lighting throughout. Granite kitchen equipped with Viking gas range, Miele dishwasher and Sub-Zero refrigerator, washer/dryer. Direct elevator access to Sports Club/LA, hotel, & restaurants. Includes 1 valet garage parking.  Exclusive $1,050,000

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JUST SOLD!!  2 Avery Street Unit 26C

Enjoy three dazzling exposures from this magnificent high floor “C” unit located in the highly desired South Tower of The Ritz-Carlton Boston Residences. Watch the sun rise over Boston Harbor and set over the winding Charles River & Back Bay skyline. Walls of windows showcase the amazing views and abundance of light. Impeccable condition! 3 beautifully sized bedrooms, all en suite. Spectacular wrap-around living room and dining, ideal for entertaining. Gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking gas range, double wall oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher & U-Line wine cooler. Remote control electric shades and recessed lighting throughout. Includes 2 garage parking spaces. Direct elevator access to Sports Club/LA, hotel lobby & restaurants. Live a luxurious lifestyle with all Ritz-Carlton Signature services including 24-HR concierge, doorman, security, valet parking plus guest parking, room service, and housekeeping services. Exclusive $3,650,000

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Meet Your New DOR…

James Zaratin

Mr. James Zaratin will begin soon at the new Director of Residences, replacing the recently depart former DOR Brian Clark …more details to follow.

Lights On…

From The Boston Business Journal

If you see a street sign around Downtown Crossing that seems brighter than usual, you’re not imagining anything.

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The city of Boston has recently been installing illuminated street signs around Downtown Crossing as part of a pilot program.

The signs, manufactured by a subsidiary of FLN-MAR of Holyoke, cost $1,000 apiece, according to Tracey Ganiatsos , spokeswoman for the Boston Transportation Department. The city has purchased a total of 24 signs to be mounted on 12 poles in the neighborhood. The signs operate using 110-volt light-emitting diodes and have a very low energy consumption rate, according to the city.

The signs were paid for out of the Streetscape Innovation Fund, which helps with funding to test new technologies and design, Ganiatsos said. The fund, which amounts to $1 million earmarked for fiscal 2013, is managed by the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

“Downtown Crossing was chosen in an effort to help visitors navigate the area,” said Ganiatsos. “City of Boston officials worked closely with [the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District] to identify specific locations in Downtown Crossing.”

The installation of the signs comes a year after the city tested out the technology using three different vendors.

Ganiatsos said there are currently no plans for the city to purchase additional illuminated signs after this round.

Boston is taking a cue from other cities, including New York City, which installed the signs in recent years to make it easier for tourists and others to see what street they were on.

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Roche Brothers Moving Along…

From the Boston Business Journal

 

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Real Estate Editor-

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A supermarket has been on the Downtown Crossing wish list for a decade, and judging by recent construction updates, a new store should be up and running by next spring.

It started 10 years ago when the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common opened on lower Washington Street, bringing hundreds of new condo owners who needed a place to shop for groceries. As more housing was added to the neighborhood and Suffolk University built dorms, that need only grew.
Roche Bros. answered the call. The grocer is in the second week of construction of a 25,000-square-foot supermarket located in the Burnham Building, the former Filene’s store that is being redeveloped by New York-based Millennium Partners.
Renovation of the 102-year-old property began a year ago. Its restoration is part of Millennium Partners’ $689 million redevelopment of the shuttered Filene’s site. Adjacent to the Burnham will be Millennium Tower, a 625-foot building comprised of 442 luxury residences above 95,000 square feet of additional retail space on its lower floors.
Headquartered in Wellesley, Roche Bros. was founded in 1952 and has 18 stores in Greater Boston. The company’s new supermarket will feature 3,000 square feet of street level retail and 22,000 square feet in the historic Filene’s Basement.
Suffolk Construction is the general contractor for the project and Ohio-based BHDP Architecture was responsible for the design of the Roche Bros. store. The supermarket is scheduled to open next year.
“People are thrilled because the one thing that the growing number of Downtown Crossing residents have been asking for is being realized,” said Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District. “Not only is it a supermarket but they will offer prepared foods and they deliver.”
Roche Bros. isn’t the property’s only new retail tenant. In April, Primark, one of the largest clothing retailers in Europe, unveiled plans to open a store on four floors of the Burnham. The Dublin-based company signed a lease for 112,000 square feet of space in the landmark property. About 70,000 square feet of the space will be used for retail, and the rest will be for corporate offices.
Last year, Millennium signed the advertising firm Arnold Worldwide and its sister agency, Havas Media, to occupy about 125,000 square feet in the Burnham, which sits at the corner of Washington and Summer streets.

Million Dollar Baby…

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This is it…The Ritz-Carlton property values have reached a new record for 0ne bedroom units with the listing of unit 34F by our office at $1,050,000.

While the unit went quickly under agreement and we can’t  reveal the sale price, it will be the first one bedroom to break the Million Dollar ceiling when it closes.

The details: 1 bedroom with 1.5 baths and 1 parking space.

Happy 3rd of July???

Breaking news…

Boston’s Fourth of July fireworks will be held tomorrow, July 3rd officials announced late this afternoon.

The reason is Tropical Storm Arthur, which is forecast to hit the area Friday or early Saturday.

Meteorologists, however, are warning that a separate set of storms could blow through the area during the day Thursday.

 

Storrow Drive is set to close at noon Thursday. The area near the Esplanade is set to open at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The show is scheduled to include the Boston Pops in addition to the fireworks, but if fireworks are rescheduled a second time, the concert is unlikely to also be rescheduled, officials said.

One Greenway Project gets State $$$…

More construction and more housing around the corner.

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The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded a $3.9 million grant to the One Greenway mixed-income housing project in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

The project, sponsored by the New Boston Fund and Asian Community Development Corp., will set aside 46 of 51 condo units in the South Building for families earning at or below 80 percent of the median income in the area. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2015.

The North Building broke ground last fall and will include 217 market-rate rentals and 95 affordable rentals. The project also includes 135 garage parking spaces, approximately 8,500 square feet of retail and community space and a new pedestrian connection between Hudson Street and Albany Street.

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