Category Archives: Back Bay

Third Hancock tower proposed for Back Bay

Source: SKIDMORE OWINGS MERRILL & CBT

Source: SKIDMORE OWINGS MERRILL & CBT

Little more than a week after The Boston Globe told us that the Hancock Tower would now be called 200 Clarendon, the same newspaper reports that Manulife Financial Corp which owns John Hancock intends to add a third high-rise to the Back Bay skyline.  The proposed building would replace an existing 9-story building at 380 Stuart Street with a new 26-story building with a distinctive curved glass facade.  For more details read the Boston Globe article here.

 

SELECT Oyster Bar opens in Back Bay

Boston seafood restaurant

Photo courtesy of SELECT Oyster Bar

I don’t typically write about restaurants I’ve yet to visit but my interest is definitely piqued with the recent opening of SELECT Oyster Bar in the Back Bay.  I couldn’t be happier to learn that Chef Michael Serpa is using this tiny new space in a Victorian Brownstone on Gloucester Street in the Back Bay to feature local seafood.  This all may sound quite similar to one of Boston’s perennial favorite seafood restaurants located in the North End, Neptune Oyster, but that would make sense since Serpa was previously the Executive Chef at Neptune Oyster.

The new restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Sunday with lunch service starting soon.  If you’ve been to SELECT already do tell by leaving a comment along with some of your first impressions.

For more information visit their website selectoyster.com.

What you pay in Boston neighborhoods per square foot

Curbed Boston, Boston Real Estate

Average condo sales prices per square foot

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Last week Curbed Boston posted this image from the Collaborative Companies which shows the average condo sales prices per square foot in a number of Boston neighborhoods and surrounding towns.

Laura Ahmes-Gollinger from the Collaborative Companies explains in the post how this is impacting younger would-be buyers and renters,”The effect of this migration causes a gentrification of these neighborhoods as these new buyers (and renters) demand the residential infrastructure necessary to support their live/work/play convenient urban lifestyles. Somerville is a great example of this with the huge foodie scene, extension of the green line in planning, and the major plans for development and residential housing that we will see in the coming years. In contrast, foreign buyers and empty-nesters will continue to live in the heart of the city and are willing to pay high prices for these amenity-rich, full-service, maintenance-free lifestyles.”

The map makes Southie  still look like a deal – that is if you can still find any since inventory is snapped up in hours.  You can read the full article here.

Restaurant gossip

gossipMore restaurant gossip continues to be passed my way but unlike most whispers this is about two well known places outside of the South End.  My contacts and connections outside the South End aren’t as strong but the source has proven to be quite reliable in the past so I thought I would pass it along to all you foodies.

Rumors are circling that Via Matta & TICO may close.

One of Boston’s favorite chefs is Michael Schlow.  He may be best known for his former restaurant, Radius, which closed last year, but I’ve recently been told two of his restaurants in the Back Bay, Via Matta and TICO, may soon meet a similar fate. I don’t know Michael nor do I have any connections to verify these rumors. However, if true these establishments would be Michael’s second and third restaurant closings in 2014; following the closure of Barrio Cantina earlier this year in the Fenway.

 

New 60-story Back Bay residential tower

Christian Science Plaza BostonLast week The Boston Globe reported that The Four Seasons will manage a second hotel and residential building that will be built on the Christian Science Plaza campus.

The project will be the city’s tallest residential building at 699 feet tall and will include 180 luxury condos on the top 40 floors and a 200+ room hotel on the first 20 floors.

More details about the plans that also include restaurant space, lounges / bars and a health club are to follow. More here.Boston, Back Bay, Four Seasons Boston Hotel

 

Gisele Bundchen playing in the snow

Gisele Bundchen BOSnow 2.14Supah model / Tom Brady’s main squeeze, Gisele Bundchen, just posted this photograph of her stepping out from her Back Bay home to play in the snow along Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue Mall on her Instagram account. Even in a blizzard this woman is beautiful.

Back Bay Harry’s opens Friday at 5PM

Back Bay Harry'sLast week I mentioned that Back Bay Harry’s would open later this week in this post.  Starting Friday at 5pm you can check out this place first hand but tonight I stopped in at the restaurant as Back Bay Harry’s welcomed a lot of industry types and media to check out this new restaurant on the corner of the Back Bay and South End. Below are some photos from tonight’s celebration.  Let me know if you end up visiting Back Bay Harry’s and tell me what you think about the new space and Chef Santos’ food.

Back Bay Harry'sChef Jason Santos was in good spirits while he directed the capable crew who were busy feeding a lot of hungry guests who had come out to see the new restaurant on the eve of its opening.

Back Bay Harry's barThe friendly crowd was in good spirits and seemed to enjoy the opening party, while they drank from Back Bay Harry’s spacious bar.  The photo below gives you an idea of what to expect from the newly designed dining room which has lots of booths that look very comfortable.Back Bay Harry'sBack Bay Harry’s 142 Berkeley Street – Boston, MA