Category Archives: Back Bay

Boston Public Garden at night by James Sutherland

About three weeks ago James Sutherland snapped and shared this beautiful photo of the Boston Public Garden. Since then the Public Garden has transformed as the trees have flowered and the buds have been replaced with leaves, but I loved this photo with Boston’s Back Bay off in the distance, seemingly enveloped in fog.

Back Bay / South End Gateway proposal updated

boston real estate, Back Bay T Station

Back Bay/South End Gateway proposal will include 1,260,000 sq ft

Last month the development team for the Back Bay/South End Gateway project shared their revised plans to transform the MBTA Back Bay station, the neighboring 100 Clarendon St. parking garage, as well as the entire block bound by Dartmouth, Stuart, Clarendon streets and Columbus Avenue, which also includes four air-rights parcels.

Their plans call for a sprawling mixed-use complex that includes three new high-rises that would accommodate residential, retail and office space, including an office tower with ground level retail. In addition, a new 11,000 square-foot public plaza has been proposed for the Clarendon Street side of the station.

Images below were provided from the February 1, 2017 documents shared with the Boston Planning and Development Agency. All images are from the Back Bay / South End Gateway Project Draft Environmental Impact Report. Click on the images below to enlarge.

Source: The Back Bay / South End Gateway Project Draft Environmental Impact Report Source: The Back Bay / South End Gateway Project Source: The Back Bay / South End Gateway Project

More modifications will likely be made before it gets board approval. Public comments on the project will be accepted until April 16 and can be directed to Michael Rooney, project manager for the Planning & Development Agency, at Michael.Rooney@boston.gov. For more information on the project link here.

1000 Boylston proposed in the Back Bay

boston real estate, 1000 Boylston

Photo courtesy of Weiner Ventures

Did you hear? A developer has asked the city to review a proposal to build two residential towers over the Massachusetts Turnpike where Mass Ave and Boylston Street meet.  According to the article on Curbed Boston, one building would be 39 stories and the second would be 24 floors; combined they would include as many as 330+ condominiums / apartments.

Boston has a checkered past approving developments that span air rights because the cost often requires developers to build towers taller than neighborhood groups like. I’m curious to see how this proposal is received because I would LOVE to see the pike covered all the way down to Fenway.

Peebles Corp., Back Bay real estateNOTE: The shorter S-shaped image next to the proposed 1000 Boylston is not part of the developer’s proposal. That is a separate development called The Viola that is expected to start construction in 2019 and will include a 156-room hotel, 88 condos, 138 parking spaces, community areas and 26,000 square feet of retail space. The building’s footprint will stretch from Mass. Ave to Dillon’s Restaurant & Bar on Boylston Street and would feature a distinctive s-shape.

Newbury Street becomes pedestrian walk way on Sunday, Aug 7

Boston, Back BayNext Sunday (August 7) the city plans to shut down Newbury Street to traffic for one day only, offering a pedestrian-friendly street free of traffic from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The idea is being borrowed from other pedestrian-friendly cities like Paris where the Champs-Élysées is now closed one day per month to cars.

The city is promoting the event using the hashtag #OpenNewbury on Twitter.

Boston’s Love Locks

Source: welovebeantown.com

Source: welovebeantown.com

Back in 2013, in honor of the death of DOMA, three small heart shaped locks were shackled to the ugly chain link fence over the Massachusetts Turnpike on Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay.

Since the summer of 2013, many more locks have been added and now the chain link fence is covered by several hundred padlocks; each presumably to symbolize and commemorate relationships here in Boston. Some of the locks have names, dates, or quotes written on them, which you can read if you look closely.  Boston Love Locks

Great gift or date for a chocolate lover

Back Bay Chocolate Walking TourAre you a chocolate lover or do you know someone who is? The Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour may be the perfect gift to give or daytime date if you want to mix things up a bit from the typical dinner and a movie.

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour is a 2.5 hour walk that encourages you indulge in some of the tastiest treats available in the Back Bay, while your guide provides tips on tasting, buying and storing high-quality chocolate.

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour takes place each Saturday morning starting at 10:15 and currently GoldStar.com is offering 50% off through the end of January. You can learn more about The Back Bay Chocolate Tour here and you can get those 50% off tickets from GoldStar.com here. And you can read what Yelpers have to say about the tour here.

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.