Category Archives: South End

Harrison Albany Block construction continues

south end real estate, boston real estateWith all the construction happening in and around the Ink Block you may not have realized that a comparable residential development sitting upon 3+ acres of land between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street is shaping up just a few blocks away. The new residential complex will include approximately 650 apartments, 80,000 square-feet of office space and 20,000 square-feet of retail. The project has been scaled back slightly from its initial proposal of including 710 units, which had also included 65 affordable units, but it will still stretch (as its name indicates) from Albany Street to Harrison Avenue.

This is just one of a handful of projects that have taken city planners by surprise and is forcing Boston to re-evaluate their infrastructure plans for the neighborhood. The city expected more commercial building but due to a tight housing market and lack of housing developers are constructing more housing. Let’s see if these prove to be anymore affordable than the developments currently underway just a few blocks up the street.

Below is a recent photo shared on the Bldup.com.

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Source: bldup.com

Thank god for Delux in the South End

South End cheap eats in the South End, Cheap Eats in BostonEarlier this year Eater Boston published Delux Cafe Has Defied – and Nourished – Its Neighborhood but they should have used my headline, Thank god for Delux. To quote the article in Eater Boston, “If you’ve ever set foot in Delux, you’ll have noticed that it’s always decorated for Christmas…, and that the walls are lined with vintage albums. Delux’s former owner, Kevin Sheehan — with whom Hafner and Yanney are friends — defined the current look of Delux in the early-to-mid 1990s.” It might be the only restaurant in the neighborhood that has neither a website or a facebook page and still has excellent name recognition.

For more than fifty years this space has been a neighborhood staple, first as Higgins Pub, then the Elbow Room and finally Chez Joie before Delux opened. All provided a safe harbor for unpretentious dining (and drinking). In a neighborhood where $100 a night per couple is the norm, Delux reminds me of a far different South End that existed before the seismic gentrification changes; it is a miracle that the South End still has a treasure like Delux so be sure to show them some love.

Delux is a South End gem

Paying Delux a visit is like taking a trip back in time, giving you a feel for what this neighborhood was like 20+ years ago. Delux has lasted longer than a lot of neighborhood gems from the same time like: Claremont Cafe, Geoffrey’s, Le Gamin, On The Park, Pho Republique and now added to the list, Tremont 647.

Shawmut Ave/Washington St block public meeting

South End development, Shawmut Avenue/Washington Street Block Public MeetingLast October I wrote about a new development that was proposed in the South End along Shawmut Avenue / Herald Street / Washington Street in my post 112 Shawmut Avenue.

The mixed use project which will include three buildings will have a combined total maximum of 660,000+ square feet with the new construction retaining the facade of the six-story brick building currently on the corner of Herald and Shawmut. If you are interested in learning more about this project the public is invited to provide feedback and ask questions at a public meeting on May 2nd.

The details and logistics surrounding that meeting are here: Shawmut Avenue / Washington Street Block Public Meeting.

South End Morse Fish Company future in doubt

FROM HIDDEN BOSTON BLOG: According to a Twitter post from restaurant critic and food/drinks writer MC Slim JB, Morse Fish Company in Boston’s South End is up for lease, with a note on Facebook telling us that a “For Lease” sign is indeed in the window of the Washington Street business.

It is not yet known how much longer the market will remain open. Morse Fish Company first opened in 1903, offering fresh seafood.

GTI Properties proposes new residential building at 490 Harrison Avenue

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Outline roughly depicts 490 Harrison Ave. 16-unit expansion proposed by GTI Properties || Photo from Google Maps

Last month GTI Properties shared plans with the Old Dover Neighborhood Association to build a new 70′ residential building, extending the existing apartment building at 490 Harrison Avenue.

The proposed design includes plans for sixteen rental units as well as a ground level 5.000 sq ft retail space along with two smaller storefronts in the back of the building. Apartments will range from 1,200 – 1,300 sq ft. No information was provided on the exact number of parking spaces the new building would shrink the existing parking lot. Assuming the project receives the necessary approvals, GTI Properties would look to break ground starting January 2019.

Apartments at 490 Harrison Avenue currently rent for $2,400-$2,600 for one bedroom and $2,800-$4,250 for two bedrooms, begging the question will the neighborhood and city ask for affordable units to be included before approving the project?

2017 South End real estate stakeholder’s report

South End, Julian LevesqueI recently received Steven Cohen’s South End Stakeholder’s Report (Winter 2017).  The report, compiled by SCT, includes interesting details for those of you interested in real estate.  Here are some of the findings shared about the South End market and Boston that caught my attention.

  • The median sales price for the South End in Q3 2017 has increased over the past year to $939,500 (in Q3 2016 it was $858,250).
  • There are currently 8 construction projects underway in the South End including a 200 room hotel, office space and residential projects that will add approximately 1,000 new apartments and condos.
  • There are an additional 4 projects that have received Board Approval but have not started construction that could add as many as another 1,000 residential units and 900,000 square feet of commercial and office space.

The report also shares some interesting data points about the city of Boston including the following:

  • JLL City Momentum Index (CMI) tracks the speed of change of a city’s economic and commercial real estate market and ranks Boston in the top ten in the world. Only Silicon Valley and Austin, TX ranked higher in the US.
  • Boston joins London, Stockholm, Sydney, Melbourne and Silicon Valley as cities with strong short-term momentum and attributes for sustainable long-term momentum.
  • Boston ranks as the third most preferred US city for foreign investment in real estate behind NYC and LA.

You can read the full report online at stevencohenteam.com/publications.

Who’s serving during Grayson in Boston’s South End

On The Bar at Boston ChopsDespite winter storm Grayson (also being referred to as SNOWpocalypse 2018 on Twitter), there remain plenty of options to grab a drink, bite or both this afternoon and evening. I’ve added to EaterBoston’s listing of South End restaurants that will be open and offering treats to encourage you to venture out.

To read the full list of restaurants that will be open tonight in the Greater Boston area, visit EaterBoston here. Below is a larger selection of places in the South End than appear on EaterBoston’s listing.

Area Four Boston Get a free mystery pizza with purchase of any bottle of wine, large-format cocktail, or 64-ounce growler of beer (consumed at A4). Order two; get two pizzas. Allergies/dietary restrictions can be accommodated, but otherwise, the pizza will be a surprise.

Aquitaine Boston is open and serving both lunch and dinner today.

Barcelona Wine Bar “Rain, snow, or shine, we’re open in Boston.” Open from 4 p.m. until “late” with a special hot chocolate bar.

Bar Mezzana Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (bar until 1 a.m.) with burgers and board games. Their delicious chicken parmezzana sandwich will be available.

Boston Chops Open Thursday and serving $1 wings all day.

Clery’s Open at 11 a.m. Thursday and serving $5 Tito’s drinks, and $8 burger with 16-ounce Coors Light, and $4 12-ounce Founders IPA.

Coppa Enoteca is open all day on Thursday.

Five Horses Tavern Open regular hours Thursday (11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.)

The Gallows Open starting at 12 p.m. and serving a $6 chop suey special.

Kava Neo Taverna is open tonight and serving dinner.

Lions Tail Open regular hours on Thursday and offering half priced wings as well as some slider specials not to miss.

Metropolis Cafe is open for dinner on Thursday.

Myers + Chang Open regular hours (starting at 11:30AM) on Thursday.

PICCO Open regular hours serving lunch and dinner on Thursday.

South End Butery Open regular hours – look for Grayson Blizzard drink and food specials tonight.

SRV Boston Open Thursday and serving bottomless meatballs in red sauce for $4 from 5 p.m. to close.

Stephi’s on Tremont Open regular hours Thursday, starting at 11:30 a.m. Try “mom’s chicken soup” and a hot toddy today.

Tremont 647 & Sister Sorel Sister Sorel is opening early at 3PM and Tremont 647 will be open normal hours.

Toro Open regular hours on Thursday.

Trophy Room Open until 2 a.m. Thursday (kitchen until 10 p.m.); keep an eye out for spiked and spicy hot chocolate and bowls of lobster bisque.