On the heels of a pre-opening near sell-out of Sepia at Ink Block, developers have announced plans for a second condo building in the highly touted complex in Boston’s South End. All but one of Sepia’s 83 units are already spoken for in advance of the opening this coming fall. Now, Siena, an eight-story 79-unit luxury building, joins the hugely successful Sepia at Ink Block, along with hundreds of apartments, dining and retail on the former Boston Herald site on corner of Traveler and Albany Streets.
Siena, scheduled to open in 2017, will combine high-style architecture and design with all the amenities of a full-service residence including a fully equipped fitness center, a parking garage, a club room, bike storage, an outdoor roof deck, a 24/7 concierge and much more. Plus residents will have on-site access to the recently opened Whole Foods (the best I’ve seen), and soon-to-follow shops, restaurants, Zipcar, Hubway, along with all the South End has to offer within a short walk.
Unique to Siena will be a relatively new concept of high-end, ground-floor living—particularly in new construction. Siena will offer maisonettes, a French term that means “little home.” Maisonettes are ground-floor units, usually in full-service buildings, that have their own entrances from the street. According to The Boston Globe, National Development plans to include several of these first-floor condos, ranging in size from 600 to 1,200 square feet at Siena at Ink Block.
If you want a private entrance with the benefits of full-service living (like someone to take your packages and an on-site fitness center), maisonettes offer a way to have both. They also make sense for people who like the concept of walking into the front door and right into their home, or for those who don’t like elevators or don’t want to be dependent on one. Siena’s maisonettes will have something else that many buyers covet: high ceilings. They’re planned to be 14- to 16-feet tall with generous amounts of glass to increase natural light. Plans also call for walk-out patios as well as trees and other landscaping to create a buffer between the ground-floor units and the street.
Clients who have purchased or visited Sepia were attracted to the full-service lifestyle offered here: the concierge, the fitness center, garage parking, roof deck, the contemporary finishes, accessibility to Whole Foods, an easy walk to South End restaurants and Back Bay, and the instant new community being built at Ink Block. You’ll find all of these appealing features and amenities at Siena, too.
The condos at Siena will be offered for between $500,000 and $2 million. If you missed out on your ideal unit at Sepia at Ink Block and are looking to experience upscale, full-service living in this rejuvenating area of the vibrant South End, stay tuned for more updates on the development of these exciting—and what will likely be sought-after—condos at Siena.