If you’re interested in learning more about the rejuvenated downtown area of Boston as well as the residential options in this neighborhood that has taken a sharp turn for the better, consider taking part in the Downtown Business Association’s Inaugural “Downtown: Home is Where The Heart Is” home tour. Residents at a dozen different homes ranging from luxury condominiums to lofts to high-rise apartment buildings will open their doors to showcase the best of downtown living. The event takes place this Sunday, May 11th, from 11:00 am–3:00 pm.
Residences participating in the tour include:
- Millennium Place (172 Tremont St. showroom)
- Archstone Boston Common (660 Washington St.)
- The Kensington (665 Washington St.)
- The Hayden Building (8 LaGrange St. via the side entrance to 681 Washington St.)
- 45 Province (45 Province St.)
- The Devonshire (1 Devonshire St.)
- The Grandview (165 Tremont St.)
- The Edison (42 Chauncy St.)
- 37 Temple Place (37 Temple Pl.)
Tickets, available through May 10, are $35. However, mothers attending the tour will receive a 10% discount by entering the promotional code MOM when making your purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the One Fund. Click here to purchase tickets, and be sure to check-in at 49 Social (in Temple Place) to receive your credentials before beginning the tour.
From my perspective, one of the most exciting components of the tour is the ability to experience the lifestyle offered in Downtown Crossing, the city’s historic retail district, which has become a major construction hub as the landscape is changing for the better. The streets in this neighborhood are buzzing now. New restaurants are filling vacant storefronts. Construction cranes tower above. Pre-war office buildings are seeing a surge in interest from business. The state-of-the art Walgreens flagship store — complete with a smoothie bar, an outdoor café, and nail salon — opened last week. Thousands of new residents are poised to move into luxury apartment and condominium towers, such as Millennium Place, springing up around the neighborhood. The former Filene’s space is being transformed into a huge, contemporary retail, office building and eventually, residences. Theatre is right there too, and some of the views from the high-rises in this area are amazing. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has also invested in improved crosswalks, streetlights, sidewalks and signage to recast the neighborhood.