When considering neighborhoods in Boston, my clients increasingly ask me about the Fort Point district… and for good reason. This unique residential and commercial enclave offers the combination of historic roots and ambiance, a scenic waterway, museums, shops and fabulous dining. Stretching from South Station to the Boston Harbor and from the Federal Reserve across the channel into the landmark neighborhood, Boston’s Fort Point is emerging as one of the city’s best places to live, work and play.
Fort Point houses Boston’s largest collection of late 19th and early 20th century industrial loft buildings, many of which are home to Boston’s largest and most established artists’ community. The neighborhood’s access to public transportation, Boston’s Harborwalk and the Financial District have prompted recent development of several high-end condos here. A few worth noting include:
10 Farnsworth – The newest, ultra-luxury boutique development in the neighborhood highlights open floor plans and an abundance of luxe finishes and amenities: Carrera marble countertops, Sub-Zero appliances, Arclinea cabinetry, radiant heat, gas fireplaces, landscaped rooftop space, floor-to-ceiling windows, direct elevator access, and a custom Smart Home system that turns down the lights, turns up the music, adjusts climate control, shuts the blinds, and checks in with the security cameras. Garage parking is included, too.
- Channel Center Lofts – Channel Center is home to about 120 luxury condos within two buildings. 25 Channel Center is a ground-up construction mid-rise with a clean, modern feel and glass walls that reach up to 18 feet. 35 Channel Center is a gut renovation of an old brick and beam warehouse, bringing special character to the living space. Homes originally featured high-end appliances, contemporary cabinetry, skyline or waterfront views and concierge service and some units have garage parking.
FP3 – One of the first luxury buildings developed in the neighborhood, FP3 offers a variety of loft-style floor plans, including studios and two bedrooms of up to 2,000 square feet. Amenities include a large shared terrace, a lobby that features local artists’ work and that can be used for events, bicycle storage and concierge service. Some homes feature oversized terraces too. Garage parking options are within steps.
- Residences at The Intercontinental – With its elegant, reflective blue glass architecture and sleek polished granite, the Intercontinental is one of the most coveted luxury residential buildings in Boston. In addition to the premium features and amenities you’d expect, residents have access to the world-class amenities of the Intercontinental Hotel, including room service, fitness center, housekeeping service and valet parking.
A growing number of rental options are available, too, including 315 on A, a LEED gold certified building that opened in January 2014 and gets you not only living space, but perks like bike storage and a fitness center. The environmentally sustainable Factory 63 has a wait list for its desirable live/work spaces and lofts. There is also the Flats on D—now offering rent and parking specials— with 197 pet-friendly studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
In addition to being known as an artists community, Fort Point has also become a hotspot for local startups such as Circle, the digital currency facilitator, EverTrue, the mobile platform that connects fundraisers to donors and Buggl, which helps travelers navigate the world through a unique concept in travel guides. Big brands like Zipcar and Life is Good also help infuse the neighborhood with a youthful vitality that keeps cafes like Flour and Barrington Coffee buzzing throughout the day and the neighborhood’s bars and restaurants packed at night. In fact, on Summer and Congress Streets, you’ll find some of the city’s hottest eateries, like Tavern Road; Row 34; Barbara Lynch’s Sportello; Lydia Shire’s modern fine dining spot, Menton; Blue Dragon, the Asian gastropub by celebrity chef, Ming Tsai; and one of the best craft cocktail bars in the city, Drink. And, Fort Point Open Studios, held in the fall and spring, offer the opportunity to see and purchase the work of local artists.
If you’d like to live in a unique and dynamic Boston neighborhood where tradition and modern culture meet, Fort Point may be just the place for you. Want to look at some condos here and check out the neighborhood?