Neighborhood Update: Back Bay

About a year ago, I posted a Neighborhood Snapshot for the Back Bay. In 2020, it remains one of Boston’s premier and most fashionable neighborhoods, famous for its upscale shopping, wide tree-lined streets, and historic charm. In the last decade, there has been the rise of the ultra-luxury buildings catering to those who prefer a full-service, amenity-filled lifestyle to traditional brownstones. Truly, the Back Bay is sure to provide a lifestyle that suits your taste.

Here’s what’s new in the Back Bay:

One Dalton is Open

The One Dalton Residences at the Four Seasons elevated the Boston skyline and luxury condo market. The city’s 3rd tallest building, with its striking architecture, modern interiors and world class amenities, opened its doors May 28. This held significance for me specifically as my clients had the first closing inside the ultra-luxury building.

Raffles Residences is Under Construction

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Boston will be home to the luxury chain’s first North American property slated to open in 2022. The 33 story tower be home to 146 Raffles branded residences and will bring a new level of ultra-luxury amenities to Boston’s burgeoning luxury condo market which include the signature Raffles Butler service, Raffles Spa with indoor pool, rooftop garden terrace, resident lounge, five food and beverage venues on-site and a two-story sky lobby overlooking Copley Square. 

Top of the Hub is Closing

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For decades, Top of the Hub has soared above the Back Bay on the Prudential Tower’s 52nd floor, serving as one of the best vantage points for getting a glimpse at the twinkling city below. But after more than 54 years in business, the award-winning restaurant and lounge is closing down, along with the Skywalk Observatory located on the 50th floor.

Back Bay/South End Gateway is Under Construction

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The approved Back Bay/South End Gateway project will feature a 26-story office tower spanning roughly 600,000 square feet; a 28-story and a 35-story residential tower with about 600 units; some 60,000 square feet of retail; a one-level vertical expansion of Back Bay Station; and an overhaul of the station itself. Some 90 affordable units will be developed offsite. In the Boston Business Journal, Boston Properties’ Michael Cantalupa is quoted as saying, “I’ve never seen a project that has the potential to have this kind of impact and transformative nature on this neighborhood.”

Similar to most Boston neighborhoods, the Back Bay is continuing to evolve as the demand for housing in our area grows. As the landscape changes, one thing is constant: the neighborhood will not disappoint for those seeking elegance and luxury.

If you’re thinking of a move to the Back Bay or interested in learning more about this neighborhood, contact me and let’s get the conversation started!