Lovejoy Wharf, the condo complex of unprecedented luxury perched between the Charles River and Boston Harbor, looks to be a game-changer.
Most every real estate decision has its trade-offs. You want a natural setting? Then you’ll have to give up city access. Rather opt for the city? Be prepared to lose plenty of square footage—and with it, adequate space for entertaining, family living and relaxing.
But one stunning new entry into the condo market is gunning to do away with all such lifestyle sacrifices. Th e 15-story Lovejoy Wharf (100 Lovejoy Wharf, 617.657.1000, lovejoyboston.com), 157 residences with views of the Zakim Bridge, the Charles and the city skyline, lacks for… well, just about nothing, really. Its access to Boston’s Harbor walk that connects to Th e Freedom Trail means salty-aired ocean strolls and jogs are a breeze. A gutsy design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects veers from homey (the red-brick façade nods at Boston’s traditional residences before morphing into pure glass on the upper stories) to softly modern (the staffed lobby is lined with travertine floors, walnut millwork and curated artwork).
But it’s the amenities that truly, seriously set the place apart, and impart an unusual sense of calm, even while living smack in the center of the city. Units (which start at $750,000) are decked out with a dream team of appliances, finishes and fixtures: Gaggenau and Bosch against custom-oak cabinetry and stainless steel in the kitchens; Kaldewei deep-soaking tubs and marble tile work in the bathrooms; Bosch washer and dryers; ginormous closets; and oak wide-plank wood flooring and custom lighting everywhere throughout the rest of the place. The list of perks is seemingly endless.
Need a hand coordinating housekeeping or florist services, babysitting for Fido or plant watering? The building’s staff is on it. Oh, and they’ll also help you secure restaurant reservations and show tickets; nab transportation to the airport; off er IT services; hook you up with spa and salon treatments; fi nd you a great personal trainer (you’ll need one for the gorgeous fi tness center that takes up an entire fl oor with state-of-theart machines and equipment); and help plan and hire a caterer for your next dinner party. And after the party is over, they’ll make sure everything gets sent to the dry cleaner for you, and make sure it all returns to your linen closet in impeccable condition.
Not that you’ll really need to entertain in your own residence—there’s plenty of posh communal space for that. There’s the library, designed for swish cocktail parties with its cherry-red leather sofas, mod chairs and sleek tables. For bigger shindigs or family get-togethers, there’s a party room complete with a full butler’s pantry and wet bar. Th ere’s a lounge, too—and a billiards room. Th e rooftop terrace, with meticulous design by landscaping architect HM White, its chaises and communal tables perfect for sunbathing and loafi ng about, pretty much begs for a reason to invite friends over… particularly on warm nights, when you can soak up the direct and astounding views to the Zakim bridge and the ocean.
Now, what was that again about having to make trade-offs?