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[gallery] Bostons South End neighborhood is located north of the Roxbury neighborhood and west of the Back Bay. In 1801 architect Charles Bulfinch designed a new residential area that would be created by filling in the marshes and tidal flats along Boston Neck which was a narrow strip of land that connected Boston to what was then the town of Roxbury. Although Bulfinchs plan was not implemented, in 1849 his plans were refined and the city fill project began. The streets of the South End were designed in the style of 18th century English style consisting of blocks of townhouses overlooking small parks. Good examples of this design can be seen in the exclusive area of Union Park and in Worcester Park. Between 1850 and 1880 entire blocks of houses were built by speculative builders, many in a townhouse style, and some in the new French flat style in which all the rooms of the apartment were on the same floor. Known for its many jazz clubs in the 1950s, today the South End is one of Bostons most diverse neighborhoods, and is also known to have one of Bostons most popular and eclectic restaurant districts. Some key points of interest in the South End include The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, which was the largest Catholic church in the nation at the time of its dedication in 1875, and Restaurant Row, the heart of which lies on Tremont Street. Some of the luxury developments in the South End include The Modern, The Savoy Lofts, Atelier 505 and The Wilkes Passage Lofts.

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Four Seasons Tower

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Construction has started on another new high-rise building in Boston. The Four Seasons Tower will be a mixed-use building with a hotel on the lower floors and luxury condos on the upper floors. At 700 feet tall, it will become the tallest residential building in the city and the third tallest building in Boston overall.

Located in Bostons Back Bay neighborhood, this triangular shaped high-rise will be the tallest building constructed in Boston since the 1970s. Its official address is One Dalton Street, right next to the Christian Science Plaza. At 60 stories high, the first 20 floors will be occupied by a Four Seasons Hotel. The current Four Seasons Hotel located near the Boston Common will remain open, making Boston one of the few cities to have two Four Seasons Hotels.

As part of the hotel, the lower floors will offer over 200 new luxury hotel rooms, two restaurants, two lounges and a spa. The remaining floors on the upper level will offer 180 new luxury condos and a private restaurant club on the 50th floor. The residential portion of the building will have its own separate entrance for people living in the condos.

According to Boston Magazine, the new luxury condos will have 11-foot ceilings and large bay windows as well as concierge and doorman services. At the base of the tower, a new public park will be created with landscaping to complement the surrounding area. In addition there will also be another 26-story apartment building constructed on the parcel right next to the tower.

Pricing for the condo units has not been announced yet. Construction on the development is set to be completed sometime in 2017.

For more information, please see:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/06/10/new-residential-tower-will-join-offices-boston-skyline/WVLKv4IqrgfCgq8ldup1kJ/story.html

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2015/01/15/bostons-tallest-new-skyscraper-breaks-ground/

Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties

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