• Midtown luxury units sport perks

    Originally posted on the Boston Herald by Paul Restuccia

    The developers of Millennium Place, a 15-story luxury complex in midtown, aren’t just selling condos, but creating an upscale urban lifestyle.

    The three-bedroom condo we looked at had all the high-end amenities and views you’d expect with a price point of more than $1,000 per square foot. But what separates it from other properties of its type is a complete lifestyle experience called La Vie that offers residents social events, from fireside chats with notable guests to movie nights in the 16-seat common screening room as well as on- and off-site wine and culinary events, and musical and theatrical performances.

    Other amenities include an owner’s lounge with a wall-length fireplace and a bar and dining area with food catered by the upcoming on-site Legal Crossing restaurant. There’s also a fully outfitted Sports Club/L.A. fitness center with a yoga room and a meditation center and a kid’s club playroom.

    Millennium Place has 256 luxury one- to three-bedroom units ranging in size from 775 square feet to 2,360 square feet, including 14 penthouses with private terraces. Condo prices range from $750,000 to $3.5 million, and more than 85 percent of the units have already been sold as the complex’s first residents moved in this week.

    There are 61 units on the more desirable Washington Street side that overlooks the Ritz Carlton Residences and the iconic Paramount Theater sign, but only six are still available. We took a look at one of these, Unit 2B, a three-bedroom, three-bath, second-floor unit that’s going for $1,935,000.

    The building has a distinctive exterior of staggered glass bays and beige brick, and the lobby continues the black rectangular window theme with black marble flooring, a white marble concierge desk and floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking a rear urban greenspace. Upstairs, the common hallways are carpeted and feature sconce lighting, and units have recessed entrances with quarter-sewn walnut doors.

    The door opens into an oak hallway that leads to an open kitchen/dining/living area that has white ivory oak floors, 9-foot ceilings and recessed lighting.

    The kitchen area features 20 self-closing walnut cabinets, with cashmere white granite countertops and a glass-mosaic tile backsplash. There’s an island with a built-in ULine wine cooler. Other appliances include cabinet-enclosed G.E. Monogram refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher as well as a Bosch gas stovetop and Bosch oven below.

    The dining/living area has a gas fireplace with black granite surround as well as a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in a bay that projects outward, offering a panoramic three-sided view up and down Washington Street and up Avery Street to the Boston Common.

    To the right of the living area is a carpeted master bedroom suite with a good-sized bedroom overlooking Washington Street. The suite has four closets, including a walk-in. The en-suite master bathroom is done in luxurious Eastern white marble floors, walls and surround for a deep soaking tub and a glass-doored steam shower. There’s a creme marble-topped walnut vanity with two sinks.

    Off the center hallway are the unit’s other two bedrooms. The second bedroom is decent-sized with side alley views, and has an en-suite taupe and white porcelain tile bathroom with a walk-in shower and an ivory pearl marble-topped wood vanity.

    The third carpeted bedroom, which would work well as a home office, is on the small side. There is a third bathroom across the hall with taupe and white porcelain tile, a walk-in shower and an ivory pearl marble-topped wood vanity.

    Also along the hallway is a closet that holds a stacked Bosch washer and dryer.

    Unit 2B comes with one garage parking space, with vehicles brought up by valet. The $1,923 monthly condo fee is near the $1 per square foot that top buildings typically assess, but most of the substantial amenities are included, including the free year’s membership at the Sports Club/LA.