• Millennium Place is Truly Cosmopolitan

    Originally Posted on Wicked Local Boston Homes

    It was just a year ago that Millennium Partners and Suffolk Construction held a topping off ceremony at Millennium Place, the elegant 15-story glass, brick and steel building in Downtown Crossing designed by Handel Associates.

    And, just as planned, the 256 luxurious condominiums were completed a year later. To date, nearly 90 percent of the one-, two- and three-bedroom homes have been sold, testament to the high demand for housing in this part of the city and the fact that this is a superlative property that offers an enviable lifestyle, further enhanced by a high level of detail and attention to service.

    Low inventory and the continued low interest rates have fueled sales as well.

    A uniformed doorman at the main entrance of the building at 580 Washington St. is welcoming as he opens the double glass doors to the mahogany-paneled lobby with a brick accent frieze. The 2,500-square-foot space, tiled with Absolute Black granite and highlighted with Balsaltina Gray granite and Royal Marfil marble, flows toward the back of the building and the porte cochere, accessed off Hayward Place.

    Millennium Place occupies a full city block, from Washington Street to Avenue de Lafayette to Harrison Avenue to Hayward Place.

    Beneath the soaring ceiling of the lobby, two conversation areas have been created. Contemporary artwork by local artists adorns the walls, not only in the public spaces but in the residential corridors as well.

    Midway in the lobby is a concierge station clad in Absolute Black granite and topped with Crema Marfil marble. It is next to a hallway that leads to a big clubroom, off which is a private dining or wine-tasting room.

    At one end of the owners’ lounge is a grand, floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace with a chiseled Pietra Carlosa stone façade and an ebonized steel hearth. At the other end is a long bar plus another conversation area with a wide flat-screen TV.

    The white oak wood floor has a gray stain that complements the wood paneling on the side walls of the clubroom, and a feature wall has niches with hand-painted crenellated surfaces with a polished Italian ivory finish. LED lamps backlight these spaces.

    Other amenities include a fitness center furnished with top-of-the-line Precor equipment. It is a mini-version of the Sports Club/LA across the street at the Residences at the Ritz and is staffed by a member of the LA team. An interior mind and body room has been designed especially for private massages or yoga.

    Nearby is a children’s playroom, brightly painted in primary colors with storybook themes. A bath with a child-size toilet is a definite amenity for parents with toddlers.

    An additional feature available to the residents is a private screening room with tiered seating. Residents can watch a movie or a major sporting event on a high-definition TV, or they can arrange for special services or tickets for cultural events through a second concierge, posted outside the clubroom

    The philosophy at Millennium Place is: “More than a place to live, this is the way to live,” which is further underscored by LaVie, the residents’ networking program.

    Two elevators in the north and south sections of the building are elegant, furnished with walnut, polished Crema Marfil marble and stainless steel.

    Just 26 homes remain – a combination of two- and three-bedroom units. The two-bedroom condominiums range from 1,140 to 1,301 square feet and are listed between $1,090,000 and $1,300,000 while the three-bedroom condos range from 1,487 to 1,743 square feet and are priced between $1,420,000 and $1,950,000.

    On a recent tour, a three-bedroom model unit was on display. Located on a corner, it is one of the grand residences. Other condos are grouped together according to their orientation. The garden residences overlook the trees and shrubbery next to the courtyard; the theater residences have views of the recently restored theaters – the Paramount, the Modern and the Opera House – along Washington Street, and the residences on the avenue face Avenue de Lafayette.

    The entry has a quarter-figured walnut door with a Cenia gray limestone threshold and opens into an expansive, open space with 5-inch-wide ivory oak plank flooring. To the immediate right is a full marble bath with a shower, and to the left is a carpeted bedroom with an en suite marble bath.

    Also on the left are a laundry with a stacked washer/dryer and another room, which could be a third bedroom or a home office.

    Next is the gourmet kitchen with Kashmir white granite counters and contrasting dark American walnut cabinetry. High-end appliances include a Bosch four-burner gas cooktop with a Miele hood, Bosch built-in wall ovens and a GE microwave. The Bosch dishwasher and GE Monogram refrigerator have matching walnut paneling.

    The center island with a wine cooler faces the living room. This space is dramatic with a wall of nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, a gas fireplace and a dining area.

    Off the living room is the master bedroom suite. It is quite spacious and has floor-to-ceiling windows too. Between the bedroom and the lavish master bath are four closets, including a big walk-in closet with built-ins. The bath, tiled with eastern white marble and mosaic accents, has a glass-enclosed shower and a deep soaking tub. The marble-topped vanity has two undermount sinks.

    The remaining homes have an option to park at 6 Avery St., which is across the street (and part of the Residences at the Ritz complex) or to use the valet parking in the building’s underground garage.

    In January Legal Sea Foods is scheduled to open a new concept restaurant in the building called LX or Legal Crossing. In the meantime, Legal staff is providing food service in the clubroom.


    Address: Millennium Place, 580 Washington St., Midtown

    Age: 2011-2013

    Price: From $1,090,000 to $1,300,000 for two-bedroom units, ranging in size from 1,140 to 1,301 square feet. Condo fee: From $987 to $1,115 per month (includes heat, hot water, gas, concierge, doorman, professional management)

    Price: From $1,420,000 to $1,900,000 for three-bedroom units, ranging in size from 1,487 to 1,743 square feet. Condo fee: From $1,262 to $1,742 per month (includes all of the above)

    Taxes: To be determined

    Features of units: Exquisitely furnished homes with open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, carpeted bedrooms and marble baths.

    Close by: Boston Common and Theatre District, Chinatown, State House, Government Center and Beacon Hill; fine dining and shops in Midtown and the Back Bay; Financial Center, State House and Government Center; Boston Opera House; easy access to MBTA Silver, Green, Red and Orange Lines, Routes 93 and 90.

    Contact: Carlie Maloof, Millennium Place sales center, 172 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02120, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Phone: 6171-542-1555. Email: cmaloof@millenniumptrs.com

    Website: www.mplaceBoston.com

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