Outside of the Seaport, the Ink Block may be the only area in the city to transition fully from industrial and underutilized parking lots to full- scale, 24/7 live, work and play. This still-maturing community blends commercial and residential uses in a way that the traditional Back Bay and South End do not.
Jamie's South End Series: Ink Block
From parking lots to full service amenity style buildings, last decade has given theInk Block sun-neighborhood has add a facelift over the last decade. Outside of Seaport, Ink Block may be the only area in the city to transition fully from industrial and underutilized parking lots to a hub of true luxury full-service living. This 24/7 live, work and play area blends commercial and residential uses in a way that the traditional South End does not. From workout studios, numerous restaurants, and our largest grocery store all within a four block radius – it is no wonder why this sun-neighborhood keeps getting better (& bigger).
Situated south of Boston’s Theatre District, the Ink Block lies between Fort Point, South Boston and the balance of the South End to its west. Back Bay and the Financial district are very much walkable from the Ink Block as well. Pinned between Herald and East Berkeley Streets, the Ink Block boasts glimpses of the Bass River, which feeds into the Fort Point Channel.
The sales kept rolling in during 2022 at the Ink Block with 15 sales at or above the $2 million mark. This is down from 20 sales last year when The Quinn and 100 Shawmut first opened their doors.
New construction opportunities are likely to continue to emerge in this area, primarily through mid to high rise buildings with elevators and concierges – quite different from the more traditional Victorian brownstones that cover the majority of the South End but competing with the high rise category in areas like Midtown and the Seaport.
The Quinn is Related Beal’s latest luxury condo project located at 370-380 Harrison Ave. Its design hails from acclaimed Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Select units have roof cabanas with outdoor kitchens but the gravy might be in the fact that this is the first residential building in Boston to include a squash court. With sleek interiors and extensive amenities, it is no surprise that the Ink Block’s most expensive sales were in the Quinn, with Unit 12J selling for $7,399,000 and Penthouse J selling for $6,010,000.
100 Shawmut is another full-service luxury building whose historic brick facade blends into a contemporary glass tower rising above with sweeping views of the Back Bay and Financial District. Three sales in the category came from this building including unit #1102 at $2.32, or $1,673.79/SF.
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