I had the pleasure of spending some time at the new 285 Columbus Lofts development at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Clarendon Street, in the South End.

This is the first development scheduled to be completed in this hot new neighborhood. Nearby, The Bryant and The Clarendon are under construction, and Columbus Center pre-construction has begun, as well. These projects will bring life to an otherwise moribund area (sorry, Ned).

Now, the 285 Columbus lofts are lofts in the sense that it was an existing building being re-used as residential space. In many of the units, one of the bedrooms is more of a study, meaning it has no windows and/or no door. Perfect as an office or for a temporary guest.

Prices run in the $650 – $850 per square foot range.

Unit #401, for example, is priced at $575,000. It has 873+/- square feet, one bedroom, one bathroom, with views off the back toward Clarendon. It has a very large walk-in-closet in the master bathroom.


European-inspired design featuring Wolf, Jenn-Air, and Grohe appliances and fixtures. Common roof deck, garage parking, and concierge. Within walking distance to Copley and Newbury Street, public transportation, and the city’s top restaurants.

There are 63 units in the building, ranging from 750 – 1,600 square feet, a common roof deck, and extra storage space.

(Parking is rental parking in the 131 Dartmouth Garage, although the spots will be deeded to the owners.)

Regarding the MBTA Orange line station right below the building, and an Amtrak and commuter rail station, I have to say, this does not seem to be a problem.

The model unit is Unit #205, just one level above street (and above the 10,000 square foot restaurant scheduled to open, soon after completion).

It is a killer unit – 1,575+/- square feet, two bedrooms plus a study, master bath plus full second bath, open kitchen and living room design.

The prices are in the $650 – $850 per square foot range.

For example, the #05 floor plans are going to cost you in the $1.1 million – $1.6 million range.

Which is impressive.

The model unit, seeing the amount of light it gets and that there doesn’t seem to be any street noise, at all, it would be the perfect home for an empty-nester or family of three-to-five.

Patrick Cutter and Elaine Dolley at Otis & Ahearn have the listings.

In comparison, The Bryant’s units are listed in the $750 – $1,450 per square foot range, and The Clarendon’s units are going to be in the $1,300 – $1,500 per square foot range. Different types of buildings with different sets of amenities, but there’s now something for everyone in this hot neighborhood.