The Boston loft projects I am aware of include:

STRADA234:

(Really these are regular condos, except that some have bedrooms with no windows, which means they aren’t really bedrooms.)  Right next to the Fleet Center, near the North End, this is a newly renovated twelve story building, with condos on floors 7 – 12. Nicely done, each unit has fantastic views of downtown and the waterfront. Resales.

Channel Center: New development close to the financial district and seaport district. One building is a renovation and is be loft space, the other is new from the ground up and is more traditional in design. Very nice interiors, in a rapidly developing area. Available now.

9 West Broadway (Court Square Press): Just completed renovation of a six-story printing press building, over the bridge from the financial district, in South Boston. Exposed brick, beam and post, loft-style units, with built-out bedrooms.

Higher end appliances (Jenn-Air fridge and gas stove, Asko washer/dryer, Bosch dishwasher, Kohler sinks). Flooring and painting done by each owner. Full-service building with concierge. Parking on-site. Resales.

South of Columbus Lofts: To begin construction this winter, to be completed in Spring, 2006, these lofts will be very nice. Just west of Mass Ave, in the South End, on Northampton Street, there will be a variety of floor plans, most in the 750-850 square foot range.

Wilkes Passage: In the South End. Built within the past three years. Large spaces, with quality bathrooms and kitchens built-out. Most if not all have separate bedroom areas, but with exposed duct-work & concrete floors.  Interiors will vary widely, based on the tastes and budgets of the owners. Full-service building with a concierge. Parking available in the basement, either with purchase or as a rental. Resales.

Leather District (area): In the financial district, right near South Station. These are the more “traditional” style of loft – huge open spaces, exposed pipes, concrete walls, unique interiors, old freight elevators.

Great location, solid investment, but not for everyone’s taste. Street addresses might be South Street, Lincoln Street, and Kingston Street.

Northampton Lofts: In the South End, a great renovation plus a couple additional floors added on. Good-sized space, great value compared to other buildings, located near everything in the South End.

Gateway Terrace: Being marketed right now, with a completion date in two phases – 2005 & 2006, over 100 lofts in the South End, off of Washington Street. Three separate buildings, each with its own unique design.

Interiors look impressive, location is prime. Investment opportunity during the pre-construction stage.

Laconia Lofts: This development started it all in the South End. Very attractive, open spaces, and now in the most desired neighborhood. Each unit will vary in style and design, based on who has lived there. Nice to live in, probably a good investment, too.

881 E First Street Lofts: South Boston, this is a 32 unit industrial building conversion to open plan lofts with many original details preserved (heavy timbers, cast iron lintels, original rock maple floors, etc.). Building also has new elevator, intercom, internet/cable ready, state of the art fire alarm system, etc. Amenities include deeded parking, large back yard, great T access, and proximity to Castle Island. Many units have terrific city skyline and Black Falcon Wharf/cruise ship views. The project was completed in 2000 and is self managed with reasonable fees. Summer 2004 prices range from $355K to $569K for units sized 935 to 1400 sq. feet.

The Brewery Lofts: New, pre-construction lofts in Jamaica Plain, priced attractively from the $200,000s to the $600,000s.

Lafeyette Lofts: Beautifully restored building bordering the new Rose Kennedy Parkway, the financial district, and Chinatown.

The interiors feature oaring beam ceilings, original columns and open living spaces are the essence of loft living. Large windows afford great light, dazzling cityscape views and bring in the pulse of the city.

East Boston Lofts: The Parris Flats. If you’re looking for the South End before it was the South End, check out East Boston. This up-and-coming neighborhood boasts quiet residential streets lined with double-decker houses and brick apartment buildings, a wide-ranging ethnic population, and jawdropping views of downtown Boston, right across the harbor.

Porter 156: Also in East Boston. 157 units of 700-900 square foot space, with exposed duct-work, built-out with floors and overhead lights, right next to the airport and Callahan Tunnel. Concrete construction.  Under construction for Fall 2005.

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