Spread among the historic brownstones and row homes in Boston are an ever-growing number of luxury buildings, fit with amenities like doormen, pools, gyms, and more.
Brookline, on the other hand, despite its high prices, is still filled mostly with single-family homes and apartments in historic buildings. Some of them have been updated, but not all – and the town has certainly been on the sidelines in the luxury building race.
But hidden away on Marion Street, in between Coolidge Corner and Washington Square, things are changing.
The newest member on the block is 45 Marion – a 64-unit luxury apartment building with plenty of amenities and high-end finishes, which has just begun pre-leasing. Rents start at $2,100 per month for a studio.
And it’s been a long time coming. A Needham-based developer first proposed building on the parcel back in 2003, but ran into opposition from the town and sold it to the Danesh Group in 2012, according to the Boston Business Journal.
David Danesh, principal of the Danesh Group, who is developing the project with his brother Danny, sees a shortage of luxury buildings in the Coolidge Corner area.
45 Marion would be the first of its kind in more than a decade, since its neighbor Marion Square was built. That complex rents one-bedrooms starting in the high $2000 range. It has a roof deck and an exercise room, along with underground parking.
“The main thing that distinguishes 45 Marion from 77 Marion is the fact that 77 Marion is about 15 years old,’’ Danny Danesh, David’s brother and another principal at the firm, said. “That may not sound like much but when you take into consideration things like floorplans and finishes you quickly notice the difference.’’
“The selection of amenities and finishes offered at 45 Marion are tailored to maximize comfort and convenience in today’s urban lifestyle,’’ David added.
Amenities at 45 Marion include a doorman, a gym, hardwood floors, high ceilings, large windows, a washer/dryer, garage parking, bike parking, balconies, all within a few blocks of the transportation and shops in Coolidge Corner.
The Danesh brothers said it is perfect for young professionals and people who work at Longwood Medical, along with Brookline residents who are looking to downsize from their single-family home.
“It’s an urban environment but a very quiet street,’’ David said. “It’s the best of both worlds.’’