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Brighton’s St. Gabriel’s Church and monastery have reopened as luxury apartments

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A rendering of The Overlook where St. Gabriel's monastery used to be in Brighton, Mass.
A rendering of The Overlook where St. Gabriel's monastery used to be in Brighton, Mass. Rendering courtesy of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes

A historic landmark in Brighton has been transformed into 555 apartments with rents starting at $2,163 a month for a studio.

The former monastery at 161-185 Washington St. dates to 1909, but it is now part of a luxury development called The Overlook at St. Gabriel’s. The development — which also offers one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units — is open for tours and move-ins. Two of four planned residential buildings, Overlook Landmark and Overlook East, have been completed.

This file photo from 2016 shows The old St. Gabriel Monastery next to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton. —(Boston Globe Staff)

Elements of the historic mission-style building were restored, and the new community “consists of three newly constructed residential buildings and more than 45,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities and seven acres of green space,” according to a news release from the developer, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, which worked in conjuction with Peak Campus Development, Panavar Residential, and Blue Vista Capital Management. The architects were BH+A, which restored the monastery and church, and CUBE3, which created three new buildings.

The restored St. Gabriel’s Church, now known as Maker Hall, will maintain some of its original architectural elements (vaulted ceilings, terrazzo flooring, stained glass) and is slated to host a fitness center, café, conference rooms,  gathering spots for socializing and coworking, and areas for games, such as pool and shuffleboard. The new residential buildings will boast two pet spas and an infinity pool. The development will have a complimentary shuttle for residents to Brighton Center, the Boston Landing commuter rail station, and Harvard Square.

“The Overlook at St. Gabriel’s is a once-in-a-lifetime development opportunity that includes a monumental restoration and transformation of a neglected site that was left paved over and in much disrepair into a lively destination with community benefits, greenspace, amenities, and convenience,” John Sullivan, executive vice president at Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, said in the release. “We are extremely excited to open the first phase of the project and look forward to continuing our work and delivering a vibrant community in Brighton.”

Tours of the space can be scheduled on their website.

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