“Boston is politically liberal but the people are very conservative. They’re wealthy but not flashy. Its people are very protective of the city, wary of large shadows from big buildings,” says Richard L. Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter & Company, the developer behind One Dalton Street, and a lifelong Bostonian, “There’s a very low amount of development in Boston. It has never had a boom and bust cycle. It’s much more stable property market than New York or Miami or Houston.”
With 215 hotel rooms and 160 serviced condos, One Dalton in the Back Bay district will be the city’s highest residential property when it is completed in 2018 - construction is currently halfway. “Ours is the first five star, hotel serviced product to have been built in Boston,” says Friedman, “I’ve been living there long time and felt it was time to do something different.”
One Dalton will be a temple to unabashed luxury, and Friedman and Four Seasons went to the best to realise it. The architects – both Boston-based – are Henry N. Cobb, jokingly described by Friedman as “a 90 year old guy who claims he is mid-career” and the man behind the Louvre’s pyramid among many other projects, and Cambridge Seven Associates. The interior designer is the revered Thierry Despont. “He did Bill Gates house, the new Cartier Mansion on Fifth Avenue, the Ritz in Paris, and Claridges in London,” says Friedman, “I had to beg him to take the job, he’s so busy.”
Despont’s style is rich, classic modernism, traditional and sumptuous without being stuffy. He has designed the Private Residences Lobby and the 50th floor Club Lounge, a private club for residents only. Despont’s aesthetic, hopes Friedman, will juxtapose well with the buildings contemporary exterior. “Basically what we want to do was create a building that was very sleek, modern and slim on the outside - there’s a very small footprint,” says Friedman, “But inside, I wanted it to feel like going into a very old school Boston Back Bay townhouse, wood panelled and intimate.”
Every apartment has 11 foot high ceilings, fireplaces and (very Bostonian) bay windows. “We have uninterrupted views to Boston Harbour New Hampshire, Cap Cod,” says Friedman, “We had drones fly the entire site, so we can show someone exactly what the view is from say a kitchen on the 38th floor.”
Round the clock service is provided by the Four Seasons management – if you want someone to walk your Pomeranian at 2am, just pick up the phone. Elevators whisk residents direct to their apartment (and you don’t have to share, so no awkward elevator moments), and the private residents club is open 24 hours a day. And then there’s the spa and all the amenities of the five star hotel below. The art adviser Kate Chertavian, whose clients included the late David Bowie, has also been brought on board as consultant and curator for the entire building.
This is, Friedman says proudly, the fastest selling project in Four Seasons history. Most condos have sold to wealthy Bostonians, including a Harvard dean, but a few units have also sold to Middle Eastern buyers, from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Bahrain, most of whom have children studying at Harvard.
Prices per apartment range from around $2.75m to around $40m for a penthouse.
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