The Rise of Luxury Outdoor Amenities
In today’s luxury residences, amenities outside the building have become just as important as those within the building. While the home has always served as a personal retreat, it’s increasingly being used to bring people together. As homebuyers look for fresh and exciting ways to invite and entertain friends, neighbors, and even business associates, outdoor spaces have become a necessity in urban environments.
As a developer, we have worked to raise the bar when it comes to outdoor amenities at our newest luxury building, Pierce Boston. The first Boston project by renowned firm Arquitectonica, Pierce stands at the gateway to the city’s iconic and vibrant Fenway neighborhood and boasts panoramic views, full floor glass walls, and art-studded interiors. However, it’s the outdoor amenities that make Pierce truly shine. By incorporating both communal and private outdoor spaces, we offer a new standard of luxury living for our residents.
Tip-top spaces, 30 floors up | High-rise residents often sacrifice fresh air for fantastic views, but the two do not have to be mutually exclusive. At Pierce Boston, the perimeter of the top floor is dedicated to private sky cabanas, delivering a type of luxury that no other building in Boston offers. The cabanas are completely private and customizable oases, each with its own built-in wet bar and an unbeatable view of the Charles River, tree-lined Back Bay, the Harbor Islands, and the Emerald Necklace.
With a limited stock of the sky cabanas, it was important that we offer a high-end outdoor experience for condo owners and apartment renters alike. The rooftop Levity Lounge features a 16 by 30 foot pool and designer hot tub, plus access to a communal chef’s kitchen to keep guests well-fed. The 30th floor is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails with friends and watch the sun set on a warm summer night – without needing to leave the building.
Bringing the outdoors in | Seamless transitions from indoor to outdoor spaces – beyond floor-to-ceiling windows – are becoming more popular. Together with CBT Interiors, we incorporated subtle touches of natural elements throughout Pierce’s residential units and common areas to evoke a sense of calm when residents arrive home after a long day at the office or exploring the Fenway. In the Levity Lounge, blue glass floors in the dining area give the feeling of being surrounded by water. Topographic wallpaper on the apartment levels reminds us that the Emerald Necklace is only a few steps away.
Proximity to open and green space | Not all urban living needs to feel like you’re in a concrete jungle. That’s why we’re cultivating green space just across the street from Pierce Boston. The new 401 Park building will be home to a 1.1-acre park with world-class sculptures, glass-enclosed retail kiosks, and a skating rink in the wintertime. The park will also connect the recently restored Muddy River with the Emerald Necklace’s string of green space as originally envisioned by Frederick Law Olmstead.
And, luxurious living extends to a building’s services, too. That’s why Pierce offers a doorman, 24/7 concierge services, a fully equipped fitness center, a pet grooming area, and in-house car detailing – all designed to let residents spend more time living, outdoors.
| Courtesy of Joel Sklar, President, Samuels & Associates