The imposing Winthrop Center offers pet concierge services, a Michelin-starred chef, a junior Olympic-sized pool, and more.
Two years after leading the way, developers of the Winthrop Center in the Financial District are offering a preview of the upscale units and amenities residents get with them, including dining experiences led by star chef John Fraser and a host of Services. for dogs.
Winthrop Center Residences, slated to open early next year, went on sale to the general public this week, offering potential homeowners a chance to grab one of the 317 units in the residential branch of the multipurpose development. One- to four-bedroom units will occupy the upper levels of this 62-story building and were designed with the tower’s green vision in mind. MP Boston, the local arm of property developer Millennium Partners and the mastermind behind the project, has teamed up with a group of MIT professors, led by MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative director John Fernandez, to develop a design strategy that embraces the goals of being “climate conscious” and “wellbeing-focused”.
In fact, as Fernandez says, the intention is to take a step ahead in sustainable construction. “Millennium Partners approached us because they understood what the best practices were in the market, but their genuine interest was beyond the horizon,” he says. It’s a challenge to be truly cutting edge when buildings adhere to current codes that often end up obsolete a few years after completion, if not sooner. The Winthrop Center has partnered with MIT to get ahead. “Hopefully it’s a market driver… but also [works toward] this more intangible goal of inspiring people to engage in climate action.
Inside Winthrop Center’s sleek and highly functional units, residents walk on wood floors harvested from some of the world’s most sustainable forests, while walls of angled glass windows offer panoramic views of the skyline (the height of the building, which should make it one of the tallest in Boston, only helps the cause). Turnkey units feature polished, eco-friendly kitchens where chic Carrera marble countertops are complemented by Subzero/Wolf appliances (including an eco-friendly induction cooktop and steam oven for preparing meals healthy, a nod to the building’s well-being mission). The cabinets are customizable, as is the freestanding bathtub in the marble bathroom. And of course, there’s an electric fireplace to keep you warm on snowy Boston nights. “Whenever we could, we made sure to pay attention to the environmental impact,” says richard Baumert, director of MP Boston. “We are constantly trying to make our homes more efficient.”
But the luxury doesn’t stop there: residents have access to more than 50,000 square feet of amenities, many of which contribute to the building’s wellness goals. For example, celebrity chef John Fraser will spearhead the building’s culinary offerings, including a publicly accessible ground floor kiosk. and an exclusive restaurant reserved for residents. Fraser is the founder of the chic JF Restaurants hotel group, which focuses on high-end vegetarian and vegan cuisine. He’s already made a name for himself in New York, where he earned a Michelin star for crafting American cuisine with seasonal produce at his former gourmet restaurant, Dovetail.
Now Fraser will bring the same approach to the Winthrop Center. He says that while he hasn’t outlined the full concept yet, his menu will use the most seasonal vegetables, while providing the level of hospitality befitting the Winthrop Center. “When you talk about health and wellness, people think you say boring and not delicious,” he says. This is not the case, explains Fraser. “We start with seasonality and go from there.”
Winthrop Center offerings also include nutrition and fitness services. A residential clubhouse overlooking the Charles River includes not only the luxury basics (an outdoor deck, screening room, etc.), but also a junior Olympic-sized pool, group fitness studio for yoga and pilates, and a space to work out with a personal trainer. There’s also a custom-designed FLX fitness center with a stone wall that residents share with office workers in the building (Cambridge Associates announced it would be the first office tenant in the center). This fitness area also has a recovery room, a sports simulator where you can try your swing on virtual golf courses from around the world, and an “Earth Room” focused on relaxation, built at the suggestion of MIT collaborators, which is constructed of all-natural materials. materials and allows visitors to disconnect from the world around them.
Moreover, not all care is limited to people. Given the spike in pet ownership during the pandemic, Baumert says the building has also decided to offer dog services for residents and office workers in the building. The VIP (Very Important Pet) Club is run by pet care expert Karen Ray and offers everything from your regular dog daycare to high-end grooming treatments like conditioning treatments and “pawdicures.” There are private training sessions, individualized walks and playtime for the four-legged friends, and even physical therapy for the aging dog. And when their human companions go out of town, the dogs can go on vacation. Rather than just going to an old pet boarding house, you can board them at Ray’s Farm in southern New Hampshire, where they can enjoy their own fresh air and some pampering.
Back at the Winthrop Center, move-in dates are expected to begin by June 2023. You will need to be responsible for Fido’s pawdicures until then.