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The Lancaster – A Unique Residential Development in Boston, Massachusetts

The LANCASTER at 1501 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is a unique building that has been characterized as “the nicest building to be constructed along Brighton’s Commonwealth Avenue in the past 70 years.” The substantial structure has been designed in the English Jacobean style and replicates the best of Commonwealth Avenue’s historic architecture and blends seamlessly into the overall neighborhood context. The building features five stories of residential condominiums above a heated parking garage that accommodates 55 vehicles and bicycle storage.

The LANCASTER derives its name from the renowned British Royal Air Force airplane. Powered by four Rolls Royce engines, the aircraft proved to be among the finest of its day– flying faster, higher, and farther than all of its competitors. The condominiums at the LANCASTER have been inspired by this spirit of excellence.

The LANCASTER boasts Boston’s first condominium development to achieve LEED Gold certification. Developed by Paul Ognibene of Cohasset and his Cambridge-based company, Urban Spaces, this 55-unit condominium complex propels Boston into a sustainable future. 

The one, two, and three-bedroom residences are situated adjacent and accessible to the MBTA Green Line. Perfectly positioned on the crest of the hill, residents have expansive views of Commonwealth Avenue and Boston’s picturesque skyline.

This “green” building provides residents with proximate access to some of the nation’s best educational institutions, including Harvard University, Boston College, MIT, and Boston University.

Given the beautiful architecture, thoughtful design features, and environmentally-sensitive construction, it’s no wonder The Lancaster was 100% sold-out before completion!

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Axiom – A Walker’s Delight on The First Street Corridor in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Axiom, a transit-oriented, six-story mixed-use building, marks one of the initial projects along Cambridge’s First Street Corridor. Developed by Paul Ognibene of Cohasset, founder of Cambridge-based Urban Spaces, Axiom has enriched the vitality of the streetscape and is transforming First Street into a walker’s delight.

The brick-faced edifice, located at 159 First Street in Cambridge, was finished in June 2015 and completely leased up within a few months. The property was subsequently sold to the nationally renowned multi-family REIT, Aimco.

Axiom sits between two transportation hubs, the MBTA Green Line Lechmere station and Kendall Square Red Line station, each just a short walk away.

Anchored by the CambrideSide mall, retail shops are emerging to dot the First Street Corridor and create a walker’s paradise. Axiom is also minutes away from beautiful Toomey Park, which offers a welcome respite for pedestrians traversing the neighborhood.

The development has a bike score of 98 and a walk score of 91, making it the perfect place for emissions-conscious families and fitness-minded individuals. 

Cyclists particularly favor the development’s proximity to the Charles River bike paths and the private bike storage available on the premises. 

The spacious apartments—some featuring home offices—are stunningly designed by Kitchen & Associates. The pet-friendly, smoke-free apartments are equipped offer the best of urban living, including an array of amenities:

  • state-of-the-art fitness center with on-demand fitness videos
  • landscaped courtyard with complete with firepit
  • underground heated parking
  • an function room with comfortable seating, a wet bar, and a large-screen TV
Paul Ognibene Cohasset

Benefits of Living in BRIX Condominium

Looking for a place to live in the Salem area? At the top of the list should be BRIX, the most popular residential destination in Salem, Massachusetts! In the article below, Paul Ognibene of Urban Spaces discusses the property’s popularity, location, and aesthetic, which together make BRIX the right choice for a downtown pedestrian-oriented lifestyle.

BRIX is the ultimate place to live thank to its transitional urban aesthetic and convenient location, just steps away from the Salem MBTA Commuter Rail Station. There are shops, restaurants, and the world-renowned Peabody Essex Museum. The in-house amenities at BRIX include a concierge, roof terrace, club room, pet spa, and fitness studio.

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BRIX is a 110,000 square foot building that was designed by Tise Design Associated. It is comprised of eight one-bedroom, forty-four two-bedroom, and nine three-bedroom units, which range in size from 800 to 1,700 square feet. A two-level parking garage can accommodate up to 88 vehicles, a rare-find in the middle of the city.

If contemporary urban housing in an historic and burgeoning city is appealing, then BRIX in downtown Salem, Massachusetts is the answer!