ArtBlock is a luxury loft building with 28 residences located on Harrison Ave. in the South End. Constructed in 2006, Artblock was formerly the Joshua Bates Arts Center and, in addition to the residences, has 26 artist live/work spaces in the building. The residences have modern finishes, luxurious bathrooms, and open kitchens. ArtBlock condos range in size from 1,100 sq/ft lofts to 1,300+ sq/ft townhomes with private entry. Oversized windows offer plenty of light and ceiling heights at ArtBlock can range from 10 – 22 feet. Many of the units at ArtBlock have direct-access garage parking.
ArtBlock’s rich tradition fits well with the emergence of the surrounding SoWa District. SoWa is home to some of the city’s best boutiques, galleries, restaurants and open markets. SoWa (South of Washington) was known for decades as a mill & warehouse district where pianos, canned goods, shoes and other merchandise were manufactured. SoWa is home to hundreds of art studios and has a long-standing tradition called First Fridays, where studio owners open there doors on the first Friday of every month to welcome neighbors. From May – October, SoWa has open markets each Sunday with local artisans, food trucks and extensive farmer’s market. SoWa enjoys easy access to major transportation, Back Bay and more.
The South End was built on the filled tidal flats during the mid-1800s. The neighborhood was designed to attract the wealth merchant class, with large Victorian townhouses surrounding park squares. At the turn of the century, wealthier Bostonians chose neighboring Back Bay instead of the South End, opening the area to a diverse working class. The signature South End townhouses were carved into apartments and lodging houses.
In the 1950s, the South End was selected as an urban renewal area, with scattered affordable housing developments constructed throughout the neighborhood. The area began to be revitalized by an influx of young professionals moving to the neighborhood, restoring the housing stock and turning many of the units into larger apartments, condominiums, and single family homes.
The area’s commercial centers run along Massachusetts Avenue, Tremont Street and Washington Street and serves increasingly diverse populations. Popular upscale restaurants and art galleries have added to the area’s unique character.
2 bedroom sold in ArtBlock Average sold price - $815,000 ($570 / sqft)
|W501&2||$1,750,000||2 / 2 / 0||2,350||02/01/2018||$745/SF|
|E103||$765,000||2 / 1 / 1||1,244||05/22/2015||$615/SF|
|E105||$700,000||2 / 1 / 1||1,190||11/24/2014||$588/SF|
|W101||$610,000||2 / 1 / 0||886||06/21/2016||$688/SF|
|E201||$250,000||2 / 1 / 0||1,163||09/23/2016||$215/SF|
1 bedroom sold in ArtBlock Average sold price - $560,013 ($528 / sqft)
|W105||$849,888||1 / 2 / 0||1,111||11/04/2016||$765/SF|
|E-104||$804,375||1 / 1 / 1||1,109||07/15/2017||$725/SF|
|W104||$818,000||1 / 1 / 1||1,099||08/04/2016||$744/SF|
|W106||$759,000||1 / 1 / 1||1,140||06/19/2015||$666/SF|
|E104||$737,000||1 / 1 / 1||1,109||06/25/2015||$665/SF|
|E302||$735,000||1 / 1 / 0||1,234||06/30/2015||$596/SF|
|E303||$649,000||1 / 1 / 0||818||07/29/2016||$793/SF|
|W406||$620,000||1 / 1 / 0||1,164||10/31/2012||$533/SF|
|W306||$584,500||1 / 1 / 0||1,163||07/25/2012||$503/SF|
|E303||$605,000||1 / 1 / 0||818||05/09/2014||$740/SF|
|304||$575,000||1 / 1 / 0||1,103||07/26/2012||$521/SF|
|W108||$465,000||1 / 2 / 0||1,044||09/28/2011||$445/SF|
|E305||$279,939||1 / 1 / 0||950||07/28/2015||$295/SF|
|E401||$264,511||1 / 1 / 0||1,068||10/20/2015||$248/SF|
|W303||$264,000||1 / 1 / 0||1,205||06/30/2012||$219/SF|
|W203||$255,000||1 / 1 / 0||984||09/19/2016||$259/SF|
|W202||$255,000||1 / 1 / 0||959||07/22/2016||$266/SF|
Studio sold in ArtBlock Average sold price - $199,000 ($165 / sqft)
|W401||$310,000||0 / 1 / 0||1,119||09/01/2016||$277/SF|
|E405||$300,000||0 / 1 / 0||975||10/25/2017||$308/SF|
|W102||$240,000||0 / 1 / 0||997||04/07/2017||$241/SF|
|$92,000||0 / 0 / 0||04/25/2018||$0/SF|
|$53,000||0 / 0 / 0||11/23/2015||$0/SF|