There really is love and joy at Love­joy Wharf.

Love­joy Wharf, the condo com­plex of un­prece­dented lux­ury perched be­tween the Charles River and Bos­ton Har­bor, looks to be a game-changer.

Boston Common - - CONTENTS - By Alexan­dra Hall

Most ev­ery real es­tate de­ci­sion has its trade-offs. You want a nat­u­ral set­ting? Then you’ll have to give up city ac­cess. Rather opt for the city? Be pre­pared to lose plenty of square footage— and with it, ad­e­quate space for en­ter­tain­ing, fam­ily liv­ing and re­lax­ing. But one stun­ning new en­try into the condo mar­ket is gun­ning to do away with all such life­style sac­ri­fices. The 15-story Love­joy Wharf (100 Love­joy Wharf, 617.657.1000, love­joy­boston.com), 157 res­i­dences with views of the Zakim Bridge, the Charles and the city sky­line, lacks for… well, just about noth­ing, really. Its ac­cess to Bos­ton’s Har­bor walk that con­nects to The Free­dom Trail means salty-aired ocean strolls and jogs are a breeze. A gutsy de­sign by Robert A.M. Stern Ar­chi­tects veers from homey (the red-brick façade nods at Bos­ton’s tra­di­tional res­i­dences be­fore mor­ph­ing into pure glass on the up­per sto­ries) to softly mod­ern (the staffed lobby is lined with traver­tine floors, wal­nut mill­work and cu­rated art­work). But it’s the ameni­ties that truly, se­ri­ously set the place apart, and im­part an un­usual sense of calm, even while liv­ing smack in the cen­ter of the city. Units (which start at $750,000) are decked out with a dream team of ap­pli­ances, fin­ishes and fix­tures: Gagge­nau and Bosch against cus­tom-oak cab­i­netry and stain­less steel in the kitchens; Kaldewei deep-soak­ing tubs and mar­ble tile work in the bath­rooms; Bosch washer and dry­ers; gi­nor­mous clos­ets; and oak wide-plank wood floor­ing and cus­tom light­ing ev­ery­where through­out the rest of the place. The list of perks is seem­ingly end­less. Need a hand co­or­di­nat­ing house­keep­ing or florist ser­vices, babysit­ting for Fido or plant wa­ter­ing? The build­ing’s staff is on it. Oh, and they’ll also help you se­cure restau­rant reser­va­tions and show tick­ets; nab trans­porta­tion to the air­port; of­fer IT ser­vices; hook you up with spa and salon treat­ments; find you a great per­sonal trainer (you’ll need one for the gor­geous fit­ness cen­ter that takes up an en­tire floor with state-of-theart ma­chines and equip­ment); and help plan and hire a caterer for your next din­ner party.

And after the party is over, they’ll make sure ev­ery­thing gets sent to the dry cleaner for you, and make sure it all re­turns to your linen closet in im­pec­ca­ble con­di­tion. Not that you’ll really need to en­ter­tain in your own res­i­dence—there’s plenty of posh com­mu­nal space for that. There’s the li­brary, de­signed for swish cock­tail par­ties with its cherry-red leather so­fas, mod chairs and sleek ta­bles. For big­ger shindigs or fam­ily get-to­geth­ers, there’s a party room com­plete with a full but­ler’s pantry and wet bar. There’s a lounge, too—and a bil­liards room. The rooftop ter­race, with metic­u­lous de­sign by land­scap­ing ar­chi­tect HM White, its chaises and com­mu­nal ta­bles per­fect for sun­bathing and loaf­ing about, pretty much begs for a rea­son to in­vite friends over… par­tic­u­larly on warm nights, when you can soak up the direct and as­tound­ing views to the Zakim bridge and the ocean. Now, what was that again about hav­ing to make trade-offs?

Clock­wise from left: Large bed­room win­dows boast breath­tak­ing views; con­tem­po­rary kitchen decor plays the per­fect din­ner party host; How about the cityscape of Bos­ton as your new back yard? Op­po­site page: Bask in the sun on one of the lounge chairs atop the rooftop ter­race.

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