About the Units
Roughly 30 new construction lofts are now available for sale. The site runs between Howard Street and the minuteman trail, located minutes from the Davis Square T station.
All lofts are priced according to square footage, and in most cases we assign a general sale price of $500 per square foot. This includes finished kitchens and bathrooms, washer/dryer, as well as a deeded parking space in the secured underground garage.
Condo fees for all units are estimated to be $2 per square foot annually, so roughly $125 for studio-one beds, and up to $200 for larger spaces.
Working with new construction allows us not only design freedom, but the opportunity to implement more innovative, energy efficient and environmentally responsible systems throughout.
- Heavy Thermal Mass Construction
- The thermal mass of the material used - mainly brick and concrete - retains and evenly distributes warmth in the winter and also moderates temperatures in the summer months.
- Passive Cooling
- Window openings on opposite sides of the units enhance natural cross ventilation. Custom designed steel windows create air scoops, allowing warm air to escape while cooler air enters the unit from openings low to the ground. This makes the use of mechanical air conditioning systems all but obsolete.
- Radiant concrete floors
- Highly efficient on-demand boilers will heat the lofts through radiant concrete floors. Direct solar gain will provide a free supplemental source of heat.
- Exclusive outdoor area
- All lofts include an exclusive deck along the skywalk system, a private balcony, or a landscaped yard with a brick patio.
- Rainwater recycling
- Rain runoff is captured and reused from the buildings’ gutters and downspouts. Incorporated into a site water feature, this water is then re-circulated through the buildings and used for water closets and site irrigation.
History of Building
Martin W. Carr (1820-1902) was born in Eastern Massachusetts, where he began his career manufacturing shovels with the Ames Company. The Italianate brick facility in Somerville was erected in 1894, striving to have the manufacturing building embody the company’s commitment to high workmanship and efficient work process. By the early 20th century, with offices nationwide as well as in London, his firm was the largest plant of its kind, manufacturing novelties and fancy metal goods, including pewter and silverware, photo frames and gift merchandise.
Martin W. Carr began producing jewelry, picture frames and novelties in Somerville in 1880. The MW Carr Company was one of the first pioneers to initiate employee ownership and profit sharing. The company was wholly owned by its one hundred fifty employees, many of whom still live in the neighborhood near the factory. The business was operating out of archaic facilities with a fragmented production line in eight buildings at two separate locations in Somerville. They had difficulty competing with offshore competitors whose costs of production were much lower and they were left with no choice other than to cease operations and begin to sell off their equipment and their business. The real estate was the final asset to be sold and the proceeds were distributed to the employee/owners.
About Davis Square
In 1997, Davis Square was listed as one of the fifteen "hippest places to live" (Utne Reader) in the United States.
Today, Davis Square continues to be one of the most desirable places to live in the Greater Boston area filled with a mixture of students, young professionals and their families, and local flavors. Restaurants, coffee shops, and stores catering to students and young professionals coexist with working class diners and tailors that predate Davis Square’s trendy period.
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