Brighton Landing is one of the biggest- if not THE biggest- thing to happen in Brighton in a very long time. Opening in May 2017, the $20M Brighton Landing MBTA Commuter Rail stop on the Framingham/Worcester line was entirely financed by New Balance with hopes of revitalizing a once bland and uninviting neighborhood into something of a micro community. With additions of the Bruins and soon-to-come Celtics practice facilities, a handful of coffee shops and restaurants along with an entertainment venue, I’d say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Brighton Landing is now a destination and feels like a very comfortable place to be. The Lantera at Boston Landing is the area’s flagship apartment community and we’d like to virtually spin you through.
Lantera at Boston Landing is a 17 story building with 295 units and over 17,000 sq. ft. of retail divvied up into 4-5 smaller studios, some of which are still TBL (that’s “To Be Leased” and yes, that’s our vernacular). Residents can probably expect a fitness studio and/or fast/casual food options coming their way soon!
In the lobby, you’ll find a modern, colorful design complete with tall colored glass doors that slide open to invite you into the open space leasing office. The part-time concierge is situated in the front to welcome you in the door amidst several colorful, abstract paintings on the long far wall. The abstract art is a common theme throughout the building- you’ll find unique pieces at the ends of the hallways on every floor. The art, carpeting, and wallpaper designs tend to all play off each other- a nice touch if you’re paying attention. Conference room is at the end of the front area offering street and lobby viewing.
Units offer a light and dark finish option.
Dark option- dark wood uppers, gray toned flooring, dark slate countertops
Light option- white washed flooring, light wood uppers, same white lowers, white granite
Same large kitchen island (the XL 1bds offering great storage options in their island) and same appliances throughout regardless of layout.
We saw a larger variety 1bd- corner unit, east facing which offered great sunlight from their large windows and great views of the Boston skyline. We also saw their other model unit which was a standard issue 1bds which was front/street-facing and around 750 sq. ft.- a bit smaller yet still ample space and not cramped. Bathrooms were nicely tiled- nothing overly fancy but large and complimented with a large, two-drawer sink cabinet and big vanity mirror with built in lighting around the edges.
Common areas are large and plentiful. On the first floor you’ll find an XL fitness facility with a great variety of equipment suiting many different workout styles. To the far left is an attached studio with on demand classes and also features two Peloton bikes for the residents to use. Nearby, you’ll find bike storage, a pet washing room and an indoor/outdoor dog park!
The 3rd floor hosts the main amenity spaces. Here, the resident lounge welcomes you with a bight and open air feeling and opens up to the outside terrace/pool deck area. The lounge offers free coffee in the am and a billiards table as well. Beyond the lounge and separated by a very colorful, large sectional lounging couch- something like you would find at a hookah bar- is the Tech Center. 3 cubicles with whiteboards & TV’s, a large conference table, of course, WiFi connectivity.
Enough about the INSIDE stuff- let’s go OUTDOORS.
We visited on a particularly hot and sunny day which made the pool and pool deck area feel that much better. The deck area is HUGE and made up of 3 different sections- adult play area with dueling corn hole boards, the pool and pool deck with loungers and three big cabanas, and a gathering area with three grilling stations. It’s large enough to have several groups of people around and not be all up in everyone else’s business.
On the top floor is another smaller lounge area which leads to the roof deck. Although small in size, the views are outstanding reaching all the way to Everett to the North and great cityscape views of Boston. Counter-style seating around the perimeter showcases the views and there is a grill up there as well. Nice spot for a smaller size gathering.
Pricing: Studios start at $2644 but will normally run you a shade under $3k/mo. You’re looking at $3k+ for an entry level one bed and their premium models can stretch you all the way to over $4k/mo. One plus den layouts are plentiful, sized around 850-900 sq ft. and range between $4-$5k. Two beds will start in the mid $4k’s and cap out at about $6k/mo. Three beds run between $5,600 and $7,500/mo. There are several different layouts at Lantera- some of the premium varieties offer pretty sweet (and LARGE) private decks as well. Parking is $250/mo. for a single space and $425 for a tandem space fitting two cars. Building pays for the heat and hot water and residents pay for electric, water/sewer and cable & internet service.
All-in-all, Lantera is a nice building. It avoids feeling cheap and tossed together which is nice to see in the luxe apartment category. It is pricey- especially for Brighton- but has the potential to be a real game changer in the local marketplace.