Located on East Boston’s waterfront, Harborwalk Residences and Harbor125 Apartments is a new mixed-income multifamily community that replaces decades-old public housing. Offering 52 units, including 22 affordable homes and 30 mixed-income condominiums, the transit-oriented development reconnects East Boston’s Maverick Square neighborhood to the Boston Harbor waterfront. Carefully graded and elevated, the structures are sited on a raised berm above the flood plain, with a gentle slope ensuring full accessibility. The plain brings restored view corridors and adds new streets and pedestrian passageways, where scattered garden-apartment-style buildings had previously formed a barrier separating the city from the shore.
Given the primarily low-rise, wood-and-masonry surroundings, both new three-story buildings are clad in contextually appropriate materials ranging from clapboard siding to masonry-like cement fiber panels. The result is a seamless transition from the older urban fabric to more contemporary developments along the water’s edge.
Amenities include over 4,400 square feet of valuable community-focused retail space and gathering areas, publicly accessible bike storage facilities, and resident-only terraces with sweeping views of the Boston skyline. The bright, airy interiors offer high-quality finishes and a sophisticated color palette of rich navy blues and gray to create a contemporary amenity space. In a nod to the close-knit neighborhood’s history, the lounge incorporates a mural evocative of one that once appeared on the previous building’s façade.