A New Allston Christmas

The neighborhood’s first luxury towers have arrived.


A sleek, modern rental at Allston’s Continuum. / Photograph courtesy of Samuels & Associates

Allston—land of rock clubs and free curbside couches—is going upscale. Continuum’s north tower began leasing apartments in August, and its south tower opens for occupancy this month.

“You could put this building downtown and it would compete, but it’s a discount over Boston pricing since it’s slightly outside the city,” says Samuels & Associates developer Leslie Cohen, who helped bring the project to fruition. As Allston’s first and only luxury full-service complex, the towers blend the neighborhood’s communal spirit with plenty of understated swank.

For proof, look no further than the fireplaced shared living area, party-ready second-floor roof deck, and game room (outfitted for pool and poker, naturally). A fitness center opens to the private backyard, blanketed with AstroTurf for al fresco yoga sessions. Continuum also caters to bikers, with 325 dedicated parking spaces—one per unit—and a workshop area where residents can repair their own wheels.

There’s a peaceful vibe, too, courtesy of nearby green spaces such as Smith Field. Rentals start around $2,400 per month for a studio and climb to about $5,300 for a three-bedroom unit. A number of apartments feature downtown views thanks to Allston’s many low-rise buildings, and some even have private decks perfect for a nightcap. You’re on your own for furniture, though.

Continuum, 199 N. Harvard St., Allston, 855-342-9376, continuumallston.com.

By the Numbers: Allston’s Ascension

Neighborhood Fun

1977: Year the Paradise Rock Club opened
50+: Number of restaurants in Allston
$3: Cost of a Miller High Life at Great Scott
$40: Cost of a lip piercing at Stingray Body Art

Median Condo Price

2004: $250,000
2014: $329,500

10-year price increase: +31.8%