Introducing Waltham's Trend-Setting Merc at Moody
Strategically sited in downtown Waltham, the Merc at Moody & Main takes local apartment living to a new level. The structure was developed by Northland, the same company that owns and manages the building. The building, which has 269 units, is proving to be popular with the local population, as evidenced by its fully-leased status. Following trends in the greater Boston area, no new construction was involved when creating this innovative structure. Instead, it was placed inside an old mercantile building and updated for modern use. The project, a complex of three buildings, includes ground-level retail space used by shops and restaurants. Its location is within walking distance of downtown Waltham's restaurants, museums, stores, and more.
For those living in the Merc complex, convenient and accessible transportation is a major selling point. Buses and trains run regularly to and from downtown Boston, including the Waltham shuttle, an express bus that reaches Boston's center in 30 minutes, and a local bus with four different routes. The Commuter Rail, a mere minutes' walk from the Merc, travels to Boston's North Station in less than 30 minutes. Major highways, including I-95 and 128, are easily accessible from the Merc, as is the Mass Pike. For those needing transportation, the apartment complex rents out Zipcars.
The complex has apartments with various floorplans and some common features. Energy-saving appliances are the norm in all units, regardless of size. Plumbing fixtures have low-flow designs, and each unit has a full-size personal washer and dryer. Kitchen appliances are made of stainless steel, and the cabinets have a European-style design. Some apartment kitchens have islands, and kitchen floors are made of wide planks. Bathrooms feature tiled baths and showers and ceramic tile flooring. High ceilings and wide windows are other common features. Some units have Juliette balconies with views of the surrounding neighborhood. Floor plan and pricing varies by unit. One-bedroom apartments start at $2,525 per month. They range in size from 666 SF to 878 SF, and range from simple designs to units with a den, balcony, or both. Two-bedroom apartments start at a price of $3,505 per month. They range in size from 868 SF to 1,259 SF. As with one-bedroom apartments, the two-bedroom units range from standard layouts to apartments with a den, a balcony, or a combination of the two.
Filled with amenities, the building gives residents a roof deck with views of the Boston skyline, an indoor lounge with a fireplace and seating areas, a billiards room, a catering kitchen with a serving area and large table, a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment like cardio equipment and free weights, along with a separate studio for yoga and spinning, and a multipurpose entertaining and meeting room. The facility also has a full-service business center with a conference room, internet access, and individual and group workspaces. In addition to renting out Zipcars, the building features an electric car charging station and a tire inflation center. Below ground, residents have access to a private parking garage. With parking availability dwindling around Boston as the population expands, parking is become more of a necessity, and it's in much higher demand.
Below the residential living quarters is an area dedicated to retailers. While retail space is still being leased out, the building's commercial customers already include Citizens Bank and Santander Bank. Adjacent to the Merc is an area of Waltham called "Restaurant Row," which features an array of restaurants and entertainment services like museums and movie theaters. Waltham's boutique shopping stores, including bookstores and clothing stores, are close by.
In recent years, developers have faced the growing challenge of meeting the Boston suburbs' growing populations' needs to live closer to the places where they work. Unlike many development projects, which have been criticized for conflicting with the character of their surrounding areas, the Merc at Moody's brick façade was designed with architecture and design that consists with the town's historic feel. So far, it has been well received by the local population. Given the developer's success with this project, there is talk of the complex expanding in the future to include a 12,000 SF center for the Roche Bros. Brothers Marketplace.