One of the many appealing characteristics of downtown Boston living, aside from its abundant history, is its accessibility to public transportation. Mason Place, an eight story community located in the heart of Boston, is within a quarter mile of the MBTA bus and train lines.
The building itself is formerly the home of the Boston Herald Traveler, formed in 1967 as a merger of 1825’s Boston Traveler and The Herald of 1912. Take a visit to Mason Place’s lobby and you will see the original gold Boston Herald Traveler newspaper elevator doors!
Physically located next door to the new Ritz-Carlton Hotel and condominiums, it is within walking distance, MBTA or short taxi ride to many of Boston’s most appealing locations, including Boston Common (known as one of the oldest parks in the country), Chinatown (established in 1890), Downtown Crossing (for plenty of shopping and restaurant locations), and the Theatre District.
Mason Place is a smoke-free community.
Studio, One and Two Bedroom Apartments Include:
- Safety Rails in Bathroom
- Full Kitchens
- Central Air Conditioning and Heating
- Cable Ready
- Emergency Call System
- Window Treatments
Building Amenities Include:
- Community Room with Full Kitchen
- Coin-Operated Laundry Facilities On-Site
- Mason Place Participates in the Fair Food Program
- Transportation for Grocery Shopping and Local Medical Appointments
We hope this section helps answer a few of the questions you may have. If you have a question not covered in this section, or if you would like more information, please call Mason Place at 617-426-6198. We look forward to hearing from you!
What type of housing is Mason Place?
Mason Place is a subsidized housing community for seniors age of 62 & over. The term “subsidized housing” means that the rent is based on income. A resident of the community pays approximately 30% of their income as rent.
Who pays the remainder of the rent?
The remainder of the rent is paid in the form of a subsidy by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a U.S. government agency.
Is there a lease?
Yes, there is a one-year lease, but we understand the necessity of unanticipated move-outs.
How big are the apartments?
Mason Place offers spacious studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. They range in size, based on floor plan, from 630 to 972 square feet.
How do I get started with the move-in process?
Currently, the waiting list for Mason Place is closed.
Is there a waiting list for residency?
Yes. There is currently a very long (10+ years) waiting list for Mason Place.
What is the Security Deposit?
There is no Security Deposit required.
Do you allow pets?
Mason Place welcomes you and your small pet. There is a limit of one animal per apartment and there are certain size restrictions.
What is the Pet Deposit?
There is no pet deposit required.
Is parking available?
Our downtown location does not allow for parking.
How many keys do I receive?
Each unit receives one full set of keys – main entrance key, unit key, and mailbox key.
Are there any planned activities?
Mason Place prints a Quarterly Newsletter with a calendar in it that shows the dates and times of various activities and seasonal or holiday activities. Monthly activities include fitness classes, ESL classes, informational meetings with speakers, and knitting/sewing for our Project HANDS program.
Are there on-site laundry facilities?
Yes, there is a coin-operated laundry facility on site.
What is the garbage/recycling process?
Each floor has a garbage chute, and recycling receptacles are located on the ground floor.
Is there any public transportation available?
Yes. The downtown location of Mason Place makes it very accessible by the MBTA system, buses, trains, and trollies are within walking distance.