Our Approach

Boylston Properties is a Boston-based real estate developer of mixed-use places including retail, residential, hotel, corporate, and lab buildings. With four decades of experience and a contemporary vision, our distinctive projects have become part of Greater Boston’s new urban landscape.

A Creative Spirit

Good design is a prerequisite for building value.

Whether we’re developing a hotel or a headquarters, residences or retail destinations, we strive to make the experience exceptional. Sometimes it’s a grand gesture; other times, it’s hundreds of small details that make the difference. By creating places that are beautifully unique, we’re also creating long term value for cities, communities, and investors.

Residence Inn by Marriott Fenway

"Working with Boylston Properties in some ways is like attending your favorite class at University. We feel challenged and inspired to do our very best work. We dream, we work really hard, we have a lot of fun and we end up producing incredible stuff!"

- Eric Brown, Principal/Partner
Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

"The Boylston Properties team offers the benefit of a small, nimble owner, able to change direction quickly if needed, while still providing a talented bench and the financial strength necessary to complete even the largest of transactions."

- Duncan Gratton, Executive Director
Cushman & Wakefield

A Commitment to New England

New England is our inspiration & our future.

Throughout our history, we’ve invested in Greater Boston’s most storied neighborhoods and have been proud to take part in their evolution. With every decision we make, we’re striving to create places that our grandchildren will be proud of. For us, investing in New England’s future is more than business, it’s personal.

Photo by Alvaro Galve Faneuil Hall sidewalk in the winter

A Bold Vision

We’ve earned our reputation as one of Boston’s boldest.

We’ll follow a great opportunity to an emerging neighborhood. We’ll assemble exactly the right partners for every deal. We’ll develop whatever asset class best serves the project and community. Year after year, our approach has yielded impressive returns that speak for themselves.

Linx lobby

"Boylston Properties has been a great partner and totally committed to developing beautiful properties that represent the Marriott Brands in a powerful way. Bill and his team understand the business, live Marriott’s vision and invest in their hotels to ensure an exceptional guest experience."

- Liam Brown, President, Franchising Owner Services
Marriott International

Our History

  • Bill McQuillan
    1978

    Bill McQuillan hired to do small store leasing at The Mugar Group, owner of dozens of strip centers around New England. Bill had no idea what “leasing” was.

  • City Place
    1983

    Bill McQuillan forms partnership with Paul Faraca of The Mugar Group, his former boss, resulting in three deals in six years; CityPlace at the State Transportation Building (Boston, MA), Longwood Galleria at Children’s Hospital (Boston, MA), and Town Green at Wilton Center (Wilton, CT).

  • Stop & Shop old logo
    1991

    Bill works through several Stop & Shop deals in CT and NY in a joint venture with Mitty Shiller.

  • Webster Bank at 1000 Highland Ave
    1996

    Boylston Properties begins development on several retail properties centrally located in downtown Needham, MA, including 1000 Highland Ave for Leejay Bed & Bath.

  • Wellesley Gateway
    1997

    Boylston Properties wins Wellesley Gateway designation from state in joint venture with The Druker Company.

  • Boston Red Sox
    1999

    Boylston Properties establishes a joint venture with Samuels & Associates to create Fenway Triangle Trilogy. Construction would later start in 2004. Opening in 2007, the residential project allows Boylston Properties to be part of the early changes in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston.

  • Watertown Sign
    2000

    Development completes on the new corporate headquarters of Cambridgeport Bank in Brighton, MA and office building Wellesley Gateway in Wellesley, MA. Boylston Properties now begins focusing on Watertown, MA, starting with a $6 million rehab of biotech laboratory headquarters for VITEX Corporation, on Coolidge Ave., in a joint venture with The Cambridge Company.

  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    2002

    Boylston Properties (in partnership with The Druker Company) completes corporate office space for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Quincy, MA.

  • Boston Ale House at One Arsenal
    2004

    Continuing its investment in Watertown, Boylston Properties, in a joint venture with The Cambridge Company, acquires the master lease at One Arsenal; home of Millers Ale House and 53,000 SF of office space.

  • One Arsenal Parking Garage
    2009

    Boylston Properties and The Cambridge Company buy One Arsenal from Simon

  • Marriott Watertown Signing
    2011

    Construction begins on Boylston Properties’ Marriott Residence Inn Fenway, with a heated rooftop pool and a full service indoor/outdoor rooftop terrace bar overlooking Fenway Park. In 2013, the 175 room all-suite hotel opens as the first new hotel in a decade in this Boston neighborhood, and one of Residence Inn’s first urban hotels.

  • Arsenal Yards Master Planning
    2013

    Boylston Properties (in a joint venture with The Wilder Companies and Jonathan Bush), purchases the Arsenal Mall in Watertown and begins master planning and design on Arsenal Yards.

  • Marriott Watertown
    2014

    Construction begins on Boylston Properties’ 570 Arsenal Street in Watertown, the second Marriott Residence Inn for Boylston Properties. By September 2016, a new 150 room Marriott Residence Inn opens.

  • LINX
    2016

    Boylston Properties transforms an industrial site in the East End of Watertown into LINX, a Gold LEED Certified creative office and Lab Building. By 2018, the 185,000 SF building is fully leased and begins occupancy with five life science companies.

  • Arsenal Yards Construction
    2017

    Construction begins on Arsenal Yards.

  • Arsenal Yards Site Plan
    2019 - 2020

    Construction on Arsenal Yards will complete and will include 250,000 square feet of retail, 200,000 square feet of office space, a 150-room Hampton Inn Suites and 425 residences. For more information, check out www.arsenalyards.com.

"Working with Boylston Properties in some ways is like attending your favorite class at University. We feel challenged and inspired to do our very best work. We dream, we work really hard, we have a lot of fun and we end up producing incredible stuff!"

- Eric Brown, Principal/Partner, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

"The Boylston Properties team offers the benefit of a small, nimble owner, able to change direction quickly if needed, while still providing a talented bench and the financial strength necessary to complete even the largest of transactions."

- Duncan Gratton, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield

"Boylston Properties has been a great partner and totally committed to developing beautiful properties that represent the Marriott Brands in a powerful way. Bill and his team understand the business, live Marriott’s vision and invest in their hotels to ensure an exceptional guest experience."

- Liam Brown, President, Franchising Owner Services, Marriott International

"We have a great relationship with Boylston Properties on Arsenal Yards where ownership, design team and construction manager all work together collaboratively. Everyone at Boylston Properties has created a team atmosphere that is centered around strong communication, supportive of innovation and new ideas, and executing on both the short and long term vision of this ambitious multi-phase project."

- Jeff Fishbone, Senior Vice President, Cranshaw Construction

Our Partners & Collaborators

Our partners and collaborators include large financial institutions, respected hospitality corporations and industry leading developers, architects, designers, construction managers, and engineering firms. We collaborate closely with all stakeholders to develop each project’s unique vision and ensure its success.

  • J. P. Morgan
  • Pyramid
  • Samuels & Associates
  • Stonebridge Companies
  • The Druker Company
  • The Wilder Companies
  • Collaborators

    Boston Urban Partners   •   Bozzuto   •   CBRE   •   Conviser Property Group   •   Cushman & Wakefield   •   HFF   •   Hilton   •   JLL   •   Marriott   •   Transwestern RBJ   •  

  • Financial Institutions

    Barings/MassMutual   •   Belmont Savings Bank   •   Blue Hills Bank   •   Cambridge Savings Bank   •   Cambridge Trust Company   •   Citizens Bank   •   J.P. Morgan   •   Needham Bank   •   Peoples United Bank   •   US Bank   •   Wells Fargo   •  

  • Architects

    CBT   •   Carol R Johnson Associates - IBI Group   •   Elkus/Manfredi   •   Group One Partners   •   Imai Keller Moore Architects   •   Jacobs   •   PCA Architecture   •   RD Jones   •   SMOOK Architecture & Urban Design   •   SGA   •   Stantec   •   Stimson Studio   •  

  • Construction

    Ashling   •   Berkeley Building Company   •   Callahan Construction Managers   •   Cranshaw Construction   •   David A. Bosworth Company   •   Moriarty   •   PIDC   •   Procon   •   Sea-Dar Construction   •   Suffolk   •  

  • Engineers

    AHA   •   BR+A Consulting Engineers   •   Energy Economics, Inc.   •   ICO Energy & Engineering   •   McNamara Salvia   •   McPhail Associates, LLC   •   R.J. Kenney Associates, Inc.   •   RJ O'Connell & Associates, Inc.   •   R.W. Sullivan   •   The Green Engineer   •   Vanasse & Associates, Inc.   •   Veitas & Veitas Engineers   •   VHB   •   WaypointKLA   •   WSP   •  

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