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Preserving old houses

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston, News | 0 comments

Preserving old houses

Historic New England and the Victorian Society in America will present senior preservation services manager Sally Zimmerman in a talk Monday, Aug. 24, at the Otis House and Museum, 141 Cambridge St. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., with the lecture at 6:15 p.m. Zimmerman will talk about “Improving the Old House: Arthur and Ella Lyman’s 1883 Renovation of the Vale,” examining the renovations to the Lyman Estate mansion, the Federal style 1793 home of the Lyman family designed by Samuel McIntire. Using historic interior photos, she...

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Command of USS Constitution changes in ceremony

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Command of USS Constitution changes in ceremony

  Navy Cmdr. Robert S. Gerosa Jr. assumed the duties as 74th commanding officer of the USS Constitution from Cmdr. Sean D. Kearns during a change of command ceremony Aug. 14 aboard the ship presently in Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard. A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., Gerosa graduated from Iona Preparatory School in 1990 and from Providence College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in history. After attending Naval Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., he was commissioned as an ensign in September 1997. Gerosa’s...

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Firm hired to lease church-owned space

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Firm hired to lease church-owned space

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, has hired Boston Realty Advisors to lease commercial space in the historic Horticultural Hall at 300 Massachusetts Ave. The team of Robert LeClair, Peter Bean and Bonny Doorakian will be handling the work. Presently, two spaces – one for 4,400 square feet and one for 1,300 square feet – are available on the mezzanine and third floors. The building is an historic landmark, listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Designed by Wheelwright and Haven and built in 1901, a year after Symphony...

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A look at the Codman Estate

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Beacon Hill, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

A look at the Codman Estate

Historic New England will welcome Wendy Hubbard Monday, Aug. 3, at the Otis House and Museum, 141 Cambridge St. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., with the lecture at 6:15 p.m. Hubbard, site manager of Historic New England’s Codman Estate in Lincoln, will explore how Victorian tastes have been preserved. Overlooking a farm and pleasure grounds, the estate tells the story of five generations of the Codman family. In the 1790s, John Codman carried out extensive improvements to the original Georgian house and surrounding grounds. Sixty...

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Church redevelopment approved

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News, South End | 0 comments

Church redevelopment approved

The iconic Holy Trinity German Church and its rectory at 136 Shawmut Ave. in the South End will be redeveloped. The Boston Redevelopment Authority last month approved a proposal to add a new eight-story steel structure with a glass curtain wall within the existing walls of the church, rising from the stone cornice. The Roxbury puddingstone façade and 110-foot-high steeple will be cleaned and refurbished. Patrick Keely, a prolific church architect who designed more than a dozen churches in Boston alone, including the Cathedral of the Holy...

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Stunning triplex at Waterworks is a spectacular sale

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Chestnut Hill | 0 comments

Stunning triplex at Waterworks is a spectacular sale

Built in the 1880s, the landmark Chestnut Hill Waterworks overlooking an expansive reservoir was mothballed in 1981. Twenty-six years later, the property was redeveloped., and in one of those buildings, four luxurious residences were created, designed by noted architect Graham Gund. One of those residences, a grand, 6,419-square-foot triplex at 2446 Beacon St., is among June’s spectacular sales. Michael Carucci of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty had listed the home, and Beth Ferrari of Peabody Properties Inc. represented the buyer....

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Lecture to celebrate French-American bonds

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Lecture to celebrate French-American bonds

  In conjunction with the Boston arrival of the French frigate “L’Hermione” in mid-July, the Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley St., Roxbury, will present a special program from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11. A reception will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the historic mansion, followed by a free lecture in the Carriage House, which was once part of the Isabella Stewart Gardner estate in Brookline. The reception tickets are $25 per person. Dr. Robert A. Selig, project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington...

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Warren joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Warren joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

  The independent real estate firm, Warren Residential, has joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise network and will be known as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential. Founded by Nick Warren in 2008 at the age of 23, the company has grown to 34 agents. It is located at 535 Boylston St. Warren said he was the “most anti-brokerage network person out there” but changed his mind about franchising when he learned about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. He said he saw a cabernet and cream-colored real estate sign...

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Keys to the House

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News, South End | 0 comments

Keys to the House

HomeStart will host its annual summer cocktail party fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. Many members of the Greater Boston real estate community, who have found success in the housing market, participate in this event as a way to give back to the community. HomeStart was founded in 1994 to provide housing search and stabilization services to homeless individuals and families and to prevent people from becoming homeless. Last year the agency succeeded in placing...

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Roche Bros. to open flagship grocery in Downtown Crossing

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Downtown Boston | 0 comments

Roche Bros. to open flagship grocery in Downtown Crossing

Roche Bros.’ long-awaited Downtown Crossing supermarket will open in the beautifully restored Burnham Building, once home to the Filene’s department store, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 29. Located at 8 Summer St., this 25,000-square-foot market is the first large-scale grocery store to be built in this neighborhood. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Roche Bros. was founded in Roslindale Square in 1952 by brothers Pat and Bud Roche, and today, Pat’s sons Rick and Ed are the...

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New Jamaica Plain condo is striking

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Jamaica Plain, News | 0 comments

New Jamaica Plain condo is striking

An extraordinary condo created within a 19th century Colonial Revival home at 23 Eliot St. in Jamaica Plain is not far from Jamaica Pond. Janet Deegan of Deegan Cervone & Associates of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has listed the nine-room, 4,083-square-foot home at $2.175 million. The first level includes a large media room with a wet bar, a fridge and a microwave, plus a full bath with radiant-heated flooring. Stairs and an elevator start here too. A bedroom with a walk-in closet, another bath with a radiant-heated floor and a...

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What is an ice dam and what can you do about it?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston | Comments Off on What is an ice dam and what can you do about it?

What is an ice dam and what can you do about it?

By now, most everyone has been affected by ice dams. An ice dam is formed when there is snow on the roof; the snow starts to melt from the heat inside the home escaping through the roof. As the water drips down to the edge of the roof, it freezes because the lost heat from the house does not extend out to the eaves. The frozen water forms layers creating a frozen dam until the dam reaches the heated portion of the roof. At that point the water does not freeze but continues to build up, working its way under the shingles and finally into your...

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Landmarks Commission to celebrate 40 years

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston, News | Comments Off on Landmarks Commission to celebrate 40 years

Landmarks Commission to celebrate 40 years

This year the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) will mark its 40th anniversary of protecting the city’s historic buildings and places and enhancing Boston’s unique identity. Four seasonal programs have been planned that will be called BLC XL. “For 40 years the Boston Landmarks Commission has worked to safeguard the character of our beloved city, from its iconic downtown buildings to its many vibrant neighborhoods,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh in announcing BLC XL. “I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage of the BLC’s...

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Allston apartments are planned

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | Comments Off on Allston apartments are planned

Allston apartments are planned

A joint venture between the Grossman Companies Inc. of Quincy and the Waypoint Companies of Boston has acquired a 0.7-acre site in Allston for $3.25 million where 80 apartments have been approved. The venture partnership is seeking investors who will provide 58 percent of the equity to acquire the land and fund soft costs until either the permitted project closes on a construction loan or sells the permitted land. A $28 million complex has been approved for the site at 61-89 Braintree St. Plans call for 51 studios with 568 square feet of...

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Four Seasons complex to break ground

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | Comments Off on Four Seasons complex to break ground

Klieg lights will shoot high-powered beams of light into the evening sky at 6 p.m. Wednesday night to signify the height of the new Four Seasons luxury hotel and residences that will be built at One Dalton Street, between the Christian Science Plaza and the Prudential Center. The event will mark the formal groundbreaking ceremony for the 61-story hotel and residences, which also will become the city’s tallest building at 699 feet. Harry Cobb of Pei Cobb and Freed, who designed the John Hancock tower in the early 1970s, and Gary Johnson of...

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New sleek South Boston condos to be ready in September

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, South Boston | Comments Off on New sleek South Boston condos to be ready in September

New sleek South Boston condos to be ready in September

New Boston Ventures, a premier real estate development firm for the past 25 years, will create 10 luxury condominiums in two new “sister” mansions at 945 East Broadway in City Point. The property sits on nearly two-thirds of an acre and overlooks Pleasure Bay. The award-winning architectural firm of Finegold Alexander & Associates designed the complex, which will be marketed by SellBoston LLC, an affiliate of the Bushari Real Estate Group, comprising James Marsden and Michelle Hediger. The project is expected to be completed by...

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Mandarin Oriental to convert 25 apartments

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate | Comments Off on Mandarin Oriental to convert 25 apartments

Mandarin Oriental to convert 25 apartments

Twenty-five luxury Back Bay apartments at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., will be converted to condominiums and offered for sale early next year. Jeannemarie Conley of Otis & Ahearn Real Estate will be the exclusive broker for the market-rate condominiums. The 10 other apartments in the mixed-use development will continue as affordable rentals, according to a press release. The property, which includes the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel with a dozen suites and 136 guest rooms, a 16,000-square-foot spa,...

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Downtown Crossing walking tour

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston, Downtown Boston | Comments Off on Downtown Crossing walking tour

Downtown Crossing walking tour

The Listing Information Network is sponsoring a walking tour featuring Downtown Crossing from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. The rain date is Thursday, Oct. 30. The event will include an overview of the Millennium Tower development and a hard-hat tour of the Burnham Building, including the Roche Bros. grocery store and Primark, the Irish fashion retailer, both of which will be moving into the building next year. First Republic Bank and Millennium Tower will host a reception at the sales center, 40 Franklin St. The tour will begin at the sales...

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Tours wind down for ‘Old Ironsides’

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Charlestown, News, South Boston | Comments Off on Tours wind down for ‘Old Ironsides’

Tours wind down for ‘Old Ironsides’

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday until Oct. 19. Then the ship will be open only from Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. A demonstration sail is scheduled Friday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a 21-gun salute off Fort Independence at Castle Island in South Boston at approximately 11 a.m. This is the final season that visitors can tour the Constitution at her berth until 2018, as the ship will enter dry dock next...

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Arts festival to include fireworks

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Waterfront North End Financial District | Comments Off on Arts festival to include fireworks

Arts festival to include fireworks

The 12th annual Boston Ahts Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31, at Christopher Columbus Park. The festival will feature a custom-built artists’ village in the center of the park, housing more than 40 visual artists and craftsmen exhibiting and selling their works of art. A waterfront stage will host performances by the PBS radio storytelling program The Moth, the Animal Hospital Ensemble featuring upwards of 20 musicians surrounding the audience with experimental music, and poet and local author...

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