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New MassArt center opens

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Fenway | 0 comments

New MassArt center opens

  The long-awaited MassArt Design and Media Center at 721 Huntington Ave., with its striking three-story glass façade, opened last week. The $40.4 million building, designed by Susan T. Rodriguez of Ennead Architects of New York, replaces a gymnasium in the center of the campus, which was underutilized. The new 40,000-square-foot structure, built to qualify for LEED Silver certification, will serve as the formal entrance of the college and connect the school’s adjacent buildings. The center includes a 130-seat lecture hall with a 4K...

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Topping off Avalon North Station

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Waterfront North End Financial District | 0 comments

Topping off Avalon North Station

AvalonBay Communities and John Moriarty Associates celebrated the topping off last week of Avalon North Station, the $250 million, 38-story glass and concrete skyscraper adjacent to TD Garden and North Station. “Avalon North Station is a celebration of smart-growth, sustainable design and contemporary urban living,” said Scott Dale, senior vice president for development for AvalonBay. Avalon North Station will provide 503 apartments with a mix of studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom homes and 219 parking spaces. CBT Architects designed...

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The making of ‘Haymarket’

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Beacon Hill, Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston, News | 0 comments

The making of ‘Haymarket’

Historic New England will present a book signing and lecture with Ken Turino and Justin Goodstein at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St. Turino, Historic New England’s manager of community engagement, and photographer Goodstein are the authors of “Haymarket,” a compelling look at the history of Boston’s centuries-old open air market. The book, published by Arcadia Publishing, includes images from Historic New England’s archives and from the Boston Public Library, along with present-day photographs....

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Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 1

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston, News | 0 comments

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 1

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 1. Turn back the clocks one hour!

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Recent spectacular sales include two elegant Back Bay duplexes

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Recent spectacular sales include two elegant Back Bay duplexes

  September saw two spectacular sales in a prestigious Back Bay townhouse two blocks from the Public Garden. The former apartment building at 187 Beacon St. was converted to three extraordinary condominiums about two years ago, designed by the Grassi Design Group. The penthouse, a 3,038-square-foot duplex with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, was sold Sept. 30 for $5.9 million. Shelagh Brennan of Cabot & Company was the listing broker, and Beth Dickerson of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty was the selling...

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‘Opening Our Doors’ is a Fenway tradition

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Fenway | 0 comments

‘Opening Our Doors’ is a Fenway tradition

The largest free cultural event in the city, Opening Our Doors, will mark its 14th annual celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at 21 institutions of the Fenway Alliance. This Columbus Day tradition is a day where the Fenway Cultural District opens its doors so that people of all ages can experience the gems of this culturally and artistically rich neighborhood. This day will kick off at 10 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 201 Massachusetts Ave., with performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus and poet laureate...

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A 250th birthday fete

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Beacon Hill, Blog about Boston Real Estate | 1 comment

A 250th birthday fete

Oct. 8 marks the 250th birday of Harrison Gray Otis, a venerable politician who was Boston’s third mayor, and Historic New England is offering free tours of the Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours every half hour that day. The first 100 visitors between noon and 2 p.m. will receive a birthday cupcake, donated by the Charles River Plaza Whole Foods. A graduate of Boston Latin School and Harvard University, he studied law and began his practice in 1786. In 1794 Otis entered politics. He first...

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Highly desirable, Nine Commonwealth has magnificent sales

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate | 0 comments

Highly desirable, Nine Commonwealth has magnificent sales

  Before summer’s end, the sales of six luxurious residences at Nine Commonwealth will have been recorded at the Suffolk Registry of Deeds. The most expensive home, a 3,819-square-foot penthouse duplex with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, was sold for $8,100,000. Michael Moran of Otis & Ahearn Real Estate was the listing broker for all of the homes, which were created in a joint venture of Boston Residential Development of Boston and Luzern Associates LLC of Westport, Connecticut. Tracy Campion of Campion and Company Real...

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Boston turns 385

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate | 0 comments

Boston turns 385

In commemoration of the naming of Boston in 1630 (and of Dorchester and Watertown as well) bells will ring out throughout these new towns at 4:30 p.m. or 1630 hours Monday, Sept. 7. At the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., it will be the 1802 Paul Revere bell that will chime. Other bells that will ring at the same time will be at Old North Church, King’s Chapel, which also has a Revere bell, Old South Church and First Church in the core city. In Dorchester, the bells at First Parish Church, the Church of All Saints Episcopal and...

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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 | Comments Off on Firm hired to lease church-owned space

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 | Comments Off on A look at the Codman Estate

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 | 1 comment

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 | Comments Off on Stunning triplex at Waterworks is a spectacular sale

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 | Comments Off on Lecture to celebrate French-American bonds

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 | Comments Off on Warren joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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 | Comments Off on Keys to the House

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 | Comments Off on Roche Bros. to open flagship grocery in Downtown Crossing

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 | Comments Off on New Jamaica Plain condo is striking

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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