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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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

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

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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‘Transit’ wins city competition

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston, South Boston | Comments Off

‘Transit’ wins city competition

Adam O’Day’s brilliantly hued creation, “Transit,” has won the city’s Portrait of a City competition, which celebrates the spirit of contemporary Boston. O’Day, who has a studio at the Distillery in South Boston, was among dozens of local artists who submitted two-dimensional pieces of art last spring. The Boston Art Commission and the mayor’s office chose five semi-finalists, and the public was invited to vote and select the winner. The purpose of the competition was to highlight and showcase the work of local artists, said...

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South End garden tour is June 21

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, South End | Comments Off

South End garden tour is June 21

The 21st annual South End garden tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, rain or shine, featuring many beautiful private and public gardens, ranging from pocket-sized patio spaces to rooftop terraces to neighborhood parks and community gardens. The self-guided garden tour will begin at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., and library park where volunteers will be selling tickets. Tickets are $25 on tour day and include a tour booklet, which has a detailed map and a description of each garden. Each year the tour...

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Millennium Tower registration begins

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate | Comments Off

Millennium Tower registration begins

At 8 a.m. today, May 1, prospective buyers began registering online their interest in the newest Millennium Partners’ development in Boston – Millennium Tower. The 60-story glass building, designed by the award-winning firm of Handel Architects, will comprise 442 luxury residences. Some 95,000 square feet of retail space will occupy the lower floors. Two main styles of homes will be offered – city residences and grand residences, which will have larger floor plates and start on the 28th floor. Many will have outdoor space, and the top...

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Museum houses focus on domestic life

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston | Comments Off

The Boston House Museum Alliance will present “Bostonians at Home: Servant Life in Downtown Boston,” with 40-minute tours of three participating properties being held at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12 and May 17. The Gibson House at 137 Beacon St. will offer a rare opportunity to see the service spaces of a row house in a virtually unchanged state, including the kitchen, pantry, laundry and coal shed. The tour will focus on the daily routine of domestic help highlighting the relationship between servants and house owners as well...

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Help for energy improvements

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate | Comments Off

Renew Boston, in partnership with National Grid and NSTAR, has extended until June 1 its “whole building incentive” program to help reduce the cost of energy, particularly in two- and three-unit buildings. Boston residents and owners of two- or three-unit buildings first must schedule a no-cost home energy assessment for each unit. During the assessment a home energy advisor will be able to install energy saving light bulbs, programmable thermostats, low-flow showerheads and advanced power strips if you need them at no cost to you. At the...

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Pending sales jumped in February

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate | Comments Off

A total of 1,533 condos in the survey area of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors went under contract in February, a 17 percent increase from a year earlier. In January, 1,421 condos had purchase and sale agreements. The median listing price was higher than a year ago but down from January. The number of single-family homes placed under agreement soared from a year ago, from 2,980 homes in February 2013 to 3,587 this year. In addition, the February data were higher than a month earlier when 3,151 homes went under contract. The median...

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Raising awareness

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston, Downtown Boston | Comments Off

Raising awareness

Three Boston icons – South Station, the Prudential Center and the Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge – and local billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings throughout Boston are bathed in a bright orange glow this week to bring awareness to multiple sclerosis. The Greater New England MS Society is seeking support for MS research and services that would help people living with the immune-mediate disease during National Multiple Sclerosis Week from March 3 through 9.  The digital billboards at South Station will display an orange...

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Boston housing data trend higher

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston | Comments Off

The Greater Boston Association of Realtors, which serves 54 communities in eastern Massachusetts, released housing data for January at the same time as did the Warren Group and the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. In this more specific market, sales volume dipped for single-family homes but rose slightly for condominiums, but being closer – and including Boston – the median sale price for a single-family home was higher than the statewide number – $485,100 – and for a condo – $420,500. In a breakout for Boston, closed sales...

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Winter housing data look good

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston | Comments Off

Across Massachusetts, both median sale prices and the sales volume of single-family homes and condominiums increased in January from a year earlier, according to the monthly report from Banker & Tradesman, published by the Warren Group. A total of 2,728 homes were sold compared to 2,599 a year earlier, pushing up the median sale price from $280,000 to $315,000. For condominiums, January sales totaled 1,144 compared to 981 last year. The median selling price rose from $240,000 to $300,000, marking the January median sale price as the...

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Pending sales rise in November

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Blog about Boston Real Estate | Comments Off

Pending sales rise in November

The number of condominiums that went under agreement in November increased for the 31st consecutive month in year-over-year comparisons, according to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. Pending sales of single-family homes also increased from the same period last year. The median sales prices of condos and single-family homes, however, did not change dramatically. On a year-over-year comparison, the median sales price of a condo was $294,835 compared to $285,000 last November. In October, the median sales price was $295,000. A total of...

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