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Grand Penthouse at Millennium Tower is sold

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Grand Penthouse at Millennium Tower is sold

  Above the clouds, the grand penthouse on the 60th floor of Millennium Tower, One Franklin St., was sold Aug. 17 for $35,000,000. The 13,265-square-foot unit residence encompasses 32 rooms and boasts a 2,000-square-foot terrace that spans the length of the building, wrapping around two corners. Six parking spaces were included in the sale.  

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Haymarket tour set Aug. 12

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News, Waterfront North End Financial District | 0 comments

Haymarket tour set Aug. 12

A behind-the-scenes food tour of Haymarket will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, presented by Historic New England and the Haymarket Pushcart Association. The tour begins at the corner of Congress and Hanover streets. Advance registration is required by calling 617-994-5920 or visiting www.HistoricNewEngland.org. The tour costs $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Otto Gallotto, HPA president, will talk about its centuries-old history and how it has changed over time. Today vendors sell huge varieties of fruits and...

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The Collaborative Companies joins largest brokerage in U.S.

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

The Collaborative Companies joins largest brokerage in U.S.

The New England operation of NRT LLC, the country’s largest real estate brokerage firm, has acquired the assets of The Collaborative Companies in Boston, headed by Sue Hawkes, president and chief operating officer. The Collaborative Companies is a full-service residential marketing firm, which will continue to conduct business under its name. Hawkes will continue as managing director of TCC, located in Park Plaza. It has 30 employees. TCC presently is involved in development projects totaling more than $1 billion. They include condominiums...

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1967 Detroit riot is backdrop for drama to be filmed in Dorchester

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Dorchester, News | 0 comments

1967 Detroit riot is backdrop for drama to be filmed in Dorchester

The first woman to win an Oscar for best director, Kathryn Bigelow, is in Dorchester for the next month to film an as-yet-titled project relating to the 1967 riot in Detroit, one of the worst in U.S. history. Bigelow is working with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also worked with her on “The Hurt Locker,” which won six Oscars. The cast includes John Boyega of “Star Wars” fame and Hannah Murray of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Scenes of the crime drama will be filmed inside and outside the Georgian Revival rectory of All Saints Parish at...

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Coldwell Banker acquires Hammond

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Coldwell Banker acquires Hammond

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England has acquired the assets of Hammond Residential Real Estate Group LLC, further expanding the Coldwell Banker footprint in Massachusetts. Hammond’s 16 offices in Greater Boston – three in Boston – will add to the 83 offices Coldwell Banker presently operates, not only in Massachusetts but also in Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. (ReMax Leading Edge plans to acquire the two Hammond franchises in Cambridge and Belmont, reported Banker & Tradesman.) “We made our decision...

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Capital campaign for dog park

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News, South End | 0 comments

Capital campaign for dog park

A custom-engraved 4- by 8-inch brick is $500, and a 12- by 12-inch paver is $1,000. A limited number of spaces are available for the walkways, and the deadline for participating is July 8. After meeting with city Park Department officials and contractors, the Friends, a 501(c) organization, has determined it needs to raise between $50,000 and $60,000. The park no longer has proper drainage due to a decade of heavy dog use, and the dogs are not only from the South End. This park is open to all Bostonian doggies. But the area puddles, and the...

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Back Bay penthouse triplex is a spectacular May sale

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Back Bay penthouse triplex is a spectacular May sale

  Two years ago a developer acquired a beautiful Back Bay townhouse at 245 Commonwealth Ave. at the corner of Fairfield Street and spent more than a year reconstructing it to create two exquisite triplexes. The interior was gutted, and the exterior was altered. A gabled dormer above the four-story brick bay front was added, the façade was expanded and a new roof was built. The new design by architects Silverman Trykowski Associates was in keeping with William Whitney Lewis’ 1877 design. Last month the 4,390-square-foot penthouse was...

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Refined South End townhouse is a spectacular sale in May

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News, South End | 1 comment

Refined South End townhouse is a spectacular sale in May

A South End townhouse at 154 West Brookline St. that has preserved 19th century architectural details while adding 21st century amenities is among May’s spectacular sales. The four-bedroom, four-bath home was sold May 13 for $3,750,000. Paul Whaley and Charlie Ring of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listed the 3,858-square-foot brick home, and Diane Davidson and Richard Giglio of Keller Williams Realty’s Back Bay office were the selling brokers. The flat brick façade with brownstone lintels and sills presents a handsome entry with a...

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Historical society to present house tour

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Dorchester, News | 0 comments

Historical society to present house tour

The Dorchester Historical Society will present a new Dorchester house tour from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, highlighting a dozen homes and carriage barns on Ashmont Hill. The recently restored 1892 Parish of All Saints, Ashmont, also will be open. “Homeowners will be on hand to talk about the ways they have preserved, restored and transformed their 19th century houses for 21st century living,” said Earl Taylor, society president. The houses represent varying architectural styles, including mansard cottages, built in the 1870s, the...

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Newly built Back Bay condo with superior address is sold

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate | 0 comments

Newly built Back Bay condo with superior address is sold

  Just steps from the Public Garden is 6 Newbury St., a luxurious mixed-use boutique building that comprises four distinctive residences, built above the international French fashion house of Chanel. Designed by CBT Architects, the six-story building has a French white limestone façade and four wide, boxed bay windows on each of the upper floors. Black etched moldings surround the glass, and below ground is a 16-car garage. The building was completed about two years ago, and the condominiums were sold as raw space. A developer purchased...

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Boston artifacts tell stories

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Dorchester, News | 0 comments

Boston artifacts tell stories

  The Dorchester Historical Society will host a free talk with Joseph M. Bagley, Boston’s archaeologist, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the historic 1806 William Clapp House, 195 Boston St. Bagley, also a member of the Boston Landmarks Commission, will introduce his book, “A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts.” He will look at Boston’s fascinating hodge-podge of history, beginning with ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts and show how unearthed objects, such as cannonballs, drinking cups, spears, chinaware and...

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Restored South End townhouse is among April spectacular sales

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News, South End | 0 comments

Restored South End townhouse is among April spectacular sales

  A beautiful single-family home in the South End totally renovated from top to bottom is among April’s spectacular sales. The Venetian Gothic-style home at 13 Rutland Square, one of 11 attached buffed-colored residences, was sold April 28 for $4,200,000. Ryan Clunan of Campion and Company Fine Real Estate was the listing broker for this 10-room home with 4,025 square feet of living space; Li Xue of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Lexington was the selling broker. Built between 1859 and 1861, the five-story house features a low...

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Twenty-Two Liberty condo is a spectacular March sale

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Twenty-Two Liberty condo is a spectacular March sale

  The flurry of sales of the 109 luxurious condominiums at Twenty-Two Liberty in the Seaport District occurred upon its opening late last fall, yet some these new residences are now being resold. One of them, Residence 3A, has just been sold for $4,150,000. Carmela Laurella and Dave Costello of CL Properties were the listing brokers for this two-bedroom home with a study, and Robb Cohen of Engel & Völkers Boston was the selling broker. This condo is spectacular, housed within the “nose” of the 14-story glass-and-steel tower on...

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Marathon daffodils are symbol of Boston Strong

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Marathon daffodils are symbol of Boston Strong

For its third year Marathon Daffodils will be distributing thousands of daffodils to businesses along Boylston Street and the Marathon finish line area for the 120th BAA Boston Marathon weekend from April 15 to 18. Marathon Daffodils is an annual program founded in 2014 by Diane Valle, a passionate urban horticulturalist who is a real estate broker and owner of Boston Portfolio Properties. After the 2013 bombings, she thought planting and distributing daffodils along the Marathon route would bring beauty and hope to the city. Since then, more...

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Visitors peek at show house before designers work magic

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate | 0 comments

Visitors peek at show house before designers work magic

A 175-year-old Greek Revival house in West Newton is about to undergo a big transformation at the hands of some of Greater Boston’s best designers. The Nathaniel Allen House, a former residence and early coeducational school, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was selected as the Junior League of Boston’s 2016 Decorators’ Show House. All together, more than 20 rooms are scheduled for makeover. At last weekend’s public preview of the home, located at 35 Webster St., visitors admired the house’s great bones and...

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Bare bones designer house tour is Saturday

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | Comments Off on Bare bones designer house tour is Saturday

Bare bones designer house tour is Saturday

The Junior League of Boston will present its 45th designer show house May 7 through June 5, when 20 interior designers will transform 20 rooms of the historic Nathaniel Topliff Allen House at 35 Webster St. in West Newton. A free bare bones tour of the Greek Revival house, built in 1841, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, for the public to see the home before the redecoration. Allen, a protégé of Horace Mann, acquired Mann’s house in 1854 and established the progressive West Newton English and Classical School at this...

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Historic battle to be commemorated

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | Comments Off on Historic battle to be commemorated

Historic battle to be commemorated

The crew of USS Constitution will commemorate the 201st anniversary of Old Ironsides’ third and final major battle in the War of 1812 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The event marks Old Ironsides’ battle against two Royal Navy ships, the HMS Cyane and HMS Levant, near the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira in the Atlantic and her unprecedented dual victory under the command of Capt. Charles Stewart. Donning their 1813 period uniforms, active duty Navy crewmembers will give dramatic accounts of the...

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New MassArt center opens

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Fenway | Comments Off on New MassArt center opens

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 | Comments Off on Topping off Avalon North Station

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 | Comments Off on The making of ‘Haymarket’

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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