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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, Boston, News | Comments Off on Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 1

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 | Comments Off on Recent spectacular sales include two elegant Back Bay duplexes

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 | Comments Off on ‘Opening Our Doors’ is a Fenway tradition

‘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 | Comments Off on Highly desirable, Nine Commonwealth has magnificent sales

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 | Comments Off on Boston turns 385

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 | Comments Off on Preserving old houses

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 | Comments Off on Command of USS Constitution changes in ceremony

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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