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Wicked Local U offers free day of learning in Newton

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Wicked Local U offers free day of learning in Newton

Somewhere between the proverbial “School of Hard Knocks” and the University of Oxford lies Wicked Local U, an opportunity to gain knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of topics. Presented by Edelman Financial Services, Wicked Local U will be in session on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The classes will focus on a variety of topics, including: Arts, Culture & Adventure; Health & Wellness: A Better U; Popular Science & Discovery; Financial Fitness; and...

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Happy birthday to us

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Happy birthday to us

We’ve turned 19! We’re just a year older than Google. Much has changed during that time, but Boston Homes’ winning formula has been abiding. This week we marked our 19th anniversary. The first edition was published Sept. 27, 1997, and comprised 24 pages with full color only on pages 1, 12, 13 and 24. The home portrait featured a story about the conversion of the elegant Albert A. Pope Building at 221 Columbus Ave. into 25 luxury condominiums. Listing prices ranged from $515,000 to $1,500,000. (The most expensive sale in the building...

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Sales of condos, median prices increased in August

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

Sales of condos, median prices increased in August

  It’s no surprise that the median condo sale for the Back Bay/Midtown neighborhood in August was a luxurious residence at the new 60-story Millennium Tower at One Franklin St. Among the 219 recorded sales in this part of the city last month, 151 were at Millennium Tower. The tower opened in July. The volume of condo sales in August were higher this year than last and higher than those in July. But without the closings at the tower, the number of sales would have hovered around 400 in July and August, reflecting the lack of inventory...

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Beacon Hill townhouse showcased its renovation

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Beacon Hill, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Beacon Hill townhouse showcased its renovation

Just off Charles Street, ascending Beacon Hill, is a charming four-story brick townhouse at 92 Pinckney St. that just has been sold for $3,950,000. The nine-room, 3,344-square-foot Greek Revival home was listed by Tracy Campion of Campion and Company Real Estate. Rene Rodriguez of Cabot & Company Real Estate represented the buyer. The sale was completed Aug. 29 and is among 17 single-family homes, including five on Pinckney Street, that have been sold this year on Beacon Hill. From the outside, the townhouse, which offers five levels of...

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Residences at Harvard Club sold at spectacular prices

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Back Bay - Midtown, Blog about Boston Real Estate, News | 0 comments

Residences at Harvard Club sold at spectacular prices

Last month the largest condo at the Residences at the Harvard Club at 380 Commonwealth Ave. in the Back Bay was sold for $6,400,000, one of Back Bay’s most spectacular sales in July. The 4,167-square-foot home, Unit 3, is one of five boutique condominiums created within what was for decades the Harvard Club Annex. Sea-Dar Real Estate Inc. and CNW Capital Partners LLC developed the property, and LDa Architects of Cambridge designed the interior spaces. The sale was recorded Aug. 17. Tracy Campion of Campion and Company Real Estate was both...

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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 | Comments Off on Twenty-Two Liberty condo is a spectacular March sale

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 | Comments Off on Marathon daffodils are symbol of Boston Strong

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 | Comments Off on Visitors peek at show house before designers work magic

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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