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Bushari Welcomes Tommy Connors

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Bushari Real Estate is excited to introduce Tommy Connors as the newest member of our team!

Tommy is an energetic residential sales and leasing specialist accustomed to working tirelessly to accommodate the needs of his clients. He distinguishes himself in the luxury rental sector through meticulous attention to detail and superior knowledge of this highly nuanced market. Tommy is also extremely well-equipped to aid in navigating the choppy waters of first time home buying.

After being raised in the Merrimack Valley, Tommy embarked on a journey the first year after Hurricane Katrina to earn his BSM in Marketing Management from Tulane University in New Orleans. Throughout his time there, he gained invaluable perspective and experience watching and participating in the city’s rebirth. However, he now truly has the privilege of calling himself a “Boston resident” after living in nearly every neighborhood of the city over the past 6+ years. He has a diverse background in marketing and sales from working with well-recognized global brands, but is currently 100% focused on serving as your bona fide expert in the Boston’s real estate market.

Tommy recently purchased his first home in South Boston where he lives with his wife, Erica. He is a die-hard Boston sports fan and is desperately trying to improve his golf game.

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Bushari Welcomes Braxton Neely

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Bushari Real Estate is happy to announce Braxton Neely as the newest addition to our team!

Braxton grew up in San Diego, California, with a life-long passion for customer service. Since relocating to Boston, he has acquired an impressive knowledge of the city and surrounding areas and brings the highest level of enthusiasm to every deal that he’s involved in.

With a background in sales and hospitality, Braxton decided to combine his talents and pursue a career in Boston’s real estate market. Using the latest technology and market research, Braxton provides his clients with concierge-style service. He is well-versed in each step of the real estate process, having worked with buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.

Braxton currently resides in East Boston. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, working out and surfing.

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Meet the Architects Designing Boston’s Future Residential Towers

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A number of residential towers will soon be taking over the Boston skyline. From the gleaming facade of the 52-story Copley Place Tower to the lofty height of the 780′ tall Winthrop Square Tower, Boston’s residential building boom has hit an all-time high. Bushari’s Boston Real Estate Blog has reported on the size comparisons of these new residential towers, but we were left with a number of unanswered questions. What will these towers look like from an aesthetic perspective? What type of personality does the building convey? The answers to these questions lie in the hands of their designers. Let’s meet the masterminds behind these towering masterpieces.

 

Copley Place Tower

Neighborhood: Back Bay

Height/Stories: 625′ / 52 stories

Estimated Completion Date: Summer 2019

Architect: Elkus Manfredi Architects

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The Copley Place Tower is a planned residential expansion atop the current Neiman Marcus building at 100 Huntington Avenue. The design will transform the space to include seven new retail spaces, three restaurants and a soaring residential tower. The 52-story building will include 109 ultra-luxury condos and 433 luxury apartments.

Copley Place Tower is designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and is being developed by Simon Property Group. Its design includes a multi-story atrium with a glass facade that welcomes pedestrians into an indoor garden. Residents will benefit from direct access to the retail facility, a 6th floor lap pool, a 7th floor Sky Lobby/deck and a garage with car and bike parking. Copley Place Tower is perfectly situated for those who enjoy the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods. The building will provide easy access to major transportation points and MBTA stations.

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Copley Place Tower architects Howard F. Elkus (left) and David Manfredi (right).

Elkus Manfredi is a Boston-based architectural firm founded by Howard F. Elkus and David Manfredi, both fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Since the firm’s inception in 1988, Elkus Manfredi have been a prime accomplice to Boston’s architectural boom. Their work spans internationally as well, from The Modern in New Jersey to Las Vegas’ City Hall and Russia’s Sochi Grand Marina.

“Many of our projects involve significant urban design,” Elkus claims. “And, as urban designers, we are always looking at the context and relationship to our work and their surroundings. And that has been a priority of the city as well”. The designs by Elkus Manfredi are noticeably harmonious with their surrounding architecture. They tend to be free of jarring and extraneous features, instead showcasing their charms through gleaming facades and curves. Copley Place Tower is no exception. Its stylish curved glass facade is complimented by additions to the Copley Place Mall including new flooring and ceiling treatments, glass handrails, upgraded escalators and an upscale food court. One of the many benefits of being connected to a mall is that condo-owners may have a personal shopper go downstairs to the mall to buy an item for them.

The luxurious condos at the Copley Place Tower will be priced from $975,000 to $15,000,000-plus.

 

South Station Tower

Neighborhood: Leather District

Height/Stories: 677′ / 49 stories

Estimated Completion Date: Construction begins early 2017

Architect: César Pelli

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Built atop Boston’s largest railroad station and intercity bus terminal, the South Station Tower will soon rise as one of the city’s largest residential complexes. The history of the tower’s development goes back to the early 90s, when Tufts University president Jean Mayer foresaw a potential use for the airspace as the “epicenter for high-profile medical research”. However, its development would be frequently delayed by complications arising from Boston waterfront zoning restrictions. It wasn’t until 1997 that Tufts brought on a development partner, Hines Interests LP, to lay out a plan for the space. The original design called for a 759′ tower which included a decorative spire but these plans would be downsized in 2006 and the space would instead be used for condominiums.

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South Station Argentine-American architect César Pelli.

The new designer for the South Station Tower is famed architect César Pelli. Pelli is listed by the American Institute of Architects as one of the world’s most influential living American architects. His vast portfolio includes work on some of the world’s tallest buildings, including the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which were, at the time of their construction, the tallest buildings in the world. Among his most influential works are the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, the renovation of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Carnegie Hall Tower in New York City.

Pelli’s designs are generally postmodern with a strong influence from the Modern architectural period of the early 1900s. He gained much recognition in the U.S. for his work on the Pacific Design Center, which features a beautifully reflective, opaque blue-glass facade. His designs follow similar patterns,  comprised of rectangular prisms with rounded edges and tapered tops. South Station Tower’s design is reminiscent of stacked geometric prisms, with a lovely blue-glass facade that compliments the surrounding colors of the Boston sky.

The South Station development will renovate parts of the South Station Transportation Center while developing a 49-story, 970,000-square-foot office tower, a 155-unit residential condominium complex, 200-room hotel building, 525,000 square-foot office building, and garage parking for 750+ cars. South Station Tower is destined to become a future landmark in Boston, displaying the harmony between Boston’s bustling transportation hub and its opulent residences.

One Bromfield

Neighborhood: Midtown

Height/Stories: 683′ / 59 stories

Estimated Completion Date: TBD

Architect: Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture

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Plans for construction of a 407,000 square-foot structure containing approximately 300 rental units, retail space and 200 parking spaces are currently being reviewed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. These plans date back to their first proposal in 2008 by late Mayor Thomas Menino, and have been on the fence ever since. The 2009 economic crash caused New York-based managers Midway Management Corp. to put the project on hold, but it is once again back in the works.

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One Bromfield architects Gordon Gill (left) and Adrian Smith (right).

Midwood Investment & Development firm is developing the tower, but its design is in the hands of Chicago architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill. Their architectural firm is strictly engaged in the development of energy-efficient and sustainable architecture. Significant projects taken on by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill include Jeddah Tower, which will overtake the Burj Khalifa as the word’s tallest building in 2020, China’s Wuhan Greenland Center and green renovations to Chicago’s Willis (formerly, Sears) Tower.

The partners’ company was founded after they left their Chicago office at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, a firm that specializes in supertall skyscrapers. Their style incorporates high-performance, energy-efficient skyscrapers that are as distinguished as they are fashionable. One Bromfield brandishes a dapper curved shape that bends around the corner of Washington and Franklin streets. Its shape retains similar geometrical features present in the Burj Khalifa and China’s Zifeng Tower. While information detailing its interior features has not yet been released, we can imagine that it will retain the same level of green living and efficiency that Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill have displayed throughout their past works.

Millennium Tower

Neighborhood: Midtown

Height/Stories: 685′ / 60 stories

Estimated Completion Date: 2016

Architect: Blake Middleton of Handel Architects

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Millennium Tower, the third tallest building in Boston and tallest residential skyscraper in the city, is nearly complete. Many of us have been eagerly anticipating its opening since Millennium Partners won approval for 1.1 million square feet of residential and commercial space at the site in 2012. The site is in the center of one of Boston’s busiest areas, and the 231,000 sq. ft. retail space is positioned to take advantage of the large pedestrian volume. Above, up to 600 residential units, both condominiums and rentals, will have a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom units. In addition, there will be 550 parking spaces below grade.

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Millennium Tower architect Blake Middleton of Handel Architects.

Blake Middleton, a founding partner at New York-based architectural firm, Handel Architects, is the lead designer of Millennium Tower. Middleton has been recognized as a leading figure in high-rise mixed use urban design. He’s shown the East Coast his ingenuity with downtown Boston’s Millennium Place and Ritz-Carlton, the Hemenway Building for the Boston Conservatory, and the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Natatorium in New York City. Handel Architects center their work on harnessing the economic and political forces that influence large scale urban design.

Blake Middleton received his Bachelor’s in Architecture from Cornell University in 1978 and his Masters in the Cornell Urban Design Studio of theorist Colin Rowe. He has won prestigious international awards throughout his career, and has lectured at numerous universities including Harvard, Yale, Syracuse and Cornell. The inspiration behind Middleton’s designs rests in the harmony between the bustling urban lifestyle and the opulent residence. Handel Architects have an extensive portfolio of intimate, modernist buildings constructed throughout the U.S. and abroad that bring an artistic flair to the busy metropolis. Millennium Tower will be 60 stories of unprecedented luxury in Boston’s lively Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

Four Seasons One Dalton

Neighborhood: Back Bay

Height/Stories: 699′ / 61 stories

Estimated Completion Date: 2017

Architect: Blake Harry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed

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The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, One Dalton, will be amongst the tallest high-rise residential towers taking over the Boston skyline. When compared to other Boston towers, only the Prudential and Hancock buildings will surpass its height when completed.

The 699-foot skyscraper will include 180 luxury condos occupying floors 24-61. The lower floors will be home to 211 hotel rooms. One Dalton will present world-class amenities including a private health club, spa and 70′ swimming pool. Condo owners are welcome to a private restaurant and club on the 50th floor. Units are expected to feature soaring ceiling heights, large windows with sweeping city views and private entrances for tower residents.

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Four Seasons One Dalton Architect Harry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed Architects.

The design of One Dalton is being spearheaded by legendary architect Harry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed Architects. Pei Cobb Freed is a New York-based architectural firm with major projects in more than 100 cities across the globe. Projects undertaken by the company have received more than 200 awards for their design excellence. It was founded by I.M. Pei and Henry Cobb. Significant works include Paris’s Grand Louvre, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and Boston’s John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harborpark.

One Dalton’s towering glass facade will be a striking addition to the number of residential towers currently being constructed or planned throughout the city. The building’s gently curved triangular form is brilliantly derived from the perimeter street pattern. Its design will evidently compliment the surrounding Christian Science Plaza and reflecting pool (which was also designed by I.M. Pei). The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, One Dalton, will be a welcome addition to the growing number of residential towers throughout Boston. See below for an exclusive map of Boston’s future residential towers.

 

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Bushari Welcomes Henry Aime Amar

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Bushari is happy to introduce Henry Aime Amar as the newest member of our team!

Henry has been helping Greater Boston residents with their real estate needs for nearly 20 years, bringing a positive attitude and valuable market experience to each and every transaction.

Henry grew up in France and came to Boston in 1991 as the wine buyer for a wholesale wine company. He transitioned into the real estate business in 1999, working for top brokerages throughout the city as an agent and investment specialist. Specializing in residential, commercial and investment properties, Henry has received numerous accolades throughout his career as a Top Producing agent.

In his spare time, Henry enjoys hiking, biking and cooking and also remains passionate about wine, acting as a consultant for some of the city’s top restaurants. Additionally, he organizes and runs wine tastings for Earthen Vessels, Inc., a charity that raises funds for underprivileged children in Vermont.

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Bushari Welcomes Victoria Dodd

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Bushari is happy to introduce the newest member of our team, Victoria Dodd!

Victoria (Tori) is an enthusiastic real estate professional who brings a positive attitude and the highest level of commitment to the table, with the goal of making each transaction smooth and enjoyable for her clients.

Originally from the Midwest, Tori has a fresh and unique perspective on the Boston real estate market. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a major in Social Work and Criminal Justice. During her time in college, she worked in the customer service and hospitality industries where she learned how to relate to people with a wide range of personalities and decided to apply her skills by pursuing a career in real estate. Having grown up with parents in the real estate industry, Tori always had a passion for it and it was a natural fit for her.

Tori currently lives in Boston and enjoys running, biking and reading in her spare time.

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These Residential Towers are Set to Give Boston’s Skyline a Facelift

For decades, the Boston skyline has remained more or less unchanged, predominantly occupied by high-rise office buildings. Over the course of the next several years, however, this will be changing as a slate of new residential towers edge towards completion. From the gleaming facade of the luxurious 60-story Millennium Tower to the gorgeous renderings of the new Four Seasons Hotel/Residences at One Dalton, it’s time to finally get excited about the interminable construction around the city.

See below for our chart detailing how the prospective towers will compare in size to the rest of Boston’s tallest buildings, as well as a map of where these new sites will be located.

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Bushari Welcomes Christopher Pirro

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Bushari Real Estate is excited to introduce Christopher Pirro as the newest member of our team!

Christopher Pirro is a Massachusetts native who has lived in the city of Boston for over 18 years. He brings a diverse, well-rounded set of skills to the table that have helped him succeed in the Boston real estate market and is committed to providing his clients with the highest-quality of service.

Prior to his real estate career, Christopher spent time in construction and hospitality before eventually starting his own business in each of those industries. Looking for a way to combine his passion for building with his talent for customer service, he made the decision to become a real estate professional and hasn’t looked back since. With a well-earned reputation as a hard-working and dedicated agent, Christopher always puts his clients first. His integrity, responsiveness and knowledge of the area make him a valuable resource to anyone with Boston real estate needs.

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys traveling, cooking, playing guitar and spending time with his two dogs, Tony and Burt.

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Bushari Welcomes Robert Collins

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Bushari is happy to introduce our newest team member, Robert Collins! Robert is a multi-faceted real estate professional with a strong background in sales marketing and business management. His knowledge and unique skill set make him an asset to those who work with him.

Having spent a lot of time around commercial real estate, Robert decided to pursue a career in the industry, with a focus on the Boston residential market. Having grown up around the city, he was always fascinated by its unique architecture and all of the little details that it has to offer. He has an intrinsic knowledge of the area that he passes onto his clients, helping them find their perfect homes.

Robert currently lives in North Cambridge and is an avid art collector. He is a member of the Young Collectors Council and Photo Committee at the Guggenheim in New York City, as well as a member of the Founders Circle at the ICA.

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Download our 2016 First Quarter Boston Real Estate Market Report

 

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free-download---2015annualmarketreportWith the first quarter of 2016 now behind us, it’s a great time to check in on the Boston Real Estate Market. As predicted, the market has continued heating up! Sales are up 8% over last year and the average selling price of a home in Boston increased by 12%.

If you are a homeowner curious about the value of your home or someone looking to make a move to the city, our 2016 Q1 Boston Real Estate Market Report will be a valuable resource to you.

For your convenience, the report is broken down by neighborhood. If you follow the links and save the PDF to your computer, you may quickly access any neighborhood via the hyper-linked Contents page.


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Bushari Welcomes Walter Pawlowski

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Bushari Real Estate is happy to introduce Walter Pawlowski as the newest member of our team!

Walter is a real estate professional who uses his dedication, responsiveness, and positive attitude to ensure that the needs of his clients come first. He is prepared to go above and beyond when delivering services to his clients and is eager to take on any challenge.

Hailing from the South Shore, Walter gained a passion for real estate at a young age, frequently visiting construction sites with his father, who was a general contractor for over two decades. Walter graduated from Suffolk University Law School and takes to heart the core values of being an attorney, acting as a trusted advisor to his clients and acting in their best interests at all times.

Walter currently resides in the up-and-coming Mission Hill and has enjoyed watching the neighborhood’s transformation. When Walter isn’t concentrating on his clients, he likes to remain active and enjoys playing basketball and golf.