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#VIP: Mapping The Most Expensive Boston Homes Sold in 2015


When 300 Boylston #1005-1006 sold in October for a whopping $15.4 million, it blew out the record for the most expensive private home ever sold in Boston. 2015 has been a banner year for luxury real estate sales. From multi-million lofts along bustling Newbury and Commonwealth streets to tranquil penthouses overlooking the city, Boston has shown us its share of fine residences.

We’ve put together a map of these homes to share with you. All of the residences in this list have been sold for $5 million or more. (And, what do you know, almost all in the Back Bay!)

With the Millennium Tower and other preparing for occupancy in 2016, we’ll be excited to see how 2016 compares. Let’s take a look back at the most extravagant, the most ostentatious, and the most expensive homes we saw in the last year.

Inspired? See some more luxury active listings at Bostonrealestate.com!



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Michelle Hediger Speaks at Inman Connect NYC



Last week, real estate professionals from all over the country gathered in New York City for the annual Inman Connect conference. Among the featured speakers was Bushari agent Michelle Hediger, of the SellBoston Team. As a member of the Top Producer Panel, Michelle helped lead the discussion on “What the Big Hitters Are Focusing on This Year.” Among the most crucial elements to an agents’ success is in finding their own niche. “Find your passion, find what makes you happiest, and make that your niche. It’s finding what makes you want to get up and work,” Hediger said in an interview with Inman Select. She also stressed the importance of diligent marketing through creative uses of social media.

Hediger and her partner SellBoston partner, James Marsden, place a heavy focus on new construction projects, working with developers and clients through every step of the process. In 2015, SellBoston was among the Top Producing sales teams in Boston, with more than $22 million in sales, according to MLS-PIN.

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Coming Soon: 5 Boston Developments to Look Forward to in 2016



2016 is looking to be the start of a new era for Boston’s skyline. From high-rise towers to retail complexes, this year will certainly be filled with many exciting new developments. Let’s take a look at the developments we’re most looking forward to this year.

Millennium Tower


At a remarkable height of 685 ft, Boston’s Millennium Tower has extended far into the city’s skyline. With a mix of 442 residential condos, including stunning penthouse residences, and more than 200,000 sq. ft of retail space at its base, the tower will be 60 stories of unprecedented luxury. Since its approval in 2012, it has become one of Boston’s most anticipated residential buildings. Located in Downtown Crossing, Millennium Tower is expected to remake one of America’s oldest neighborhoods while still preserving its character.

The residences offered at Millennium Tower Boston will include a wide range of lavish features and expansive floor plans. The spacious condos are highlighted by sweeping views of the city and a sizable collection of amenities – a 24-hour concierge, library, outdoor terrace, indoor pool, fitness center, ballroom, and – for all of you foodies – restaurant services overseen by esteemed chef Michael Mina.

The building is set to open by the summer of 2016. Visit the Millennium Tower site for more information or sales inquiries.


One Seaport Square


This colossal Seaport development may not be officially opened until 2017, but it’s worth witnessing its transformation throughout 2016. This luxury high-rise residential and retail project will consist of 832 units, with 250,000 square feet of retail space and three levels of underground parking.

One Seaport Square’s residential towers, named VIA and The Benjamin, will each have separate personalities, providing distinct living options for its diverse audiences. The Benjamin will house 354 apartment homes, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms; while VIA‘s 458 modern apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms and cost-effective “innovation units”.

A joint development between Boston Global Investors, WS Development and The Berkshire Group, the $600 million venture is the largest mixed-use project in Boston in thirty years.



The Aberdeen


Construction is currently underway on Brighton’s newest residential development – a five-story, 40-unit residential building on 1650 Commonwealth Avenue. The Aberdeen will house twelve 1-BRs starting at $550,000; twenty-five 2-BRs starting at $675,000; and three 3-BRs starting at $995,000.

Along with retail space, amenities include a roof terrace, fitness center, and covered parking. The Aberdeen is set to open in late 2016.



319 A Street


Developers at Boston Residential Group are nearing completion on their rehabilitation of an office building at 319 A Street. The project will include approximately 48 residential units and 5,000 square feet of gross floor area for ground floor commercial space.

319 A Street will help create an Innovation District in the Seaport District by introducing amenities that compliment the dynamic changes underway in South Boston’s vibrant neighborhood.

The building is slated to be completed by the summer of 2016. Studios, 1-BRs, and 2-BRs will start at $499,000.



The Lucas


Boston’s desirable South End neighborhood will soon be gaining another residential space at the old Holy Trinity Germain Church on 136 Shawmut Avenue.

In an interesting utilization of architectural design, the 33-unit modern residence will blend old and new by maintaining the facade of the former church, along with its stained glass and vaulted ceilings. Its conversion had initially driven arguments regarding the church’s preservation. Developers New Boston Ventures are planning on opening its doors by 2016.


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5 Apps to Optimize Your New Urban Lifestyle


If the 20th century marked the suburbanization of America, the 21st century’s identity is beginning to take shape as the “re-urbanization”. Baby-boomers and professionals are contributing to this new mass migration, choosing to ditch their bloated suburban abodes in favor of the sleek, minimalist luxury offered by modern city-living. This is more than a lifestyle adjustment—this is a completely new way of life. Luckily, there are many applications and services designed to help you adjust to the transition.




Boxes is a valuable app that lets you take inventory of your belongings and organize them into neat little “boxes”. When you’re packing up your home and preparing to move, this is a great way to accurately keep track of everything and, here’s the best part, the app lets you monetize unwanted items by allowing you to post them for sale directly from your boxes.


















Cubiq is a Boston-based startup that provides valet self-storage services. Essentially, once you sign up for the services, Cubiq digitally catalogs your belongings and stores them in bins that have been equipped with radio-frequency identification. When you need something that’s been stored away (like your winter clothes, for example), all you have to do is request it and it will be delivered to your door within 24 hours.










The idea behind Plated is simple: each week, you log onto the site and choose the recipes you’d like. On your selected delivery date, your Plated box arrives with everything you’ll need to prepare the meals. If one of the dishes you chose calls for two filets of beef and three ounces of wild mushrooms, you’ll get the exact amount needed of each ingredient – with no waste or excess ingredients. This is a great option for those who are looking to eat healthy, home-cooked meals but don’t have the time to stop at the store or the space to maintain a fully-stocked kitchen. Three dinners for two runs a very reasonable $72 and the shipping is free.








Washio is an on-demand dry cleaning and laundry service currently available in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Washington, DC. While many of the higher-end luxury buildings may include amenities such as in-room washer and dryer, this delivery service is a great choice for those who don’t. Prices are broken down by garment type, which are washed accordingly and minimum orders are $30.





With everything going digital, you just might want to sell or donate your large collections of books and CDs because, let’s face it, you might not have the room to store and display them in your shiny new city digs. This application, which is brought to you by the Boston Public Library, gives you complete access to an ever-growing list of ebooks and audio books, all of which you can digitally “borrow” with your BPL library card.



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Condo Sales in 2015 – Boston’s Top Neighborhoods



As we head into 2016, the forecast calls for another big year in the Boston real estate market. Of course, to know where you’re going, it’s always helpful to take a look back. We have accumulated last year’s sales data for each of Boston’s neighborhoods and ranked them by the number of sales.

It should be noted that these statistics are pulled directly from the MLS database and will not include any off-market sales or sales on new construction properties yet to be completed, such as Millennium Tower, as those haven’t officially closed.


1. South Boston



2. South End



3. Back Bay



4. Charlestown



5. Beacon Hill



6. Fenway/Kenmore



7. North End


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Bushari Welcomes Boying Chen to the Team

welcome-boying-instaBushari is pleased to welcome Boying Chen to our team!

Boying joins Bushari Real Estate with a strong background in real estate, having worked for eight years as an account executive and manager for top real estate advertising companies in Tianjin and Beijing. She has built her career and reputation on real estate, with a focus on luxury markets.

Born in Tianjin, China, Boying is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. She graduated from Tianjin Shifan University with a degree in Advertising and moved to Cambridge in 2009. With the Boston real estate market thriving, Boying was eager to return to her passion and earned her Massachusetts real estate license. Her strong marketing skills and expert negotiation abilities are an asset to buyers and sellers alike.

Boying currently resides in Harvard Square with her husband and enjoys a wide variety of hobbies and creative pursuits, including travel, fine dining, ballet, yoga and painting.

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Download Our 2015 Boston Real Estate Annual Market Report


2015 was a game-changing year in Boston real estate. We saw the continued development of Downtown and the Seaport, while neighborhoods like Somerville and Dorchester saw their prices reach new levels. One thing is for sure, Boston is hotter than ever and that trend is expected to continue throughout 2016. If you’re a home-owner curious about the value of your home or someone looking to make a move to the city,  our 2015 Boston Real Estate Annual Market Report will be a valuable resource to you. Broken down by neighborhood, this report will paint a vivid picture of the city’s current market conditions.


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Andrea McDonough Places in “Boston’s Top 20” Agents for December 2015


Congratulations to Bushari’s own Andrea McDonough for earning a spot on “Boston’s Top 20” Agents list for December 2015 with over $6.12 million in sales for the month!

Known for her energy, motivation, quality service and values, Andrea is always up-to-date on the Boston real estate market and strives to keep an edge on her negotiating and marketing skills. Andrea uses her knowledge and experience to achieve the most for her clients and was recently awarded one of REALTOR Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”.

Obtaining her REALTOR® status in the winter of 2009, Andrea moved over to Bushari after a successful career in commercial real estate; focusing her efforts on research, marketing and analysis. In the fall of 2011, Andrea added her Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) to her already impressive resume. Andrea is driven to continue educating herself on the market and upgrading her credentials as she moves forward in her career in order to give her clients the best service possible.

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Price Reduced on 24th Floor Corner Unit 3-BR in The Clarendon


Getting the New Year off to an exciting start, Bushari’s own Liz Dehler, the exclusive listing agent for this 3-bedroom corner unit on the 24th floor of The Clarendon, has recently reduced the price of this highly-coveted luxury condominium to $3,950,000. Featuring gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, this home provides breathtaking, panoramic views of the city from every room, making this a sun-filled oasis that is truly in a class of its own.


The stunning 1,957 sq. ft. home opens into a large foyer, leading into a spacious open kitchen and living area, ideal for entertaining friends and family. The three bedrooms are generously-sized and are accompanied by en-suite baths, custom motorized shades and ample closet space. A storage unit and one valet garage parking space is included with the home.

Ideally located at 400 Stuart Street in Boston’s Back Bay, The Clarendon is a full-service luxury building that offers an unparalleled repertoire of services and amenities, including 24-hour concierge and doorman, an exclusive residents-only Fitness Lifestyle by Equinox, valet garage, culture lounge and library, entertainment room, children’s play area, business and internet lounge, a large landscaped outdoor terrace and in-home food service provided by the acclaimed Post 390 Restaurant. Designed by world-renowned Robert A.M. Sterns Architects, The Clarendon stands as an artistic achievement in the magnificent Boston skyline.

Address: 400 Stuart Street, Unit 24E | Back Bay
Price: $3,950,000

Exclusive Listing Agent:
Liz Dehler, REALTOR®  (813)-728-8098


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Your Boston Real Estate Holiday Wish List


Is someone on your shopping list looking for real estate this holiday season? If so, we’ve compiled your 2015 Boston Real Estate Holiday Wish List, featuring the 10 highest-priced listings available on the market right now. These luxurious homes are looking for the perfect owners–could it be you?


Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

315 Dartmouth Street | Back Bay
14,871 sq. ft.
Rooms: 26
Beds: 9
Baths: 6 full, 4 half
Garage: 2
List Price: $20m


Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

6 Newbury Street #3 | Back Bay
6,100 sq. ft.
Rooms: 12
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 full, 2 half
Garage: 3
List Price: $12.95m


Photo Courtesy of Luxury Residential Group, LLC

Photo Courtesy of Luxury Residential Group, LLC

The Clarendon | 400 Stuart Street PH3 | Back Bay
3,545 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2
List Price: $10.95m



Photo Courtesy of MP Marketing of Massachusetts

Millennium Tower
| 1 Franklin Street PH4B | Midtown
4,110 sq. ft.
Rooms: 5
Beds: 3
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $10.9m


Photo Courtesy of Robert Paul Properties, Inc

Photo Courtesy of Robert Paul Properties, Inc

77 Chestnut Street | Beacon Hill
6,550 sq. ft.
Rooms: 8
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 3 half
Garage: 6

List Price: $10.5m


Photo Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty.

Photo Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Four Seasons Residences | 220 Boylston Street #1205/1209 | Back Bay
3,300 sq. ft.
Rooms: 8
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full
Garage: 2

List Price: $10.25m


Photo Courtesy of Pioneer Realty Group.

Photo Courtesy of Pioneer Realty Group.

The Residences at Hooper Mansion | 448 Beacon Street #4 | Back Bay
4,132 sq. ft.
Rooms: 11
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $9.85m


Photo Courtesy of First Boston Realty International, LLC.

Photo Courtesy of First Boston Realty International, LLC.

Trinity Place | 1 Huntington Avenue PH1702 | Back Bay
3,618 sq. ft.
Rooms: 9
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 3

List Price: $9.25m


Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

25 Beacon Street #4 | Back Bay
3,583 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $9m


Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

25 Beacon Street #3 | Back Bay
3,583 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $8.9m