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Boston’s Sustainable Housing Boom

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Throughout the world, architects and designers have been increasingly focused on developing environmentally-friendly strategies. From utilizing recycled building materials to introducing solar energy and permaculture gardening, developers are putting an emphasis on sustainable living. Eco-friendly building design is of significant importance to Boston. A city-wide push under Mayor Walsh has achieved energy efficiency gains with capital improvements that yield savings and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. While over 400 buildings and projects throughout the city are already LEED certified, more developments have taken even greater bounds in leading the eco-friendly initiative.

Parker & Terrace Street Development

“Not just a building – a PARK”. This Mission Hill development has been recently approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency; proposing 44 residential units in a thoughtfully-designed green building. Each unit has been designed around an outdoor space that helps create a unified indoor/outdoor experience. The developers’ goal is to unify the design of the building and the landscape to create a community in which residents may converge; linking artists, art-lovers, gardeners, bicyclists, and neighbors.

Each spacious and flexible one-, two- and three-bedroom unit opens into a private garden. Patios, courtyards and murals punctuate the steel facade of the building. Retail spaces permeate and activate the street and are defined by an inner courtyard with an open stair that connects the vibrant Terrace Street to the landscape above. This development also includes 30 motor vehicle parking spaces and 82 bicycle parking spaces. The project further incorporates a 14,000 square-foot community garden on its roof. A 14,500 square-foot solar farm provides electricity for the energy-efficient residential units and retail spaces. Heat is provided through a geothermal heating system and is distributed through radiant heating in the floors. The design achieves a projected energy surplus of 21% and a Platinum LEED score of 123 points. At Parker & Terrace street residences, you’ll be a part of the green living experience flourishing throughout several Boston neighborhoods.


Green at the Distillery

The Distillery is a new South Boston residential building located adjacent to the current Distillery site. The 1966 bottling plant has been replaced by a 65 unit residential building. The Distillery serves as a live/work area for artists with underground music practice rooms, an open courtyard venue for performances, galleries, an artist residency program, and public artworks.

The project incorporates “Passive House” design – a combination of an extremely insulated and non-porous building shell with a recovery ventilator. A typical residential building will use a system that pulls in air from the outside to heat or cool it on its way into the building while venting the warm or cool air back outside (thus wasting the energy embodied in it). A Passive House building’s recovery ventilator transfers the warmth or coolness of the air that is exiting the building into the new air coming in from the outside, resulting in a well-ventilated interior that has recycled its own warmth or coolness – creating an energy-efficient space that recovers its own heating and cooling.

 

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The Distillery project has surpassed the benchmarks set by the US Green Building Council’s LEED Rating system; using just 10% of the energy of an ordinary new residential development of this size. The project incorporates other green technologies including cogeneration of electricity, drain heat recovery, recycled gray water, community garden and food production and composting. The developers have also been working to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of transportation to and from the Distillery and the neighboring buildings. A collaboration with the MBTA has rerouted a downtown bus line to stop at the Distillery. The project further includes Zip Cars, electric car charging stations, and networked community carpooling. The developers of the Distillery are committed to ensuring that the building will remain an affordable and vibrant residence for Boston’s artists and artisans.


The Allandale Residences

Allandale Residences, recently approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, involves the construction of 14 new sustainable townhomes. All 3.5-4.5 story townhomes include three bedrooms and range from 1,600 to 2,800 square-feet. The homes will further include private entrances and internal garages. Developers Wonder Group LLC of Dorchester claim that its development will add no demands to the regional electricity grid and will be able to withstand strong storms that could come with global climate change.

The entire site will complement the surrounding Allandale Woods conservation area and is expected to target Net Zero efficiency and LEED Platinum performance. The townhomes will be built into an existing hill on the site and positioned to take most advantage of the sun for their roof solar panels. Bio-swales and vegetated rain gardens will line paved areas and a new vegetated stormwater treatment system will retain and filter water – providing a recreational/visual amenity for the community. The site is conveniently situated on the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain border, offering direct access to the Arnold Arboretum, Allandale Farm and Allandale Woods.

Highland Street Development

The new development at 226-232 Highland consists of four three-story wood-frame townhomes in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. The project took over a formerly vacant site occupying a prominent corner that overlooks the historic Fort Hill neighborhood. This project was conceived as a prototype for family-friendly, energy-efficient townhomes. Each unit is approximately 1,850 square-feet with flexible floor plans including large rear decks and backyards.

The Highland Street project was developed under the City of Boston’s Energy Plus Green Building Program which seeks to develop energy-positive sustainable green housing. Developers Urbanica, Inc were chosen through a design competition organized by the Boston Planning and Development Agency and the Department of Neighborhood development. Each of the townhomes are radically sustainable and capable of producing more energy than they consume. The project has achieved HERS ratings between -6 and -9 and is certified LEED Platinum. Throughout the project, sustainability was the primary driver for design decisions. Sustainability measures include strategies for improving energy performance and stormwater management. Air and daylight access contributed to south-facing sloped roofs with solar panels and terraced landscaping managing water along the site’s slope. These energy-efficient features have sparked a long-term conversation within a diverse community about the importance of sustainability in the design of residential structures.

For more information on these and other developments throughout the Greater Boston area, view our new residential Crane Watch.

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Bushari Welcomes Nicole Rosmarin

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We are happy to announce Nicole Rosmarin as the newest member of the our team. Nicole is an enthusiastic real estate professional dedicated to providing her clients with an exceptional experience while searching for their new homes.

A Massachusetts native, Nicole attended Furman University, where she double-majored in Business Administration and Earth and Environmental Sciences. Following school, she pursued a career in fundraising and endowment fund management. Her interest in the real estate industry was sparked by the process of purchasing her first home. Seeing how difficult the process can be, Nicole pursued a career in real estate with the goal of making each transaction as fun and seamless as possible.

Nicole currently resides in Gloucester and enjoys sailing, squash, running and spending time with her friends and family.

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Reaching New Heights: The Residential Towers Set to Give Boston’s Skyline a Facelift

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For decades, the Boston skyline has remained more or less unchanged, dominated by high-rise office buildings. Midtown’s Millennium Tower marked the beginning of the city’s residential tower boom and, over the course of the next several years, it will be joined by a slate of new luxury buildings that will take the city to new heights. From the gleaming facade of the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel & Residences at One Dalton to the gorgeous renderings of the Bullfinch Crossing Tower, there’s a lot to be excited about in Boston real estate.

 

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See below for our map of where these new towers will be located.

To learn more about these and other developments in Boston, head to BostonRealEstate.com’s Crane Watch feature and sign up for a Property Alert.

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Smarten Up Your Home with These Essential Devices

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In our current age of technology, the bulk of our scheduling, work, task management and entertainment revolves around our phones and computers. Recently, these trends have made their way into our offices, our cars and even our homes. The most recent trend that has made its way into modern-day homes is the introduction of smart home products. A smart home provides its home owners with convenience, comfort, security, and energy efficiency at all times, regardless of whether or not they are home.

This current generation of smart home products provides convenience by saving consumers time, money and energy. We’ve compiled a list of six essential gadgets that will help your home “get smart”!

Lighting

Automated lighting is usually the first step that homeowners take when entering the smart home lifestyle. Lighting is fairly simple to set up and can be relatively inexpensive if you have the right product in mind. Below are a few popular lighting products for the price conscious smart-home shopper.

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Temperature Control

In recent months, more and more homes have been advertised with built-in smart thermostats. They assist in keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while saving energy and lowering utility bills. Further, many of these devices are controlled remotely through your own smartphone. There are three primary contenders for smart home temperature control devices.

Nest

Ecobee

Lyric


Security Systems

Thanks to advances in smart home technology, you can now have peace of mind at the touch of a button. These security systems, using cameras, alarms and motion sensors, will help you keep your home safe from anywhere in the world.

Scout

Canary

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Recreation

Smart entertainment devices can help streamline your recreational setup. Get right into your favorite playlist or new movie without the typical lengthy process. Interact with your applications in a seamless manner through touch, gesture or voice. These devices will allow for you to more intuitively control the entertainment environment of your home.

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2017

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For homeowners, remodeling a kitchen can not only help increase the home’s resale value but also contribute to a healthier lifestyle, according to the recently-published Houzz 2017 Kitchen Trend Survey. The survey questioned more than 2,700 homeowners who have recently undergone a kitchen renovation or are in the process of one, to get a better understanding of design and lifestyle trends that we’ll be seeing in kitchens over the course of the next year. Here’s a recap of what they found:

PROJECT TRIGGERS

43% of respondents said that they undertook the renovation because they could “no longer stand the old kitchen” while 40% said that it was something that they always wanted to do and finally have the means, up 3% from the previous year.


LIFESTYLE CHANGES

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More than 33% of homeowners said that their kitchen renovations contributed to an overall healthier lifestyle. 49% saw an increase in family time, while 41% ate healthier by cooking at home.


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More than one-third of responders said that their renovations included increasing the size of the kitchen, with 51% of them opening up to other rooms and 20% more open to the outdoors.


BUILDING MATERIALS

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Aesthetic and durability were considered the two most important factors for selecting countertop and flooring materials, across all age levels of the respondents. For millennials, the cost of materials was third, while ease of cleaning was third for older generations.

For aesthetic purposes, the most popular materials were marble for counters and wood for floors; granite counters and porcelain flooring ranked highest in terms of durability.


UPGRADES

The three most upgraded features in the kitchen were:

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The top built-in features receiving upgrades were:

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COLORS

This year, the most popular color for walls was gray, with 26% of the vote (an increase of 4% over the previous year). White was the most popular color for cabinets, with 42% of the vote (also an increase of 4% over the previous year).

You can download the full U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study here.

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Download the 2016 Boston Real Estate Year-End Summary

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We know that 2016 was a record-breaking year in the Boston Real Estate market, highlighted by the opening of Millennium Tower. Now that the final numbers have been released, however, we can get a much clearer understanding of exactly how the market has changed over the past year.

Some statistics to note: the average selling price for a Boston home increased by 21.5% in 2016 while the average days on market decreased from 44 to 34. If you’re looking to get the highest value for your home, in the shortest amount of time, there has never been a better time to be a seller in the city.

If you are a homeowner curious about the value of your home or someone looking to make a move to the city, the Bushari 2016 Boston Real Estate Year-End Summary will be a valuable resource to you.

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Bushari Welcomes Paul Coleman

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Bushari Real Estate is happy to announce Paul Coleman as the newest member of our team.

Paul is a seasoned real estate professional with an entrepreneurial spirt and a strong client focus. His knowledge of the city and surrounding areas makes him an invaluable asset to both buyers and sellers alike; his passion and commitment to his clients have made him the go-to agent for an ever-increasing roster of loyal clients.

Born and raised in Charlestown, Paul has accumulated a strong depth of knowledge and fascination with Boston and each of its neighborhoods. His knowledge as both an agent and his prior experience as a property manager enable him to expertly navigate both sides of the real estate transaction. He works hard to find precisely the right home for each of his clients with the goal of bringing them satisfaction long after the closing documents have been signed.

In his free time, Paul enjoys traveling, the outdoors or curling up with a good book next to the fire.

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Championship Row – Homes for Sale Along the Patriots Parade Route

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It’s an exciting day to be a New Englander! After a comeback for the ages, the Patriots are once again crowned Super Bowl champions. With their victory comes the traditional Patriots Parade – a massive celebratory event that winds its way through the streets of Boston. Whether you’re a sports fan or just looking to join in on the celebration, make sure you’re a part of the history this week at the Patriots Parade 2017. We’ve compiled a number of properties for sale along the parade route and though it may be too late to catch this year’s parade from one of these homes, it’s never too early to start planning our next celebration here in Title Town.

778 Boylston St #5A

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Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3.5

Living Area: 1,625 sq. ft.

Parking: 1

Price: $2,900,000

This stunning and sophisticated residence at the Mandarin Oriental defines modern luxury. Within the heart of Boston’s vibrant Back Bay neighborhood, the Mandarin delivers world-class amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center and the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Massachusetts. Features of Unit 5A include floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in a wealth of sunlight across the gleaming hardwoods and tiling, a beautiful marble entrance foyer, a granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and coveted on-site valet parking.

Read more about this home.

776 Boylston St #W10C

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Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3.5

Living Area: 2,556 sq. ft.

Parking: 2

Price: $4,600,000

Enjoy five-star living at Boston’s Mandarin Oriental residences. Unit W10C is the Mandarin’s exclusive upper-floor corner residence, enjoying southern and western exposure. The immaculate layout of this home features a formal living and dining room with fireplace, as well as a spacious and sunlit chef’s kitchen. The well-appointed bedrooms offer a tranquil respite from the streets of Boston below. Additional amenities include professional grade stainless steel appliances, a built-in sound system, oversized floor-to-ceiling windows with impeccable Back Bay views, and custom lighting. Parking and storage are included along with several world-class amenities at The Mandarin.

Read more about this home.

300 Boylston St #501

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Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3.5

Living Area: 2,406 sq. ft.

Parking: 2

Price: $5,500,000

Residents will enjoy esteemed Back Bay living at this incredible home in Heritage on the Garden. The neighborhood’s premier full-service building has extensively renovated this home, now offering designer-quality interiors and an immaculate open floor plan. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Public Garden from your living room and bedroom. Heritage on the Garden offers exclusive building amenities including a 24-hour concierge and two-story resident library that peers over the Garden. The home is complete with two deeded parking spaces and extra storage.

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220 Boylston St #9009

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Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Living Area: 1,674 sq. ft.

Parking: 1

Price: $5,050,000

This rare two-bedr0om front unit at the world-class Four Seasons residences is your ticket to premier Back Bay living. Delivering one of the most sought after floor plans in the building, Unit #9009 offers luxury living with unparalleled Public Garden views. Make your way from the coffered ceiling entry foyer to the modern fully-applianced kitchen with granite counters. Enjoy the luxurious Four Seasons lifestyle with room and housekeeping services on top of world-class building amenities – all rated AAA Five Diamond and Mobil 5 star.

Read more about this home.

2 Avery St #33E

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Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 4.5

Living Area: 3,246 sq. ft.

Parking: 2

Price: $6,295,000

With a blend of modern elegance and traditional sophistication, this unit at The Ritz offers premier luxury living at its finest. The custom marble foyer welcomes you into an expansive formal living and dining room with walls of windows – offering some of the best views in the city of Boston. The gracious master suite with rare his/her bathrooms include expansive walk-in closets. The kitchen was designed for the at-home chef with granite counters and tile backsplash. The unit is completed with a beautifully-appointed library that can be converted into a third bedroom. New upgrades include 5″ crown molding throughout, walnut wood flooring, recessed lighting and a built-in sound system. Enjoy Ritz living at its finest at 2 Avery St #33E.

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170 Tremont St #602

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Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2.5

Living Area: 812 sq. ft.

Parking: 1

Price: $899,000

This sunlit and spacious one-bedroom+study home offers exquisite views of the Public Garden, Boston Common and beyond. Completed with hardwood floors and expansive closet space, this home is a rare opportunity in a coveted neighborhood. 170 Tremont St #602 is completed with laundry in unit, a common deck, gym and fresh coat of paint.

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151 Tremont St #22A

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Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

Living Area: 800 sq. ft.

Price: $719,000

You won’t find value like this elsewhere in Back Bay. This oversized one-bedroom at Tremont on the Common offers terrific city views of the Financial District, Downtown Crossing, Boston Common and beyond. The desirable open floor plan is the ideal layout for entertaining. Enjoy an array of world-class amenities including a fitness center, sauna and steam rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, dry cleaning services, and resident lounge with Wi-Fi. 151 Tremont St #22A is just moments away from more Boston excitement – including a number of shops, restaurants and nightlife.

Read more about this home.

 

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Bushari Welcomes Peace Myoung

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Bushari Real Estate is happy to welcome Peace Myoung as the newest member of our team.

Peace is a real estate professional with a background in communications and technology; he believes in building strong, lasting relationships and treats his clients as if they were family.

After studying communications at UNC Chapel Hill, Peace co-founded a high growth startup in Shanghai helping China’s top students relocate to the US. While working with hundreds of clients across China’s largest cities, he saw a gap in the quality service experience and decided to pursue a career in real estate, with a focus on providing the highest level of service to international clients. Raised in rural Uganda by Korean parents who built schools and dug wells, Peace knows firsthand the profound impact of giving first and believes that real estate is no different. He is fiercely loyal and unwavering in his commitment to putting his clients needs first.

Like many Ugandans, he is a sweet potato farmer at heart and loves fishing for tilapia on Lake Victoria.

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The Divine Luxury Homes Coming Soon to Boston’s South End

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Boston’s South End neighborhood, known for its reverence to historic detail, has recently been the site of several residential church redevelopments.

As housing becomes needed in certain areas of the city, developers look to take on new construction projects or redevelop existing properties. Several historic, yet dilapidated, churches – notably the former 1874 German Trinity Catholic Church, Concord Baptist Church and Immaculate Conception Church – will be graciously transformed into luxury residential structures. The new residences will offer a seamless blend of tasteful modernity and historic tradition.


 The Lucas

The Lucas, a project spearheaded by developers New Boston Ventures and Metric Corporation/Geoffrey Caraboolad, has been thoughtfully restored from the Trinity Germain Church, blending old and new styles by maintaining the facade of the former church along with its stained glass and vaulted ceilings.

The building’s eight stories and 33 opulent residences will bring a new era of luxury living to Boston’s South End. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Boston Landmark District. It is the largest intact Victorian row house district in the country, made up of over 300 acres. Filled with chic art galleries, and home to 11 residential parks with central fountains and iron-fenced borders, the South End is a vibrant and bustling neighborhood. The area is a popular enclave for artists, galleries, and trendy shopping.

The Lucas will represent the harmony of classic architecture and modern elegance through its thoughtful use of contemporary designs and details. Residences will feel at home with luxurious amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness room and lounge, a common courtyard, and a professionally-managed concierge.

Pre-sales for The Lucas are now taking place.

See pricing and floor plans for The Lucas.


The Cosmopolitan

This stunning new development at 771 Harrison Avenue will renovate the vacant South End Church of the Immaculate Conception. The current developer, Bodwell Pines Corporation, has proposed to convert the Church into a residential rental apartment building consisting of 63 residential dwelling units.

The exterior of the church will remain substantially intact with the exception of the following changes: The addition of roof terraces with skylights; removal of windows on sides of the church to create internal terraces with tempered glass rails; and the addition of a tempered glass canopy at the entrance of the Link Building with the same pitch as the church roof. The Cosmopolitan’s developers seek to ensure the historic preservation of the church while offering luxurious and contemporary residential units. All religious artifacts will be donated to the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston in accordance with their request for a complete deconsecration of the church.

Parking for 25 cars will be located in the James Court garage adjacent to the church and part of the Harrison Commons Condominium. The Cosmopolitan, recently approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, will no doubt be an exciting undertaking for the South End neighborhood.

See pricing and floor plans for The Cosmopolitan.


199 West Brookline Street

The vacant Concord Baptist Church, located at 199 West Brookline Street in Boston’s South End neighborhood, will soon be home to a number of high-class residential units. The new boutique building will include approximately 9 residential units and 21 below-grade parking spaces. After reaching approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency in recent months, construction has begun its first phase.

199 West Brookline Street is conveniently situated at the border of South End and Back Bay – two neighborhoods known for their historic, elegant architecture and bustling commercial streets. From the countless acclaimed shops and restaurants lining Columbus avenue to the tranquil parks flourishing throughout the South End, the 199 West Brookline parcel could not be more conveniently situated. Residents will enjoy premier South End living, full of vibrant galleries, unique shops and trendy restaurants.

The South End is in the midst of a residential renaissance. These new developments serve to bring much-needed housing to the neighborhood while complementing the surrounding buildings with a thoughtful blend of traditional and contemporary design elements.

To stay up to date as more information comes to light on these developments, visit Bushari’s exclusive Crane Watch feature on BostonRealEstate.com.