Bonnie Lombardi of Bushari Group Real Estate
Congratulations to Bonnie Lombardi for placing in Boston’s Top 20 list of real estate professionals for the month of September 2015, with $8.7 million in sales!
Bonnie has nearly ten years of experience in real estate and her clients appreciate her outside-of-the-box thinking and deep market knowledge. Before setting out on her career in real estate, she graduated from Stonewall College and spent time working in corporate human resources. This experience adds a well-rounded dimension to her work with individual clients as well as organizations relocating employees. Her understanding of both the personal and professional needs of the real estate market make her a versatile agent capable of successfully servicing a variety of clients.
From starter condos to multi-million dollar deals, Bonnie’s significant experience and commitment are a valuable resource to everyone she works with.
Renderings of Washington Village by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates Inc., courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
In a project notification form filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, DJ Properties LLC made public their plans to drastically transform a 4.9-acre lot in South Boston into a vibrant new neighborhood. Washington Village, located at Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester and Damrell streets, is currently home to a collection of old industrial buildings. The new project would replace those buildings with 656 residential units spread across eight brand-new buildings, 96,000 square feet of retail space and 2.4 acres of space devoted to the “public realm.”
According to the filing, “the Project [sic] will transform a mostly vacant, underutilized site into a vibrant mixed-use village that will be a natural extension of the surrounding South Boston neighborhood. The nature of the Project will improve the quality of life for existing residents by providing a variety of neighborhood retail stores and a range of complementary housing options.” These goals are in accordance with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s signature 2030 Housing Plan to bring 53,000 new units of housing to the city over the course of the next 15 years. Additionally, through the creation of new retail space, the developers want to bring “basic retail services such as grocery shopping” within walking distance to residents of the neighborhood and reduce dependence on vehicular travel.
Along with projects like the upcoming Seaport Square development, South Boston’s evolution into a self-sufficient and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is quickly becoming a reality. If approved, the Washington Village project would break ground in the summer of 2016, eyeing a completion date sometime in 2021, and adding an incredible new development to the Boston real estate scene.
Our 2015 Q3 Boston Real Estate Market Report is now available for free download. Filled with the most comprehensive and up-to-date market statistics, this report is a valuable resource for buyers, sellers and agents alike.
The third quarter saw Boston’s home values continuing their upward trajectory with overall sales up 7.58% over 2014 with a 6.37% higher average selling price. Download our report today to see what the market looks like in your neighborhood.
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On October 3rd, 2015 the real estate industry will change dramatically with the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Act. The banking industry will be subject to many more disclosure requirements and government regulations, which will alter real estate transactions significantly.
All real estate agents must be prepared for the change. Bushari Group Real Estate has prepared an extensive eBook to share with our colleagues and clients.
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We are very happy to announce that Bushari Group Real Estate has entered the Top Ten Real Estate Firms for residential transaction volume year-to-date in Boston, according to MLS-PIN. Our agents have participated in more than $110 million worth of real estate transactions so far in 2015, with almost $84 million of that in Boston proper. The Boston real estate market is highly competitive and we would like to thank our agents and clients who have helped us become the strong, independent company we are today.
Buying and selling a home can be a difficult process—but it doesn’t have to be. Access to the right tools and information can make for much smoother sailing in Boston the real estate market which is why we release a comprehensive market report after each financial quarter.
Broken down by neighborhood, our reports contain all of the data and statistics you’ll need to make a more informed decision when it comes to your next real estate transaction. Whether you’re curious about the current market value of your home or you’re just curious about the current market conditions in your neighborhood, our report will provide you with a better understanding of local trends and home values.
Our 2015 second quarter market report is now available for download, so go ahead and get your copy today.
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The dog days of August are upon us and, even though Labor Day is just a few weeks away, the summer isn’t quite over. In fact, Boston is experiencing another hot weekend and people all over the city are looking for ways to beat the heat. A little bit of research revealed that there was no comprehensive list of Boston’s residential pools available to the public. So, to make your search a little easier we have compiled The 2015 Bushari Guide – The Residential Pools of Boston, a free ebook now available for download.
Boasting the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of Boston properties where you can live and swim, the book provides full-color photos and descriptions of each pool, as well as the amenities and services available at each. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in the city, our ebook will give you the scoop on the hottest properties to cool off.
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Chef Michael Mina (left) and Sushi Chef Ken Tominaga (right) have Boston buzzing about PABU. Photo courtesy of Millennium Partners.
As the Millennium Tower inches closer to completion with each passing day, more details are beginning to emerge about the businesses set to move in once the building opens next summer and a recent announcement has the Boston restaurant scene buzzing. Millennium Partners, the New York-based developers of the tower, are teaming up with celebrity chef Michael Mina and sushi chef Ken Tominaga to bring an exciting new dining concept to the city. Set to open Fall 2016, PABU is a Japanese-style izakaya that will operate on the first two stories of the Millennium Tower and promises to offer a unique dining experience to Boston foodies.
In Japan, izakayas are typically known as casual, after-work drinking establishments where food is served to accompany the drinks. Encouraging a social atmosphere, a typical izakaya menu is comprised of small plates meant to be shared and ordered continuously throughout the meal. Essentially, izakaya is the Japanese version of Spanish tapas.
Spanning 7,800 square feet, PABU will feature compartmentalized dining spaces, as well as communal tables where patrons may sip sake and socialize. The concept has been very well-received in San Francisco, where PABU consistently ranks among the city’s top restaurants and Mina believes that success will translate nicely to Boston. Like its sister restaurant, PABU (“pub” in Japanese) won’t be limited to small plates as the concept allows for guests to customize their own experiences. Mina also plans to serve a 16-course chef’s tasting menu that will highlight the freshest ingredients available on any given day, with a heavy focus on seafood, which will come from New England’s own waters, as well as the world’s largest fish market—Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market.
Mina is no stranger to working with Millennium Partners; in 2009, the acclaimed chef’s RN74 opened in San Francisco’s Millennium Tower, where he is also a resident. In addition to operating PABU, Mina will also spearhead the residents-only private dining options on the Millennium Tower’s 23,000 square foot Club Level. In addition to the dishes offered at PABU, Mina plans to create an exclusive menu featuring some of the “greatest hits” from his restaurant empire, which currently spans 21 different locations around the world.
Rendering of Seaport Square, courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority
In a city dominated by new developments, South Boston’s $3.5 billion Seaport Square is the largest of them all. Spanning 20 city blocks and 23 acres, construction on the project broke ground in November 2014 but further developments were held up in March due to a potential lawsuit which was dropped last month. No longer under the threat of litigation, Boston Global Investors — who are developing the project along with a group of foreign investors — have recently submitted plans for a $700 million expansion of the project and the new phase of construction could break ground as early as the first quarter of 2016.
The new plans, which are currently under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Civic Design Commission, call for the addition of three 22-story luxury residential towers and 125,000 square feet of retail space on a 3.5 acre parcel currently utilized for parking. The towers will each rise to approximately 256 feet and will bring around 1150 brand-new residential units to the neighborhood. A three-story underground garage will be constructed beneath the site, which will also feature a 9,000 square foot outdoor plaza. This new green space is intended to be a vibrant gathering place for the community and should play host to a number of events throughout the year. Four pedestrian pathways will form a perimeter around the site, allowing for easy access to the plaza.
The Seaport Square project is currently on track for completion in 2020 and aims to create one of the most modern and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in the Boston.
Now you can match your nails to your dog’s pawdicure! The Arlington, Back Bay’s 128-unit luxury apartment building, is ready to give your pet the time of its life. Well known for its lavish amenities, The Arlington is looking to court pet-loving apartment hunters by implementing a wide range of services for their four-legged friends. These services range from the standard walking and grooming to entire dog spa sessions. When asked about their primary motivation for the spa, Arlington leasing representative Erica Maffeo Grilli responded with enthusiasm. “Our residents’ pets are like family members, so having an amenity for them was something we always wanted to do!”
While your dog enjoys its own personal vacation, you can enjoy the spectacular conveniences that The Arlington is famous for. Next to The Boston Garden, their basketball court is one of the nicest in the area. Their state-of-the-art fitness center was called the “Best In Boston” by BostInno news. If you’re just looking to relax, a trip to the private entertainment lounge or game room is always worthwhile.
One Bedrooms starting at $3,800/mo
Two Bedrooms starting at $7,250/mo
Contact Bushari Group Real Estate for more information about Boston luxury apartments.