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1350 Boylston Development Gets a New Name

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Introducing The Harlo – Fenway’s newest luxury residential development. The 17-story building is set to bring new life to luxury living in Boston’s rapidly-growing neighborhood.

Developers Skanska USA have announced that completion of the Harlo is expected for Fall of 2017. Its 212 apartments are composed of a brilliant array of unique studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. Units will feature exposed concrete ceilings, quartz countertops and panoramic views of Fenway Park and beyond. The building’s residences are further complemented by a number of exceptional amenities including a fitness center and yoga room, a lounge and billiards area, conference room, outdoor terrace with cabanas, and an expansive top-floor sky terrace with panoramic Fenway views. A two-level parking garage with car charging stations will complete this exciting new project.

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An LEED-Gold certified development, The Harlo will be consistent with the Fenway Urban Village Plan which seeks to further develop the Fenway neighborhood into an area “where people can live, work, shop and entertain in a single urban area”. Photos and Floorplans are now available at Bushari’s Crane Watch.

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Front Row Fireworks: 5 Homes with Picturesque City Views

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This Tuesday, we celebrate our nation’s day of Independence. And with that, Bostonians are getting geared up for a dazzling display of fireworks over the Charles River. However, it’s not always easy to get a good vantage point. We’ve compiled a few homes for sale that not only give you front row tickets to the show, but offer breathtaking city skyline views year round!

141 Dorchester Ave #909

Neighborhood: South Boston

Beds/Baths: 2 Beds/2.5 Baths

List Price: $1,560,000

This LEED Gold-certified residence is awaiting your arrival in the neighborhood’s coveted Macallen building. #909 offers more than 1,730 square-feet of living space spread across three elegant levels. The home features exquisite finishes throughout, including bamboo floors and oversized windows with dramatic city and harbor views in each room. Its dine-in kitchen offers high-end appliances, a center island with breakfast bar and unique architectural details. Retreat to the first floor, consisting of a master bedroom with en-suite bath and two large closets, as well as an additional, second bedroom and another full bath. The upper level is highlighted by a living room, with built-in wet bar, which connects to a spectacular private roof deck – the perfect venue for entertaining or relaxing.

 

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In-unit laundry and one deeded garage parking space complete this home. Enjoy sweeping skyline views from every room!

More pictures available here.

Contact Randy Horn at 781-367-1598 or randy.horn@bushari.com to learn more.

 

285 Columbus Ave #805

Neighborhood: Back Bay

Beds/Baths: 3 Beds/2 Baths

List Price: $2,488,000

This sunlit and spacious corner-unit loft is located in one of the Back Bay’s finest luxury buildings. Perched at the top of the highly coveted 285 Columbus Lofts, this stylish penthouse features walls of windows, offering spectacular views of the city skyline and bustling neighborhood below. Its chef’s kitchen comes with high-end stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a breakfast bar. The bedrooms and generously-sized and flooded with natural sunlight; the master bedroom comes with en-suite bath and a large walk-in closet.

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Amenities in this professionally-managed building include concierge, elevator and a common roof deck – perfect for entertaining guests. In-unit laundry and a private storage unit complete this spectacular home.

More pictures available here.

Contact Eric Tam at 617-803-5683 or eric@bushari.com to learn more.

 

45 Province St #2302

Neighborhood: Midtown

Beds/Baths: 2 Beds/2 Baths

List Price: $1,600,000

Offering breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor & Financial District from its floor-to-ceiling windows, this stunning 2 bedroom home is located on the 23rd floor of 45 Province – one of Boston’s most luxurious residential buildings. The home features a spacious, open floor plan with designer finishes and bamboo flooring throughout. Its kitchen is built for the home gourmet, with Subzero and Bosh stainless steel appliances and a kitchen bar with built-in gas range, perfect for entertaining with friends and family. The impressive master bedroom comes with a custom walk-in closet and spa-like en-suite bath. A well-appointed second bedroom, in-unit laundry and 1 deeded parking space complete this home.

 

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Located in the heart of downtown Boston, 45 Province offers unparalleled amenities, including a spectacular rooftop terrace with heated outdoor pool, concierge, Exhale spa, fireside library and screening room. Surrounded by the finest restaurants, shops and entertainment destinations, this home puts the best of Boston at your door.

More pictures available here.

Contact Eric Tam at 617-803-5683 or eric@bushari.com to learn more.

 

186 Havre St

Neighborhood: East Boston

Beds/Baths: 2 Beds/2 Baths

List Price:

186 Havre St #3: $650,000

186 Havre St #4: $625,000

186 Havre St #1: $575,000

Only three units remain at East Boston’s newest boutique luxury development. Each residence features 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with high-end finishes and a clean, sophisticated aesthetic. Enjoy fabulous Boston skyline views from all three of these units as well as an abundance of natural sunlight. The property is situated in an outstanding location, earning it a 95 Walkscore – moments to the Maverick or Airport MBTA Blue Line T Stops, allowing easy access to Downtown Boston and State Street.

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At the Faretra, you’ll be within moments of famed Central Square, Piers Park and all of the wonderful shops and restaurants throughout the neighborhood.

More pictures available for Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 1.

Contact Matthew Diozzi at 617-413-8188 / matthew@bushari.com to learn more.

Contact Daniela Cafaro at 617-797-0056 / daniela@bushari.com to learn more.

 

1 Canal St #PH1106

Neighborhood: North End

Beds/Baths: 2 Beds/2.5 Baths

List Price: $7,600/mo

Enjoy modern living in the North End’s newest luxury residence. This one-of-a-kind penthouse duplex features two private terraces and unobstructed views of Boston Harbor, the North End and Rose Kennedy Greenway. The home offers high ceilings with oversized windows with hardwood flooring throughout. Stylish kitchens feature stone countertops, GE Monogram appliances and gas cooking. This apartment is unlike any other in the city.

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World class amenities include a rooftop social lounge with panoramic city views, boasting a heated swimming pool, cabanas and movie theater. Work out in the sprawling fitness center with yoga and spin studio. Or let your inner-chef embrace the grills in the courtyard. At One Canal, your moments from the Financial District, Boston Common and MGH. Enjoy the ultimate residential experience at One Canal. Currently offering six weeks free for a lease beginning by July 23, 2017.

More pictures available here.

Contact 617Living at 617-500-9900 or 617living@bushari.com to learn more.

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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Online Real Estate Price Estimates

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The latest news making headlines throughout the real estate industry is the lawsuit against Zillow and their notorious “Zestimate” forecasting feature. It may sound engaging to quickly determine what your home (or your neighbor’s or colleague’s home) is worth, but these sorts of online appraisals — as the results have shown — can often times be misleading.

Take Illinois real estate lawyer, Barbara Andersen, for example. Barbara purchased her 3 bedroom town home in 2009 for $630,000. In consideration of the home’s floorplan and finishes, she is confident that hers home was of greater value than nearby units. When Barbara felt that her home was undervalued by $100,000 on Zillow’s Zestimate component, she took it up with the company. Zillow responded that Barbara should “go in and change her home facts.” Frustrated that the company had missed her point, Barbara’s concern is that Zillow should not be making estimates of home values at all. Her suit against the company alleges that, despite the company’s denial that Zestimates are considered “appraisals,” the fact that they offer market-value estimates and are promoted as a tool for buyers to assess a property’s value shows that they meet the definition of an appraisal under Illinois state law. Therefore, the company should be seeking and obtaining the consent of the homeowner before publicly releasing such estimates.

Homeowners, real estate agents and professional home appraisers have been sharply critical of Zestimates and other free appraisal tools for years. Estimates are often times 20 to 30 percent too low or too high. Zestimate error rates are off by 10 percent of the selling price roughly one quarter of the time. The prices are off by 20 percent more than one tenth of the time. Several homeowners have even noted that their rental properties skyrocketed in the wake of the housing collapse. These errors can risk tens- or hundreds of thousands of dollars, misleading buyers and creating roadblocks for sellers.

The main issue with Zillow’s estimates is that they are based off of comparable sales. In the economic downturn, volume decreased, which made real-time comparable hard to find. Pulling up home price estimates around an entire neighborhood can be helpful, but if there are only a few sales in the past few months, the statistics are going to be unreliable. If Zillow keeps its Zestimate feature, they should be encouraged to figure out what the seller paid for their home and when. This will provide more reliable information than delivering a stab in the dark based off of comparable sales.

Instead of relying on outdated pricing information, ensure that you are being delivered proper information with a CMA from a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained to administer the comps on what similar properties have sold for recently. This will justify any validity in your potential pricing strategies. Our team at Bushari is made up of accomplished real estate professionals who are knowledgeable market analysts, clear communicators, skilled negotiators, creative marketers and are fully dedicated to exceptional customer service. Get to know them and browse through our current featured listings at BostonRealEstate.com.

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Moving? Here’s Bushari’s Ultimate Cleaning Checklist

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Let’s face it, moving is one of the most stressful parts of the home buying process. On top of that, the job’s not done until your old house is emptied and cleaned; which can be stressful in and of itself. Washing windows and scrubbing floors may not sound like the most appealing aspects of the moving experience, but it is amongst the most important. You’ll want to clean up your old home in order to get back your security deposit or make your property more desirable for potential buyers. In addition, you’ll want to ensure that your new home is spotless when you’re moving in. We’ve compiled a checklist of cleaning activities in order to lessen the strain of shaping up your home and allow you to ease into the next chapter of your life.

 

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We recommend waiting until all your furniture items are packed up until beginning to clean. Trying to navigate around numerous pieces of furniture and moving boxes will just leave you with more work post-packing. An important rule to ensure time and quality effectiveness is to work task-by-task, rather than room-by-room – i.e. starting with dry cleaning activities like dusting and vacuuming each room then moving on to mopping and washing. Before you’re ready to focus on the rooms, you’ll want to take care of a few preliminary tidying duties.

 

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With the basic steps and rules in mind for cleaning your home, it’s time to move on to the rooms. Be sure to read through each of these checklists first and then prepare cleaning tasks as needed.  Remember, you’re going to want to perform these duties task-by-task rather than room-by-room.

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Once you’re pleased with the cleanliness of your home, we advise that you take photographs in order to preserve proof of its excellent condition (and get your deposit back!). Before unpacking all of your belongings in your new home, you may want to go through a few of these steps once again in case the previous tenants neglected to leave it in perfect condition. Your furniture should be clean from the move, but may attract dust. A final dust cleaning throughout your new home should do just the trick – allowing you to relax and begin a new chapter of your life.

Click here to download the guide as a PDF.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Read more about this home.

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.

Read more about this home.

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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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.


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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.

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Construction Moves Along at the Faretra

 

 

 

East Boston has seen a dramatic increase in property values in recent years and that trend looks to continue with several new residential projects currently in development. The Faretra, a nine unit boutique building currently under construction at 186 Havre Street, stands out from the rest by bringing a new level of luxury to the flourishing neighborhood.

Developed by the Ballas Group, a Boston-based developer with an impressive portfolio of residential and commercial projects, The Faretra is a ground-up, new construction. Ground broke on the project over the summer with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2017. We recently stopped by the work site to check in on the progress and, as you can see below, things are coming along rather nicely.

 

For more information, including floor plans and specifications, please visit TheFaretra.com.

To stay updated on all of the developments currently under construction throughout the city, try out our exclusive Crane Watch feature on BostonRealEstate.com where you can follow projects through each stage of development, with the most comprehensive and current information available.