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The Parsons – Coming Soon

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The Brighton neighborhood has become a hotbed for suburban residential developments. While downtown Boston sees an influx of high-rise towers throughout the city, its surrounding suburbs have boomed with modern dwellings. Its location is ideal for those looking for residential or commercial properties cheaper than downtown, but still relatively close to job centers in the city. Credit for its boom can be given to the rise of commercial activity following New Balance’s footsteps into the area.  The Brighton neighborhood has since become a thriving hub of boutique businesses and residences flanked by lush green parks and gardens.

Amongst the exciting new developments underway in the neighborhood is The Parsons residences at 88-94 Parsons Street.

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The multi-family project, which is now undergoing interior finishing, will bring four outstanding new town homes to a vibrant street in Brighton. The Parsons is comprised of 2+ bedroom, 3.5 bathroom residences with spacious, open layouts ranging from 1,600 to 1,700 square-feet. The residences are complete with a shared patio and parking. Its sleek, contemporary architecture reflects the dynamic image of its redeveloped suburban space.

Residents will benefit from The Parsons close proximity to Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Harvard Business School and New Balance Headquarters. Its convenient location, situated by the Massachusetts Turnpike is ideal for commuters and those ready to be whisked off to more urban excitement.

These four residences will be soon hitting the market. Inquire now at BostonRealEstate.com.

88-94 Parsons Street | Brighton

4 townhouses | 2+ bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms

1,600 – 1,700 square-feet

Parking available

$899,000

Exclusively listed by Eric Tam | eric@bushari.com | 617-803-5683

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Condo Sales in 2015 – Boston’s Top Neighborhoods

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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

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2. South End

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3. Back Bay

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4. Charlestown

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5. Beacon Hill

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6. Fenway/Kenmore

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7. North End

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Washington Village – South Boston’s Next Neighborhood

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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.

235-Old-Colony-Ave-PNF-2015-10-20 3Along 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.

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The Arlington Back Bay – Live With Your Dog in Style

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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.

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Mapping Boston’s New Developments

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Boston is said to have two seasons; winter and construction. Now that construction season is in full-bloom, we’re all interested in seeing what’s being built around the city. From luxury high-rise skyscrapers to numerous up-and-coming suburban units, Boston has been the prime location for residential developments. As it can be difficult to keep track of all of these advancements, we’ve included a detailed development map below. This map shows all Boston residential developments under construction, approved and proposed, and completed.

Please contact us today for more information about new construction projects changing the face of the Boston Real Estate market.

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Floor Plans for Millennium Tower Boston Released

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Millennium Partners has released a few luxurious floor plans for the new Millennium Tower Boston. The floor plans are broken down into City Lower, City Upper, Grand Lower and Grand Upper Residences.

Millennium Tower City Lower Residences – 04 Tier

These 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury condos on the 04 Tier of Floors 10-22 feature 1,498 square feet, a spacious walk-in closet and lovely master bath.

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Millennium Tower City Upper Residences – 08 Tier

These 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury condos on the 08 Tier of Floors 23-32 feature 1,566 square feet, a large kitchen island and double walk-in master closets.

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Millennium Tower Grand Lower Residences – 04 Tier

These 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condos on the 04 Tier of Floors 38-45 feature 2,096 square feet and exceptional closet space.

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Millennium Tower Grand Upper Residences – 03 Tier

These 3 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom luxury condos on the 03 Tier of Floors 46-55 feature 2,773 square feet, dual master bathrooms and sprawling gourmet kitchens.

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How To Compete With Cash Offers

Boston Real Estate OfferAre you one of the thousands of buyers looking to purchase a home in Boston or the surrounding suburbs? If you need a mortgage to do so, I am going to make a small assumption that you are, well, just a BIT frustrated. Not only is inventory historically low, but every home you bid on seems to be swept up by cash buyers. It can often be incredibly difficult to compete with cash offers – but it can be done. Here are a few tips to make your next offer more appealing.

1. Inspect Before You Bid – That’s right, get an inspection before you even put in an offer. That way you will know exactly what you’re getting into and the seller will feel more confident that there won’t be any surprises or attempts to renegotiate the price. I saw more than five separate inspectors at a recent open house in Brookline; this strategy is definitely gaining momentum.

2. Understand The Seller’s Motivation – Negotiation 101: Understand your opponent. Gather all the information you can about the seller. Investing in a home is not like investing in a stock. Equity trades tend not to involve emotion, and emotion is a major variable in the housing market. Buying a home is an emotional roller-coaster, but so is selling. Get a read on the seller’s motivations. Is this an estate sale? Perhaps the seller would appreciate an offer that would allow him or her to leave furniture and personal items in the home. Does the seller have a place to move? If not, maybe offer a leaseback option for a few weeks. Selling a home is stressful, and sellers appreciate it when buyers empathize.

3. It May Come Down To Price – If there are multiple bids on the table (especially cash bids), you will need to offer a very competitive price. This situation calls for caution. Be extremely careful to fully understand your personal financial situation and goals. If you strongly believe that this will be the home you spend the next 20 years enjoying, increasing your bid price significantly may correlate with your emotional and housing needs. Keep in mind that the home will need to appraise (unless you choose to remove that from the mortgage contingency). If you think you may relocate in two or three years and will need a quick re-sale, paying top dollar may not be a financially smart move. One negotiation tactic Bushari Group agents have successfully used in specific situations is a very clear and well planned escalation clause. This helps take a lot of the guesswork out of a multiple offer situation.

4. Write A Personal Letter – This plays into the seller’s motivation. Sellers often want to know that the buyer will appreciate the home as much as they did. Sometimes writing a short note about yourself and why you love the home can be the little emotional push the seller needs to accept your offer. This tactic tends to work well with empty-nester sellers who have fond memories of raising their children in the home. Some buyers send photos of their own children with notes about how much they will love the back yard or finished basement.

5. Find Off-Market Properties – One tactic Bushari Group agents excel at is finding off-market properties. Are you searching for a two-bedroom in South Boston for less than $500,000 and can’t find a thing? Great. Our agents perform extensive market research to find properties that meet their buyers’ search criteria. The agents then directly target these home owners through hand-written notes, phone calls and blast letters asking if the owners would consider selling. This has proven to be a fantastic way to find properties in the current low-inventory situation. Also, you won’t be up against a cash offer if there are no other buyers at the table!

Cash offers are a force to be reckoned with. That said, the right negotiation strategy can make your offer much more attractive.

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5 Ways To Add Value To Your Home in 2014

Home Value No matter what the market conditions, you always want to get top dollar when selling your home. To do this you need to make your home stand out from other comparable properties. Below are a few creative and relatively inexpensive ways to add value to your Boston home in 2014:

1. De-clutter – This is the most inexpensive way to make your home appealing to buyers. In fact, you may actually make some money if you sell unwanted items on eBay or Craigslist. A clean and organized home feels spacious. Consider only leaving the clothes and basic items your will need for 3 or 4 months in the home and using a moving company like Eagle Lines Moving to store your additional items while your home is on the market, and pick up the remaining items when you sell. That way, you are already half packed and ready for your next home!

2. Repaint in Neutral Tones – You may love those bright purple walls, but buyers will be distracted by the bold choice. A light, neutral shade provides a blank canvas for buyers to envision their own items in your home. Touch-up painted moldings and any chipped corners. A bright white ceiling paint makes any Boston home feel light and airy.

3. Be a Weekend Warrior – Clean the windows (and yes, I mean both sides). Unfortunately, it is something so many sellers overlook. If your condo association usually hires a company to clean the exterior of your windows, find out the date of the next scheduled cleaning and make sure they give your windows the Rain-X treatment. Clean the bathroom grout. Chlorine Bleach and Baking Soda work wonders on white grout and will make your bathroom shine. Re-caulk around the shower and/or tub. Cracked caulk is just not a good look. Replace any dated hardware, faucets and vanity mirrors.

4. Add Storage, Any Storage – It doesn’t matter the size of the home, buyers are always wowed by storage. Organize your closets as if a rep from Pinterest were coming to interview you for the cleanest closet award. Buyers will open every door in your home, including the fridge. Organize it. Add shelving, towel hooks, shampoo holders and whatever else will get your stuff out of sight and off the floor. Bostonians love built-ins and custom closets, but if that is over budget make sure to invest some money at the Container Store or Ikea.

5. Chíc-a-fy your Exterior – If you are lucky enough to have outdoor space in Boston, make sure it looks like an oasis. Add potted plants with colorful flowers and be sure to grow fresh herbs. If you have space for tomatoes – go with it. Buyers love the idea that they can have their own mini garden in the heart of the city. Make sure your exterior furniture is clean and contemporary. If you have a private entrance, make sure the landscaping gives you ideal curb appeal and any steps leading to the home are in great shape. Remember that your door is the face of your home. If yours is not in great shape and you can’t afford a new one, consider adding a new exterior light fixture and wreath or bold door knocker.