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Eastie Expansion: Residential Developments Set to Revolutionize East Boston

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East Boston has long been seen as a predominantly working-class neighborhood with relatively few structural intrusions save for the existing Logan Airport, various waterfront triple-deckers and boat hubs. However, we’re seeing a gradual change in the area as an increasing number of developments and condo buyers assemble in the promising neighborhood.

In her 2015 book, Legendary Locals of East Boston, fourth-generation East Bostonian and professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Regina Marchi, details the extensive history of this often overlooked gem. “In 1987, the first rounds of condominiums were being developed, but few people were actually living in them”, Marchi explains. Long-time East Boston broker, Anthony Giacalone Jr. offers a comparison to the neighborhood’s current market: “I think you will see appreciation, but you need more product. There’s no shortage of people who want to live in a funky neighborhood near downtown Boston… but there’s definitely a shortage of supply”.

As we analyze and compare East Boston market prices, we can certainly see its potential in becoming Boston’s newest “It” neighborhood. There are currently 25 East Boston residential projects in the planning, approval, construction, or recently completed phases on the Boston Redevelopment Authority website; the most it has seen in quite some time. Below are a few residential developments that are posed to transform East Boston. (Images courtesy of Boston Redevelopment Authority.)

135 Bremen Street

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Project Status: Board Approved

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved construction of a five-story, 94-unit residential complex with 7,790 square feet of commercial space and 126 parking spaces. The site was used as a trucking terminal in the past, with two billboards on the corner of Bremen and Porter streets. This development will be conveniently situated for commuters, within close proximity to Airport and Maverick Square MBTA stations, as well as East Boston Greenway connector and Bremen Street Park. This project is set to revitalize this section of Bremen and Porter, and will bring convenient and necessary residential housing to this underutilized corridor.

Ten New

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Project Status: Under Construction

The proposed project on 6-26 New Street calls for a 16-story residential tower with 259 residential units and 155 parking spaces. The project broke ground in December, 2014 and is now entering the final stages of facade and interior construction work. Located on Boston Harbor, Ten New will offer residents East Boston’s premier variant of the downtown Boston skyline. The building’s ground floor is anticipated to house a waterfront restaurant.

151 Liverpool Street

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Project Status: Under Review

A six-story residential building with 36 condominium units (including 5 affordable units) is currently under review at Boston Redevelopment Authority. While the original plan was to rehabilitate the current building at 151 Liverpool, structural and financial concerns have shown that it would not be commercially reasonable to construct a multi-story addition on top of the existing building. A new developer, City Point Development of Newton, has proposed demolishing the existing building and constructing a new six-story residential building with underground parking.

Hodge Boiler Works

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Project Status: Board Approved

The Hodge Boiler Works project, located at 101 Sumner Street, includes one main residential building and two outbuildings. The main building will be five stories with 95 residential units, roof top pavilions, a six unit bed and breakfast unit and below grade parking for 52 vehicles. The outbuildings will include a 740 square foot marina and 740 square foot café. This project will provide housing opportunities for the growing neighborhood and provisions for affordable housing units in accordance with the Mayor’s Executive Order on Inclusionary Zoning. This long-time inaccessible portion of the waterfront will at last be made open to the public and connect it to LoPresti Park and the expanding East Boston Harborwalk. Construction period will be approximately 24 months following the BRA’s final approval.

Clippership Wharf

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Project Status: Under Construction

As of April 2016, construction has begun on a mixed-use waterfront development that consists of 492 residential units ranging from studio to one-bedroom layouts. The project will transform an underutilized section of the East Boston Waterfront into an active, publicly accessible extension of Maverick Square. The 12 acre site is currently an impediment to the access, views and enjoyment of the waterfront. The mix of condominiums and apartments will be complimented by a mix of restaurant and recreational space on the ground floor. Further, it will allow for seamless vehicular access from neighborhood roadways and will create a network of pedestrian and bicycle pathways along the East Boston shoreline. The site will feature facilities of public accommodation including a public social and fitness club, a destination restaurant, a commuter café, public parking, secure bicycle storage, and a boating marina.

1181 Bennington Street

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Project Status: Board Approved

Situated on approximately 18,000 square feet of land, the project at 1181 Bennington Street calls for demolition of an existing auto repair shop and multi-family dwelling in order to develop a four-story, 44 unit (7 of which will be affordable) residential structure with underground parking. The building will be an important project for the Orient Heights neighborhood and continue to build upon the city’s longstanding goals of creating additional affordable housing in a growing neighborhood.

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Take a Deeper Dive into Boston’s Pools with Our Free ebook

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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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PABU: Chef Michael Mina Brings Boston a Restaurant for the New Millennium

Photo courtesy of Millennium Partners.

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.

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Seaport Square Development Moves Forward

 

Rendering of Seaport Square, courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority

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.

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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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Guess What’s Coming to the South End?!

Go ahead, Guess!

Wanna know what’s coming to the South End? It’s only one of my personal favorite places in the world, you guys. I’ll give you a hint. They have LOTS of  delicious organic food. They will give you free samples if you ask politely and usually you can find said samples strewn about on Saturday’s anyway. They SHOULD be open 24 hours a day for people like me who pretend these kinds of places are FAO Schwartz for adults.

Let me know if you’ve run out of guesses.

The answer is: WHOLE FOODS!!! This flagship emporium of magnificence will be built on Harrison Ave. According to the Boston Business Journal the building is scheduled to commence early 2013 and grace us with its presence in 2016. I know it seems like a bit of a ways away, but good things come to those who wait. Well, usually anyway.

Here’s what’s going to be special about this particular branch. It’s going to have an outdoor sidewalk cafe with seating, a wine store, and gelato bar, similar to that of some of the West Coast stores. This will be a fully stacked grocery store, people.  It’s going to be  the first full sized grocery store for the South End so this is kind of a big deal.

This new arrival is planning to be set up at One Herald Square, the former location of the Boston Herald. Whole Foods has been pining over this location for just about a year now. The National Development has decided to name the new project “Ink Block” and is simultaneously working on a separate Chinatown high-rise construction of luxury apartments named the Kensington. Whole Foods will be a huge retailer of  combined real-estate fusing both commercial and residential developments, and will be overwhelmingly impressive. the 500,000 square foot project will be vast and improve the overall area, especially for pedestrians, with wide sidewalks and revamped landscaping of Harrison Ave. This whole reconstruction is going to increase the entire hotness factor of the South End, and what’s not to love about that?

Says Mayor Thomas Menino of the new upcoming development, ” This is a huge milestone for the neighborhood, and I am proud to welcome Whole Foods to the South End. The city of Boston has been actively working to attract a quality grocery store to this area so that we can continue to offer more and more options for fresh, healthy, and delicious food in all of our neighborhoods.” I project that maybe one day in the distant future, the amount of Whole Foods locations will outnumber Starbucks’. I like to dream big.

 

Rendering of Ink Block project. Courtesy of National Development

 

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Bushari Group Welcomes Erik Schubert

Bushari Group Real Estate is proud to welcome Erik Schubert!

Say hello to the newest member of the Bushari Group team. Erik entered into the world of real estate through his business partner and now is a leader in the market.  He received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he studied advertising and Cranbrook Academy of Art where he studied print/media. He has worked for publications, software publishers, marketing firms and ad agencies in his career before following an interest in real estate.

Erik is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional who will work with homeowners to prepare properties for sale from curb to closest. As a resident of Boston for over 12 years and as an active member of the Beacon Hill community, Erik brings plenty of local and market knowledge to his clients.  This knowledge with the dedication to his clients combine to provide a higher standard of service, one that Bushari Group is proud to have onboard.

As a new addition to the Bushari Group, Erik looks forward to helping you find the apartment, home or commercial property of your dreams!

 

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Bushari Group Welcomes Joe Schutt

Joe Schutt has been working as a real estate agent in Boston since 2003 before joining the Bushari Group this year. A Massachusetts native, Joe is a natural at navigating the city and finding the right location for his client. His ability to see what must happened to make transactions come together makes the home search a breeze. As anyone who knows Joe can tell you, he is driven by his passions. Topping that list are a marked love for Boston, meeting and helping new people, “white glove” service excellence, green-sustainable living and his family.

In his spare time, Joe has contributed to various blogs including his own and the ActiveRain Real Estate Network. Additionally his opinions have been quoted in Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Boston Homes, Cambridge Homes and on National Public Radio. Professionally, Joe has been recognized for industry excellence from the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors as well as the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. Additionally Joe chairs the Technology Committee for the Greater Boston Association of Realtors and serves on its Education Committee.

So, please welcome Joe to Bushari Group Real Estate, where his expertise will help you find the home of your dreams.

 

 

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Bushari Group Welcomes Bobby Woofter!

BOBBY WOOFTER has been working as a real estate agent in Boston’s Back Bay for the past five years and living in Boston for six. Originally from Anchorage Alaska, he earned a degree in theater and supported himself as an actor and teacher before finding his way Boston, then to real estate.  Having had a difficult relocation to the area himself he has a keen interest in helping others get settled in Boston and maintaining that relationship by making himself available to his clients long after the commission has been handed out.

Boston offers a unique urban lifestyle.  To help facilitate that lifestyle for his clients takes a combination of technology and a personal touch.  This is the approach Bobby uses to get the best possible results for his clients.

Bobby’s experience ranges from residential rentals and relocations for both tenants and landlords to first time home buyers and couples looking for a bigger home to investors buying income properties and multi-families then going through the development process.

Bobby’s dedication to serving his clients, market knowledge, and tenacity have helped him become a resource to a growing client base in the Boston area. Boston offers a unique urban lifestyle. To help facilitate that lifestyle for his clients takes a combination of technology and a personal touch.  This is the approach Bobby uses to get the best possible results for his clients.

Bobby can be reached at bobby@bushari.com or 717-917-8842