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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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#VIP: Mapping The Most Expensive Boston Homes Sold in 2015

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Picking up where 2015 left off, this year is off to an unprecedented start in Boston real estate, with this week’s big news that the “grand penthouse” at the Millennium Tower went under agreement for a record-breaking $37.5 million. The previous record was set in October of last year, when 300 Boylston #1005-1006 sold for $15.4 million. From multi-million dollar lofts on bustling Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue to tranquil penthouses overlooking the city, Boston’s luxury real estate market has reached new heights over the past few years. If you’d like to take a peak inside some of these residences, we have mapped out the most expensive Boston homes sold in 2015. All of the residences on this list sold for a minimum of $5 million (and, what do you know, almost of all them were in the Back Bay!).

Inspired? Head on over to BostonRealEstate.com to see what luxury listings are currently active.

 

 

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5 Apps to Optimize Your New Urban Lifestyle

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If the 20th century marked the suburbanization of America, the 21st century’s identity is beginning to take shape as the “re-urbanization”. Baby-boomers and professionals are contributing to this new mass migration, choosing to ditch their bloated suburban abodes in favor of the sleek, minimalist luxury offered by modern city-living. This is more than a lifestyle adjustment—this is a completely new way of life. Luckily, there are many applications and services designed to help you adjust to the transition.

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 boxes

 

Boxes is a valuable app that lets you take inventory of your belongings and organize them into neat little “boxes”. When you’re packing up your home and preparing to move, this is a great way to accurately keep track of everything and, here’s the best part, the app lets you monetize unwanted items by allowing you to post them for sale directly from your boxes.

 

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Cubiq is a Boston-based startup that provides valet self-storage services. Essentially, once you sign up for the services, Cubiq digitally catalogs your belongings and stores them in bins that have been equipped with radio-frequency identification. When you need something that’s been stored away (like your winter clothes, for example), all you have to do is request it and it will be delivered to your door within 24 hours.

 

 

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The idea behind Plated is simple: each week, you log onto the site and choose the recipes you’d like. On your selected delivery date, your Plated box arrives with everything you’ll need to prepare the meals. If one of the dishes you chose calls for two filets of beef and three ounces of wild mushrooms, you’ll get the exact amount needed of each ingredient – with no waste or excess ingredients. This is a great option for those who are looking to eat healthy, home-cooked meals but don’t have the time to stop at the store or the space to maintain a fully-stocked kitchen. Three dinners for two runs a very reasonable $72 and the shipping is free.

 

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washio

 

 

Washio is an on-demand dry cleaning and laundry service currently available in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Washington, DC. While many of the higher-end luxury buildings may include amenities such as in-room washer and dryer, this delivery service is a great choice for those who don’t. Prices are broken down by garment type, which are washed accordingly and minimum orders are $30.

www.getwashio.com

 


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With everything going digital, you just might want to sell or donate your large collections of books and CDs because, let’s face it, you might not have the room to store and display them in your shiny new city digs. This application, which is brought to you by the Boston Public Library, gives you complete access to an ever-growing list of ebooks and audio books, all of which you can digitally “borrow” with your BPL library card.

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Download Our 2015 Boston Real Estate Annual Market Report

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2015 was a game-changing year in Boston real estate. We saw the continued development of Downtown and the Seaport, while neighborhoods like Somerville and Dorchester saw their prices reach new levels. One thing is for sure, Boston is hotter than ever and that trend is expected to continue throughout 2016. If you’re a home-owner curious about the value of your home or someone looking to make a move to the city,  our 2015 Boston Real Estate Annual Market Report will be a valuable resource to you. Broken down by neighborhood, this report will paint a vivid picture of the city’s current market conditions.

 

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Your Boston Real Estate Holiday Wish List

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Is someone on your shopping list looking for real estate this holiday season? If so, we’ve compiled your 2015 Boston Real Estate Holiday Wish List, featuring the 10 highest-priced listings available on the market right now. These luxurious homes are looking for the perfect owners–could it be you?

 

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

315 Dartmouth Street | Back Bay
14,871 sq. ft.
Rooms: 26
Beds: 9
Baths: 6 full, 4 half
Garage: 2
List Price: $20m

 

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

6 Newbury Street #3 | Back Bay
6,100 sq. ft.
Rooms: 12
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 full, 2 half
Garage: 3
List Price: $12.95m

 

Photo Courtesy of Luxury Residential Group, LLC

Photo Courtesy of Luxury Residential Group, LLC

The Clarendon | 400 Stuart Street PH3 | Back Bay
3,545 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2
List Price: $10.95m

 

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Photo Courtesy of MP Marketing of Massachusetts


Millennium Tower
| 1 Franklin Street PH4B | Midtown
4,110 sq. ft.
Rooms: 5
Beds: 3
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $10.9m

 

Photo Courtesy of Robert Paul Properties, Inc

Photo Courtesy of Robert Paul Properties, Inc

77 Chestnut Street | Beacon Hill
6,550 sq. ft.
Rooms: 8
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 3 half
Garage: 6

List Price: $10.5m

 

Photo Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty.

Photo Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Four Seasons Residences | 220 Boylston Street #1205/1209 | Back Bay
3,300 sq. ft.
Rooms: 8
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full
Garage: 2

List Price: $10.25m

 

Photo Courtesy of Pioneer Realty Group.

Photo Courtesy of Pioneer Realty Group.

The Residences at Hooper Mansion | 448 Beacon Street #4 | Back Bay
4,132 sq. ft.
Rooms: 11
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $9.85m

 

Photo Courtesy of First Boston Realty International, LLC.

Photo Courtesy of First Boston Realty International, LLC.

Trinity Place | 1 Huntington Avenue PH1702 | Back Bay
3,618 sq. ft.
Rooms: 9
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 3

List Price: $9.25m

 

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

25 Beacon Street #4 | Back Bay
3,583 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $9m

 

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

Photo Courtesy of Campion and Company Fine Homes Real Estate.

25 Beacon Street #3 | Back Bay
3,583 sq. ft.
Rooms: 7
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2

List Price: $8.9m

 

 

 

 

 

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Bushari Group Real Estate in Boston’s Top 10 For Year-to-Date Sales

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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.

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What’s Your Home Worth? Check Out Our Latest Boston Real Estate Market Report

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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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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

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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.

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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.