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Most recent Back Bay apartment rentals

  1. Photo of 50 Saint Germain, Unit B, Boston, MA 02115 (MLS # 71749130)

    10
    1 bed  1 full bath
    650 sqft   lot 1,200 sqft
    Listed with Boston Brokerage Group
    MLS 71749130
  2. Photo of 124 Beacon St, Unit 5F, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71748731)

    9
    1 bed  1 full bath
    505 sqft   lot 505 sqft
    Listed with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
    MLS 71748731
  3. Photo of 50 Commonwealth, Unit 404, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71748716)

    21
    2 beds  2 full baths
    1,210 sqft
    Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Boston – Newbury St.
    MLS 71748716
  4. Photo of 1 Avery, Unit 19B, Boston, MA 02111 (MLS # 71748529)

    12
    3 beds  3 full, 1 part baths
    2,667 sqft   lot 1 sqft
    Listed with Citylife Real Estate
    MLS 71748529
  5. Photo of 1 Huntington Ave, Unit 903, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71748434)

    11
    3 beds  3 full baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 2,295.68 ac
    Listed with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
    MLS 71748434
  6. Photo of 261 Marlbrough Street, Unit 4, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71747928)

    5
    1 bed  1 full bath
    640 sqft   lot 229.57 ac
    Listed with Hammond Residential
    MLS 71747928
  7. Photo of 110 Stuart Street, Unit 20G, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71747687)

    8
    2 beds  2 full, 1 part baths
    1,872 sqft   lot 9,999 sqft
    Listed with Hammond Residential
    MLS 71747687
  8. Photo of 280 Commonwealth Avenue, Unit 405, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71747648)

    16
    1 bed  1 full bath
    600 sqft
    Listed with K.C. Lawn Real Estate
    MLS 71747648
  9. Photo of 159 Saint Botolph, Unit 4, Boston, MA 02115 (MLS # 71747563)

    5
    1 bed  1 full bath
    860 sqft   lot 999 sqft
    Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Boston – Newbury St.
    MLS 71747563
  10. Photo of 416 Commonwealth Ave, Unit 120, Boston, MA 02215 (MLS # 71747431)

    14
    0 beds  1 full bath
    629 sqft   lot 9,999 sqft
    Listed with The Charles Realty
    MLS 71747431
  11. Photo of 267 Commonwealth Ave, Unit 1, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71747004)

    8
    1 bed  1 full bath
    681 sqft
    Listed with Charlesgate Realty Group, llc
    MLS 71747004
  12. Photo of 110 Stuart St, Unit 26F, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71746715)

    16
    1 bed  1 full, 1 part baths
    857 sqft
    Listed with Citylife Real Estate
    MLS 71746715
  13. Photo of 120 Beacon, Unit 7, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71746095)

    16
    2 beds  1 full, 1 part baths
    1,370 sqft   lot 1,370 sqft
    Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage-Boston-Commonwealth Avenue
    MLS 71746095
  14. Photo of 1109 Boylston Street, Unit 12, Parking, Boston, MA 02215 (MLS # 71745511)
    0 beds  0 baths
    Listed with Meridian Realty Group
    MLS 71745511
  15. Photo of 390 Commonwealth, Unit 608, Boston, MA 02215 (MLS # 71745414)

    30
    2 beds  1 full, 1 part baths
    985 sqft   lot 985 sqft
    Listed with Boston International Real Estate
    MLS 71745414
  16. Photo of 60 Charlesgate West, Unit 5A, Boston, MA 02215 (MLS # 71745270)

    12
    2 beds  2 full baths
    800 sqft   lot 800 sqft
    Listed with Charlesgate Realty Group, llc
    MLS 71745270
  17. Photo of 142 Beacon, Unit 6, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71745032)

    14
    2 beds  2 full baths
    1,285 sqft   lot 9,999 sqft
    Listed with Luxury Residential Group, LLC
    MLS 71745032
  18. Photo of 10 Charlesgate East, Unit 302, Boston, MA 02215 (MLS # 71744583)

    13
    1 bed  1 full bath
    746 sqft   lot 746 sqft
    Listed with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
    MLS 71744583
  19. Photo of 228 Beacon Street, Unit A1, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71744420)

    8
    Price Drop
    1 bed  2 full baths
    858 sqft
    Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Boston – Newbury St.
    MLS 71744420
  20. Photo of 319 Marlborough Street, Unit A, Boston, MA 02115 (MLS # 71744414)

    21
    2 beds  3 full baths
    1,809 sqft   lot 1,809 sqft
    Listed with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
    MLS 71744414
  21. Photo of 271 Dartmouth Street, Unit 1D, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71744180)

    9
    1 bed  1 full bath
    600 sqft   lot 2.30 ac
    Listed with Atlas Properties
    MLS 71744180
  22. Photo of 271 Dartmouth Street, Unit 5G, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71743651)

    13
    1 bed  1 full bath
    679 sqft   lot 9,999 sqft
    Listed with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
    MLS 71743651
  23. Photo of 68 Marlborough St, Unit A, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71743280)

    6
    2 beds  1 full, 1 part baths
    1,000 sqft
    Listed with Warren Residential Group, LLC
    MLS 71743280
  24. Photo of 435 Beacon Street, Unit 6, Boston, MA 02115 (MLS # 71743144)

    27
    2 beds  2 full baths
    9,999 sqft   lot 9,999 sqft
    Listed with Jacob Realty
    MLS 71743144
  25. Photo of 1 Huntington Ave, Unit 312, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71742994)

    5
    0 beds  1 full bath
    412 sqft
    Listed with Boston Realty NET.com, Inc.
    MLS 71742994
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Numerous days on the market for Back Bay, Beacon Hill and South End apartments

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A quick look at some Boston proper neighborhood apartment listings and why owners may want to consider price reductions:

Back Bay – 130 Commonwealth Avenue – 505 days on the market.

Back Bay – 290 Commonwealth Avenue rent price $2,900.00 – 249 days on the market.

Beacon Hill – 37 Beacon Street #21 rent price $4,500 – 270 days on the market.

Beacon Hill – 1 Primus Avenue #12 rent price $3,200 – 253 days on the market.

South End – 1313 Washington Street #323 rent price $3,900 – 271 days on the market.

1,417 Boston Apartments Available for rent

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Boston condos for rent

According to MLS, 1,417 apartments are avail for rent on MLS.
Here are a few examples:
Back Bay – 197 apartments available for rent.
Beacon Hill – 87 apartments available for rent.
Brighton/Alston – 149 apartments available for rent.
South Boston – 100 apartments available for rent
South End – 137 apartments available for rent.

If the Prudential Center can get its act together, so can Government Center

From the Globe’s op-ed pages:

During the same period (in the early ’60s), Boston was also demolishing the West End and Scollay Square, and replacing them with the isolated concrete towers and terrible brick plazas of Government Center. And there were similarities between the two projects: The Prudential Center’s first iteration looked like Government Center with some storefronts — an empty, windswept expanse that was meant to attract people, and wound up repelling them.

But the Pru’s owners recognized its shortcomings, and have been working for decades to correct them. One of the first improvements was converting the property’s disastrous open-air shopping center into an enclosed mall. And since the property’s rezoning in the late 1980s, there’s been a concerted effort to urbanize the complex.

Yeah, but here’s the problem when comparing the Prudential Center and Government Center: The former is privately owned, the latter publicly owned.

Not bashing government. It’s just a fact that government is motivated by entirely different factors than the private sector and so it’s a lot slower moving on many matters as a result, if and when it moves at all. Don’t hold your breath for a major revamping of Government Center anytime soon.

Boston’s third highest skyscraper could start construction this year

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After signing up Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to manage its planned new Back Bay tower, the developer, Carpenter and Company, now says it expects to start construction on the $700 million project later this year.

The 60-story skyscraper, located next to the famous Christian Science complex, would be the third tallest building in Boston, after the Prudential Center and Hancock Tower, which, btw, was designed by the same Pei Cobb designers who are now designing the Carpenter complex. Cambridge Seven Associates is also involved in the design

Besides a 211-room hotel, the tower will ultimately house 180 “ultra high-end condos.” Did you expect anything else?

Design sketch above via Pei Cobb/Cambridge Seven. The new tower is to the left.

Are condos coming to the Harvard Club’s Back Bay headquarters?

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Boston condos

From the Herald:

Ensconced at 374-380 Commonwealth Ave. since 1913, the private club has an agreement to sell part of 380 Commonwealth Ave. to Boston’s Sea-Dar Real Estate Inc., which wants to build an addition and add five condos in the building.

“We’re selling what we deem as an underutilized portion of our Comm. Ave. location,” said Steven Cummings, the club’s general manager. “We’re engaging in a series of transformational changes to our main clubhouse … to improve the club experience for our current members and to allow us to better attract and retain a new generation of membership.”

Now those would be enviable condos.

Photo via the Harvard Club.

For 74 Beacon Street, it was the kitchen, stupid

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Boston condos

After a major renovation, the townhouse mansion at 74 Beacon Street, overlooking the Public Garden, is back on the market for $13.95 million.

The big change: The kitchen has been moved from the basement to the first floor.

None of that old Upstairs Downstairs stuff for new occupants. Homeowners today simply want kitchens front and center for casual entertainment purposes. No need to hide them — or the help.

The two faces of Boylston Street

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Boston Back Bay condos

Did you know that Boylston Street has two faces?

Tucked in a story about how the city is hiring a consultant to come up with a coherent sidewalk scheme for 10 blocks of Boylston Street (starting at Arlington Street), there’s this interesting tidbit:

The two sides of Boylston Street have different design identities — the south side is comparatively modern and aligned with the city’s “high spine,” an urban design concept that’s governed development of many office and residential towers. The north side, where projects have been more “piecemeal,” is monitored by the BBAC, which has preserved the historic architecture and provided generous sidewalk widths, according to the city’s request for proposal.

Because most Bostonians are direction-challenged (i.e. we don’t routinely use “north” and “south” for directions, opting instead for landmarks as guides, as in: ‘Take a left at the Dunkin’ Donuts and then a hard right, 3 o’clock high, once in the rotary …’), it took us a while to figure out that the north side of Boylston is (we think) the side closest to Newbury Street and opposite of the Hynes center (there goes the landmark descriptions, again).

And you know what? The sidewalks are different. One is slightly more historic, the other more “modern” (and boring, in our opinion). We never really gave it much thought before, let alone articulated the difference. But there it is.

Now watch the city screw up both sides of Boylston.

File under: Two face(s)

Opposition forces developer to pull Back Bay tower plan

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Boston Back Bay condos

Facing opposition from nearby residents, Trinity Stuart LLC has unexpectedly yanked its planned 33-story Back Bay tower from immediate consideration until some sort of compromise can be reached.

The 40 Trinity Place — which would include 115 condos and a 227-room hotel — will probably get built during the coming Walsh administration.

But it just couldn’t clear the last regulatory hurdles to get approvals this week.

In other development news, the old HoJo’s hotel/motorlodge on Boylston Street in the Fenway has been sold, clearing the way for yet another mixed-use development in the booming area.

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