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New Boston Real Estate Listings: Updated 9/5/14

New Boston Real Estate Listings – Updated September 05, 2014

MLS # Status Address Area Description List Price
71737595 NEW 410 Beacon St Boston 13 room, 5 bed, 5 bath 2/3 Family $8,990,000
71737084 NEW 580 washington Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $4,400,000
71736440 NEW 50 Beacon St Boston 8 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $3,850,000
71737002 NEW 1 Huntington Avenue Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $2,750,000
71737983 NEW 10 Rowes Wharf Boston 4 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $2,700,000
71737773 NEW 215 Commonwealth Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $2,550,000
71738117 NEW 1 Avery Street Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $1,995,000
71736485 NEW 2 Avery Street Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $1,895,000
71737973 NEW 350 North St Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $1,659,000
71738003 NEW 350 Columbus Ave Boston 6 room, 2 bed, 1 bath 2/3 Family $1,350,000
71738001 NEW 4 Concord Sq Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $1,295,000
71737739 NEW 44 Chestnut St Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $1,185,000
71737827 NEW 20 Concord Street Boston 8 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $1,099,000
71737843 NEW 20R Concord Street Boston 8 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $1,099,000
71737577 NEW 40 Chestnut Street Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $999,000
71736285 NEW 69 N Margin St Boston 7 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $998,000
71736992 NEW 61 Prince Street Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $949,000
71738294 NEW 9 Short Street Boston 7 room, 3 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $899,900
71737996 NEW 1166 Washington St Boston 3 room, 2 bed, 1 bath 2/3 Family $895,000
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Newest Boston real estate listings 9/4/14

New Boston Real Estate Listings – Updated September 04, 2014

MLS # Status Address Area Description List Price
71737595 NEW 410 Beacon St Boston 13 room, 5 bed, 5 bath 2/3 Family $8,990,000
71737084 NEW 580 washington Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $4,400,000
71736440 NEW 50 Beacon St Boston 8 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $3,850,000
71737002 NEW 1 Huntington Avenue Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $2,750,000
71736485 NEW 2 Avery Street Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $1,895,000
71737739 NEW 44 Chestnut St Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $1,185,000
71737577 NEW 40 Chestnut Street Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $999,000
71736285 NEW 69 N Margin St Boston 7 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $998,000
71736992 NEW 61 Prince Street Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $949,000
71737488 NEW 74 Waltham Street Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 1 bath 2/3 Family $890,000
71736202 NEW 274 Clarendon St Boston 4 room, 1 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $889,500
71736387 NEW 401 Harrison Ave Boston 3 room, 1 bed, 1 bath 2/3 Family $883,000
71737394 NEW 19 Charles St Boston 6 room, 3 bed, 3 bath 2/3 Family $874,000
71737477 NEW 38 Harvard Street Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $839,000
71737609 NEW 2 Battery Wharf Boston 3 room, 1 bed, 1 bath 2/3 Family $825,000
71736983 NEW 7 Follen St Boston 5 room, 2 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $809,000
71697733 NEW 56 Mystic Street Boston 8 room, 4 bed, 2 bath 2/3 Family $799,000
71736875 NEW 6 Columbus Sq Boston 4 room, 2 bed, 1 bath 2/3 Family $789,000
71736869 NEW 64 East Brookline Street Boston 3 room, 1 bed, 1 bath 2/3 Family $750,000

Newest Boston Condo and Apartment Listings 8/27/14

 15  Walbridge St. Allston 02134 1 bed, 1, bath 655 sqft $1,700

470  Beacon Street Back Bay 02115 0 bed, 1, bath 9999 sqft $1,395

115  St. Botolph Street 02116 0 bed, 1, bath 350 sqft $1,495

248  Kelton St Brighton 02134 2 bed, 1, bath 900 sqft $1,950

48  Kelton St Brighton 02134 2 bed, 1, bath 900 sqft $1,950

1575  Commonwealth Ave Brighton 02124 2 bed, 1, bath 900 sqft $1,695

70  Romsey St Dorchester’s Savin Hill 02125 3 bed, 1, bath 1000 sqft $2,200

 175  Northampton St South End 02118 1 bed, 1, bath 650 sqft $2,300

 26  E Springfield St South End 02118 3 bed, 2, bath 1200 sqft $3,800

5  Dawson Dorchester 02124 2 bed, 1, bath 800 sqft $1,550

55  Broadlawn Park West Roxbury’s Chestnut Hill 02467 2 bed, 1, bath 920 sqft $1,800

300  Marlborough Street Back Bay 02116 0 bed, 1, bath 425 sqft $1,550

80  Lonsdale St Dorchester 02124 3 bed, 1, bath 1126 sqft $213,700

238  W Newton St South End 02116 2 bed, 1, bath 735 sqft $559,000

172  Marlborough Street Back Bay 02116 0 bed, 1, bath 9999 sqft $1,550

244  Kelton St Brighton 02134 2 bed, 1, bath 1100 sqft $1,795

 

Why are Boston smoke inspections so hard to schedule?

boston fire truckWhy does the Boston Fire Department have such a backlog of requests for smoke inspections, the inspection that must take place prior to any property exchange hands in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?

Boston.com has the answer.

“Inspections are complex,” Boston Fire Marshal Bart Shea says. “You can’t just grab a guy from the street to come in temporarily, and there are also budget issues involved. Ideally, I’d like to have more, but over the years, the city has had to make cuts.”

Uh. Perhaps.

Here’s what happens during a smoke inspection of a condominium in Boston. The firefighter takes a pole and pushes the end of it against the test button on the smoke detector. He then sits down and fills out a one page form. He then reaches over to take your $50 money order.

This, after making you wait two hours for him to show up, because they only give you 3 1/2 hour windows of time.

Which part of that is “complex”? Making sure the cap is off the pen before you use it?

Real estate headlines galore: Boston’s ‘renaissance on steroids’

Wow. Where to begin?

Seriously, there are so many real estate headlines this morning, it’s hard to keep track. Bidding wars for homes. A new residential development in Charlestown. Development proposals for the Greenway. And, let’s not forget news from earlier this week, a major New Balance expansion in Allston. Together, they all confirm BRA chief Peter Meade’s contention that Boston is undergoing a ‘renaissance on steroids.’ And the developments extend beyond Boston’s borders, Btw. Here are some of the stories:

From the Globe: “Like flowers and trees, the region’s spring housing market has blossomed earlier and more vibrantly this year, fed by balmy weather, pent-up demand, and newfound optimism among prospective buyers, real estate specialists say. Real estate agents are reporting bidding wars for homes in downtown Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Natick, Roslindale, and other communities.

From the Herald: “Three private development teams and the Boston Museum backers launched a four-way competition to develop a slice of land along the Greenway where the state wants to expand the Haymarket produce pushcart operation.

From the Globe: “After a 17-year tussle over permits, Boston developer Michael Rauseo is finally moving forward with a project to transform a century-old warehouse in Charlestown into 124 loft-style apartments.

And from the Herald earlier this week: “New Balance has offered to help pay for a new commuter rail station in Brighton to serve a bustling new complex of offices, shops, restaurants, hotel and ice rink next to the sneaker maker’s headquarters.”

So columnist Tom Keane is absolutely right to note that what we’re seeing on the development front is simply extraordinary. We’re shifting from a decades-long period of mostly commercial development in the city to more residential developments in Boston. Both periods were and will be good for the city. Call it the Second Stage of the New Boston.

File under: More, please!

Federal Housing Finance Agency & Bonuses

The Washington Post reported that $12.79 million in bonuses will be doled out to ten executives to Freddie Mae & Freddie Mac.  This cash cow was approved by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  FHFA is the government agency that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

I’m sure there’s a logical explanation on why there receiving such lavish bonuses.

I’m reminded of this story: In 1930, Herbert Hoover stubbed his toe, shouted “Dam” and so they built him one.

File Under: Ask and you shall receive.

Boston South End Condos – Sales Jan 1st – April 1st

Comparing Boston South End condo sales from Jan 1st – April 1st for 2010 and 2011.

Boston South End condo sales

Number of Boston South End condo sales 2010 – 88.

Number of Boston South End condo sales 2011 – 83

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Average sales price for Boston South End condo in 2010 – $643,807.00

Average sales price for Boston South End condo in 2011 – $676,248.00

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Median sales price for Boston South End condo in 2010 – $573,500.00

Median sales price for Boston South End condo in 2011 – $555,000.00

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Electric car charging stations for Boston condos and apartments

Today a friend of mine is shopping for a new car. She’d like to purchase an electric car, but there’s a problem – she lives in a Boston condo. So I was wondering if there are any luxury condo or apartment complexes in Boston that have electric car chargers in their garages? For that matter, are there any in the country?

I Googled this conundrum of mine and I came up with this  article that shows that Equity Real Estate has an apartment complex in DC that provides electric car charging stations for their tenants. Here’s the good news: Equity is also looking at Boston as another possible city to add electric charging stations:

Equity believes that in urban, high demographic, high rent areas that there will be demand for this service. They are working to add this amenity to properties they own in Boston, Seattle, Bellevue, Washington, and South Florida.

Depending on the success of the project in the Mount Vernon Triangle location, Equity will consider adding the service to other buildings they have in DC.

The charging rate/hour will depend on how much pull is made by the motor. Fast charging at a higher Kw rate will cost more, probably $3.50 hour, and slower charging will probably be 75 cents/hour.

I also came across this interesting video that is confronting condominium associations on how they can implement electric car stations due to physical limitations.

View today’s new Back Bay condo listings

Greenlight lit: $172 million The Kensington development to break ground in June

The city gave the final official greenlight to The Kensington, a $172 million 27-story apartment development at the corner of Washington and LaGrange streets (the edge of Chinatown — kinda). News first broke last fall that the long-delayed project was being put back on the front burner. The development will call for 385 units, but only 110 parking spaces, and ground floor retail space as well. The developer is ponying up $7.4 million for an affordable assisted living community in Chinatown too. We’re guessing that donation pretty much helped clear any neighborhood and city hurdles. It certainly seems generous.

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