When we start working with a client who is interested in a Boston Downtown Condo Loft, the key is to try and generate a good understanding of their vision.  Usually, there is a picture they have in their head for exactly what they are looking for.  We try to ask as many questions as we can to understand this vision.  The more we know, the better resource we can be in their loft search.  Our job is to be a filter, and open only the doors that get close to, or match their vision.  The reasons for living in a Downtown Boston Condo Loft are many.   However, when we get together with clients and talk about their vision, there are generally 5 sets of criteria that come up almost every time.

1. Create your own Space:

One of the most important criteria that buyers have when looking for Boston downtown lofts is the desire to create their own space.  These buyers do not want to be confined to walls and a typical floor plan.  They want the ability to personalize the space and it’s use to fit their needs.   When we are out with buyers looking at Downtown Boston Lofts, we find that the lofts that present more of a “blank canvas” can have more value.  Buyers do not feel like they are in someone else’s space, and can start to imagine what the possibilities are for the loft space and urban home that they are envisioning.

2. Live Around Great People:

The homeowner energy and “make up” of the building is a very important consideration for a buyer.  Young or old, there are some common characteristics of a Downtown Boston loft homeowner.  They tend to have vision and freedom to create and personalize their space.  In a loft building, one is surrounded by free thinkers…Neighbors who have a creative side to them.  Additionally, those looking for lofts are generally looking to live in them full time.   Generally, there are not many second homes in the loft complexes as compared to…say, luxury highrises.   More full time homeowners in loft buildings provide a sense of pride and and warm comfortable atmosphere.

3. Urban Style with Access to Modern and Contemporary Design:

Because lofts can be designed in any way the owner desires, there is always a sense of urban style associated with the Boston Downtown condo Loft spaces.  Exposed cement, high ceilings, exposed brick, and floor to ceiling windows lend themselves perfectly to a modern and contemporary interior design.

4. Downtown Lofts are located in the best buildings Downtown:

Complexes in the Leather District are so of the most unique in Downtown Boston They are the complexes in Downtown that lend themselves to the vision a buyer would start off with when beginning to imagine their search for a Downtown Boston loft.   These complexes are generally moderate to upper moderate in terms of condo fees.   Buyers who are interested in Downtown Lofts are generally looking to purchase more square footage rather than more amenities.

5. Downtown Lifestyle:

This category is probably the most important for Downtown Loft buyers.   the urban environment and proximity to work, live, and play is the central factor in a Downtown lifestyle.   The ability to walk outside your door to a restaurant, your local pub , or North End on Saturday is the desire of any Downtown Boston Urbanite.  The lifestyle of being able to be out of your car and have access to an urban neighborhood all around you is always going to be a key component of value for a Downtown Boston Loft.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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Ford Realty Inc
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