Recently, there have been three newly completed luxury developments that have added 371 units to the Boston condo market — with an average two-bedroom price tag of $1.2 miilion.

So how do three of the city’s swankiest properties stack up? Boston Magazine writer, Rachel Levitt, went under-cover as a potential buyer to find out.

Before I tell you who the winner is, let’s take a look at the contenders:

Boston W Residence: Twenty-eight stories bordering Chinatown; from 427-square-foot studios to a $4 million three-bedroom penthouse.

45 Province: Thirty-two story tower in Downtown Crossing; from 800-square-foot one-bedrooms to 2,800-square-foot three-bedrooms.

The Clarendon: Thirty-three stories in the Back Bay; from 589-squre-foot studios to a 3,545-square-foot three-bedroom penthouse.

And the winner is …

This is how Boston Magazine broke it down:

W Residence: Didn’t make the cut. As Rachel Levitt describes it: “The much-hyped W doesn’t feel fresh or authentically glam. Its international brand, however, will keep sales steady even if locals don’t bite.”
45 Province: Another runner-up. The verdict from Boston Magazine: “Compensating for its less-than-perfect locale, 45 Province offers an impresive menu of amenities. But competing with the Clarendon’s opening may force prices down.”

Winner! The Clarendon: “The Clarendon was built for the luxury market, and luxurious it is.”

Congratulations to the Clarendon developer and their marketing team!

And now for a selfish plug-in: one of my “top brokers” just recently had a closing at the Clarendon. … Thanks Vilma, good job!

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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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