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Seasoned Beacon Hill real estate agents know kitchens and bathrooms play a crucial role not just when showing listings but also during the negotiation stage and all the way to closing. Even if you’re not familiar with the state and municipal construction codes as they relate to Beacon Hill condo bathrooms, your real estate agent, home inspector, or appraiser will likely inform you about this matter. An outdated bathroom shouldn’t preclude you from acquiring a downtown Boston condo unit you like. In fact, you may be able to take advantage of the situation with a lower listing price. If you choose to list your Beacon Hill condo knowing the bathrooms are significantly outdated, you may want to consider updating them or else prepare to deal with counteroffers based on this issue. Here’s what everyone who has Boston Beacon Hill real estate for sale should know about updating bathrooms.

Follow the Minimum Code Requirements

The Boston County Building Division will never approve a Beacon Hill condominium unit for occupancy unless it has at least one bathroom that is fully functional, with a minimum of one light fixture. If the bathroom light fixture is of the fluorescent type, it must meet the requirements set forth in the Masachusetts Code of Regulations. 

Install Shower Stalls and Doors Correctly

Older Beacon Hill condo units that have narrow shower stalls need to be updated to a surface area of at least 1,024 square inches, which, for a square stall, works out to about 32 inches on each side. The shower walls must be made of solid surface materials and rise to a height of at least six feet from the floor. If you choose to install a shower door, it must open into the bathroom and not into the stall. Moreover, the door should be at least 22 inches wide.

Make It Accessible for Future Buyers

If your bathroom will require considerable remodeling for the purpose of updating it, you may want to make it accessible for people with disabilities so it becomes more attractive to future buyers. As long as you have the space, accessibility features in a bathroom aren’t as onerous as some people think. However, a residential bathroom remodel project will require a building permit, which means you’ll have to hire a licensed contractor.

Beacon Hill condos for sale: Bathroom trends

Anticipating Aging Needs: The majority of baby boomers (ages 55 or older) are addressing current or future needs of aging household members during master bathroom renovations (56%). One-third of boomers are addressing current aging needs (35%), while nearly a quarter are planning ahead for future needs (21%).

Curbless Enthusiasm: Nearly half of boomers change the bathroom layout and one-third remove the bathtub (47% and 34%, respectively). Other upgrades include installing accessibility features such as seats, low curbs, grab bars and nonslip floors in upgraded showers and bathtubs.

The Suite Life: Boston luxury condo owners are focusing on the master suite as a whole, with nearly half of master bathroom projects accompanied by master bedroom renovations (46%). Master bathrooms command the second-highest median spend ($7,000) in home remodels, behind kitchens ($11,000), while master bedroom spend rivals that of living rooms ($2,000 versus $3,000, respectively).

Premium Features Galore: A surprising one in 10 master bathrooms is the same size or larger than the master bedroom (11%). Beyond size, premium features in master bathrooms are on the rise, with dual showers, one-piece toilets, vessel sinks and built-in vanities showing significant increases in demand in the last three years.

Bathed in Gray: Gray palettes continue to lead in walls and flooring and are increasingly popular in cabinets. Newcomer styles continue to overtake contemporary style, with farmhouse more than doubling in popularity, from 3% in 2016 to 7% in 2018. Matte nickel and polished chrome are the most common metal finishes.


If you have a downtown/Midtown Boston condo for sale, renovating an outdated bathroom can have a major impact on its listing price. Complying with all the state and municipal regulations may be confusing, so consider having the work done by professionals. It’s also crucial to work with knowledgeable real estate professionals when you sell your property. The experienced agents at Ford Realty know the Beacon Hill real estate market and how to get the highest price for your property. Call us today at 617-720-5454 to schedule an appointment.


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