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The Globe has a big story this morning on the ongoing battle over developer Dean Stratouly’s decision to tear down his 148-year-old row house at 124 Chestnut Street on Beacon Hill, after the city authorized him to demolish what it said was an unsafe structure.

Stratouly, who bought the house for $2.3 million in January, said the property is dangerous and beyond hope of renovation as it currently and fragilely stands today.

Critics say such a demolition is unprecedented within the historically-protected Beacon Hill district and they whisper that Stratouly, co-founder of the Congress Group, somehow used his clout at City Hall to get the OK to demolish the building, the Globe reports.

Stratouly is firing back by launching his own web site,, and trying to explain why the demolition is necessary.

The fight against the demolition may already be moot. On his web site, Stratouly shows a photo of “demolition in progress” (see last photo in link, dated just yesterday, July 13), and so it’s unclear where this battle is going.

Stay tuned.

Photo above via Stratouly’s web site. You can see the early protective scaffolding outside the building, in a photo apparently taken in April.

For more information on the Boston luxury condo market please call Robert Veek at 617-720-5454.

Updated: 1st Quarter 2018

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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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