If you want to live in a neighborhood you consider “nice,” chances are you’ll have to pay a lot more for it than other neighborhoods. Some argue Boston condos in less desirable neighborhoods not only save money but bring up values if the neighborhood is up-and-coming. If you’re looking for real estate for sale in downtown Boston, consider the following points.

Your Dream Condo Might Be Cheaper Than You Realize

If you buy a fixer-upper in an undesirable neighborhood, you can have your dream Boston condo for a fraction of the cost. The problem is, you’ll have to work for it. Fixing up a home is a lot of work, and you’ll often find yourself frustrated. If you’re willing to tough it out, your efforts will likely pay off. Your finished dream home may even make the neighborhood more attractive to other buyers.

The Neighborhood Is Likely to Get Better Over Time

There’s likely no need to worry about the neighborhood getting worse, because chances are higher it will get better over time. If you’re an investor, you can have a part in this process by buying several Boston condos in the neighborhood and flipping them to rent out or sell. If you’re looking for instant gratification, it may be best for you to invest in a neighborhood that’s already meeting all of your needs. If you’re concerned about things such as safety or property values, a better neighborhood might be the best choice for you.

You Don’t Need to Fix the House Up…But You Can If You Insist

If you’re prepared to spend more money up front, you may want to go ahead and buy a Boston luxury condo in a better neighborhood. You can still buy the worst Boston condo in a desirable neighborhood if you want a fixer-upper. You will then have a chance to save a little money without sacrificing your surroundings.

In years past, downtown Boston might not have been the most popular place to live. However, constant improvements over time have made the area extremely desirable, and it appears things are only getting better. Get in touch with  Ford Realty to see the many attractive lofts, penthouses, and condos for sale in downtown Boston. Call 617-595-3712 today to schedule an appointment

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Author Profile

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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