Boston condos for sale: Soundproofing

Noise has always been part of city living. Ever since there have been three-deckers and brooms, the downstairs neighbors have been whomping the ceiling telling the upstairs folks to keep it down.

But in today’s world — of high real estate prices and even higher expectations, of mixed-use developments with gyms at street level, of suburban empty nesters moving to the urban core — a growing number of

Condo owners and apartment renters are dropping dimes on each other with building management, suing developers, and adding anti-noise regulations to condo documents. Some require that 80 percent of floors be covered with rugs or bar residents from wearing shoes in their own living rooms.

Sound-reduction professionals say they’re getting more calls for a number of reasons. Sometimes older, cheaply made apartment buildings are converted to pricey condos, and people who have paid $1 million don’t want to listen to someone else watch “The Big Bang Theory.” Conversely, some new construction isn’t as soundproof as older, more solidly built buildings.

Boston New Condos and Apartments

The sheer number of new apartments and condos in Boston means more potential noise victims. Boston has added 19,954 apartments and condos (in buildings of five or more units) since 2012, according to data tracked by the Boston Foundation.

That’s a lot of new city dwellers living in multifamily housing, where neighbors, and their noisy lives, are mere inches, not yards, away.

The state’s building code, which is based on the 2015 version of the International Building Code, establishes sound-transmission requirements, but many in the sound field say the code is not tough enough and that buildings that just meet the standard can still be noisy.

Cities and towns have noise ordinances, of course, making it unlawful to disturb the peace with loud music or parties or construction at certain hours.





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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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