Boston condos for sale: Urban lifestyle

Can the lifestyle we lead be indicative of who we are and what we stand for? Do we want to live in the huge house, with a yard, and a quiet neighborhood? Or, would you consider sacrificing “space” and “stuff” to have more access to “work, live, and play” right outside your front door. Back in 1990 when I first arrived in Boston Midtown, it was a legitimate question as to whether living in a high rise in Midtown Boston was a fad or a national trend. However,fast forwarding to 2018, it is official…The idea of “How” we live, and how we “think” about living is starting to change. The US Economy is becoming ever more urban as a result of changes in economics, shifting demographics,and lifestyle preferences. Downtown Boston represents one of the best options for an urban lifestlye in Massahusettts. In 2014, the idea of Living in a Downtown Boston Condo not only represents where you live, but also a commitment to a modern way of life. A modern and ultimately “urban” lifestyle is more green because it is “walk-able”,  more efficient, open to new technologies, more compact, and ultimately more flexible.

In a recent article entitled: How we live: “More Green, More Urban, more efficient”…author Diana Olick explores some of these changes of the national mindset on urban living that I thought were very interesting.  See some of the highlights I cite from the article below.

Transportation will become shared and more flexible:

“Every car that we have is going to be driven by more people, and more times a day, but we will store those vehicles less. The streets are going to look a lot different.”

More choice for smaller living spaces and more location:

“The millennial generation, whose employment and wage growth has been weakest in the economic recovery. They may not have a lot of income now to be able to live where they want, but they’re willing to live in a smaller space and have all the amenities of a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood.”

More of an eff0rt to make urban lansdscapes more environment friendly:

“You’re going to see lots of green roofs, greener streets, …more street trees that provide shade,”

Office space will be more flexible and commutes will decrease:

“While Americans will still go to work in office buildings, they will do it less frequently, and their offices may not even be their own. So-called “hoteling” of office space, where no one has a permanent desk but each employee is simply assigned a desk if/when they show up, is becoming increasing popular as workers are off-site more often.”

New ways of using space will maximize efficiency:

“under-utilized spaces, such as rooftops, abandoned lots, or even parking spaces, can be converted to “green” with vegetable gardens.”

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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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