Boston Midtown condos for sale

Boston Midtown condos for sale

Boston Midtown condos for sale

Let’s face it: There aren’t a whole lot of Boston high rise condos available in the central, older parts of the city, like Beacon Hill are suffering from low inventory.

Luckily, there’s been new construction happening all over Boston Midtown in the past couple of years. In fact, the City of  Boston has been issuing new construction permits in the last few years, but things look like they could be changing), but these are a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds under construction and planned in Boston suburbs

 Another hurdle to cross is that new construction homes can just feel uncomfortable – nobody’s lived there, and it can be difficult to imagine a neighborhood springing up around what may currently be a series of half-built homes and empty lots.

Here are my real estate agent tips for smarter new home construction purchases!

1. Get the lay of the land. If the home is in the City of Boston, use to research the lot where condos are being built. You can learn a lot about the site before you even step foot on it — whether it’s in a flood zone, what the grade is (which affects the stability of the soil) and what might have taken place there before it became a home site.

2. Research the builder. Do they have experience with residential construction? What do their previous new Boston high rise condo developments look like today? Builders are completely different from one another. One builder may only build to code while another goes the extra mile to make the home green, or to make it with better quality materials in general. We know many of the builders in town.

3. Bring your real estate agent every time you go to a new Boston high rise condo development, even if it’s just to look around. Looking around leads to stopping in a model home, and suddenly you’re in the grips of the builder’s representative! Your own buyers agent representation in any real estate transaction is important, and it’s strategic to get us in early, especially when it comes to buying a new home. The builder’s representative is working for the builder. In addition, having your buyer’s agent there at the start of your home search process allows us to start learning what you are looking for in a home and help you discover even more options.

4. Decide if you need a custom build. Many home buyers look to new construction because they can buy “semi-custom”, meaning you get to decide on finishing touches like paint colors and cabinetry. This is where a lot of builders make extra money, so check prices carefully. Even then, some folks who go semi-custom end up redoing or adding on to the home at a later date. This can add up to tens of thousands more than what you would have paid originally! As your real estate agent, I can help you find the perfect lot to build your custom home, and put you in touch with trusted architects and builders who can create a truly customized masterpiece — perhaps even for less than some of the spec homes out there.

5. Look at the community, not just the home. Most new Boston high rise condo construction in and around Boston is happening in planned blocks around the Seaport District. Each developer has their own specific vision for the group of  Boston high rise they are assembling. 

6. Condo association do your research. Find out what the rules are, and what dues and condo fees are involved. Is there a general maintenance fund? If so, how much is in it? Even in new Boston high rise condo developments, something can go wrong, and homeowners could end up footing the bill. Typically condo monthly fees start out really low, and then jump up after a few years.

7. Don’t rule out the ‘burbs. While there is some new construction happening in spots around downtown Boston, most of the homes are going to be out in places like Somerville, Arlington  communities, 15 minutes or less to Boston And yes, this my buyer’s team can travel.

8. Find out about services to the development. . Your new home may include a cable hookup, but unless the cable company has already built infrastructure out there, you may not have TV or internet for a while!

9. Ask your real estate agent. There’s a lot of research to do when it comes to new Boston high rise condos. It’s not all up to you! A good buyers agent will help you consider what you may not have on your own, and present you with all the information you need to make a well informed decision.

Interested in a new Boston high rise condo? Want to talk about housing availability? Contact us today.

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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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Ford Realty Inc
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