So, a couple days / weeks ago, I was quoted in the Globe giving my opinion on the East Boston real estate market.

Basically I said that I was skeptical that there was much of a market for condos in East Boston, over $500,000. This was in response to a question about whether or not the East Pier project delay was a good thing or a bad thing.

Well, a couple of readers didn’t appreciate my comments (especially those who were past clients of mine!).

But, my skepticism was more about the density of the project and its pricing, not the project, itself. I’d be happy if they built the development, especially since it’s not just condos, but a multi-use project, complete with marina, etc.

I’d also like to see a lot more units priced in the $400,000 – $600,000 range. From what I had heard, the developers had planned on starting pricing in the $600,000 range, and that was for units with views of Maverick Square!

Anyway, after my comments were quoted, I heard from Paul Campano who works up in East Boston for Keller Williams.

Paul had the awesome Firehouse Lofts listings a couple years back, when they first went on the market. There are two units in the building, and there was a lot of publicity when the larger of the two was sold for over $1 million (setting an all-time record) (actual sales price was $1,150,000, according to the public record).

Well, now Paul’s back with the resale listing on the smaller unit, and it’s a killer.



The Firehouse Lofts on Marion Street: This one of a kind contemporary loft with defined bedrooms is part a two unit ’05 renovation of a firehouse.

Extremely well-appointed loft with Bosch range, stainless steel direct vent hood, stainless steel refrigerator, and Bosch dishwasher, stainless steel cabinets with maple interiors; bathrooms feature rain shower-heads, maple cabinets and double sinks in master. Unit features bamboo flooring, central air conditioning, central vacuum, central alarm and fire system.

MLS # 70657971
Address: 66 Marion Street, East Boston
Price: $479,000

According to Paul, there is an open house this Sunday, from 2:15-3:45 PM. Contact him in his office at (617) 497-8900.

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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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