In the process of “shopping” for a Beacon Hill condo for sale, the choices the buyer makes can determine the success or failure in the process.  First and foremost the buyer needs to fall in love with the Boston condo. We have a joke around the office, that when deciding on a condo in Downtown Boston, the buyer needs to have a smile on their face every time they turn the key.  As a Boston downtown condo agent, I am looking for that smile as a first impression. I am looking for the buyer to “connect” with the space and enjoy the viewing experience. We often encourage buyers to trust their gut first. If they are prepared well initially with the analytical information to classify a Beacon Hill Condo typethey can rely on how the space feels as a home and not get caught up as much on the listing details (ie. square footage, upgrades, design, etc).  Interestingly enough, the criteria for choosing a Downtown Condo seems to differ between our married and single clients.   In the CAR video above it ranks the percentage of the most important criteria for both men and women buyers along with singles and married couples. In relation to Beacon Hill the criteria is just a tad different as a result of the product, location, and lifestyle.   Below are some of the top priorities that we have seen from our  single and marries buyers when choosing a Beacon Hill Condo.

Married Couples


Both the complex and neighborhood must have a perception of being safe


Women and married couples tend to like open floor plans.  Units that have a “light and bright” feel with a touch of contemporary design are most popular.

Turn Key Home:

Many  buyers are not looking for a project that involves a ton of upgrades.  A Downtown condo with a “move in ready” criteria is high desirable.

Closet Space/Storage:

Large Closets and even extra storage will always be a priority for a Downtown Condo



Location and Neighborhood:

Neighborhoods with central locations to work, live, and play are always very popular.

Complex Amenities:

Complexes with nice gyms, pools, and roof top deck areas always catch the eye of a guy in Downtown Boston

Patio Space for a Grille:

The lack of being able to have a BBQ on an outside patio space can be a deal breaker for a-lot of single guys.

Square Footage:

  It’s not always the actual square footage, but the feeling of space that is appealing.  A Downtown Condo unit needs to feel open and spacious.

Buying a Beacon Hill condo for sale

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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.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



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