The Globe has a big piece this morning on how some suburban office parks in the area are starting to add housing components to their sites in order to better compete with “live, work, play” environments offered by rival offices buildings in Boston, Cambridge and other urban areas.

So it looks like, at least for some suburban office parks, it’s “good-bye” to old business-park models that included office buildings, cafeterias and parking, and that’s it, and “hello” to retail stores, restaurants and even housing to complement offices.

We’re talking hundreds of much-needed housing units being built this way. So it’s a welcome trend in Massachusetts, though the jury’s still out whether housing is a truly viable plan for specific sites or not. The closer to public transit spots (either commuter or light-rail trains), the more viable it seems.

Above is a rendering of the proposed “Crossroads” development in Hopkinton at the site of the original (and now vacant) EMC headquarters along 495.

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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

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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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