When leaving the suburbs for to live in Beacon Hill, buyers sometimes confuse lofts and condos. To help during the search, here is a brief comparison of the two.


Condos, or condominiums, maintain nearly the same design as a single-family house with divided and dedicated rooms, like the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Typically,  Boston condos are newly built and have property amenities such as exercise centers, pools, security, and a concierge. Beacon Hill condos for sale also usually have a patio, balcony, or a small yard. Condo owners are members of an association, with extra annual or monthly costs used to maintain common areas.


In contrast, lofts tend to be completely open without dividing walls for most of the rooms. Lofts originated as industrial spaces that were converted into living spaces above a warehouse or similar facility. Today, however, many lofts are built specifically as a housing unit. Lofts for sale in Beacon Hill generally have floor to ceiling windows, exposed concrete or brick, and exposed industrial fixtures such as piping. Lofts typically do not have yards or patios, though some may have balconies. Generally, lofts don’t have the same amenities as condos, although owners might still pay additional annual or monthly costs to keep up the common areas in the building.

When looking to buy Beacon Hill real estate, don’t base your decision on aesthetics instead of needs. You can always add walls in a loft, but removing walls in a condo may not always be a good idea, particularly if they are load-bearing walls. If you’ve got a better idea of what will work for you and would like to start looking at properties in Downtown San Diego, call (619) 649-0368 to speak with one of our friendly and experienced real estate agents. We look forward to hearing from you.

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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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