The Fenway?


Why not?

Look what you have here. Housing, both old and new. Housing, both rental and condos. Bars and restaurants. Views of parks. Parks to enjoy. Cultural events nearby. A melting pot of nationalities. Plenty of employers nearby, making the walk to work a breeze.

This past weekend, the Globe Magazine ran a long story on what’s going down in the Fens.

Many area homeowners are thrilled at the prospect of luxury high-rise condos coming to the neighborhood – a sure way to enhance quality of life and their own property values.

Remarkably, advocates like Carl Nagy Koechlin of the Fenway Community Development Corporation are also pleased that the developers of residential high-rises have expressed a serious commitment to including affordable housing in their projects (which they are required to do by the new zoning laws). Only higher density zoning makes such a commitment financially viable. This creates a powerful momentum among residents – a group that [Boston Mayor Thomas] Menino listens to very closely – for taller buildings, a momentum that even the charm, clout, and cash of the Red Sox owners cannot stop.

Any future efforts by the team to resize or squash tall buildings it does not own outside of the protection area are far less likely to be successful than they were in the past. [Stephen] Mindich says the Red Sox “have played their hand as far as they can play it.”

Tis true, it seems as though Red Sox management plays “good neighbor”, at least when it is in their own best interest. But, there are other big players in town making their move into the neighborhood, so perhaps the days of the ball club’s owners being chief decision-makers will soon pass, World Series rings notwithstanding.

The article is a good read, if you already live here or are thinking about it.

Source: Seeing Red – By Kris Frieswick, Boston Globe Magazine

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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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