Views and orientation may be one of the most important aspects of your Boston Midtown condo purchase.  The value of a Downtown view is part monetary and part personal preference.  What direction is the orientation of the unit? What does the view look at?  How unique is the view?  This set of questions are just some of the important factors that go into determining how much a potential buyer will pay for a Boston high rise condo view.  Here are some important considerations we use as Downtown agents when advising our clients and evaluating the value of a view for a Downtown Boston condo.

1. Orientation:

The way a unit faces in a particular complex.  Orientation will help determine sun exposure and natural lighting.   When buying a east facing Boston Condo view remember that during the summer a full west exposure can mean hot afternoons.   South facing views will have more direct sunlight in the winter time when the sun is lower on the horizon.

2. Water Vs City Views:

 Every buyer will over spend for a water facing view.  Harbor views in Downtown Boston Real Estate have always been some of the most valuable.  When buying in an urban area like Downtown Boston, some of the most underrated views are of the City Skyline.

3.  Protected views:

 Buying a protected Boston Condo view is a very important consideration.  You must be sure to do your research and be able to determine if that parking lot across the street from your balcony is going to be a high-rise condo or office building someday.  The Columbia District and East Village will have many orientations and views that will eventually will have future building in front of them.

4. Relative Value:

Everyone has heard the cliche of “a million dollar view”.  Of course downtown Boston views are valuable. Due to the personal preference of any given view, the question of how valuable an orientation is up for debate.  For this reason, it we refer to view value as relative.  In general, “water views” and the “highest views” are the most valuable in Downtown.  Unique views (like ballpark, library, Coronado Bridge, or skyline) will have a relative value.  They may be worth a million dollars to some buyers and worthless to a buyer without a specific preference.

5. Night Viewings:

 When considering a Boston high rise condo view that has any city lights or city orientation, the value of a night viewing is so important.   Night viewings reveal the true value of a skyline orientation.  With a night viewing, you will be able to see and experience the view with a completely different feeling than in the day light.

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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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