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New Tower Planned for Theater District

Posted 18 April 2015 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

A development team has filed a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to build a 31 unit, upscale luxury condominium building in Boston’s Midtown Cultural District on Tremont Street. The current building located at 171-172 Tremont Street will be demolished and replaced with the new luxury condo development. According to the letter of intent, the current office building is located directly across from Boston Common at the corner of Tremont Street and Avery Street. It is also adjacent to the Parkside Condominiums, the AMC Loews Boston Common 19 movie theater and MBTA’s Boylston Green Line stop, making for a

Harmonix Moving From Cambridge to Boston

Posted 10 April 2015 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Video game maker Harmonix announced this week that they are going to move their headquarters from Cambridge to Boston’s F inancial District this summer. The company has been located at 625 Massachusetts Avenue and has plans to move this August to the seventh floor of an 11 story building at 40 Broad Street in Boston. They have signed a lease for almost 25,000 square feet of office space. The company will occupy the entire seventh floor at the new location. “Harmonix is thrilled to be moving across the river to 40 Broad Street. The city of Boston has done a tremendous job revitalizing the

Retail and Office Development Planned at 500 Boylston St.

Posted 03 April 2015 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Equity Office Properties of Boston announced their plans for more than 130,000 square feet of additional office, retail and restaurant space at 500 Boylston Street. Plans call for a conversion of an outdoor courtyard space with a 5 story, 80,000 square foot retail and office facility, and to convert up to 50,000 square feet of the building into retail spaces. John Conley, senior vice president of Equity Office Properties in Boston, submitted a notice of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on March 13th outlining the company’s goals. The notice of intent also states that Equity plans to add two vestibles at

The Belvedere Condominiums

Posted 26 March 2015 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Connected to The Prudential Center and Copley shopping malls, in the heart of Back Bay, The Belvedere Condominiums are considered as one of Boston’s most luxurious properties. The 61 unit upscale building was constructed in 2000. The location of the condominiums allows access to shopping and fine dining at the Prudential Center mall, which is connected to the condo building. There is a landscaped courtyard and reflecting pool directly across the street. Most of the luxurious condos have parking inside of the garage area. Amenities include: underground garage, rooftop terrace, valet parking, balconies, in-room laundry and 24 hour concierge. In addition,

FILENE’S

Posted 15 August 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

English: The sun setting on the former Filene’s flagship store in Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Filene’s Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Filene’s was an American department store, headquartered in Boston. Owned by Federated Department Stores from 1929 until 1988 then purchased bv The May Department Stores Company.  Then in 2005, Federated Department Stores bought May Department Stores and soon most Filene’s locations were converted to Macy’s. The old site in Boston called Filene’s redevelopment has been stalled. But it seems work will begin soon the  developer has leased a big piece of the square footage to advertising firm Arnold Worldwide . The $620 million complex will comprise of offices, stores, and luxury

88 Apartments to Go into MBTA Building

Posted 28 July 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

  Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority GP40MC 1136 (ex-Canadian National 9599) entering the Porter Square Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, a Boston nonprofit developer, has notified the Boston Redevelopment Authority of it’s intentions to build 88 apartments, 196,500 square foot office building, 10,000 square feet of retail outlets, 1250 square feet of community space and approximately 200 parking spaces on a vacant site formerly owned by MBTA. “This development will re-establish  as a lively, transit orientated site where people once again live, work, shop and recreate,” the filing stated.   According to the developer, the project grew out of the multi

CHINATOWN RESIDENTIAL PROJECT GETS $4M GRANT FROM STATE

Posted 17 July 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

The developers of the One Greenway condominium and apartment project in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood reports that they have secured $3.9 million from the state in support the 51 unit South Building. The grant will be used to fund the construction of the $20 million South Building. The $170 million One Greenway project will include 363 residential units in two different buildings that occupy roughly a half acre of open space. The 312 unit North Building will include 217 market rate apartments and 95 affordable rentals. The project will include a total of 146 affordable units. Groundbreaking took place earlier this year

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC HEADQUARTERS

Posted 07 July 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Boston Scientific’s Director of Global Facilities and Real Estate has unveiled the latest edition to it’s Marlborough campus. The $34 million, 110,000 square foot building is aimed at attracting and retaining more top talent. The new building contains all the latest in technology and conveniences. Included in the amenities are a gym, hair salon, dry cleaners, daycare center, several sports fields, and technology that allows employees to be able to purchase food using their thumbprints. There are tunnels that run between all of the buildings on campus to tie it all together. According to CEO Michael Mahoney, “We’re a global company.

Where Will You Be Watching the Fireworks?

Posted 03 July 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Boston has some of the best Fireworks in the nation. Boston Pops puts a spectacular show but the date has been moved from July 4 to the 3rd to avoid any impact from Tropical Storm Arthur. City officials will close roads around the Esplanade Thursday afternoon. MIT is said to be one of the better roof tops to see the display. However for smaller crowds the Cambridge side of the river could help the claustrophobic patriots. Or if you like the luxury of your home, you may watch it right here streaming live at 8 PM EST. http://bostonpopsjuly4th.org/     The post Where

NEW PROPOSAL TO REPLACE BOSTON HARBOR GARAGE

Posted 01 July 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

A little over 5 years since the original proposal to replace the Boston Harbor Garage was rejected, Donald Chiofaro has proposed a new and smaller plan for the property in hopes to win neighborhood and the city’s approval. The new proposal calls for the project to be cut in size by about 200,000 square feet from the original plan. The new plan calls for a 600 foot tower, with 120 condos and up to 300 hotel rooms plus a 500 foot office building with 700,000 square feet of space. The $1 billion proposal would also include more than 27,000 square

GATE OF HEAVEN SCHOOL FATE, ON HOLD FOR NOW

Posted 27 June 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

The coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The fate of the closed Gate of Heaven School in South Boston remains in a battle as to whether there is too much housing in the neighborhood. After signing an agreement with the Archdiocese of Boston to purchase and develop the property at 609 East Fourth Street, Oranmore Enterprises in Boston has put the project to build 31 units in the 4 story building, including 40 parking places. There has been ongoing opposition to the project from the neighborhood residents since the project was announced. The residents want the site

PLANS FOR A 33 UNIT CONDO COMPLEX FILED

Posted 19 June 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Boston (Photo credit: Bahman Farzad) Plans for a 33 unit condo complex at 488 Dorchester Avenue, have been filed by a Milton based developer. An almost 50,000 square foot, four story building would be built containing 2,091 square feet of ground floor retail and a garage for 33 car is included in the plans. Formerly located on the property was a signle story warehouse containing the offices of Deco Systems, a trucking company. There is an additional four other residential projects in the South Boston neighborhood currently under consideration by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Related articles [Rendering of 1 Ink, 2 Ink, and 3 Ink, as seen from the corner of Harrison Avenue and Herald Street. Rendering by Elkus Manfredi Architects.] At a meeting in early 2007 in the Fort Point, Boston, headquarters of the architecture firm Elkus Manfredi Architects, cofounder and principal Howard Elkus welcomed developer Ori Ron.      $8.5M condo project planned for South Boston Curbed Features: How Boston’s Busiest ArchitectAre Changing Their City The post PLANS FOR A 33 UNIT CONDO COMPLEX FILED appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

DEVELOPERS URGE UNDER USED PARCELS TO SPUR DEVELOPMENT

Posted 17 June 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

In a recent meeting with three prominent developers regarding the building of middle income housing in Boston’s downtown neighborhoods, the builders told the audience that Mayor Walsh’s vision to increase production of middle income housing is essentially a non starter unless the construction of these units can be done on the city’s outskirts due to costs. Mayor Walsh has been saying that Boston’s economic growth and future is at stake and that Boston will lose workers, tax revenue and industries if it doesn’t create more affordable homes to rent and to buy. During a recent panel discussion, three developers all agreed that it is nearly impossible to build affordable high rise condos or apartments in the downtown area. They blame high land parcel costs and high labor costs for the situation. A recommendation by the developers is to use vacant, city owned parcels for construction of multifamily homes that could be built at a 50% discount from current rates. These savings can be passed on to the purchasers and tenants. Another suggestion is to work with the unions to get lower labor costs for the building of the affordable units. All agreed that to achieve Mayor Walsh’s goals, all must work together to solve the problem. The post DEVELOPERS URGE UNDER USED PARCELS TO SPUR DEVELOPMENT appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Arlington Is Now Leasing

Posted 31 May 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

  Macallen Facade (Photo credit: graysky.)     The 128 unit, The Arlington is now leasing units. The building is at the site of the old charter-school building at 100 Arlington Street in Bay Village. It was converted by Clarendon and One Back Bay developer Related Companies as well as the Congress Group.   One-bedrooms at The Arlington start at $3,200 a month and 2-BRs at $6,200     The post Arlington Is Now Leasing appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

DEVELOPERS LINING UP TO BUILD NEW HOTEL IN SOUTH BOSTON

Posted 22 May 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

English: Book Cadillac Hotel stone sculpture Category: Images of Detroit, Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Applications have been received from seven development companies to build a full service, 1000 room hotel directly across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. It is projected that the project will employ an estimated 2200 construction jobs and will ultimately create about 900 permanent jobs. The hotel project will be built on two parcels of land owned by Massport, located at Summer and D Streets. Submissions to the RFQ issued by Massport and MCCA were received from both local and national developers and hotel companies  including Hilton Marriot, Hyatt, MGM Resorts, Omni and Starwood. Permitting and design will take place in 2015 and 2016. The hotel is expected to open in 2018. The post DEVELOPERS LINING UP TO BUILD NEW HOTEL IN SOUTH BOSTON appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Boston Mourns its Loss of Firemen

Posted 28 March 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

We mourn today the loss of two of our finest Boston Heros. Our heartfelt condolences to their families Firefighter Mike Kennedy, L-15, and Lt. Ed Walsh, E-33. Killed in the line of duty. (Boston Fire Dept. photo.) The post Boston Mourns its Loss of Firemen appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Flowers Grace The City of Boston

Posted 27 March 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Nothing is more satisfying, after hard winter as we have had, to enjoy the beauty of colorful flowers. We should be planning our spring and early summer landscape. Besides our personal enjoyment, this is what makes our homes have beautiful curb appeal. And if you plan to put your Boston home on the real estate market, this is a must. Tulips in Boston Common Relax and Enjoy the Beauty The post Flowers Grace The City of Boston appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Films made in Boston

Posted 04 March 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

With it being the end of the award season for Films, lets take a look at how many films have been made in Boston. You will be amazed at the list. It is very important understand how much film making adds to the economy of a city. It is just not just the production and rental fees a studio pays a city and often many individuals, but it is always a boost to the local support industries. Altered States Being Flynn Black Irish (film) Blown Away (1994 film) Blue Hill Avenue The Boondock Saints The Boondock Saints II: All Saints  Day The Brink’s Job Brinks: The Great Robbery The Cardinal The Carey Treatment A Case of Deadly Force I Don’t Know How She Does It Celtic Pride Clothes Make the Pirate Deep in My Heart (1999 film) The Departed Fever Pitch (2005 film) The Forbidden Kingdom The Friends of Eddie Coyle Fuzz (film) God Only Knows (film) Gone Baby Gone    Good Will Hunting The Heat (film How to Start a Revolution Johnny Tremain (film) The Kennedys (miniseries) Knuckleball! The Last Detail Leap Year (2010 film) Moneyball (film) Monument Ave. Mystic River (film) Portrait of Jennie R.I.P.D. Saint Ralph Singularity (film) The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Ted (film) That Darn Cat (1997 film) The Town (2010 film) What Doesn’t Kill You Why Stop Now (film) X2 (film)Z Zombie in a Penguin The post Films made in Boston appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Where are Some Pet Friendly Boston Apartments?

Posted 28 February 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

I need to find a nice Boston apartment that is dog friendly. Are there many of these in Boston? We did some reach and found some dog friendly apartments. You will find there are many that have size and breed restrictions. Plus many charge a monthly security fee. Below is just a partial lists of Pet friendly complexes: For assistance in your search contact Maxwell Burke Broker/Owner at Boston Luxe at his email: maxwell@bostonluxe.com  or call his Cell: (617) 543 – 7754  or call his office: (617) 267-4600 The Back Bay Neighborhood The Colonnade Residences-One dog per unit with no weight limit, but there are Breed Restrictions and there is no pet Fee. One Back Bay-1 dog per unit, There is a 50 pound weight limit along with breed restrictions. Garrison Square Apartments-75 lb. weight limit, limit of 2 dogs per unit with combined limit of 75 lb. Pet Fees: Dogs 50 lb. $100 per month, 50-75 lb $150 per month, breed restrictions. Seven Fifty-Five Boylston- Dogs on a case by case basis The Greenhouse Apartments-25 pound weight limit, no breed restrictions. The Lofts at Atlantic Wharf-There is no weight limit, but there are breed restrictions and a security deposit. Christopher Columbus Plaza Apartments-Smaller dogs weight limit, breed restrictions, inquire about the mandatory fee. Boston’s Seaport/Innovation District and South Boston Factory 63-There are no breed restrictions, but do call for details. ..Park Lane Seaport-You may have 2 pets per unit, with a combined weight of 75 pound with breed restrictions. Small dogs $75 month/ larger dogs $100 per month. 50 West Broadway There is no weight limit. But there are breed restrictions. South End The Marais- Call for Details on Pets Lofts at East Berkeley-Call for Details 601 Albany Apartments- Call for Details James Court Apartments-One Dog is allowed per unit with a 55 Pound Weight Limit along with breed restrictions. Charlestown Harborview Navy Yard-There a 2 dog limit with no weight limit with breed restrictions and fees. Mezzo Design Lofts- 80 lb weight limit, there is a fenced dog park across  the street. Cambridge Archstone Kendall Square-1 Dog per unit with a 65 lb. weight limit. A few courtyard apartment allow larger breeds. Monthly pet fee of $75 and there are breed restrictions. Archstone Northpoint 2 dog max per unit with no weight restrictions, but there are breed Restrictions. Fees are  $100 per month per dog. Third Square Apartments-Dog and Cat Friendly. There are no weight restrictions, but there are breed restrictions. You are allowed 2 dogs per unit with a $85 per month fee per dog plus a security security deposit. Watermark Cambridge-There is a pet fee of $50 for cats, and $100 for dogs. There is a maximum of two pets per home, up to 65 pounds each. And there are breed restrictions. Loft 23-Two dogs are allowed per apartment with a 50lb limit. There are breed restrictions. Monthly pet fee are $20 per cat and $75 per dog. 1330 Boylston Apartments-Larger Dogs Accepted Check on Breed […]

It is a go for Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s New Mansion

Posted 23 February 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

According to Laura Raposa at The Herald, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are still going through the red tape and permissions to build a 7,465-square-foot main house; a 1,675-square-foot cottage for the help; and a 1,342-square-foot yoga studio in Brookline’s slice of Chestnut Hill. It seems they still need a waiver on the Yoga studio as their is a 150-square-foot limit on so-called accessory buildings. Architect’s rendering of the Proposed Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s new Chestnut Hill castle in Brookline MA.               It seems all that stands in their way now are the neighbors and of course the zoning commission. If all is approved,  it will all be a go, with of course some modifications.   The post It is a go for Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s New Mansion appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Good News for Boston Real Estate

Posted 18 February 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

We heard some great news from Wells Fargo last week. It seems that they have lowered their standards on the public’s FICO scores. It will now be possible to qualify for a mortgage loan with a FICO score of 600. Of course that is if all your other financials are in order. Tom Goyda, a bank spokesman said, “The goal is to increase access to credit, especially for low- and moderate- income borrowers and first-time home buyers.” He continued, “These are fully underwritten, fully documented loans, consistent with FHA program guidelines and responsible lending principles.” There is no doubt that other lending institutions will follow suit, easing up the mortgage loan business a little. We know one thing this will give another small boost to the Boston Real Estate Market. The post Good News for Boston Real Estate appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Superbowl Fun at Boston Venues

Posted 01 February 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Well we all know that Sunday is the day of the Super Bowl. If you are tired of watching the game on your couch and eating nachos, check out some of the venues offered in our town. This is but a sampling of what is available in Boston. Who knows maybe we will see you there. Come up and say Hi.   1. Clery’s is hosting their Third Annual Super Bowl party. Compete for prize packs and trophies in the bar’s wing eating contest. choice of any two beers, an appetizer sampler platter during the first half of the game, and a pizza buffet at half time. Tickets are $20 per person.. 113 Dartmouth St., Boston. 617-262-9874 2. Cask ’n Flagon Chef Donley Liburd has created special tailgate platters, featuring baby back ribs, barbecue chicken, barbecue pork, and beef brisket (choose two for $18, three for $26). Favorites like wings, burgers, and pizza will also be available. this local sports bar will be offering a wide selection of cocktails and beers. 62 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-536-4840. 3. Ducali Pizzeria &Bar Day-long brunch on Super Bowl Sunday that will run from 11 a.m. until closing. Menu will feature items like egg-topped pizza, Italian-style chicken wings, and lobster-stuffed arancini. Selection of Seattle and Denver beers available. 289 Causeway St., North End. 617-742-4144. 4. East End Grille 50 cent wings Free buffet during half time on game day. 118 Broadway, Somerville. 617-628-6000. 5. Poe’s Kitchen at The Rattlesnake Private rooms available for  intimate viewing experience Access to an indoor tailgate featuring a south of the border spread Selection of beers on hand. 384 Boylston St., Boston. 617-859-8555. 6. Row 34 Freshly tapped cask of Domaine Dupont French cider from beer Number of game day treats. Snacks created by chef Francisco Millan include lobster roe popcorn ($6), crispy glazed fish collars ($12), fried chicken wings (small is $8, large is $14), and more. 383 Congress St., Fort Point. 617-553-5900. 7.Shake Shack Buy one get one free promotion on all frozen custard. In addition to the free custard, customers will also receive a free mini foam football. 92 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-758-8495 49 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. 617-651-3406. 8.The Sinclair Roasted peanuts with keffir lime and chilis ($3), Narragansett corndogs (2 for $6) with coleslaw and mustard, Thai-Style chicken wings ($7), and plenty of brews on tap. 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-451-7700. 9. Strega’s waterfront location will offer a selection of Specialty cocktails on Super Bowl Sunday, including Italian apple-tinis and spezie cosmos. $5 appetizers starting at 4 p.m. on game day. 56 Northern Ave., Boston. 671-345-3992. 10. Tryst restaurant in Arlington Super Bowl specials created by executive chef Paul Turano. Smoky cheese popcorn, spicy buffalo wings Some healither options, like tuna tacos with avocado, red onion, and aji crema. Guests can also enjoy options from Tryst’s traditional menu. 689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-641-2227. 11. The Seventy @ 3rd lounge at the Westin Waltham Boston Truffle-infused tater tots, Sliced steak sliders Buffalo chicken flatbread. The […]

Planning Council Makes a Housing Prediction

Posted 31 January 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

As most of you are aware the Boston area is already a very expensive city to rent an apartment or to purchase condominium or loft. The facts are this situation will not change in the future. But as we all know the expense is worth it to be able reside in such a wonderful city. In a new report, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council suggests that the Boston area will need 435,000 new apartments, condominiums and homes over the next quarter century. To put this is perspective that is enough to house the entire city of 2014 Boston. On a positive note we will need a tremendous amount of construction in our beautiful city to fill the need for housing. This means jobs for the construction workers and also their support industries and of course the Real Estate Market. This is a great windfall for our entire city. The post Planning Council Makes a Housing Prediction appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Boston is Named Coziest City To Live

Posted 07 January 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

Honeywell Infrared Heaters, in partnership with the environmental consulting company Environmental Health & Engineering did a study to find out just what cities are  the coziest in the Nation. Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, Environmental Health & Engineering said they believe coziness is defined by a city’s overall comfort, ambiance and accessibility. The criteria ranged from Fireplace and portable heaters usage Access to parks Overall walk-ability to restaurants and coffee shops per capita, Stressful lifestyle scores and Historical ambiance. Based on this profile, below is a list of the top ten coziest U.S. cities:  1.    Boston/Cambridge, Mass. 2.    San Francisco, Calif. 3.    Santa Fe, N.M. 4.    Washington, D.C. 5.    Portland, Ore. 6.    Seattle, Wash. 7.    Baltimore, Md. 8.    Providence, R.I. 9.    New Orleans, La. 10. Savannah, Ga. The post Boston is Named Coziest City To Live appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.

Boston’s Freedom Trail

Posted 06 January 2014 | By | Categories: Boston Condos | No Comments

If you are new to Boston you just might want to go on the Freedom Trail, this is a two and one half mile, brick-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites. These sites will include museums and meeting houses, churches, and burying grounds. All telling the  rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston. The post Boston’s Freedom Trail appeared first on Boston Luxe Market Analysis.