Infographic: Tips for A Stress-Free Moving Day

Moving is stressful, but moving within the city, from a Back Bay condo to a piece of real estate in The South End for example, can be especially tricky because you have things like city regulations, traffic and a bustling pedestrian population to contend with.  In these cases, it's critical to create a thorough plan for moving day - one that considers details like children's nap times, parking and snacks or lunch for your movers.  And that's just the beginning!  Once you get your belongings through the front door, most people want to focus on unpacking their clothes and arranging furniture, but there are important tasks that, once completed, will help you settle into your new home without worry.  Our friends at E.E. Ward movers put together this nifty infographic and checklist for move-in day preparations, and for the activities you should focus on as soon as your moving truck pulls away.  Let's take a look:

Bonus helpful tip: Another great way to eliminate the stress of moving day is to work with a full-service, committed Boston real estate agent that uses their expertise to facilitate your move in any way possible.  The importance of having an agent that is deeply familiar with your neighborhood and any nuances that might affect your move can not be understated.  With the current Boston real estate market, buying a home in Back Bay, The South End or any other city neighborhood can be difficult because there are so many other buyers to compete with.    Once you find the perfect home, don't let stresses of moving day damper your enthusiasm.  

The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 34 years.  Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For more information about Boston real estate, finding condos for sale in Boston, or if you'd like to talk to a sellers agent about listing your home, please contact us.  


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    Here's What Buyers Need To Know About S&P's Latest Report That Indicates An Increase in Boston Real Estate Prices

    It’s been a difficult couple of years for those looking for affordable real estate in Boston.  According to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, the median home value citywide increased 12% in 2016 and a staggering 47% in the last five years.  Though there has been a slight and likely temporary drop in prices for real estate in Back Bay and condos in The South End, which fell in median value by 33% and 55% respectively in 2016, most Boston neighborhoods are seeing consistent double digit increases year over year.  And according to a new report from Standard & Poors, the Boston real estate market will continue the upward trend over the next several years, with an estimated 24% jump in home value by 2020.  This estimate is dependent on some unpredictable variables like the performance of the economy, but the report also indicates that if another recession like the economic downturn of 2007 were to hit, home prices in the Boston area would fall by less than 2%, while the rest of the nation would see a 27% plunge.  

    What does this mean for Boston real estate and buyers looking for homes for sale in Back Bay and other Boston neighborhoods?  Because Boston is one of the three or four lowest-risk markets in the country due to a broad scope of industries, an abundance of universities and medical institutions and an exceptional employment market, buyers should be assured that purchasing a home in Boston will likely remain a sound financial investment.  But with an increase in prices and mortgage rates on the horizon, those looking for real estate investments that are likely to yield significant return should consider buying sooner rather than later.  They should also work with an agent who understands how real estate in Boston neighborhoods has changed over the last 10 years, and has done significant research on which Boston neighborhoods are likely to grow the most in the next 5 years.  For example, a savvy real estate agent should know that real estate in Somerville has increased 48% in the last 5 years, but the median home value fell by 1% in 2016, indicating a major shift that affects it’s desirability from an investment perspective.  Other neighborhoods with similar proximity to the city - East Boston, Dorchester and South Boston for example, saw a very healthy increase in 2016 that, coupled with a flood of new residential and commercial development projects, make them likely to have significant increases in both short and long-term home values.  

    The Boston real estate market is undoubtedly one of the most desirable in the nation - and for good reason.  The lifestyle is great for it’s residents and the city is able to withstand economic hardships much better than most other markets.  But desirability and affordability are inversely proportional, and if the aforementioned S&P report holds true, the longer buyers wait, the less return they are likely to see on their investment.  Regardless of timing, it’s critical for buyers to be well-informed about not only the Boston real estate market, but the factors that contribute to growth within the city’s different neighborhoods.  When it comes to condos for sale in Back Bay and real estate for sale in Charlestown, a savvy buyer must consider many things beyond the differences in characteristics of each neighborhood.  The Boston housing market will only become more complex for buyers as home values increase.  Working with an agent that has deep expertise in Boston real estate and a well-researched perspective on it’s future is the best way for a buyer to make satisfying and fiscally smart choices.  

    The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 34 years.  Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For any questions about listings in the aforementioned buildings, other new projects in Boston, the status of projects, availability of new construction homes, or anything pertaining to Boston real estate, please contact us.  


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      7 Hot New Construction Buildings in Fenway/Kenmore

      The Fenway / Kenmore area may be home to “America’s most beloved ballpark,” but Bostonians know that there’s a lot more to the neighborhood then the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox.  The 1.24 square mile neighborhood is bursting with vitality thanks to a unique blend of cultural institutions, universities, and the natural beauty bestowed by the Emerald Necklace - a chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways that spreads through Fenway/Kenmore and beyond.  Young professionals and students from nearly a dozen colleges and universities located in the neighborhood fill the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs lining the streets of Fenway/Kenmore, giving it a perpetually animated feel.  The neighborhood also attracts a cerebral and cultured population of Bostonians who  enjoy spending time at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall.  It’s a diverse and dynamic area, and has a seemingly endless amount of entertainment making it an appealing neighborhood for those looking at Boston real estate.  

      But like other neighborhoods in the city, real estate in Fenway/Kenmore is transitioning.  Not long ago the majority of housing was student-centric and affordable, but over the last several years a surge of new development has helped establish a prominent luxury real estate market in the neighborhood. Those looking for condos for sale in Fenway/Kenmore can expect to see prices that are approaching those of Back Bay real estate and condos for sale in The South End, and luxury condos in Fenway/Kenmore are now more common than those with basic features and amenities.  But for an area that has as much to offer as Fenway/Kenmore, it’s not surprising that demand has increased so significantly.  Here’s a list of the top 7 Fenway/Kenmore new construction projects that are adding to the much needed supply of new housing in the popular neighborhood.

      Pierce Boston


      This behemoth project had to top our list, mostly because it’s one of the most prominent new construction projects in all of Boston, but also because it’s scheduled to be finished any day now.  Here are the details of what this 30-story luxury tower will contribute to luxury real estate in Fenway/Kenmore:

      • A mix of 240 rental apartments and 109 condominiums
      • 20,000 square feet of retail located at the tower’s base across the first two stories
      • An underground parking garage will contain spaces for 80 cars
      • Amenities will include a Levity Lounge on the buildings top level, as well as a sky deck with a kitchen and a gas fireplace and a sky top pool, a library, a fitness center and a private dining room

      Fenway Center


      Another massive project underway in the neighborhood is Fenway Center in Kenmore Square.  The project will be constructed in two phases, with phase one expected to be completed in early 2020.  Here’s what this 1.1 million-square-foot development project will include:

      • Five new buildings, including a 27-story tower above the Massachusetts Turnpike
      • A total of approximately 550 residential units, 160,000 square feet of office space and over 50,000 square feet of retail
      • 30,000 square feet of park and green space
      • A seven-story parking garage will include 1,290 parking spaces
      • A 12,000-square-foot air rights deck and landscaped pedestrian walkway will be constructed over  Yawkey Station as part of phase 1.  

      Symphony Court Phase Two


      This luxury condo building in Fenway/Kenmore is sold out, but it’s worth mentioning because you never know when one of these homes will come back on the market.  Here are the details:

      • 34 luxury condominium residences
      • Amenities include a resident club room, an outdoor community terrace, a fitness center and garage parking
      • Residences feature natural light, high ceilings and views of the Boston skyline
      • A number of residences feature private decks 

      The Harlo


      This 17-story, recently completed building offers luxury apartments to rent in Fenway/Kenmore.  With a convenient location, The Harlo “connects historic legacy with modern city living.”  Here are the features:

      • 212 luxurious apartment residences ranging from studio to three-bedrooms
      • Residences include elegant finishes like exposed concrete ceilings, quartz countertops, hardwood floors, oversized window and panoramic views of Fenway Park, the Charles River and Downtown Boston
      • Select homes feature loft floor plans and private terraces
      • Amenities include a long with a billiards area and open workspaces, a work and study area, private dining and entertaining space, a fitness center, a library and conference space.  
      • Multiple private outdoor spaces including a yoga terrace, a fifth-floor outdoor terrace featuring cabanas, a fire pit and grills and a top-level sky deck with sweeping views of the Emerald Necklace, the Boston skyline and Fenway Park
      • A two-level underground parking garage with 105 spaces and bicycle storage

      839 Beacon Street


      Located steps from Kenmore Square, the upcoming apartments at 839 Beacon will have modern amenities but a classic brick-and-bay townhouse look.  These Kenmore Square rentals will also have:

      • 45 apartment residents and 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail
      • Apartments will include 16 studios, 23 one-bedrooms, 4 two-bedrooms and 2 three-bedrooms
      • Homes feature quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, vinyl plank flooring and in-unit laundry
      • Amenities include a lounge, meeting room, fitness center, a dog washing station and a roof terrace featuring a kitchen facility on views of the Boston skyline
      • 30 parking spaces with Zipcars available on site as well as electric car charging stations 

      50 Symphony Road


      This recently approved building will include modern-contextual design and 20 condominiums for sale in Fenway.  Here are the details:

      • First-floor residential space will be 6 feet above grade, providing privacy for residents
      • 17 condominiums will be market-rate and 3 will be offered to buyers earning 80-100% of Area Media Income (AMI)
      • The building’s basement will have parking for 11 vehicles
      • All floors are elevator accessible
      • Conveniently located to MBTA stations at Symphony (Green Line), Hynes Convention Center (Green Line) and Massachusetts Avenue (Orange Line)  
      • MBTA Bus lines are just steps away
      • Easily walkable to major Boston neighborhoods including Fenway, Copley, Back Bay and South End

      Gateway Boston


      These high-end apartments in Fenway were completed a little over a year ago, but are a great option for renting in Boston.  The building is right in the heart of the Fenway neighborhood, and offers:

      • 32 one and one plus-bedroom apartments
      • State-of-the-art finishes
      • Garage parking on site
      • 4,470 square feet of ground-floor retail space

      Residential new construction projects are seemingly ubiquitous in Boston right now - having a massive impact on real estate in The Seaport, East Boston and other neighborhoods that were ripe for rejuvenation.  Though Fenway/Kenmore is a well established neighborhood that isn’t seeing quite as many individual projects, new buildings like the Pierce are major-league (pun intended) and are capturing the attention of every Bostonian interested in Boston real estate and general buzz about the city.  One thing seems certain, with a number of new luxury housing options and a bright future of growth, buyers are going to be paying much closer attention to real estate in Fenway/Kenmore.  

      The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 34 years.  Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For any questions about listings in the aforementioned buildings, other new projects in Boston, the status of projects, availability of new construction homes, or anything pertaining to Boston real estate, please contact us.  



      A Detailed Look at the Improper Bostonian's 9 of the Best Bars in Boston

      One of the best things about living in Boston (arguably the best thing) is how full of life it is.  You could spend an entire month exploring the city and still miss some if it's best attractions.  So, as some of the most experienced real estate agents in Boston, we've made it a priority to acquaint ourselves with the city in every way, which hasn't been too difficult since our agents live, work and play in the neighborhoods they work in.  Whether it's a question about luxury condos for sale in Back Bay, the best Italian restaurant in the North End, pet friendly buildings in Fenway, or what Bostonians can expect from the massive amount of development in The Seaport, we have all kinds of answers.  But while our agents love exploring the city and gathering information for clients (a job perk for sure), we also like to consider the opinions of others around town.  So, we partnered with our friend Jessica Kane to get the details on The Improper Bostonian's list of the 9 Best Bars and Clubs in Boston.  Here's what Jessica had to say:

      The Improper Bostonian, a lively, alternative newspaper serving the community, likes to develop lists of the best. An important "best list" from The Improper Bostonian addresses bars, taverns, and nightclubs in Boston.

      If you are planning a trip to Boston, or if you live in or near the city and want to learn more about nightlife in your community, there are nine establishments that made the longer "best list" that are well worth a look.

      Best Beer Bar: The Publick House

      Although beer bars have been popping up in Boston at a rapid pace in recent years, The Publick House has been and remains ahead of the ever growing pack. The Publick House is described as the "sultan of suds" by The Improper Bostonian. 

      The Publick House features over 30 styles of beer, served in over 80 bottles. In addition, the establishment offers its patrons an ever rotating selection of brew on tap. 

      Best Cozy Bar: Anchovies

      Anchovies is recognized as the best cozy bar in Boston. Anchovies is a dimly lit joint, that comes complete with a dark wood bar. It is a neighborhood tavern, that includes nick-knacks about the place, and bartenders who are generous in their pours.

      Anchovies is a friendly spot, a pub that serves a large cast of regulars. In addition, Anchovies serves a full menu of delectable, authentic Italian food until 1:30 a.m. 

      Best Dance Club: Royale

      When it comes to Boston dance clubs, Royale is a survivor. Dance clubs in the city, indeed across the country, come and go in a flash. Royale is now in its seventh year, and no other venue has come close to taking the perch as the best away from this venue.

      Royale is located in the Boston Theatre District and packs crowds in each and every weekend. Royale features a wide array of marquee DJs and EDM stars. In addition, the venue is outfitted with a tremendous light and sound system. Royale is also home to some great live concerts each year, thanks to its partnership with Bowery Presents. 

      Best Dive Bar: Drinking Fountain

      Who doesn't like a fun dive bar? And Boston has more than a few. With that said, Drinking Fountain is the best dive bar in town.

      Drinking Fountain has been able to withstand the trend towards gentrification that has been sweeping the city in the past couple of decades. In addition, Drinking Fountain offers some of the most affordably priced drinks to be found anywhere in Boston.

      Best Date Bar: The Gallows

      Despite the establishment's name, The Gallows is regarded as the best date bar in Boston. The Gallows is a lively, vibrant South End gastropub. In addition to reasonably priced adult beverages, the establishment offers a nice selection of small plates. It is a perfect place for comfortable conversation, even well suited to that all important first date.

      Best Gay Bar: Club Café 

      In business for 30-plus years, Club Café remains the best gay bar in Boston. People still line up down the block to get in. This remains the case even as gay bars shutter as LGBT patrons venture towards partying in "mainline" establishments. 

      Club Café offers the best cabaret stage in town. In addition, there is a lively dancefloor located at the rear of the establishment. 

      Best Hotel Bar: Hojoko

      If you are visiting Boston, or if you are a resident that wants to try out something not normally seen in a hotel bar, Hojoko is the place to go. The establishment is located in the trendy Verb Hotel.

      The establishment features a vibrant décor not normally associated with a hotel lobby bar. The colorful décor provides a marvelous backdrop for the best sake selections found anywhere in Boston. Midnight snacks of ramen are served daily. On a seasonal basis, beverages from Hojoko can be enjoyed poolside.

      Best Irish Pub: The Field

      What would Boston be without its wonderful Irish pubs? There are plenty of them. And, The Field is considered the best.

      The cash-only pub offers patrons pints of Guinness, pool, and darts. Keep in mind that The Field is not located in Southie, but in the Cambridge area (not necessarily where you'd expect to find the best Irish Pub). Because of its location, The Field attracts a truly eclectic array of patrons, people from all walks of life and a myriad of backgrounds. It is a truly friendly gathering place.

      Best Jazz Club: Wally's Café

      Wally's Café tops the list as the best jazz joint in Boston. Wally's Café, in its 70th year, is a Boston institution. 

      The establishment has featured nightly jazz performances by veteran musicians and up-and-coming performers. There are early evening sessions at Wally's Café, followed by scheduled performers.

      Jessica Kane writes for TIPS Alcohol Training, offering TIPS responsible alcohol service training online for both on and off premise needs.  

      The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 34 years.  Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For questions about homes for sale in Boston, or if you're looking for the most dedicated seller's agents in Boston, please contact us.  


      Demand For Real Estate In Dorchester Is Growing Quickly - Here Are Our Picks For The Neighborhood's Best New Buildings

      For years, Dorchester has been a neighborhood poised for transformation.  What was once it’s own city settled years before Boston, Dorchester offers a combination of attributes not found in other neighborhoods - 9.46 miles of waterfront, residential neighborhoods, commercial corridors and a university campus.  But parts of Dorchester have seen higher crime rates than other areas in Boston, which has given the neighborhood a somewhat negative reputation. Because of this the cost of real estate in Dorchester has remained lower than other neighborhoods.  But much of this crime is sequestered to a few small areas in the largest neighborhood in Boston, and from the perspective of many who live there, Dorchester (lovingly referred to by locals as Dot) is a hidden gem - an under-appreciated neighborhood where the good far outweighs the bad.  

      The area is beginning to attract attention, however - from first time home buyers who can’t afford the increasing costs of real estate in South Boston and other Boston neighborhoods, from artists who appreciate the neighborhood’s history, culture and diversity, and from Boston’s mayor Marty Walsh, who has emphasized his commitment to improving the areas infrastructure, transportation and public spaces, while still preserving it’s unique identity.  It’s also attracted the attention of local developers, who are grappling for the neighborhoods affordable land to build apartments, commercial space, and condos in Dorchester.  Here’s a look at the 10 new construction buildings changing the housing game in Dorchester.  



      The much hyped about DotBlock at the juncture of the Savin Hill, Jones Hill and Meeting House Hill neighborhoods will transform a collection of vacant parcels into 388,400 square feet of mixed-use space.  DotBlock will include:

      • 362 residential units across five mixed-use buildings, including both apartments and condos
      • 37,000 square feet of retail
      • Five story parking garage
      • Amenities will include a pool and fitness facility, as well as a 20,000 square foot landscaped roof deck.
      • Located steps to Savin Hill Station and the MBTA Red Line

      New England Heritage Homes


      These residences will add a suburban flare to the urban housing boom in Dorchester, and will include nine new buildings, seven of which will be attached, side-by-side duplexes and two that will be single-family homes.  Here are the details:

      • 16 affordable two- and three-bedroom condominium residences totaling nearly one acre
      • Steps from Codman Square and the Talbot Avenue MBTA commuter rail station
      • Eight residences will be sold to residents earning 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) or below
      • Eight residences will be sold to residents earning 100% of AMI or below
      • 20 parking spaces will be constructed in addition to bicycle storage
      • Completion is expected in November of 2018

      South Bay Town Center


      This new, pedestrian-oriented development will open in 2018 and will transform a 10-acre section of the existing South Bay Center shopping mall. In the 720,000 square foot space will be:

      • 475 residential units
      • 120,000 square feet of retail space
      • A 60,000 square foot cinema and 130-room hotel
      • 5 new buildings in total
      • Active ground-floor uses and open spaces
      • Three parking garages along with a surface lot and street parking for a total of 1,095 parking spaces

      Indigo Block


      This 125,400 square foot project will include residential apartments, homeownership condominiums and light industrial commercial space.  The expected completion is Spring of 2018.  The details are:

      • 80 residential apartments constructed in an 86,000 square foot building.  44 of these apartments will be designated affordable
      • Four new buildings with eight residential townhouse-style condominiums will be constructed
      • A two-story, 20,000 square foot commercial building will be constructed offering light industrial space, with office space on the second floor
      • 86 parking spots will be included in construction.  

      Flats on Savin


      The 14 modern luxury apartments recently completed in Savin Hill are now leasing.  This building is located directly across from the Savin Hill MBTA Red Line station, making it an optimal location for commuters.  Here’s more about what the building has to offer:

      • Four studios, two 1-bedrooms and eight 2-bedroom apartments
      • Apartments feature state-of-the-art flooring and lighting fixtures, kitchens with white Ceasarstone counters and top-quality appliances, oversized windows and private balconies
      • Amenities include an on-site fitness center, elevator access, an intercom system, video surveillance and bicycle storage.  
      • Leases start at $1,850 / month
      • 4,650 square feet of commercial space will be on the ground floor of the Flats on Savin building, including street level and basement space
      • The existing Savin Bar and Kitchen restaurant will be incorporated into the new building

      1943 Dorchester Avenue


      This mixed-use building across from the Ashmont rapid transit station is currently under construction.  It will feature:

      • 64 rental apartment residences - 42 studios, 15 one-bedrooms, 3 one-bedrooms + den and 4 two-bedrooms
      • 8 apartments will be designated affordable
      • 2,100 square feet of retail space will be available on the ground floor
      • 24 at-grade parking spaces will be available

      110 Savin Hill Avenue


      Savin Hill is bustling with development, including this 23,984 square-foot mixed-use project across from the Savin Hill MBTA Red Line station at the corner of Savin Hill Avenue and Sydney Street.  There are a lot of details on this one, and here they are:

      • Three-story with mezzanine residential building featuring nine-market-rate condominiums and 13 parking spaces
      • Residences will include 1 one-bedroom, 770-square-foot adaptable unit, 6 two 2-bedroom units averaging 1,146 square feet and 2 three-bedroom units averaging 1,816 square feet
      • Three-story, 10,574-square-foot commercial building fronting onto Savin Hill Avenue
      • The first floor will have 3,555 square feet of commercial/retail/restaurant space
      • The second and third floors will contain 3,646 square feet and 2,55 square feet respectively, intended for a a single commercial/retail/restaurant tenant

      54 Pleasant Street


      This approved Dorchester condo building will be located at the intersection of Pleasant and Stoughton Streets in Savin Hill bordering Jones Hill, convenient to the Savin Hill MBTA Red Line station.  The building will include:

      • 17 residential condominiums
      • 5 one-bedrooms averaging approximately 907 square feet, 9 two-bedrooms averaging approximately 1,063 square feet and 3 three-bedrooms averaging approximately 1,540 square feet
      • An underground garage will house 20 vehicle parking spaces and 10 bicycle storage spaces

      Neponset Wharf


      This project is still under final review, but if it’s officially approved it will be huge for real estate in Dorchester.  The development will be 307,000 square feet of mixed-use waterfront space overlooking Boston Harbor.  The list of waterfront outdoor spaces and facilities created for residential and public use is extensive, including a boathouse, a public fishing pier, the upgraded marina, a kayak launch, a refreshment stand, a boardwalk, a tidal garden, a game court, enhanced public access to the Neponset River and a potential pedestrian bridge link across Pine Neck Creek to Teenan Beach (Source:  The development’s three buildings will feature:

      • 150 condominium residences
      • A 25-room boutique hotel
      • A 4,000 square-foot ground-floor restaurant
      • Parking facilities with capacity for 185 cars and 152 bicycles available to both residents and the public

      1120-1132 Washington Street


      This proposed development, which is also under final review, will certainly help with the supply of condos for sale in Dorchester if approved.  The mixed-use building would be located steps from the Neponset Greenway and the MBTA Red Line.  Here’s what it would entail:

      • 57 one- to three-bedroom condominium residences, 7 of which would be designated affordable
      • 3,600 square feet of ground floor commercial space
      • Open space on site, including a lawn, a patio and a toddler play area
      • 86 parking spaces for residents and 8 for the building’s commercial space, as well as bicycle storage 

      There’s a transformative energy building in Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood, and it’s sure to have an impact on the area’s desirability, and in turn, real estate in Dorchester.  The key for city planners and officials will be to find the right balance between helping the neighborhood reach it’s full potential, and maintaining the rich culture and affordability it currently offers.  One thing’s for certain, if you’re looking for real estate in Boston, condos in Dorchester are sure to yield significant return on investment in both the short, and the long term.  


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        South Boston Is Red Hot - Here Are Our Favorite New Condo Buildings

        We've detailed some of Boston's massive residential development projects in previous new construction features, like Echelon Seaport which will contain 733 residences and 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, Clippership Wharf in East Boston, and of course the behemoth One Dalton, soon to be the tallest residential tower in New England.  The neighborhoods that house these projects - The Seaport, East Boston and Back Bay (and let's not forget about The South End) - are making a statement with these opulent, mixed-use buildings, underscoring the luxury and conveniences that accompany city living, and they're certainly upping the ante when it comes to luxury condos in Boston.  

        Down the street in South Boston you'll find a lot of the same - air thick with the sounds of construction and a climate of growth - but what's impressive about the list of projects in this neighborhood is not the extravagance, it's the volume.  And let's be clear, by South Boston we're referring to Southie, not the South Boston Waterfront otherwise known as The Seaport, which is also seeing massive redevelopment that we outlined in this previous post.  Anyhow, the remarkable number of new construction buildings containing condos in South Boston is indicative of increasing demand for the neighborhood, especially among young professionals and families.  Buyers are attracted to real estate in South Boston because of the neighborhood's strong sense of community, relatively affordable housing (though home values are steadily increasing with demand) and a high concentration of vibrant restaurants, bars and shops.  The list of new condo buildings in South Boston is extensive, so we decided to give a snapshot of twelve of our favorite projects that are very recently completed or under construction and due to be completed within the next year or so.  Let's take a look.

        Austin at 205 E Street


        Located just steps from Perkins Square, Boston Harbor and convenient transit to Downtown, the residences in this building are now on sale.  Here’s what they have to offer:

        • 34 luxury condominium residences ranging from one to three bedrooms across two new three-story buildings
        • Residences include state-of-the-art appliances, quartz countertops and backsplashes, top-of-the-line finishes and Bluetooth audio
        • Common amenities include a raised courtyard with two build-in gas grills
        • Two garage parking spaces are included with each condominium

        170 West Broadway


        Opening any day now, this new mixed-use building in a popular and quickly developing South Boston location offers 33 residences that are now on sale.  The building includes:

        • 33 luxurious South Boston condominium residences, including 16 one-bedrooms, 17 two-bedrooms and 8 penthouse residences with rooftop decks
        • Residences with top-grade appliances and high ceilings throughout
        • Private heated underground parking garage contains 39 vehicle spaces
        • 5,170 square feet of ground-floor retail space fronting onto West Broadway



        Also opening this Fall, this optimally located building within walking distance of the Broadway MBTA Red Line station, the Seaport District and The South End.  Here are the details:

        • 5-story building featuring 32 luxury condominium residences
        • One to three-bedroom homes
        • The penthouse residences will feature excluding roof decks with sweeping views of the Boston skyline
        • 33 garage parking spaces will be located under the building

        14 West


        Expected completion is in February of 2018, but units in 14 West are currently for sale and are likely to move quickly.  Thanks to it’s style, proximity and amenities, 14 West is sure to be a coveted building that offers buyers luxury condos in South Boston.  Here’s what else the building offers:

        • 10-story building with 49 residential condominiums on the upper floors
        • Six units will be designated affordable per the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s Inclusionary Development Policy
        • A covered portico will feature 24-hour underground valet parking for residents with convenient lobby access
        • Unit layouts will range from one-bedrooms to four-bedroom duplexes and will feature open concept layouts with floor-to-ceiling window and city views
        • Other features include top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, engineered hardwood flooring and marble bathrooms
        • Communal amenities will include a roof deck, 24-hour concierge service and security and a fully-equipped fitness center
        • Ground floor will include a 350-seat, 6,000 square foot restaurant connected to 6 West Broadway, a hotel that the buildings developer will build next door

        39 A Street


        Scheduled to open in Spring of 2018, 39 A street is located just off of West Broadway, near a number of popular restaurants and shops, and just steps to the MBTA Red Line station.  The specifics are as follows:

        • 23 South Boston condominiums, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms
        • Each residence will feature a custom-designed Italian kitchen with energy-efficient appliances, hardwood flooring, large closet spaces, “smart” home systems, in-unit washer and dryer, central air and wheelchair access.
        • Select residences will feature private outdoor porches
        • Penthouse residences will feature private roof decks
        • Communal amenities will include elevators, bicycle racks, on-site maintenance, package pick-up, recycling and a roof deck with skyline views
        • The building will contain a heated 30-car at-grade parking garage
        • Residences are priced from $550k to $1.8M and are now for sale

        Broadway Place


        Just steps from the Broadway rapid transit station you’ll find Broadway Place, a mixed-use building that offer South Boston real estate buyers 24 condominiums with parking and amenities.  Here’s what else the building will have:

        • 5,785 square feet of ground-floor retail space
        • One, two and three-bedroom layout options
        • Three residences will be designated affordable
        • Access to common space totaling 4,000 square feet including a common roof deck
        • 32 garage parking spaces on site in an underground parking garage



        This new mixed-use LEED silver-certifiable building has added105 modern condominiums to the South Boston Real estate mix.  These homes are now for sale, with expected completion in the first quarter of 2018.  Here are more details:

        • Residences will range from one to three-plus bedrooms, and are priced between $599,000 - $1.5 million
        • Amenities include concierge service, a gym, common spaces, private outdoor spaces and a bicycle sharing program
        • 109 garage parking spaces will be located on site, in addition to bicycle storage space
        • 3,400 square feet of retail space will be located on the ground floor

        Residences at 100 A street


        Just down the street from previously mentioned 39A Street, you’ll find another new construction building at 100 A street.  These South Boston condos are notable because of the size and luxury of the homes.  The building will have:

        • Nine luxurious condominiums, including 8 two-bedrooms ranging from 1,701 to 1,803 square feet and one four-bedroom, 3,585 square food residence
        • Amenities will include a communal roof deck and elevator access to all units
        • 536 square feet of ground-floor retail space
        • An enveloped parking garage with capacity for ten cars

        232 Old Colony Avenue


        Scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2018, 232 Old Colony Avenue will be a mixed-use building, with 24 residential condominiums over what will surely be one of South Boston’s hottest new restaurants.  The building will have

        • 2,855 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space
        • 29 garage parking spaces
        • Three condominiums will be designated affordable in compliance with the City of Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy

        45 L Street


        Mixed-use buildings are popping up all over South Boston, offering neighborhood residents and buyers a fortune of new entertainment and housing options.  45 L Street is one of those buildings, and it will have:

        • 30 condominium residences including 6 one-bedrooms, 20 two-bedrooms and 4 three-bedrooms
        • Four residences designated affordable
        • Amenities include a meeting room and a fitness center
        • 1,009 square feet of ground-floor commercial space
        • At grade parking garage will contain 32 parking spaces

        57 L Street


        Just down the street from 45 L street you’ll find 57 L street, an upcoming residential building in the heart of South Boston just steps from East Broadway. The specifics include:

        • 13 condominium residences 
        • One studio, 10 2-bedrooms and two 3-bedrooms
        • Two residences will be designated affordable
        • A ground-level garage containing 21 off-street parking spaces

        728 East Broadway


        Rounding out the list is 728 East Broadway, nestled among an array of popular South Boston restaurants and shops.  This mixed-use building will have:

        • 18 condominium residences
        • 6,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space
        • An underground garage containing 34 parking spaces

        Boston real estate is rich with diversity, so it makes sense that the neighborhoods around the city are seeing developmental components unique to their personalities.  New condos in the Seaport District have a very cosmopolitan feel, with an abundance of commercial development intended for trendy shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.  Many new condos in East Boston taut waterfront living and urban conveniences new to the area, but also seem to have been built with an emphasis on the preservation of a smaller community.  The changes in South Boston real estate are remarkable as well, though not for the scale of any one project (not including the recently announced redevelopment of the former Boston Edison power plant).  The new construction buildings we listed fit in nicely with the existing character of South Boston - small to medium sized mixed-use buildings that accommodate steady growth in a Boston neighborhood with a personality distinctly different from Downtown Boston.  The number and style of South Boston’s development projects are sure to have an impact on demand and real estate in South Boston (and there are many more to come), but they certainly won’t jeopardize the neighborhoods infamous and celebrated charm.  

        The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 34 years.  Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For any questions about listings in the aforementioned buildings, other new projects in Boston, the status of projects, availability of new construction homes, or anything pertaining to Boston real estate, please contact us.  



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          Thinking About a Move to Boston? Here Are 5 Things You Should Know

          With diverse neighborhoods, booming development and a current shortage in the supply of homes for sale, real estate in Boston can be a complicated matter, which is why it's critical to work with an experienced local agent.  But there are other things about the city outside of real estate that have an impact on the average day of a Bostonian.  If you're a local buying a home in Boston, it's easier to navigate some of these nuances of the city, but if you're moving in from out of State or a suburb you might not know what questions to ask or what kind of research to do.  So, we asked our friend Jeremy Alderman at Zog Digital to put together a list of 5 important things people moving to Boston should know about the city before they move here.  Here's what he had to say:

          There’s a lot you need to know before moving to Boston. With schools like Boston College, Boston University, and of course Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, Boston reaps all the benefits of a youthful population brimming with innovation and enterprise. Boston even beats out both New York and Los Angeles as a top city for venture capital investing (surprising, I know), creating a great startup environment. But it’s helpful to understand a few things about the city if you’re planning a move to Beantown, so here are some things to review before loading up the moving truck:

          University Town 

          Boston and its surrounding suburbs boast some of America’s most elite universities. This includes exceptionally prestigious institutions like Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Boston College, Boston University, Emerson College, and Northeastern University, with Dartmouth, Brown, and Yale also in close proximity. What does that mean for homebuyers shopping for real estate in Boston for the first time? Expect a younger crowd when you’re looking in certain neighborhoods like Fenway / Kenmore, which is home to Boston University.  Take the time to really explore the city’s neighborhoods so you can get a feel for the atmosphere, demographics of potential neighbors and how the local universities - and their students - affect the area.  With over 30 colleges and universities within Boston’s greater metropolitan area, it’s safe to say that Boston is truly a college city and enjoys a multitude of benefits through university partnerships. 

          Boston + Sports = <3

          The Patriots. The Red Sox. The Bruins. The Celtics. If you’re not a sports fan when you move to Boston, you will surely become one, as the fandom of Boston’s teams is extraordinary and contagious. If by chance you don’t get caught up in the allure of Boston’s teams, it is absolutely necessary to acknowledge that many Bostonians are deeply devoted, so each game has an impact on the city. For the non-sports fans considering a move to Beantown, keeping track of game schedules will prove to be immensely helpful when mapping out travel time through and around the city. On game days the influx of sports fans from around the city and surrounding area will certainly affect your commute, so it would be wise to keep note of who plays who even if you won’t be tracking the scoreboard.

          Boston Loves Its Startups and Tech Companies

          Boston and its neighboring cities, like Cambridge, have developed an attractive corporate culture for tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. In fact, Boston is a frontrunner for the site of Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.  Plus, Boston has positioned itself to become a great place for hundreds of startups due to its proximity to nearby universities and abundance of well-educated students and post-grads with motivation and fresh ideas. Cambridge’s Kendall Square, which neighbors MIT, is a great example of a neighborhood that demonstrates a thriving startup scene thanks to eager students and recent graduates.

          Day Trips, Getaways, and Breweries 

          There’s a lot to do with a weekend in Boston, and a trip to one of the city’s many craft breweries should definitely make the list. Although craft brewing has always been a common trade in Boston, the industry has grown quite a bit since the big breweries have entered the scene. Many breweries offer tours and host festivals, including Harpoon Brewery and of course, Samuel Adams. Keep in mind that while most bars around the city shutdown at 2 AM, the metro system stops running generally between 12:30 AM and 1:00 AM.

          But if you need an escape, quiet destination spots like Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket are a quick drive away, and offer charm and refuge, especially during the warmer months. Even without a car, many nearby vacation spots are accessible by bus, train, or ferry ride. 

          One thing you should know about Boston is that Massachusetts’s winters are notoriously harsh. Each winter the city is hit by a few major snowstorms that halt activity and travel.  Wintertime temperatures can often dip down into the low twenties and sometimes the high teens, so dress warm! 

          The T 

          The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (The T) is at the heart of many Bostonian’s everyday commute. Before you move to Boston, you need to embrace public transportation. If you plan to use the T, it would be wise to consider selecting a home or apartment with easy access to a station, preferably one on the same color line you need to take to get to work. Although living within walking distance from a T station would be ideal, expect that convenience to reflect in your rent. These locations are sought after and typically more expensive. 

          Real Estate Shopping 

          Your best bet for apartment shopping in Boston is to contact a Boston real estate agent who knows the city and it’s neighborhoods.  Housing in the city is diverse - condos in Back Bay are very different from the real estate in The Seaport District or the common owner-occupied double or triple-deckers you’ll find in Somerville and Dorchester.  These homes are often older, are individually managed, and come with fewer amenities than new apartment buildings.  As with all cities, Boston real estate prices depend greatly on location, and a Boston real estate agent will be best able to identify an ideal location based on your needs. 

          Before you unload the moving van, think about reserving your moving permit online through Boston City Hall. Many rental apartments within the city are accompanied by a September 1st move in date to accommodate (for better or worse) all of the many college students moving back to campus in the fall, so be prepared if you’re moving in that timeframe!

          Boston is a thriving city with so much to offer for newcomers. It has a timeless and historic appeal for both locals and visitors, while still maintaining a fresh East Coast atmosphere with endless opportunities in business, education, culture and entertainment. Trusting local experts will ensure you discover the perfect real estate property for sale in Boston - whether you're looking for a luxury condo in Back Bay or a townhouse in South Boston.  Our friends at The Charles Realty have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, having been in the forefront of the Boston real estate market for 34 years, and they help clients immerse themselves into the city and get acclimated to their neighborhood with leading insights on all things Boston. 




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            Savvy Buyers Are Choosing Real Estate In East Boston - 10 Hot New Buildings

            In our last new construction feature we focused on one of the hottest and most lively residential and commercial development scenes impacting real estate in Boston - The Seaport.  This week, we’re heading across the harbor to East Boston, another waterfront neighborhood experiencing an unprecedented flood of development.  

            There was a time, not long ago, when East Boston, home to Boston’s Logan Airport, was somewhat of a red-headed stepchild when compared to it’s sister neighborhoods.  Known as a working-class neighborhood with a large number of foreign-born residents who have lived in the neighborhood for many years, Eastie was a small enclave of cheap and authentic ethnic cuisine, impressive views of the Boston skyline and most importantly to many - some of the most affordable real estate in Boston.  But over the last several years, as the supply of homes for sale in downtown Boston dropped and the flow of new inventory slowed to a trickle, buyers were forced to expand their search to areas just outside of downtown, like East Boston, that still had a lot to offer.  Developers, both residential and commercial identified the trend and the opportunity it presented, and so began Eastie’s transformation into one of the areas new “It” neighborhoods.  With a striking number of new residential projects, many of them luxury condos, and an influx of chic new restaurants and stores, the neighborhood’s appeal, and it’s average home value, are on a serious trajectory.  Here are 10 new construction projects that anyone interested in East Boston real estate should take note of:

            1. Clippership Wharf


            Clippership Wharf is a mixed-use development project on 12 acres of the East Boston Waterfront.  The phased project began with the erection of the first three buildings - two containing 284 apartments and the third consisting of 80 condominiums (dubbed Slip65).  Phase two will include a fourth building with 114 apartments.  Here are the specifics:

            • A total of 478 residences with approximately 30,200 square feet of retail and community space, including a cafe and restaurant
            • Over four acres of waterfront open space including a new Harborwalk
            • 321 vehicle parking spaces on site, 300 of those in an underground parking garage
            • Slip65 will include one and two-bedrooms with top-of-the-line finishes and waterfront views throughout
            • Slip65 amenities include indoor and outdoor gathering areas, a fitness and social club and bike storage
            • Slip65 condos are currently on sale, but are 95% sold
            • Apartments at Clippership Wharf will be dubbed Dox, and leasing will begin in 2018
            • Located steps from Maverick Square and MBTA Blue Line station, and is a three-minute train ride to Downtown Boston

            2. Portside at East Pier Phase 2


            As the name suggests, Portside at East Pier is ideally located on over two acres of the East Boston Waterfront with views of the cityscape. Phase one of the project was completed in November of 2014 with the second, larger phase scheduled for completion in September of 2018.  It will include:

            • 296 residential units across two new five-story buildings
            • 43 units will be designated affordable and eight will be extended-stay units.  The remaining 245 units will be offered at market rates
            • 11,000 square feet of amenities on the ground floor, including an indoor pool
            • A one-level underground parking garage on site with 253 spaces

            3. The Residences at 245 Sumner Street


            This new luxury residential apartment building is located in the waterfront Jeffries Point neighborhood of East Boston.  Luxury rental buildings are popular in downtown Boston, but options for luxury rentals in East Boston are far more scarce.  The Residences at 245 Sumner Street will offer a great opportunity for those looking for a luxury rental in Boston without the price tag commonly attached to luxury rentals in Back Bay, The South End and The Seaport.  Here are more details:

            • 34 luxury units including 2 and 3-bedrooms with open floor plans, natural lighting, private decks and 9-foot ceilings
            • Finishes include bamboo hard wood floors, high-efficiency LED lighting, brushed nickel door hardware and faucets, stainless steel appliances and granite counters
            • 2,257 square feet of ground-floor retail 
            • Market-rate rents start at $2,400 / month for 2-bed / 2 bath, and $3,100 for a 3-bed / 2 bath apartment 
            • 34 vehicle parking spaces are located in an underground garage, with bicycle storage as well

            4. Coppersmith Village


            This mixed-use development is currently under construction along Border and Liverpool streets and will offer both rentals and ownership condominiums.  Here are the specifics:

            • 71 residential units and approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail
            • Two multifamily buildings will feature 56 1, 2 and 3-bedroom rentals as well as ground floor retail
            • One building will include 15 condominiums for sale
            • 37 vehicle parking spaces under the two rental buildings, which will be connected by a ground-floor lobby
            • Each condo will include a one-car garage

            5. 70 Bremen Street


            Mixed-use buildings seem to make up a large percentage of new construction projects in Boston.  Buildings with retail space are particularly attractive to residents because they offer conveniences and an energy that other, strictly residential, buildings don’t often have.  Here are the details of 70 Bremen Street, a mixed-use building just steps from the East Boston Waterfront:

            • 32 residences with 1,028 square feet of ground-floor retail space
            • Four studios, 16 1-bedrooms and 12 two-bedrooms
            • A 30 vehicle at-grade parking garage
            • Located near the MBTA Blue Line, Maverick Square and the East Boston Greenway

            6. 320 Maverick Street


            Located a short walk from the MBTA Blue Line in Maverick Square, Piers park and the East Boston Waterfront, 320 Maverick Street will feature residential condominiums expected to be completed in early 2018.  The buildings will feature:

            • 33 new residential condominiums
            • 4 condominiums will be designated affordable
            • 32 garage parking spaces will be located on site

            7. The Faretra


            For buyers looking for luxury condos in East Boston, The Faretra is a great option.  The building is “Boston’s newest boutique residential development,” and is located just steps from the Boston Harbor and the MBTA Blue Line.  The specifics include:

            • 9 condominiums, all with 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms  
            • Luxury finishes include solid oak hardwood flooring and recessed LED lighting, custom kitchens and with white shaker style cabinets, white Caesarstone countertops, white marble backsplash and top-of-the-line appliances
            • Some residences include private balconies
            • The penthouse residences feature private roof decks with Downtown Boston skyline views
            • Garage parking is located on site  

            8. Seville Boston Harbor


            Those looking for luxury, waterfront condos in East Boston with all of the high-end finishings, views and local conveniences a Bostonian could dream of should check out Seville Boston Harbor.  The window to own an affordable luxury condo with such proximity to downtown and the thriving pockets of this burgeoning neighborhood will close quickly as East Boston continues to flourish, making these condos a timely investment for savvy buyers.  Here are the details:

            • 66 luxury residential condominiums
            • Ground-floor retail space situated on the East Boston waterfront with views of the Boston skyline
            • One and two-bedroom configurations
            • Amenities include garage parking, a fitness center and an expansive roof deck
            • Convenient to MBTA Blue Line rapid transit with direct service to Downtown

            9. The Eddy


            If you’re not totally sold on East Boston, and you want to “try before you buy,” The Eddy could be a  great place to start.  Not only is it perfectly located on the East Boston Waterfront overlooking the Boston skyline, but it’s packed full of cool amenities you won’t find in many other rental buildings, including music practice space and a dog wash.  Other features include:

            • 258 studio, 1 and 2-bedroom residences now leasing
            • Amenities include a top-floor roof deck with sweeping views, a second-floor pool deck with a fire pit and barbecues, a fitness center, on site parking, music practice rooms, conference rooms, communal lounge space and a dog wash
            • Monthly rents start at $1,800 for studios, $2,050 for 1-bedrooms and $3,200 for 2-bedrooms
            • A waterfront restaurant will be located on the buildings ground floor
            • 3/4 of an acre of outdoor public open space including an extension of the East Boston Harborwalk

            10. Boston East


            Boston East is another rental option on the East Boston Waterfront.  Scheduled to open this Fall, the building will have:

            • 200 residential apartments and public waterfront amenities including a Harborwalk, art galleries, historic interpretive exhibits and a boat launch.  
            • Six artist live-work units
            • 26 apartments that are designated affordable
            • Decks and a large indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge are listed as amenities, as well as underground parking with 120 vehicle parking spaces

            With stunning Harbor and city views, excellent proximity to downtown, a lively atmosphere and considerably lower home prices than most other Boston neighborhoods, it’s not surprising that the East Boston Waterfront is one of the fastest growing areas in the city.  The sub-$500,000 condo market in Boston is diminishing, but even luxury condos in East Boston are in a price range you wouldn’t expect to see just miles from downtown.  For savvy buyers looking to maximize the return on their investment, East Boston real estate is ripe with opportunity.  

            The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 34 years.  Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For any questions about listings in the aforementioned buildings, other new projects in Boston, the status of projects, availability of new construction homes, or anything pertaining to Boston real estate, please contact us.  


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              Renting in Boston? Here's How to Prepare for September 1st

              It's here - August 1st, the day when people look at their calendar and realize that the Summer in Boston will soon be coming to an end.  For some, it marks the beginning of school preparations for their children or logistics planning for the holidays, but for Boston renters it means one very important thing: it's time to plan for your September 1st move in.  It's no secret that the Boston real estate market has become increasingly competitive over the last several years, which has forced a number of renters who once hoped to buy condos for sale in South Boston or Back Bay or The South End to put those aspirations on hold and instead continue to rent.  Naturally this has created more competition in the rental market, and thus, has made September 1st, which was already known as the busiest, most chaotic move-out / move-in day for renters in Boston, a true cluster for anyone not fully prepared.  This year, September 1st is on the Friday of Labor Day weekend, so we're reposting a 9/1 move-in checklist so you can get prepared, get moved and get on with your long weekend festivities!  Of course there's the obvious: pack, call about utilities, etc., but there are some other tasks that should definitely be checked off the list sooner rather than later.  Here they are, in order of time sensitivity:

              -Secure a U-Haul: There are more than 36,000 students at Boston-based colleges and universities who are renting apartments in Boston neighborhoods.  This number alone makes for a serious crowd of Sept. 1st movers, but throw in the additional renters in and around the city and you've got a number that's staggering.  If you need help moving, be it a truck or a moving service, book it now!  Call your local U-Haul, bribe your friends, whatever it takes to make sure you're not alone, strapping a mattress to the top of your Smart Car on 9/1.  If all the U-Hauls in the city are already taken, look for one outside the city in the suburbs.  Also, check to see if you'll need a parking permit for the moving truck, or if the moving company you're using will secure parking signs from the city.

              -Elevator / Loading dock reservations: Condos in Boston often come with rules.  Will you need access to your new building's elevator or loading dock on 9/1?  Chances are, other people will too, so make sure that you reserve your time if required by the building.

              -Parking permit:  Will you need a residential sticker in order to park in your new neighborbood?  Better to get it taken care of now so you don't have to deal with a parking ticket on top of all the other stresses that come along with moving day.  Visit for more information about applying for a residential parking pass.

              -Door and window measurements: Don't want to saw the legs off your new dining room table?  Better measure the doors and take a look at stairwells to make sure all of your furniture will fit.  In particularly tight situations, some folks will even use cranes to get furniture through windows, so if you'll need a crane, it's better to know that sooner rather than later.  Also, don't forget to measure windows - apartments and condos in Boston don't always offer much privacy, but blinds and window treatments will help.   

              -Hire cleaners: Your new place should be relatively clean when you move in, but the previous tenant might not have the same standards for cleanliness so it's always a good idea to hire a cleaner to make your new home feel fresh and inviting.  If possible, book them for early in the morning so they can be in and out before you start your move.

              -Key collection: Check with your rental agent for key collection.  When you pick them up, make sure your unit keys also include your mailbox keys.

              -Fees: Check to see if your building management company charges a move in or move out fee.

              -Trash/Recycling schedules: Moving generates a lot of trash, so it's definitely good to know which days of the week your trash and recycling are picked up.  Here's a link to the trash schedule,

              And since September 1st always seems to be one of the hottest days of the Summer, make sure you have plenty of refreshments for you and your friends!

              If you have yet to secure a Boston apartment to rent, take a look at our rental listings here, and for more general information about renting or buying real estate in Boston, contact our experts at



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                In The Booming Seaport, These 10 New Construction Buildings Are Making Their Mark

                Boston is a city defined by its history.  Much of its charm comes from the preservation of landmarks and original architecture, especially in neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and Back Bay, and its identity is often defined as much by the events of yesteryear as by its current events.  So while some neighborhoods like Dorchester and East Boston have undergone a significant transformation over the last several years - having a dramatic impact on appeal and property value -  it’s not common for a Boston neighborhood to experience repeated reinvention.  There is one considerable exception to this - The Seaport - a neighborhood so active with development the mere mention of it conjures images of renderings and project plans. 

                But the Seaport was once a part of Boston mostly covered by water.  It became a thriving shipping area in the early 20th century, and in the mid-1900’s it morphed again into a desolate expanse of parking lots and warehouses.  Fast forward to today and you’ll find another, contrasting iteration of this waterfront Boston neighborhood - a budding mecca for luxury real estate, waterfront entertainment, high-end retail, and modern office space.  Now, luxury condos in Back Bay, Beacon Hill and other Boston neighborhoods must compete with the abundance of new, sleek condos in The Seaport, most of which boast waterfront views and state-of-the-art amenities.  Let’s take a closer look at the 10 new construction projects in The Seaport that anyone interested in Boston real estate should be familiar with.  

                50 Liberty


                Opening in early 2018, 50 Liberty is in the heart of The Seaport on Fan Pier, with direct access to some of the neighborhoods best options for dining, entertainment and shopping.  Next door to 50 Liberty is the recently-completed 22 Liberty, a luxury condominium that was sold out prior to the building’s completion.  Here are the details of 50 Liberty:

                • 120 luxury waterfront condominiums with views of the Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline
                • Residential amenities include top luxury finishes, floor-to-ceiling glass window walls, warm wood floors and high ceilings throughout
                • Building amenities include a private waterfront club room, a board room for meetings, a private gym, 24-hour concierge service and underground garage parking
                • 30,000 square feet of civic, cultural and retail space 
                • Condominiums at 50 Liberty are now for sale

                10 Farnsworth


                10 Farnsworth is a soon to be completed mixed-use building offering nine luxurious condominiums in an ideal location for activity, restaurant and view-loving Bostonians.   Of the nine condos, three are still available, two 3 bed / 2.5 baths, and the 4,312 square foot 3 bed / 3.5 bath penthouse.  Here’s what you can expect from the building:

                • Generously open floor plans with state-of-the-art finishes and appliances and direct elevator access
                • A 1,765 square foot communal roof terrace with sweeping views of the Boston skyline
                • 1,400 square feet of retail space on the building’s ground floor
                • 12 resident parking spaces in a ground floor garage

                The Benjamin and VIA


                These mixed use buildings include 1.5 million residential and retail square feet over three acres.  Residents will live in the heart of The Seaport with immediate access to popular restaurants like Scorpion Rock Bar and Restaurant, Lobby Lounge, and Tuscan Italian Kitchen and Market, as well as Equinox Gym, Kings Bowl, Showplace ICON Theater and The Grand nightclub.  Residences at The Benjamin are now open and leasing, with VIA following this Summer.  

                • A total of 832 modern apartment homes, including 354 at The Benjamin and 478 at VIA
                • Floors 17-22 at The Benjamin feature studio to three-bedroom penthouses with ultra luxurious finishes and breathtaking views
                • A five-star lobby with professional door attendance and 24-hour concierge service at The Benjamin
                • Two outdoor terraces located on The Benjamin’s fourth floor, including a pool terrace
                • 8,000 square feet of common space at The Benjamin, including relaxation lounges, a catering kitchen, a private dining room, espresso bar, an executive business center and a fitness center
                • 775 below-grade parking spaces: 430 for residents and 345 public
                • 250,000 square feet of exclusive retail space across both buildings’ first three stories
                • Occupancy will commence Late Summer through Fall 2017

                Pier 4


                If you’re looking for the best of waterfront luxury condos in Boston, you’ll likely end your search with the residences at Pier4.  The collection of boutique residences with magnificent harbor views are just a piece of this project, which includes retail and office space as well as a one-acre public waterfront park.  The demand for real estate in The Seaport is skyrocketing, but the residences at Pier4 are likely to be especially competitive, especially because they are the only Seaport residences surrounded by water on three sides.  Here are the specifics:

                • Nine-story residential building containing 106 luxurious one-to-four bedroom condominiums 
                • Private outdoor space for each condominium
                • 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail
                • Two-level parking garage on site
                • Amenities include pet-friendly conveniences, an exclusive residents club, an expansive outdoor terrace, a seating and dining area with a fire pit, a luxury fitness center, virtual golf and on site parking
                • Completion expected in Fall 2018

                100 Pier 4


                This recently completed building is the first phase of the redevelopment of Pier4.  The building includes:

                • 369 luxurious apartments
                • 258 underground parking spaces
                • Amenities: a pool, 24-hour fitness center and private television screening room
                • Breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and Harbor are visible throughout the building
                • Ocean Prime restaurant located on the ground floor

                The Residences at 399 Congress


                The Residences at 399 Congress Street will offer renters direct access to a rapidly developing are of Boston’s Seaport Innovation District.  The 22-story building will include:

                • 414 apartments
                • 13,000 square feet of retail space
                • 144 parking spaces

                150 Seaport


                Mixed-use buildings are certainly making their mark on The Seaport District, meaning that in addition to more housing options, the neighborhood will be thriving with hip new restaurants, retail and entertainment on the Boston Waterfront.  150 Seaport is one of these buildings, and here’s what it will offer:

                • 22-stories of mixed use space on the waterfront
                • 124 residential condominiums
                • 10,700 square feet of ground and second level retail space
                • Three levels of underground parking
                • 19 condominiums at 150 Seaport will be designated affordable
                • A harbor walk extension built around the building

                Echelon Seaport

                The Echelon will be comprised of three mixed-use towers, two of which will contain over 400 luxury condominiums and one with luxury apartment residences.  This project aims to please, with a lengthy list of amenities and on-site bonuses like a pedestrian mall, distinctive artwork and outdoor seating on multiple levels.  Though the Echelon won’t be completed until early 2020, it’s sure to be a bright spot in the future of real estate in The Seaport.  

                • Three mixed-use towers containing 1.3 million square feet across 3.5 acres
                • 733 residences
                • 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space
                • Amenities include two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, expansive sun decks, courtyards and oversized private terraces
                • Retail and restaurants will be located across Echelon’s first two stories
                • Multiple passages and streets will be constructed through Echelon Seaport, featuring outdoor seating on multiple levels, distinctive artwork and tree canopies
                • 560 vehicle parking spaces in an underground parking garage

                Parcel K


                Parcel K is another mixed-use development project which will include 500,000 square feet of rental apartments, a hotel and retail and restaurant space.  Here are some additional details:

                • 12 story residential building containing 304 rental apartments
                • A 12 story hotel building containing 293 rooms
                • 14,400 square feet of office space
                • 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the ground floor
                • A one-level underground parking garage will contain 197 spaces

                Waterside Place Phase 1B

                It won’t be completed for several years, but when it is, Waterside Place Phase 1B will offer future Seaport residents 307 rental units above retail space and garage parking.  The specifics include:

                • 23-story tower containing 307 residential rental units ranging from studio-three bedrooms.
                • 62 units will be “innovation units,” and 15 will be designated affordable
                • 3,500 square feet of retail space
                • A second-floor parking garage with approximately 84 spaces

                The shortage of supply in the Boston real estate market has been discouraging for much of the buyer population.  Condos for sale in Boston are seeing multiple offers in a record low number of days, and many frustrated buyers have been outbid more than once.  But between now and 2020, there will be over 750 new luxury condos for sale in The Seaport, and over 2,500 available to rent, so those looking to live in a neighborhood with direct access to the Waterfront and to many the city’s newest restaurants, shops and entertainment venues should look no further than this energetic, contemporary and scenic neighborhood.

                The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 34 years.  Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For any questions about listings in the aforementioned buildings, other new projects in Boston, the status of projects, availability of new construction homes, or anything pertaining to Boston real estate, please contact us.  


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