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Top 5 Parks Near South Boston

Boston is known for a lot of great things. However, one of the city’s best kept secrets is its extensive network of parks and waterfront areas with breathtaking views. With so many park areas to choose from we’ve narrowed down a list of five of our favorites near South Boston. Read on and you’ll see why...

Castle Island Park

Castle Island Park consists of a whopping 22 acres of lush greenery and the five bastions of the old Fort Independence which is open to the public for exploring. Whether your planning family activities or a brisk walk, there are lots of ways you can enjoy Castle Island! The park also features a quaint beach offering peaceful views of sunsets. The park connects to the mainland and the JFK library making for a fantastic biking loop.

Joe Moakley Park

Directly south of South Boston sits Joe Moakley Park. An expansive park with impressive facilities such as soccer, softball and baseball fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, a tennis court, as well as a football stadium. The best feature of all at Joe Moakley Park is the amazing view of the Boston Skyline. Ample parking lots on opposite ends afford convenience and did we mention Joe Moakley is right next to Carson Beach?

Piers Park

Just north of South Boston is Piers Park. Piers Park Sailing Center offers the right combo of sailing and park activities for everyone! Not even a decade old, Piers Park offers fabulous views of the Boston skyline  There is plenty of greenspace and usually plenty of music. Kids enjoy free access to slides and water activities. Even if you visit Piers Park just for the views you won’t be disappointed! With passing ships in the nearby sea, best views of the skyline, and rich greenery, this park is truly mesmerizing.

Marine Park

If you love waterfront views, then you’ll love Marine Park. Right at the edge of Pleasure Bay, Marine Park features tranquil scenery and an easy walk out to Castle Island for even more beautiful views. This park also features lawns, a playground, and athletic fields. Water sports, walking, biking, and amazing views make this park a great attraction for a pleasant escape from the busy city. One of the benefits of Marine Park is that there is plenty of free parking for added convenience.

South Boston Maritime Park

Just north of South Boston is The South Boston Maritime Park. This award winning park features a large shaded lawn and pergola structures with seating and a semi-year-round cafe. As part of the city’s redevelopment efforts, the South Boston Maritime Park pays homage to the area’s rich maritime past. The park also features beautiful landscaping, a fountain, benches, public art, as well as public restrooms.


There’s something for everyone at these 5 parks located near South Boston. Fun activities such as family get-togethers, biking, eating, brisk or leisurely walks, water sports, sunset gazing and more can be had throughout these beautiful areas. But don’t take our word for it! Make a day out of it and enjoy the fun these parks have to offer.

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    Real Estate Market Trends for South Boston

    The rising price of South Boston real estate is luring in all sorts of buyers from all over the area. More and more people are looking to stick closer to Boston for the convenience of it all, yet they still can't afford the prices that homes and condos command in the prime areas. As a result, South Boston real estate is witnessing a boom of epic proportions, one it really hasn't seen in, well, ever. That's why we're seeing South Boston condos for sale with higher price tags than anyone would have thought to cater to before.

    Those high prices do come with some pretty nice perks, though. From state of the art appliances and amenities to access to on-site restaurants and gyms, these aren't your run of the mill condos. The Boston Globe points out that South Boston is seeing an unprecedented influx of median single-family home prices of $680,000 and condo prices of $632,000, a 70 percent surge in just seven years. Consider that the median price of a condo is $790,000 up 16 percent from last year and climbing toward $2 million for luxury full-service buildings.

    Why Such a Demand?

    What's accompanying this upward trend? Well, the unemployment rate is about 16 percent lower than the national average and the per capita income is 60 percent higher than the national average...this makes Southie a desirable place to set up shop and raise a family. South Boston condos are commanding a cool $700,000, well over those seen in Allston and East Boston at $422,000 and $416,00 respectively. People aren't looking to stray too far from Boston proper. North Reading, Wilmington and Tewksbury are just too far out for them. Quincy is expensive in its own right, and short of living right over the line in New Hampshire (where the prices are fairly cheap), the ideal option is to stay right here in Southie.

    The location is great, thanks to that city feel and plenty of eateries, fitness centers, coffee joints and retail spaces to keep you occupied. Buying a luxury condo means you get a guaranteed parking space or two -- which are in short supply in the city anyway. Plus, you don't have to even leave the property to hit the gym, grab a bite to eat, or enjoy some green space. Let's take a look at some premier properties in South Boston that prove our point.

    Luxury Condos Selling Fast

    150 West Broadway, forming the cornerstone of location and design, is comprised of 24 high-end condos, plenty of on-site parking spaces, an elevator and common terrace. On track to be finished this year, these condos are all about natural light with a variety of layouts available in one, two and three bedrooms. You get cavernous ceiling heights and over-sized windows, garage parking, a common outdoor roof deck, marble and porcelain tile bathrooms, Grohe plumbing fixtures, Jenn-Air appliances and white shaker cabinets in the kitchen, and open layouts throughout. Here are a few other must-see features:

    • Oak flooring
    • Oversized windows and sliders
    • Quartz countertops and custom kitchen cabinets
    • Glass tile backsplash
    • Private outdoor balcony for many units
    • Garage parking for one to two vehicles

    It sits just two blocks from the Red Line T, so you can easily commute to Cambridge or other areas. You're close to the Seaport District and the South End, as well as new restaurants, and a Whole Foods market. Fun fact: Guy Assetta of Home Town Brokerage has all the listings in this building. Call him now to find out more!

    100 A Street is also new to the area, a six-story luxury condo featuring spacious units, space for a coffee shop or cafe, and a parking garage. This luxury condo has nine units spanning six stories, zoned for commercial usage. You'll find a five-car parking lift as well, with a convenient option of eight more spaces to rent out from a nearby garage.

    The land used to be the site of Williams Tavern and My Diner and has both common and private roof decks. This is the latest in a string of changes to this area of A Street, such as the State Street Building, 900-space car garage, and the development of 69 A, says Caught in Southie.

    The Surrounding Area

    Southie has long been known for its history, character and thriving arts community run by many working local artists. The area is also known for its many pizza places, diners, coffee shops, restaurants, retail spaces and more. The nearby beaches are a big draw in the summer, especially Curley Community Center's family-friendly shores. Mayor Walsh has set aside part of the budget for much-needed upgrades to South Boston in the years to come, including paving many streets, tackling an overhaul of Medal of Honor Park, and making renovations to many other community parks, according to Boston.gov.

    Property values in this area are among the highest you'll find, depending on the size, style and level of luxury you want. In addition, the price tag shoots up if the property is considered waterfront or not. Because the market is favoring sellers right now, it's not uncommon to see condos in South Boston listed for less than 30 days on the market -- the majority in less than a week. Bottom line? Interested buyers can't rest on their laurels or make big demands. They need to prepare to offer something fast, and not just at asking. Many are going well above asking, with some even opting to waive the inspection to snag the South Boston condos for sale that they have their eye on.

    To get in on this growing real estate trend in South Boston, contact Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479 or fill out our online form for a speedy reply. Or, you can search any property you like in South Boston or any of its neighborhoods, from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill.


     

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      What it's Like to Work With The South Boston Realtors at Home Town Brokerage

      Personalized service...focused knowledge of the local real estate market...friendly and personal approach. These are all things to love about Home Town Brokerage. Real estate agents who are responsive and put the needs of clients above all else? That's what you'll get with the team at Home Town Brokerage, specializing in buying and selling of South Boston real estate. Led by Guy Assetta, Home Town Brokerage provides a seamless transition from selling an existing home to investing in a brand new one. Your new home, neighborhood and community should be the perfect match. We can help make that connection happen.

      Starting Out

      When looking for a real estate agent, you want someone with their finger on the pulse of the local market. That's for sure. But you also want someone who is likable, approachable and easy to work with. A friendly and relatable real estate agent makes your home selling or buying journey more positive and enjoyable. Guy Assetta brings more than 17 years of experience to the table when it comes to the custom home building and remodeling industry. Early on in his career, he bought his first three-family in Southie which he promptly converted into a high-quality and modern condo fetching top prices. Over those next few years, he remodeled and converted many more buildings into condominiums. In 2009, he went into business with Ryan Sullivan, founding Home Town Brokerage to market and sell their own projects.

      A Well-Rounded Team

      Ryan has been a real estate broker since 2009, as well as a licensed attorney since 2003. With these dual specialties, he brings a deep understanding of the many issues affecting real estate, the legal process and land development. He frequently works with developers to convert multi-family units into condominiums and marketing them for sale. The rest of the team features diverse educational and work backgrounds in an effort to best serve the wide range of clientele we boast. In fact, we are committed to a "team" approach that ensures our clients are happy, well-informed and comfortable with our services.

      At Home Town Brokerage, we know there's a real need for buyers to have trusted guidance in their search for a new home. We know how stressful, confusing and scary this whole process can be -- especially if this is your first time. That's why we give you peace of mind by being accessible when you need us, even if it's to run something by us or just ask a question.

      Reviews

      Here are some of the things our clients have said about us:

      • Our knowledge of Southie is extremely valuable.
      • We go above and beyond for our clients.
      • We are easy to talk to and get a hold of.
      • We are professional and knowledgeable.
      • We give honest, helpful advice each step of the way with no pressure.
      • We are effective communicators.
      • We treat our clients with respect.

      To find out for yourself why you should partner with Home Town Brokerage, contact us at 617-877-1479.

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        100 A Street South Boston: Emergence of a New Luxury Property

        One of the newer luxury properties to hit South Boston is 100 A Street, a six-story luxury condo developed by Michael Moor. Featuring spacious units, space for a coffee shop or cafe, and a parking garage, this happens to be one of the only luxury buildings to offer both two- and four-bedroom condos. Square footage ranges from 1,700 to 1,800 square feet. This nine-unit luxury condo is primed to sell and move fast. The entire building is set at a little over 21,000 square feet at six stories high, zoned for commercial use on A Street. There's a five-car enclosed parking lift as well, bringing the total spaces available to 10. There is an option of an additional eight spaces to rent at nearby Channel Center Garage.

        This building is currently under construction, offering one four-bedroom penthouse at 3500 square feet. This amount of space in a city area is unheard of! The land was formerly occupied by Williams Tavern and My Diner. Featuring a common roof deck and one private roof deck, this building is being constructed on a triangular site at the corner of A and West Third and West Second Street. A Street has certainly seen a lot of changes over the last few years, with the addition of the State Street Building, 900-plus car garage, and two developments: 100 A and 69 A, according to Caught in Southie.

        People love living in this area of Southie for its vibrant arts community featuring an extensive population of working artists. The area is also known for its many local diners, coffee shops, fancy restaurants, boutiques and more. Everyone loves the nearby beaches, especially the family-friendly one located at the Curley Community Center. Mayor Walsh has vowed to make much-needed upgrades to South Boston’s infrastructure over the coming years, including street paving projects. Look for a refresh at Medal of Honor Park, which is slated to receive a multi-million dollar renovation, with renovations planned for many other area parks, according to Boston.gov.

        Property values in around A Street are now some of the highest in Boston. Prices do vary depending on the size, style and luxury level, as well as if the property is considered waterfront or not. It's truly a seller's market, with condos in South Boston spending less than one month on the market -- most less than a week. That means interested buyers must be prepared to put in an offer fast -- either at or above asking price in order to qualify for an acceptance. Many people these days, desperate to secure a property in this up and coming area, are even waiving the mortgage and inspection contingencies in order to get what they want.

        A Little Bit About the Area

        Known as Southie, South Boston is a densely populated neighborhood that's really been taking shape lately in regards to the luxury condo market. Chock full of history and tradition, South Boston offers panoramic views of Pleasure Bay. It's popular with young professionals and families due to the proximity to the rest of the city and Boston proper. It also happens to be home to many historic sites, such as the national park, Dorchester Heights, as well as Fort Point. From beaches to parks to organic markets, there's a lot to love about South Boston. There are several revitalization efforts underway in these neighborhoods that make 100 A Street a desirable piece of property. As a result, real estate prices have been on the rise over the past several years in keeping with this demand.

        Williams Tavern and My Diner had both been fixtures in this neighborhood for years. The tavern was a decades-old bar in South Boston (first opening in the 1940s), shutting down last year to make way for construction of 100 A Street. It was owned by Bob DeSimone, who finally decided it was time to sell after experiencing ongoing health problems since 2003. My Diner also closed, as it was housed in the same building slated for demolition. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for this business.

        My Diner reopened in its original neighborhood back in February of this year on First Street. Guests can take an elevator or stairs to the first floor or enter from East Second Street using a ramp.

        For now, the ghost of My Diner and Williams Tavern will live on at 100 A Street, breathing new life into the area with luxury condos appealing to young professionals and growing families eager to be close to all the amenities of Southie.

        To learn more about 100 A Street in South Boston or to schedule a showing with us, please contact Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479 or email us at info@htbrealty.com.

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          The Amazon Effect On South Boston Real Estate

          You've likely heard by now that Amazon will be leasing office space overlooking the Seaport’s future Harbor Square. Online marketplace giant Amazon has been trying to get into the South Boston real estate scene for some time now, and they're striking while the iron is hot. The Seaport District is where they are negotiating to lease 430,000 square feet of space scheduled to undergo design review this month on the 17-story office, says Boston Business Journal.

          The architect for the project is Gensler San Francisco and the landscape architect is James Corner Field Operations of New York. Their goal, according to reports, is to harness emotions that are authentic, human-focused and memorable as they embrace their integrative design concept. They are to present their design to the Boston Civic Design Commission this month.

          While the ink is barely dry on their announcement from May 1, speculation is already running wild on what this addition will do to the city in general and the South Boston real estate market in particular. With prices already sky high with the addition of several luxury condos throughout the Seaport, many are wondering what the fallout -- good and bad -- will be from the so-called Amazon effect. Amazon has the ability to attract other companies also looking to tap into that talent. As a result, they build offices and retail spaces in that immediate area in order to reap the benefits; however, supply starts to become a challenge.

          Take Seattle, for instance. Amazon occupies more office space in that city than the next 40 largest employers in Seattle combined, points out Fortune. Rent has increased exponentially in neighborhoods that have the biggest influx of Amazon workers -- in fact, 65 percent faster over the past five years. Overall, Seattle rental prices have increased by 50 percent and home values doubled since Amazon started out their flagship operation there as a book seller in the middle 1990s.

          Amazon is also looking to increase its reach in Vancouver, boosting the workforce there five-fold to 5,000 by the year 2022. This is great for business but not so great for those looking to buy a home in the area. Vancouver's market is already strained, with a supply of available rentals sitting below one percent for the last three years, with the price of a standard home rising 91 percent in just 10 years.

          The Details

          In the new Seaport building, Amazon plans to employ about 2,000 people, with this lease filling the planned building to capacity. Its location on Seaport Square Parcel L4 sits on the corner of Autumn Lane and East Service Road. It will feature 81,000 square feet of retail space and amenities on the first two floors.

          Construction is set to begin by the end of the year, with full completion by 2021. Amazon has an option to lease more space across Harbor Square on Seaport Square Parcel L5, situated on the corner of Congress St. and Boston Wharf Rd. This option will expire at the end of 2020, prompting Amazon to add at least 2,000 more people to its workforce.

          Don't get confused by Amazon’s Seaport office. This has nothing to do with the company’s high-profile search for a second headquarters. As of now, Boston is only one out of 20 finalists.

          Contact Home Town Brokerage to learn more about Seaport’s future Harbor Square at 617-877-1479 or email us at info@htbrealty.com

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            South Boston Properties: 39 & 45 A Street

            South Boston is on a roll. The latest luxury properties we're highlighting are 39 and 45 A Street. Featuring everything from private porches and roof decks to top of the line kitchens and custom walk-in closets, you will be impressed by the addition of two more luxury condo properties in South Boston. Check out the features of each of these up and coming properties.

            39 A Street

            This is a new luxury development in Boston's historic South Boston, featuring 23 high-end condos with 30 parking spaces for residents. The units range in size from studios to two bedrooms. The interiors are gorgeous, but one of the other top selling points is how centrally located it is. In fact, 39 A Street is just a block from the Broadway MBTA Red Line station. Several of these condos boast private porches for the ultimate in relaxation and privacy. Penthouse units feature exclusive roof decks for taking in the beautiful surroundings of the city. With five stories and 23 units, these luxury condos are slated for completion this spring.

            This sought-after residential building features custom-designed Italian kitchens with high-end energy-efficient appliances, hardwood flooring, huge closets, smart home systems, an in-unit washer and dryer, central AC and wheelchair access. Amenities shared by occupants of the building include elevators, bicycle racks, on-site maintenance available, package pickup, recycling and communal roof deck with views of the Boston skyline.

            The icing on the cake is a heated 30-car parking garage. Located just off West Broadway, this area is teeming with popular restaurants and shops, steps from the Broadway MBTA Red Line station. It's just a short jaunt to the South End, the Seaport District, and Downtown Boston. Prices start at $550K and go up to $1.8M.

            45 A Street

            On the same street is a four-unit luxury condo at 45 A Street.  Completed in 2013 resale of units has gone as high as $1,525,00 for a penthouse unit in 2016. Currently, unit 2 is offered at $1,299,999 with 1580 square feet and one car garage. Sleek, modern kitchens, featuring white and gray color schemes offer clean living within a contemporary space. State of the art stainless steel appliances, drop lighting and beautiful backsplashes complete the look of these expertly designed LEICHT kitchens. Enjoy the use of top-of-the-line Thermador appliances, Quartz countertops, and custom cabinetry.

            This expansive floor-through open concept unit offers two-bedroom, two-bath luxury living. Enjoy being bathed in direct light streaming through the large windows throughout the unit. A spacious living room area provides plenty of room for the entertainment of guests, thanks to stunning built-in 48-inch gas fireplaces topped with natural stone mantles. High ceilings, built-in audio, and recessed lighting all abound throughout the unit. The master bedroom offers a walk-in closet and spa-inspired master ensuite with rain-fall shower and double vanity. Communal features include direct elevator access to each unit, private outdoor space, garage parking, Navien condensing tankless water heaters, and multi-purpose area.

            To schedule private showings at either 39 or 45 A Street, contact Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479 or email us at info@htbrealty.com.

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              3 Properties in South Boston Worth Taking a Look At

              South Boston properties

              South Boston is becoming a hub of luxury housing that's attracting a variety of buyers from all over the area. Those seeking a lower priced alternative to living in the heart of Boston are increasingly flocking to the neighborhoods of Southie for its history, charm and opportunity. Home to new million-dollar-plus luxury condos, South Boston is making a name for itself in this relatively new market. To that end, here are three beautiful properties worth taking a look at.

              150 West Broadway, Unit 12

              Priced at $1,450,000, these three-bedroom, two-bathroom condos were built in 2017, with incredible city views especially for corner units. Envisioned as the cornerstone of excellent location and spectacular design, 150 West Broadway features modern interiors with thoughtfully-prepared floor plans that optimize the use of available living space. With high ceilings and oversized windows, plenty of natural light floods every room. This unit was built with natural comfort in mind, punctuated by oak floors and open layout kitchens with fully-integrated appliances, Quartz counter tops and custom cabinetry. These gourmet kitchens also include oversized stainless steel sinks, glass tile back splashes and high-end appliances and fixtures from the likes of Jen-Air and Grohe. You'll love the oversized islands and peninsulas that give you ample room for prepping and entertaining!

              Comfort is priority number one with central heating and central AC. Complete with deck and a master bedroom balcony, 150 West Broadway Unit 12 is truly one of a kind.

              Just steps away, your unit brings you close to all the beauty and attractions of the Seaport area, as well as the entire South End neighborhood, a convenient Whole Foods market, several restaurants and the Broadway Red Line T Station, which is a relief for those who commute to Cambridge and other surrounding areas.

              2 West 6th, Unit 405

              With prices hovering around $1,505,000, 2 West 6th Unit 405 was also built in 2017 and also features three bedrooms and two baths. These spacious penthouses located in the Broadway Village area features access to amazing restaurants, gyms, grocery stores, shops, boutiques and of course public transportation. Highlighted by a private roof deck on unit 405, this is the very definition of luxurious living. Miele appliances, customized lighting, tall ceilings, hardwood floors, large closets, laundry room, contemporary designs, and modern fixtures make 2 West 6th a place to remember.

              Plus, there's an underground parking garage where you have your own assigned spaces. Elevators make it easy to get to and from the bike room, as well as the entrance where you have quick access to the Seaport area, the T and a variety of restaurants within walking distance. In fact, the Seaport is just a few blocks away.

              360 W 2nd St, Unit 19

              The most affordable of the three, 360 W 2nd Street Unit 19 comes with a price tag of $699,999. This amazing penthouse corner unit was built in 2013 and features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Featuring luxurious finishes, high ceilings, southern exposure, and plenty of natural light, this unit has an open kitchen design and large master suite with walk-in closet and en-suite bath with oversized shower. A spacious private rooftop deck is the crown jewel, with unobstructed views of the city below. Not only that, you get a heated garage parking spot so getting into your car in the morning in the cold is no longer an issue! Just like the other buildings, it's located close to the Seaport, Broadway T, and all the hot spots South Boston is known for.

              UPDATE AS OF 04/06/2018 THIS CONDO IS PENDING

              UPDATE AS OF 06/13/2018 360 W 2nd St, Unit 19 South Boston sold for $725,000 

              Ready to take a closer look at any of the above properties? Call Home Town Brokerage today at 617-877-1479 or email u

               

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                PIER 4 - 130-140 Northern Avenue - Seaport

                PIER 4 - 130-140 Northern Avenue - Seaport

                Those who seek to live in the lap of luxury in the capital of our great state have yet another opportunity with Pier 4 Condos. Situated in the Seaport District, this is a nine-story residential building featuring 106 condos plus 17,000sf of retail space on the ground floor. No matter what size you need, Pier 4 has it: one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units all with breathtaking views of the harbor from private decks. Of course, it's even better in the penthouse suite, where you enjoy your own private roof deck! It's never been easier to relax with a good book, have a drink with friends and watch the glorious sunset from your own home.

                Pier 4 Condos are slated for completion in 2018, with pricing typical for the Seaport District nowadays. For one bedrooms with 960sf, you're looking at upwards of $1.65 million; for two bedrooms and two baths at 1300+ sf, you can expect upwards of $2.2 million.

                Features

                While those prices may give you a bit of sticker shock, you get a lot included:

                • 24/7 white-glove personal concierge service
                • Catering and private chef
                • In-unit plant care when you're traveling
                • Messenger service
                • On-site gym
                • On-site yoga studio
                • Golf simulation room called The Fairway
                • Private residents club lounge highlighted by an outdoor terrace with dining area and fire pit
                • On-site dog-washing rand grooming room called the Dog Spa
                • Garage and valet parking

                Details in Each Unit

                When you think of luxury, you think hardwood floors with rich earth tones and smooth feel. Well, you're in luck. Each unit is outfitted with walnut hardwood flooring punctuated by neutral color schemes that put you in control when it comes to design and decor. The kitchen is your spot for cooking and hosting with all the best brand-name appliances in stainless steel. You even get a wine refrigerator! You have your choice of two kitchen looks:  wood accents or white.

                Up in the penthouse, things get even better. You'll have an upgraded kitchen, higher ceilings, and your own private rooftop terrace. You'll love the natural sunlight that streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows. In the master bathroom -- your sanctuary -- let it all go when you walk into this Tuscany white marble and porcelain-tile room.

                There's not a bad view in the house when it comes to Pier 4 Condos, thanks to unforgettable views of the harbor enveloped on three sides by water. After stepping out your door, you're within walking distance to the Institute of Contemporary Art on the Boston Harbor, the Financial District, downtown Boston and Beacon Hill. There's world-class dining nearby as you head to the North End for Italian or Faneuil Hall for fun and shopping. With the classic beauty of Boston's skyline as your backdrop, this luxury living paradise can actually be your home.

                Contact Home Town Brokerage to learn more about Pier 4 Condos for sale at 617-877-1479 or email us at info@htbrealty.com

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                  In-Depth Look: The Seaport Real Estate

                  Seaport real estate is thriving. Not only that, it's surpassing the traditional costly areas of Boston (think Back Bay and Beacon Hill) as having the most expensive and luxurious condos in the whole city. In fact, this gorgeous stretch of pristine Boston waterfront, also known as the Seaport/Innovation District, claimed the highest condo sale prices in 2016, according to Boston.com, projected to stay steady right through 2018.

                  The average Seaport condo sale for that time period was $2.3 million -- more than double the $1 million average for Beacon Hill and a million more than the Back Bay’s average $1.2 million sale price. So what's the deal?

                  Driving Forces

                  Fueling the recent hike in Seaport prices have been a series of sales along the waterfront, such as the posh 22 Liberty, 50 Liberty, Pier 4, 150 Seaport Boulevard and Echelon Seaport, this last one being a 1.33 million-square-foot development that will become the neighborhood's largest single amount of for-sale housing, says the Boston Globe. It's no secret, then, that residing in the Seaport District is becoming more and more cachet, due in large part to its killer harbor views, speedy access to the T and surrounding highways, and eclectic immersion in the culture that contributes to the allure of the city.

                  As such, developers are scrambling to invest in Seaport real estate. As a result, an unprecedented number of condos is slated for construction over the next two years. Ultra luxury projects such as 22 Liberty are taking their inspiration from posh establishments like the Mandarin, which opened just eight years ago in the Back Bay. With a cavernous lobby, 24-hour concierge, valet, fitness center, and sweeping outdoor views, condos like 22 Liberty are causing trend lines to jump.

                  The average asking price for listings currently on the market in Boston’s Seaport District are at about $1,500 per square foot, compared with $996 per square foot for properties along the city’s North End Waterfront, according to Curbed. Both neighborhoods are characterized by deeply historic neighborhoods -- mainly the North End and South Boston, with these higher prices reflecting a fundamentally different product type as a result of different zoning requirements. Unlike the North End, which is populated by historically varied homes and waterfront condos, the Seaport boasts predominantly new luxury condos asking a premium price. That being said, you still see variety in home prices in the Seaport, with more affordable units located in Fort Point that have been converted from historic buildings offset by pricier new developments going up along the seashore, such as Echelon.

                  Bottom line is, Seaport real estate is thriving and in order to get in on the ground floor, the time to act is now. Call Home Town Brokerage today for more information and showing appointments at 617-877-1479 or email us at info@htbrealty.com. We are an independently owned real estate agency helping buyers and sellers throughout Boston and its suburbs find the house or condo they really want.

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                    The Best Local Places to Watch the Super Bowl

                    Get ready, South Boston: Super Bowl 52 will soon be dominating the TVs, bars, restaurants, and homes of Patriots fans everywhere. Sunday is the big day: where will you be watching the game? If you prefer going out and making the Superbowl a social event, there are plenty of hot spots in and around South Boston near your luxury condo. So grab your Pats jersey, plan out your menu, make a reservation and enjoy the big day from the comfort of one of these bars.

                    The Broadway

                    The Broadway on 728 E. Broadway wants to help you celebrate with friends by giving away two tables of FREE food for the Pats game. Simply tag five friends on Instagram (#thebroadwaysouthboston) and you could be one of two winners who will each enjoy a table of free food with up to six of your closest friends. From starters and wood fire pizzas to burgers and main dishes, you're sure to find something to please your palate here. Sunday is the perfect time to try maple bourbon steak tips, planked salmon, cornflake chicken sandwich, and spicy smoky burger. In the mood for something lighter? Try a leafy green or bowl such as roasted butternut and pear salad, vegan Green Goddess bowl, or kale and quinoa. Top off your meal with favorites like sweet potato cheesecake or chocolate praline crunch cake. And of course, there are plenty of big screen TVs to watch the big game as you enjoy your favorite wine, beer or cocktail. Make an online reservation now to make sure you get a spot for the game.

                    Stats Bar & Grille

                    Located at 77 Dorchester Street, Stats Bar & Grille is the ideal spot to hang out with friends for the Superbowl, with 22 flat screen TVs for you to enjoy all the action in living color. With a large wraparound bar and plenty of table and booth seating, Stats has it all. Go online to check out their menu so you can start planning your Superbowl meal. Start with buffalo tenders or nachos, or perhaps some grilled honey garlic wings and Cajun chicken tacos. For lighter fare, bite into a tasty sandwich such as California wrap, steak and blue sandwich, pulled pork or grilled buffalo chicken. What would a football game be without burgers and beers? Choose from the BBQ bacon burger, the California burger with swiss, avocado and bacon, and much more. The menu doesn't stop there: paninis, pizza and flatbread (spinach and goat cheese anyone?) and a large assortment of entrees ranging from turkey tips to pistachio crusted salmon. So pull up a stool and take your place at the bar: it's gonna be a great night!

                    Tony C's Sports Bar and Grill

                    Tony C's is everything you'd want a sports bar to be: Huge, stacked flat screen TVs dominating the whole place boasting the highest quality HD audio-visual systems, with plenty of bar and table seating to go around. This sports restaurant was named to honor Red Sox legend and Massachusetts native, Tony Conigliaro, and brings you contemporary American comfort food coupled with classic and specialty cocktails, an extensive beer list (40 to be exact) and a variety of American wines. The Seaport is probably closest to you, but you can choose from one of their other convenient locations, too: Somerville’s Assembly Row, Burlington’s 3rd Ave and Fenway Boston. With such an electric atmosphere for sports fans, there's no better place to be for the Superbowl. You've got to try the house specialties: #25 Burger with fresh Black Angus ground beef, crispy pork belly, fried egg and Vermont Cheddar, and the Chicken Conigliaro, pan-seared chicken and pasta, topped with a lemon butter caper sauce.

                    Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

                    Located at 425 West Broadway in South Boston, the Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant is a classic American gathering spot reminiscent of the old days. Enjoy the game in its open-air, tiled-floor cafe, large bar, and original tin ceilings. You have many different dining experiences to choose from: get a booth up front, sit at the lively main bar, or retreat to the back room for a bit more quiet. With an entire football catering menu, you can order out for your own at-home Superbowl party thanks to trays of wings, pulled pork sliders, smash burgers, and goat cheese dip. Or, enjoy the game in-restaurant with a menu that's sure to please: wood-fired pizza, oysters, dumplings, burgers, salads, short ribs, salmon...the list goes on and on!

                    No matter where you choose to celebrate the Superbowl this Sunday, you can't go wrong with one of these popular gathering spots. If you love the area and don't already live here, we can show you some great luxury condos that would be perfect for you. Contact Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479.

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