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Why South Boston is a Great Place to Raise a Family

Looking for a neighborhood in Boston to raise a family? There are so many factors at play when it comes to deciding what neighborhood to raise a family in such as proximity to other families, schooling, activities, security, and more. Additionally, whatever neighborhood you choose also has to meet your own personal preferences as well as your spouse’s when applicable as well. Putting all of these factors together, it’s safe to say this decision can be a tricky one. Luckily, Boston has plenty of great areas to choose from and in this post, we’ll share why the South Boston neighborhood could be a great place to raise a family.

 

South Boston, also known as Southie, is a densely populated neighborhood full of history and tradition along the south and east of the Fort Point Channel and abuts Dorchester Bay. One of our favorite areas of South Boston is amid the panoramic views of Pleasure Bay. But that’s not all. South Boston has a plethora of family recreational areas perfect for a day out with the family, a picnic, or fun activities on the water safe for the entire family. For example, you could take a stroll on Castle Island or do an excursion at M Street Playground. If you’re looking to splurge and spend some adult time away from the kids, you could take advantage of the drop-off babysitting and swim classes for kids at The Boston Athletic Club. There are many family-friendly activities and areas you could choose from in South Boston.

 

South Boston is known for great schools! Of the 9 schools located in South Boston, Perry K-8 School is one of the best with a rating of 4. As part of the Boston School District, public schools in South Boston feature high-quality education, top educators in the nation, and a host of activities to keep students engaged all year long.

 

Safety and Security is a must when it comes to raising a family. It’s imperative to feel safe in a home and in your neighborhood. One of the things we love about South Boston is it’s low crime rates. According to Niche.com, South Boston scores a B when it comes to criminal activity compared with neighborhoods in the nation. South Boston is generally a safe environment to live in and raise a family.


With a host of community service organizations, arts and science programs, fitness activities, and kid-friendly environments, and it’s convenient proximity to downtown Boston, South Boston definitely appeals to young families of diverse backgrounds. That’s part of what makes South Boston so special. For an area to so rich in history, have ample housing, and full of so many wonderful areas of family-friendly recreational opportunities it’s hard not to at least take a look. If you’re interested in looking at properties in South Boston, give us a call. Home Town Brokerage's team of Boston real estate agents is unparalleled in expertise and commitment to serving buyer and sellers in the area. As our name suggests, our agents live, work and play in this historic city. Home Town Brokerage is located in South Boston and we have our fingers on the pulse the local real estate market - from homes in the South End to luxury buildings in the Seaport, our Boston realtors take great pride in connecting clients with the perfect residence. We’d be happy to show you around this beautiful area.

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    Current Real Estate Picture in South Boston

    If you’re looking for a home in South Boston, now is the time to make your move! The real estate market in South Boston is thriving. You can find everything from new construction condos, remodeled condos, to single family dwellings all in South Boston. In addition to a bountiful housing inventory, the area itself has a lot to offer. The historical significance of the area, the artsy vibes, its proximity to downtown along with convenient access to public transportation combine to make the perfect spot to call home.

    Homes for sale in South Boston MA are great for both young professionals and families. The neighborhood has a strong sense of community and “Southie Pride” is always on full display. South Boston features panoramic views of Pleasure Bay. This wonderful area is becoming more and more popular among young professionals and families due to the number of amenities in the neighborhood as well as the proximity to the rest of the city as well as the numerous revitalization efforts that have been underway. It’s no wonder homes for sale in South Boston MA are in such high demand.

    South Boston real estate mostly consists of traditional, triple-decker homes, a portion of which have been recently converted into condominiums. There have also been newer, luxury residential projects popping up, such as the Lofts at 36A, the Signal Lofts, and the Macallen. There is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a single-family home, an upscale condo or a trendy loft, homes for sale in South Boston MA offer plenty of options to meet the needs of various budget levels. Home prices range from $229,900 to $1,700,000. Home sizes range from 456 square feet to 3,295 square feet.

     

    Realtors in South Boston: Connecting You With Homes and Condos

     

    There are many properties currently on the market in South Boston that are sure to please. For example, 505 E Broadway is one of our favorites!  This single family home boasts large mahogany doors, marble fireplace mantles, detailed glass, 11-foot ceilings, a grand staircase and living quarters for your butler or maid. Also, take in the gorgeous city views of Downtown Boston from the third-floor windows and a beautiful walk in the attic. This building also features 6 parking spaces located in the rear of the building.  This is a great opportunity for a buyer that either wants to develop this extraordinary large single-family property or keep it as is and restore this beautiful Victorian to its original state.

    Another pristine property located in South Boston is 351 W Second Street. This remarkable unit is a corner penthouse with parking! It has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, oak flooring, HVAC, in-unit laundry, eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar, great closet space, 1 deeded parking space, and amazing city views. It’s also very close to Broadway shops, public transportation, and Seaport District. A new storage locker was just built for all your odds and ends! This home offers a unique amount of privacy and style for South Boston. Enjoy having your car directly behind your building on cold days. Association is pet-friendly! The professionally managed association makes life a breeze. A true gem in the heart of South Boston.

    These are just a few of our favorite properties in South Boston. But there are many more. If you’re interested in seeing a list of available properties in South Boston head on over to our search tool and view all the amazing properties currently on the market. South Boston homes have got it all. There’s so much community spirit because it’s such a great place to call home. The area has a sense of pride and diversity. If you would like more information on South Boston real estate, please contact us today!  Home Town Brokerage's team of Boston real estate agents is unparalleled in expertise and commitment to serving buyer and sellers in the area. As our name suggests, our agents live, work and play in this historic city. Home Town Brokerage is located in South Boston and we have our fingers on the pulse of the local real estate market - from homes in the South End to luxury buildings in the Seaport, our Boston realtors take great pride in connecting clients with the perfect residence.

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      2 Luxury South Boston Condos Worth Taking A Look At

      Are you looking for a home in the South Boston area? Are you interested in experiencing a life of luxury in a modern neighborhood with proximity to downtown? Take a look at South Boston!

       When it comes to modern, chic, and eclectic South Boston has it all! This densely populated neighborhood also known as Southie is rich in history and tradition with roots dating back to before the American Revolution when middle-class Irish immigrants first populated the area. Hence, South Boston is home to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which celebrates the Irish-American culture. Additionally, South Boston is home to Dorchester Heights, a National Park memorializing major events of the war. Did we mention art? South Boston has its fair share of artists. For example, Fort Point in Southie is a hub for the arts community. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the waterfront areas and beaches! There are several popular beaches in Southie as well as waterfront parks and organic markets.

       

      Houses for Sale in South Boston MA That are Getting Noticed

       

      There’s one thing currently taking place in South Boston that is making quite the stir. That’s new condo construction. In fact, there has been a movement of new development taking place in the area with efforts to revitalize the neighborhood. In addition, the demand for home inventory continues to rise as more and more families and young professionals begin to move in.  In this blog, we’ll highlight a couple of properties that are currently on the market which will give you a glimpse of what the market is like.

      Let’s take a look at 150 W Broadway.

      VIEW 150 W BROADWAY

      This unit is picturesque. It is a spectacular penthouse which has an amazing city view. This breathtaking penthouse unit features 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It also has a gourmet kitchen with high end stainless steel appliances, 2.5" thick super white quartzite counters, Grohe faucets and a large breakfast bar. The living room opens onto your own private outdoor oasis with a breathtaking 180 degree view of the city. That’s not all. You’ll have your own retreat like environment in the gorgeous master suite area. The lower level master suite features an enormous walk in closet and a marble tiled en-suite bath. The house also features a large second bedroom, a laundry in unit, built in speakers, extra storage & 3 deeded parking spaces. With a square footage of 1,664, there’s room to breathe. This unit was built just last year and the current asking price is $1,699,999. It is a dream home!

      Another home currently on the market is 527 East Broadway, Unit 5.

      VIEW 527 EAST BROADWAY UNIT 5

      This home is a spectacular new construction unit. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. A great thing about this property is that it includes garage parking! The open kitchen/living room is very spacious. You’ll feel like you’re in a gourmet kitchen with the white shaker style cabinets, high end stainless steel appliances and quartz counters. The master bedroom includes a huge walk in closet and en-suite bath. Both bathrooms include marble and porcelain tile along with Grohe fixtures. The large second bedroom is very spacious. This unit also includes laundry, central air, and large private outdoor deck. At just over 1,000 square feet, this unit makes for the perfect home.

      If you are interested in viewing these properties, give us a call. We’d love to show you around and show you our favorite hideaways in South Boston.

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        5 Reasons Why You Should Use a Home Town Brokerage to Buy Your Next Home

        Home Town Brokerage is a group of realtors in Boston committed to providing excellent real estate services to our fellow resident's selling, buying, or investing in the Boston area. Just what the name implies, we are Boston grown and very proud of our commitment to the continued growth of Boston. Our work is about more than just real estate transactions, it’s about creating and promoting a networked community of professionals, families, artists, and businesses that we can all be proud of. If you’re looking to buy, sell, or invest in Boston, here’s why you should work with Home Town Brokerage.

        We Offer Extensive Knowledge of Boston Neighborhoods

        Just a quick look on our website will demonstrate that we know the importance of location and that every neighborhood is not for everybody. Each of our clients has special preferences, requirements, and desires that act as identifiers to determine which neighborhood will better suit them. That’s why it’s important that realtors have a deep knowledge and understanding of their local neighborhoods, architectural features, and history. We are focused on keeping our pulse on happenings and hot button issues in each Boston neighborhood in order to provide our clients with first-hand knowledge of the ins and outs of Boston. Whether you want a luxury condo with waterfront views in Boston’s Seaport District or a Victorian Style home in Boston’s South End, you can trust in our knowledge to direct you to areas most suitable for you.

        Our Experience is Unparallelled

        Home Town Brokerage's collective resume in real estate shows just how our experience sets us above the competition. Our Senior Agent, Guy Assetta has over 17 years of experience in the custom home building and remodeling industry. His knowledge and involvement in the real estate industry qualifies him as the perfect person to guide you through the home buying process. Our team’s varying backgrounds around the real estate industry bring about a well-rounded approach to servicing our customers. For example, our Real Estate Agent, Peter Joseph Ascenzo, started with a personal interest in exploring different Boston neighborhoods and communities which eventually turned into a focus on real estate. Peter began his career in real estate as a property manager and later on as an investor. Now with 10 years of experience under his belt, he has a hands-on knowledge to not only understand what it’s like from a buyer’s or seller’s perspective but also how to develop strategic partnerships and relationships within the real estate business community that would bring value to his clients. Many of our agents share similar stories of interest and experience that bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our business.

        We Provide Expertise

        Home Town Brokerage's team of Boston real estate agents is unparalleled in expertise and commitment to serving buyer and sellers in the area. Our collective backgrounds in all things real estate present the perfect mix of education, knowledge, and experience that can help us provide the best most thorough real estate service available to our clients. We know how to sell and buy real estate because we do it ourselves! In fact, Home Town Brokerage was birthed out of a series of personal endeavors. Check out Assetta’s personal account of real estate investment success…

        Early in my career, I bought my first 3-family in South Boston which I then converted into the highest quality and highest priced per square footage condominiums in the area. Over the next few years, I successfully remodeled and converted several more buildings into condominiums. In 2009, Ryan Sullivan and I decided to begin a new endeavor – Home Town Brokerage. Originally we founded Home Town Brokerage to market and sell our own projects; however, Home Town Brokerage has quickly grown and is now my only focus.”

        - Guy Assetta, Home Town Brokerage, Senior Agent

        We Provide Focused, Individualized, and Driven Service

        At Home Town Brokerage we have discovered a real need for buyers to have guidance in finding a new home. Our team at Home Town Brokerage helps to provide a seamless transition from selling your greatest asset (your current home) and investing in your new home, new neighborhood and new community. We listen to our client's needs and our services are customized to each individual client.

        We’re Boston Homegrown

        Our agents work, live, and play Boston. We each have laid down roots here in Boston in some way. Because of our commitment to the Boston community, we have a much deeper understanding of not only the home inventory, but schools, churches, businesses, and even demographics and other statistics. It’s not just about the real estate for us. It’s about the community.

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          History of South Boston Real Estate

          As real estate professionals in South Boston with decades of experience, we can tell you that time knows no boundaries. We’ve seen ups and downs in the housing market in Boston but one thing is for sure, home prices are steadily rising. It’s really interesting to look back through the history pages and see the difference between what homes sold for historically compared to now. All across the country, you’ll find this pattern perpetuating in every industry and the housing market is no different. Take a look with us down memory lane.

          About South Boston

          South Boston, a neighborhood the locals affectionately called Southie is a beautifully quaint community centered neighborhood close to downtown Boston. What was once a home for Irish Catholic immigrants, South Boston is now a densely populated neighborhood full of history and tradition along the south and east of the Fort Point Channel and abuts Dorchester Bay. South Boston features panoramic views of Pleasure Bay. South Boston is becoming more and more popular among young professionals and families due to the number of amenities in the neighborhood as well as the proximity to the rest of the city as well as the numerous revitalization efforts that have been underway. Real estate in Southie has seen an increase in price over the last several years. Remaining true to its roots, South Boston has a rich Irish Catholic heritage and is home to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which celebrates the Irish-American culture. South Boston is home to Dorchester Heights, a National Park. Fort Point in Southie is a hub for the arts community. There are also several popular beaches in Southie as well as waterfront parks and organic markets.

          Rich in History

          The historical significance of the area dates back to the late 1700s when  George Washington placed a cannon on the fields in what was known at the time as Dorchester Heights which forced an evacuation of British troops from Boston. One interesting thing of note about South Boston is that some of the oldest public housing in the United States can be found here.  Although you wouldn’t know it now from the various redevelopment projects currently in the works, South Boston was heavily populated by middle-class families. Now as we make way for new construction condos, remodeling older homes, and major construction projects, we’ve seen major shifts in the neighborhood including our skyline, the population, and the business community.

          Hike In Home Values

          Because of these many changes, home prices have steadily increased. In fact, within the last year, home prices in South Boston have increased by as much as 8%. The average home price in South Boston today is nearly $700,000. Based on trends from the past few years, we can only expect to see more increase. For example, we wouldn’t be surprised if average home sales reach a record $750,000 in South Boston by late 2019. This is a striking difference from what homes were selling for in 1940. Statewide homes were selling for $39,000 back in the mid-1900s. What a huge difference? Inflation can’t take all the responsibility for this great disparity though. Homes were much smaller back then and as we mentioned earlier, most residents of South Boston were middle-class working immigrants.


          It’s no secret that the housing market can change at a moment’s notice. It is our job to keep a pulse on this ever-changing market to provide you with the best customized and informative service as we can. If you’re interested in hearing more about homes in South Boston, get in touch. We’d love to show you around.

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            Top 2018 Housing Market Trends in South Boston

            Top 2018 Housing Market Trends in South Boston

            South Boston is quickly becoming a destination for young professionals, families, and entrepreneurs. The area affectionately called Southie has been trending for a while now and has gained quite a bit of traction since some recent add-ons and new developments.

             

            The neighborhood of South Boston, once a predominantly Irish Catholic neighborhood, but now home to young professionals and families, is a hotbed for history, tradition, and new developments. This area known as Southie is neighbored by Fort Point Channel and abuts Dorchester Bay. Southie features panoramic views of Pleasure Bay and is attracting a migration of many different people due to the number of amenities in the neighborhood as well as the proximity to the rest of the city. Numerous revitalization efforts have been underway including a bustling restaurant scene, hotels, retail shops, and new construction.  There are also several popular beaches in Southie as well as waterfront parks for outdoor activities and organic markets.

             

            As Realtors in the area, we’ve seen some interesting trends going on in the housing market here in South Boston. You’ll be surprised at what you can find here as a buyer, but you’ll also learn that you will have to act fast. Things change quickly in South Boston.

             

            Properties don’t remain on the market for too long. Therefore, it’s important to be clear on what you want and how much house you can afford if you’re buying. Currently, South Boston is a sellers’ market. If you’re selling, it’s still not easy.  Because the market turns so quickly, you might end up with lots of offers that you’ll have to sift through in order to find the right buyers.

             

            Looking at home values in South Boston, the median value is $690,800, that’s a 3.8% increase since last year and values are consistently rising over the course of the last 5 years. Why are home values rising? South Boston is under heavy development. More and more people are moving to the area for its strategic location to downtown as well as the new luxury construction currently being developed. If we take a look at the median price of homes currently listed in South Boston, we see that the value is $899,000 a striking increase from the current median value of homes. However, among homes that have recently sold, the median price was $648,100. Good news for buyers!

             

            Based on these trends, we can see that there’s a bit of wiggle room for buyers to get a home in South Boston at a fair price based on current market value. However, over time values, listing prices, and sold prices show that this may not be the case long term.


            For information on homes in South Boston contact us. We can help you get your real estate needs met, whether you’re selling, buying, or investing. We have educational and professional backgrounds in every aspect of real estate and beyond. Get in touch and find out how we can help.

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              Echelon Seaport Current Status

              Echelon Seaport

              Have you checked out Echelon Seaport yet? These new construction condos located in Boston’s Seaport District feature a mix of luxury and convenience.

               

              Although construction is not complete, you can already see that this large development will have plenty to offer. Three mixed-use towers totaling 1.3 million square feet of space are currently under construction. The entire area spans 3.5 acres across Boston’s Seaport District. As mixed-use facilities are being developed across the country, Echelon Seaport will be one of Boston’s newest facilities of this nature.

               

              Boston’s Seaport District provides an excellent backdrop for the addition of Echelon Seaport. Right in the middle of historic Fort Point District and Boston’s extravagant waterfront, The Seaport District brings just enough flare and character to hold its own. This vibrant neighborhood is a cooperative style community of artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. The deep history alone of the area creates a huge attraction. However, the youthful, vibrant energy of the people there make it all the more eclectic and unique. You’ll see this exciting cross-section of history meeting artsy vibes in style, look, and feel of the buildings, for example. A quick drive through the area will turn up a mix of 100-year-old warehouses paired contemporary and modern architecture demonstrating the heart of the Seaport District.

               

              Echelon Seaport condos for saleEchelon Seaport will feature over 700 residencies and 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Also, two of the three towers will contain nearly 500 luxury condominium residences while the third tower will contain luxury apartment homes. Modern, open floor plans will be a premier feature among the residences. In addition to high-end appliances and spacious living accommodations, residents will also enjoy two signature outdoor pools, an indoor pool, expansive sun decks, charming courtyards, and oversized private terraces.

               

              As we mentioned before, this mixed-use development will also feature retail shops and restaurants, high-quality spots that will attract residents and visitors alike. These attractions will be located among Echelon Seaport’s first two floors. Among these shopping and eating options, there will also be a new pedestrian mall, Autumn Lane, and a new courtyard, Harbor Square. The design of this unique space is mapped out to create a community which embodied nature, art, and health. There will be multiple passages and streets for walking and taking in the scenery. There will also be outdoor seating on multiple levels, distinctive artwork, and beautiful tree canopies.

               

              Parking will not be a problem and Echelon Seaport as the development will allow for over 500 vehicle parking spaces in an underground parking garage.

               

              Echelon Seaport is currently under construction and is slated for completion between late 2019 and early 2020. We’re waiting patiently for this project to near completion. The addition of this new development will be a beautiful add-on to the area’s already beautiful skyline.


              If you’re interested in learning more about Echelon Seaport, contact our office today. We’d be happy to give you a tour and tell you more about this exciting new development in Boston’s Seaport District.

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                437 W 4th St - Single Family Home For Sale In South Boston

                437 W 4th St - Single Family Home For Sale In South Boston

                If you’re interested in buying a home in South Boston, we’ve got a great property that just might be right for you. 437 W 4th Street is a single family Victorian style home with luxury features and lots of space. The builder has taken pride in creating a functional yet elegant living space that fits a variety of different lifestyle needs. The floor plan was designed to include a spacious, highly functional kitchen and lots of storage. With breathtaking views from the roof deck, you’ll be sure to love 437 W 4th St.

                Tucked away in the highly sought after neighborhood of South Boston, 437 W 4th Street is a dream home with character and lots of flare! This home is built for luxury, but exudes comfortability at the same time. The spacious roof deck, chef’s kitchen, breakfast bar, and extra large windows are just a few features highlighting its unique luxe-comfort combo. This older home has recently been completely restored and brought up to date. Its modern features mixed with a historical architectural style personifies perfectly the South Boston neighborhood, in which 437 W 4th Street is located.

                The neighborhood of South Boston, once a predominantly Irish Catholic neighborhood, but now home to young professionals and families, is a hotbed for history, tradition, and new developments. This area known as Southie, is neighbored by Fort Point Channel and abuts Dorchester Bay. Southie features panoramic views of Pleasure Bay and is attracting a migration of many different people due to the number of amenities in the neighborhood as well as the proximity to the rest of the city. Numerous revitalization efforts have been underway including a bustling restaurant scene, hotels, retail shops, and new construction.  There are also several popular beaches in Southie as well as waterfront parks for outdoor activities and organic markets. 437 W 4th Street is within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants that South Boston has to offer.

                It’s clear that the South Boston location of 437 W 4th Street is a win! Let’s take a look at the other winning features of this home. This 3126 square foot masterpiece has 11’ ceilings and a gas fireplace with marble surround. The formal dining room provides plenty of space for entertaining guests easily seating 10 with room to spare. The kitchen is adorned with lots of cabinet space, marble counters, a marble backsplash, 6 burner oven, stainless stove hood, and a separate pantry area. The lower level has a fully finished 18’x30’ family room with 8’ ceilings. The Master Suite is elegantly laid out with a walk-in closet and shoe closet. The bathroom is fit for a King (or Queen)! With its walk-in shower, built-in bench and a soaking tub, you’ll never want to leave. There are 3 more large bedrooms and 2 more bathrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The third floor is where things get interesting. You’ll be met with 3 decks, which include a seating area, a water spigot, and electrical outlets. Plus, the upper roof provides stunning city views and another large seating area. The living space extends outside with a green grass backyard and one garage space.

                Did we pique your interest? Get in touch with one of our agents and schedule a showing to see this home up close and personal or if you prefer to view the virtual tour online. We would be happy to give you a private showing so you can see this beautiful home. But act now, while it’s still available. There’s no telling how long 437 W 4th St will stay on the market.

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                  How to Find The Perfect Home in South Boston

                  House hunting is a very personal, intimate process for home buyers. We have helped countless people buy homes in our neck of the woods, and we can absolutely say that it is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences in life. Incidentally, each city and neighborhood has its own set of unique challenges and rewards. Take South Boston, for example. There are a lot of unique things to consider when buying a home in South Boston. South Boston has undergone a tremendous change in the past 20 years. With new construction, city-sponsored revitalization projects, and migration, the landscape of South Boston looks quite different than it looked 20 years ago. With these changes come new inventory and sweeping trends in the South Boston housing market.  As we dig deeper into these factors we’ll show you exactly how to find the perfect home in South Boston.

                  How Much House Can You Afford?

                  The first step in finding the perfect home in South Boston or any neighborhood for that matter is determining your budget. We stress that our clients go into the home buying process with the ability to make sound financial decisions as it relates to their buying power. Knowing what your limits are can help you identify homes that fit within your individual comfort level and needs. The average price of a home in South Boston currently sits between $700,000 and $800,000. That’s not to say you can’t find something cheaper. It just gives you an idea of what to expect when looking for a home in South Boston. Take a look at our mortgage calculator, to get an estimate of what your monthly mortgage payments will be by plugging in a few numbers. This will give you a rough idea of what your monthly payments might be, based on the list price of a house.

                  Do you Know the Lay of the Land?

                  The other thing to note about buying a home in South Boston is knowing the general area, who lives here, and what’s so great about the area. Once a predominantly Irish Catholic neighborhood, but now home to young professionals and families, South Boston has the perfect combo of character and luxury.  South Boston, affectionately known by us locals as Southie, is a densely populated neighborhood full of history and tradition. From the panoramic views of Pleasure Bay to the new vibrant scene of bustling hotels, restaurants, and local shops, Southie has become a highly sought after neighborhood attracting diversity, business, and flare.

                  Additionally, this area has caught the eye of condominium developers, which significantly increases the available inventory in Southie. There are a number of new construction condo projects such as 150 West Broadway, 527 East Broadway, and 11 on the Dot, to name a few, currently under development in South Boston. This trend of luxury condos and mixed-use work-live spaces is sweeping the nation, of which South Boston is at the forefront.

                  How Quickly Can You Act?

                  Although, new construction condos have significantly increased inventory in the market, homes in the South Boston neighborhood are going fast. The average number of days on the market for currently listed homes in South Boston is under two months. We recommend having a knowledgeable agent to help keep a pulse on trends and current inventory so that you’ll be notified of new homes matching your unique tastes. It’s important to have an idea of what you want as well.

                  What does South Boston offer?

                  In addition to luxury condos, converted condos, and new construction, Southie also has a large selection of older traditional homes as well. The ever-evolving and trendy west side of South Boston, for example, consists of traditional triple-decker style homes with an average of 1800 square feet, large bedrooms, and sizable living spaces. As we mentioned earlier, Southie is a wealth of history and the homes are here to prove it.

                  South Boston is full of variety and continues to grow. If current trends are any indication of what’s to come in the future, the Southie neighborhood will be quite the scene! And we’ll be here for every bit of it. If you’re interested in buying a home in South Boston, we can help. Get in touch with one of our agents to set up a few showings. We’ll educate you on all there is to know about this amazing neighborhood and get you into your dream home.

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                    How to Improve the Value of Your South Boston Home

                    How to Improve the Value of Your South Boston Home

                    If you're looking to sell your South Boston home in the near future but don't know where to start, it's often helpful to get an idea of how much your property is worth as a jumping-off point. This figure can help you decide what you may sell your home for, how much home you can afford to move to, and what improvements you can make to boost that dollar figure. The higher the value of your home, the more you can ask for it when you do decide to sell.

                    Improving the value has to start early, though, and it often takes some time to get the changes implemented that will show results. The first step is knowing how much your home is worth in today's market. Luckily, Home Town Brokerage offers a free comparative market analysis, which is a report that helps you determine how much your home is worth in the current market. The home value estimator bases its results on similar recently-sold properties, under-contract properties and properties for sale. So, if you are thinking about selling your home, our team can guide you from start to finish. It all starts with your address.

                    Knowing what your home is worth is half the battle. Keep in mind you will have to shell out thousands, sometimes tens of thousands for real estate agent fees and closing costs, so the ticket price on your home isn't necessarily what you will pocket. According to Boston.com, Boston ranks as the sixth most expensive place in the country to sell a home, with sellers paying out an average of $34,000 in real estate agency fees and closing costs. Therefore, boosting the value of your home as much as possible will only benefit you in the end. There are also optional expenditures to consider as well.

                    Because we are immersed in a hot seller's market right now, homeowners must plan things out well before listing their property. From de-cluttering to staging to pre-inspections, agents and homeowners often spend weeks or even months prepping a home before placing it on the market. Making the right improvements now will help you out later. Here are some tips to help your home sell faster and at a higher price point.

                    Fresh Coat of Paint

                    Most sellers think this one is too subtle to make much difference, assuming that only obvious, high-end improvements will do. They also may assume that a bright white throughout the home will suffice in all rooms. However, if you neglect a new coat of paint or go too uniform and safe with white, you are missing an opportunity to become more emotionally evocative and obtain a higher sale price. Consumer Reports says sellers can see a gain of more than $1,000 just by painting their kitchens a warm, neutral yellow like wheat. Why? These colors boost the happiness factor. For bedrooms, go with soothing colors like light and mint green. Stay away from colors that turn people off, such as dark brown bathrooms or bright orange living rooms.

                    Kitchen Update

                    It seems life is centered around eating and entertaining, which is why an updated kitchen is so important to buyers. Got a dated kitchen? Consider getting new cabinet faces (white Shaker is popular now), new flooring (think hardwood in wide planks), appliances (stainless steel is out and colors are back in), and smart connectivity (think smart thermostats and home security systems). Such systems can be controlled by smart phones, an added convenience to busy professionals, families and couples looking to save time and money on their energy bills. Adding a security and video system isn't too invasive, either. Many models can be installed in seconds, with no pre-wiring or drilling. You can wire some door and window sensors, wall-mount some glass break sensors and set up cameras in the main areas. Do all or pick one.

                    Adding Storage

                    It's no secret that South Boston yards are tight on space. But to add extra storage appeal to a small yard, consider putting in a sturdy shed to expand the available space. This can be used to store lawn mowers, tools, sports equipment, bikes and more. Sheds are versatile and they don't cost nearly as much as a permanent addition. Add a window and it can be used for a work or craft room. These unique extra spaces are appreciated by discriminating buyers who want more for their money -- especially in an expensive community like South Boston.

                    Curb Appeal

                    The first thing buyers see when they pull up to the curb is your front yard and landscaping. Overgrown shrubbery and dried out lawns signal neglect, and buyers may not give you a second look let alone pay you what you want for the house. It doesn't take much to refresh the mulch, add some vibrant flowers, paint the mailbox and add some potted plants to the porch. Even painting the porch and shutters can boost the perceived value of your home because it's aesthetically appealing. While you're at it, inspect the roof and replace any missing shingles.

                    Interested in selling your home in South Boston? Check out Home Town Brokerage's home value estimator that acts as a free comparative market analysis. The first step is determining how much your home is worth in the current market. Contact us today at 617-877-1479 or email us at info@htbrealty.com.

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