Why Boston is the Best City to Move To

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Boston real estate is booming right now. The statistics don't lie. Many neighborhoods, including the Seaport, Kenmore-Fenway, Kendall Square, and Assembly Square areas, are seeing new luxury condos driving the market. But all over Boston, there is a big range in prices, from $111 per square foot for the lowest-priced listing in Roxbury to nearly $3,000 per square foot for the highest-priced ones in Back Bay, says Curbed. Allston-Brighton was recently named one of the country's 20 hottest neighborhoods, scoring high in walkability, public transit, entertainment and cost. Condos are selling faster and at higher prices than homes, with the most expensive areas being Midtown, Beacon Hill and Back Bay and the most affordable being Mattapan, Hyde Park and West Roxbury.

Those are the stats. They look pretty promising for young professionals, families, singles and couples looking to make the move to Beantown. However, making the decision to move to a particular city is about much more than just facts and figures. It's about making a connection with a community, putting down some roots and embracing your new city with open arms. It's more than just favorable statistics: the decision to move here is all about the heart and soul of Boston.

High Quality of Life

Turns out, Bostonians are quite fit. A recent report by the American Fitness Index named Boston the fifth healthiest city in the nation. Money magazine has called Boston the "best city in the Northeast." Now, the latest report by Deutsche Bank ranks Boston as the eighth best city in the the entire world when it comes to quality of life, according to the Boston Globe. The report took into consideration eight key factors:

  • Purchasing power
  • Safety
  • Health care
  • Cost of living
  • Property price to income ratio
  • Traffic commute time
  • Pollution
  • Climate

Ranking just behind Copenhagen (6) and Ottawa (7), the Hub outranked even some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, such as Amsterdam (9), Helsinki and Berlin (both 11).

Best of Both Worlds

Boston has long been known as a small town with all the benefits of big city life. This dichotomy allows those who live here to feel a part of a close knit community yet with access to world-class entertainment, restaurants, historical landmarks, museums and more. From its diverse culinary scene to its cutting edge advances in medicine and technology, Boston offers something for everyone, from sports fans to art lovers to ambitious entrepreneurs -- all co-existing with a deep sense of camaraderie, points out US News and World Report. It's historic on one hand and revolutionary on the other. It's the birthplace of so many significant points in history, boasting cultural, political and social moments in time that feel like they're jumping right off the pages of a history textbook.

At the same time, residents and visitors alike enjoy access to a modern metro area backed by rich cultural pride felt in all its many pockets, from Southie to East Boston to the Back Bay. Boston's appeal lies in its ability to bring people together (just take a look along the Charles on any given day and witness runners, joggers and walkers enjoying the sights en masse) while simultaneously allowing those same people to blend in and go about normal business.

Because of this, many subsets of the population are drawn to its beauty and magnetic charm, from new families and recent college graduates to retirees and seasoned professionals. No matter what stage of life you're currently in, from an eager new student at Boston University to a hungry financial investor on State Street, Boston has what you need.

Contact Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479 to learn more about what makes Boston such a great choice!


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    Echelon Seaport - 145 Seaport Boulevard The Seaport

    As Boston's hottest neighborhood with yet another crop of new luxury condo buildings going up, there's never been a better time to get in on the ground floor of luxury. Not only do you get beautiful views of Boston Harbor, condos in the Seaport District are super close to exciting restaurants, breweries, cultural attractions and music venues. The latest in luxury to hit the area? The Echelon Seaport, situated in the Block M development area. Comprised of 733 condos and apartments, the Echelon will feature two main towers with 224 condos each and a third tower with another 285.

    Perhaps the best part is the sense of community. Echelon Seaport will boast a 19,000-square-foot plaza with lush, green landscaping open to the public. Plus, you don't have to go far to dine out or shop, as the bottom two levels of the building will include retail stores and restaurants. With 21 stories, this latest addition to the stunning Seaport District is expected to be built by 2020.

    Official groundbreaking began this past summer on June 13. This 1.33 million-square-foot Seaport District development will be the neighborhood's largest single amount of for-sale housing, according to the Boston Globe. And with several hundred parking spaces included (560 to be exact), it will feature more than 3 1/2 acres of land at B Street and Seaport Boulevard. Amenities will include two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, large sun decks, spacious courtyards and oversized private terraces. Add in Autumn Lane, a pedestrian mall, and Harbor Square, a courtyard, as well as multiple passages and streets flanked by gorgeous tree canopies, and you have the perfect living quarters.

    Visionary Design and Intuitive Service

    With close proximity to the Financial District, South Station, Logan Airport, Boston Harbor and all portals of transportation, Echelon Seaport is a hub of connectivity within Boston and beyond. Located in one of the most premier neighborhoods of the city, this up-and-coming area is teeming with activity, culture, nature and luxury accommodations. Good living: that's what Echelon Seaport is all about. With fitness and wellness spaces for a holistic and interactive approach to life, coupled with exceptional retail and culinary experiences in the most innovative part of the city, you get the best of both worlds.

    Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, these stylish condominium residences offer an unbeatable lifestyle punctuated by a unique design. The property is branded by the leader in five-star hospitality and service: Regent Hotels & Resorts. Backed by sleek designs, intuitive service and luxury amenities, Echelon Seaport is yet another addition to the world-class living experience this part of Boston is becoming known for. Take a Harborwalk run, try yoga in the afternoon, or go for a peaceful walk in the evening. For dining, check out the nearby waterfront restaurants like Lola 42, Mastros, Strip by Strega, Bastille Kitchen, Committee, Babbo and Ocean Prime.

    To learn more about Echelon Seaport, call Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479 or email at


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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, 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 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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        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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          Residences Available at Echelon Seaport


          There's a major initiative underway to revitalize the Seaport District of Boston, Massachusetts, and one of the thrusts included in that initiative is to construct buildings which can be used for living and working in an ultra-modern setting. One of the most impressive construction efforts ongoing is that of the luxury condos and apartments available at Echelon Seaport.


          A total of 733 luxury units will be made available when construction has been completed, and these will be housed in a three-tower complex which rise up to various heights that will add significant visual appeal to the Boston skyline. Included in the living area is generous recreational space, a courtyard for relaxation, and several restaurants to facilitate public interaction. The new luxury condos and apartments will have private decks, swimming pools, terraces, and variably-sized spacious floor plans for incoming residents to select from. A sampling of the superb units available is described below.


          133 Seaport Boulevard, Unit PH 2C, Seaport District


          Featuring nearly 2600 ft.² of living area, this Echelon Seaport three-bedroom, four-bathroom palatial condo is available for a modest $5,768,700, with an estimated mortgage of $21,556 per month. It has a private terrace with expansive views of the southern and western skyline of Boston, and it faces east to the harbor area to take in views of the sea as well.


          Its marble bath looks very much like a spa, and the condo is equipped with a gas fireplace and rich, customized Italian cabinetry. The oak wood floors are prevalent throughout the condo, and occupants will have access to both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as state-of-the-art facilities for fitness. Residents will enjoy 24×7 valet parking, as well as a full-time concierge attached to the building.


          133 Seaport Boulevard, Unit 708, Seaport District


          With three bathrooms, two bedrooms, and a study which can be used as a home office, this Echelon Seaport luxury condo boasts almost 1500 ft.² of living space, adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows facing Seaport Boulevard. Oak wood floors are installed throughout the condo, with a large kitchen and custom Italian cabinetry. Occupants will have access to two levels of restaurants in the building, with more than 50,000 ft.² of outdoor amenities as well as indoor offerings.


          At the Club Level, occupants will enjoy a private dining room, a fireplace lounge, outdoor terraces, and fire pits with grill stations that can be used for outdoor cooking, and to extend the living space of your condo. Enjoy 24×7 concierge service as well as valet parking, with full-time porters and doorman available to assist you as needed. Available at an affordable $2,350,000, this unit carries a $5,588 monthly mortgage, making it a steal at the price.


          133 Seaport Boulevard, Unit 1120, Seaport District


          For individuals seeking a somewhat smaller luxury condo, this Echelon Seaport gem is available at $1,995,000, or $7,403 per month as a mortgage payment. It has three bathrooms and two bedrooms, with wonderful sight lines of Seaport Boulevard and the outer harbor. Appliances are Thermador-integrated, and the marble bath takes on the appearance of a luxury spa. Rich, custom Italian cabinetry is prevalent throughout the open kitchen, to provide a feeling of spaciousness and luxury.


          For occupants who are concerned with wellness and fitness, there will be access to state-of-the-art exercise facilities, including a sports simulator, a yoga studio, and an indoor basketball court, as well as both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. As an extension of your living space, you can enjoy facilities provided at the Club Level, including a private dining room, a fireplace lounge, and grilling stations with fire pits, all designed to increase your available living space.



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            The Echelon Seaport Lifestyle

            Echelon Seaport


            The Echelon Seaport District is one of the most exciting initiatives underway in the entire city of Boston, Massachusetts. When this ultra-modern construction is completed, it will house a full 733 luxury condos and cooperatives which will be made available to the constantly swelling numbers of incoming municipal residents. Every aspect of these condos exudes luxury and fine living, and the location of these residences is in one of the most picturesque, iconic sections of a city which has a long and rich history in this country.


            The Seaport District


            The Echelon Seaport District is situated in a redeveloped and revitalized area of the South Boston waterfront, which is well favored with a number of upscale bars, hotels, and restaurants. Both residents and visitors to the area enjoy casual conversation and daytime refreshments at café tables along the Harborwalk. The enormous Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is located in this area, and summertime concerts are staged at Lawn on D, where there is also a generous area provided for outdoor games like ping-pong, bocce, and frisbee throwing. The Institute of Contemporary Art adds a touch of class and modernism to the region, with its appealing glass walls facing the harbor, and with the interior contents providing a fascinating glimpse into the art world for visitors.


            Condo features


            Each of the luxury condos housed at Echelon Seaport is equipped with private decks, terraces, and a spacious floor plan that will give residents the feeling of being in a royal palace. Residences also have oak wood floors installed throughout, with large open kitchen areas, and custom Italian cabinetry which looks more like artwork than a functional living utility. The luxury units are each provided with at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with higher-end units having three bedrooms and four bathrooms. The flexibility offered by these units means that a single person could be very comfortable living in one of these condos, or an entire family could easily be housed inside, with state-of-the-art living.




            The Club Level of Echelon Seaport offers a number of retail outlets as well as restaurants, so that residents can interact with people from the outside, while also enjoying the convenience of fine dining within the building. There is 19,000 ft.² of space which has been committed to developing a beautiful courtyard that provides walkways to each of the buildings, and which can be enjoyed and appreciated during warmer weather. Also on the Club Level, occupants will have access to a private dining room, a sumptuous fireplace lounge, and luxurious outdoor terraces which are equipped with grill stations and fire pits, all of which extend the living space of your condo.




            All residents will have access to one indoor swimming pool as well as two outdoor swimming pools, and to maintain wellness and fitness, there will also be a yoga studio, a golf simulator, and an indoor basketball court, so residents can exercise and maintain fitness. The facilities provided are truly state-of-the-art, and will be more than adequate to help all occupants maintain exactly the level of fitness they desire for themselves.



            In keeping with the luxury theme of the Echelon Seaport lifestyle, a number of essential services are provided to all occupants of the buildings. There will be a 24 x 7 concierge service, as well as full-time valet parking which all residents are entitled to. Doorman and porters will also be available to assist residents with building access, and with the transportation of any goods from place to place.


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              St Regis Residences: What We Love About The Seaports Latest Luxury Condo


              There are truly a great many things about the St. Regis Residences to love, and if you were to spend even 15 minutes browsing through them, we're sure you would fall in love before leaving. These are the first St. Regis accommodations to be built in the Boston area, and they are situated in the ideal portion of the city, right by the waterfront. If you love views of the harbor and the waterfront, you'll find a lot to appreciate about living in one of these luxury condos, where the design and the overall experience strongly favor the nautical experience.

              The Residences themselves were built to emulate the billowing sails of a great seagoing ship, and being in such close proximity to the waterfront accentuates that notion. Residents can watch the sun come up from their balconies, and take a walk down the charming Harborwalk, where all kinds of seaside sensibilities are evoked. Dining at any of the many fine restaurants in the area will also conjure up emotions of the seagoing experience, with seafood being prominently featured on many of the best dining establishments in the area.

              Interior appointments of the St. Regis Residences 

              So what can you expect as a resident of one of these fantastic luxury condos? First of all, there are 114 spectacular residences at St. Regis, including everything from a very stylish single-bedroom dwelling to an elegant multi-bedroom penthouse, with all the amenities. Each of these residences includes a fantastic view of the harbor, where ships coming into or leaving port can be observed from the balcony. Expansive living spaces are included in all residences, so that the feel of luxury is evident in every dwelling. 

              Contemporary fixtures abound, and panoramic windows allow in a great deal of sunlight to enhance your enjoyment of the seaside landscape. Floor-to-ceiling windows make your residence seem open and airy, and the Juliet or walk-out balconies provide the perfect opportunity to relax and observe the activities going on below. Wide plank oak floors offer a touch of elegance and warmth to the dwelling, as well as low-maintenance efforts for those who are not especially inclined to housekeeping.

              When you're in the mood to cook, you'll love preparing food in the stylish and tastefully appointed kitchen. An open design offers plenty of space and light, and the custom Italian-made cabinets add a touch of class to the room. Polished marble countertops are dazzling to behold, and the appliances are of the highest quality, so you can do all your food preparations in style and with ease. The overall ambiance of the kitchen is fresh and invigorating, which is perfect when you're ready to get down to cooking meals.

              Since just about everyone spends significant time in the bathroom, the builders of the St. Regis Residences have gone all-out to ensure that the bathroom of your dwelling in the St. Regis Residences is a place you'll love to spend time in. You'll come to think of it as your personal space, somewhere you go to rest and re-charge, and to pamper yourself with a warm bath or shower. The showers and baths are very spacious, so you won't have to squeeze in, or be careful when you move around. Contemporary styling is everywhere in evidence, and you'll find your bathroom so appealing that you may want to extend that bath by a few minutes every time you indulge yourself.

              General information 

              The St. Regis Residences have been constructed at 150 Seaport Boulevard, right in the heart of the waterfront district. An extension of the Harborwalk has been built all around the Residences so that occupants can easily get to it, and can enjoy the 43-mile expanse of seaside pathways. The building itself is 22 stories high, and will have perfect views of the harbor area, which means all residents can enjoy watching the comings and goings of the great ships in Boston. There are three levels of underground parking, and a signature restaurant included on the premises, as well as an entire floor (the fourth floor), devoted to providing all the amenities a resident could ever want in a luxury lifestyle.

              Interested in the St. Regis Residences? 

              If the St. Regis Residences sound as good to you as they do to us, please do contact us at Home Town Brokerage. We'll be glad to answer any questions about The Residences, or to setup an appointment for viewing.


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