64 MarionAccording to MLS, the 3,643 square foot condo in this former fire house at 64 Marion Street, listed for $1,499,000, just found a buyer. The sale is contingent on a P and S being signed.

The condo last sold in 2005 for $1,150,000 and was the only condo in East Boston before or since that has closed for over $1 million.


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David Gillespie (Avalon), Scott Dale (Avalon), Mayor Mary Walsh, Linda Forrestall, Josh Zakim

David Gillespie (Avalon), Scott Dale (Avalon), Mayor Marty Walsh, Jane Forrestall, Josh Zakim

No one can say that Avalon Bay  Communities, Inc . isn’t doing their part to help Boston Mayor Marty Walsh build 53,000 new housing units by 2030. The company started renting up 187 brand new apartments at Avalon Exeter in Back Bay this past spring. On deck are the 398 units Avalon is building at 45 Stuart Street (Ava Theater District), scheduled to be completed in 2015. And on Monday morning, Avalon broke ground on a 38-story, 503-unit building behind the TD Bank North Garden, Avalon North Station. All totaled, that’s more than 1,000 new apartments for the city. So, is it any wonder that the Mayor himself came by to the ground breaking  of Avalon North Station, picked up a shovel and expressed, “I want to thank you again, Avalon Bay, for your commitment to the city of Boston.” Only 51, 912 units to go your Honor, but there’s still more than 15 years to get it done.

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A few years back, in an area dubbed the “combat zone,” Millennium Partners developed luxury condos and sold them all. Then, in the midst of an economic downturn, they sold out another Boston luxury condominium building, Millennium Place. Now, in a market characterized by a lack of inventory, Millennium Partners is back and selling the most expensive condominium in Boston real estate history. How does Millennium succeed in sales waters others don’t dare tread? Certainly, beautiful presentations like this help.

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Just got this client survey back

What’s my real estate goal?

To do everything I possibly can to make sure my future clients feel the same way as Doug and Jennie, two of my most recent clients.

The administrative manager of my office just handed me their review of my services.


Three Hub condo markets had Septembers to remember.

Two other Hub condo markets had September results that might be best described as “We’re on to Cincinnati.”

Would you like to know which markets and why? Then check out my featured column in Curbed!

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650Lagrangecollage.jpgPop quiz:

Where can you find a nice single family home, in a solid Hub neighborhood, walking distance to the center of town, commute convenient, and under $400K? At my new listing of course!

If you thought homes like this went extinct a few years back, check out 650 Lagrange, West Roxbury.


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As a Realtor, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “Is it safe here?” It’s a tough one to answer and almost every Realtor will avoid doing so, suggesting instead that you ask the local police department about any safety concern. However, I recently ran across this website, www.Spotcrime.com, which I thought was helpful articulating safety issues in neighborhoods. The website maps out where different alleged crimes happen and adds cartoonish icons that represent the sort of alleged crime. As an additional insight, I compared neighborhoods that neighbor each other. The maps in this post only cover a few weeks, which is kind of scary. Check it out. 

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pru summer shotSome people think when foliage checks in, the real estate market checks out. That’s not what the numbers show.

Did you know more than 100 Boston condos listed in MLS found buyers in the last quarter of 2013?

To learn more about what happens in Q4, check out my featured column in Curbed.

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report cardIn honor of my kids returning to school, I graded the performance of the Hub’s major condo markets in the first seven months of the year.

These markets include Back Bay, South Boston, Somerville, Brookline, Dorchester, Cambridge, South End and Midtown.

(This post first appeared as my Banker and Tradesman September column)

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This twenty floor North Point building with 355 apartments is set for June 2015 occupancy and it is just one of more than 20 buildings Tom O'Brien is involved in developing.

This twenty floor NorthPoint building with 355 apartments  is just one of more than 20 buildings Tom O’Brien is involved in developing in the Hub.

Tom O’Brien is a little bit busy. He is integrally involved in NorthPoint, Boston Landing and the redevelopment of the Government Center Garage, three of the Hub’s largest development projects. As a result, Tom has more than 20 buildings to build in the Hub. These buildings will have apartments, condos, office space, retail, a hotel, and even a Boston Bruins practice rink and a world class running track. In an area that has a reputation for being hard to develop in, what is the skill set that allows Tom to excel at it? Read my featured column in Curbed and find out.

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