Monthly Archives: September 2012

Featured Architect…DNA Architecture


A Few months ago my friend Dusty asked me if i would go by his newest Beacon Hill project and take pictures for him. I was blown away by the project and loved every element of it. This is an old converted carriage house that went through a total gut renovation and no detail was overlooked. The outdoor spaces speak for themselves and the amount of copper in the back will make your jaw drop. Dusty does some great work and you can see some more of his work on his website here. All the contact information is there as well. DNA architecture has a great little office on River Street on the flat of the hill, so go by and say hello!

Here are some of the Pics I took.

Lack of Inventory in Boston is starting to get Serious!!

“The Caravan Indicator”



There are several indicators and indexes that people follow to determine market conditions.  The indicator i am going to use that sparked this blog entry is  going to called the “Caravan Indicator”. What many people don’t know is that behind the scenes here at Coldwell Banker (downtown), every few weeks, we hire a bus to drive us all around town to check out new listings in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, South Boston and the Seaport District etc. Its a great way for us to view new inventory and for us to be knowledgable of the market in all price points. Today, is caravan day and it was cancelled due to lack of inventory…..Wait, What?! I can undestand there being a cancelled caravan in late fall or August when everyone is on vacation, but not now, not September, not in the second week of the second strongest time of year to get new inventory. Really?

I was ready to bounce around the city and view some properties, but, since that wasn’t happening, I did some reasearch to see how limited inventory really is. I went on MLS and looked up current inventory, the amount of listings currently under agreement and the amount of listings that have been sold in the past 2 months. The numbers don’t lie and I found them pretty shocking. Since I really only focus on the downtown neighborhoods. I used the 4 neighborhoods i do a lot of business in . Here are the Stats:

Neighborhood         # of Listings    # Under Agreement      # Sold in last 2 months

Back Bay                            104                                  57                                   124

South End                          78                                   57                                    110

Beacon Hill                        59                                  14                                      41

Seaport District               16                                  7                                        23


Last Year (2011)              # of Listings                          % Decrease from 2011

Back Bay                                213                                                           52%

South End                             183                                                           58%

Beacon Hill                            82                                                             28%

Seaport District                   37                                                             57%


The way I look at this information is that it is a great time to sell and list a property. There are a ton of buyers out there and they are in desperate need of decent inventory. On the flip side, If you are a buyer looking in these neighborhoods, be prepared to be frustrated and be ready to enter a multiple offer situation (if you are a serious buyer looking in a popular area). In the South End alone there have been 24 places go under agreement in the past 2 weeks.  If you are a buyer looking in the South End under $450k. there are only 9 places on the market and only 3 of them are north of Washington Street. If you are a buyer looking in the 800-1 million range in the Back Bay, there are only 11 listings on the market.  Six of those listings have been on the market for over 100 days, so quality is as compromised as quantity right now. If you are a Beacon Hill buyer looking from 600-900k there are only 3 listings on the market. 2 of those listings have been on the market for over 170 days. Brutal!!

I can understand that sellers are hesitant to list because there isn’t much to move into if they sell and want to stay in downtown Boston. But if you are a possible seller looking to move out of state or to the “burbs” this could be an ideal time to make the jump.

I know all downtown agents are saying “list your property now” but hopefully some of this data, makes you think about the scenario with a different tone. Have hope and don’t be afraid to enter the market, just be informed and realistic.

Happy Hunting and Start Listing!!



Featured Apartments: “The Signal Building” 154 W. Second St.

If you are looking for a rental building in Boston, The Signal building is a building to consider. This is a newly constructed building with great space, high end finishes and some units have amazing views of the city. This building is located on the West Side of South Boston and is a short walk to the Broadway T Stop. Its also really close to I93, the financial district and Logan Airport. The Common roof deck is enormous and has a 360 degree view of the city and the seaport. This is also one of the few apartment buildings that accepts dogs, so if you are a pet lover, this is a very good option. Some units have private decks and there are 2 separate private parking garages.


Check out some of the imiges i took a week ago. These particilar units are still available (Sept 17 2012)


Live in the Ritz! Over Sized 1 bed For $3525

Live in the Ritz in a  1100+sf 1 bedroom with all the amenities you would ever want.  This is an enormous 1 bedroom corner unit with walls of windows that gets a great amount of light. The layout is perfect for entertaining and there is well layed out space for a dining area as well as an office area.  Features include Newly redone hardwood floors, 2 full baths, common large laundry room, modern kitchen,central Heat and A/C. Other amenities are a common Library and Media room down the hall, 24 hr concierge, in unit dining, as well as  close access to the Sports Club/LA.



New Single Family on West Canton Street! Rare Montgomery Park listing

This is one of my favorite blocks in all of Boston. If you are looking at a Single Family home in the South End under 3 million, you should definitely check out this brand new listing.


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