Monthly Archives: September 2013

I want this 24 Million Dollar St. Thomas Home!

offered at $24.175 Million

offered at $24.175 Million

So I was playing around on the Coldwell Banker Previews Youtube Channel and came across this monster listing in St. Thomas. I was just there 5 months ago and could only imagine having my own private beach with a dock that accommodates an 80 foot yacht. Unfortunately, I can’t afford the 80 foot yacht so that makes the home just a little out of reach too. Dare to dream…but I’d like one of my rich friends to buy this and invite me once a year.

Check out the official listing here.

Beacon Hill “Mega Portfolio” goes up for sale. $47 Million

This isn’t breaking news, but there hasn’t been much buzz about these listings since they went on MLS last week.  There was a fair about of talk in the springtime on Boston.comThe Herald and the Boston Business Journal. They were listed in MLS last week so I thought I would do a little research on the property because this is an amazing opportunity if the price is right. This portfolio is comprised of 4 different buildings and are also being sold separately. The buildings are 25 Beacon Street, 6 & 7 Mount Vernon Place and 39-41 Mount vernon Street. All together they are asking 47 Million and the total amount  of square footage is around 70,000sf.

Each of the buildings are being sold individually as Well. 25 Beacon Street , which is located RIGHT next to the State House is listed at $19,000,000. 39-41 Mount Vernon Street is being listed at $15,500,000 and lastlly, 2 buildings, 6 & 7 Mount Vernon Place is listed at $12,500,000. All of these are very large buildings and I think the options for development are very vast (I say that without seeing them yet).

These buildings are all owned by Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and houses their 2 offices and guesthouses in these buildings. According to their website, they are planing to move their headquarters to the innovation district at 24 Farnsworth Street and are moving due to the lack of a modern environment and that it would cost nearly $10 million to do the renovations according to the BBJ.

I can’t wait to see what happens to these buildings. Rumor on the street is that the State has there eyes on 25 Beacon, which makes sense since it is literally right next to the State House. I was also talking to a friend who said 25 Beacon would make a wonderful Governor’s Mansion. I AGREE!!! John Hancock used to live at 30 Beacon and what a great way to bring back the Governor’s Mansion to that location. Do it Massachusetts!!

I hear they are doing a sealed bid offer by early October, but I am looking more into this. Not sure if these properties will end up going for 47 Mill (my guess not), but I did find it funny that one of the trustees on the UUA website quotes ” The UUA has been advised that selling its Beacon Hill properties could fetch between $20 and $30 million.” ……We will have to wait and see.

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Photos are from MLS and the properties are listed with Boston Realty Advisors.


2 Rentals in the South End. Both $1850.

Wellington Livingroom

24 Welington St. 1 Bedroom

Available Now. laundry in building, utilities extra.

West Springfield

176 West Springfield 1 Bedroom.

Available October 1. Central Air. utilities not included.

What You get for 1.2 Million in Provincetown

 46 Shank  Painter Road


Shank apinter Road

Recently I made a day trip to got to Provincetown. My friend/mentor/former manager Jon Goode called me up and asked if I would consider coming out to the Cape and take some pictures of his new listing he had on Shank Painter Road. It, was a no-brainer as well as a new adventure since I usually take photos in the Boston area. I took the ferry on a foggy day and made my trek out to see some new homes and photograph something different that doesn’t exist in the downtown Boston area.

In Boston, 1.2 Million can get you a really nice lower Duplex in the South End or about 1100-1500sf in the Back Bay, but in Provincetown, it gets you your very own oasis on conservation land surrounded by birds and nature. I don’t know P-town well, but Shank Painter Rd. seems to be a main street and you would never know this amazing land sits right behind this home.

The weather that day was pretty bad, but the skies cleared up for about 15 min and I was lucky to snap a few good ones. I had a great time going here and can’t wait to go back and see some more homes. Below are the pics of the property and you can see the formal listing here.


Be sure to check out my friend Jon Goode’s Blog here. He also writes about Boston real estate and the Cape.

View from the Ritz in Boston

Ever wonder what the views are from the Ritz? There are several different views depending in which tower  you are in. 1 and 2 Avery are the buildings that have the views, 3 Avery just doesn’t go high enough (just 9 floors). If you get high enough, there are amazing views of the Commons, the Charles, the financial district and Boston Harbor. In my experience, views don’t really get good till the 18th floor because thats when you start to clear the other buildings, but you still end up having more views of rooftops than the city unless you go above 20 floors. I was recently in a unit on the 28th floor and snapped this shot. Views of Back Bay, the Charles, the Common’s are just amazing. This was right after a good storm front came through. Check it out.


View from the Ritz