Tag Archives: Back Bay
Back Bay Street Cleaning Starts April 1st.
It’s possibly my least favorite thing about Boston and it starts up in the Back Bay tomorrow. Other neighborhoods started March 1, but as of now Back Bay is April 1st. I do have a feeling Back Bay move it earlier in the future since its more revenue for the city. It’s time to get used to the color orange and a nice trip to Casey’s towing lot in Dorchester. Happy Spring!!
For automated alerts regarding street cleaning, go to the City Of Boston’s website here.
I went to a broker event here last summer and this place was beyond extravagant. Is it 15.5 million extravagant? I’m not sure. Check out the MLS listing.
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Not your average walk to work today. Looked like a multiple alarm fire on the first block of Commonwealth Avenue on the odd side of the street. I didn’t see any flames, just a bunch of smoke so hopefully all the trucks were more precautionary. I hope everyone is ok, but the 4th and 5th floors look to be a total mess. I believe the fire was located at 17 Commonwealth Avenue.
Online Garage Parking Resources
This weeks blog idea was to compose a bunch of garage parking options for downtown boston. I reached out to my “Twitterverse” aboout garage options someone suggested I check out Primospot.com . This is a great tool for Parking Spaces in the Downtown Boston neighborhoods. It has a lot of garages that i never heard of, but as for a real estate needs they list a lot of hourly and overnight parking lots, but don’t necessarily have many listed with monthly rates (which is what residential people are looking for). Since I do a lot of business in the South End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, I noticed that they were missing out on a few good parking options, and some of the pricing on the list didn’t truly reflect the real pricing. I think it’s a fairly new site so over time this could iron itself out.
A few other big resources of parking in Downtown Boston garages are Pilgrim Parking and Central Parking. These 2 companies manage a large percentage of parking garages in Boston.
According to Pilgrim Parkings Website, they manage about 26 parking garages and have them all over the Greater Boston areas. Since they manage the site and all their rates and locations, I would assume all rates are fairly up to date. There are a few garages that are missing on Primospot.com that are on pilgrims site.
Central Parking Systems is a massive company that manages parking spaces all over the country. They manage some of the larger garages like the Prudential Center and Boston Common and post deals on their website
- “Reverse Commute Price” this is a really good option for some residents. This is the option that reduces the price by restricting garage usage. If you are a 9-5er, this is a great option to look into because the times you cant use the garage are usually 8-6 and you get weekends as well. Some garages give “sick days” but you have to look into that.
- Don’t wait till January to get a “winter parking spot. Nobody likes digging their car out of the snow and yes, its a smart thing to get a garage space for the winter to avoid the hassle of winter (if you can afford it). The only issue is that everyone else is thinking the same way. Don’t wait for the 1st big storm to hit because it might be too late and the garage (closest to you) might not have any monthly spaces left. This tends to happen more with the smaller garages like at Atelier 505 on Tremont. I’ve had many clients miss out due to a full monthly parking capacity.
- Do your research. Parking is all about demand and availability. Prices can sway heavily and if you are willing to walk an extra few blocks or so, you can save a bunch
This month I will be featuring other parking options around the city, including alley parking options which is an entirely different story.
Did a photo shoot at a new listing at 416 Commonwealth Avenue this afternoon. Its a 2 Bed Duplex, roughly 1100sf and comes with a deeded parking spot. It’s a full service doorman building with elevator. this is located on the 6th floor. Price is $889,000
Perfect location on charming St. Botolph St, steps to the Prudential Center, the Green Line, Copley Place, & Back Bay Station. This spacious parlor duplex features a large master bedroom on the upper level. The lower level has a large 2nd bedroom, guest bath, & an expansive living/dining/kitchen area with full height windows. The eat-in kitchen opens onto the patio & features granite counters, stainless steel appliances w/gas range, & cherry cabinets. W/D in unit & Central Air. 1517sf.
I must admit that i search Youtube and Vimeo for cool and unique things to put on my blog. In this case, this is a short home made film taken of the Charlers River in 1939. Some guy found his dad’s old vhome movie footage and put it up on the web. The clarity is pretty rough, but I like it.
Three Days ago, I showed 2 luxury rentals over at the Colonnade on Huntington Ave. Many people forget that this is one of the best luxury options for rentals in downtown Boston, so I decided to go back yesterday and take some pictures. This complex is a 21 story building and has all the amenities you would ever want or need. The location is also amazingly ideal, just smack in the middle of Back Bay and the South End. These Penthouses don’t come cheap and if you can afford the $9100 and the $15,000 price tag, its worth checking out. The views are also amazing.
Here are a few Pics of the 21st Floor Penthouse for $15000. 3.5 Bed 3.5 Bath