Cleveland Circle condo for sale

Brighton MA Condo for Sale: Two Bedroom with Parking

Two bedroom condo with parking is now on market in Cleveland Circle. This first floor condo features a modern eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, high ceilings and deeded parking. Not an inch of of wasted space!

An added bonus is a private deck off the second bedroom.

Located steps to B line, and a short walk to C and D lines, 8 Kinross is a 14 unit association. The building is in excellent condition. Perfect starter home for young professional.

Price: $349,900

Three Most Important Contingencies When Buying a Condo

Are you working with a Realtor on your home purchase in Boston? I certainly hope so!  If you are going at it alone, you may overlook the most important contingencies when buying a condo.  In Massachusetts there are two contingencies written into the offer to purchase paperwork.  But what’s not in the standard offer is the most important when buying a condo.  Row of brick houses in Boston

Here are the three contingencies you must have in your offer to buy a condo:

1. Inspection Contingency.  Conduct an inspection with a licensed inspector who comes highly recommended.  You will have 7-10 days (including weekends) to conduct this inspection. Ensure you receive the report in a timely manner, and if you need more time, file for an contingency extension.

2. Financing / Mortgage Contingency.  Unless you are paying cash, you will probably have a mortgage contingency in your offer.  The standard paperwork has it built into the offer.  Usually, roughly a month to six weeks after the offer is accepted.  If you are closing quickly, you’ll have to get it done sooner.  Don’t forget to submit your completed mortgage application in accordance with the deadline in the offer.  If you read carefully through the paperwork, you’ll find the buyer’s obligation to file an application by a specified day.  If not done on time you jeopardize the validity of the mortgage contingency.

3. Condominium Documents Review.  Although not included in the standard paperwork, the condo document review is in my opinion the most important contingency when buying a condo.  It allows you time to read through the condominium documents and financial statements, and pass them on to your attorney to look for anything out of the ordinary.

Why is this so important?  You will learn about the financial health of the building, rules and regulations, and a lot more detail about how the condo association functions.      If the building is in a dismal financial situation and poorly run, expect the value of the condo to deteriorate or the association to have large expenses in the near term.  Furthermore, the mortgage company may reject your application if the building has low owner occupancy or lack of funds.

When including the condominium documents review contingency, don’t forget to specify the documents will be provided within two business days.  The listing broker should have them ready before the condo goes on market, so this should not be a problem.

Writing an offer to purchase a condo requires thought and preparation. Learn the contingencies and don’t depend on standard paperwork alone to protect your interests.


Cleveland Circle Condo with Parking

Recently Sold Condos in Brighton MA

The Brighton MA condo market is hot and getting hotter!  Homes recently sold in Cleveland Circle and near Wholefoods were on market for little time and many sold for over asking.  Here are a few recent condo sales, I represented the sellers on all of these.

Cleveland Circle Condo with Parking

8 Kinross Road Unit #A

Asking Price: $239,00   Sale Price: $241,500  Sale Date: March 14th 2013   Days on market: 2     Number of offers: 2

Basement unit, huge 786 sf one bedroom condo with parking in a high owner occupancy building with a pet loving policy.  Located near Cleveland Circle.


Cleveland Circle Condo for Sale

137 A Sutherland Road

Asking Price: $260,00  Sale Price: $265,500  Sale Date: January 28th 2013  Days on market: 6     Number of offers: 5

First floor of a two family house near Cleveland Circle.  Large open one bedroom with exposed brick, private deck and in-unit laundry.


Brighton Townhouse for Sale

 22 Abby Road #3

Asking Price: $439,000  Sale Price: $452,000  Sale Date: February 28th 2013  Days on market: 5     Number of offers: 7

Not your typical condo, this Brighton Mills townhouse was built in 2006 and features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.  Minutes to Harvard Square!

If you want a complete list of recently sold condos in Brighton MA, feel free to complete the form below or call me at 617.807.0471.

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8 Chiswick Road: One Bedroom Condo in Brighton

Sold $265,000.  Zero Days on Market: 8 Chiswick Road Unit 42

Pre-war condo buildings in Brighton are known for their simplicity and austerity, wasting little space and sparing no amenities.  Yet there is nothing like a classic one bedroom condo from the 1930’s.  Comfortable floor plans that make sense, high ceilings, and just the right amount of charm to make it feel like a pretty home – yet not too much to confuse you with Lord Grantham.

The Chiswick Courth Condominium is a perfect example of this style, made of 4 and 8 Chiswick Road.

brighton MA condo for sale

Coming on market 2/1/2013 is 8 Chiswick Road Unit 42.  Loaded with the charming details of yester-year, this one bedroom condo has the perfect floor plan which is obvious from the foyer when you walk in.  Gleaming hardwood floors and high ceilings add to the feeling of spaciousness.  A true eat-in kitchen with plenty of natural sunlight, and generous closet space second to no condo I’ve seen in the area.

List price: $249,900

Here are the basics:

  • One bedroom
  • 695 square feet
  • Fourth floor, elevator building
  • Facing courtyard
  • Four closets
  • Large inviting foyer
  • Eat-In Kitchen
  • Hardwood floors
  • Stailess steel appliances
  • Rental parking available
  • Walk to B, C, D lines

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Cleveland Circle Condo with Parking

8 Kinross Road: Brighton MA Condo with Parking

Cleveland Circle Condo with ParkingSOLD over asking $241,500.  Two days on market. Sometimes you open the door to a surprise.   In the Brighton MA condo market that’s a rare treat.  With a tight real estate market in Boston, it is a pleasure for me to present a condo such as 8 Kinross Road unit A.

Located in highly sought after Cleveland Circle, 8 Kinross is a high owner occupancy pre-war building of 14 units.  I own one of these condo and my experience here has been incredible. Friendly neighbors, parking, and laundry in the building.  The location is convenient if you want to use the B, C, D lines, 86 bus, 51 bus.  A walk to Chestnut Hill reservoir and the shops and restaurants of Clevelend Circle.

Brighton condos with parking are far and few between. In this market they are very hard to find, especially at the price of $239,000.

8 Kinross Road #A is a basement unit.  With a welcoming entry and spaciousness, this condo feels like home.

Click for an interactive floor plan for this Brighton condo.

Some features:

  • 786 square feet
  • DEEDED parking
  • hardwood floors
  • an open floor plan
  • private entry
  • laundry in building
  • high owner occupancy building
  • Walk to Cleveland Cirlce, B, C, D lines.
  • in unit thermostat
  • over-sized closets
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Jamaica Pond

A Walk Around Jamaica Pond

Looking for a condo near the Jamaica Pond?  Jamaica Plain’s finest real estate is just nearby.

It’s hard to believe we live in the City when walking around the Jamaica Pond.  This is one of Boston’s most treasured nature spots, part of the Emerald Necklace designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.  The 1.5 mile walk around takes about 40 minutes, more depending on how many kids are in tow.  Come in any weather and you find a plethora of birds and a diverse group people enjoying the view and walking or jogging on the trail.

The Jamaica Pond allows fishing and sailing in the summer.  You’ll find beautiful Jamaica Plain houses lined across the street on the Jamaicaway.  You can walk to the pond if you live almost anywhere in the Pondside neighborhood of JP, which offers single family houses, condos and two-three family houses.

Living Near the Jamaica Pond:

If it’s a large condo complex with amenities you want, there are two options a short walk from the Jamaica Pond.  The first is 111 Perkins Street, one of the few Boston co-ops.  With its spectacular views from higher floors or the space and private yard in its townhouses, 111 Perkins Street is convenient and comfortable.  At the Jamaicaway Towers you’ll enjoy the following amenities:

  • swimming pool
  • exercise room
  • sauna and steam room
  • tennis court
  • garage parking

Just across the street of where the swans and geese congregate is Cabot Estates’ entrance.  This is a gated community offering Boston’s best kept real estate secret.  Beyond the gate you find beautiful condos in all sizes, with amenities including:

  • swimming pool
  •  tennis court
  • gym
  •  a club / function room in the original Cabot building, now called The Castle
  • beautifully landscaped and wooded setting

Cabot Estates, located at 241 Perkins Street in Jamaica Plain, is home to 158 condos and offers plenty of visitors parking.  You can learn more about Cabot Estates in Jamaica Plain:

Search for condos in Jamaica Plain, or contact me to learn of listings available at Cabot Estates and The Jamaicaway Towers.

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Banish the Boston Condo Search Overwhelm!

Are you totally overwhelmed by the idea of looking for a condo in Boston?  Are you curious, and just don’t know how to start looking?  If you are regularly thinking about becoming a first time homebuyer, but don’t know what to expect, t
his post is for you.

When prospective first time homebuyers are curious about Boston area condos, I suggest the following steps to overcome homebuyer overwhelm and make sense of the idea of becoming a condo owner.

First, choose some areas you think you’ll enjoy.  Condos in Boston greatly very  in prices and styles so narrowing down your search to specific neighborhoods is important.  If you’ve been searching  on Zillow or Trulia for condos in Boston , Cambridge, or Somerville, no wonder you are overwhelmed.  Just narrowing the search by price range will not be enough.

Second, go look at condos during Sunday open houses with absolutely no expectations to buy.  Open houses serve such a purpose for buyers, while you have an opportunity to meet real estate agents who may be eager to be helpful.  Focus on one or two areas per weekend to make good use of your time.  You’ll learn the area, different types of homes, and start developing a sense of home values.

Third, hire a real estate agent.  We are here to help, even in you very early stages of the search.  In fact, we can make the search a bit easier for you by focusing your efforts, and giving you step-by-step input and advice.  Hire someone you like and trust, and fire someone who is not doing her job.

Do not try and make sense of the real estate market online.  The web is a great resource for information about homes and for open house schedules.  But to learn what your Boston neighborhood has to offer, you’ll have to go do some offline searching.

Even if you feel you are far from buying, and just browsing, I’d love to see you at any of my open houses!

Customize you home search here.


Roslindale Condo

Rehab Condos in Roslindale

Roslindale Condo

83 Birtch Street, Roslindale

New, clean and fresh.  Luckily, some old charm has been preserved in these condos at 83 Birch Street in Roslindale.  First floor home offers 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, open floor plan and a granite / stainless steel kitchen. The second home is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath bi-level condo.  Again, granite / stainless steel kitchen, great floor plan, and laundry in each unit.

Huge windows, loaded with charm inside and out.

The best part: the location.  Catch the train and arrive in the City in minutes, enjoy dinner in one of the bistros in Roslindale Village, buy your veggies at the Roslindale Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.  Close to the Arboretum, shopping and dining.  City life made affordable.

I’ll be hosting an open house at 83 Birch Street, Units 1& 2 on Sunday, 9/9, 1-2.30.  See you there!Roslindale Village

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Brighton Condo Inventory and Time on Market

This is not the first post I am writing about Brighton condo market getting tighter.  A few weeks ago I wrote about dwindling inventory of condos available for sale and the huge drop in time on market, which I named, “Brighton Feels like 2004.”

Inventory and days on market go hand in hand.  These indicators are usually interpreted as the homeowners’ belief in immanent rising prices.  Time on market fell from 70 days on market in May 2010 to 33 days on market this past May.

Steady downward trend, with lower peaks and lower valleys.

Time on market for sold condos in Brighton.


If the claustrophobia in your Brighton condo is getting a bit much, give me a call at 617-291-0323.  This may be your opportunity for a  move-up.