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Brighton MA Condo for Sale

330 Summit Ave Brighton MA Condo for Sale

Brighton MA Condo for SaleGreat things come in small packages.  330 Summit Ave #104 is one of them.

With bamboo floors, granite and stainless steel kitchen, this home will make you a believer in studio condos.  It’s spaciousness and modern look is both welcoming and comfortable.

330 Summit is located a steps to the T, near Brookline line, and a short walk to Wholefoods.

This studio condominium is a perfect investment if you’re starting your real estate portfolio.  It’s also an excellent options if you are a home buyer priced out of the one-bedroom condo market.

Want to beat the frenzy?  Contact me while the condo is still Non-MLS, which would be ASAP!

330 Summit Ave #104, Brighton:

  • $199,000
  • 379 Square Feet
  • Laundry in building
  • Extra storage!
  • Full modern kitchen
  • Walk to T
  • Individually controlled thermostat

 

 

Luxury Boston Loft

1 Westinghouse Plaza Unit C334 in Hyde Park

Luxury Boston LoftIt is impossible to not love this condo.  It may no be the right home for you, but you’ll love it.

The Lofts at Westinghouse are set in historical Westinghouse Plaza, former home of Sturtevant, American’s first Fan company.  They made all sorts of fans, not the kind of fans you have in your house, but really big fans.

Condo Conversion 2010

The building which once served as the factory was converted into condominiums in 2010.  Instead of gutting the building and restructuring the inside into boring vanilla spaces, Westinghouse’s industrial beauty was maintained.  Old floors, mixed with new hardwood patches, 10 foot arched windows, 24 foot ceilings, exposed pipes and beams.

This is what loft spaces are all about.

Unit C334

Unit 334 is located in building C, on the top floor.  This unit enjoys one of the widest spaces with three windows across allowing tons of sunshine.  The ceilings are tall enough to allow you to build a loft space, if you choose.  Instead, you may enjoy the open space and high ceilings, so far beyond reach.

Located in Hyde Park’s Readville neighborhood, you are minutes from the commuter rail station to take you into town, or enjoy easy highway access.

  • 1031 sf
  • Laundry
  • 2 Deeded parking spaces
  • $269,000

Video of 1 Westinghouse Plaza C334

Pictures of the Loft at Westinghouse, Unit 334

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Boston Condo for sale

Boston Condo with Parking

Brighton MA 8 Kinross Road Unit 8

Rarely available one bedroom condo a walk from Cleveland Circle. Beautiful and spacious, this condo comes parking, and a private deck. Eat-in kitchen and plenty of closets, hardwood floors and great light leave you wanting nothing more. Good building minutes to B, C, D lines.  Asking price $319,000.


Newton MA houses for sale

Houses Sold in 02459: Market Report October 2013

Newton houses are flying off the market, and zip code 02459 has been especially tight.  Below find a comparison of recent sales statistics in Octobers of 2011, 2012, and 2013.  “Sold houses” means closings, so these houses likely came on market in August, a very quiet month in real estate in Newton.   But even with the small sample, the market changes are impressive.

Time Frame October 2011 October 2012 October 2013
Number of Sales 15 14 9
Average Price (rounded to nearest $1,000)  $886,000  $1,080,000  $956,000
Median Price (rounded to nearest $1,000)  $725,000  $913,000  $915,000
Average Days on Market 96 71 17
Average Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95% 96% 100%

 

The best indicators of the tightening housing market in Newton Center are the last two, highlighted in green.  Average days on market dropped from 96 in 2011 to 17 in 2013.  And the average sale price to list price ratio has gone up from 95% to 100%. This means, on average, houses sell for asking price.

Houses sell quickly and buyers pay what the seller asks.

Houses in 02459 are hot!

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Buying Home in Seller's Market

Top FIVE Considerations When Buying a Home in a Seller’s Market

Are you trying to buy a home and failing miserably? Is the housing marketed giving you a kick in the butt?  Thinking of obvious things in a new way may help.

Buying Home in Seller's Market

This summer I am hearing from many people who are desperately trying to buy a home, yet every new home on the market is grabbed by someone else.  Buyers are tired and frustrated, feeling defeated.

It’s a tough market out there for buyers, no doubt.  In home buying, as in every successful endeavor, you must have a goal, a plan and system to execute your plan.  If you don’t change the way you are doing things, you won’t change the outcome.  What system have you been using to secure your new home?

There are several considerations where you need to review your approach, and perhaps find a new way to go about things.  Examine each of the following variables.

Buyers Agent.  In a seller’s market, you need a buyers’ agent.  Hire a good buyer agent you like and trust.  Someone who will advocate on your behalf, who’ll help keep you sane, and who will give you sound advice.

If the best advice you’ve received so far has been to pay more money, you are getting short changed.  Perhaps it’s time to switch.   It is okay to move on!  The best agents lose clients sometimes.  We can’t all be experts on the same markets, in the same situations and the best choice for everyone.  Find the person who’s best suited for you.

Price Range.  Are you looking in the right price range?  There are two ways to look at this question.  If you are looking at properties that are priced in your range, but sell for more, then you are really looking at a higher range you can afford.  Adjust the search for a bit less, and offer a bit more.  Stop expecting the market to stop for you.

Alternatively, are you sure you are looking for as much as you can afford?  A good mortgage broker will show you options in how to pay for your home, and you may be able to stretch further.  Please note, I advocate buyers only BUY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD.  My point is to speak with a great mortgage broker to get your financial house in order first, and to know your affordability.

Clean Offers.  When making an offer, remember it’s not only about the money.  You can find ways to please the seller with fewer conditions or working around her schedule. Be flexible, and put your best foot forward.  Knowing when you don’t have the upper hand is important, stop fighting it.

Recently my buyers made an offer on a house in Arlington with the sellers’ ideal timing.  It is not convenient for my buyers, but they are making it work, while the seller is happily cooperating on every other part of the sale.

Furthermore, the seller will want to work with someone who is easy and pleasant.  Keep your neurosis to yourself.  Neurosis can be apparent in buyer agent behavior, the conditions in the offer, and your endless list of questions.  I say this with the greatest respect to all the neurotics out there, as I am one of you!

Stop the Insanity! You don’t have to get caught up in the insanity of the market.  The right place will come at the right time, and believe it will happen.  As a Realtor, I witness a lot of nutty behavior: Offers which do not reflect value, and buyers getting themselves into risky situations.  I don’t like my buyers in these situations, and try to steer them in the direction of good sense.

One way to avoid some of the insanity is to focus on stale inventory.  Some properties which go on market do not sell, and it is mostly because they are overpriced.  Go take a look at properties sitting on market – maybe you can make it work?  Maybe you will have some leverage as the only buyer in the mix?  You may even get a good deal!!!

Tip: Go take a look at all the stale inventory which roughly meets your criteria, plus take a look in another community if you can.  Widen the horizons, you may be surprised.

Don’t Buy.  Maybe it’s not your year to buy.  If you are selling your home and buying, unless you must move, then you should be in no hurry.  If you are renting, even thought rents are up, you could be better off staying put. Sure, rates are low, prices will likely continue to climb, yada yada yada.  A real estate agent can always tell you why you should buy NOW.  But maybe next year will be a better.

Critically review the way in which you have been going about your home search.  Try changing some aspects of it.  Remember, you must change your method if you want to change the results.

one bedroom condo brookline

Sold Over Asking: 21 Warwick Road # 6 Brookline

Sold $390,000. When I think of Brookline condos, I think of turn-of-the century buildings with ornamental details, hardwood floors, high ceilings and brilliant floor plans.  There is a feeling of “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” when you walk around these brownstones.

one bedroom condo brookline

21-23 Warwick Road is such a building.  A top floor unit is coming on market this weekend.  This is a one bedroom condo with bonus study.  The additional room makes for a home in which you can easily welcome guests or enjoy spaciousness on your own.  Several closets and laundry in the unit for add to the convenience.

Both the bedroom and living room have ornamental medallions in the ceilings, a detail usually reserved for luxury homes.  The brand new bathroom is beautifully appointed, there is additional storage n basement and a common roof deck.

Location: 21 Warwick Road #6 is located off Beacon street, on a quiet side street.  Walk to Washington Square and just steps from the T.

Size: 842 Square Feet

Price: $375,000

Visit the property website or a tour and floor plan:  21 Warwick Road #6

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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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Brighton Townhouse for Sale

Townhouse in Brighton MA: 22 Abbey Road #3

Brighton Townhouse for Sale22 Abbey Road #3 is a young Brighton townhouse for sale, offering a rare opportunity minutes from Harvard Square!

SOLD $452,000.  Brighton MA is often overlooked by home buyers searching for a condo in Cambridge MA.  Sometimes we forget how Brighton and Allston border Cambridge separated only by the Charles River.  Some people don’t know Brighton used to part of of Cambridge until the late 19th century.  Bostonians (like myself) choose to forget Brighton used to be called Little Cambridge.

If you are priced out of your search of a Harvard Square condo for sale, it’s hard to believe you can find a beautiful young townhouse with all the amenities you can fathom, and stay within your budget.  22 Abbey Road #3 in Brighton offers you the incredibly rare combination of luxury, convenience and affordability.

This home is ideal for commuting into Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, and Arlington.  It has easy access to Storrow Drive and the Mass Pike.  From Abbey Road, you are minutes away from the Arsenal Mall and even closer to the Brighton Mills shopping area.   I timed a six minute drive to Harvard Square in heavy traffic!

22 Abbey Road #3 feature:

  • 2006 Construction
  • 1515 Square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths
  • Full basement easily finished
  • Private deck and large shared yard
  • Two parking space
  • End unit with plenty of sunshine
  • Cathedral ceilings in the master suite
  • Open floor plan
  • Stainless steel & granite kitchen
The Neighborhood:
Brighton Mills and Lower Allston have enjoyed a revival as Harvard University expands into Boston.  The Charlesview Residences are being rebuilt along with parks and 14,000 square feet of retail space.

 

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22 Abbey Road #3 in Brighton in one of few townhouses available in the area.  On market Thursday 1/17/2013 and showings start Saturday.   Price: $439,000.

Call or write with questions, or feel free to leave comments below if you want to learn more. Don’t delay.

FSBO, Boston Real Estate

Where to Advertise a FSBO? The FSBO Online Resource List

FSBO, Boston Real EstateReal estate agents deliver tremendous value to home sellers and home buyers.  I have a belief in the importance of my work and it seems my clients agree.  Yet, some homeowners want to venture into the world of For-Sale-By-Owners.  In another post of tips for FSBO’s, I’ve shared some key elements for success.

In this post I’ve compiled a list of online resources for FSBO’s.  Choose to work with those that best suit your property and budget.

  1. For Sale By Owner.com This is the most well known website for FSBO’s, with a 14 day free trial.  You can post up to 6 photos, print flyers, write a description of the home.  Once you are a paying customer, your home can be advertised on Realtor.com and MLS.
  2. Owners.com.  Lot’s of online resources, high satisfaction rating, and a connection with Realtor.com and MLS.
  3. Craig’s List.  Post for free, but ensure you do not post your ad more than once a week.  Be aware that you will likely receive inquiries from bargain hunters.
  4. All The Listings.com. Post your ad for free, claimed to be search-engine friendly.  You have premium membership options.
  5. FSBOads.com.  Free advertising until the closing date.
  6. Miadomo.com. Claiming worldwide exposure for you ad, a free listing allows for 12 pictures, and $2 more if you want to be a “featured” listing.
  7. Virtual FSBO.com. Offering flat fee MLS, and syndication to Google Real Estate and other FSBO websites.
  8. Caagal.com. Free advertising for your property, wherever it is!
  9. Backpage.com.  This website will remind you of what Craig’s List used to be.  Clean, simple, great place to find anything.
  10. And one more resource.  If you are selling your real estate in the Boston area, I’ll happily write a blog post about your home and promote it through my distribution channels.  Write me directly if you are interested.

Be aware when you search for where to post your advertisement for your home, some websites are a lead generation resource for Realtors.  This is not necessarily bad, but it is unlikely to fill your need for exposure for your home.

Good luck!