Owner Spotlight: 254 Westfield Street, Dedham

What do the 254 Westfield Street estate and the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins have in common? Both have been owned by Boston-based Fortune 500 executive and philanthropist Roger M. Marino.  Read more

How to spot a diamond in the rough

The old saying, “the three most valuable components of real estate are location, location & location” is so because this is something you cannot change. This is the case because everything else can be improved. However, in urban areas it has become widely accepted that two of the “locations” in this equation have been replaced with square footage & amenities (location, amenities & living area). Today’s highly competitive market has meant (for most of us) that buying a new home is met with more concessions than requirements.

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Boston Real Estate: Elegant Beacon Hill Penthouse

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This beautifully elegant penthouse duplex rests in one of Boston’s most iconic neighborhoods, Beacon Hill,  known for its cobblestone streets and historic brick rowhouses. Located in the heart of the city, this home is just a short distance from Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, not to mention the cafe’s, coffee shops and public transportation nearby. Read more

Weekend Events: July 16th

Sunrise Yoga Series

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When: Saturday July 16, 8-9am
Where: Charles River Bistro, Dr Paul Dudley White Bike Path Boston, MA 02114
Price: Free

Wake up with a relaxing hour of outdoor yoga- for free! The group meets at the Charles River Bistro then walks over to Fiedler Field together. Click here for more information.

WGBH Craft Beer Festival

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When: Saturday July 16, 7pm
Where: WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street Boston, 02135
Price: $40-50

Enjoy an evening of tasting craft beers from 20+ local breweries and live music. Local food trucks will also join the fun, so make sure to save up your appetite! Click here to get your ticket today.

In between activities, be sure to stop in one of our extraordinary open houses this weekend. Click here to find addresses and scheduled times!

Extraordinary Listings: Two of the “oldest carriage houses” in Greater Boston

What once drew horses now draws eager home buyers from all over the world. The American Carriage House is a rare real estate gem and a special find for anyone with an appreciation for seasoned beauty.

The genius of the “good ‘ol patriot,” these once essential outbuildings were originally built to store horse-drawn carriages, along with the tack and supplies that were required for their regular upkeep and maintenance. Typically carriage homes found in the city are simple in design and small in stature, while those remaining on the countryside can be magnificently detailed and grandiose. Although most homeowners have ditched the horse and buggy, these special structures still stand to provide antique aficionados a perfect space to make modern magic within historic walls.   Read more

Do the Red Sox help our real estate market?

DSC00804U.S. News recently looked into this phenomena and found that such flourishing and successful relationships between sports and suburbs are few and far between. In a survey of 2,000 people across America, only 17.8 percent of respondents “rated professional sports of significant importance to them in their hometown.” And yet, Boston’s Fenway neighborhood has home values that are 66.3 percent higher than the metro average. Read more