Agent Spotlight: Donna Charpentier

Donna Charpentier_1A familiar narrative of growth and change, the story of Donna Charpentier echoes sentiments of the city she has called home for over 20 years. The stand-out GSIR associate works methodically for her clients, drawing from her extensive bank of Boston knowledge. Like knowing the twisting streets of the North End or the jutting cobblestone paths in Beacon Hill, Donna’s level of Beantown expertise is unmatched. Read more about Donna in our agent spotlight feature here.

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A Walk Through Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail

Boston has long been blessed with the luck of the Irish. According to the US Census Bureau, 22.8 percent of Boston residents are of Irish decent – a higher percentage than Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we explore through parts of The Irish Heritage Trail, “a guide to landmarks of Irish-American artists and heroes from the 1700s to the present here in Massachusetts.”

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Extraordinary Listing: 316 Shawmut Ave, South End


Nestled in of Boston’s most coveted areas, Union Park in the South End, 316 Shawmut Ave offers new construction with timeless beauty. Bathed in sunlight and painted with clean white finishes, this extra large, second-floor through home shines through a historic Brownstown façade.

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A Boston Market Connection: Chicago

In February we featured the Chicago real estate market and our affiliate in the area, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty has a 30-year-old reputation of integrity, innovation and results in the Greater Chicagoland area. Chicago and Boston have a lot of commonalities in culture and overall feel. The economic climates are similar as both metropolitans are home to many universities, hospitals, tech start ups and millennials. Read more

We are growing!

We are excited to announce that our Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty team in Charlestown is GROWING!  We will soon be relocating to a newer, larger office space just around the corner.

“We are excited to embark on a new chapter of our business in Charlestown. Our team has been making our mark in the neighborhood for nearly a decade and Paul and I believe that this move will take our business to the next level. We will be able to better accommodate clients, in a larger, more accessible space,” noted CEO/Co-owner Larry Rideout.

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REBIRTH & INNOVATION | Frida Kahlo’s Dos Mujeres Rekindles Hope and Imagination at the MFA

Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954) 	1928 	Oil on canvas 	* Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Charles H. Bayley Picture and Paintings Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Sophie M. 	Friedman Fund, Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund, Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund, Gift of Jessie 	H. Wilkinson—Jessie H. Wilkinson Fund, and Robert M. Rosenberg Fund 		* Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954) 1928 Credit below. 

In January of this year, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) acquired Frida Kahlo’s Dos Mujeres (Salvadora e Herminia). This is one of the earliest works by the iconic Mexican painter who has enchanted generations. It is currently on display as part of the MFA’s ongoing exhibit called “Making Modern”.

“Our dream was to acquire something by Frida Kahlo, who is an artist who really was a pathfinder… This came on the market and everybody knew that it was going to be important for us and help us invite new audiences into the MFA.”  – MFA Director Matthew Teitelbaum in interview with NPR Read more

Extraordinary Listing: 535 Worcester Street, Wellesley


Travel to Europe, Asia, Africa and back all in the comfort of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Once featured in Wine Spectator for its 3,000 bottle Tuscan wine cellar, and Globe Magazine for its Bali-themed master suite, 535 Worcester Street is adorned with artifacts from foreign lands and exudes the energy of a thousand once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Read more

The Art of Introduction in an Ever Connected World

replace photo on pg 19We live in state of constant connection. We have the ability to discover more about someone in 5 minutes on the Internet than some of their oldest, dearest friends may know about them. In an ever-connected world, what exactly delineates a valuable introduction? Read more

Ranked #3 in the State of MA, with closed sales in excess of $1.5 billion in 2016, GSIR continues to outperform competitors

Ten Years and Counting

Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty was the only top ten firm in the state of Massachusetts to earn double-digit gains in marketshare in 2016. They yielded 40% growth to close the year with more than $1.5 billion in sales.

“While some of our growth is attributed to new talent, most is not,” added Larry Rideout, CEO/Co-Owner on their upward trend. “Our key markets are strong, our longtime agents are seeing huge gains, and our presence internationally is growing at a rapid pace.”

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways

Where will you and your loved one be traveling to for Valentine’s Day weekend? Explore extraordinary homes in some of the world’s most romantic places for the perfect getaway this weekend! Whether you are looking to spend it on a roof top in a busy city, by the fire in the mountains, or relaxing on the beach, our network has the perfect destination for you!

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Boston ranked as the top third choice of foreign investment in the United States for 2017


In a recent survey completed by members of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), Boston ranked third behind New York and Los Angeles in the category of top U.S. cities for foreign real estate investment. AFIRE is made up of foreign companies who invest in real estate, their advisors, managers, lawyers and accountants, and US institutions who invest in international real estate. Read more

Extraordinary Property: 55 Leicester Street, Brookline

55 Leicester Brookline (39 of 47)Marvel at the “Great Wall of Windows” located at 55 Leicester Street. This stunning wall of windows comprises the entire backside of this 9,294 square-foot Brookline home, serving as one the many stunning architectural details of the property. With seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a laundry list of luxurious amenities, 55 Leicester is a hidden gem of this premier Brookline location.  Read more