Developers Propose $225 Million Back Bay Project



Proposed Project Back Bay

Tuesday, October 30th, Trinity Stuart LLC, a joint venture that includes principals of the Saunders Hotel Group, proposed a $225 Million project that would bring a 33-story hotel and residential high rise to Boston’s Back Bay. 40 Trinity Place, the proposed project, would be a 400-foot tower featuring 220 hotel rooms, 142 luxury condominiums, 100 parking spaces, two restaurants, and conference facilities.  The Architectural Team of Chelsea was hired to design the exterior of the building while Stonehill & Taylor Architects will focus on the interior.  The 400-foot tower is planned for the site of the former John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center on Stuart Street. The developers plan to demolish the current eight-story building

The proposed development has support from Mayor Thomas Menino. When asked about the development, Menino said: “[the tower] will be a wonderful addition…it will bring even more visitors from all over the world”. Some local residents have already voiced their concerns over potential shadows, changes in the wind, and traffic. The project will require relief in zoning regulations pertaining to height and density on the proposed site.. The growth of this project is one to monitor in the coming months. For more information contact CL Waterfront Properties.


Bright Lights for Winter Nights: Boston Waterfront Real Estate


When you want the most luxurious place to live in Boston, look no farther than the waterfront area. The charming properties lining the waterfront on all sides of downtown Boston bring you the best in luxury living, top location, and a great view of the Boston harbor lit up every night. Look in a few areas to find the right property to purchase in Boston so you can enjoy the best the city has to offer in dining, neighborhood attractions and modern living.

Back Bay luxury apartments and homes are situated in a great location, just off the Charles River and near plenty of Boston attractions. Living in Back Bay, you will be just a few minutes’ walk away from historic Copley Square, which is home to Old Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library and the John Hancock Tower, which is the tallest skyscraper in New England.

If you would like to be within a stone’s throw of the Massachusetts State House, check out Beacon Hill real estate. The area is the most desirable in Boston, with a great view and plenty of shopping and entertainment. The federal-style rowhouses will charm you with their old-world character and high-end renovations.

For the best waterfront views, North End is the place to be. This neighborhood, situated just north of downtown, features the historic Paul Revere House and the Old North Church, but has all sorts of modern amenities as well. North End condos are in easy walking distance of over 100 restaurants and have a great view of several wharfs along the Boston waterfront.

Just south of North End, you will find Rowes Wharf, a strip of luxury residences, restaurants and hotels on the water just east of downtown Boston. Living here, you will have great waterfront views and access to the best that Boston has to offer, including a floating stage with concerts during the summer.


CL Waterfront Properties Makes the Largest Sale in December


The Clarendon

Luxury Home at The Clarendon

Carmela Laurella once again ends the year strong by making the largest home sale in Boston for the month of December. The 2,508 sq.ft. residence at The Clarendon has gorgeous Charles River and City views, 3+ bed/4.5 bath, and sold for $4,100,000 with an average price per square foot of $1,634/sq.ft.

Designed by world renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, The Clarendon is a 33 story brick, glass & steel tower that was completed in 2009. The building features concierge, valet garage parking, expansive common roof deck, Equinox Gym & Post 390 Restaurant. Centrally located in the heart of Boston, The Clarendon is steps to shopping on Newbury Street, Boston Common & some of the finest restaurants in the South End.

For more information on the Boston real estate market, contact CL Waterfront Properties today!


Leading Chinese Newspaper World Journal Reports on MA Housing Market, Mentions CL Waterfront Properties Sale of Manny Ramirez’ Condo


Interior view of the condominium formerly owned by Boston Red Sox star Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez' Former Home at the Ritz

A well-known Chinese newspaper, World Journal, recently reported about the Massachusetts housing market.  As the newspaper stated, “…whether million dollar homes or renovation of housing investment, more than one-third of all transactions were cash.” The luxury Boston real estate market has been kept in good stead largely by these prominent cash transactions.

The paper also reported on CL Waterfront Properties, LLC’s sale of the Ritz Carlton Boston condo which belonged to former Red Sox superstar Manny Ramirez.  This sale by Carmela Laurella was $5.550 million, the most expensive condo sold at The Ritz-Carlton in 3 years, and the 3rd most expensive condo sold in Boston this year.  This highly sought-after penthouse closed for over $1,250 per square foot.

To find out more or to get your own Ritz Carlton Boston or other Boston luxury condos, contact CL Waterfront Properties today.

By Howard Chang
Residential Sales


More homes being bought with cash


Boston Homes being bought with cashWith tougher mortgage rules and buyers asking for lower prices, the real estate is becoming more of a cash economy as reported in the Boston Globe this weekend.

Homes paid with cash in Massachusetts has reached to more than a third of home sales this year with more and more home buyers opting out of the mortgage process.

August cash sales accounted for 34 percent of the residential real estate transactions.  Some of the areas with the highest percentages of mortgage-free deals include Roxbury, downtown Boston and Cambridge.   One of the most notable sales came from our offices here at CL Waterfront, which was the former Red Sox player Manny Ramirez’s $5.6 million condo at the Ritz-Carlton Towers, exclusively listed and sold by CL Waterfront President, Carmela Laurella.

If you are interested in purchasing or selling a luxury Boston or luxury waterfront home, please contact our offices today.


High End Sales Push City & Waterfront’s Prices up 10%


Boston’s Downtown Condo Market is booming this year.  The overall median price for Boston rose by 10.2 percent to $487,000 this year, while luxury building prices rose 13.1 percent to a median of $735,000.  Both of these metrics are only about $15,000 shy of 2008 peak prices just before the financial crisis frightened buyers.

Boston WaterfrontAlthough these numbers seem good, citywide home sales in Boston have declined by 10% since last year.  The increase in both medians is likely due to the 26.8 percent increase in high-priced luxury condominium sales, most of which are in the downtown Boston area.  Another major factor allowing prices to increase while sales decrease is that there is simply less supply, giving sellers more power in the market.  Debra Taylor Blair, president of the Listing Information Network, a Boston company that tracks the city’s downtown condo market, presented the idea that “Sellers can rent their properties out and more than cover their mortgage.”  This at least partially explains home-owners’ reluctance to sell, and points to positive trends in market confidence despite the sales decrease.

John Ranco, a broker with the South End’s Hammond Residential Real Estate, also pointed out that much of last year’s sales were driven by federal home buyer tax credit.  These incentives mainly affect first-time home buyers, and therefore lower-priced sales.  Again, this helps explain 2011’s lower sales quantities but higher prices.

To read more about Boston’s booming real estate prices, visit Boston.com’s article at http://articles.boston.com/2011-07-26/business/29817026_1_condo-market-condo-prices-debra-taylor-blair.

Interested in buying or learning more about Boston Luxury Condos?  Contact CL Waterfront today!


Boston Bruins Celebrate the Stanley Cup with Boston Waterfront Neighbors


The Stanley Cup once again was raised high over the Boston Waterfront neighborhood with the Boston Bruins and friends. But the celebration didn’t stop here.  The Cup was also paraded through the city on Saturday, starting from the Garden in the North End and through a sea of ‘black & yellow’ all the way to Copley Plaza.  But while it was here on the Waterfront at the Union Wharf luxury buildings, NorthEndWaterfront.com captured these great photos.

Boston Bruins Celebrate the Stanley Cup with Boston Waterfront Neighbors

Zdeno Chara raises the Stanley Cup over Boston Waterfront!

Boston Bruins Celebrate the Stanley Cup with Boston Waterfront Neighbors

Rich Peverley raises the Stanley Cup!

Boston Bruins Celebrate the Stanley Cup with Boston Waterfront Neighbors

Boston Bruins players (from left to right): Nathan Horton, Zdeno Chara, Rich Peverley, Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference pose with the Cup at the Boston Waterfront.

Boston Bruins Celebrate the Stanley Cup with Boston Waterfront Neighbors

It's a Stanley Cup celebration with family and friends on the Boston Waterfront!

The 1971-1972 Boston Bruins engraving on Stanley Cup. It's been 39 years since it's return to Boston.


NorthEndWaterfront.com photos, courtesy of Dan Flaherty.


Former Red Sox Player Rents Boston Penthouse!


President, Carmella Laurella, and Senior Vice President, Dave Costello, of CL Waterfront Properties, LLC have just represented former Boston Red Sox player, Manny Ramirez, and his wife, Julianna, in renting Penthouse #2A at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Boston.

For $24,000 a month, this fabulous penthouse features four bedrooms, five and half bathrooms, stunning views of Boston, as well as an 800 sq/ft deck that overlooks Boston Common, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the Charles River. All residents of the Ritz Carlton enjoy full hotel services in addition to access to the Sports Club LA and hotel restaurants.

Deck View from Boston Ritz Carlton Penthouse

If you would like to find a beautiful Boston waterfront building or Boston luxury building, then contact CL Waterfront Properties LLC today. One of our knowledgeable agents would be happy to help you find your new dream home!


Why Buying a Home is Like Dating…


Posted by: Vito Ascolillo

Happy couple in love in their new home

Finding Love is Like Find the Perfect Home

You may not realize it, but finding the perfect Boston luxury home is actually a lot like find the perfect mate!

Finding true love and finding a home you will truly love, both start with you looking for something that will be in your future.  Like dating, when you search for a new home, you go searching for something attractive, comfortable, and even sexy.  There are certain criteria or conditions to be met like size/heart, how many rooms/weight, date built/age, updated appliances/nip-tuck, missing shingles/hair loss, etc.

Each home has its upside and downside just like each date.  Is it a warm place/does he have heart?  Are there too many stairs/is she understanding?  Can I hear the neighbors through the walls/is he listening to me?

So you keep searching and dating, then finally, you find it!  The perfect Boston home and the perfect person.

If you need help find a Back Bay condo or Beacon Hill condo, or want to tour luxury homes for sale on Boston’s Waterfront or North End, contact CL Waterfront Properties LLC.

Happy Valentine’s Day!