5
January
2016

Sepia Condominiums at Ink Block

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Towards the end of last month the Sepia Condominiums began closing located at 32 Traveler Street in Boston’s South End and more specifically the Ink Block neighborhood. This location which for decades has mainly been home to industrial buildings has had a burst of development within recent years. The large project at Sepia which is very visible of I-93 consists of condominiums as well as apartments. The neighborhood is also home to a state-of-the –art Whole Foods which was completed just over a year ago. While many in the real estate community were reluctant to think this location could achieve similar pricing to the more residential sections of the South End, the sales prices speak for themselves and they are very impressive. The 75-unit condo complex consists of a wide range of properties from studios to spacious three bedrooms. Of the 67 market rate homes in the building the average price per foot was $1,036/sf and the median sales price was $937,900. There were also seven units in the building trading for more than $2,000,000 with the highest sales being two penthouses which each sold for $2,205,000. With sales figures like this in a section of Boston which in years past would have been undesirable, it is no wonder there are cranes everywhere you look.

27
September
2011

Large Waterfront Development in South Boston Set For Groundbreaking in Spring 2012

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Channel CenterJohn Drew, whose development company built projects such as the Boston World Trade Center complex and the Seaport Hotel, has announced that the long delayed construction of a mixed residential and commercial project on Congress Street in South Boston will begin in the Spring of 2012. The project’s 236 apartments and retail stores will help catalyze the area’s development.  The combined residential/commercial build strategy ensures daily activity and  therefore confidence among potential retailers and restaurants that there will be sufficient business in the area, in turn sparking new development.

Although much growth is expected over the next few years in the area that Drew is targeting, it is certainly not devoid of life at present.  Luxury condominium buildings in the area are highly sought after, such as the lofts at 25 Channel Center.  Mayor Menino spoke promisingly about the South Boston Waterfront area, noting that 70 companies have moved to the area over the past few years, bringing 2,000 jobs with them. Menino added that he only thinks the area will prosper further, mentioning the popularity of many area restaurants.

If you would like more information regarding real estate in Boston, please contact CL Waterfront Properties today!

10
February
2011

Most Romantic Boston Restaurants

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Most couples make it a priority to get out of the house and have a ‘Date Night’ on Valentine’s Day, something the can get lost over time.

Barlola in a great date spot for Valentine's Day in Boston

Tapas are a Good Date Idea

The city of Boston is saturated with restaurants of all kinds!  You and your Valentine can enjoy some American cuisine such as Union Bar & Grill in the South End, or Towne in Back Bay.  Tapas/ small plates style restaurants are really popular, such as Cuchi Cuchi or Dali in Cambridge, Barlola in Back Bay, and the Ristorante Damiano in the North End.  If French foods are more what you had in mind, Sel de la Terre has locations in Back Bay and a new Waterfront location as well, or take a trip to Beacon Hill Bistro in Beacon Hill.  Moroccan cuisine makes a unique evening at hot spots like Tangierino in Charlestown.  Of course Italian cuisine is extremely popular, such as Tresca and Prezza in the North End.

Let’s face it; Italian cuisine is the obvious choice for 99% of people going out on Feb. 14th!  The North End/ Waterfront area provides you with the ultimate setting for a Valentine’s Date Night!  The smell of garlic, pastries and espresso in the air, little Italian men selling roses on the street, the violin player making his way to every table in any restaurant that will have him, and the vibe on one of Boston’s most historic streets Hanover just adds to the perfect back drop for the night.

Marco, Best Date Restaurant

Marco, Best Date Restaurant

One of the best North End/Waterfront locations to make the night special is in a tiny restaurant of 10 tables, a stone fireplace, and the feeling of actually being in Italy –Marco.  Marco is hidden on the second floor located at 253 Hanover St, above Café Paradiso.  When you call to make your reservation, make sure you ask for the table near the front window and fireplace, your date will be VERY IMPRESSED.

Once you have finished dinner, make your way onto Hanover Street to one of Boston’s most historic landmarks – Mike’s Pastries – for a cannoli.  If an after-dinner glass of wine is your choice, Bricco on Hanover Street or the wine bar located on Richmond St – Vinoteca di Monica, are the perfect stop!  After a big meal and a few glasses of wine, a great way to wake up for the trip home is to sit and finish the night with an espresso at Boston’s first Italian Café – Caffe Victoria on Hanover St in the North End.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and make is special for that someone in your life!

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