Sepia Condominiums at Ink Block



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.


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!


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


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!


Celebrity Chef Jody Adams to open new Restaurant at the Atlantic Wharf:Trade


Chef Jody Adams on the Boston Waterfront. Photo by Michael Diskin.This is just one more sign that Boston’s waterfront is becoming the city’s center of  sophistication and fun.  Celebrity Chef Jody Adam’s, well known for Rialto, a top rated restaurant in Cambridge that has earned praise from Gourmet as well as Food and Wine magazines, will soon be opening “Trade at Atlantic Wharf.”  The restaurant will feature modern Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Spanish, Italian, and Greek styles.  Some of the known menu items include grilled bluefish, roast chicken marinated in lemon, slow-cooked stuffed pork and braised beef short ribs priced from $23 to $30.

Jody Adams has been in the game for decades, and continues to impress the culinary and restauranteuring world today.  A renowned chef, author, world traveler, and Top Chef Masters contestant, Adams seems to do everything relating to food.  “Trade at Atlantic Wharf” is sure to be one of Boston’s next hot new restaurant destination!

The Seaport District is exploding with popularity.  Many new restaurants like Trade, as well as art galleries and beautiful luxury loft conversions have made many compare this part of Boston to neighborhoods like New York’s SoHo.  If you are interested in real estate or information about living in Boston’s Seaport District, contact CL Waterfront Properties today!


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!


Most Romantic Boston Restaurants


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!