At the January 12, 2012 NEWRA meeting held at the Nazzaro Community Center, there was a unanimous vote to revise the procedure for reviewing zoning and licensing applications for Boston waterfront properties. In the past the applicant needed to make a presentation in front of the full membership at monthly meetings. In a 28-0 vote, the association has agreed that it is not necessary to bring the matters of zoning or licensing in front of the entire membership if the issue does not raise community concerns.
Zoning and licensing matters have been the main focus of many of the NEWRA meetings in the past. With this revision, it will allow the membership to focus on other important issues that may surface in the community. Local businesses will also be saving time and money which would typically be allocated for community review. The zoning and licensing committee will continue to review all applications and enforce the neighbor notification policy.
With the holidays right around the corner, sales activity for Boston waterfront properties has increased. Not only has this activity been a trend along the Waterfront, November marked the fifth straight month in which home sales have improved nationwide, according to an article in the Boston Globe, December 22, 2011.
Real estate professionals agree that sellers have become more realistic about their Boston luxury condos‘ values. The Boston Globe recently quoted Sheryl Simon, a Principal with Benoit, Mizner, Simon & Co., about this topic: “The sellers have now realized that they are not going to get the prices their neighbors got in 2005, 2006, 2007”. Not only have home sales increased, but cash buyers are up about 30 percent compared to this time last year.
Whether you’re a cash buyer or taking out a mortgage, now is a great time with to buy, with motivated sellers and rates in the low 4’s. Don’t hesitate – contact CL Waterfront Properties today! Happy Holidays!
By: Chris Smith
14 million Americans used QR codes this past June alone, according to a recent ComScore study – and useage is rising dramatically. You’ve probably already seen QR codes, although you might not know exactly what they do or what purpose they serve.
QR codes work a lot like the bar codes you see on items in the grocery store – with one major exception. Bar codes store minimal info about an item, typically the stock number and often also the price. QR codes are keyed to a specific URL – so they can take you with a quick scan of a smartphone to the web address of an amazing Boston luxury condo! We have been using QR codes for quite a while now, on pretty much any printed material we generate. The codes are a very simple and useful way to give people access to more information than you can share with someone in print – and by bringing people to your website, you can interact with them on a much more personal, social level.
Click the QR codes you see on listing sheets in the window of our Waterfront offices, on materials you print from this site, and on brochures you see at our open houses to go directly to full details about any of our fabulous Boston waterfront properties. To find out more about the luxury Boston real estate we represent or to learn more about how we use technology to help our clients sell for top dollar or find the perfect new home, contact CL Waterfront Properties today – or scan one of our QR codes with your smartphone!
The New York Times recently showcased our listing of Penthouse 108 at Channel Center in their prestigious Great Homes and Destinations feature. Listed by Carmela Laurella, this fantastic 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo is offered at $1,350,000. The Seaport District is home to some fantastic luxury Boston real estate, and Channel Center is one of the best buildings in the neighborhood.
The Times piece spoke very highly of this unique penthouse, mentioning such amenities as the 144 bottle wine storage unit, double ovens and private balcony. The master bedroom offers views of Boston Harbor, and the building’s amenities include a full-time concierge and deeded garage parking. CL Waterfront Properties is proud to have our exclusive listing featured in the Grey Lady – read the full New York Times article here. To find out more about Boston waterfront properties such as this fine example, contact CL Waterfront Properties today.
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.
By Howard Chang
Boston Homes recently featured one of the luxury condominiums at Burroughs Wharf. No. 311 has been listed for $2.699 million and it’s no mystery why. The property offers an array of wonderful features.
The north end of the building juts into the harbor and is considered the “nose.” The best views can be seen from this part of the building and of course No. 311 is one of these coveted condos. The floor to ceiling windows offer picturesque views of the water. On a typical day you can watch ferries, sailboats, watertaxies, and tug boats glide by from your couch.
Additionally this condo features two balconies which also overlook the harbor – perfect for relaxing on a summer afternoon. But this space isn’t only great during the summer. In the winter, the beautiful light oak floors visually warm the entire space and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room provides a cozy escape from those chilly Boston winters.
Another benefit of living in this fabulous building right on the water is the fact that it comes with two mooring slips. If you’re an avid sailor and are searching for the perfect Boston waterfront real estate, Burroughs Wharf No. 311 could be the place for you! Read the full article featuring this property in Boston Homes or contact CL Waterfront to learn more about this incredible luxury waterfront living opportunity.
Carmela Laurella, President of CL Waterfront Properties recently assisted a Boston Waterfront property owner with the sale of her home after she and her husband were dissatisfied with the original agency they signed with. CL Waterfront was pleased to have received the following testimonial about our service:
“Carmela recently helped us sell our beautiful waterfront property in Boston. We first signed up with another agency, but no serious offers, so after three months, we signed with Carmela. What a difference!
She immediately found a lovely couple who wanted to buy the unit but needed to sell their home in CA. Since it was the worst part of the recession and winter was beginning in Boston, we agreed thinking a sale was not likely for the condo.
When they were not able to buy it, Carmela put it back on the market and it sold within 2 weeks at 98% of the asking price. She was able to generate numerous showings. I think she is the ultimate professional. I could not offer a higher recommendation for Carmela at CL Waterfront Properties. She is the best.”
Posted by: Dave Costello
CL Waterfront Properties has another spectacular penthouse in a luxurious Beacon Hill building under agreement.
This large 1+ bedroom luxury home with a study boasts 11 foot ceilings, over-sized windows offering great city views, and hardwoods throughout.
The kitchen has limestone counters, stainless GE appliances, gas cooking, and a breakfast bar.
The large, sunny bedroom has plenty of closet space! The study makes the perfect for home office, den or guest room. This Beacon Hill condo has a pristine bathroom with limestone tiles, two additional storage spaces, and a wash/dryer included.
One Garden Place, the luxury building this residence is located in, is pet-friendly, with elevators to bring you to your home, or the huge common roof deck above!
If you want help finding the perfect luxury home in Beacon Hill, or need help selling or renting your Beacon Hill home, contact CL Waterfront Properties today!
Posted By: Travis Sachs
VIEWS & WINDOWS:
Live at 46-7 Commercial Wharf and enjoy spectacular views of Boston’s Waterfront and Skyline from end to end in this Loft style floor-thru two bedroom and two full bathrooms home. The views through coastal grade sound deaden windows and balcony doors engulf the Harbor and the Boston Skyline. This Floor through home is designed to see these views from any location within this Loft. Captain doors throughout; emphasize the breeze from the Harbor.
Original details of brick and beam and upgrades beyond are featured in this meticulously crafted residence. The office has masterfully crafted built-ins and wiring.
Step into an open, fully-finished Viking and Miele appliance kitchen featuring sleek black granite, stainless steel backsplash, and four-seating black granite breakfast block. Matching bar includes crafted glass shelving, sleek black granite, wet bar sink, and Miele glass door liquid refrigerator.
OPEN LIVING SPACE:
Opening unto the open aired dining and living room, featuring hardwood floors, brick and beam throughout, fully wired for audio and centered upon a bell shaped working wood-burning fireplace.
MASTER BEDROOM & BATHROOM:
Walking to the master bedroom can be done by two routes: through the second bedroom with a full bath and custom built-ins, or through the bathroom featuring, a state of the art of setup: A seven head steam shower, porcelain stone, frosted glass doors, and custom cabinetry. The master bedroom has an abundance of storage, custom built-ins, and northern harbor views off of the large balcony.
Come see for yourself!