Boston Neighborhoods

Featured Property: Penthouse Duplex on Commonwealth Avenue


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Exquisite three-plus bedroom penthouse duplex ideally located on the second block of sunny-side Commonwealth Avenue. Elevator opens directly to a beautiful wood paneled reception room, elegant fireplaced living room with bay window and professional grade eat-in kitchen connected to formal dining. Luxurious front-facing master suite with 5-piece marble bath, large walk-in closet and private roof deck with skyline views of the Back Bay. Upper-level office and additional bedroom each provide access to the second roof deck for al fresco living and entertaining. Laundry, gleaming hardwood floors and top-of-the-line finishes throughout. Two deeded parking spaces.


Address: 63 Commonwealth Ave., Unit 4, Back Bay

BR/BA: Three-plu bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths

Size: 2,660 square feet

Age: 1877; 2000; recent updates

Price: $4,200,000

Taxes: $25,155 (with residential eemption)

Condo fee: $886 per month

Features of building: Four luxurious townhouses on sunny side of Commonwealth Avenue; self-managed; elevator; central air conditioning; pet-friendly.

Features of unit: Striking penthouse duplex recently renovated with spacious living room with wood-burning fireplace with onyx surround and a customized entertainment center; chef's kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinetry and granite counters; marble-tiled baths; two outdoor terraces with wonderful Back Bay views; two deeded parking spaces.

Close by: Clarendon Street Playground, Public Garden, the Esplanade and Hatch Shell, Back Bay restaurants, shops and galleries on Newbury and Boylston streets; Boston Public Library; Copley Place and Prudential Center; easy access to Copley MBTA Green Line Station and Orange Line and commuter rail and Amtrak at Back Bay Station, Storrow Drive, Route 90.

Contact: Tracy Campion, Campion and Company Real Estate, 172 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116. Phone: 617-236-0711. Email:

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Boston Neighborhoods: Seaport


About the South Boston Waterfront:

The South Boston Waterfront, known as the Seaport and Innovation District, is located just southeast across Fort Point Channel from Downtown. The South Boston Waterfront is also known as the Seaport District and includes the Fort Port neighborhood on the western edge, Fan Pier, the Seaport World Trade Center, and Boston's Marine Industrial Park to the east. The neighborhood has been quickly transforming from historic warehouses and industrial space into a vibrant creative and tech hub for the city. Boston's Innovation District is becoming a residential hub as well, with new residential developments offering South Boston Waterfront/Seaport condos and lofts for saleAmong apartment, condominium, and micro-unit options for sale, historic Fort Point hosts affordable artists' units along with market rate "loft living" opportunities in former warehouses.

Did you know? From 2000 to 2010, the number of housing units in South Boston Waterfront grew 349.6% (source: BRA).

Boston's Harborwalk is located along the piers and connects residents to the 45-mile waterfront path network. Cultural and civic institutions in the South Boston Waterfront include the Children's Museum, Institute for Contemporary Art, Bank of America Pavilion, and John Joseph Mokely United States Courthouse.

What kind of views can you expect from South Boston Waterfront and Seaport District condominiums? This view comes from an exclusive Campion and Company condominium listing at Channel Center:




View from Channel Center Condo for Sale



Many consider the Seaport a land of commercial buildings and parking lots, but what about parks and green space? With access to Boston Harbor views and a growing number of green spaces planned for the area, South Boston Waterfront and Seaport condos for sale offer a balanced urban lifestyle. Below is a map of green space planned for Boston's Innovation District (Boston Redevelopment Authority).


Planned green space for South Boston Waterfront (Boston Redevelopment Authority)




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Beacon Hill Townhouses for Sale: The Benjamin Mansion

New Kitchen Renovation at The Benjamin Mansion - 74 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill, MA

Before the Beacon Hill home's redesign, the kitchen was located on the garden level. The new kitchen, now located on the dramatic parlor level, seamlessly connects to the grand dining and living rooms with direct Boston Public Garden views.

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Kitchen Features:

  • Oversized Marble Island
  • La Cornue Range
  • Top-of-the-line Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Curved Wall of Original Lead-lined glass windows overlooking the home's private outdoor patio
  • Antique In-wall Safe

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Complete with elevator, this 6-level Beacon Hill townhouse features a grand double parlor, 6 bedrooms, au-pair suite, gym, wine cellar, private garden, two spacious roof decks and heated infinity rooftop lap pool. A true gem among historic Boston properties, this unparalleled home includes one deeded outdoor and one garage parking space.


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Take the quiz: Which Boston Neighborhood Should You Live In?

Greater Boston is home to 4.5 million people and is the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country. The city itself is a walkable web of historic, picturesque neighborhoods, each with a distinct residential flavor. Can't decide between the midtown condo or Back Back brownstone? This quiz might help you out.

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Fenway Property Values Fastest Growing in City

By Eddie Small, Boston Courant

"Property values in the Fenway have skyrocketed faster than those in any other part of Boston since the mid 1990s."

Between 1994 and 2013, the median price for residential property in the Fenway jumped 407% (Department of Neighborhood Development).

Value increases in other Boston neighborhoods, 1994-2013:

  • East Boston: 392%
  • South End" 329%
  • Back Bay and Beacon Hill: 227%

"The Fenway's amenities and access to transportation help make it a particularly attractive neighborhood for the young."

Some describe the higher prices as destabilizing, putting pressure on the long term residential portion of the neighborhood that's getting squeezed out.

With new residential developments coming to Fenway, we will keep an eye on how the neighborhood continues to evolve. One thing's for certain, though: go Sox!

For the full article, pick up a copy of this week's Boston Courant.

Notable Back Bay Real Estate Sales: Marlborough Street Townhouse

Designed by Little and Browne, this single family home was once the home of the Pulitzer-prize winning American author and journalist Edwin O'Connor (The Edge of Sadness, The Last Hurrah). Located on the first block of tree-lined Marlborough Street, the home is just steps from the Public Garden and offers an exceptionally wide limestone/brick edifice, exquisite original detailing, elevator, beautiful mahogany doors and columns, and incredibly proportioned formal living/private spaces. 

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Notable Back Bay Real Estate Sales: Heritage on the Garden

A stunning Back Bay penthouse at the Heritage on the Garden at 300 Boylston Street was sold last month for $5,200,000.

The boutique building has an extraordinary location, directly opposite the Public Garden, and the penthouse, Unit 1003, occupies premium space in this full-service building. It is one of only two condominiums on the tenth floor in the middle belvedere and has an expansive private terrace.

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Is the North Station area Boston's next "It" neighborhood?

Is the North Station area Boston's next "it" neighborhood?

Seaport is up-and-coming; Fenway is transforming; East Boston and South Boston are undeniably evolving. But what neighborhood is flourishing? According to companies like Nickerson PR and Colliers International, the North Station area is, in fact, Boston's next "it" neighborhood.

Factors fueling this growth and transforming the neighborhood include:

  • Transit-oriented development
  • Construction of brand new retail spaces that will transform this Boston neighborhood into a hub for shopping
  • Luxury Residential Projects
    • Lovejoy Wharf, the future home of Converse Headquarters, with a $230 million planned redevelopment that includes 175 condominiums
    • The Merano, a 600,000-square-foot, mixed-use project that will include ground-level retail with office, hotel and 200 luxury apartments
    • Nashua Street Residences, an approximately 600,000-square-foot residential project that will include 503 units and 2-level public retail arcade
    • The Victor Apartments, a 366,000-square-foot development with 286 apartments as well as 17,000 square feet of retail space
    • The Boston Garden, a 1.87-million-square-foot, mixed-use project that would connect to TD Garden and the MBTA's North Station, and rise over Causeway Street and the Zakim Bridge in three new towers

Boston Redevelopment Authority


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