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  1. Where condo prices are rising fastest in Greater BostonRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 5 |

    The Boston area condo market is poised to get even more expensive in 2016, with rising prices spreading from shiny new luxury towers downtown to traditionally working class enclaves. The median condo price in downtown Boston neighborhoods like the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the South End and the Fenway hit $775,000 in 2015, up 9 percent from the year before, according to The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman .


  2. This Boston investor is rushing after marijuana goldRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 1 |

    Leighton, the co-founder of a Boston-based hedge fund called Dutchess Capital, had done his homework. He saw public opinion shifting in favor of cannabis.


  3. Big sales: A $2 million Back Bay penthouse with great viewsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jan 30 |

    Back Bay had its fair share of big home sales this week, but a Marlborough Street penthouse takes the cake. The suburbs didn't do half bad either, with a few large sales in Milton, Arlington, and Cambridge.


  4. These are predicted to be some of the hottest Boston neighborhoods in 2016Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jan 13 |

    That's the word from Zillow, which announced its predictions for the Boston neighborhoods that would see the most home value growth over the next 12 months. Increasing home value "is a proxy for figuring out where demand lies," Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell told


  5. Where to take a walk-and-gawk tour of beautiful, historic Back Bay housesRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jan 9 |

    This spectacular 1872 house on the corner of Beacon and Fairfield Streets. From 1906 to 1928, this was home to the man some say invented modern financial journalism.


  6. Latest development proposals aim for Beacon Hill and the South EndRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 6, 2016 |

    A South End bakery and a Beacon Hill college building are the latest properties to be swept up by Boston's red hot luxury apartment and condo boom. Boston-developer Related Beal wants to build a big new residential and mixed-use complex in a fast gentrifying section of the South End once dominated by the Boston Herald , warehouse and industrial buildings, and parking lots.


  7. How the world of real estate changed in Greater Boston this yearRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 31, 2015 |

    The Greater Boston real estate market this year has been a doozy. Dorchester saw its first million dollar home sale , and Somerville had pricy purchases and had some of the city's first luxury condos being built .


  8. Boston Properties wants to build a tower in Back BayRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 30, 2015 |

    The next Boston mega project is starting to take shape, with the city's largest developer filing initial plans for a massive Back Bay tower complex. Boston Properties wants to build a 1.4-million-square-foot sky-rise complex over Back Bay Station and garage, according to a letter of intent the developer submitted Wednesday to the Boston Redevelopment Authority.


  9. Boston sees condo prices, sales jumpRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 30, 2015 |

    Boston's red hot condo market is closing out the year with a bang, posting double-digit increases in prices and sales, the latest stats show. The median condo price in Suffolk County, made up mostly of Boston, hit $580,000 in November after a 34 percent jump, finds real estate publisher and data firm, The Warren Group.


  10. 17 ways to spend New Year's Eve in Greater Boston you'll actually enjoyRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 23, 2015 |

    If you need some help deciding where to hang out this New Year's Eve, we've got you covered. From extra-special events at bars, to delicious prix-fixe menus restaurants, to family-friendly activities, Boston has goings-on suitable for just about anyone looking to welcome the arrival of 2016 while out and about.


  11. Boston real estate doesn't take a break for the holidaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 24, 2015 |

    The week between Christmas and New Year's may traditionally be one of the sleepiest of the year, with many people taking a few days off from work or spending time with family. But not in real estate, at least not this year, as a few hardy brokers across the Boston area get ready to host open houses this weekend, hoping to capitalize on what has been one of the strongest markets in years.


  12. Instagrams that make us grateful to live in BostonRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2015 |

    Sometimes in the dead of winter, or when the T is late, or if there is gridlock on I-93, we can quickly forget that we love living in Boston. But when we walk home at night past our brownstones, our cozy neighborhoods, or our historic streets, we soon remember why it is actually pretty awesome.


  13. The endless variety of Boston's neighborhoodsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2015 |

    We all know how much Boston can differ neighborhood by neighborhood the type of food, the amount of green space, and the activities to participate in. But the Boston Redevelopment Authority just came out with a "by the numbers" report, looking at aspects of residents like gender, national background, and age in 2014, and it shows that neighborhood differences extend beyond restaurants and architectural styles.


  14. These classic Boston hotels are beautifulRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2015 |

    Many of Boston's grand hotels of the 1800s and early 1900s have long gone out of business. But some of the buildings still remain and are among the city's most impressive structures.


  15. You can now get recipe kits delivered directly to your kitchen in under an hourRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 17, 2015 |

    San Francisco-based food delivery service Instacart has partnered with Brookline's recipe and ingredient kit company, Pantry, so Boston area residents can have pre-measured recipe ingredients delivered directly to their home, Instacart announced on Twitter on Tuesday. The meal-for-two ingredients are delivered with a detailed recipe card in under an hour, according to Pantry's site, and all meals can be prepared with basic kitchen tools in 20-45 minutes.


  16. Before it was chic, Newbury Street was Back Bay's biggest producer of horse manureRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 9, 2015 |

    I don't much like shopping, especially around the holidays, so you won't often find me strolling Newbury Street. But there's another reason I usually avoid what some people call the "Rodeo Drive of the East."


  17. Why it's so hard to build a new home todayRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 7, 2015 |

    While the economy has been improving and the housing market has been recovering, the home construction industry has not done either, leaving limited options for those looking to build a new home. According to The Boston Globe , the number of home-building companies has dropped pretty drastically in 2007 there were 98,060 home building companies nationally, while by 2012 that number fell to 48,557.


  18. A $10 million Back Bay mansion and 8 major sales in Newton this weekRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2015 |

    In yet another week of big sales in the Greater Boston area, Newton stood out with eight homes crossing the million dollar mark . Boston proper didn't do half bad itself, with a home sale topping $10 million.


  19. It's one of this year's hottest holiday gifts. But using it in public is illegal in Boston.Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2015 |

    Hoverboards are the hot new holiday item, with celebrities like Justin Bieber and Jamie Foxx endorsing various models of the trendy personal transportation machines. But parents considering spending several hundred dollars on one should beware: Public use of hoverboards is almost certainly illegal in Boston thanks to a 2011 ordinance.


  20. Man sues Fontbonne Academy, says he was fired for being gayRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 2, 2015 |

    A former employee at Fontbonne Academy argued in court on Tuesday that the Catholic all-girls prep school fired him for being gay and violated state anti-discrimination laws in the process. Matthew Barrett, 43, was offered a job in 2013 as Fontbonne Academy's food services director. 2 comments

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