Broker Tour Insider Notes

As a memory aid for myself and as a resource for clients, I'm keeping notes on properties I visit. Click on the address or photo to read more about any particular property. Click here to read my blog post on the importance of broker tours.

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Visited Wednesday 04/06/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 2 Tabor Place, Brookline Ask: $1,199,900. | Sold: $1,167,500 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 1710 sqft. Single family.
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/06/16 | Sold 06/17/16

My notes: When I saw this place last fall it reminded me that I should get a tetanus shot. A developer bought it for $555,000 in February, and has undertaken a complete renovation. Work is still ongoing, and it looks great so far. This is a single-family attached home, meaning it has a wall touching ("attached") to another property. The whole block is a series of single-family attached homes. Judging by appearance, perhaps they were all built together as worker housing at some point. By custom, residents on this small private way can each park one car in front of their home. There are two bedrooms on the upper level, and one on the main level.
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Visited Sunday 04/03/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 37 Everett St, Boston Ask: $499,000. | Sold: $505,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1885 sqft. Single family.
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/24/16 | Sold 08/18/16

My notes: Cute single-family tucked into the Jeffries Point neighborhood of Eastie, near the Maverick T stop, and it has a backyard. There is a more recent addition to the back that has a family/tv-room on the first floor and a master bedroom on the second floor. The kitchen has a center island with a deep fryer, steamer, and gas stove; it looks like a mini restaurant kitchen. There are two staircases to the second level: a traditional staircase in the front, and a spiral staircase in back that goes from the family room directly to the master bedroom. There is one bathroom on the second level, in between two of the bedrooms. It's an interesting layout because there is no hallway, so to get to the bathroom from bedroom 1, you need to go through bedroom 2.
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Visited Sunday 04/03/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 61 Babcock St #1, Brookline Ask: $959,000. | Sold: $966,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1448 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($519 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/31/16 | Sold 06/17/16

My notes: Lovely unit, expect to go quickly. Very bright, lots of light. In a U-shaped complex. In addition to the three bedrooms, there is a bonus room in front that is currently being used as a small office and for the washer and dryer. The stove is electric powered, but apparently gas is available in the unit so the new owner could replace it with a gas stove if they preferred.
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Visited Sunday 04/03/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 200 Saint Paul St #1, Brookline Ask: $699,000. | Sold: $725,000 Map
3 beds, 1 full / 1 half baths, 1750 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($354.38 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/01/16 | Sold 05/11/16

My notes: This could be a good project for a developer. The condo association expects some upcoming tile work in the common hallways, and drainage work on the roof, but the condo association does not have a reserve fund. The seller is willing to escrow some (unspecified) amount of money for those expected special assessments. The garden out back and the roof rights belong to unit 3, not to this unit. Hot water, but not heat, are included in the condo fee. There is storage in the basement. This unit, as it says in the official description, is "in need of renovation", and it looks like a big project.
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Visited Sunday 04/03/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 13 Franklin Ave, Somerville Ask: $525,000. Map
3 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1160 sqft. Single family.
Status: Off Market / Under Agreement
Listed 04/01/16

My notes: This one could be interesting for developers or anyone looking for a project: according to the listing agent, this property is actually on three deeds, and the Somerville Planning Commission told him that a 2-family home could be built here, or a gut-rehab to make a larger single family home. The current house there is smaller but seemingly well-maintained single-family on a narrow one-way street off Washington St in East Somerville, and it has a good-sized backyard as well. There is a full bathroom on the first floor, and a small (tiny) half-bath in one of the bedrooms on the second floor. The basement has a low ceiling and a gravel floor with moisture evident; the listing agent said it could be excavated to make a full-sized basement.
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Visited Saturday 04/02/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 41 Allston Street, Boston Ask: $969,000. | Sold: $1,002,888 Map
3267 sqft.
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/22/16 | Sold 06/06/16

My notes: Most of the visitors to this open house seemed to be investors, but this 2-family house might also be good for an owner-occupant. The first-floor apartment has two-bedrooms. The second unit is on the second and third floors, and has four bedrooms. Both units also had both a parlor/dining room and a living room, and the bedrooms seemed to be good sizes. As you'd expect in a longtime rental unit in Allston, the kitchens and bathrooms could be updated, although they seemed to be serviceable as is. There is no parking although the lot is paved. Lots of closets. Laundry in basement.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 1824 Beacon Street #5, Brookline Ask: $849,000. | Sold: $955,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1450 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($479 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/30/16 | Sold 06/01/16

My notes: A few blocks from Cleveland Circle. Bay window overlooks Beacon St, and has a custom built window bench. Comes with a 10' x 10' storage unit. 2 rental spots could be transferred, pending approval of your application from the parking owner. The current indoor parking rent is $249/month per spot. This unit is one flight of stairs up from street level. Nicely finished unit.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 648 Washington St #2, Brookline Ask: $619,000. | Sold: $691,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1094 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($526 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/30/16 | Sold 05/03/16

My notes: Great location close to Washington Square. In a 1950's brick building with 14 units. Condo fee includes heat and hot water. This is currently a rental unit, and condition reflects that.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 126 Longwood Ave #1, Brookline Ask: $1,289,000. | Sold: $1,412,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 1864 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($360 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/30/16 | Sold 06/03/16

My notes: This unit felt exceptionally well finished. Gleaming cherry colored hardwood floors. Typical floor-through brownstone layout. Instead of a TV in the living room, there is a retractable screen and a projector. (Including the home theater system is negotiable).
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 120 Amory St #4, Brookline Ask: $1,100,000. | Sold: $1,188,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1715 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($654 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/30/16 | Sold 06/24/16

My notes: Across from a park (Knyvet Square), and close to Amory Woods Sanctuary. Lovely unit, nicely finished. The $654 condo fee includes heat and hot water. One bedroom is off the entry foyer to the right, the other two are down the hall to the left. Private deck off the kitchen.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 62 Pleasant St #2, Brookline Ask: $999,900. | Sold: $1,150,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1959 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($250 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/30/16 | Sold 05/20/16

My notes: It's rare to have a full front hall in condos, but this one has one. The other rooms radiate off from the front hall. There is a small room in the back which has the washer/dryer, and is also appears to be used now as a home office. There is a small pantry closet in the kitchen behind doors, and the lights go on automatically when you open them. This unit is one flight of stairs up.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 1038 Beacon St #200, Brookline Ask: $699,000. | Sold: $790,000 Map
2 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1152 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($710 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/30/16 | Sold 05/04/16

My notes: If you want to be on Beacon St in Brookline, but close to Boston, this might be the location for you. Comes with a deeded parking space. There are small retail shops on the ground floor of this building, including a sushi restaurant where I ate lunch. Next to Whole Foods. The unit itself is lovely as well. Bay window overlooks Beacon St.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 131 Sewall Ave #5, Brookline Ask: $899,000. | Sold: $1,020,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1591 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($679 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/29/16 | Sold 05/27/16

My notes: The combination of the open floor plan for the kitchen, living/dining room and the winding layout makes it feel spacious. "Gut rebab," nicely finished. Nest thermostat and LED lights. Condo fee includes heat, but not parking. That's $125/month for the assigned spot plus $95/month for an optional second spot. There is a little office alcove off the living room by one of the bedrooms. Looking at the cabinets and bathroom furniture, one gets the sense of being in an Ikea. I would expect this unit to go quickly.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 75 Glen Road #B5, Brookline Ask: $489,000. | Sold: $510,000 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 808 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($453 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/30/16 | Sold 06/02/16

My notes: This is part of a larger complex, right by Olmsted Park. If you like a campus feel and close to walking/biking trails, this is a good location. It felt large for a 1-bedroom, and seemed to be in excellent condition. There were two flights of stairs to this unit, and no elevator. The bathroom has two doors, one to the bedroom and one to the common space. That can be nice if you have guests over, so they don't need to go through your bedroom to get to the bathroom.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 20 Buckminster Road, Brookline Ask: $1,444,000. Map
3052 sqft.
Status: Off Market / Under Agreement
Listed 03/30/16

My notes: This is actually two separate condos, which the seller wishes to package in one sale. The larger unit (http://avirealestate.com/p/71978918) is 3-bedrooms, 2 full, 1 half bathroom. Could use some updating. Older windows and heating system as well. The smaller unit (http://avirealestate.com/p 71978887) is a small 1-room cottage with a loft in the backyard. They must use the wood fireplace because it smelled of smoke.
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Visited Wednesday 03/30/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 276 Tappan St #276, Brookline Ask: $1,195,000. | Sold: $1,300,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2438 sqft, 4 parking. Condo ($320 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/30/16 | Sold 05/09/16

My notes: After entering the front door, there is one flight of stairs up to the condo. Two of the bedrooms are on the main level, and the second level contains the master suite, which includes a small office, a master bathroom with jetted tub, an outside deck, and a gas fireplace. Unit is nicely finished and updated. No official condo fee; this is one of two units in the association and they split expenses. 4 parking spots.
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Visited Sunday 03/27/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 32 High Rock Way #2, Boston Ask: $549,000. | Sold: $685,000 Map
2 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1221 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($251 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/24/16 | Sold 04/29/16

My notes: Nicely finished unit, feels move-in ready. The bedrooms and the unit overall is spacious for a 2-bedroom. Open floor plan, and lots of windows and light. Limited storage in the kitchen itself, but there are extra storage closets/pantries in the hallway. Parking not included.
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Visited Thursday 03/24/16 (over 1 year ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 90 Naples Rd #1, Brookline Ask: $479,000. | Sold: $515,000 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 775 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($360 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/24/16 | Sold 07/15/16

My notes: According to the listing agent, the current owners rent two parking spots for $100 each, about 7 minutes walk away. There is a lockable storage closet of good size in the basement. The washer in the basement is free to use and the dryer costs $1 per load. You are allowed to install your own washer and dryer in the unit if you choose, and some other units in the building have done so. The building is reportedly pet friendly. The $360 monthly condo fee includes heat and hot water, and therefore seems reasonable, although the heat is set for the whole building, so you don't have control over the temperature for your unit. The roof was done in 2007, the boiler is "older", there are no planned assessments, and the condo reserve fund has ~$7000.
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Visited Wednesday 03/16/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 15 Francis St #33, Brookline Ask: $499,000. | Sold: $477,500 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 679 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($575 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/10/16 | Sold 06/10/16

My notes: Elevator building. Currently leased, with the tenants leaving in early May. Includes a garage spot. The living/dining room felt spacious. Listing agent says the building is both pet and renter friendly. The condo association took a $500,000 loan to undertake repairs, including elevator, roof, canopy, and boilers. As a result, the condo fee for this unit will increase over the next two years to $575/month. It will, however, continue to include heat and hot water, and there are no special assessments planned.
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Visited Wednesday 03/16/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 104 Babcock St #4, Brookline Ask: $1,185,000. | Sold: $1,237,500 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2525 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($541.97 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/16/16 | Sold 05/16/16

My notes: This unit is notable for the transportation between floors; your choices are to use: a) the small, private elevator in the unit, b)an iron spiral staircase between the floors, or c) go to the condo hallway and use the building stairs. Large bedrooms on the lower level, main living spaces on the primary level, and a loft space above. 1 garage and 1 outdoor parking spot included.
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Visited Wednesday 03/16/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 28 Marshal Street #2, Brookline Ask: $1,189,000. | Sold: $1,350,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 2158 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($895 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/16/16 | Sold 05/31/16

My notes: Described as a "Manhattan Style" condo. It has hardwood floors throughout this first-floor unit. In the current configuration there are 2 bedrooms, and one of the other rooms could be converted into an additional bedroom by closing it off. There is a separate laundry room off the kitchen, and a dining and living room as well. The master bathroom included a bidet.
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Visited Wednesday 03/16/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 92 Evans Rd, Brookline Ask: $3,750,000. | Sold: $3,400,000 Map
7 beds, 5 full / 1 half baths, 6905 sqft. Single family.
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/16/16 | Sold 01/31/17

My notes: Extraordinary offering, as you'd expect at this price! Filled with fine woodworking details, including banisters, columns, and moldings. Nest thermostats. My favorite room was the oval dining room. The kitchen was also remarkable for how filled with light it was, with a wall of windows; it felt like eating outside.
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Visited Wednesday 03/16/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 86 Addington Road, Brookline Ask: $2,250,000. | Sold: $2,235,000 Map
6 beds, 3 full / 1 half baths, 4555 sqft. Single family.
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/16/16 | Sold 06/14/16

My notes: Directly across from Schick Park on Aspinwall Hill. Charming with lots of original details, including the fireplace, stained glass, and intricate banisters. Smelled of wood smoke from the fireplace.
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Visited Wednesday 03/16/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 19 Bowker St, Brookline Ask: $1,499,000. | Sold: $1,650,000 Map
4 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2740 sqft. Single family.
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/16/16 | Sold 05/02/16

My notes: Newly remodeled with many architectural details preserved, such as stain glass windows. Concrete counters in kitchen. Skylight in master bathroom. Generously sized bedrooms.
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Visited Wednesday 03/09/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 145 Salisbury Road #1, Brookline Ask: $1,399,000. | Sold: $1,370,000 Map
4 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 3031 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($250 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/03/16 | Sold 05/18/16

My notes: This house is on a hill, and there are a number of stairs just to get to the front door, and then more stairs inside to get to the unit. Once inside it's a nice blend of traditional Victorian finishes with modern updates, such as an updated kitchen and bathrooms. The washer & dryer are on the main level, along with a family room that can convert into the fourth bedroom with a murphy bed. The exterior of the house seemed like it could use a new coat of paint.
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Visited Wednesday 03/09/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 307 Tappan St #1, Brookline Ask: $699,000. | Sold: $736,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1214 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($400 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/09/16 | Sold 04/22/16

My notes: Another one on a hill with a flight of stairs to get to the front door. Once there, this unit is on the first level. It's a lovely 2-bedroom with elegant finishes, and feels spacious with a separate living and dining room. Pet friendly, and with washer/dryer off the kitchen.
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Visited Wednesday 03/09/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 47 Winthrop Rd #2, Brookline Ask: $1,299,000. | Sold: $1,297,500 Map
4 beds, 3 full / 1 half baths, 2530 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($560 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/09/16 | Sold 04/01/16

My notes: On Aspinwall Hill, you can't miss this boldly colored house. The two parking spots are tandem spots.This unit has an unusual layout, including a bifurcated staircase (http://www.civilengineeringx.com/building/bce/Bifurcated-stairs.jpg) to the second level. Listing agent says annual heating bill is around $2500.
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Visited Wednesday 03/09/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 1450 Beacon St #B01, Brookline Ask: $429,000. | Sold: $461,000 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 690 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($379 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/09/16 | Sold 05/09/16

My notes: This is a cute little 1-bedroom on street level, about halfway between Coolidge Corner and Washington Square on Beacon St. Listing agent told me that 53 of 66 units are owner occupied, and there are $151,000 in the reserve fund. It comes with a storage closet in the building near the laundry room. The kitchen is a small area in the living room. Could be a nice pied-à-terre.
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Visited Wednesday 03/09/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 1600 Beacon St #1011, Brookline Ask: $728,800. | Sold: $800,000 Map
2 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 950 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($548 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/09/16 | Sold 03/31/16

My notes: This is a tenth floor unit with great views from this elevator & concierge building right in Washington Square. It comes with a garage space, and the building has an exercise room and a laundry room. The main room has an open floor plan. The listing agent told me this pet-friendly building has $440,000 in their reserve fund.
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Visited Wednesday 03/09/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 45 Selkirk #C, Boston Ask: $849,000. | Sold: $855,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 1960 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($397.9 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/09/16 | Sold 05/25/16

My notes: Listed in Brookline, but really it's a couple blocks into Brighton, and actually it's number 41, not 45. This is a wonderful, large, modern town home, with two garage spots, central a/c, and storage in the basement. Not far from Chestnut Hill Resevoir. I think this would be much more expensive if it was actually in Brookline.
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