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 Sunday 03/06/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 34 Hereward Rd, Newton Ask: $949,900. | Sold: $1,189,000 Map
4 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2378 sqft. Single family.
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/04/16 | Sold 05/11/16

My notes: Great home, walking distance to Newton Centre, on a dead end street, across from a large park, with a garage, central a/c, and with a giant back yard. This place was certain to sell quickly and for above asking. At the Saturday open house there were at least 120 people, and another 70 or so on Sunday. They got 19 offers (!) and accepted one on Monday that was _a lot_ over list price and that was "clean" (i.e. no contingencies). It was a perfect storm: very desirable listing, hot market, and very low inventory.
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Visited Wednesday 02/24/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 61 Gardner Rd #61, Brookline Ask: $1,190,000. | Sold: $1,200,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2188 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($200 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/23/16 | Sold 07/07/16

My notes: Really lovely place, with old-school charm mixed with some modern updates. This unit is the second and third floors of the house. The first floor is another unit, which is currently leased out. The listing agent says the owners of the two units split the costs of the association very informally, and make decisions by consensus. There is direct entry to the house from the garage. The fireplace is functional, but it is not clear when it was last used. This unit has some very nice details. The staircase to the upper level is open slats; be careful not to drop your phone! The upper level does not have a bathroom, but it appears that there is enough space up there to add one, which if possible could make it a nice guest suite. Note: they counted the (unheated) sun room in the 2188 square feet of living area, but did not count the 503 square feet in the finished basement.
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Visited Wednesday 02/24/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 82 Summit Ave #82, Brookline Ask: $1,240,000. | Sold: $1,370,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2005 sqft, 3 parking. Condo ($235 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/24/16 | Sold 04/08/16

My notes: Part of a 2-unit house, it had a recent (2010) gut rehab, and it still feels newly remodeled and very contemporary. The heated garage has two spots...tandem parking. There is also one outdoor spot in back. It was hard to tell with the fog today, but apparently there are views of Boston from the top floor master bathroom, which is a well appointed bathroom. This is on the southern slope of Summit Hill, closer to Beacon St.
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Visited Wednesday 02/24/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 227 Summit Ave #W310, Brookline Ask: $1,175,000. | Sold: $1,300,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 1687 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($814 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/24/16 | Sold 03/31/16

My notes: Wow! Beautiful, modern renovation. I've often walked by this building (I like visiting the park on Summit Hill), but this was my first time inside. It's a concierge, elevator building, built in the Art Deco style, which is rare for this area. The entrance is in back. The complex has an outdoor, heated, crescent-shaped pool, and a large grass yard. The condo fee is hefty at $814/month; be sure to factor that into your mortgage calculations. The unit itself was lovely, on two levels. It had dark wood floors and black window frames, which gives it a very modern feel. This is on the northern slope of Summit Hill, closer to Brighton. Worth checking out!
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Visited Wednesday 02/24/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 127 Sumner Road #1, Brookline Ask: $599,000. | Sold: $753,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1229 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($0 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/24/16 | Sold 04/04/16

My notes: Comes with two parking spots. This is a nice unit that could use some love in areas, such as repainting the back porch. Shared washer/dryer in the basement. The C line (of the MBTA) runs directly behind this house, but it didn't seem loud to me; I heard the train rumbling but not any of the infamous squealing of the brakes.
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Visited Wednesday 02/24/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 139 Beaconsfield Road #5, Brookline Ask: $879,000. | Sold: $880,000 Map
2 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1550 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($717.87 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/24/16 | Sold 06/07/16

My notes: Walked up multiple flights to get to this unit. Seems large, and bright and airy, with generous sized bedrooms, a living room, and dining room. One assigned parking spot, and extra storage in the building next door. The price is higher than I would expect though. The kitchen appliances did not seem updated. There is no central air. I wonder if you could take some square feet from the living room and the master bedroom to try to make a third bedroom? Listing agent says floor plans will be available later today.
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Visited Sunday 02/14/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 1307 Commonwealth Ave #14, Boston Ask: $399,000. | Sold: $448,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 960 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($534 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/11/16 | Sold 03/09/16

My notes: On top floor, up multiple-flights. This unit gets great sun in the living room with its southern exposure, and some views of the Boston skyline. This building, like the rest of this neighborhood, is primarily rented. (2 of 19 units are owner-occupied.)
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Visited Sunday 02/14/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 1258 Commonwealth Avenue #10, Boston Ask: $399,900. Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 802 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($360.93 condo fee.)
Status: Off Market / Under Agreement
Listed 02/09/16

My notes: The kitchen and bathroom have been renovated. Elevator building. According to listing agent, very few owner-occupied units in this building.
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Visited Sunday 02/14/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 47 Litchfield Street #1, Boston Ask: $399,900. | Sold: $405,000 Map
3 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 837 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($178.75 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/12/16 | Sold 03/17/16

My notes: Roof is approximately ten years old. First floor unit in a three-family in the Boston Landing neighborhood. They have turned the dining room into a third bedroom to increase rents.
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Visited Wednesday 02/10/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 58 Pleasant St #3, Brookline Ask: $597,000. | Sold: $635,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 948 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($406 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/10/16 | Sold 04/25/16

My notes: This seems to be a nicely maintained unit, and the least expensive of the two-bedrooms I saw today. The Kitchen has a lot of storage and an attached pantry for even more. Large windows in living room. Listing agent told me the building is 100% owner occupied, the roof is one year old, and the boiler is approximately ten years old. It's just blocks from Trader Joe's, which I stopped by afterward. Pet friendly, but no parking though. Coolidge Corner.
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Visited Wednesday 02/10/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 652 Washington St #4, Brookline Ask: $649,000. | Sold: $655,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1094 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($526 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/10/16 | Sold 04/15/16

My notes: It's worth noting that this unit has steam heat and does not have a separate thermostat. (The temperature is controlled for the whole building.) Main bedroom has a large closet. Wall A/C units. In addition to 1 assigned parking space, there is a guest space; one additional rental parking space may also be available. Small pets allowed. Washington Square.
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Visited Wednesday 02/10/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 59A-2 St. Paul Street #A-2, Brookline Ask: $699,000. | Sold: $750,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 1 half baths, 1169 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($486 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/10/16 | Sold 03/11/16

My notes: Set back from St Paul street with convenient parking. The most expensive of the two-bedrooms I saw today, but also the only one with the extra half bathroom. 2 levels, with the bedrooms upstairs. Pets allowed. Wall A/C units. Coolidge Corner.
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Visited Wednesday 02/03/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 102 Harvard St #102, Brookline Ask: $559,000. | Sold: $630,000 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 765 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($222 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/03/16 | Sold 04/12/16

My notes: Feels well-maintained. The bedroom was large and had a nice walk-in closet. With a connected garage, in-unit washer/dryer and central air, this is great little unit.
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Visited Wednesday 02/03/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 90 Lawton St #1, Brookline Ask: $1,349,900. | Sold: $1,325,000 Map
4 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2252 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($325 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 01/30/16 | Sold 05/02/16

My notes: This is the first floor and finished lower level. They did a wonderful job with the renovation, it looks gorgeous. 3 of the 4 bedrooms are on the lower floor, and I wonder how much noise travels down on the hardwood floors. No backyard, although it's very close to a park. It's back abuts a car dealership.
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Visited Wednesday 02/03/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 90 Lawton St #2, Brookline Ask: $1,299,900. | Sold: $1,299,900 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 1936 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($325 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 01/30/16 | Sold 03/18/16

My notes: This unit is the second and third floors. Like unit 1 (above), they did a wonderful job with the renovation. No backyard, although it's very close to a park. It's back abuts a car dealership and today you could see a row of Mini Coopers for sale.
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Visited Wednesday 02/03/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 71 Jordan Rd, Brookline Ask: $1,375,000. | Sold: $1,560,000 Map
4 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2644 sqft. Single family.
Status: SOLD
Listed 02/03/16 | Sold 04/12/16

My notes: The broker tour was very busy for this great house, and I'd expect this to sell quickly. The garage has two spots but they are tandem, which is curious. Jordan Road is on a hill, of course, and has a wonderful view. I loved the backyard patio.
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Visited Wednesday 01/27/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 60 Aspinwall Ave #3, Brookline Ask: $999,000. Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1505 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($320 condo fee.)
Status: Off Market / Under Agreement
Listed 01/27/16

My notes: Great location. 2 parking spots! Loved back porch. Walk-up. Low ceiling on way up to attic.
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Visited Wednesday 01/27/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 66 Perry St #2, Brookline Ask: $2,075,000. Map
4 beds, 4 full / 1 half baths, 3899 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($0 condo fee.)
Status: Off Market / Under Agreement
Listed 01/14/16

My notes: Beautifully renovated half of a house, lots of space, open floor plan, great location, garage, outdoor space...would love to live here.
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Visited Wednesday 01/27/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 5 Alton Court #6, Brookline Ask: $450,000. | Sold: $465,000 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 598 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($353.36 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 01/27/16 | Sold 03/31/16

My notes: Reserved parking spot. Walk up. Outdoor common area. Part of a bigger complex. Could use some updates.
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Visited Wednesday 01/27/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 86 Griggs Rd #24, Brookline Ask: $669,000. | Sold: $661,000 Map
2 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1067 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($526.02 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 01/26/16 | Sold 05/05/16

My notes: Tour cancelled last minute! Disappointing, but maybe it will come back.
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Visited Wednesday 01/27/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 14 Park St #1, Brookline Ask: $649,000. | Sold: $725,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1205 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($340 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 01/27/16 | Sold 04/08/16

My notes: I liked the floorplan and size of the living room, dining room, kitchen areas. Second bedroom seemed small. First floor unit. The study/bonus room is currently being used as a small bedroom as well. Includes a parking spot. There seems to be a lot of demand for units like this.
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Visited Wednesday 01/27/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 56 Marshal Street #2, Brookline Ask: $799,900. | Sold: $850,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1600 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($400 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 01/26/16 | Sold 03/29/16

My notes: Tons of interest on this one, broker tour was full. Expect price to be bid up. Should note, the parking spot is rented (not included), and condo association rules are restrictive on renting out your unit.
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Visited Wednesday 01/27/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 14 James Street #5, Brookline Ask: $649,000. | Sold: $700,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1060 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($497 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 01/27/16 | Sold 03/09/16

My notes: Top floor. Nicely updated two-bedroom. Laundry in unit. 1 parking spot included.
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Visited Wednesday 01/27/16 (almost 2 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 20 Chapel Street #B811, Brookline Ask: $1,995,000. Map
4 beds, 4 full / 0 half baths, 2463 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($1900 condo fee.)
Status: Off Market / Under Agreement
Listed 01/08/16

My notes: In Longwood Towers, this is very luxury building, with a hefty $1900 condo fee to match. I think every single window in this spacious unit had a gorgeous view. Two valet parking spots included. Apparently, garbage disposals cannot be installed in this building.
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