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 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 25 Alton Court #2, Brookline Ask: $1,395,000. | Sold: $1,395,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1781 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($456 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/06/16 | Sold 08/17/16

My notes: One of three newly renovated premium units. Unit 3 is already under agreement, and now unit 1 and unit 2 are for sale. As part of the gut rehab, it has been converted to gas for heat and hot water. There is radiant heat in the bathroom floor. Several rooms are wired for surround sound. The fireplace is gas, with a remote control.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 60 Babcock St #98, Brookline Ask: $460,000. | Sold: $558,000 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 742 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($474.27 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/11/16 | Sold 07/18/16

My notes: What views from the balcony of this 9th floor unit! Great location. Apparently this building does not allow pets at all. Some of the kitchen appliances in this unit are very old, especially the oven. From the looks of it, it might be the original from when the building was built in 1968.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 20 Winchester St #3, Brookline Ask: $715,000. | Sold: $805,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1296 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($525 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/11/16 | Sold 07/15/16

My notes: Great location, nice unit. Unit 3 is one flight up. I ran into a nanny who works in the building, and I asked her what people in the building do with strollers; she said that two units currently leave strollers downstairs beside the stairwell and it's not a problem. There is storage in the basement. Parking is rental, currently at $200/month. The previous owner performed a lead test in 2004, and it tested positive, so if there will be children under the age of 6 living here you are required by Massachusetts state law to delead it. Bedroom 3 felt small (~77 sqft), has no closet, and is in front on the opposite end of the apartment, so you might think of this as a 2-bedroom with a bonus room, or as a small 3-bedroom.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 1 Regent Cir #3, Brookline Ask: $995,000. | Sold: $1,100,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1468 sqft, 3 parking. Condo ($350 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/11/16 | Sold 07/11/16

My notes: This unit is one flight up to the first level, and then there are two levels inside, with bedrooms on the upper level. It's a gorgeous unit with central air, and 3 assigned parking spots included. There is a pull down attic with additional finished space. Possibly you could figure out a way to connect it better to the unit. This is the only unit in the building with regular stairs inside, as apparently the other units reportedly all have spiral staircases. (Not relevant, but I thought it was interesting.) For outdoor space, there are three balconies. Also, it's very close to Waldstein Playground. Regent Circle is a private way off of Beacon St on the inbound side.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 104 Sewall Ave #1, Brookline Ask: $675,000. | Sold: $702,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1108 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($510 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/11/16 | Sold 07/08/16

My notes: One of two units in the same complex to hit the market today. Nice 2-bed ground floor unit with parking. With both of these similar units hitting the market at the same time, it will be interesting to see if this takes some of the pressure off, or if it whips up even more buyer interest.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 114 Sewall #1, Brookline Ask: $729,000. | Sold: $740,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1090 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($519 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/11/16 | Sold 06/17/16

My notes: One of two units in the same complex to hit the market today. Nice 2-bed ground floor unit with parking and washer/dryer in unit.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 399 Washington St #6, Brookline Ask: $825,000. | Sold: $857,500 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1410 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($661 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/11/16 | Sold 07/15/16

My notes: This unit is 3 flights up, no elevator. From the front entrance, there didn't seem to be an obvious space to leave a stroller inside, but from the back entrance, as soon as you step inside there is a door to the storage room, and I saw multiple strollers stored in there. There seemed to be a lot of space and the strollers weren't even folded up. The front entrance stairs are nice and wide, while the back entrance stairs seemed steep and narrow. It's rental parking, currently at $200/month. The building is like a "U" shape, with a landscaped courtyard and paths inside the U. (Not a lot of grass; it was mostly other landscaping, like shrubs, trees, and flowers.) The building is around the corner from the Pierce School Playground though.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 369 Harvard St #3, Brookline Ask: $825,000. | Sold: $828,000 Map
3 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1510 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($466 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/11/16 | Sold 07/15/16

My notes: The ground floor is commercial/office space. This unit is two flights up, no elevator so I asked what families do with strollers, and the listing agent said people leave them downstairs, and indeed when I left, I saw an umbrella stroller parked by the stairwell. There is storage in basement. Parking is rental nearby at $175/month. There is currently 1 bathroom, but the listing agent suggested that the closet in the central hallway opposite the second bedroom could be converted into a half (or a compact 3/4) bathroom. No outdoor space, but this building is basically next to the Devotion Playground.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 116 Pleasant Street #3, Brookline Ask: $1,200,000. | Sold: $1,250,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1543 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($229 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/11/16 | Sold 06/27/16

My notes: This 3rd floor walkup is a beautiful unit with many desired features, such as parking and central air. At $778/sqft, the list price is higher than I would have expected. On the other hand, at the moment there are not many other 3-bed/2-bath units on the market by this prime location.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 131 Winchester #131, Brookline Ask: $1,749,000. | Sold: $1,725,000 Map
4 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2529 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($350 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/06/16 | Sold 07/22/16

My notes: New gut renovation on the corner of Winchester and Coolidge St. There are two units in this house, 131 and 133. To enter this unit (131) you walk up one flight of stairs (to the second floor of the house), and there is a staircase up to the upper level with bedrooms. On the entry level there is a nicely bright sun room / office.
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Visited Wednesday 05/11/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 133 Winchester Street #133, Brookline Ask: $1,699,000. | Sold: $1,650,000 Map
4 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 2387 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($350 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/06/16 | Sold 08/01/16

My notes: New gut renovation on the corner of Winchester and Coolidge St. There are two units in this house, 131 and 133. You enter this unit (133) on the ground floor, which has the master suite. There are stairs down to the lower level, where the other bedrooms are, and the washer/dryer room.
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Visited Wednesday 05/04/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 20 Gibbs Stret #3, Brookline Ask: $999,000. | Sold: $1,140,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1690 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($771.5 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/04/16 | Sold 08/30/16

My notes: This is a nice unit, and according to the agent the owner invested approximately $100,000 into renovations 7 years ago, which included new windows, rewiring the electric system, adding recessed lighting and redoing the bathrooms. He said the kitchen was renovated 10 years ago. 2 flights up to this top floor unit. It includes 1 garage spot, and large storage space in basement.
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Visited Wednesday 05/04/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 41 Kent St #B, Brookline Ask: $799,000. | Sold: $805,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1333 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($207 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/28/16 | Sold 08/05/16

My notes: This is the top two floors of the house. The top level is the master suite, and the other two bedrooms are on the first level. There is very large, locked storage area in the basement, including a washer and dryer. There is also a washer/dryer hookup in the master suite, but it is not currently being used. There is not a lot of square footage left over for the living/dining room space. Parking is rental; they have two spots at $190/month each.
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Visited Wednesday 05/04/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 3 Englewood Ave #3, Brookline Ask: $639,000. | Sold: $670,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1220 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($413 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/04/16 | Sold 08/01/16

My notes: If you're looking for a 3-bedroom on a budget, check this out. The building is just off Beacon St. This is a first floor unit, and the floor plan is...unique. The kitchen has an older stove and an unusual layout with the fridge in the pantry. Parking not included. There is a bonus room that could be used as a small office or exercise room. It has a few idiosyncrasies but also lots of charm.
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Visited Wednesday 05/04/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 110 Cypress St #104, Brookline Ask: $745,000. | Sold: $840,000 Map
2 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1205 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($443 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/04/16 | Sold 06/21/16

My notes: Washer/dryer in the bathroom, and includes 2 (tandem) parking spots. This first floor unit looks out onto the gated & locked walkway shared by the association. It's large for a 2-bedroom, with 2 bathrooms and an open floor plan for the entertaining areas. Built 12 years ago, this is relatively new construction.
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Visited Wednesday 05/04/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 124 Davis Ave #3, Brookline Ask: $1,225,000. | Sold: $1,155,600 Map
5 beds, 3 full / 0 half baths, 2344 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($363 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 05/04/16 | Sold 10/07/16

My notes: This unit occupies the top two floors of the house. It has a flexible floor plan and could be configured to have 4-6 bedrooms. The second level is a finished attic space, and with bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms adds a lot of living space to the unit. The washer/dryer is on the second level as well. With the two floors, this does feel like a single-family home in the midst of Brookline Village.
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Visited Wednesday 05/04/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 8 Manton Terrace, Brookline Ask: $2,150,000. Map
4 beds, 4 full / 0 half baths, 3800 sqft. Single family.
Status: Off Market / Under Agreement
Listed 04/27/16

My notes: This was sold last summer for $1,080,000, and has since been completely renovated. It no longer has original details like the stain glass and woodwork, but it is gorgeously redone with an open floor plan and modern finishes. In addition to the abundance of indoor space, there is a grassy back yard. The house is on a dead end street that you enter from Brainerd Rd in Allston (by Boston Sports Club), and all but a couple of the houses on this short street are actually in Allston. Did this rehab add over $1.6M in value? We will see. Already the price dropped from $2.8 M to $2.7 M.
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Visited Wednesday 04/27/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 147 Longwood Ave #2, Brookline Ask: $875,000. | Sold: $965,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1337 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($485 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/27/16 | Sold 06/28/16

My notes: Very close to the Lawrence School playground, which you can see from the unit. This unit is on an unpaved driveway/spur off of Longwood Ave, so there is some separation from the traffic on that busy road. There is in-unit laundry, a deck off the back, storage in the basement, and a parking spot right in front. Wall air conditioner.
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Visited Wednesday 04/27/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 36 Winchester St #1, Brookline Ask: $429,000. | Sold: $476,000 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 660 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($336.85 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/27/16 | Sold 06/06/16

My notes: This is a first floor unit, but is slightly elevated above street level (a "high first floor"). Laundry is in the building next door, which is part of the same complex. Low owner occupancy here, with 6 out of 30 owner occupied. Great location by Coolidge Corner. Lovely unit.
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Visited Wednesday 04/27/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 15 Francis St #27, Brookline Ask: $325,000. | Sold: $341,000 Map
1 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 404 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($325.14 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/27/16 | Sold 05/31/16

My notes: Recently renovated studio in an elevator building. The condo association is taking a loan from Brookline Bank for up to $500,000 to undertake many repairs including boiler replacement, roof replacement, elevator replacement, and front atrium and awning. Their plan is to pay off the loan over 9 years, and essentially each unit will have some amount added to their monthly condo fee for their share of the loan. (Unit owners also have the option to pay their share upfront instead). If you are potentially interested in a unit in this building, make sure to review the documents in detail to understand what this would mean for you.
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Visited Wednesday 04/27/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 15 Claflin Path #2, Brookline Ask: $699,000. | Sold: $699,000 Map
3 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1461 sqft, 3 parking. Condo ($0 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/27/16 | Sold 06/17/16

My notes: On Claflin Path (near Claflin Road but different), on Aspinwall Hill near Washington Square. This is being sold "as is", and could be a good fit for someone looking for a renovation project. The kitchen, bathroom, and windows are older. The unit is one floor up. There is additional space in the attic, and a garage spot is included as well.
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Visited Wednesday 04/20/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 30 Summit Ave #2, Brookline Ask: $595,000. | Sold: $692,500 Map
3 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 1129 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($466 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/20/16 | Sold 06/08/16

My notes: This unit attracted strong interest and garnered 23 offers following the open houses. Large lockable storage closet in the basement. The association of 18 units has 10 parking spaces for rent at $75/month, and currently three units on the waitlist for one of the spots. They said that while waiting for a spot, you could rent nearby for $150-200 month. 2 of the bedrooms are smaller. Bathroom and kitchen are more recent.
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Visited Wednesday 04/20/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 24 Summit Ave #2, Brookline Ask: $565,000. | Sold: $610,000 Map
2 beds, 1 full / 0 half baths, 906 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($385 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/20/16 | Sold 06/02/16

My notes: Great location just off Beacon St near Coolidge Corner. This is an end unit, with windows on three sides, so lots of light. The association of 18 units has 10 parking spaces for rent at $75/month, and currently three units on the waitlist for one of the spots. They said that while waiting for a spot, you could rent nearby for $150-200 month. Unusual angles in some of the rooms.
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Visited Sunday 04/17/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 147 Kelton St #704, Boston Ask: $625,000. | Sold: $687,000 Map
2 beds, 2 full / 1 half baths, 1440 sqft, 0 parking. Condo ($574 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/14/16 | Sold 06/07/16

My notes: This is a duplex on the top floor of a managed condominium building. The unit has roof access, with views of the Boston skyline. It is heated and cooled with an electric heat pump, which in some cases is great and can be very efficient, and in others can be noisy and expensive. The description says there are new insulated windows and sliding door, which can help conserve energy. Out of curiosity, I called Eversource (800-592-2000) to get the historical electricity usage for this unit. They told me that in 2014 they used ~2000 kilowatts/month, which reduced to ~1700 kw/month in 2015, and ~1000 kw/month this year. (That reduction could be consistent with new windows, and/or with a milder winter, and/or with people not being home.) Their 12-month average bill is $216, the high was $357, and the low was $140.
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Visited Wednesday 04/13/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 402 Meridian St #1, Boston Ask: $500,000. | Sold: $500,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1359 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($181 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/05/16 | Sold 06/01/16

My notes: On Eagle Hill in East Boston, close to the Maverick T stop on the blue line, this unit has views of the Boston skyline over the harbor. The whole house was rehabbed and transformed into four condos in 2011, and as a result the unit feels modern and up to date. It includes parking, and has a back patio area. Due to the slope of the hill, one side of this unit is above grade and the other side is partially below grade.
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Visited Wednesday 04/13/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 142 Fuller #4, Brookline Ask: $1,560,000. | Sold: $1,514,000 Map
3 beds, 3 full / 1 half baths, 2050 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($250 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/12/16 | Sold 08/29/16

My notes: The outstanding feature of this newly renovated unit is the private roof deck, from which you can see the Hancock and Prudential Towers. The whole building is being transformed from apartments into four condominiums. This unit has a full bath for every bedroom, and a half bath off the living room. The common space is concentrated in one open area on one end, including the kitchen, living room, and dining room areas. Parking is a 2-car tandem space. This unit is three flights up. There is no separate storage area, so this may be a Fuller house.
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Visited Wednesday 04/13/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 93 Centre St #2, Brookline Ask: $899,000. | Sold: $956,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1465 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($300 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/13/16 | Sold 05/27/16

My notes: Nicely finished kitchen and bathrooms. It's an interesting floor plan, with the living room and dining room on almost opposite ends of the unit, and bedrooms felt modestly sized. Washer/dryer in the kitchen. Rented parking. There is an approximately 8' x 8' storage locker in the basement. With the location so close to Coolidge Corner, it will be interesting to see what happens with this one.
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Visited Sunday 04/10/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 232 Summit Ave #W102, Brookline Ask: $1,200,000. | Sold: $1,047,000 Map
2 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1488 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($615 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 03/02/16 | Sold 06/01/16

My notes: In a lovely building on Summit Hill. The back windows and deck get a lot of light with their south/south-west exposure. The two-car tandem garage is rather large, and there is also an extra storage space. The unit has an open floor plan with dining room, living room, family room, and an office cluster. The kitchen was designed by a kitchen designer, and you can tell that a lot of thought went into it: there is an appliance garage, quiet close drawers, specially shaped corner drawers to make use of the space, and a wood-paneled refrigerator. The list price ($1.2M) and condo fee ($615/month) are on the higher side, even for luxury 2-bedrooms, which might explain the 40 days on market.
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Visited Sunday 04/10/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 118 Pleasant St #3, Brookline Ask: $1,199,999. | Sold: $1,225,000 Map
4 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1838 sqft, 2 parking. Condo ($495 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/08/16 | Sold 07/29/16

My notes: If you don't mind walking up a few flights of stairs, this is a gorgeous unit with updated kitchen, bathrooms and windows. There is a small bonus room/office behind the kitchen as well, which opens up to the deck.
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Visited Wednesday 04/06/16 (almost 3 years ago)
Property photo from MLS map of address 14 Alton Ct #2, Brookline Ask: $1,100,000. | Sold: $1,125,000 Map
3 beds, 2 full / 0 half baths, 1655 sqft, 1 parking. Condo ($400 condo fee.)
Status: SOLD
Listed 04/06/16 | Sold 05/31/16

My notes: Great location and unit. It's one flight up from the street. The parking spot is right in front. The roof deck is shared with units 1 and 3. It includes a good-sized storage space in the basement as well. In addition to the three bedrooms, living room, and dining room, there is also a bonus room/study to round it out.
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