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January's Real Estate Update from Leslie MacKinnon
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January's Real Estate Update from Leslie MacKinnon

Boston has proven to be a top performer in the luxury housing market having 204 million-dollar home sales in last year’s third quarter. In terms of sales, Boston is ranked No. 9 in the United States of all luxury housing markets, with not many cities being able to compare to this rampant activity. Million dollar home sales are predicted to remain strong for 2015.

Although million-dollar home sales are only up 2.5 percent on year-over-year measures, they are up an outstanding 64.5 percent since 2011 Quarter 3 showing substantial growth in the market over the past few years. Learn more

As a part of the Sotheby's International Realty network of more than 730 offices in 56 countries, allow me to assist you with any of your real estate needs, anywhere. Feel free to contact me at 617.312.0009 or leslie.mackinnon@sothebysrealty.com.

Back Bay

100 Beacon St. #2A
Rarely available three bedroom residence at 100 Beacon Street. Enjoy every comfort and convenience at this prestigious, historic property in the heart of the Back Bay, steps from the breathtaking Boston Public Garden, River Esplanade and world class shopping. The floor plan is spacious, bright and modern. A high-security video intercom system and 24 hour concierge provide residents with an around the clock white glove service. The home features the finest materials and craftsmanship, no detail was overlooked, from the limestone and oak floors, Bosch/Subzero/Wolf appliances, White Quartz Caesar Stone countertops, gas fireplace, spacious custom walk-in closets, limestone counter, deep soaking tub and steam shower make this a luxurious urban retreat. Live in one of Boston's most beautiful and fashionable neighborhoods. Convenient public garage parking available for rent. Read more. $3,200,000

South End

27 Worcester Sq. #6
New to market. Overlooking Worcester Square, this two bedroom/1 bathroom Penthouse residence (974 ft.) includes a direct access private roof deck. Central AC. Skylights in Dining room, Kitchen and Bathroom. Living room with bay window, hardwood floors and decorative fireplace. Kitchen with granite countertops, hardwood floor, Stainless steel appliances. South facing Master bedroom with double closets and laundry. South facing second bedroom with hardwood floors. Full stairs to large roof deck (2013) with sink, grill, fridge, decorative lighting and panoramic views of Back Bay and South End. Includes one assigned parking spot. Read more. $730,000

North End

177 Endicott St. #2
Absolute Prime North End Location! Live in The Heart of the North End! Totally Renovated 2 bed, 1 bath condo with gleaming hardwood floors throughout and central A/C! Wonderful open floor-plan for living and entertaining! Large Chef's Kitchen open to Livingroom/Diningroom! Great Common roofdeck with Brilliant Sunshine and Spectacular Views of Boston! Close proximity to many fine restaurants and historic sites! Just Minutes to the Financial District & Waterfront! Easy access to all major routes in and out of the City! This unit won't last! Read more. $549,900

Foxboro

23 Shoreline Drive
Million Dollar Water Views are Beckoning! This lovely entertaining home has 4,057 SF of living space on main levels and over 2,000 SF in the finished lower level. Located in Reservoir Estates this 15 Room, 4 Bedroom, 3 full and 1 half bath Colonial boasts 2 fireplaces, 2 car garage and sits on over an acre of land. Much laughter, fun and relaxation will be enjoyed with family and friends in the in-ground pool, Jacuzzi or share a drink on one of the three back decks or patio as you gaze upon the water. New roof, newly painted exterior, new irrigation system, hot water tank, pool patio, expanded driveway and shed. Remodeled kitchen and walk out basement! Neponset Reservoir offers approx. 335 Acres of boating (motor allowed), fishing, skating, island exploration, awesome wildlife! Magnificent Sunsets! Vacation at Home! Conveniently located minutes from Patriot Place, Routes 1,95, 495 or minutes to the commuter rail to Boston or Providence. 
Read more. $799,000

Female Power Players Achieve Record Breaking Prices in 2014

In 2014, women artists played a prominent role in the Sotheby’s Auction House Art Market. There was a surge in appreciation of works done by female artists achieving prices that were record breaking. Read more

Luxury Brand Expands Presence in Switzerland

The white glove services offered by the Sotheby’s brand continues to make its presence known globally as Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has announced the opening of St. Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty in Switzerland. Read more

Boston Ranked the Number 1 Market to Watch in 2015

With 2014 quickly coming to an end Trulia, an online residential real estate site that lists properties for sale and rent, has announced what they believe to be the top 10 housing markets to watch in the New Year. Read more

$90M Housing Development Begins Demolition

A project that began planning nearly three years ago has begun demolition on the Commons at Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain. This $90M, 283-unit midmarket apartment complex is scheduled for occupancy in spring 2016. Read more
Hilary Tait Norod "Couplings" Exhibition at Galatea Fine Art, Boston, January 2nd - 31st
In the exhibition a sense of identity is at play. "Couplings" will ignite questions of our own identity within the relationships we value most. Norod presents a series of mixed media paintings developed from an interactive study of couples. Interviews of these couples were conducted and documented by video, email, or written letter. Norod immersed herself in the dialogues by exploring the intricacies of interpersonal relationships. Read more
The Glass Flower Gallery, Cambridge, January 2015
Professor George Lincoln Goodale, founder of the Botanical Museum, wanted life-like representatives of the plant kingdom for teaching botany. At the time only crude papier-maché or wax models were available.  The parts were shaped after the glass was softened by heat. Some models were blown. Colored glass was used for many, others were "cold painted" with a thin wash of colored ground glass or metal oxide(s) and heated until the material fused to the model. Read more
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