Success Stories

Real Estate Success Stories

Here are updates on properties I’ve sold that have been featured on Centers and Squares.  If you’re hoping for success with your real estate sale I’d love to talk to you about how to get top price for your property.  You can reach me via the Contact button above or call me at 617-504-1737.  Liz Bolton, ReMax Destiny.

369 Franklin St Living room369 Franklin St Cambridge MA Unit 101 sold after one weekend.   We asked for offers to be submitted after the open house and the sellers received a full price offer of $489,000.  This was the third condo I’ve sold in the last couple of years at 369 Franklin.  I love this building!  Built by Oaktree Development in 2003 it offers modern, energy efficient condos in a building with an elevator and garage parking.  Just a block from Mass Ave, residents have easy access to shops, restaurants and more from Central Square to Harvard Square.  Unit 101 had an amazingly large private yard – unusual for a condo in the heart of the city.

48 Marlboro Street in Belmont MA sold to happy new owners for $366,000.  Recently I ran into the new homeowners at a party at my ReMax office and they told me how grateful they were that I had called their agent after the open house they attended.  This was their first visit to an open house in Belmont after growing discouraged by Cambridge / Somerville condo prices. After I called their agent they went back for a second look and decided it was the right place for them.  I helped the sellers buy a new home and together we worked through the challenges of buying and selling at the same time.

97 Kirkland St Living Room435 Washington Street Somerville MA was very popular.  It’s a modern elevator building with garage parking on the Cambridge /Somerville line not too far from Harvard Yard.  Decorated impeccably, Unit 206 showed beautifully in person and in the photos taken by the professional photographer I use.  We set a deadline for offers after open houses on Saturday and Sunday.  The sellers received many offers and accepted a cash offer of $390,000, $41,000 over asking and $100,000 more than they paid when I helped them buy the condo in 2008.

8 George Street Cambridge MA was a serene, top floor retreat on a sweet side street in North Cambridge.  When spring came and you took in the lovely view from the back deck it was easy to understand why the seller was loath to leave.  The  long time owner accepted an offer of $357,000 from buyers who had plans to update the kitchen.

1-3 Rockingham Place Cambridge MA was a meticulously maintained two-family close to the BU Bridge.  It was particularly fun for me since it abutted the house my family had owned for 80 years in Cambridgeport.  As a boy my dad had played on the Rockingham Sox baseball team with his friend Billy Harris who lived at 1-3 Rockingham.  My uncle married a girl who lived a block away so I had fun imagining things as they were some 60 years ago as I walked the blocks.  Back to the house – we had two very busy open houses and reviewed offers – quite a few of them – with the sellers afterwards.  The house sold for $1,056,000 – $157,000 over the asking price.

5 Walden Mews Cambridge MA was a fee simple townhouse – an attached single family – near Raymond Park.  Listed for $729,000, or $50,000 more than the sellers paid when I helped them buy it in 2008, 5 Walden Mews sold for $750,000 after the first open house.

65 Circuit Street65 Circuit St Melrose MA was an adorable bungalow within walking distance of downtown Melrose and the commuter rail.  After visiting it during a broker open house in 2003 I brought buyers to see it who had been looking in Cambridge and Somerville.  After almost a decade, during which they did one of the nicest kitchen renovations I’ve seen, I helped them sell the house and buy a larger house for their growing family.  Coincidentally, it was another Cambridge real estate agent who sold the bungalow to buyers attracted to Melrose’s prices and amenities.  65 Circuit Street was listed for $379,000 and sold for $375,000 after the open house.

10 Francis Street in Somerville MA is one of my favorite houses I’ve sold.  It was old and untouched – the way I like ’em – and it had charm – and  charm has always been tops on my list for houses.  I helped a young couple buy it in 2006 and sold it for them in 2012.  They had already moved out of state and I arranged for painting, repairs and cleaning to ensure the house looked its best for its debut.  The house sold in one weekend with multiple bids for $472,000.

36 Jerome Street Medford MA was an updated single family within walking distance of the commuter rail in West Medford.  West Medford is a popular neighborhood for buyers who are able to buy a single family house for the price (or less than the price!) of a Cambridge or Somerville condo.  I’d helped the sellers buy it when they moved to Medford from Cambridge back in 2003.  After finding them a new home we put 36 Jerome on the market.  It sold for $395,000.

14 Packard Ave Somerville MA was a Philadelphia-style condo close to Teele Square.  For those of you who haven’t heard the term, “Philadelphia-style” in Greater Boston real estate agent-speak refers to a first-floor condo with stairs to an upstairs room or two.  Nobody has ever found a Philadelphian who knows what we’re talking about.  14 Packard Ave sold for $388,000 to a buyer who lived in the neighborhood and found the condo online.

237 Willow Ave Somerville MA237 Willow Ave Somerville MA was a sparkling two-level condo that had been renovated in 2005.  Ideally located by Ball Square and the bike path it was convenient to both Porter and Davis Squares.   247 Willow Ave sold for $585,000 after two weeks on the market. 

369 Franklin Street Unit 202 Cambridge MA was a pristine two-bedroom, two-bath condo.  The sellers received an offer within a few days and the condo sold for $450,000 or 98% of the list price.

3920 Mystic Valley Pkwy Unit 701 in Medford MA sold in 2011.  3920 MVP is one of my favorite condo buildings in large part because of the beautiful indoor pool.  Taking an elevator to go swimming – now that’s living! If they ever decide to allow cats I’ll be there in a flash.  Unit 701 was a corner unit with beautiful Mystic River and Boston skyline views.  It sold for $299,500.

345 Cardinal Medeiros Unit 1 Cambridge MA sold for $279,000.  I had helped the sellers buy it several years before for their son while he was attending graduate school.  Buying a condo in Cambridge or Somerville can make a lot of sense rather than paying four years of rent – especially given the increase in rents we’ve experienced recently.

369 Franklin St Unit 302 Cambridge MA was a two-bedroom, two-bath condo with a great layout.  An open living /dining room was flanked by a bedroom and full bath on each side – a perfect arrangement for roommates. Unit 302 sold for $445,000.

11 Homer Ave Cambridge MA was a much loved family home that sold in 2011 for $385,000. 11 Homer Ave sung to me.  When I bought my first house one of the items on my wish list was that the house had been lived in by one family for a long time and not updated.  11 Homer Ave fit the bill and if I had been in the market I would have been tempted to buy it myself.  

14 Holton St Medford MA  I sold Unit 6 at 14 Holton Street in West Medford for the second time in 2011.  14 Holton Street is one of my favorite Medford condo buildings.  It’s a handsome double triple-decker with a gorgeous golden oak main staircase.  The condos have a deck off the kitchen and in-unit laundry.  The first time I sold Unit 6 the owners had a room off the living room set up as a den.  With overstuffed chairs, books, and plants, and large windows looking out at the tree-lined street, it was the coziest spot imaginable to sit with a book or the Sunday paper. 14 Holton is just a couple of blocks from the commuter rail station in West Medford – next stop North Station – and the bus to Davis is at the corner.  Unit 6 sold for $292,000 in 2011.

581 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge MA was a fee simple townhouse, an attached single family.  It’s just the sort of place I’m looking for now with buyers but can’t find – a garage with direct access, private outdoor space, soaring ceilings, a fireplace, renovated kitchen, and more.  Back i n 2010 it sold for $490,000.

166 Sylvia St side166 Sylvia Street in Arlington was a scrumptious house.   It was what we call a “creampuff” – a house in superbly maintained condition.  Lucky new owners bought it for $385,000 in 2010.

This Hamilton Road condo in Arlington was hard to forget.  For years after I first helped the buyers purchase it I would think of them enjoying their huge deck overlooking Spy Pond.  When I sold it for them in 2010 the photo I took of the pond from that deck became the desk top image on the computer at the front desk in my office. Usually those photos were changed every time someone sat down at the computer. But the view of Spy Pond was so mesmerizing it stayed on the screen for months.  Penthouse condos in this complex rarely turn over.  This one sold for $499,000 in 2010.

87 Bristol Street Cambridge MA was a loft-style condo in a David Aposhian building.  The condo’s oversized windows overlooked the large private yard.  Unit 1C at 87 Bristol sold in 2010 for $437,500 after the first open house.

119 Park Ave Arlington MA is a distinctive mid-century modern house.  Built in 1948, its front facade originally looked like a Cape.  A renovation and addition designed by a local architect brought the house’s modernist style to the front and in the process created an amazing master bedroom suite with office on the upper floor.  The house sold for $749,000 in 2010.

10 Caldwell Ave Somerville MA was a top floor condo with its own private roof deck.  Caldwell Ave is just over the Cambridge line and an easy walk to Harvard Yard.  The condo sold for $322,000 in 2010 and was just recently sold again for $338,000.

88 Pearl St Cambridge MA was a very old house – it dated from the early 1800s – that needed a lot of work.  The first job was to get the house – an estate sale – ready to sell.  I had it cleaned – and did a lot of cleaning myself, met with antique dealers, and had it emptied out.  We then priced it to reflect the condition and to attract buyers – and it worked.   For a week I had days filled with showings.  We then reviewed offers – plenty of them – and the sellers accepted an offer for $525,ooo – $50,0oo over the list price.  The house was subsequently renovated and transformed into two beautiful condos that sold in 2011.

Copyright © 2008 - 2013 Centers And Squares     Agent Login     Design by Real Estate Tomato     Powered by Tomato Real Estate Blogs

Real Estate Tomato