Boston Homes
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Boston condo sales up in both price and volume
tion on the top floor, sold on April 10 for $1,331,056.

The open space concept works great for the airy kitchen – dining – living room. The kitchen has a fine Jenn-Air appliance package, including a wine chiller and a 36-inch stove with a direct venting hood and an island roomy enough to seat six hungry people. Lots of windows flank the living room adding natural light and special views.

Ian Halpin of the Lauchlin Real Estate Group was the listing and selling agent.

Downtown – Fort Point – Leather District – Seaport

In addition to claiming the city’s largest transaction of the quarter, 50 Liberty holds the distinction for the city’s second highest sale. Penthouse 2B was sold on April 11 for $9,755,300. This spacious 3,618 square-foot home on the 14th floor has three-plus bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.

50 Liberty is 14 stories tall with 120 homes located on the water’s edge. 50 Liberty hosts Committee, an innovative Mediterraneaninspired restaurant, fashioned by owner George Aboujaoude. Other amenities include concierge services and garage parking.

All homes have similar finishes, such as marble baths, custom kitchens with Sub-Zero appliances, hardwood floors and incorporate private and communal outdoor space.

The Seaport’s median price per square foot shot up 82 percent from a year ago to $1,427 – the most expensive in the city. The median sales price rocketed up 129 percent in the second quarter to $1,898,995.

East Boston

Total sales rose in East Boston during the second quarter, going from 86 homes sold in the second quarter of 2017 to 96 this time around. The median price soared from $429,500 last year to $511,250.

The most generous sale was at 320 Maverick St in the Jeffries Point neighborhood. Closing on June 27 for $790,000, Unit 502 is a two-bedroom, two-bath home with French doors opening to a unique oversized private roof deck. The kitchen includes classic portrait square cabinets and vanities in Kona palette, a glass backsplash and a quartz island.

Brett Speranzella of StreamLine Communities was the listing and selling agent.

Fenway

The Fenway had a successful second quarter, thanks primarily to the many sales at Pierce Boston.

The number of units sold climbed 17 percent over the second quarter of last year with 75 this quarter. The average selling price escalated to 65 percent from a year ago to $1,176,526 and the median spiraled up 50 percent to $916,100. The average price per square foot zoomed to $1,212 and the median price per square foot rose to $1,105.

The topmost sale landed on June 25 when Penthouse 29A at Pierce Boston sold for $5,300,000. This opulent condo offers 2,684 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms plus a private balcony on the 29th floor.

Pierce Boston residents also enjoy a lavish top-floor retreat featuring a sky-top pool with hot tub, a sky deck with kitchen and gas fireplaces, secluded library, private fireside dining, and a phenomenal panorama of the cityscape. Grounded on the second floor is a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Cindy Dwyer of the Collaborative Companies- Pierce Boston was the agent for the property.

Jamaica Plain

While Jamaica Plain realized a slight rise in sales up from 139 in the same quarter last year to 141 this year, the median price saw a big jump, rising from $515,000 in second quarter last year to $625,000 this year.

Tops in sales was Unit 2 at 86 Orchard St. This expansive Neoclassical two-family 2,821- square-foot home with impeccable original details and deluxe modern amenities sold for $1,550,000 on April 30. This home touts four bedrooms and four baths and is only a stone’s throw from Jamaica Pond, Centre Street and the always-popular Arnold Arboretum.

South Boston

South Boston reached new records in average price per square foot ($709) and median price per square foot ($713). While the median sales price rose 13 percent to $698,000, the number of sales fell 13 percent to 200 homes sold, a reflection of the shortage of inventory. Demand for homes in South Boston is alive and thriving.

The principal sale of the quarter in Southie came on June 14th when 35 Farragut Rd., Unit 3, closed for $2,150,000.

The 3,000-square-foot penthouse duplex offers three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, two-car garage parking and direct access elevator. Across from Pleasure Bay on South Boston’s waterfront, this home offers some of the best views of the Boston Harbor Islands in the area.

This home was listed by Perry DiNatale of Perry DiNatale Realty and purchased with Zechariah Cook of Bulfinch Boston Realty, Inc.

South End

The South End witnessed record sales of $314,294,881 in the second quarter – a 35 percent boost from the second quarter of 2016 when it stood at $232,347,746. The neighborhood also saw a record average of $1,072 per square foot and a record median price per square foot of $1,085.

Sales climbed 33 percent for the quarter with 253 units sold. The median selling price during that period was $1,040,000 – a 17 percent surge from a year ago.

The pinnacle of sales for the quarter was reached when 728-740 Tremont St., Unit 6, sold for $5,125,000 on May 31.

This hefty 10-room home with 4,897 square feet of living space affords four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths plus an attached garage with two parking spaces.

Coming in second was 144 Warren Ave., Unit 2, which closed on June 22 for $4,350,000.

The stunning custom-designed penthouse triplex entertains more than 3,000 square feet of stylish living in a masterful open concept layout. There are four bedrooms, three-and-ahalf bathrooms, an office, two private decks with irrigation and gas hookups and two direct-access deeded parking spaces. The state-of-the-art kitchen is outfitted with custom cabinetry and Viking/SubZero appliances. The majestic master suite spans the entirety of the second floor. The third level includes a versatile common room.

Kevin Caulfield of Compass was the listing and selling agent.

Waterfront – North End – Financial District

The second quarter supported record-breaking stats in the Waterfront and North End. The Waterfront reached a record high at $1,023 median price per square foot. In the North End, the average selling price hit a lofty $810,958 – a 14 percent increase from the previous record set in the first quarter. The median selling price of $660,000 also marks a new elevation.

The most substantial sale of the quarter was Unit 14 at 14 Union Wharf, which sold for $3,476,000 on June 15.

This corner exposure with two sets of bay windows and two private decks offers priceless views of the harbor and city skyline. Three levels of sun-filled living space include two-plus bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths with numerous updates throughout.

The fire-placed living room opens to the dining room and chef’s kitchen. A level above is the family room and office with options for a guest bedroom. The entire top level with soaring ceilings, skylights and private deck is dedicated to the master bedroom with a fivepiece en-suite bath.

Tracy Campion of Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate was the listing agent and it was bought with Carmela Laurella of CL Waterfront Properties.