Historic Living in Boston: A Brief Primer on Historic Homes and Neighborhoods

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Joe Wolvek, Associate Director of Sales with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston’s rich history can be told through many perspectives, some of which include commerce, politics, education, medicine and finance. Yet, despite all the ways one may observe the city’s past and present coming together, the most obvious and striking is its eclectic assortment of structures. Erected over more than three centuries, Boston’s buildings tell of Colonial, Federal and Victorian eras, as well as the cultural shifts reflected in the Art Deco stylings of the early 1900s.

Beacon Hill, one of Boston’s earliest neighborhoods, has architecturally protected wood and brick homes dating from the early 1700s on its narrow gas-lit streets. Homes here are predominantly Federal style rowhouses or Greek Revival townhouses, and the narrow streets and closely knit buildings contribute to the feeling of life in old English neighborhoods. It is not unusual to see homes here with Doric columns or sunflower motifs.

Boston Neighborhoods: Beacon Hill real estate

Beacon Hill: a very central neighborhood with historic charm.

Home to the gold-domed Massachusetts State House, Beacon Hill has the distinction of overlooking both the Boston Common (the United States’ oldest park) and the impeccably landscaped Boston Public Garden. Here’s a sumptuous example of a mid 18th century Boston mansion on Beacon Street opposite the Public Garden. Charles Street, Beacon Hill’s primary shopping venue, is known for antique stores and flower shops, but has evolved to include contemporary clothing, accessories, stationery and even Tibetan products.

Boston Neighborhoods: Beacon Hill real estate

78 Beacon Street: a mid 18th century Boston mansion on Beacon Street opposite the Boston Public Garden

Boston’s South End, known for being the country’s largest contiguously standing Victorian age neighborhood, is largely physically characterized by red brick sidewalks, community gardens, parks, narrow tree-lined streets and attached brick rowhouses. These homes commonly feature decorative wrought iron railings leading up the front steps and an adjoining petite garden plot. Stained wood or colorfully painted antique doors, some with stained glass transoms, welcome residents and their visitors into these splendid old houses. Many of these row houses, sometimes referred to as brownstones, have been completely renovated into luxurious condominiums, penthouses, or even converted back to single family homes.  A good example of the adaptive re-use prevalent in Boston’s downtown markets is this beautiful Victorian single family brownstone.

In just a few decades, the South End has gone through more dramatic changes than any other neighborhood in Boston, resulting in a place with beautifully maintained homes and a reputation for trendsetting style. In the early 1900s this area was known for jazz clubs including the Savoy Café, Hi-Hat, and the still operating Wally’s Café Jazz Club. The South End lives on as a vibrantly artistic area, home to the Boston Center for the Arts, the Boston Ballet school, artist studios, art galleries, a diverse array of restaurants and cafes, home furnishing shops, dog-related businesses, and outdoor markets.

Boston Neighborhoods: South End real estate

Boston’s South End: Historic, Fun, Diverse

Boston’s Back Bay was predominantly swampland located to the west of the Boston Public Garden. Beginning in the 1860s, it was gradually filled in with dirt hauled in from outlying towns. Conceived as a stylish residential area, architect Arthur Gilman modeled Back Bay on the Haussmann formatting of Parisian boulevards. Commonwealth Avenue runs through the heart of Back Bay, still an elegant example of this style of boulevard with its parkway of mature trees and monuments to the city’s forebears lining a central walking path. In this neighborhood, houses vary from the more basic 18th century brownstone to the Gothic, Queen Anne and Romanesque styles. Materials and motifs may include verdigris copper patina trim or diamond-paned casement windows. This 10,000 square foot mansion at 130 Commonwealth Avenue is a beautiful example of the stately residences here.

Many highly regarded architects, including H. H. Richardson and Richard Morris Hunt, have designed homes and public buildings for the Back Bay. The neighborhood became home to notable writers and artists including Oliver Wendell Holmes and John Singer Sargent, and sprouted such venerable literary and cultural institutions as the Boston Public Library and Boston’s original Museum of Fine Arts. Today this neighborhood is known for excellent restaurants and high-end shopping, luxury hotels and residences, and its convenient proximity to theater and the Esplanade along the Charles River.

Even in Boston’s Midtown, amidst a whirlwind of urban energy, theater and movie venues, and a wildly successful new market of modern high-end luxury condominium buildings, the city maintains its connection to the past. A prime example in this neighborhood is the Paramount Theater, one of the first venues in Boston for talking movies. Its flamboyant sign and marque, reflecting the popularity of Art Deco design at the time, has been beautifully restored for a modern day Boston to enjoy.

A city of immense visual and social appeal, Boston’s past, present and future live comfortably together in local hangouts, on its lively sidewalks and in its historic homes.

Boston Neighborhoods - Gibson Sotheby's International RealtyMany thanks to our guest blogger, Joe Wolvek from Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, greater Boston’s luxury real estate company with eight offices, which are located in Back Bay, two offices in the South End, the Waterfront, Charlestown, Savin Hill, Westwood and Weston.

Sotheby’s International Realty: Beyond the Extraordinary in 2014

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty’s global marketing capabilities are second to none in the Nashville market. With over 700 offices in 49 countries, our global network is unmatched. At The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, we look forward to providing you exceptional service, marketing excellence, and an unyielding focus on quality throughout 2014.

Join us as we take a look at the success of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as our extraordinary brand continues to evolve.

Our distinguished brand and the Sotheby’s International Realty network has amazing momentum. In fact, as we look at the success of our marketing efforts in 2013, we plan for even greater success in 2014; including the 2014 brand campaign which should deliver 800 million impressions through our global media partners.

Anthology: Our 2013 Marketing Program and Cutting Edge TechnologyAnother feature that sets us apart from other real estate companies is Anthology, our wholly immersive digital listing presentation. Launched last year, Anthology positioned Sotheby’s International Realty as the first company in any industry to use the Adobe Digital Publishing software to reach consumers. 

Are you thinking about selling your home in Middle Tennesee? Contact one of our expert realtors and they will present to you this enhanced listing presentation — like no other.

Sotheby’s International Realty Times Square Exposure

New York City is such a special place to visit around the holidays.

If you have a trip planned this holiday season, make sure to stop by Times Square and look for the Sotheby’s International Realty :15 ad campaign dedicated to showcasing our real estate lifestyle categories. In collaboration with the New York Stock Exchange, you can catch a glimpse of the benefits of working with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. Located at 44th St. and Broadway above the Good Morning America studios, more than 1.6 million people walking through Times Square during the holiday season will view the ad each day.

Can’t make it to New York City this year? View a snap shot of our campaign below.

You can also get in the New York holiday spirit with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, now playing at the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets and showtimes can be found here on TicketMaster.

At The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, we are your local experts with the support of a global brand. Contact us if you are considering buying or selling your home in Middle Tennessee.

What $160,000 can get you in real estate

Have you ever wondered how Nashville real estate compares with other metro areas? Well today we wanted to compare what kind of property you can buy for around $160,000 in different Sotheby’s International Realty markets.

Check out these Sotheby’s International Realty homes for sale all priced at about $160,000 in Nashville, Tennessee, Vermont’s ski country, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Nashville, Tennessee, USA | The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty | $159,900 USD

Nashville real estate

1209 Sunnymeade Drive | Nashville, TN | Listing Agent: Tanya Key Adams

Fantastic cottage and location! All brick with huge back yard, hardwood floors, and fireplace.  Lots of potential – 960 sq ft of unfinished space plus basement! 2 bedrooms, 1 bath

Ludlow, Vermont, USA | Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty | $159,000 USD

Sotheby's International Realty - Vermont real estate

Jackson Gore Inn | Ludlow, VT | Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Sit on your deck and watch the skiers come home in this 2 bedroom condo. Located in the middle of the Jackson Gore Inn, you’ll be able to catch all the action going in the courtyard and beyond.

St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USVI | United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty | $160,000 USD

Sotheby's International Realty - Virgin Islands real estate

South Shore | St. Croix, USVI | United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

This vacant lot, a little more than three quarters of an acre, sits on a little ridge above the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The views are just spectacular, and include wide open sea, a nice cove, and miles of rolling green hills. Located on St Croix’s South Shore, these lots are located in a very small, but nice private subdivision, where there is only one other home built. It is completely “off grid,” powered by wind and solar.

The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in Nashville and Middle Tennessee Real Estate but can also connect you with properties worldwide. If you would like to compare other metro areas and price ranges, click here to search homes for sale on our website

Franklin’s Luxury Farm for sale featured on FarmandRanchSIR.com

Lawrence Lipman currently represents this stunning estate and luxury farm for sale. On over 700 acres in Franklin, TN, Eagles Rest is now featured on the home page of Sotheby’s International Realty specialty website, FarmandRanchSIR.com.

Grand Estate and Luxury Farm for sale in Franklin, TN - Eagles Rest

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The cover property position provides unrivaled international exposure.

One of the largest benefits in listing your Nashville area home – whether it is modest or a mansion –  with The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty is that you receive local expertise and international exposure through our extensive global media partners to further the reach of marketing your home. We are connected to more than 600 offices in 45 countries worldwide through the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

Grand Estate and Luxury Farm for sale in Franklin, TN - Eagles Rest

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We are thrilled when we can help manage the sale or purchase of your home – either here in Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee or through our global referral network. Contact us at 615-463-3333 or stop by our office at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite C-104; Nashville 37215. 

Spring 2013 RESIDE Magazine

The Spring 2013 issues of RESIDE magazine have arrived, including the national issue as well as four locale editions which include Asia, Europe, California, and the Northeast.

In this season’s editions, Sotheby’s International Realty explores the changing role of a kitchen in today’s luxury home. No longer just a place to cook and serve a meal—the kitchen has become a home’s focal point. To provide with insight into what makes a kitchen truly exceptional, chef and restaurateur Jonathan Waxman offers his expertise.

No matter the country, no matter the culture, stunning kitchens are the starting point for stopping buyers in their tracks.

It’s no coincidence that in this spring 2013 national issue, a Nashville home (1317 Beddington Park listed by Jackie Karr) is featured on page 199. The stunning kitchen in this Nashville home features natural light, exquisite finishes, and top of the line appliances. Take a look at the images below!

RESIDE magazine Spring 2013 features Nashville home for sale

1317 Beddington Park | Offered at $1,350,000 | Listing Agent: Jackie Karr

RESIDE magazine Spring 2013 features Nashville home for sale

The kitchen at 1317 Beddington Park features natural light and an eat-in breakfast area.

RESIDE magazine Spring 2013 features Nashville home for sale

The custom cabinetry features exquisite details and the top of the line appliances will allow the homeowner to star as a celebrity chef.

RESIDE magazine Spring 2013To read the digital version of RESIDE® magazine Spring 2013 click here.