Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston, South Carolina.

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

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Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

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EXPO 2015 Shapes Milan’s Classic Skyline

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Diletta Carutti, Social Media Manager, Milan | Lake Como | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty in Italy.

Not only is Milan a fashion capital, famous worldwide for its luxury shopping districts, excellent cuisine and the “Teatro alla Scala” opera house, it is also Italy’s most dynamic business city.  Many view the real estate investment industry as one of the key drivers leading Italy’s future, and as Milan prepares to host the 2015 Universal Exposition (World’s Fair), the city has been changing its skin. Dozens of new construction developments have been popping up across the city, forming new Palazzos that are transforming Milan’s skyline.

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Price Upon Request| Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Porta Nuova is one of the most remarkable developments in Milan, if not in the whole country. Approved in 2004, this project comprises an area of approx. 3,660,000 sq.ft. and includes several high-rise buildings, cultural centres, a large city park and a new metro line stop, in addition to underground parking.

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Price Upon Request| Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Living in one of  Porta Nuova’s new residences is like embracing a new lifestyle where the sobriety of a private villa inspired by Milanese signature architecture meets the modern and international features of a high-rise building. In order to satisfy the growing demand of a clientele looking for turnkey homes, the interiors can be furnished with some pieces of the Meissen home collection (http://www.meissen.com), one of Europe’s most tradition-rich houses of fine art and hand-crafted luxury.

“Our clients are always more demanding in regard to the condition of the apartments and their amenities,” says Luca D’ Angelo, head of sales at Milan Sotheby’s International Realty.  “We see a lower turnover on the market for those apartments requiring big renovation and not immediately available for move-in. House prices decrease by 15% on average compared to those of 2010 and this reduction is even more significant for the second market compared to new developments.”

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Price Upon Request| Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

In the exclusive central streets defined by elegance and history, the prices of the apartments boasting views of green courtyards, and with privacy and comfort, have been stable on an average of € 13,000 per square meter. Within the Fashion District, besides the very top luxury homes, there are excellent investment opportunities in one or two-bedrooms-apartments with 6% yield for short term rentals, which are now often in demand thanks to the EXPO Milano 2015.

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530,000 € EUR | Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

“For a clientele looking for good deals, I recommend semi-central areas such as Fiera, Sempione and Repubblica,” says Laura Torrielli, senior sales manager at Milan Sotheby’s International Realty. “In these districts, upscale apartments in iconic palazzos such as those designed by the famous architect Giò Ponti are selling at prices 20% less compared to those a few years ago.”

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1,550,000 € EUR | Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

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Rome, Italy: The Real Great Beauty

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Diletta Carutti, Social Media Manager, Milan|Lake Como | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty in Italy.

Rome is as alluring as it has ever been. It perhaps would have been dismissed as a city of ancient ruins if not for the Italian movie “La Grande Bellezza” (“The Great Beauty”), which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014 and its dazzling leading character, Jep Gambardella, an Italian dandy of pensionable age, played on screen by Toni Servillo. After writing a successful novel in his formative years, Jep retired to Rome where he charmed and seduced his way through the city’s lavish nightlife and extravagant social scene. After his 65th birthday, Jep unexpectedly discovers the timeliness beauty and splendid landscape that Rome truly offers.

With rejuvenated interest, the spotlight is now on Rome for its classic European flair and timeless architecture to be cherished for years to come. Among the many apartments, penthouse and villas nestled among historic sceneries is Palazzo Pamphili, which is located in Piazza Navona. The apartment is currently available for sale and prominently featured in “The Great Beauty.”

Luxury Apartment Piazza Navona | Rome, Italy8.100.000 € EUR | Rome, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

“Despite the economic crisis which hit the Italian real estate market over the past few years” says Diletta Spinola, Sales Manager at Tuscany’s Sotheby’s International Realty, “property prices in a lot of neighbourhoods did not fall, especially in the historic centre where there are apartments and penthouses for sale with antique features such as frescos and vaulted ceilings. Apartments with views on the picturesque squares and renowned fountains are the most sought-after. In other residential areas such as the Parioli, prices fell and it is now possible to find bargains.”Modern Apartment in Parioli | Rome, Italy

3.750.000 € EUR | Rome, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

The boho-chic areas including Monti and San Giovanni have great appeal with artists, actors and movie directors. In san Giovanni, the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of St. John in Lateran both take centre stage, making the views from just about every window and balcony picturesque.

Piazza di Spagna Apartments | Rome, Italy

4.750.000 € EUR| Rome, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Many international clientele interested in owning a property at the very heart of Rome, in a refined atmosphere just a short stroll from such priceless cultural gems as Bernini’s fountain and the Church of Trinità dei Monti, primarily focus on the area around Piazza di Spagna, which still holds the record for price per square meter at €20,000 per square meter.

San Giovanni Luxury Apartment | Rome, Italy

1.650.000 € EUR | Rome, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

For those looking to buy villas, interesting neighbourhoods are Appia and Aventino, because they offer breathtaking sceneries and proximity to public parks and archaeological sites.

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Rome, Italy: The Real Great Beauty

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Diletta Carutti, Social Media Manager, Milan/Lake Como / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty in Italy.

Rome is as alluring as it has ever been. It perhaps would have been dismissed as a city of ancient ruins if not for the Italian movie “La Grande Bellezza” (“The Great Beauty”), which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014 and its dazzling leading character, Jep Gambardella, an Italian dandy of pensionable age, played on screen by Toni Servillo. After writing a successful novel in his formative years, Jep retired to Rome where he charmed and seduced his way through the city’s lavish nightlife and extravagant social scene. After his 65th birthday, Jep unexpectedly discovers the timeliness beauty and splendid landscape that Rome truly offers.

With rejuvenated interest, the spotlight is now on Rome for its classic European flair and timeless architecture to be cherished for years to come. Among the many apartments, penthouse and villas nestled among historic sceneries is Palazzo Pamphili, which is located in Piazza Navona. The apartment is currently available for sale and prominently featured in “The Great Beauty.”

Luxury Apartment Piazza Navona / Rome, Italy8.100.000 € EUR / Rome, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

“Despite the economic crisis which hit the Italian real estate market over the past few years” says Diletta Spinola, Sales Manager at Tuscany’s Sotheby’s International Realty, “property prices in a lot of neighbourhoods did not fall, especially in the historic centre where there are apartments and penthouses for sale with antique features such as frescos and vaulted ceilings. Apartments with views on the picturesque squares and renowned fountains are the most sought-after. In other residential areas such as the Parioli, prices fell and it is now possible to find bargains.”Modern Apartment in Parioli / Rome, Italy

3.750.000 € EUR / Rome, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

The boho-chic areas including Monti and San Giovanni have great appeal with artists, actors and movie directors. In san Giovanni, the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of St. John in Lateran both take centre stage, making the views from just about every window and balcony picturesque.

Piazza di Spagna Apartments / Rome, Italy

4.750.000 € EUR/ Rome, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Many international clientele interested in owning a property at the very heart of Rome, in a refined atmosphere just a short stroll from such priceless cultural gems as Bernini’s fountain and the Church of Trinità dei Monti, primarily focus on the area around Piazza di Spagna, which still holds the record for price per square meter at €20,000 per square meter.

San Giovanni Luxury Apartment / Rome, Italy

1.650.000 € EUR / Rome, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

For those looking to buy villas, interesting neighbourhoods are Appia and Aventino, because they offer breathtaking sceneries and proximity to public parks and archaeological sites.

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Umbria, Italy: The Hills of Sublime

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Diletta Carutti, Social Media Manager, Milan|Lake Como | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty in Italy.

Nestled in the centre of Italy, among Tuscany, Lazio and Marche, crossed by the River Tiber upstream from Rome, Umbria is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a common border with other countries.

Famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci called it “green Umbria” and today it’s referred to as “the green heart of Italy.” In fact, Umbria seems to be one of those masterpieces arisen from the skillful hands of such artists as Pinturicchio or Perugino—both born in Perugia in the 1400’s. The entire region offers breathtaking views and unique landscapes, such as the Fonti di Clitunno, the waterfall of the Marmore and gorgeous Lake Trasimeno, which is the fourth largest lake in Italy and has inspired the likes of Goethe, Stendhal and Byron thanks to its incomparable natural beauty.

€ 1,800,000  Lake Trasimeno, Perugia   Tuscany SIR

1.800.000 € EUR | Isola Maggiore, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s Inernational Realty

Umbria treasures the traces of its history with devotion, by awakening its past and religious traditions through annual events and celebrations. The Umbria Jazz Festival is organized in Perugia and is paired with its winter twin Sintesi JazzFestival del Tulipano (Tulip Festival), which was instituted in 1956 by Dutch families who encouraged the local citizens to adorn their houses and windows with Tulips, is held every year at Castiglione del Lago in the beginning of April. The Batik Film Festival is held in Perugia and hosts movie producers from different parts of the world. Foodies can’t miss the annual appointments with Eurochocolate in Perugia and Altrocioccolato located in Gubbio.

€ 8,000,000  Spoleto, Perugia   Tuscany SIR

8.000.000 € EUR | Spoleto, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

“The real estate market in Umbria is very dynamic and prices are half those in neighboring Tuscany,” says Fulvio Biagioli, sales manager at Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty. “Many foreign buyers have recently purchased their homes in Umbria. The style of their properties is different from North to South, reflecting different lifestyles and tastes including elegant villas, country homes, modern estates and castles with watchtowers.

“Umbria’s picturesque countryside offers privacy and tranquility for people seeking relax and connect with nature,” says Biagioli. “A variety of activities including trekking, hiking, rafting and truffle hunting in Tuscany are also available to visitors. Olive trees of the highest quality in Spello and vineyards of excellent quality in Sagrantino di Montefalco are very similar to those found in Tuscany but there are always green, even in summer”.

Luxury Villas for Sale Perugia, Italy

12.000.000 € EUR | Bevagna, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

For those seeking an ideal place in which to buy a second home, Umbria should be on top of their wish-list.

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Umbria, Italy: The Hills of Sublime

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Diletta Carutti, Social Media Manager, Milan/Lake Como / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty in Italy.

Nestled in the centre of Italy, among Tuscany, Lazio and Marche, crossed by the River Tiber upstream from Rome, Umbria is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a common border with other countries.

Famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci called it “green Umbria” and today it’s referred to as “the green heart of Italy.” In fact, Umbria seems to be one of those masterpieces arisen from the skillful hands of such artists as Pinturicchio or Perugino—both born in Perugia in the 1400’s. The entire region offers breathtaking views and unique landscapes, such as the Fonti di Clitunno, the waterfall of the Marmore and gorgeous Lake Trasimeno, which is the fourth largest lake in Italy and has inspired the likes of Goethe, Stendhal and Byron thanks to its incomparable natural beauty.

€ 1,800,000  Lake Trasimeno, Perugia   Tuscany SIR

1.800.000 € EUR / Isola Maggiore, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s Inernational Realty

Umbria treasures the traces of its history with devotion, by awakening its past and religious traditions through annual events and celebrations. The Umbria Jazz Festival is organized in Perugia and is paired with its winter twin Sintesi JazzFestival del Tulipano (Tulip Festival), which was instituted in 1956 by Dutch families who encouraged the local citizens to adorn their houses and windows with Tulips, is held every year at Castiglione del Lago in the beginning of April. The Batik Film Festival is held in Perugia and hosts movie producers from different parts of the world. Foodies can’t miss the annual appointments with Eurochocolate in Perugia and Altrocioccolato located in Gubbio.

€ 8,000,000  Spoleto, Perugia   Tuscany SIR

8.000.000 € EUR / Spoleto, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

“The real estate market in Umbria is very dynamic and prices are half those in neighboring Tuscany,” says Fulvio Biagioli, sales manager at Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty. “Many foreign buyers have recently purchased their homes in Umbria. The style of their properties is different from North to South, reflecting different lifestyles and tastes including elegant villas, country homes, modern estates and castles with watchtowers.

“Umbria’s picturesque countryside offers privacy and tranquility for people seeking relax and connect with nature,” says Biagioli. “A variety of activities including trekking, hiking, rafting and truffle hunting in Tuscany are also available to visitors. Olive trees of the highest quality in Spello and vineyards of excellent quality in Sagrantino di Montefalco are very similar to those found in Tuscany but there are always green, even in summer”.

Luxury Villas for Sale Perugia, Italy

12.000.000 € EUR / Bevagna, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

For those seeking an ideal place in which to buy a second home, Umbria should be on top of their wish-list.

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Portugal: Tranquil and Inviting

Demand for luxury properties has been growing in Portugal thanks to the unique Portuguese combination of moderate southern Europe climate, tax advantages and a new residence permits policy for non-European real estate investors called “Golden Visa.”

luxury flat for sale lisboa portugal1.400.000 € EUR | Lisboa, Portugal | Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

According to Gustavo Soares, chief operating officer of Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty, this new residence permit enables its holders (and in some cases relatives) to have a residence in Portugal and to freely circulate in the Schengen area that includes most European Union countries. Real estate investors that own more than 500.000 EUR in Portuguese properties are eligible to apply for the “Golden Visa” residence permit.

Portugal joined the European Union in 1986 and is one the founding members of the Euro currency with a population of 10 million.

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4.200.000 € EUR | Loule, Portugal | Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Portugal has a reputation for tranquility and a Mediterranean climate. The Algarve region in the south of Portugal has some of the best beaches in Europe and the country is known for its excellent food and wine.

“Portugal has become the new hot spot for luxury houses in Europe, enabling global investors to find unique properties that fit their lifestyle while our established team makes all the necessary arrangements for getting the Golden Visa residence permit to facilitate their purchase,” explained Gustavo.

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5.500.000 € EUR | Algarve, Portugal | Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty opened its first office in 1997, and today operates four offices around the country, with more than 80 top real estate professionals fluent in several languages and coming from different areas of academic training and professional experience. “The brand provides our clients with confidence in their investments and our ability to work in the luxury real estate market ensures we can guarantee unique positive experiences for all of our customers,” said Gustavo.

The newest office is located in Fontes Pereira de Melo Avenue, one of the most distinguished avenues in Lisbon. This unique 300 square meters store was designed to combine the high standards of the brand with a modern work place.

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Portugal: Tranquil and Inviting

Demand for luxury properties has been growing in Portugal thanks to the unique Portuguese combination of moderate southern Europe climate, tax advantages and a new residence permits policy for non-European real estate investors called “Golden Visa.”

luxury flat for sale lisboa portugal1.400.000 € EUR / Lisboa, Portugal / Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

According to Gustavo Soares, chief operating officer of Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty, this new residence permit enables its holders (and in some cases relatives) to have a residence in Portugal and to freely circulate in the Schengen area that includes most European Union countries. Real estate investors that own more than 500.000 EUR in Portuguese properties are eligible to apply for the “Golden Visa” residence permit.

Portugal joined the European Union in 1986 and is one the founding members of the Euro currency with a population of 10 million.

luxury villas for sale portugal

4.200.000 € EUR / Loule, Portugal / Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Portugal has a reputation for tranquility and a Mediterranean climate. The Algarve region in the south of Portugal has some of the best beaches in Europe and the country is known for its excellent food and wine.

“Portugal has become the new hot spot for luxury houses in Europe, enabling global investors to find unique properties that fit their lifestyle while our established team makes all the necessary arrangements for getting the Golden Visa residence permit to facilitate their purchase,” explained Gustavo.

portugal villas for sale

5.500.000 € EUR / Algarve, Portugal / Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty opened its first office in 1997, and today operates four offices around the country, with more than 80 top real estate professionals fluent in several languages and coming from different areas of academic training and professional experience. “The brand provides our clients with confidence in their investments and our ability to work in the luxury real estate market ensures we can guarantee unique positive experiences for all of our customers,” said Gustavo.

The newest office is located in Fontes Pereira de Melo Avenue, one of the most distinguished avenues in Lisbon. This unique 300 square meters store was designed to combine the high standards of the brand with a modern work place.

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Boston: Historic Charm and Architectural Diversity

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

For those seeking architectural diversity and charming city living, Boston is a dream come true. With arguably one of the most unique architectural environments in the United States and often called the most European of the U.S. cities, Boston provides striking visual interest and surprising juxtapositions all within a quaint city.

From the Victorian era brownstones to the sleek ultra-modern glass-walled condos sharing sidewalk space with ornate Art Deco-style apartment buildings, to old leather tanneries readapted as contemporary loft residences a stone’s throw from the polished stone monoliths of the Financial District, Boston’s history is told through its abundant cache of buildings in a myriad of styles built over the span of more than three centuries.

luxury real estate boston$13,500,000 USD | Boston, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the most beloved home styles in Boston is the historic brownstone, a style particularly popular in the city’s South End, Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. These are attached brick townhouses, with curvaceous wrought iron handrails and petite garden plots beside the stoop. Flanked by these decorative rails and adorned with pots of blooming flowers, nothing exudes welcoming charm in quite the way that the brownstone stoop does.

In all three of these neighborhoods, a great many of these brownstones and rowhouses eventually were converted into condominium buildings, and some have even been renovated back into luxurious and spacious single family homes. Many of these homes have been redesigned by some of Boston’s most renowned designers and architects and combine state-of-the-art amenities with Victorian charm and detail.

clarendon boston$7,995,000 USD | Boston, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Across the city of Boston, many striking examples of larger modern luxury residential buildings can be found seamlessly integrated into this most interesting and complex of landscapes. These include the The Clarendon Back Bay, a sleek newly constructed hi-rise in Boston’s exclusive shopping and dining district, and One Charles, a modern brick and glass luxury building nestled between the Public Garden and the theater district.

penthouse apartment for sale boston$4,250,000 USD | Boston, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

The trend toward modern continues as more residential development proposals have been approved by the city. In the South End, on the site of the former Boston Herald building, the Ink Block mixed-use residential project is underway, with its Sepia condos slated for completion in 2015. This modern development is designed to revamp a small industrial area of the South End, connecting it to the Seaport district, South Boston and Midtown and Downtown Crossing. In Downtown Crossing, home to the Ritz-Carlton Towers, Millennium Place, and other ultra-luxury high rise condo buildings, groundbreaking has taken place on Millennium Towers, a 55-story glass residential tower combining both condos and rental apartments.

From the quaint red brick sidewalks along many of the brownstone-rich streets to Back Bay’s expansive tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue mall, to the shiny exteriors and bright lights of the downtown, midtown and theater districts, there is a bounty of lifestyles and activities to choose from in this modern day city that enthusiastically embraces both its past and its future.

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