While the idea of buying a condo in Boston and the concept of a city lifestyle can be very exciting, many clients say they don’t know where to begin. Finding the right home to fit your particular needs can be intimidating without direction from an experienced realtor who will guide you through the process and help you consider and prioritize a list of essential and desirable features consistent with the Boston lifestyle you are looking for inside and outside, your home.
Transitioning from a home in the suburbs to a condo in the city is unlikely to happen over night; it’s a strategic and evolutionary process. Even if you’re not contemplating an immediate move, it’s not too soon to get started. Start your Boston condo search by establishing your “must haves.” In order to do that, consider these condo characteristics:
–Location: In which of Boston’s many neighborhoods, from Back Bay to the South End to the hot Midtown District, do you want to live? Would a neighborhood that’s primarily residential or one mixed with commercial space be best for you? Do you want immediate accessibility to public transportation, shopping, restaurants, a health club, cultural activities and your workplace?
–Type and Style: Are you willing to consider a brownstone, townhome, high-rise, mid-rise low-rise, apartment-style, floor-through, single-level, duplex, loft, single-family, two-or-three family? Do you like contemporary, transitional or traditional style? What are the pros and cons of the different styles?
–Age and Condition: Do you prefer new construction or a totally renovated condo in move-in condition? Are you willing to make cosmetic changes or undertake more significant renovations to the kitchen, bathrooms, etc. or even do a gut renovation?
– Features and Amenities: How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? How many would you prefer? Are a master bed and bath essential? Do you want an open living/dining concept? Must have central air? Do appliances have to be new or are you open to replacement? Does laundry need to be in-unit? Do you need outdoor space? How many parking spaces do you need?
It is important to create an initial working list, but keep in mind that your priorities may change as you view available homes and funnel them through your criteria. Defining what is most important to you and where you are willing to compromise will allow you to focus on your condo search. Let’s connect and start the process of finding a Boston condo that meets your lifestyle needs.