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Blog :: 2011

Diary of a Loft Renovation in Somerville

In April 2010, I represented a buyer client looking for a raw loft space to renovate to his own style. What we were able to find was an 1150 Square Foot top-floor at BrickBottom Lofts in Somerville. Here's a quick before and after gallery after 2 years of hard work! Interview to follow soon.....
Brickbottom Lofts Somerville

Brickbottom Lofts Penthouse: Raw and Ready for Renovations

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Brickbottom Lofts Penthouse: Raw and Ready for Renovations

Brickbottom Renovated Entrance

Brickbottom Lofts Penthouse: Raw and Ready for Renovations

Evening photo Brickbottom Lofts Somerville MA penthouse loft

Brickbottom Lofts Penthouse: Raw and Ready for Renovations

renovated brickbottom lofts living room

Brickbottom Lofts Penthouse: Raw and Ready for Renovations


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    Peter, I am available to discuss by phone: 617-694-0004. Best, Paul
    • Peter on

      Hi Paul (or co-worker), I am planning to buy a condo in the next year or so. And this story sounds very interesting to me. I have the passion and time to put into a project like this! Could you tell me the ball park figure how much the raw loft cost and how much, roughly, the owner put in to renovate it? Many thanks! Peter
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          Last Two Somerville Loft Sales Were Both Over 600K

          Here's a quick snapshot of the last two loft sales in Somerville, where BOTH lofts happened to sell over $600,000. Oh yeah, and BOTH sold for asking price....... 56 Clyde Street, Unit 3 List Price: $639,900 SALE Price: $639,900 Days on Market: 118 SOLD Price Per Square Foot: $312 Size: 2050 Square Feet / 2 Beds / 3.5 Baths Condo Fee: $299 56 Clyde are 15 Brand New "Green" Townhouse Lofts between Spring Hill and Powderhouse Square, Somerville that boast Open Floorplans, floating glass staircases, Bosch appliances, 8 Foot Windows, Surround Sound Systems.
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          56 Clyde Street Lofts, Somerville

          20 Howard Street, Davis Square Lofts, Unit 4 List Price: $625,00 SALE Price: $625,000 Days on Market: 591 SOLD Price Per Square Foot: $701 Size: 891 Square Feet / 1 Bed / 1 Bath Condo Fee: $331 With transactions taking place all the time, the Davis Square Lofts remain the top complex for "brick and beam" lofts in Somerville. Factory sized windows, exposed beams, decks, patios, garage parking and steps to the Minuteman Bike Trail, these lofts are a great combo of urban living in a serene setting.
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          Northpoint Condos - Loft Style Apartment for Rent

          If you haven't heard, Northpoint Condos in the Lechmere section of Cambridge has had new life breathed into it after Magic Johnson (yes, that Magic Johnson, Celtics fans) and his development team have taken the reins to relaunch the stalled neighborhood development at the Northpoint area. The new team is creating "a $2 billion "mini-city" between Cambridge and Boston that will bring thousands of new homes, a shopping complex, and offices to a former rail yard", according to the Boston Globe. Sales in the currently complete two residential buildings - Tango and Sierra, have finally started to occur at a decent clip after the confusion and unknown future of the project also stalled homebuyers' confidence to buy there. I recently toured the buildings again a few times with clients over the past few weeks and units are sales are finally back on track! Units range from two-level loft style to one level open concept - but with bedrooms! There is also a wonderful studio / one bedroom for rent at the moment, that's never been lived in - ready to move in at $2550 / month. The info on this gorgeous Cambridge Loft rental unit:
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          • One Bedroom w great closet space
          • Bamboo Floors
          • Sunlight by Floor to Ceiling Windows
          • Gorgeous Bath
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                Brick and Beam Davis Square Somerville Loft for Rent

                Davis Square Lofts (located in yes, you guessed it: Davis Square, Somerville), are the quintessential "brick and beam" lofts in the Boston area. Located beside the MinuteMan bike path, this collection of gorgeous buildings are a classic factory brought to life. Today I had the pleasure of visiting a first floor one bedroom unit that boasts: polished concrete floors, huge exposed beams, oversized factory sized windows, stainless steel kitchen, ceiling fans, custom lighting, private patio (yes, you can grill out here!), garage parking space and heat, high-effeciency hot water included in the $2800/ month rent. Unit is available furnished, too! More information: Studio Loft in Davis Square Somerville


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                    Roll up your sleeves with this Brickbottom Loft

                    Looking for a unique place where you can put some sweat-equity in and get a fantastic loft in return? Brickbottom Lofts in Somerville has just that type of unit on the market right now. Listed for $299,900, this upper-floor unit has 1008 Square Feet of living space that could use a little TLC, but the fruit of a little labor could go a long way. The current kitchen, although serviceable, would benefit from stone countertops, a backsplash, updated lighting and new appliances. The good news here is that the kitchen is in the perfect spot and is a great size for this space. There is also an existing island and overhead cabinets - so the footprint is there - it just needs that right buyer, with some flair to make it shine! The bathroom (once again: the right size and layout for this unit) would be a fun project for anyone willing to roll up their sleeves and crack open the toolbox. A tiled and glass enclosed shower, modern vanity and lighting (ok, paint is a must, too) would give this bathroom a boost. There are two bedrooms, however, the bedroom closest to the kitchen - if opened up so the unit becomes a true one bedroom- would increase the light and main living space would be extremely functional. Existing features include ceiling fans, double-entrance doors, factory sized windows, exposed raw elements (concrete), and a deeded garage parking space. Located in Somerville's first artist loft building (however units can be purchased by those other than artists), Brickbottom Artists Lofts are located next to the new green line extension, has easy access to 93 / 28 / East Cambridge / Boston, and boasts an on-site gallery, award winning common courtyard and vibrant community. Click Here To see more details about this unit. Click Here ( to see what the possibilities of an updated unit could look like!


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                              Somerville, Cambridge, Boston Lofts Sales Data

                              Heres a quick snapshot of whats been sold in the Somerville, Cambridge and Boston Lofts Market from January to October, 2011. I use the sold data instead of whats actively on the market due to the fact that only sold data can accurately portray the market accurately. All information is a reflection of MLS data: January 2011 October 2011 Sales: Somerville: Number of Lofts Sold: 28 Average List Price: $512,000 Average Sale Price: $496,000 Average Days on Market: 111 Average Price Per Square Foot: $363 Most Expensive Loft SOLD: $1,180,000 Least Expensive Loft SOLD: $310,000 Cambridge: Number of Lofts Sold: 40 Average List Price: $548,000 Average Sale Price: $539,000 Average Days on Market: 57 Average Price Per Square Foot: $446 Most Expensive Loft SOLD: $960,000 Least Expensive Loft SOLD: $305,000 Boston (includes all neighborhoods): Number of Lofts Sold: 223 Average List Price: $572,000 Average Sale Price: $552,000 Average Days on Market: 117 Average Price Per Square Foot: $482 Most Expensive Loft SOLD: $135,000 Least Expensive Loft SOLD: $2,145,000 For more details, I can be reached at or 617-694-0004

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