The Most Expensive House on the Market in Boston

If you’re looking for an expensive house in or around Boston, look no further. The founder of Reebok has put his 14-acre Brookline estate on the market for $90 million.

Woodland Manor at 150 Woodland Road is situated amidst the lush green woods of the Brookline Country Club and Putterham Meadows Golf Course. Originally built andowned by Paul and Phyllis Fireman, the house was intended to be an oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston.

In attempt to fulfill this vision, the owners hired architectural designer, Shope Reno Wharton. In 2000, Wharton and their team took more than 14 acres of untamed scrub and ledge and transformed it all into a single property, complete with a breathtaking array of rolling lawns, ponds, gardens, sculpted rock outcrops and a horticultural encyclopedia of specimen plantings.

Turf walkways and pathways snake through this extraordinary environment and the winding driveway — stretching one third of a mile long — offers visitors a multi-faceted glimpse of this incredible estate.

With 8 beds, 7 bathrooms, 5 partial baths, 26,623 Sq. Ft of living space, 13.86 acres of land, and a 4 car garage, the Woodland Manor estate is built for luxury and opulence.

For example, every exterior and interior stone was individually drawn by hand with two- and three-dimensional project drawings. An extreme amount of detail was put into the customization of this house. Built in the classic colonial style, the estate includes golf course frontage, scenic views of the sprawling Massachusetts woods, and curving limestone facades. Also included in the design are extensive custom profiles of cornices, lintels, quoins, keystones, balconies, chimneys and decorative carvings.

Handling the sale of the house are Jonathan P. Radford and Deborah M. Gordon, sales associates working with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England, through the company’s luxury real estate division, Coldwell Banker Previews International.

Current owner and Reebok founder Paul Fireman said of the estate, “This has been our home for the last 16 years, and we’ve enjoyed many joyful gatherings with families and friends here. We took a significant amount of time to carefully create and design a home for day-to-day living, as well as casual and formal entertaining. It has truly served as our sanctuary and we will treasure our experiences and memories of this home.”

It has been on the market since September 2016.

A Look at the Oldest Houses in Boston

If you haven’t already discerned from previous articles, we here at GuaranteedMassRealEstateLicense.Com really like a good geography lesson. Because, let’s face it if you’re going to practice realty in the state of Massachusetts you’ve got to know at least a little something about the history of real estate. So for your knowledge and entertainment, let’s take a look at some of the state’s oldest buildings and houses, some of which date back at least a century prior to America’s declaration of independence.

  1. House of the Seven Gables
    This Salem, MA house, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables, is a colonial mansion dating back to 1667. Built for Captain John Turner, the house stayed with the family for three generations. When Turner lost the family fortune, the house was acquired by the family, Ingersoll. It was during their residency that Hawthorne spent time at the house gathering inspiration for his book. Throughout its existence, inhabitants remodeled and refined the house, adding rooms, removing gables, updating it to a Georgian style. In 1908, Caroline O. Emmerton, founder of the House of Seven Gables Settlement Association, purchased the house and spent two years restoring it with Boston architect Joseph Everett Chandler. During this time, the house was made to resemble Hawthorne’s depiction in his romantic novel. The house is now a non-profit museum, with an admission fee charged for tours, and an active settlement house with programs for children.

    Shown here, the House of the Seven Gables has been restored to its original glory. Tours are now offered throughout the day.
    Shown here, the House of the Seven Gables has been restored to its original glory. Tours are now offered throughout the day. There’s also a shop on the grounds for those looking to snag a souvenir.
  2. The Fairbanks House
    Located on the southwestern edge of Boston in the town of Dedham, Massachusetts, this house is the oldest surviving timber-frame house in North America. Built between 1637 and 1641 by Puritan settler Jonathan Fairebanke, the house was constructed as a farm dwelling for Fairbanke’s wife Grace Lee Smith and their family. For eight generations, the Fairbanks family occupied the house. In 1905, the house was converted into a museum. It is now a well-known Dedham attraction.
  3. The Paul Revere House
    Built in 1680 by wealthy Boston merchant Robert Howard, this original three-story house once occupied by American Patriot Paul Revere is the oldest surviving house in downtown Boston. Following the Great Fire of 1676, Howard constructed the house atop the former site of the Second Church of Boston’s parsonage. Around the middle eighteenth century, it underwent two major renovations. First, the street-facing roofline was raised to bring the house in line with the Georgian architectural style pervasive at that time. Second, a two-story lean-to was added in the ell between the two 17th-century portions of the house. Revere and his family took ownership of the house in 1770, living there periodically until 1800.
    In 1907, these renovations were undone in a restoration effort that returned the house to its original construction. In April 1908, the house became one of the earliest historic house museums in the United States. In December 2016 the Paul Revere Memorial Association opened a a sizable visitor and education center connected to the house by an elevated walkway. The education center now serves as an exhibit space for Revere’s famous Midnight Ride, as well as his work as a silversmith and industrialist after the American Revolution.

Whether you’re walking the sidewalks of Boston Harbor, roaming Harvard Yard, or exploring its various suburbs and bordering towns (including Salem), you’re sure to find a plethora of historic sites in Boston, Massachusetts. For prospective homeowners, a realtor’s knowledge of the area’s local architectural history might offer an extra appeal, giving greater context to whatever home they’re showing. These three houses are just a few of many prominent historical landmarks in and around Boston proper.

Exploring Beacon Hill: Boston, Massachusetts’ Historic Neighborhood

So you’ve just acquired your real estate license in the state of Massachusetts and now you’re looking to brush up on your knowledge of Boston’s famous neighborhoods and suburbs? Well look no further. Today we’re going to take a look at the historic Boston subdivision, Beacon Hill.

Exploring Cozy Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is a 19th-century residential neighborhood located to the north of the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. It is by all means the exception to the apparent rule of city life: that it’s isolating and anonymous by nature. This charming enclave, home to nearly 10,000 people, is more a village than an urban environment. Here, neighbors know neighbors, residents take walks down cozy cobblestone streets, and not to mention the Hill’s commercial streets play host to a wide array of merchants and communal events and activities.

Here are just a few things that make Beacon Hill one of the most appealing areas in downtown Boston:

  1. Charles Street and Cambridge Street
    These two streets make up Beacon Hill’s main commercial thoroughfares. Charles, specifically, is the neighborhood’s main street. It is known for its 40 unique antique shops, home decorating shops, delicious artisanal food shops and several good restaurants. Cambridge Street offers more in the way of delicious restaurants, plus two gas stations and a supermarket. Both Charles and Cambridge offer a number of unique service shops, including one of the last independent pharmacies – Gary Drug – left in America. You’ll also find Massachusetts General Hospital on Cambridge Street. And for residents the best part is, everything is within walking distance.
  2. The Bustling Nightlife
    Though Beacon Hill has some of the highest rents in the city of Boston, its nightlife might just be one of the most accessible, not to mention of high repute. Home to some of the city’s best dive bars, Beacon Hill draws a lively crowd on the weekends. The Beacon Hill Pub, for example, consistently pulls in loads of millennials looking to party the night away. With cheap beer on tap and a good selection of domestic beers, it’s a popular locale for those who prefer a casual atmosphere to the club scene.
  3. Acorn Street
    This street just so happens to be one of America’s most beautiful city streets. Reminiscent of an old European city, its gas-lit cobblestone streets will make you wish you lived there. Known for its beautiful doors and shutters, brass door knockers, decorative iron work, brick sidewalks, perpetually-burning gas lights, flowering pear trees, window boxes, and hidden gardens, it’s no wonder Acorn Street is one of the most photographed locales in the country. And if somehow you’ve got a small fortune tucked away, you could easily afford one of its mid-19th century homes worth up to $13,000 a month in rent. There’s a reason Acorn Street is such prime real estate.

    Exploring Beacon Hill: Boston, Massachusetts' Historic Neighborhood
    Acorn Street is one of the most photographed streets in North America, and for good reason. The contrast of old cobblestone streets and lush flora makes it an ideal spot for Instagrammers.
  4. A Rich History
    They don’t call it Beacon Hill for nothing. Seriously, it’s an actual hill. The South Slope was developed in the 1790’s by the Mt. Vernon Proprietors for Boston’s richest families. Development began when architect Charles Bulfinch laid out the plan for the neighborhood. In 1799 the hills were leveled, Mount Vernon Street was paved, and mansions were built along it. One of the first homes was the Harrison Gray Otis House on Cambridge Street.

    Unlike the South Slope, the North Slope developed in a more organic fashion. It stretched up and down alleyways and into all sorts of nooks and crannies. Among its residents were former slaves, sailors, poets, and more. Notably, the African Meeting House on Joy Street became a community center for black abolitionists.

    Frederick Douglas spoke there, giving impassioned speeches on emancipation. William Lloyd Garrison also founded the New England Anti-Slavery Society there. As a result, it became known as a hotbed and important depot on the Underground Railroad. In the late 19th century, immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe moved into the neighborhood and city planners remade many of the homes into tenements.

    Many homes built of wood were dilapidated by the end of the Civil War and were razed for new housing. During this time the black community migrated to Boston’s south end and the north slope was overtaken by an influx of Irish, Jewish, and other immigrants. Eventually, the African Meeting House was turned into a synagogue.

Whether you’re looking for some good eats, some good old fashioned antiquing, one of Boston’s many famous bars–including the Bull & Finch Pub now called Cheers after it inspired the making of the TV show of the same name–or just itching to take a walk down some of the city’s most bustling, eccentric, charming thoroughfares, Beacon Hill is the place for you.

Important Tips for Real Estate Agents

So you just passed your real estate licensing exam? Congratulations. You did it. You got through real estate continuing education, and now you find yourself saying, “what’s next?” Too often, nascent real estate agents focus so much on obtaining their real estate license that they forget there’s a whole world of obstacles and complexity they’ll face once they have it. Maybe they failed to take the time to understand the nuances of the business. Maybe they never learned how to develop a budget plan, or learn the ropes from a seasoned pro. If you don’t plan ahead, you may just find yourselves among the ranks of so many failed realtors.

This little list will help you on your way to becoming a successful real estate agent. But don’t forget; there’s always work to be done on your own.

Biggest tips for newly licensed real estate agents:

1. Have a backup income source

This might be the most crucial tip of all. When you’re just starting out as a realtor, you can’t expect to start selling mansions right away. You have to build contacts, a clientele base, references, etc. In the early goings of your real estate career, it is vital that you have a backup plan to pay your bills. This might mean working nights as a bar tender, or saving enough money from your day job to last you for a good six months. Don’t just dive in without a life jacket.

2. Start building your sphere of influence early

In case you didn’t know, there is more to real estate than buyers and sellers. Along the way you’ll have to constantly work with buyers, other sellers, investors, appraisers, loan officers, mortgage brokers, inspectors, and title companies. A good idea here is to find yourself a solid contact management system. This will help you make good use of your time, stay organized and focused on the day-to-day tasks, and stay regularly connected to professionals and clients in your web of activity. You might look into FullContact or Sync.Me or PowerMate’s Agent Business Builder. Whatever the case be sure to consider your specific organizational needs before committing to a specific system. This will help you maintain your sphere of influence and keep you on the cutting edge of sellers in your network.

3. Learn how to use internet and social media

In today’s fast paced real estate world, it’s basically impossible to succeed without building an online presence. This means learning the ins and outs of social networking with sites such as LinkedIn and Zillow. You’ll also want to budget enough money to build your own website and maintain a good web presence. This will help you down the line as you get into the groove.

Whatever your needs as a realtor are, it is important to be as prepared and organized as possible for the big time. The more you have your bases covered and are willing to put in the leg work, the better your outcome of success will be. While these are just a few important tips in building your real estate career, there are so many resources available to better yourself as a real estate professional. Use your mentors. Network, network, network. And before you know it, you’ll be using your real estate license with success and dedication.