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Chris, Home Buyer in Charlestown, MA

My wife and I are looking to buy in the Charlestown, MA area

Asked by Chris, Charlestown, MA Sun Apr 6, 2008

We're wondering if anyone has any information as to how to gain access to any listings in Charlestown, MA that may not be listed through MLS. Also, we're curious if anyone has any advice as to the general safety of the area. Currently, we're looking at properties in the "Gas lit" neighborhood (close to the monument). This part of Charlestown seems very nice with a lot of historical charm. However, much of the properties seem to be out of our price range. Can anyone recommend any other neighborhoods in Charlestown that are safe and reasonably priced that may be worth looking into?

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 3, 2014
Charlestown is indeed a hot market right now. Properties have been selling at or over list price on average. An off market listing is going to take connecting with someone with connections. And, even those connections are going to be thin because most of the market in Charlestown knows what they're sitting on right now. As an owner, I would have to ask myself - why would I sell for less when I would have no problem getting more. But, there's a deal everywhere. Best of luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 12, 2014
Chris, great area and very HOT and active market right now. I agree with most of the previous posts. Unless you find a for sale by owner, or knock on doors, the best way into a neighborhood is to talk to a local Realtor. They have a pulse on the market and know not only what's on the market, but what will be coming on in the near future.

In this highly competitive market, it's extremely important to have you ducks in a row. If you haven't been preapproved already, do so asap. In some cases, it's helpful to have your loan reviewed and approved by an underwriter prior to making an offer. An underwriter's approval will help your offer stand out when compared to other offers with a traditional preapproval or prequalification.

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Mike
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 3, 2014
Working with a real estate agent is usually your best course of action, especially when buying. As agents we have access to the majority of all on market and off market listings and offer far more protection and benefit than going through the process alone. The Gas Light District is the most popular area in Charlestown, and with good reason. Home price drop if you go into Somerville but if you are looking to be in the city, South Boston and Savin Hill have some great opportunisties for more reasonably price condos.

Best of Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 16, 2014
The best way to find property is to work exclusively with a Buyer's Agent. As Realtors, we have access from time to time to listings that are not in MLS., but, we also have access to MLS as it is updated throughout the day. We are well aware of market conditions and new listings. We have local knowledge. For more information, please contact me..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 7, 2014
Hi Chris,

This is the one of the top reasons why buyers should really work with a local agent who knows and does business in the community. That agent will have the inside track on quiet listings and construction projects within the town, that nobody else knows about. It's all about market knowledge and specialization.
I happen to focus on the Charlestown market and have been a top producer in the community for 8 years, so if you or any of your friends are interested in following the market, you should like my Sarah Anderson, Charlestown and Navy Yard Facebook page or check out my webpage.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 22, 2011
Good luck with your search! Check these sites-
Wickedlocal.com
craigslist
boston.com
linknet boston (an industry site)

You should know that buyer agents do not get paid by the buyers, their commission comes from the proceeds of the sale. Be weary of any buyer agent that is shopping for a fee from you. Even sellers that are not working with an agent are willing (just about EVERY time) to pay the standard 2.5% to a buyer's agent.

For neighborhoods, try looking on the back side of the hill. It is very charming and prices are considerably lower. This is the side that looks out to the Mystic Tobin Bridge and many houses have nice views of the bridge and the river.

Cheers,
Bill P.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 19, 2010
Hi Chris,

You could check lrgboston.com for buying a condo or apartment. They have unique listings for Boston condos. I think the site will help you in finding a suitable condo in Charlestown or nearby. The best part of the site is that it lets you put in what you can afford on the home page, and then it shows pictures of the properties that meet the budget. You can also call them or email them and someone will give you personal attention to find a good home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 17, 2010
Hi Chris, We are selling, but are not yet on MLS, so we could work a better deal. It is brand new 3,000 sq. ft. single family w/ ,4 levels. 4 plus beds, 31/2 baths. All competary highend finishes. Decks and the best VIEWS in Charlestown. Call before we put on the market in the next week. I have seen the others and ours is simply nicer. Please come and see for yourself. My name is Chris Call me at 617 953-9268
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
Chris,

Have you considered the Navy Yard?? Its a really quiet area in Charlestown, though feels like is own separate community. There's a full service complex called the Basilica, which you should look into. Not sure your price point and the specifics of your search, but if you want to narrow that down were here to help you.

Also our business model is unique here in Boston, we offer full service, though charge a 5,000 flat fee regardless of the sale and the remainder of the commission on our end we cut back to you at closing (generally 2.5%). So on a 500,000 closing we take our 5,000 (flat fee) and 7,500 we cut back to you!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 22, 2008
Hi Chris, I would dare to say that Charlestown is geographically too small to have neighborhoods! Sure, you could call the Navy Yard a separate neighborhood. Charlestown is sort of divided by the hill. You're either on one side or the other.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
Absoluely but first would you mind giving us the price range so we can better serve you?

In terms of safety, check out crime statistics to find the info you need but generally speaking we represent young professionals all the time who are buying in the different areas of charlestown.

Some useful sites:
http://www.charlestownonline.net/crimestats.htm
or right here on trulia:
http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Charlestown-Massachusetts/
scroll down to bottom of page and click crime stat's

As far as neighborhoods, there is Charlestown and the Navy Yard, no real micro neighborhoods as Charlestown is really small. The gas lit area is considered "the historic" part and is the nicest area - same with the navy yard - but the areas to the left and right of the monument are starting to see nice renovations ... check out the below examples. Again, not really sure what your price cap is or how many bedrooms you require but maybe these will give you an idea of alternative sections of charlestown. Also, just a suggestion, consider East Cambridge. A very up and coming area.

Here is a fabulous one that just came on the market:
http://www.territoryre.com/CC_Property.php?LIST_NO=70736411

Under $300,000
http://www.territoryre.com/CC_Property.php?LIST_NO=70668149

http://www.territoryre.com/CC_Property.php?LIST_NO=70719770

http://www.territoryre.com/CC_Property.php?LIST_NO=70731628

http://www.territoryre.com/CC_Property.php?LIST_NO=70671516

A couple nice one's over $300,000
http://www.territoryre.com/CC_Property.php?LIST_NO=70737259

http://www.territoryre.com/CC_Property.php?LIST_NO=70728201

http://www.territoryre.com/CC_Property.php?LIST_NO=70736013

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
Hi Chris,

Other than MLS, you can try some of the housing related websites (craigslist trulia zillow) or try to find a foreclosure in the nice part of Charlestown (good luck), LINK is an alternative, but I don't think that it's too commonly used in Charlestown, or you can try hunting out FSBO's. I think you'll find that a serious majority of what's for sale is going to be on MLS.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
Hi Chris - Feel free to go to my website... http://.www.ReadyAimSold.net....and search to your hearts content.... As a Realtor, I am not able to steer anyone from one area to another.....

Try this link http://www.cityofboston.gov/police/faq.asp Here is a section of where can get community specific crime stats.....

Feel free to contact me any time.
Web Reference: http://www.ReadyAimSold.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
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