Broad Street Financial District Open Houses

For those of you interested in calling the Financial District home, today’s open house line up may be a perfect fit.  There will be, in total, 7 open houses on Broad Street this afternoon, giving potential Buyers access to the two premier anchor properties in the area, Folio and Broadluxe.

As a new construction building that opened in March of 2006, Folio, located at 80 Broad Street, is a luxury 96-unit building with 24-hour concierge and all valet parking in an underground garage below the development.  Broadluxe, located across the street at 101 Broad Street is a 2008 renovation to an existing building, and a buildout of upper floors.  Broadluxe offers a loft-style feel, part-time concierge, but no onsite parking.  Both condo developments are elevator served, and put you in the heart of Boston’s Financial District.

Price points are typically higher in Folio than Broadluxe given that Folio is recognized as more of a luxury building, however, Broadluxe offers a boutique feel with only 44 units and added features like additional storage for each unit in the basement of the building.

The following open houses are scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2008:

  • Broadluxe 4E, 1 bed / 1 bath, 759 sf, $459,000, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Broadluxe 5A, 1 bed / 2 bath, 1,091 sf, $678,500, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Broadluxe 7A, 2 bed / 2 bath, 1,009 sf, $740,000, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Broadluxe 8B, 2 bed / 2 bath, 1,345 sf, $1.065,000, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Folio 604, 2 bed / 2 bath, 1,282 sf, $825,000, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
  • Folio PH1104, 2 bed / 2.5 bath, 1,573 sf, $1,399,000, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Folio 1502, 3 bed / 2.5 bath, 2,185 sf, $3,200,000, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Single One-Bedroom Condo Remains at Broadluxe

The dust has pretty much settled at Broadluxe following the condo auction that took place there earlier this summer.  29 out of 44 units (66%) were sold at auction, and there has been significant action on the development since then to close out the remaining units.  At this point, only two studio units remain unsold.  Additionally, there are four units on the market for resale – three of which are asking for significant premiums above prices paid several months ago (see Flip That Condo at Broadluxe), while the fourth, the only remaining one-bedroom in the building is priced to sell.

Unit 4E at Broadluxe, a corner unit with double exposure boasting approximately 750 square feet is being offered at $459,000.  The ten foot ceilings, exposed brick and beams, water views, and some extra storage in the basement of the building complete a nice package for what some are calling one of the best floorplans in the building.

Own the essence of modern city living with this loft style exposed brick and beam corner unit with water views in an elevator served new 2008 concierge building. In the heart of the Financial District, you’re moments from the Waterfront, all downtown amenities, and the newly completed Greenway. Gas cooking, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors throughout. Double exposure front facing unit, with only 7 units per floor, never occupied, W/D hookups, and extra storage.

An open house will take place at Broadluxe unit 4E this weekend, Sunday, October 5, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Steps from the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Waterfront, Broadluxe’s Financial District location has proven to be a coveted spot in downtown Boston.

Broadluxe 4E

Broadluxe 4E Water Views

Broadluxe 4E Broadluxe 4E Gas Cooking

Flip That Condo at Broadluxe

Not more than two months following the condo auction at Broadluxe in Boston’s Financial District, there are three resale units available for sale – all of which sold at the auction on June 21, 2008 to a single bidder. If you’re at all close to the Boston MLS, you may have even seen these units hit the market in July, however, they were removed because the auction bidder did not actually own the units at the time. Closings on auction units at Broadluxe began on July 28, 2008.

These three Broadluxe flips have steep price increases from the prices paid at auction less than two months ago (unit number – price paid at auction / new list price):

  • 5A – $482,500 / $688,500 ($635 per square foot)
  • 7A – $375,000 / $750,000 ($739 per square foot)
  • 8B – $595,000 / $1,075,000 ($809 per square foot)

Bear in mind that Broadluxe had two overarching unit types, finished units, and what were called shell units. The former are move in ready, while the latter need to be finished by the Buyer (i.e. unfinished concrete floors, sheet rock on the walls, and rough plumbing and electrical installed, that’s it).  Terms were written into the Purchase and Sale Agreement for the shell units that construction to finish the units needed to commence no later than 6 months following purchase, and finish no later than 18 months following purchase.

Unit 5A will remain as is, it’s a corner unit that came finished. Units 7A and 8B appear to have plans to be finished by the current owner (i.e. in addition to the price paid at auction, an investment will be made into finishing the unit to make it move in ready) . All in (including finishing units 7A and 8B), the current owner is attempting to make, as they say on the Flip This House TV show, an “expected profit” of at least $200K on each unit. 15 units remained for sale following the June auction, and most of those sold rather quickly in the month following the auction, but while post auction units have not been selling at (minimum bid) auction prices (i.e. they have been selling for more than auction minimum bid prices), tremendous value has still been available for most Buyers.

While the Broadluxe auction presented downtown Boston Buyers with one of the best bargains available in 2008, time will tell if such flips as the three described above will command anything close to their asking prices.


What's Left at Broadluxe?

Following the successful Broadluxe condo auction on June 21, 2008, and multiple post-auction (accepted) offers, there are currently six (6) of the original 44 units left for sale. Details of what remains at the Broad Street Financial District development are below.

  • 2F – $456,875 – 755 square foot studio
  • 3G – $361,250 – 541 square foot studio
  • 4F – $361,250 – 544 square foot studio
  • 5F – $361,250 – 539 square foot studio
  • 7C – $690,000 – 1,312 square foot duplex
  • 7D – $640,000 – 1,220 square foot duplex

Note the reduced list prices on the duplex units (each with 2.5 baths). Contact us to discuss the property further and get a tour.

Note: As of July 23, 2008, the penthouse units (priced at $1,018,500 and $1,023,750) fell out of agreement, and are now available again.

Broadluxe Post Auction Condo Sales

Following the Broadluxe auction that took place on June 21, 2008, where 29 out of 44 units were sold (66%), unit prices were raised to be more in line with resale market prices for other Financial District condos. Some were surprised to see that prices were raised on units that did not sell at the auction, however, it came as no surprise, as Tranzon (the auction company representing the Seller) announced that prices would be raised following the completion of the auction.

It was on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, that the updated pricing was released. Since that time, interest in the Broadluxe has not dimmed, and according to sources, units 2E, 6G, and 7F have all gone Under Agreement, and interest and offers are in on other remaining units.

Before the auction began, we assembled an exclusive comparable market analysis for Buyers that we were representing. This analysis provided a comprehensive look at comparable Financial District properties and Boston condo developments – armed with this information, logical conclusions can be drawn about what price per square foot values are reasonable and realistic for Broadluxe, both before and after the auction. This information is still available for clients with which we have a Buyer representation agreement.

The exclusive photos below are of Broadluxe kitchens in units 2A and 2E respectively – cooking is gas, self-closing-drawers are in all units (except for shell units obviously), and many units offer the island you see in the first panoramic photo (click on the image to enlarge).

Broadluxe 2A Kitchen

Broadluxe 2E Kitchen

Broadluxe Condo Auction Results

With Bruce Willis filming his new movie called Surrogates outside, the Langham Hotel adjacent to Post Office Square played host to the much anticipated Broadluxe auction. The staff at Tranzon Auction Properties had run a very professional ship leading up to the auction, and they did not disappoint on the big day. At approximately 10:15 am in the morning, the auction got underway in front of a 100+ person capacity crowd, with the first several units selling at minimum bid prices. As more popular floorplans were introduced to the crowd, prices began to rise as high as $39,000 over minimum bid pricing.

Broadluxe Auction Results

Some of the interesting data points from the auction are as follows:

  • Number of units sold: 29 out of 44 units were sold (66%)
  • Average Sales Price per Square Foot: $494
  • Neither of the two (finished) duplexes sold
  • Neither of the two (unfinished) penthouse units sold

15 units do remain for sale (see auction details 118 KB PDF, those not highlighted in gray are still available), and they will eventually be listed in the Boston MLS. Note that on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, updated pricing was released for remaining units. For more information about submitting a post-auction offer on one of the remaining units, please contact us.

Boston Langham Hotel

Why Broadluxe Auction Could Be Different

There have been several condo auctions over the past 5 years in Boston, most notably, the Folio auction that took place in 2006.

In May 2008, bidders were poised to make a run for remaining units at the Modern South End as it was scheduled to hit the auction block May 19, 2008 (see Modern South End Auction). However, as you may know, the actual auction event for the Modern South End units was canceled, due to what people say was “early demand”, yet, units (re)hit the MLS following the (canceled) auction, with the same listing agent as before the auction (whether the latter was the right thing to do could be the subject of another blog post).

So what kind of impact does this have on this weekend’s upcoming Broadluxe auction, or more importantly, why can the Broadluxe auction be different than that of the Modern South End?

To answer crisply, location.

The Financial District, historically, has not been known for residential living options, regardless of demand for such housing. It has only been in the past several years that Boston’s Financial District has seen a surge in demand for, and a corresponding limited amount of, residential condominium options.

Broad Street in particular is developing into a popular day and evening (i.e. residential living), hotspot, with the addition of three condo developments (Folio, 65 Broad Street Lofts, and now Broadluxe), as well as a handful of restaurants and bars. Being only steps to the Waterfront, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and a stone’s throw from many office workers’ desks, Broadluxe offers a location of convenience.

Furthermore, the Modern South End is actually argued to be in Roxbury, rather than the South End, while Broadluxe finds itself in the true heart of the Financial District, and has been the center of attention (or at least in the back of people’s minds during the property’s hiatus) for some time – we’ve fielded roughly 300 inquiries on the property in the past year alone, perhaps because we stayed close to the property when interest from other media outlets waned.

When downtown Boston condo auctions are a possibility, interest on many fronts surges.

We’ve assembled a very robust set of support materials for the clients we are representing in the Broadluxe auction (for instance, a comprehensive comparable market analysis that lays out the subtle differences between Broadluxe and other comparable properties, and quantitative analysis that makes it simple to draw comparisons, compiled information that you won’t find anywhere else). There is still time to begin working with us, simply use the contact us link at the top of this page. Regardless of what happens this Saturday at the Broadluxe auction, more residential living options in this area of the city will only serve to brighten the community.

The exclusive photos below offer a look at unfinished penthouse shell unit 9B at Broadluxe, as well as the commanding view from its large deck.



Broadluxe Financial District Condo Auction

We’ve received literally hundreds of inquiries over the past year regarding Broadluxe in Boston’s Financial District, and the time has finally come to announce the condo auction details. Tranzon, an auction company that will represent the seller, TD Banknorth, will be auctioning 44 individual condos ranging in size from 539± to 1,887± square feet at Broadluxe in the heart of the Financial District of Boston.

The auction will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 10:00am at the Langham Hotel, located at 250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110.

We are providing Buyer representation at no cost to you (i.e. leveraging our services versus “going it alone” does not impact your purchase price). Allow us to setup property previews, guide you with comparable market analysis so you know how to bid, and serve as a sounding board for downtown Boston condo expertise. Contact us for further details on next steps.

Tranzon is requiring a deposit amount of $20,000 per unit or $50,000 for 3 or more units, in cash or certified check, to bid. Deposits will be increased to 10% of purchase prices (TBD) within 5 days of auction close. Deposits will be held by Tranzon during the auction, and the intention is that the Purchase & Sale Agreement will be signed at the auction should you win a unit.

Building amenities include storage, ground level commercial space (restaurant and wine store), elevator, state of the art fire alarm and sprinkler system, concierge (more security level), and professional management. Condo fees will include maintenance, trash removal, professional management, concierge/security, and common area expenses/utilities.

Tranzon will follow 30-Day closings, sold in as-is condition, with no contingencies on the Broadluxe condo auction.

Broadluxe Condo Auction