The Hyde Square Task Force will be selling the Blessed Sacrament Church property after two years of being unable to find a partner to redevelop it into a community center. The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) purchased the property in 2014, and has been carrying $500,000 in debt, and expenses for the building cost more than $100,000 annually, according to a press release. In 2014, HSTF provided a tour of some of the closed-to-the-public areas of the church. "Dedicating our resources, solely, to meet the needs of our youth is the only way we can fulfill our core mission and that is why the HSTF Board of Directors voted to sell the former Blessed Sacrament Church,” said HSTF Executive Director Celina Miranda. The original plan was for a performing arts center with space for community events, but a 2019 request for proposal seeking investors failed to generate interest.
The site of the dive bar The Drinking Fountain is for sale, and being advertised as a good opportunity for developers. The building was posted on zillow.com in early June and has already seen a price cut of $20,000 on June 30, and is now listed for $1,575,000. Located at 3520 Washington St., and 5,793 square feet, it also includes two residential units above the old bar with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, two parking spaces, and was built in 1900, according to zillow.com. "For a bar owner, catering service or a restauranteur, this is a rare opportunity to own your own space and have monthly rental income from the residential units above to boot," says the zillow.com listing. The listing also notes the property is located in the Plan: JP/Rox study area, and a building may go up to 55 feet in height on the parcel.
The Coronavirus has changed our local real estate market, but it looks like Jamaica Plain's real estate market is still hot. To start: It’s important to take all of this with the notion that things could change drastically depending upon the severity and impact of the Coronavirus. Think of it, a week ago would we have thought that we’d no longer be allowed to dine in restaurants? Probably not.
Today there are very low interest rates combined with low inventory and strong demand -- that has still led to open houses attracting a good amount of interested buyers. In JP inventory slows down during the winter and picks up in the spring, but this has been a mild winter, which has led to a quicker spring market.
All around Jamaica Plain, particularly up and down Washington Street, there is new construction with most of the properties coming online in the coming year. Let's take a look at how much they cost and what comes with each place. 45 on Burnett (45 Burnett Street)
1-3 bedroom units starting at $499,000
Corner 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms unit is $775K and 1,146 sq. ft. Solid hardwood floors, Italian marble tiles, quartz counters
Heated garage parking, and electric car charging stations
Roof-top deck with built-in kitchen and views
Pet grooming station
State of the art gym
196 Boylston Street
3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1 garage parking space
How much do you think a studio is going for in a newly refurbished apartment building on South Huntington Avenue? Oh, to give you a feel for the amenities -- it has an outdoor dog run and a state-of-the-art Evolution Dog Washing station. Before we get to the reveal of the starting rental costs of a studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom (two baths) go for, let's talk about the property and its marketed amenities. The apartment building, now called The Brynx, was previously the Goddard House, and was designed by Sheply Bulfinch in the 1920s, so there's a historical architecture aspect. There's an indoor rock-climbing wall, bike storage, an outdoor dog run, a lounge area with TVs, kitchens, shuffleboard (very Ft.