It’s the first day of spring—though you’d hardly know it with the weather—and that means it’s time to look forward a few months.
What’s on the horizon for the Boston area’s neighborhoods and real estate?
Major projects such as the South Station tower, Bulfinch Crossing, and the South Bay Town Center expansion are expected to either get underway this season or to pick up their construction pace toward scheduled openings in 2018 or soon after.
There could be reckonings for several different projects this spring, including the long-stalled Fenway Center, the perennially controversial Boston Harbor Garage redevelopment, and 2 Charlesgate West out in Fenway.
And, speaking of garages, the spring might be make or break for what’s supposed to be New England’s tallest residential tower: the one slated to replace the city-owned Winthrop Square Garage.
A condo cool-down?
It would probably be wishful thinking on the part of prospective buyers, but mortgage rates are due to rise and the condo market is getting a bit frothy of late.
Still, it’s not like there’s a crash in prices on the horizon. Right?
Rental market repeat
While prices might moderate this spring, apartment rents by any measure will likely remain high.
The Boston area has been the nation’s third most expensive in terms of rents for so long, it’s hard to imagine it as anything else.
Green Line’s next stop
The region’s biggest infrastructure project could get some big news from the federal government this season—and it might not be good news.
The Trump administration is said to be backing off its original plans for massive infrastructure spending.
And, while funding for the Green Line’s extension through Somerville into Medford is largely already in place, sizable federal cuts could delay it well past 2020.
- Somerville’s Assembly Row expanding to more than 1,000 residences, 100 stores [Curbed Boston]
- 7 huge Greater Boston projects set to break ground in 2017 [Curbed Boston]
- Boston's movie theater boom: New houses to triple city's number of screens [Curbed Boston]
- Quincy Center hotel would join booming area just off Red Line [Curbed Boston]
- 12 Boston developments set to transform the city [Curbed Boston]
- Winthrop Square tower developer not keen on cutting height [Curbed Boston]
- Red Sox take swing at proposed Fenway tower [Curbed Boston]
- Boston’s downtown municipal harbor plan gets green-light [Curbed Boston]
- Fenway Center could finally get going next year [Curbed Boston]
- The pessimist’s guide to Greater Boston real estate in 2017 [Curbed Boston]
- Boston's 10 most expensive home sales in February, mapped [Curbed Boston]
- Even the Good News About Boston's Rental Market Is Upsetting [Curbed Boston]
- More than half of Boston tenants are rent-burdened: report [Curbed Boston]
- Boston apartment rents at the start of March: slight drops, still pricey [Curbed Boston]
- Proposed Trump budget makes billion-dollar cuts in city transportation, development funds [Curbed Boston]
- Will Trump make the trains run on time? [Curbed]
- Malden’s Edgeworth one of the nation’s hottest neighborhoods: report [Curbed Boston]
- 10 Boston-area real estate trends that need to die in 2017 [Curbed Boston]