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Heavenly Abode: How a Centuries Old Cathedral Transformed into a Luxury Home

I would Love to see this place.

The Lucas in Boston is set to be one of the most unique homes you will ever come across.

The Holy Trinity Church in Boston’s South End has been a cornerstone of the community for over 150 years. It’s the only German Catholic Church in New England and has helped write the history of the local neighborhood. It has played host to school children, social functions, baptisms, and weddings since 1844. But in the near future, Holy Trinity Church will take on a new role – a place to call home.

Living at church is no longer just for local priests as The Lucas is a transformational project that will convert the Holy Trinity Church into a first-of-its-kind residential development. The concept alone is a mind-bending thought, but the fact that The Lucas will also look to marry contemporary design with cathedral architecture makes this project both monumental and enticing.


A new eight-story building will be inserted into the existing structure of the church. While that may sound destructive, the project will retain many of the exterior design and architecture of the church while adding steel, glass and other modern touches to make it an exceptional living experience.

Scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017, The Lucas has already sold nearly 70% of the available units in the first 2 months. With price ranges that start at $525,000 and can go up to $4 million, there’s a variety unit sizes and features that can allow for anywhere from one to four bedrooms. In addition to adding contemporary design to a building built in the 1800’s, The Lucas will also boast a host of modern luxuries including a gym, lounge, a pet spa, and concierge services.

I sat down with Ricardo Rodriguez with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Boston, MA who is the official representative for this project to find out some more details about this project.

Where did the idea come from to turn a church into a residential building?
The area of the city where Holy Trinity Church resides is a growing one and there’s been a desire for a new residential building for quite some time. We worked with Finegold Alexander & Associates as the architects for the development and they have a fantastic portfolio of historical restorations in the past. So they came with this amazing concept to turn this church that has been a pillar of the community for over a century and make it a brand new cornerstone of the area for years to come by turning it into a place to call home.


The Lobby of The Lucas in Boston

Any concern from the community about turning a place of worship into a residential building?
Actually the response from the very beginning has been positive. The community rallied behind the idea that this landmark was not going away, but was going to be enhanced and preserved at the same time through this new project.

What architectural elements of the original church building will be seen within the living areas? What about the lobby?
The entire envelope of the original building is going to stay in tact. Plus the three arch windows that are above the front entry doors are scheduled to be restored and will set an amazing tone for those entering the building. The new residential areas are basically being inserted within the walls of the church which is a challenge, but also provides a fantastic aesthetic that will make this place truly a remarkable residence.

Living space of a unit in The Lucas in Boston.

Living space of a unit in The Lucas in Boston.

Beyond the fact that it used to be a church what makes this building project so special for those who will ultimately live there?
It’s a unique project in terms of the design elements. We’re taking a historic building and re-imagining it into the perfect blend of old world charm and contemporary design. Taking a new aesthetic and bringing back the iconic nature of the original building. And the size of the project is a strong contrast with a lot of current buildings that tend to have hundreds of units and lose the unique feel and individual identity of each space. The Lucas is an intimate and more personal experience for the homeowners which is part of the reason why there’s been such a demand to live there even before the project is finished.


Kitchen area for a unit in The Lucas in Boston.

Take us inside The Lucas for a moment. What are the details and features of this home that stand out beyond the architecture?
For starters the building has technology at its core making The Lucas one of the smartest homes available. The developers have retained System 7 to establish the home integration elements and each unit will have a mounted iPad on the wall that allows the owner to control everything from lighting to climate and even an integrated sound system. Of course it also offers the flexibility for homeowners to add their own smart home tech into the system as well. The salesroom for The Lucas is actually fully equipped with the home integration technology for prospective buyers to test out for themselves.

Beyond technology, the interior design is completely custom. We have been working with Wolf in Sheep Design to create custom kitchen and bathroom cabinetry as well as other details that you’ll notice throughout. We also created a strategic partnership with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to create the furniture design and Marc Hall Design to accent the building with floral arrangements to enhance the ambiance. Both of these companies will be involved for the duration of the project and it is who you will find in the salesroom, renderings and ultimately in the building’s common areas.

Common area inside The Lucas in Boston.

Common area inside The Lucas in Boston.

The Lucas is clearly one of the most unique homes in development, not just in Boston, but anywhere. We can’t wait for next spring when The Lucas is scheduled to be completed and we can step inside what some may call a heavenly abode.

Watch the video below to get a closer look inside what The Lucas will become or visitTheLucasBoston.com to contact Ricardo Rodriguez with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for more information.

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Have you ever viewed a home and you felt like you were on candid camera.  You never know these days  if the seller has set up a camera to hear or see what people are saying.   Our advice,  when they go through their home, wait till  you leave to discuss how you felt.


New CMHC Rules Take Effect Today

Today is the first day you’ll need to put at least 10 per cent down on a home selling for more than $500,000 in Canada.pdu8ckjklu4k_Nelson_Coldwell__0396-web

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There days you won’t find too many homes listed for under $500,000 in Toronto or parts of Durham Region.  

You can still purchase a Home with 5% down up to $500,000. If you buy for more then you just have to pay 10%  down payment for the dollar amount over $500,000.  Its not as bad as it seems.

For more information, call The Mash Team.


Home Sellers : Don’t Ever Say This!



There are some things a seller should never say.

  • Our home shows to perfection. A home inspection may reveal otherwise.  Perfect condition is in the eye of the beholder. 
  • How long your home has been on the market.
  • We’ve never had a problem with water seepage,  electrical, noisy neighbour’s, or other deficiencies that a knowledgeable person may discover.  However small it may be to you, it may pose a huge problem to the buyer.
  • Don’t be tempted to say that you wanted to renovate  or make changes to the home.   It sends the wrong message and adds $$$ signs ideas to potential buyers.
  • Don’t say how much $$$ you spent on such items as the kitchen, windows etc. The Buyer doesn’t care. Do say what upgrades  or improvements that were done and when you did them,
  • Don’t say anything to the Buyer about price. We all know you want top dollar for your home, but remember its important to be realistic and flexible. It’s not always about price.

4 Affordable Smart Home Devices

Smart home devices are no longer luxury items and some are even under $100.

The connected home was the overwhelming theme at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Everywhere you turned there was a new device that automates some aspect of your life at home through your mobile device, and many of them weren’t cheap.

So what about those homeowners who want their home to be just a bit smarter, but don’t want to empty their wallets in order to do so? Being the penny pinching person that I am I tracked down four extremely affordable devices to allow you to test the smart home market while still balancing your budget.

Roost Batteries


Looking for a Nest Smoke Detector alternative that won’t cost you a few hundred bucks? Try the Roost Batteries which can turn any existing smoke alarm into a smart device just by replacing the batteries. You can turn your alarms on and off from your smartphone as well as be alerted when it goes off. A single pack of Roost Batteries can be bought on Amazon.com for $34.97.

Microbot Push


Simply put – this is button makes dumb things smart. Any device that has a push button to turn it on, can have the Microbot Push added to it and instantly make it powered on remotely. From light switches to coffee makers to crockbots, the Microbot Push is arguably the simplest smart home device on the market. A pack of 2 will onlycost you $59.

Noke Locks


Pronounced “No-Key,” the Noke Locks solve the simple problem of dealing with keys or combinations for locking things in and around your home. The Noke can replace the lock on the shed in the back or that padlock on the cage in the basement of your beach condo where you store your stuff or even that chain lock for parking your bike in front of your brownstone. It looks just like any padlock, but can be controlled by your smartphone to unlock it from anywhere. The Noke Padlock retails for $69.99.

Temp Traq


The Temp Traq doesn’t necessarily make your actual home smarter, but it certainly simplifies part of life inside it for those with small children. One of the hassles of parenting is trying to monitor the temperature of your sick child. There’s the head thermometer that you’re not quite sure how to use properly. There’s the thermometer that goes under your tongue that never stays in place. And then there’s that other thermometer that goes somewhere else and you’re a little grossed out every time you have to use it…you know what I mean. The Temp Traq is basically a thermometer band aid. You stick it on your child and you can monitor his/her temperature throughout the day and even while they sleep right from your smartphone. Plus it can send you an alert if their temperature spikes so you can keep tabs on when they need closer attention. One Temp Traq will cost you only $24.99.

Cure Those Winter Blues At Home With These Bright Ideas

The winter blues tend to hit shortly after the holidays, but these fun ideas will help bring the sunshine into your home – and happiness into your life!

The holidays have come and gone. The warmer weather just feels so. Far. Away. If you’re like me and sadly don’t have a tropical getaway in your immediate future, you may be feeling a case of the winter blues. Fortunately, this is not a serious condition and can be cured with the following fun ideas in your home:

1. Have a BBQ
Yes, barbecues are usually reserved for the spring and summer months, but who’s stopping you from having one in January? Grab some hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken and fire up that grill! Make sure to check out our tips for grilling in the chilly weather!



Image via Flickr user Pete R.

2. Brighten up your space
The winter months can feel like they drag on since the sun sets early and the days are much shorter. While the sun may not be shining outside, you can bring some of those warm, sunny hues into your home by incorporating them into your decor. Throw a bright throw over your favorite chair, blow up your favorite family beach photo on canvas and hang it in your living room, or even switch out a plain white lampshade for a bold color. You’ll be surprised how much these small changes can really affect your mood!


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3. Infuse your home with a summer scent
Scent is one of the most powerful triggers which can immediately bring us back to a specific place or time. Coconut, tangerine, and florals immediately remind me of a warm summer’s day. Light a candle in your favorite summer scent to be transported to your happy (summer) place!


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4. Buy some fresh flowers
Your backyard garden may look a little “blah” this time of year, but you can always bring the garden indoors by purchasing a fresh bouquet of flowers in your favorite hue. If taken care of properly, your fresh flowers may even last a week or more!


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Disclosure – what do sellers and salespeople need to disclose?

I was sent this great video by a Real Estate lawyer.

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Disclosure – what do sellers and salespeople need to disclose?

The topic to be discussed in this session is what sellers and salespeople need to disclose when selling properties. Here are 4 key lessons to remember:

  1. Patent or visible defects do not need to be disclosed

If you can see a defect during a typical home inspection, it does not need to be disclosed by a seller. This can include a crack in a window, mirror or kitchen counter, a stain under the bed or damage to a wall behind a picture. The lesson is to be more diligent when inspecting a property before signing any agreement in the first place. Do not be shy about lifting small appliances from the kitchen counter or area rugs and try to make sure all windows actually open properly.

  1. Latent or hidden defects need to be disclosed by the seller

Latent defects are defects that a home inspector could not see during a typical home inspection. If a seller knows about a material latent defect and does not disclose it, a buyer can sue the seller even after closing. Examples include water damages that have not been properly repaired, whether from the roof or basement, smoke damages from a fire, mold behind the walls, underground fuel tanks or foundation problems. If a buyer can demonstrate after closing that the seller must have known about the issue, they can be successful in taking legal action after closing. Buyers should be advised to conduct an insurance search against any property to see if a prior insurance claim was made by a previous owner.

  1. Psychological stigmas do not have to be disclosed

Although the law is evolving, sellers do not have to disclose whether there has been a murder or suicide on the property or adjoining property or whether a pedophile lives on the same street. As this will likely matter to most buyers, google the property address to see if anything comes up, visit websites such as housecreep.com to see if there were any stigmas reported on the property and consider putting a clause right in the offer whereby the seller represents and warrants that to the best of their knowledge, there has been no murder or suicide on the property. Sellers must respond truthfully to this statement.

  1. Be wary of sellers who ask you not to disclose

In my experience, sellers who request that you not disclose something that you believe should be disclosed are the same sellers who will try and blame you for anything that goes wrong or try and avoid paying commission if they can. In the circumstances, try and obtain written instructions from the seller lawyer for any matter that they do not wish to be disclosed and then also consult with our office if you have any further questions.


21 Things You Need to Stock Up On Before a Winter Storm Hits Cross all of these items off your list long before the flurries start.

Whenever the TV weatherman starts filling evening newscasts with endless reports of an ominous snow storm, everyone does one thing: rushes to the store to buy all the bread, water, and milk they can find. While it’s good to stock up on those food basics, being storm prepared involves a bit more than that — and it’s better to get yourself ready long before the first weather reports come in. Here’s what you should have in your house and your car to weather the storm with ease — even if you’re holed up indoors for a few days.

1 A flashlight 1-flashlight

When winter storms are at their worst, they sometimes knock out your electricity. So invest in a flashlight (or several!) to hold onto at all times. A few candles won’t hurt either (and give a nice ambiance post-sunset), but flashlights or portable lanterns are definitely safer.



2  A wireless radio 3-radio

Just make sure it’s a hand-crank or battery-powered radio so you can stay in-the-know even if your electricity goes out.




3 Batteries 2-batteries

Your battery-operated safety devices (like your flashlight and radio) are no good if they don’t have their source of electricity.



4 A first-aid kit 4-first-aid-kit

Just in case you get stuck in your house — and can’t make it to a hospital in case of an accident — make sure you have one of these safety kits that contains all of the essentials.


5 Extra blankets for warmth 


Also, file warm jackets, hats, gloves, and really anything that will keep you toasty warm in the event that the power (and your heat!) go out under this category.
6 A full week of medications  


Since not taking your medicine could have extreme consequences, you should keep up to seven days worth of meds on-hand before a storm (or really ever). The American Red Cross also recommends stocking up on any additional health-related items, like contact lenses, syringes, or hearing aids with extra batteries.


7 Copies of personal documents 7-personal-documents

This includes medication and pertinent medical information, proof of address, the lease or deed for your home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, credit cards, and social security cards.


8 All your toiletries 8-toiletries

We’re talking toothpaste, face wash, shampoo and conditioner — really anything you need to stay clean (and sane) during your time inside.



9 A gas-powered space heater 


“When the power goes out, you want to limit the heat distribution to one room to save energy,” explains Arne Bostrom, a Test Engineer in the Consumer Electronics Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. But be careful: They can be dangerous if not used properly. Never leave your heater unattended, and steer it clear of drapes, shades, bedding, and anything flammable.


10 A backup power generator 


While pricy, generators are your best bet when you lose power, since they can keep your water hot, your fridge cold, and your heat on even if a winter storm knocks out your electricity.


11 A three-day supply of non-perishable food 11-non-perishable-food

Think: canned food, peanut butter, all the usual suspects. But Sharon Franke, Director of the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, also recommends uncut fruit and shelf-stable milk from Horizon Dairy, because they don’t require refrigeration.


12 A three-day supply of water 


Bostrom warns that sometimes your water supply can be compromised or contaminated during a heavy storm or bad weather — so keep extra water on hand as a back-up. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon per person.
13 Matches


In the case of a power outage, Franke says you can light the surface burners with a match on your electric ignition gas or dual fuel range or gas cooktop: “Hold a lighted match to the burner, then turn the knob to the low position.” But she says to use extreme caution when lighting burners and warns that not all models are equipped to be manually lit, so you should refer to your Owner’s Manual before attempting this.
14 A non-electric can opener14-can-opener

Because what good is your can of corn if you can’t open it?



15 Pet food and supplies 16-pet-food

Animals have to eat, too! Make sure you have at least a three-day supply of food for your pet and anything else they might need while you’re stuck at home, like a collar, leash, ID, carrier, or bowl.



16 A cooler filled with ice 


If you don’t have a backup generator, you should keep a cooler filled with ice on-hand so you can put refrigerated food in it to keep it cold if the power goes out and won’t be back on again for more than four hours, according to the United State Department of Agriculture.
17 Baby food and supplies 


Since your baby can’t eat the same food as you, make sure when you hit up the grocery store you also get jars of baby food, formula, bottles, and plenty of diapers.


18  18-tire-chainsTire chains

To help your tires track in the snow, you should invest in a pair of chains. Bostrom says they normally cost between $100 and $200 for a quality pair, but that you should check the chain laws in your state before purchasing.


19 A bag of sand 


In case you get stuck in snow or ice, have a bag of sand on hand to sprinkle on your driveway. Look for play sand or traction sand, which contain more grit and are gentler on pet’s paws and plants.
20 A shovel 


Keep a plastic one in the trunk of your car so you can shovel out your tires if you need to travel in the snowy conditions. And stick with plastic at home, too — metal shovels can deposit tiny metal filings on the surface of your drive or walks.
21  A full tank of gas 


And always make sure your car’s tank is filled in case you don’t get a chance to hit up the gas station — often in weather emergencies gas gets tapped out quickly at local stations







Top 10 Reasons to Hire a REALTOR®

We offer our clients, family and friends over 48+ combined years in the business.  We’ve seen just about as much as one can in terms of what works, what doesn’t work and what should have worked.

Sure, there’s lots of choices out there when it comes time to list your property but it’s the experience that you’re really counting on when things don’t go as planned.

That’s why you need to work with people, like us, who understand how to avoid the pitfalls surrounding the process of pricing, staging, marketing, showing and negotiating a fair price for what’s probably your biggest asset.

Call us first before making your decision to sell. Let us put the facts in front of you so that you’re an informed seller and then, if you like our plan, we can begin building a relationship that we hope will last a lifetime.

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In case your clients/customers need reminding… here are the 10 top reasons for home sellers to hire a REALTOR®:

1.  Realtors are experts in the field, having completed an extensive course of study.

2.  Realtors are governed by the Real Estate Council of Ontario, and must adhere to provincial laws, which include a Code of Ethics.

3.  Realtors have the knowledge and experience to market and stage the property, negotiate successfully, and close a deal.

4.  Realtors can determine what a property is worth because they have access to the MLS® System and comparables.

5.  Realtors’ marketing and exposure may yield multiple offers.

6.  Realtors do the paperwork and ensure it is completed properly.

7.  Realtors help protect the privacy and security of the sellers.

8.  Realtors qualify buyers before showing the property. That is, they ensure people viewing a property can afford to purchase it.

9.  Realtors can remain objective and are able to deal with facts when marketing a property.

10. Realtors can provide objective feedback about why a property is not selling and make recommendations based on experience.