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Urbanizing the Suburbs: Retail’s Integral Role in Reshaping the Landscape

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators by HFF senior managing director James Koury and real estate analyst Tucker Burleigh in HFF's Boston office. Over the past decade, urbanization has emerged as one of the most impactful trends to hit the real estate industry. This trend, embodied by the live-work-play concept, has been embraced by all demographic cohorts, from millennials to baby boomers to even retirees. While the impact has been most visible in the urban core, Boston’s suburbs are also being transformed, and the inclusion of pedestrian-oriented retail into new and existing projects... [Read More]


What You Need to Know About Amazon’s Proposed Second Headquarters

Monday, September 11, 2017
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  Copyright (C) 2008 Robert Scoble Amazon has issued an RFP for “HQ2,” a second headquarters in the United States apart from its expansive campus in Seattle, Washington. The idea of a second headquarters location – one on equal footing with their Seattle presence – is highly unusual, if not slightly suspect, due to recent tension brewing between Amazon and Seattle’s legislators. Nonetheless, city, county and state governments across the broad American landscape immediately took up the ... [Read More]


All-Suite Residence Inn Hotel for Sale in Portland, Maine

Monday, July 10, 2017
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Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF), on behalf of the owner, is marketing for sale Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Waterfront, a 179-suite hotel in Portland, Maine, proximate to the city’s leisure and corporate lodging demand drivers and within walking distance of award-winning restaurants, art galleries and retail shops. A new owner will benefit from the industry-leading Residence Inn brand affiliation, minimal required capital expenditures, continued market growth and strong in-place cash flow with upside following recent renovations. Completed in 2009, the hotel for sale features 179 suites with fully-equipped kitchens, ... [Read More]


Urban Loft-Style Apartment Building for Sale in Somerville, Massachusetts

Thursday, June 15, 2017
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Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF), on behalf of the owner, is marketing for sale Millbrook Lofts, a 100-unit, LEED Gold loft style apartment community in the Boston-area community of Somerville, Massachusetts. Completed in 2016, the 97-percent-leased apartment building for sale reflects creative living derived from the adaptive reuse of a century-old cold storage building remade as a modern, loft-style apartment community. Until 2014, the building was used as a cold storage warehouse, primarily for seafood, serving the needs of Boston’s markets and restaurants for decades. Once windowless industrial ... [Read More]


The (R)Evolution of Transit Hubs: From Purpose-Built Structures to Mixed-Use Destinations

Thursday, April 27, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Real Estate Analyst Sam Campbell  in HFF's Boston office. Throughout the course of American history, transportation and commerce have been inextricably linked. The early American settlements of Jamestown, Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, were in fact the “ports” where the ships from Europe landed. The industrial revolution saw the proliferation of railroads, which linked cities to other cities and provided outlying rural areas with access to the urban core. Rail was so important to the health of the economy that grand monuments were built in the heart of major metropolitan areas to house trains and accommodate passengers and freight alike. The rise of the automobile provided an alternative to rail and these stations suddenly had substantial excess capacity. As cities have continued to grow in terms of their... [Read More]


The Coveted Cambridge Address

Thursday, March 16, 2017
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Real estate indicators from HFF Associate Gary Porter and Real Estate Analyst Connor Allen in HFF's Boston office. Recently, Cambridge has gained national prominence as a “must-have” market for tenants and investors alike, and the numbers bear it out. With an overall vacancy rate of just 3.6 percent as of year-end 2016 and an average Class A asking rent of $60.20 per square foot, Cambridge’s office sector is one of the nation’s hottest submarkets. Driven by the economic engine of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of... [Read More]


The Emergence of Innovation Districts

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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By Kimberly Steele, Digital Content/Public Relations Specialist Powered by the promise of good coffee and the idea that collaborative space fosters innovation, incubators, startups and accelerators have started grouping together in innovation districts, which are targeted urban areas specifically designed for innovation and entrepreneurship. This shift signifies that the sprawling suburban corporate campuses in Silicon Valley and the like that are geographically separated from urban centers no longer lead the innovation landscape, as they have done for more than half a century. Innovation districts are a... [Read More]


The Suburban Surge: Biotech Beyond Cambridge

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators by HFF Associate Real Estate Analyst Robert Butler and Real Estate Analyst Tucker Burleigh in HFF's Boston office. This is Part Two in HFF's series on biotech in Boston. Click here to read the Part One. Boston is an international hub for research, particularly in the life science fields of biotechnology, genetics and pharmaceuticals. For a long time, the life science sector had been concentrated in two key submarkets: East Cambridge and the Longwood Medical Area. Driven by its proximity to MIT, East Cambridge has... [Read More]


Watertown’s East End: Where Boston Meets Cambridge

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Real Estate Analyst Sam Campbell  in HFF's Boston office. Long a blue collar suburb and industrial hub, Watertown has emerged as one of Boston’s most active areas for commercial real estate investment. Watertown’s success is largely driven by its location, bordered by demographically dense and affluent municipalities including Cambridge, Newton, Belmont, Brookline and Boston. As such, Watertown is proximate to MIT, Harvard, the teaching hospitals in Boston and the large life science users in East Cambridge. With ... [Read More]


Life Science Drives Boston’s CRE Market

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Real Estate Analyst Connor Allen in HFF's Boston office. This is Part One in HFF's series on biotech in Boston. Click here to read the Part Two. Greater Boston has emerged as one of the top biotech clusters in the United States, often outpacing markets such as San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park in terms of public and private investment as well as total employment and job growth. Perhaps nothing speaks to the strength... [Read More]




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