Jim Lowenstern

New Residential Home Sales Rise in August

According to a new residential sales report released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, residential home sales rose 3.5 percent in August– a better-than-expected turnout, signifying a healthy economy and a strong market.

Boston's Best Bedrooms

Castles Unlimited features the finest homes in the Greater Boston area, and the finest homes in the Greater Boston area feature the finest bedrooms. We’ve chosen three stand-out properties with bedrooms that exude comfort, drive envy, and are now available and on the market. These rooms stand out among similar properties with breathtaking views, tremendous lighting, unique atmospheres, and welcoming ambiances.

Luxury Looks to Concrete

Unfazed by associations with cell blocks and parking garages, more homeowners are discovering that concrete is the chameleon of construction. It can take on the texture of wood or glass, an artist’s palette of color beyond drab gray and, with the addition of structural fibers and plasticizers, is less prone to cracking. According to surveys, poured and precast concrete is most popular in the luxury sector—accounting for 4.1% of high-end homes built last year. That marks a steady increase in the demand for luxury concrete since the recession low in 2012, when such homes accounted for just 1.9% of new construction. Investing in concrete construction with high-end finishes may pay off in resale value–– Realtors now recognize that polished concrete floors are a very popular design element.