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      Executive Vice President of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, Michael Carucci has been one of the most trusted names in the Boston real estate market for more than 30 years.

      Michael is one of Boston's highest producing agents and is consistently ranked in the top 1% in sales volume for the Greater Boston area. He is a recognized expert in the residential and commercial Boston real estate market and is regularly quoted in articles, appearing in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, and Banker & Tradesman. He is also a contributing editor for Boston Common Magazine...

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      Working with Michael is always a pleasure. Whether on a residential sale or purchase, or a larger multi-family or retail transaction, you know that your interests are being looked after by one of [...]

      Michael did a great job closing the deal for us per my specific requests. He is very responsive - he always picks up the phone when I call him. I highly recommend him.

      "What sets Michael apart from other brokers is his attitude that the job doesn't stop when the ink dries on the closing papers. He was a tremendous help when my family and [...]

      Michael is knowledgable, patient, and professional. If you’re considering a sale or purchase, I recommend Michael Carucci.

      Michael Carucci's knowledge, advice, and guidance of the property market is extraordinary. Coupled with Michael's genuine concern for the welfare of the family in a stressful [...]

      Michael represented me on both the sale of my home and the purchase of a new one that better suited my family. Michael’s execution was flawless and I would highly recommend him for any of [...]

      "Michael is a star broker. By that, I mean he brings buyers and sellers together and makes deals happen. Both parties leave the closing table happy. He knows everybody and everybody knows him. [...]

      Michael has an exceptional ability to uncover opportunities in an otherwise very competitive market. His follow through and execution make all the difference.

      Blog :: 2016

      20 Must-Visit Museums In and Around Boston

      Art, science, culture, religion, medicine, literature, and history, Boston has museums for any and every interest one may have. If you are looking for a way to unwind while simultaneously immersing yourself in a city rich with history and education, enjoy this detailed list of Michael Carucci's top 20 favorite museums in and around Boston. 

      Museum of Fine Arts:  The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, is the fourth largest museum in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas.

      Museum of Science: Features a revolving schedule of temporary exhibits, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows, plus more than 700 interactive permanent exhibits.

      Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Boston museum of international art founded by collector and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner.

      Boston Children’s Museum: Boston Children's Museum is a children's museum in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to the education of children

      Institute of Contemporary Art: The Institute of Contemporary Art is an art museum and exhibition space founded in 1936 with a mission to exhibit contemporary art.

      John F. Kennedy Library and Museum: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and museum of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States

      The African Meeting House:  The African Meeting House houses the Museum of African American History, which is a museum "dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century," according to the Museum's website.[7] The African Meeting House is open to the public. This site is part of Boston African American National Historic Site.

      MIT Museum: Art, artifacts, drawings, photographs, and instruments documenting MIT's role in 19th- and 20th- century science and technology. Near Kendall Square.

      The Sports Museum of Boston: Located in the TD Garden in Boston. The museum's exhibits focus on the history of various sports in the Boston area. Photo gallery, and news.

      Old State House: The Old State House has stood as an emblem of liberty in Boston for over 300 years! ... Today, the Old State House engages visitors with a historic experience of Revolutionary Boston through guided tours, interactive activities, and exhibits.

      USS Constitution: USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. The ship is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.

      The West End Museum: The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston.

      Warren Anatomical Museum:The Warren Anatomical Museum, housed within Harvard Medical School's Countway Library of Medicine, was founded in 1847 by Harvard professor John Collins Warren,[1] whose personal collection comprised 160[2] unusual and instructive anatomical and pathological specimens which now form the nucleus of the museum's 15,000-item collection.

      Peabody Museum: Founded in 1866 by George Peabody, it is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology.

      Francis Russell Hart Nautical Museum:The Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections. One of the largest collections of ship plans and drawings in the Northeast.

      Gibson House Museum: The Gibson House Museum is an historic house museum located at 137 Beacon Street in the Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts. It preserves the 1860 Victorian rowhouse occupied by three generations of the Gibson family.

      Paul Revere House: The Paul Revere House was the colonial home of American patriot Paul Revere during the time of the American Revolution.

      Mary Baker Eddy Library: The Mary Baker Eddy Library is a research library, museum, and repository for the papers of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.

      Edward M. Kennedy Institute: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

      Harvard Art Museums: The Harvard Art Museums bring to light the intrinsic power of art and promote critical looking and thinking for students, faculty, and the public.

      Members Only - 8 Boston Based Private Social Clubs

      Michael Carucci's clients move to Boston from all around the world. As such, we work hard to help acclimate their families to the city in many different ways. One way in which our concierge team assists is in referring incoming families to some of the most elite private social clubs in the city. Such settings offer an opportunity for clients to unwind, create relationships, and network. Here are eight well established private social clubs in Boston.

      The Harvard Club of Boston
      The Back Bay Clubhouse at 374 Commonwealth Ave and The Downtown Clubhouse at One Federal Street

      This club was founded in 1908. It is open to Harvard alums, employees, and their relatives. As well, alums of Yale, MIT, and Fletcher School at Tufts, are offered membership opportunities through reciprocal club agreements.

      The College Club of Boston
      44 Commonwealth Ave.

      The College Club of Boston is the oldest women's college club in the United States. The Club’s Victorian brownstone is also host to a wide variety of events and is available for both member and non-member use. This property also serves as a historic eleven-room bed and breakfast in Boston’s Back Bay.

      University Club of Boston
      40 Trinity Place.

      Founded in 1891, The University Club is a social and athletic club offering fitness, squash, and aquatic facilities, in addition to the social club, business lounge, and dining facilities. 

      The Algonquin Club
      217 Commonwealth Ave.

      This club provides extensive social facilities for its members and guests to whom club privileges have been duly granted, in accordance with the House Rules. Members and their spouses frequently entertain their personal friends, civic, business, professional or committee associates and others by using these facilities for meetings, conferences, luncheons, cocktails, dinner parties, private lectures and entertainment dances and receptions.

      St. Botolph Club
      199 Commonwealth Ave.

      Founded in 1880, this Club continues to serve its founding purpose as a place for those with a love of the arts, sciences and humanities to gather and converse. The club’s foundation gives away approximately $75,000 a year in grants to young New England musicians, painters, poets, and writers.

      Union Club of Boston
      8 Park St.

      The Union Club of Boston was founded in 1863 to bolster support for the Union cause during the critical days of the American Civil War. Early members included prominent Bostonians whose impact is still felt today - Charles Frances Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Murray Forbes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Josiah Quincy. The club continues to bring together men and women who are leaders in their businesses and professions in a downtown Boston setting steeped in tradition, yet fully contemporary.

      Somerset Club
      42 Beacon St.

      The stone wall with security ­detail out front underscores this club’s reputation as one of the more difficult to get into. In fact, the only way to become a member is through invitation or a connection to a current Somerset member.

      Club of Odd Volumes
      77 Mount Vernon St.

      Founded in 1887, The Club of Odd Volumes is a private social club and society of bibliophiles. The club has a substantial library of antiquarian books and an archive of letterpress printing. The collection, only accessible by club members, has about 2,200 titles

      Michael Carucci and his Holiday Must-See List

      Teddy Bear Tea at Four Seasons: As a resident of the Four Seasons, this is always a favorite. This event series includes a festive afternoon tea at the iconic Bristol Lounge, accompanied by a reading of a holiday children’s book by a Boston celebrity. Four Seasons Hotel Boston’s furry resident, Truffles the Bear, makes daily appearances to the delight of young guests. Teddy Bear Tea is a special community benefit initiative of Four Seasons Hotel Boston, teaching young guests the spirit of charity. Guests are invited to bring a teddy bear to donate at Teddy Bear Tea, with Four Seasons gifting all collected bears to local Boston organizations that benefit children in need. Each year, Four Seasons Hotel Boston collects over 5,000 bears for Boston area children, with over 100,000 bears collected to date. Reservations may be made beginning in September and the event tends to sell out. Visit the Four Seasons website to book tea with your favorite kiddos!

      Boston Common Tree Lighting: This year, the annual tree lighting is on Thursday, December 1st, from 5-8pm. Join The Skating Club of Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for a free figure skating ice show featuring national and international competitive figure skaters. Following the show, join Mayor Marty Walsh for The Boston Common Tree Lighting ceremony.

      Boston Ballet - The Nutcracker: Who doesn't love sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers during the holiday season? Bring the family for this amazing rendition of The Nutcracker. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, this program enthralls audiences of all ages and tends to be an annual tradition for many families. This program begins on November 25th and plays until December 31st. Tickets may be purchased from the Boston Ballet

      Blink!:  This is the state-of-the-art light & sound show that transforms every inch of America's first open marketplace - Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This magical light show uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston's skyline - to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops - in a seven-minute spectacle that runs continuously each evening beginning November 20th. Furthermore, you can participate in the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting on November 19th at 8pm. This is the FIRST tree lighting ceremony of the season. This holiday tree is the biggest tree in the Northeast, even bigger than the Rockefeller Center tree.

      Boston Pops Holiday Show: Join the Boston Pops in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus. This show runs November 30th through December 31st and tickets may be purchased from Boston Symphony Orchestra

       

      Ernie Boch Jr. Making a Difference

      The Carucci Group was excited to learn recently that friend and client Ernie Boch Jr. purchased the naming rights to the Wang and Shubert theaters. For ten years, the naming rights of the theater belonged to Citigroup, but when the bank left the city it was clear that their support for these historic landmarks for the performing arts would be left without a partner. That is until Ernie Boch Jr. stepped up. The terms of the partnership have not been disclosed, but it’s estimated that this is a multi year partnership that will greatly benefit the Boston performing arts scene.

      In a recent Boston Magazine article, Boch said, “My family has a long history in celebrating all genres of music and a great respect for the power of the performing arts. The Wang and Shubert are magnificent theatres with great historical value but it’s the programs they provide to the community that are truly inspiring. We’re deeply vested in the cultural and artistic vibrancy of Boston and I’m thrilled be a part of such an important legacy.”

      Ernie Boch Jr. is known throughout Boston and New England for having continued his father’s legacy as an astute businessman, further growing the Boch and Subaru of New England automotive empires. More than that, he’s also known for being extremely generous philanthropically, especially when it comes to ensuring that music programs are protected within schools and communities. He founded Music Drives Us, which is a registered 501(c)(3), nonprofit supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. They seek out organizations and individuals interested in using music as a tool to better the lives of people in all segments of society.

      Michael Carucci said about the naming rights, “Boston is a world class city because of the diverse arts and culture, and we are lucky to have a visionary like Ernie Boch Jr. who is willing to invest in keeping performing arts programs thriving. Thanks to people like Ernie, we need not jet to NYC for a Broadway show because he’s used his name and generosity to anchor Broadway caliber performances right in our own back yard. Ernie has been a personal friend and client for a better part of my life and so I’ve seen first-hand how deeply he cares about making a difference. This city has gained much more than just naming rights to a theater, Boston has gained a true friend and advocate in Ernie Boch, Jr.”

      The Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theater, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education initiatives include the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.

      Michael Carucci's 5 Favorite Sculptures and Memorials in the Public Garden

      As the foliage changes to rich hues of red, yellow, and orange, Boston Public Garden fills with spectators from all over the globe. It's hard not to become entranced by the abundance of beauty along the walking trails lined with manicured grasses, unique flora, and of course, the elegant swan boats drifting along the pond. Strategically placed throughout the Garden there are several sculptures and memorials, each one rich with exquisite artistic grace as well as historical significance. The Boston Public Garden has been akin to a front yard for Michael Carucci's Boylston Street home for more than a decade and as such, he has become acquainted with each piece of artwork. Here are Michael's 5 favorite sculptures and memorials all which may be found in the Garden:

      Ether Fountain: The historic sentiment of this fountain is that it's the oldest monument in the Garden, dating back to 1868. It was a gift from Boston resident Thomas Lee and it represents the anesthetic qualities of ether, first used in 1846 at Massachusetts General Hospital. There are several symbolic representations on the monument including The Angel of Mercy as well as granite figures which represent the parable of the Good Samaritan.

      George Washington: The massive statue of George Washington sitting on a horse is Michael's second favorite statue and is also the second monument to arrive in the Garden. The artist was one Thomas Ball, a sculptor from Charlestown. It has been said that Ball worked on the plaster cast for this statue for more than four years, and that the piece could not be cast until after the Civil War because there was a shortage of bronze due to the war. The statue was unveiled on July 3, 1869. 

      Charles Sumner: Four more than 80 years there have been four bronze statues on granite pedestals facing Boylston Street. They are Charles Sumner, Wendell Phillips, Thomas Cass, and Tadeusz Kosciusko. Michael's favorite of these four is Charles Sumner not only because this statue overlooks the building he calls home but also because Sumner was a Boston based senator who was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts. 

      Ducklings: Children and adults alike are familiar with the duckling sculptures at the corner of Beacon and Charles. The sculptures are based on Robert McCloskey's 1941 bestselling book Make Way for Ducklings. There are nine sculptures all together, representing Mrs. Mallard and her 8 ducklings as they march toward their final home which is the island in the middle of the Garden's lagoon. 

      9/11 Memorial: The newest memorial within the Garden is the 9/11 memorial which commemorates over 200 individuals with ties to Massachusetts who perished is the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The memorial is surrounded with benches, plants, and flowers in an effort to offer a peaceful setting for remembrance within a public setting.  A selection from a poem by local writer Lawrence Homer encourages us to find peace in this spot. “Time touches all more gently here,” he writes. The Garden of Remembrance, completed in 2004, was funded largely through private donations, as well as a $100,000 federal grant obtained through the efforts of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

      Michael Carucci on the Cost of Living in Boston

      Michael Carucci's clients move to Boston from all over the world and, depending on what part of the globe they are coming from, sometimes home prices are a shock. For example, where a 900 square foot luxury condo in Fort Worth, Texas might rent for $1700/month, that same luxury condo in Boston will rent for $2800/month. That being said, it's not just housing that costs more, The Carucci Group tracks the cost of living all around so that we can give our clients a fair comparison of living expenses when it comes to food, entertainment, and personal care. 

      Here are some interesting Boston Cost of Living numbers based on October 2016 data:

      • Monthly rent for a 900/sqare foot apartment in an expensive area $2815
      • Monthly rent for a 900/square foot apartment in a normal rent area $2085
      • Utilities for 1 month in a 900 square foot apartment $227
      • Basic dinner out for two in a local pub $52
      • Two tickets to the movies $26
      • Two tickets to the theater (best seats) $155
      • Dinner for 2 at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert $108
      • One cocktail at a downtown club $13
      • Basic lunch in the business district $14
      • Monthly ticket for public transportation $85

      For a more detailed summary of Cost of Living data with the ability to compare between states visit the Expatistan Cost of Living Index

      Explains Michael Carucci, "Yes, there's a price to pay for living in one of the greatest cities in the country, Boston. However, it's important to also note that salaries, job opportunities, healthcare, and educational opportunities are more abundant in Boston than anywhere else in the country. The typcial clients we work with are comfortable paying more because, quite frankly, they get more in Boston than anywhere else."

      The Carucci Group offers their clients an array of tools to help clients best determine the best potential home price for their family so that the family maintains the level of living that they are used to. As well, the Salary Report tool the team uses, helps relocating clients determine how much they need to make in the city in order to maintain their standard of living. 

      If Cost of Living data and salary matrix reporting sounds unusual for a real estate company, you are correct. However, The Carucci Group is anything but average. In fact, the team works daily to ensure that that the tools, resources, and service offered by their vetted team members are unequaled anywhere else in the industry.

      If you are interested in additional Cost of Living data for Boston or surrounding communities, reach out to Michael Carucci directly at michael.carucci@gibsonsir.com or 617-901-7600.

      Michael Carucci Talks Boston Luxury Real Estate on NECN

      As an expert on Boston luxury real estate, Michael Carucci was invited to NECN recently to talk with Mike Nikitas about what buyers are looking for when it comes to buying in Boston. Here are some highlights of their conversation.

      • Carucci noted a trend in families choosing Boston over the suburbs as evidenced by the early success he has seen in projects like Millennium Tower and the new Four Seasons at One Dalton. Michael says that many of his clients choose Boston over other communities because they can live-work-play all within the boundaries of a city with robust historical, cultural and entertainment offerings.
      • Per square footage prices for luxury real estate in Boston are about $1500-$2000/per square foot. Carucci shared data on a recent Four Seasons closing at $2800/per square foot. 
      • Michael shared information on which markets oversees are investing heavily in Boston, including parts of Asia.
      • "We like to say our job begins once the property closes." Carucci went on to explain the work he and his team members offer to clients even beyond the closing table. 
      • Carucci also shared his blueprint to selling luxury real estate. He says For Sale signs and Open Houses are unusual in the high end market, because what really works is his targeted marketing platform that works to locate the appropriate buyer for each property through his relocation and international network of affluent clients.

      CLICK HERE to watch the entire segment or contact Michael Carucci at 617.901.7600 or michael.carucci@sothebysrealty.com for your own personalized Boston real estate consultation.
       

      Michael Carucci Presents Exclusive Pre MLS Offering at 388 Warren Street, Brookline, Massachusetts $3,975,000.00

      388 Warren Street, Brookline, Massachusetts  $3,975,000.00
       

      Michael Carucci, Executive Vice President of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty presents a beautiful estate designed by renowned architects Chapman & Fraser. 
      Located on nearly one acre of plush grounds in Brookline's finest neighborhood, this bespoke residence boasts 6 bedrooms, 6 fireplaces and 5 and a half bathrooms complimented by classic period detail and open and airy living space. This magnificent retreat comes complete with a gourmet kitchen, a butler's pantry, an outdoor deck and an au pair suite. The tranquil patio with an in-ground pool and hot tub overlooks gracefully landscaped grounds. 

      For more information on this magnificent estate, contact Michael Carucci at 617.901.7600 or michael.carucci@sothebysrealty.com.
       

      Hopkinton Development Opportunity

      Michael Carucci, Executive Vice President of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty presents a development opportunity at 16 Proctor Street, a + - 58 acre parcel of land located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

      The property consists of 3 total parcels over 2 plots of land in a very desirable neighborhood of Hopkinton. The land is virtually ledge and stone free, central to schools, near the country club, and only 1.5 miles from I-495. Land at 16 Proctor Street, + - 58 total acres, currently zoned agricultural, of which roughly 29 acres can be developed and 29 acres are protected wetlands. Home at 16 Proctor Street - roughly 6 acres zoned agricultural. Lot is improved by a barn and a 5-bedroom single family home. Land at 0 Wood Street - 5.8 total acres currently zoned agricultural of which 2 acres can be developed and 3.8 acres are protected by wetlands. Parcels are ideal for a single family sub-divison. 

      For more information contact Michael Carucci at 617-901-7600 or michael.carucci@sothebysrealty.com or Elliott White at 617-999-5566 or elliot.white@sothebysrealty.com
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        Pre MLS Offering and Investment Opportunity in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

        Michael Carucci, Executive Vice President of the Carucci Group presents a Pre MLS Offering and unique opportunity to develop 52 apartments in Boston.
        Call Michael Carucci, Executive Vice President of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty for details and to receive the offering memorandum at 617.901.7600 or michael.carucci@sothebysrealty.com


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