Local real estate firm renovates, opens office in its own building

Photo by Edana Spicker Friends and associates celebrate the opening of the newly renovated recently opened office of McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate at 68 South St. April 30.

SOUTH ST.—McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate celebrated the official opening of its newly renovated office space at 68 South St. on April 30. The women-owned business is led by business partners Karen McCormack and Colleen Scanlan, lifelong friends who were born and raised in Jamaica Plain. They also launched their now longstanding, community-focused real estate careers here.

“We set out to establish a real estate firm that would always put the customer and community first. We’ve hand-picked a group of energetic sales agents who all have experience and are committed to providing the best possible community-oriented service along with us,” co-owner McCormack said.

Scanlan said, “There was a niche in the real estate environment that we knew we could fill as an independ-ent, locally owned firm that has the marketing reach of any corporate-owned firm. We are determined to combine our business with our strong sense of personal investment and responsibility to Jamaica Plain and neighboring communities.”

After operating briefly out of McCormack’s home, the women opened their own independent office for them-selves and their agents on Washington Street in July 2005. In the summer of 2008, the two purchased the build-ing at 68 South St. and undertook an extensive renovation that has resulted in three distinct storefronts.
They purchased the row of storefronts from JP resident Herbert Pratt, proprietor of Herb’s TV Service at that location for 40 years.

In one space with intricate tin tile ceilings and original wainscoting, a new clothing boutique, DAME, oper-ated by JP resident Dana Pearson, has artist-designed window displays and one-of-a-kind vintage and designer goods.
The small and very long space on the side is now home to The Hallway, Boston’s newest art gallery where fine art photographer and JP resident Brent Refsland will present exhibitions by local artists with an emphasis on affordable fine art and special events.

The McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate office, with its renovated contemporary look, has large street-level windows and sits between the retail business storefronts. Herb’s TV occupied

The firm is now home to nine sales agents, including Paula Callahan, Joe Fallon, Paul Montgomery-Hyde, Monroe Hyman, O’Necia Simpson-McCormack, Edana Spicker, Bryan Szela and rental agent Jen Starr.
For more information about McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate, call 522-7355 or visit www.mccormackandscanlan.com.

From a press release.

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