Before it was discovered as a classic urban oasis, Maryann McLeod Crush appreciated South Boston for what it always meant to her - a safe, neighborly, family oriented and absolutely wonderful place to be from and live!
She purchased her first home in 1977; a historically significant but badly neglected 7 unit brownstone on K Street. She restored her home's grand characteristics and, along with other neighbors, led the way for the renaissance of K Street. Over the years, she has purchased and restored many uninhabitable multi unit properties contributing to the stabilization and beautification of her neighborhood.
A lifelong and fourth generation resident, Maryann and a couple of close friends opened the doors to MCM Properties in 1984. The motto, 'Neighbors Serving Neighbors' was always her guidepost. Today, MCM enjoys its hard-earned status as the premier South Boston Neighborhood Real Estate Agency. MCM associates, agents and sales team members, each bring important and varied experiences from both in and outside of the real estate industry, but are guided by the same principle of 'Neighbors Serving Neighbors'.
Leadership underscores MCM's 'value proposition'. Each of the employees and agents at MCM is encouraged to actively participate in the South Boston Community.
As the President, Maryann leads by doing.
In the late 1980's MCM became very involved in improving South Boston's streetscapes by advocating for more greenery and historically correct street lights. Maryann and MCM associate and lifelong friend, Mary McCarthy Collins, organized and underwrote the planting of trees on K Street and founded the K Street Neighborhood Association.
In 1988 and into the early 90's, during one of Boston's worst real estate market slumps, MCM proved to be a creative, tenacious and powerful force in the marketing and sale of small to large scale South Boston real estate development projects .
In 1991, when a local social service agency was threatened with a fiscal crisis, MCM created the highly acclaimed Christmas House Tour. For more than five years, she along with scores of friends and neighbors volunteered in establishing the tour as a South Boston Tradition, bringing much needed revenue and public attention to the Agency and the Community.
In 1995, when the South Boston business district needed a lift, MCM joined other residents in promoting South Boston Main Streets, an economic improvement and beautification program available to neighborhoods throughout the city of Boston under the auspices of Mayor Menino's Boston Main Streets Program.
In 1996, Maryann was asked to join in the opinion leader discussions about a vision for the future of South Boston. She was appointed to the South Boston Waterfront Committee, which was established by Boston Mayor Tom Menino under the auspices of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The committee met weekly for over 2 years with fellow committee members, city and state agencies and special interest groups as an advocate for and a contributor to the master planning of the South Boston Waterfront Public Realm Plan.
In 1997, as a member of the appointed Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Design Advisory Committee, Maryann collaborated with residents, elected officials, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Board, the architectural firm of Raphael Vinnoli, environmental and transportation specialists, among others, to see Mayor Menino's vision of a 600,000 square foot convention center and companion headquarter hotel become a reality on the South Boston Waterfront.
Since 1998, Maryann has been a member of the, still active, South Boston Design Advisory Committee, which was formed to review and comment on large South Boston Waterfront development proposals, study South Boston zoning and propose zoning changes and reclassifications through a planning process, and review other sizable development proposals throughout the neighborhood.
In 2004, Maryann stepped forward to preserve quality and economically feasible private school choice for a generation of South Boston students, by co-founding and serving as president of Saint Peter Academy located at its newly developed site on West Fourth Street.
As a further example of leadership, in 2005, the most recently reported year, MCM sold more South Boston real estate dollar for dollar than any other single office representing Boston real estate.*
As a local business, MCM is prominent as an advocate for both inclusive neighborhood preservation and robust property values. MCM lends its resources - personal, professional and financial - to promoting community values, supporting local programs and advancing the real estate profession. With nearly 30 years of real estate experience, MCM leads the local market profession from affordable housing placement to large scale development representation.
For any of the reasons that interest you about South Boston , MCM has the perspective that might just crystallize your decision to choose to live in our hometown.
*as reported by LINK