Hello. My name is Jonathan Bowen and I’m the managing broker of Hub Edge Realty, LLC. You have the choice between hundreds of local real estate agents so I’m grateful you’re interested in learning more about me.
Why choose me over other real estate agents? The decision to buy or sell real estate is one of the most important of your life. Let me tell you more about my background and my qualifications.
I was born to John Bowen of Everett and Virginia “Anne” Bowen of East Boston. I grew up in the same East Boston apartment, located in the Orient Heights neighborhood, until the age of 12. I, unknowingly at the time, was brought up in a gregarious household.
My father was a hard-working salesperson for most of his adult life. He opened his first real estate company when he was 19 years old. He later opened Bowen Construction and I remember him cold calling out of his rented house at 41 Sea Avenue, Quincy for hours at a time. I know, you hate those types of phone calls, and I do too, but this was the 80s before any of the new legislation took effect. Time went by and things were going so well that he opened a big operation called Queen Anne’s Thermal Windows, Inc. in 1987. He bought a little office at 49 Whiting Street, Hingham. Do you remember the old 7-Eleven on Route 53? It’s now New England Jewelry. That little bungalow was his. I still have a scar on the top of my left hand from throwing old windows into the dumpster which was located on the property. He quickly outgrew Whiting Street and moved into a huge space located in Assinippi Park which was located in Norwell. I remember seeing windows piled high and deep. He had a team of high school aged cold callers helmed by a guy named Del Martin. I was old enough to become one of those cold callers. I despised the tediousness of the work but it taught me to talk with complete strangers about things they didn’t necessarily want to talk about. My father worked hard but Black Monday eventually took its toll and the business dried up so Queen Anne’s Thermal Windows, Inc. was no more by 1990 but he continued to be a high performing salesperson for many more years. It now seems like it happened so fast. He’s now retired in Connecticut.
My mother is a tireless mother and she most notably was the manager of Mr. Z’s Restaurant which was located on the corner of Bennington Street and Breed Street in East Boston where El Paisa Restaurant is now located. She ran the cleanest restaurant in East Boston and, I have to say, she was so good with her customers. She is one of nine brothers and sisters so she learned how to duck and weave while throwing jabs at an early age. Her customers loved her quick wit. She now helps me with my daughter.
My sister, Kimberlee “Kim” Bowen, owns a company called To Make Beautiful and runs it out of her shop in Stoneham. She’s one of the top makeup artists in Massachusetts and has gotten multiple awards from Boston A-List, The Knot and Wedding Wire. Hire her!
My brother Jeffrey “Jeff” Bowen is a top real estate agent in Chelsea and East Boston. He’s honestly been selling a lot more real estate than I have in the past few years. I’m sad that we’re no longer working together but I’m happy that he’s killing it.
I come from a family of persevering entrepreneurs. My story?
I legally started working when I was 14-years-old. I cleaned the movie theatre at the Hanover Mall on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I washed dishes at the Cohasset Country Club; I got my first raise from $5 per hour to $5.50 per hour while working there. I hustled through college. I bussed tables at a now defunct restaurant called Sofia’s was located at 111 Dartmouth Street, Boston; Brownstone now occupies the space. I hosted at the now defunct Marketplace Café in Faneuil Hall. I waited tables at J.C. Hillary’s in Dedham, which changed named to Joe’s American Bar & Grill shortly after I left, and transferred to the Joe’s American Bar & Grill on Newbury Street in the space which is now the Met Bar & Grill. I worked for the now defunct Back Bay Restaurant Group from 1994 to 1997. I worked those job while keeping my commitments to the U.S. Navy and, later, the Massachusetts Army National Guard. I was first mate on the Mad Max which is a catamaran based in Edgartown and I bartended at the Edgartown Yacht Club during the summer of 1997. I bartended for the Glynn Hospitality Group at: Clery’s; Coogan’s Bluff; and The Black Rose from 1997 to 1998. I finally graduated from UMass Boston in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and a concentration in Finance although it was looking iffy due to calculus. What a time!
Why am I specifically qualified to help you buy or sell real estate?
I have a background in construction. I worked as a construction laborer for a bit. I carried bundles of shingles up ridiculously rickety ladders. I’m sure my employer violated multiple OSHA standards but, let’s be honest, how many small contractors don’t? I, with my father’s help, opened Star Construction, Inc. in 1993 and we worked together out of a little office in the Odd Fellows building located at 661 Washington Street, Norwood. He did most of the sales work and I cold called and manned the office. I should say here that I learned to sell by watching my father sell to people in their living rooms. He was such a schmoozer and he knew it! I still have my unrestricted Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License (CSL), License #: CS-063385, and I keep up with the continuing education requirements. I am a former Navy Seabee; I trained as a Builder (BU) at Port Hueneme, CA in 1993. I am a former Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers; I trained at Engineer Officer Basic Course (EOBC) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in 1998.
My Salesperson license was first issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1999 and, shortly thereafter, I joined the now defunct Milton office of Jack Conway & Co., Inc which was located at 64 Adams Street in the space that Eclipse Salon now occupies. My Broker license, License #: 9042372, was first issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2002. I left Jack Conway & Co., Inc. in 2003 and opened Jonathan Bowen Real Estate, LLC in that same year; my office was located at 181 Wolcott Square, Hyde Park from 2004 until 2011. I closed Jonathan Bowen Real Estate, LLC in 2015 and I opened Hub Edge Realty, LLC in 2016. I’ve sold a lot of real estate. I most notably sold a piece of land, on behalf of my client, to the now deceased King of Thailand in Raynham for $1,500,000 back in 2006 and set a record for the most expensive single family to have ever been sold on the Hough’s Neck peninsula of Quincy ($1,022,000) to include Adam’s Shore and Germantown in 2016. I personally intend to focus on the Stoughton real estate market and the surrounding cities and towns of Avon, Brockton, Canton, Easton, Randolph and Sharon.
I follow the Golden Rule so I treat my clients like I would want to be treated…
- Born in 1973.
- Lived in East Boston from 1973 to 1985.
- Attended the Manasseh E. Bradley Elementary School for kindergarten in East Boston from 1978-1979.
- Attended the St. Rose Elementary School in Chelsea for first grade through sixth grade from 1979-1985.
- Moved to Hanover in 1985.
- Attended Thayer Academy for seventh grade through eight grade from 1985-1987.
- Worked at the movie theatre located at the Hanover Mall.
- Attended Hanover High School for most of ninth grade from 1987-1998.
- Moved to Cohasset in 1988.
- Attended Cohasset High School for past of ninth grade through twelve grade from 1988-1991.
- Played football at Cohasset High School from 199
- Worked at the Cohasset Country Club.
- Moved to Hingham in 1991.
- Attended Ithaca College from 1991-1992.
- Played for the 1991 Division III National Championship Ithaca College Bombers football program.
- Attended The University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1992-1997.
- Moved to East Boston in 1993.
- Founded Star Construction, Inc. in 1993.
- Worked at the Marketplace Café located in Boston’s Faneuil Hall.
- Joined the United States Navy in 1993.
- Attended United States Navy Basic Training at Great Lakes, Illinois from 1993-1994.
- Attended United States Navy Seabee Builder “A’ School at Port Hueneme, California in 1994.
- Moved to Sharon in 1994.
- Attended training at the United States Naval Reserve Center in Quincy in 1994.
- Worked at Star Construction in Norwood in 1994.
- Joined the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1994.
- Attended training at the Massachusetts National Guard armory located in Bridgewater from 1994-1996.
- Worked at J.C. Hillary’s in Dedham in 1994.
- Worked at Joe’s American Bar & Grill in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston from 1994-1998.
- Moved to The Fenway neighborhood of Boston in 1996.
- Moved to Sharon in 1997.
- Attended Massachusetts Army National Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Camp Edwards in Bourne from 1996-1997.
- Attended Engineer Officer Basic Course (EOBC) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 1998.
- Attended training at Massachusetts National Guard armories located in Chelsea, Bridgewater, Newburyport from 1997-2001.
- Moved to West Tisbury, also known as Vineyard Haven, in 1998.
- Worked at Mad Max Sailing Adventures in Edgartown in 1998.
- Worked at Edgartown Yacht Club in Edgartown in 1998.
- Moved to Sharon in 1998.
- Worked at The Black Rose, Cleary’s and José McIntyre’s from 1998 to 1999.
- Attended the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) in Boston in 1999.
- Worked at Jack Conway Co., Inc. in Milton from 1999 to 2003.
- Moved to South Boston in 2001.
- Worked at Jonathan Bowen Real Estate, LLC: in Sharon, from 2003 to 2004; in Hyde Park from 2004 to 2011; in Boston from 2011 to 2015.
- Moved to Sharon in 2002.
- Moved to Quincy in 2004.
- Moved to Sharon in 2005.
- Moved to Quincy in 2006.
- Moved to Middleton in 2015.
- Worked at Hub Edge Realty, LLC in 2016.
- Moved to Stoughton in 2016.
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