Boston’s triple decker campaign, the 3D Program, is committed to preserving and celebrating this quintessentially Boston housing style.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Deck the Rooftops contest and show off your holiday decorating prowess! After all, who hasn’t driven by or stopped at a well-decked house, or marveled at a totally lit up street at the holiday season? Deck the Rooftops gives you the chance to showcase your holiday offering for everyone, earning you bragging rights that will last all year.
Boston has almost 9,000 triple deckers, housing that first began appearing in Boston’s neighborhoods in the 1890’s but still provide livable, affordable homes for Bostonians in the 2010’s. If you’re already an owner of a triple-decker or a condominium unit within one, we want to help you celebrate the versatility and longevity of these fantastic properties. If you’re looking to buy and restore a triple decker, we can help you with that, too.
The 3D Program offers a wide range of benefits and services to help owners of Triple Deckers make the most of their properties. There are also services to help you buy a Triple Decker of your own. From discounts at hardware stores, to workshops on how to find a good contactor, to zero-percent loans for home improvements and energy conservation, to downpayment assistance for first-time homebuyers, to a house painting contest celebrating the best in 3D homeownership, the 3D Program represents an unprecedented commitment by the City of Boston to recognize and renew this iconic housing form.
Find out more about what the City and its public and private partners can do to help you buy and renovate a triple decker:
3D Membership As a 3D Member, you will receive a membership card that entitles you to discounts and a number of hardware stores across the city. Members will also receive updates about new services that become available as the 3D Program grows.
3D University Learn all about fixing and repairing your triple decker in a variety of free classes.
3D Assistance Learn about the financial assistance available to triple deckers owners who want to improve their buildings. $30,000 and more is available in interest-free financing for eligible owner-occupants. Find out how first time homebuyers may be eligible for up to $20,000 toward their downpayment on a triple decker.
3D Development There are seven other distressed 3D properties being redeveloped by for-profit and non-profit developers through the City of Boston's affordable housing development programs. Five properties have completed construction and the other two are now in construction.
To see rehab work and samples of triple deckers, view the 3d Gallery of Homes.
See a listing of upcoming DND events.
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