The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2016 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here.
Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson met in Budapest, Hungary, figure skating for the Danube Cup. It was 1988: Mark was skating for the U.S., and Peter was competing for his home country of Sweden. The two have enjoyed outstanding success on their own -- Mark was a four-time U.S. senior medalist and World Team member, and Peter was a four-time Swedish champion and Olympic competitor -- but together, they took the world of figure skating by storm.
The world-renowned duo have been recognized multiple times by the U.S. Olympic Committee as Developmental Coaches of the Year, and even developed their own method of training. The Mitchell Johansson Method, is a reflection of their personal relationship, combining the best technical and artistic components of European and North American figure skating teaching styles.
Partners on and off the ice, the couple spent a decade in Wellesley. Both had trained at the Skating Club of Boston and were always drawn to the city -- specifically, the South End's vibrant diversity and convenient location. They moved into their penthouse duplex on Hanson Street in 2004. "We looked for almost two years before we found it," Mark said. "We were very particular." From the very beginning they felt a sense of community, and a connection to the South End and its residents. They found its character and charm reminiscent to that of the European neighborhoods they saw in their travels.
Given how physically and emotionally taxing traveling for months on end and coaching professional figure skaters can be, home-time is always downtime for the couple. When they're not relaxing with friends, Mark and Peter take full advantage of the South End's walkability, and the number of local shops and restaurants. Perhaps most important of all, the South End is prime central for dinner party planning. If you want to know how award-winning, world-renowned figure skaters host a dinner party, just follow Mark's lead: "Go to Formaggio for the cheese, Brix for the wine, and Foodie's for everything else!"
Find this story and more in our Spring 2016 South End Stakeholders' Report. Read all about the latest real estate trends, forecasts, and an in-depth look at the South End community.