Archive for March, 2012

21 Beacon Street, Boston MA

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Formally the historic Bellevue Hotel and one time residence of JFK

Affordable living in a grand style. Perfect pied-de-terre or first time home in a landmark Boston property, formerly The Bellevue Hotel and one time residence of JFK. This lovely studio boasts a renovated kitchen and bathroom, high ceilings and period detail. Building features a concierge, elegant common areas, elevator, laundry on every floor and common roofdeck with magnificent and sweeping city views. Pets are allowed.

For more info contact Sarah Glovsky or Betsy Herald at (617) 236-0353

Or Email betsyherald@realtor.com or sarah@thecharlesrealty.com

Beautiful molding work and details.

42 Union Street, Watertown MA

Friday, March 30th, 2012
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Newly added gas fireplace and fur floors make for a beautiful living room

Conveniently located on a side street between Watertown Square & Newton Corner – Don’t miss this opportunity to own a Single Family in one of Watertown’s most sought-after locations. Charming & spacious Colonial with many updates: 4 Bedrooms, 1.5 Renovated Bathrooms, Fully Renovated Granite/Stainless EIK with Bay Window. Gas fireplace in living room, formal dining room with impressive wainscotting & recessed ceiling lead to a sun-drenched deck & landscaped yard with newer fence & mature trees.

For more info contact Betsy Herald at (617) 236-0353 or betsyherald@realtor.com

and visit TheCharlesRealty.com or 42UnionStreet.com

Open House: Sunday April 1st from 1:30-3:30

Off street parking for 2-3 cars and 11 bus lines make transportation in the Boston area easy.

190 West Springfield Under Agreement

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Remember 190 West Springfield? The home we posted about just last week…well we’re happy to announce that it is now under agreement. We love  to see homes like this one moving quickly.  This 3-bedroom duplex in the South End was listed at a great price of $799,900 and included beautiful Victorian features with hardwood floors and moldings. Fireplaces and a well renovated kitchen with beautiful granite countertops and a large center island certainly drove the demand for this home.

Some of us here at the office were even wishing we were in the market for a new place in Boston after seeing this one.  We’re also excited because we’re going to have more listings coming our way very soon and we’ll be letting you know all about them!

190 West Springfield Street

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The weather is warm, the sun is out, it’s springtime, and we have a new home on the market! Life is wonderful!  This 3-bedroom duplex located in the South End is a very rare and sought after opportunity for anyone looking to buy. 2-stories of pine floors and exposed brick make for an enchanting home with a great location.

The fully renovated kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless appliances, and mahogany cabinets, a dream for anyone who enjoys cooking and baking. A large center island also makes for a wonderful centerpiece and convenient for entertaining. A beautiful brick archway then opens into a sunny living space including a decorative fireplace with 1800’s ironwork.   In fact the home includes two of these gorgeous fireplaces along with Victorian moldings and that add charming accents to each room.

With two renovated baths and a jacuzzi in the guest bath and the en-suite master bath with marble and a powerful glass shower, this vintage brownstone  is complete and offers the perfect balance of the modernity and classical Boston.

In-unit washer/dryer, master walk-in-closet with built-ins, and a huge basement storage area with plenty of space that fits everything.

The most incredible part of this home is the asking price at $799,900, which puts it at $500 per square foot!

Contact Betsy Herald at (617) 236- 0353

Spring is in the air!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

It’s official, it’s spring time! Today marks the first day of spring and this beautiful weather is making it clear that winter has left us (we hope!).  To celebrate springtime and look forward to this wonderful weather, now is a good time to start considering your garden.  Of course, having a garden in the city is not easy, but you can still make it work with a few tips and tricks.

Pretty simple and straight forward, potted plants are very standard and effective.  You can always keep a few in a sunny room or a balcony and grow all sorts of things.  If you happen to want tomatoes or cucumbers for salads this summer there’s no reason why you can’t get some large pots and grow your own.  There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with being able to grow your own salad, and it’s a lot easier to walk out onto your porch or balcony and pick a vegetable than it is to make a run to the supermarket.

Potted plants can make for beautiful decorations indoors and outdoors too.  Planting some nice bulbs in a deep pot or a variety of different flowers are a beautiful way to remind yourself that it’s springtime. When those flowers are in bloom nothing is happier than those bright vibrant flowers.

Another way to change it up with flowers is to put some flower boxes out.  They act as a part of the exterior of your home and they’re fairly versatile.  You can change your flower boxes with the seasons or each year and really spruce up your place. They’re also fairly low maintenance for the majority of people that are constantly on the go.

Never forget that you can always clip your flowers too and use them as centerpieces or decorate any room in your home while making it all smell like spring and summer. There are plenty of ways to bring spring into your home and create your own garden space. So enjoy this beautiful weather and start planning your gardens!  Take in everything spring has to offer and remember summer isn’t too far away!

Going Green (Literally)

Friday, March 16th, 2012

With St. Patrick’s  Day this weekend everyone is looking forward to celebrating with plenty of green and shamrocks, but today we’re covering some ways you can keep your home green all year-round. Here are some tips on decorating and incorporating green into your home.

1.) Accent with Accessories

You can give a dull or plain room a lot of color by accessorizing.  It works a lot like a plain dress, you just need to get the shoes and jewelry to give it that extra pop! A room is no different, in space with boring white walls buy some green candles, a green vase, add a few green throw pillows, and finish it off with a green lampshade. It doesn’t take any commitment,  just a bit of shopping. Just adding these items and accent pieces here and there will make everything a little brighter and give the room some personality.

2.) Get green with greenery

Naturally plants come to mind when we’re talking green.  Plants come in such a variety that you’re really not tied down to just one look or vibe when you decide to add a couple pots or bouquets in your home. You can have a cactus, a bouquet of wildflowers, a small tree, whatever your heart desires! You can’t go wrong with a plant, just so long as you water it enough and keep it going strong.

3.) Make it Fab with Fabrics

Most rooms offer plenty of opportunities to incorporate plenty of green fabric. Curtains, bed spreads, couches, pillows, and more can have a whole range of different greens.  Don’t be afraid to dabble in some different fabrics, in cottons, silks, or velvets and keep your mind open to patterns. Much like the accessories, you can really give a space a facelift with a change of a few fabric choices.

Here’s a green DON’T: Going heavy on lots of prints can get crazy and overwhelming to the eye but doing everything in the same prints and textures can get very one dimensional and boring very quickly.  When decorating really try to keep a balance and only use prints when appropriate, but don’t get too stuck on one design.

4.) Revive a Room with a Rug

Rugs again aren’t necessarily permanent, and there are some great rugs out there that come in some nice shades of green. Toss one under the table or in your entry way and you’re good to go. Sometimes it might be best to find a rug that just has touches of green also, that way it pulls out the other green accents in the room.

Here’s another green DON’T: Don’t confuse the word rug with carpet.  A rug is smaller and just rolls out over your existing floor for a bit of comfort and decoration. A carpet however covers the entire floor space and a green carpet might be channeling the 70’s just a little too much. So embrace the green rug, and avoid a green carpet.

Website Launch!

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

We are beyond excited to announce that we have launched our new website!  After several months of hard work we now have a brand new website up and running.  We’ve been looking forward to this announcement for sometime now and wanted to share the great news with everyone.

We built this website as a tool for anyone looking to buy, sell, or rent a home in Boston.  This should be a resource for those in an step of the process of finding or selling a home.  We’ve included easy-to-use search tools on the side of almost every page on the website that allow you to narrow your search down by the type of home, the neighborhood, and/or the number of bedrooms.  We’ve also included a map search that works a lot like Google Maps.  Making this search easy to access keep the website simple and user friendly for everyone.

We’re also thrilled about our new luxury building page, which features each of the luxury buildings and great exterior shots of each with links to more great photos of the buildings.  This feature is great, because let’s be honest you can read all you want about a home, but pictures can make all the difference. They can make or break the home.  We don’t want anyone to pass up their dream home simply because they couldn’t get a visual of it, we want buyers to see their future home from every angle even before they attend a showing or open house.  Being graphic heavy and providing plenty of pictures was a major priority for this website.

A resource that we’re particularly proud of are the guides we’ve developed.  We’ve put together a list of tips specific to buyers, sellers, and renters. We understand the confusion and the stress that can come with finding a home, and we hope to offer as much help as possible.  With some sound advice these guides can give that extra push and confidence for anyone that might be timid about the whole process.

In the end we’re happy with the website we’ve launched and we want to share it with the world.  With the potential to really serve clients or anyone searching for a home in the Boston market this website is our pride and joy at the moment.  So please enjoy our new website, we think you’ll like it!

Spring is Getting Closer…

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

As spring in Boston approaches, we have the treat of getting to look forward to some of the city’s most exciting attractions. Between now and May 1, we will be home to The Boston Marathon, the Red Sox Opening Day, Boston Restaurant Week and those iconic swan boats will be back in the Public Garden.

The Boston Marathon

Every April, Boston plays host of hundreds of runners and their families from all over the world as they compete (or attempt to finnish) the infamous 26.2 mile trail right into the heart of downtown Boston. Additional activities on the day (this year, April 16th), include gathering on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall to watch the runners as the enter into their final mile. It is an exciting, emotional and unforgettable experience!

Red Sox Opening Day

What a party indeed! This year, on April 13th, the Red Sox will play the first game of their season at the historic Fenway park against the Tampa Bay Rays. Every year the city of Boston comes together to make their team feel special and at home. It is important to rev them up for the new season.

Boston Restaurant Week

Get your taste buds ready to party without your pocket book having to suffer. This year, restaurant week is March 18-23 & 25-30. There are 200+ restaurants participating in and around Boston and Cambridge. You can access the directory here. This is an excellent way to try new places, or justify returning to your favorites.

The Swan Boats in the Gardens

There are few images that conjure up the feel of Boston in the springtime the way that the swan boats sitting on the pond in the public garden do. They a large part of Boston history, and while they don’t sail quickly, if you haven’t taken a ride on one… I would highly recommend it. Even if you’re a Boston native (or, perhaps especially if you’re a Boston native)– Embrase your inner tourist!

With so much to look forward to, how could you not get excited on days with sunshine like today?

Buyer’s To-Do List

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Finding the perfect home is of course very exciting.  You’re starting a-new and soon you’ll be finding a dream home. We’ve compiled a short list of things that will make the buying process easier.  This list can act as the beginning of a check list in your home search and finally buying a home. You can also read our buyer’s guide.

1. Shop Around

Get to know the home you like.  You know your dream location and some of the features you want in a home, but see a few different places to get an idea of exactly what you’d like.  Look around online, see what’s available.  We’d recommend just punching in some different search criteria on websites like Trulia or Realtor.com and seeing what’s out there, you might be surprised.

2. Find a real estate agent your like

It’s amazing how much easier the buying process will be once you click with a real estate agent. Your agent is your go-to person for a majority of your needs while searching and signing.  It’s important to feel comfortable with the agent and feel safe knowing that they’ll take care of your needs.  It might be appealing to attempt to do everything on your own but it’s not easy and buyers agents can also help to negotiate lower prices. They’re also great for referrals, letting you know who to go to for home inspections or attorneys.  Your realtor can optimize the efficiency  of your search and honestly make life a lot easier.

3. Find a mortgage broker you trust and get a pre-approval

Once you’ve found that perfect place you need to find a mortgage broker.  This isn’t so exciting but they’re the logistics that will allow you to get a home.  Mortgages are a big financial decision so trust is key in your relationship with the broker.  There are plenty of great mortgage brokers out there who will work with you to get everything all ready for your new home and your future.

4. Make sure to find home insurance

Home insurance is a must have.  You’ve finally found the perfect home but now you need to insure it for the future.  Your agents can help direct you to the right places for home insurance but it’s key to make sure that all your bases are covered.  There’s also a lot of little things that can lower your home insurance prices, such as the proximity to your home to a fire hydrant.  So keeping the little things in mind as you shop around for home insurance can really be helpful.

Condo Wish List

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

In today’s rainy and snowy weather we’re all wishing for a little bit of sunshine. While wishing for sunny weather here’s a wish list of things people would love to have in a condo.

1. Breakfast nook

Beside the fact that having a nook is just adorable and convenient, it’s also fun to decorate.  The nook is the perfect place to read the paper in the morning or relax later in the day with a cup of coffee or glass of lemonade. You can put a small table and a couple chairs with some nice cushions in your nook and include matching curtains.  Hang a pendant light from the ceiling and the ideal breakfast nook is complete!

2. Day bed

Day beds are great. Plain and simple. Couch by day, bed by night.  We’re not saying you need to sleep on your day bed, but the option is always nice for you or a guest.  They bring a real homey and cozy feel to any room. They’re not for the formal living room, but having one in a guest bedroom or even in your own bedroom will be very welcoming to any guests you may have in your condo.

3. Spacious laundry room

No one likes to do laundry, we know that, but if you’re going to do laundry you might as well make it pleasant. Having a laundry room directly in your condo is always convenient and it’s even better when you have space to move and relax.  Sometimes being cramped can be a little stressful and tense when you’re already doing a task you don’t enjoy, but having the extra room to move will make the chore more enjoyable.

4. Closet space

No one will ever turn down closet space! The more closets the better.  You can hide away the clutter and store seasonal clothes, decorations, and whatever else you’re not using right that second.  Home owners never fail to fill up their closet space, and even if it’s not full, with time you’ll find plenty of things to keep in your closets. Walk-ins are ideal but one more closet can never hurt, no-matter what size.

5. Built-in Storage

Built-ins come with all the functionality of a closet, but they look charming while they do it!  They act like large cupboards and can alter the entire look of a room.  Different colors and wood finishes make built-ins blend and accent any space.  Built-ins usually act great under bay windows and create a wide windowsill at the same time, perfect for displaying whatever you’d like.