Archive for the ‘Back Bay/Beacon Hill’ Category

This Week’s Featured Neighborhood: Back Bay

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Centerpiece for Victorian Brownstone Homes and Famous Boston Landmarks

One of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods, the Back Bay is home to trendy Victorian brownstone homes, unique shops, and trendy restaurants and bars. The Back Bay is home to The Charles Realty (located at 257 Newbury Street) and many other companies and shops. Numerous boutiques line Newbury Street making it the shopping mecca of Boston.

The shops on Newbury Street, the Prudential Center, and other spots in the Back Bay draw in shoppers from all over the world. The Back Bay is also a notable Boston neighborhood for its boasting landmarks such as, Copley Square, the Trinity Church, and the Public Library. The two tallest Boston skylines, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower add to the Back Bay’s beautiful scenery.

Some restaurants include:
Top of the Hub (American): 800 Boylston Street
Stephanie’s on Newbury (American): 190 Newbury Street
Atlantic Fish (Seafood): 761 Boylston Street
Abe & Louie’s (Steak): 793 Boylston Street
L’Espalier (French): 774 Boylston Street
Sorellina (Italian): 1 Huntington Avenue

Some shopping stores include:
The Shops at the Prudential Center: 800 Boylston Street
Newbury Street Shops: Newbury Street

Some bars & pubs include:
McGreevy’s: 911 Boylston Street
Champion’s Sports Bar: 110 Huntington Avenue
Met Back Bay: 279 Dartmouth Street

Be sure to let us know your favorite spots in the Back Bay by commenting on our Facebook! For more information on the Back Bay, feel free to message our Rental Agents directly at our new rentals Facebook page, Charles Rentals.

For Back Bay listings please visit our website http://www.thecharlesrealty.com/.

Sources:
Boston.com
Cityofboston.gov

This Week’s Featured Neighborhood: Beacon Hill

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

One of Boston’s smallest, but most historically rich neighborhoods.

Often referred to as “The Hill,” this neighborhood features a mix of grand townhouses and fashionable shops. Famous for its gold-domed State House, Beacon Hill is outlined by the Massachusetts General Hospital, Government Center, the Boston Common, and Public Garden. Approximately one square mile in size, Beacon Street, Bowdoin Street, Cambridge Street and Storrow Drive surround Beacon Hill.

Beacon Hill proudly displays its historical charm through its numerous brick single family townhouses. Its overall layout and looks resemble that of colonial Boston. One of its most notable streets, Charles Street features gas burning lamps and brick sidewalks is home to antique shops, small cafes, and clothing boutiques.

Some restaurants include:

Cheers (84 Beacon Street) – American

The Paramount (44 Charles Street) – American

Mooo…. (15 Beacon Street) – Steak

Toscano (47 Charles Street) – Italian

No. 9 Park – (9 Park Street) – French

Some shopping stores include:

Black Ink – (101 Charles Street)

Red Wagon – (69 Charles Street)

Moxie – (51 Charles Street)

Wish – (49 Charles Street)

Some bars & pubs include:

The Four’s – (166 Canal Street)

21st Amendment – (150 Bowdoin Street)

Silvertone Bar and Grill – (69 Bromfield Street)

Be sure to let us know your favorite spots in Beacon Hill by commenting on our Facebook! For more information on Beacon Hill, feel free to message our Rental Agents directly at our new rentals Facebook page, Newbury Rentals.

For Beacon Hill listings please visit our website http://www.thecharlesrealty.com/.

Sources:

Boston.com

CityofBoston.gov

Reasons to Consider January 1st Rentals

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

2014 is upon us, and with it comes numerous lease openings in the Boston area. While people may find many reasons not to rent, but in today’s day and age renting is something that should considered for the New Year. Below the Newbury Rentals team has come up with some reasons to consider rentals on January 1st.

More financially safe than owning a home

The economy has greatly influenced the housing market, and now is a better time than ever to rent. One of the largest costs avoided when renting is the mortgage. Not only is the cost of a mortgage avoided, but also the stress of large payments or having to remortgage. Other big costs avoided are property taxes, Homeowners Associate fees (doesn’t apply to all), and homeowners insurance.

In addition, when renting you avoid the responsibilities of buying or selling a home. Another upside to renting is that it allows for people to save up money, pay off loans, and spend money elsewhere. In some cases renters today are renting more than one home allowing for them to have a vacation spot.

Access to urban conveniences

The majority of rentals are found in urban areas, which usually means everything is in a mile. Many necessities are within walking distances in urban areas. Not only are there numerous stores within a close proximity, but also many stores in cities cannot be found in suburban areas.

Some rentals have luxuries

Many luxury buildings and apartment complexes offer a pool, gym, and other amenities. It can come in handy especially in the cold winter months when any imaginable luxury is accessible right in your own building.

Less upkeep

There is far less upkeep involved when renting. Someone else does all the repairs when renting, a landlord or someone they hire will take care of repairs and replacements. When something breaks and it’s in the contract that the landlord will fix it, then they are required to do so.

Social scene

When more than one tenant are living under the same roof, rentals themselves become great places for a social life. Rentals in urban areas are also close to some of the best nightlife spots, including bars, clubs, and restaurants.

For more information on rentals, feel free to message our Rental Agents directly at our new rentals Facebook page, Newbury Rentals or check out our site!

Sources:

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Top 10 Reasons to Rent Rather Than Own

6 Reasons to Rent

Your Guide to Black Friday Shopping in Boston

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Friday, November 29 marks the most chaotic day of the year for shoppers and retailers alike. Although many Black Friday deals are getting an early start on Thanksgiving, the vast majority of deals can be found early Friday morning. Here are some great places gathered together by our knowledgable agents, in order to get that Black Friday shopping done:

Picture via Boston.com

Newbury Street

One of Boston’s most popular shopping destinations includes numerous trendy boutiques, national retailers, and individually owned shops. Some retailers include:

·         Fresh (121 Newbury St.) 3 free samples with every online purchase

·         Marc Jacobs (81 Newbury St.)

·         Ralph Lauren (92-93 Newbury St.)

·         Chanel (5 Newbury St.)

·         H&M (100 Newbury St.) Deals starting at $2.95!  Up to 70% off!

·         Nespresso (7 Newbury St.)

·         Hotel Chocolat (137 Newbury St.)

Prudential Center

Located at the base of the Prudential Tower is the shopping center featuring numerous apparel, accessory, and specialty stores. Some retailers include:

·         Lord & Taylor

·         Oakley Up to 91% off on sunglasses

·         Express 50% off every single item until noon Friday

·         Ann Taylor Take a 50% off deal

·         Vineyard Vines

·         lululemon athletica Save $5 for every $100 spent

·         Sephora $10 for limited edition products

·         Vera Bradley 25% off entire store open-4 a.m.; 20% off 4 a.m.-close

Copley Place

Located in Back Bay, the complex includes office buildings, hotels, and an upscale shopping mall great for scoring deals on Black Friday. Some retailers include:

·         Apple $41 off of iPad Air and $101 off Macbook Pro

·         Saks Fifth Avenue Extra 40%-50% off storewide

·         Barnes & Noble

·         Louis Vuitton

·         Michael Kors

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on how to make the most of your Black Friday excursion.  For more information on what shops to hit in the Boston area, feel free to message our Rental Agents directly at our new rentals Facebook page, Newbury Rentals!

Happy Shopping!

- The Charles Realty Team

Newbury Street: Home to the Best Places to Shop in Boston

Friday, November 15th, 2013

According to Condé Nast Traveler, the American based luxury travel magazine, Boston was named the #10 best city for shopping in the U.S.  Our fair city ranked among the upheld shopping capitals such as L.A., San Francisco, and New York City.  Bostonians know that Newbury Street is the home to the diverse realm of shops, from luxury boutiques to high end second-hand stores.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Winter in Boston

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Whether this is your first Boston winter in the new apartment or just looking to battle the challenges of living in the city during gargantuan snow storms, we are here to give you some tips on how to make it through:

Mind the Thermostat

Yes, we know that this is the #1 word of advice from any Bostonian, and there is a reason for it.  Not only is it super energy and cost efficient to keep your heat on low when you are out of the house, but also it’s just as important to get your thermostat checked out!  It’s good to double check that the batteries and the thermostat itself are working properly before the real snow begins.

Beware of the Draft

Double checking that the windows lock properly and weatherstripping all windows and doors are two quick ways to combat the cold winter air.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air drafts can waste anywhere from 30% to 5% of your energy use. Rolling up towels are a quick DIY way to weatherstrip any problem doors.

Schedule an Energy Audit

Have one of the experts handle it and inspect your home to help you cut costs on your winter heating bills.  Whether you live in an apartment or a condominium, you can have your landlord contact National Grid to inspect your home and provide a full report on how to make your home more energy efficient.

Stock Up on the Basics

Flashlights, batteries, and your ice-melt solution of choice are all handy items to stock up on in the Boston weather.  It’s always better to be prepared with these items on hand then to have to trek through snow banks in Back Bay for any last minute necessities.

Always Have a Backup Plan

Parking in Boston can be a nightmare on a day to day basis, then throw in a New England Blizzard and things can get really interesting.  Always be sure to have a back-up plan about where to park in case your parking spot is ever the home to a snowbank. You can talk with your landlord or surrounding parking garages about back up options.

Protect Your Floors

Even gleaming hardwood floors can take a toll from the harsh New England Winter. Take any old tray and fill it with pebbles and rocks to create a stylish and mess free place to put your winter boots to dry.

For more tips and tricks on how to make it through a legendary Boston winter, feel free to reach out to our agents about life in the city!

Sources

Winterize Your Home

24 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

For Rent: Gorgeous Studio Loft in the Heart of Back Bay

Friday, November 1st, 2013

By: Maria Vivas

It’s never too early to make plans for the upcoming year. If you are looking to make the Back Bay your home in January, this refined studio apartment is perfect for you.

This completely renovated loft does not sacrifice any of the quintessential Brownstone elegance. With crown moldings, classic trims, gleaming hardwood floors, and custom built-ins, this home is the definition of classic Back Bay style. Additional stand-out features include stainless steel appliances, oversized walk-in closet and chandelier lighting. The home comes completely furnished to ease the stress of moving into your new place.

The well-kept building features laundry and elevator access that make for easy living in one of Boston’s most coveted locations. Located at 105 Beacon Street, this home is merely steps away from the Public Gardens, Copley Square, and all that Newbury street has to offer.

If you want to see this home in person, feel free to contact one of our expert rental agents to schedule a showing here.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Boston Studio Apartment

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

After the inevitable stress of moving in, it’s about time that you make your space feel like home.  Here are four tips to make the most out of your space, while becoming a part of your new Boston neighborhood.

Keep it Simple

There’s a reason that the Real Simple Magazine exists.  Make sure to maintain a simplistic, classic design and home décor.  The clash between your grandmothers old desk with your new Ikea bookshelf will create a disconnect in your design.  Sticking to a cohesive color palette will bring together the vital pieces in your new place.

Think Vertically

Bookshelves, cabinets, and high ceilings are your friends. When furnishing the new digs, be sure to look for tall storage options that don’t take up a lot of floor space. That leaves more room for friends to get together at your place to watch the Sox Game.

Use Multipurpose Furniture

Say hello to the storage ottoman!  It’s the perfect way to create more secretive storage space.  And who doesn’t love to relax and put up their feet once and a while?

Oversized Mirrors in Small Spaces

This optical illusion will work to make your studio appear more expansive.  Think outside the box, ditch the usual rectangle, and try some different shapes.  Unique designed mirrors are functional, while also serving as a work of art!

Check out some of our available studios for rent here!

For Rent: Gorgeous One Bedroom Overlooking Commonwealth Avenue

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Even though September is around the corner, we still have apartments available for September 1st. Check out this exclusive rental listing on one of Boston’s most coveted streets.

This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom home offers all of the necessary amenities for a city-dweller. The frontward facing living room boasts hardwood floors, oversized bay windows, working fireplace, and custom built-ins all enclosed in French doors.  Adjacent is the recently renovated chef’s kitchen that features gas stove, stainless steel appliances, marble backsplash, and skylight for added natural light. There is no shortage of storage space with custom built-ins throughout the home. The master bedroom is no exception. With elevator access, laundry in the building, and easy accessibility to the best of Back Bay, this is your opportunity to rent!


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For showings, feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our stellar rental agents over here!

103 Beacon Street: Distinguished Back Bay Home

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

This Back Bay home rests in one of the most sought after locations in all of Boston, in close proximity to Beacon Hill, walking distance to the Boston Public Gardens, and steps away from the Esplanade with partial river views. You truly have the entire city waiting for you right outside the front door. A rare parking space in the rear of the building and central air conditioning are just the beginning of spectacular features in this home.

With built-in shelves and office, two fireplaces, Victorian details and moldings along with Bosch appliances, sub-zero refrigerator, and granite countertops, this home brings together old world charm and modern convenience. It also includes newly installed central air, generous closet space, gas line ready for stove, soaring ceilings, recessed lighting, and hardwood floors stretching throughout, as well as a fully tiled kitchen.

Beyond this the building is pet friendly and professionally managed.

For more information contact the listing agent, Sarah Glovsky at 617-417-1179 or sarah@thecharlesrealty.com