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This Week’s Featured Neighborhood: The South End

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Home to Beautiful Brick Row Houses on Cobblestone Streets

Located in between the Back Bay, Chinatown, Roxbury, and South Boston, this neighborhood stands out as one of Boston’s most popular areas. Along with scenic views of Boston’s skyline, Victorian brownstone buildings and homes along Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue make the South End one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods to live in. Restaurants, galleries, shops, and bars in the South End are often the places to see and be seen around in Boston. Nestled on the cobblestone streets are various boutiques, cafés, salons, and pubs.

From May to October, the SoWa Open Market is one of Boston’s most popular markets for seeing local supplies from craftspeople, local farmers, and artisans. In addition, the SoWa Open Market features a variety of Boston’s finest food trucks. Not far away, is the Boston Center for the Arts located 539 Tremont Street. The Boston Center for the Arts, dedicated to supporting both the visual and performing arts, has theaters, galleries, and rehearsal spaces for the city’s most prominent arts organizations.

Because most parking is designated for residents, public transportation is generaly the easiest means of travel to the South End. Taking the Orange Line to the Back Bay/South End stop or the Silver Lines 4 or 5 all arrive in the South End area. If driving, the South End is easily accessible off Interstate 93. From 93 South, take exit 20B, and bear left onto Albany Street.

Some restaurants include:

Stella Restaurant: (Italian) 1525 Washington Street

Toro Restaurant: (Spanish) 1704 Washington Street

Douzo: (Japanese) 131 Dartmouth Street

Union Bar & Grill: (Grill) 1357 Washington Street

Some shopping stores include:

SoWa Open Market: 460 Harrison Avenue

Flour Bakery: 1595 Washington Street

Some bars & pubs include:

The Gallows: 1395 Washington Street

The Beehive: 541 Tremont Street

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

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For Sale: Three Modern Lofts in the Trendy South End

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Start off the year right with one of three spacious loft style condos that embody the flawless balance between state-of-the-art amenities and modern design elements.

These completely renovated two bedroom, one bath condominium lofts feature completely open living and dining spaces flooded with natural light. The open kitchen boasts recent renovations such as: stainless steel appliances, granite counters, plenty of cabinet space, dishwasher/disposal, and refrigerator.

These residences boasts modern features such as hardwood floors throughout the units, and tranquil bathrooms complete with rain shower heads, tiled walls with inlays, Toto water saving toilets, and Kohler tubs. In addition to these features, the two generously sized bedrooms have the versatility to bed used as an in-home office, guest bedroom, or nursery.

Residency at 34 Plympton offers luxuries including: a security system, air conditioning, private designated storage, walking distance to the restaurants on Harrison Avenue and Washington Street, and easy access to 93 and the Mass Pike.

If you want to see any of the three condos in person, feel free to contact one of our expert agents by scheduling a showing here. Also be sure to go to for more images and information.

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!


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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!


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Boston Apartment Living: Building Relationships with Your New Neighbors

Friday, September 21st, 2012

You are now three weeks in to your new lease and probably finally feeling settled in your new apartment. You have probably seen your neighbors in the hallways or when you are exiting or entering your apartment building and just greeted them with a quick nod. However, now that you feel more comfortable it is time to possibly build some friendly relationships with the people that share your building, mail room, and maybe even laundry basement. Here are a few pointers for meeting new neighbors!

  • Remember to smile
  • Don’t be afraid of small talk–while exiting or entering the building, in the laundry room, or in the elevator or on the stairs
  • If there is one, join your building’s committee–you’ll definitely meet people and feel as if you have a say in the community and also be able to discuss common issues (such as issues with the landlord, etc.)
  • If you’re feeling bold, plan a building party—invite everyone!

You never know—after making these connections you could make a new friend, or even find a new roommate for next year!!

Good luck,

The Charles Realty

691 Massachusetts Ave makes it in the Boston Herald!

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Hello All,

We know many of you are already of vacation or getting very close to vacation but we have some exciting news! Over the weekend the Boston Herald ran a story about one of our favorite buildings, 691 Massachusetts Avenue! Reporter and journalist, Paul Restuccia, visited with us during an open house and spent a lot of time learning about the units we have available. He’s written a great article that really captures the essence of the building and the units. An excellent narrated slide show also offers an inside peak at the building and displays its great modern look and versatility! So here’s the link, let us know what you think!

Boston Luxury Building: Wilkes Passage

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Wilkes Passage: one of the South End’s premier 24 hour concierge, full service buildings! Custom designed 2 bed/2 bath rear unit on the 4th floor. Chef’s kitchen with six burner Decor gas range, warming drawer, wine fridge and Sub Zero refrigerator. Hardwood floors throughout, excellent closet space, en-suite master. Includes full tandem garage parking for 2 cars . Common roof deck & common courtyard.

Garage Spaces: 2
Parking Spaces: 2
Heat Zones: Oil,Forced Air
Cool Zones: Central Air

Boston Luxury Building: The Bryant on Columbus Ave

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Located on the tree-lined Columbus Avenue, where the Back Bay meets the South End; two of Boston’s most desirable areas, the Bryant Back Bay is a stylish addition to the Boston landscape. The building consists of 50 two-, three- and four-bedroom units on ten stories, all of which are exquisitely finished. They include light-filled living areas, masterfully appointed kitchens, spacious master bathrooms and elegant guest bathrooms, private terraces, private storage units, and on-site parking. The building offers a 24-hour concierge and is professionally managed.

Amenities: Balconies, dishwasher, disposal, gas range, microwave, washer & dryer, carpeted floors, hardwood floors, air conditioning, cable/satellite TV, elevator, garage parking, On-site General Manager, On-site Concierge, Lobby Attendant for personal errands, Announcement of all visitors, Package, newspaper and magazine delivery, Coordinate laundry and dry cleaning services, Arrange taxi or limousine services, Coordinate house cleaning services, Personal errand services and grocery delivery, Secretarial & personal assistant referrals, Catering and party event coordination, Access to discounted computer services, Provide access to contractors and guests, Coordinate child care services, While you?re away, in-home services, Arrange dog walking and grooming services, Help with movement of furniture within a unit, Help to coordinate art installation, Help move items to and from storage unit, Access to stamps, shipping, messenger service.

Boston Luxury Building: Le Jardin

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Amazing and luxurious Victorian detailing

A condo in Le Jardin is like living in a fantasy land.  With views that overlook the Boston Public Gardens right on Boylston Street and impeccable Victorian details in each room there is no question that this home in meant for luxury living. The 9 units in this boutique condo conversion are breathtakingly large, all are 3000+ square feet, and finished with the finest European fixtures possible. Located right on the Boston Public Garden, this building is just steps from Newbury. It has 24-hour concierge services, garage parking and a wonderful roof deck.

Amenities include: outdoor space, garage parking, city and skyline views, roof deck, garage parking, 24 hour concierge.

Le Jardin borders the Boston Public Gardens, offering a refreshing and elegant view

Burrage Mansion

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Boston is a city full of amazing architecture and gorgeous homes. In fact it’s sometimes difficult to be in awe of a home in Boston, simply because there are so many wonderful places. However one home that has managed to stand out for over 100 years now is the Burrage Mansion.

We thought it would be fun to highlight this jaw dropping home today.

The Burrage Mansion sits at 314 Commonwealth Avenue, right here in Boston and is certainly not your typical modest home. With almost 50 gargoyles, dragons, and cherubs carved into the exterior of the building, this mansion now is home to six condominium units.

The mansion built in 1899, was definitely a statement from its owner Albert C. Burrage, a successful lawyer and business man.  Burrage traveled a considerable amount but always considered Boston his home, and wanted to display his success in the form of a building.

Modeled after the Vanderbilt home in New York and designed by renowned architect Charles Bringham, the mansion dominated the street, and still does today. A sunroom that wraps around the mansion with gorgeous victorian glass ceilings is just one more signature element of the building.  Mahogany’s, stained glass, and marble ensure that anyone walking by the mansion or through the mansion knows this isn’t your typical home.