Posts Tagged ‘Back Bay’

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.

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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:

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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.

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.

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

Back Bay Living- Gut-Renovated Brownstone Home

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The Back Bay is one of the most sough-after and desireable neighborhoods in Boston, but it is known for being pricey and it can potentially be difficult to find a home right in the heart of the neighborhood. Right now on the market, however, is a beautiful 1-bedroom apartment, that is entirely gut-renovated in a gorgeous traditional brownstone building.

At $2,500 a month, incuding heat and hot water, this apartment is truly a deal. You can have the prestige of living in a Boston brownstone, with brand new Bosch stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. You could be the first person to live in this brand new home, and still enjoy the touches of tradition with a refurbished fireplace and original moldings.

For more information contact Sarah Glovsky at or call and leave a voicemail at 617-236-0353.

The Profitability of Back Bay, Boston, MA

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Back Bay area is once again extremely profitable. There is a booming commercial property market and luxury residential listings are receiving offers after being on the market for as little as twenty-four hours. After the initial downturn from the recession, the market for commercial and office real estate in Back Bay is once again incredibly robust–with pricings back to 2007 rates ($80 per square foot, and rising) and the area has the lowest vacancy rate in the city–4.7%.

Investors are taking notice–and now Back Bay’s shoppers, professionals and residents will benefit from all the changes that are taking place. In the fall of 2011, Atlanta-based Jamestown Properties invested heavily in Boston’s very own Newbury Street. The company paid a whopping $226 million for a 130,000 spread that spans over twenty-eight buildings. The company now owns fifteen percent of Newbury Street, and their $4.7 million dollar renovation of 234 and 236 Newbury is projected to finish this winter. Jamestown is investing another five million dollars in renovations and new projects set to take place over the next five years. The company’s new developments are creating almost 16,000 square feet of retail space, and a total of fifty luxury residences.

Visitors and locals will also soon be noticing massive amounts of construction—as Jamestown Properties isn’t the only one to notice the extreme profitability of the Back Bay area. Liberty Mutual is constructing a $300 million office building, AvalonBay Communities is developing a $100 million, twenty-eight story, 188 unit residential building, the Simon Group is planning a $500 million development and expansion of Copley Place Mall, and there is a new 49,000 square foot building being built on Newbury that will house a three-story Chanel store, parking garage, and six new luxury residences.

So, Boston shoppers—be on the lookout for all these changes and new retail locations!! We are sure there will be some surprises in store for us in the coming year, and can’t wait to see who joins us here on Newbury Street.

The Braemore

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Today is about highlighting a great building here in Boston with a whole range of condos and apartments.  We’ve rented several of the units and currently have a couple new listings that are expected to hit the market in The Braemore this week! We’re excited and we just wanted to share a little bit about this wonderful building!

The Braemore is a former luxury hotel converted into wonderfully convenient condos located almost directly in Kenmore Square. Situated right on Commonwealth Ave you truly have access to all of Back Bay. Many of the units offer beautiful views of Fenway Park, the Charles River, and Comm Ave.  With Kenmore Square right there you have access to many fine dining options including the Eastern Standard, and Island Creek Oyster Bar. Beyond this, night life is not too far away with Fenway Park just a short walk away. You’ll be living with the true Boston experience and taking in all of Back Bay!

486 Beacon Street, Boston MA (Check it out in on the NY Times website!)

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Photo Credit to The New York Times

486 Beacon Street is not only a prime location for any urbanite, but it is also a a truly beautiful and cozy home.  It offers wood finishings and a spectacular marble fireplace.  With a southern lit living room and an additional room that can act as a home office, playroom, small in-home gym, or whatever is suited to you this home completes an entire wish list. And possible the most exciting part of this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom duplex is the fact that there is fully deeded parking and three guest parking spots, certainly rare in the Back Bay.

Recently the New York Times decided to swing by and shoot some photos of this great listing and feature it on their website.  There’s no doubt that they made the right choice when it came to picking a Boston home to showcase, it has a great combination of old New England charm and the upbeat city life.

For more information contact Betsy Herald at (617) 236-0353 or

Photo credit: New York Times

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.