Posts Tagged ‘Boston Homes’

This Week’s Featured Neighborhood: Brighton

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Home to students and young professionals, features a number of affordable housing options.

Located at Boston’s northwest corner on the shores of the Charles River, this welcoming neighborhood contains streets lined with multi-family homes and condominiums. Brighton’s cost-efficient housing and lively atmosphere attracts families, young professionals and graduates students.

One of Brighton’s most notable spots, Cleveland Circle, is the heart of Boston College student living. This spot contains a number of options for inexpensive, but delicious eats. The nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir, provides scenic views of the Boston College campus for joggers on a mile-and-a-half loop. Along Washington Street, which runs straight through Brighton Center to Oak Square, numerous of Brighton’s small businesses call home.

With multiple T stops throughout Brighton, including “B” and “C” branch Green Line stops, transportation around Brighton and rest of Boston is simple. This neighborhood also includes medical resources such as, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and the Franciscan Children’s Hospital.

Some restaurants include:

The Stockyard: (Steak & Seafood) 135 Market Street

Tasca: (Tapas) 1612 Commonwealth Avenue

Eagle’s Deli: (Burgers & Deli) 1918 Beacon Street

Some shopping stores include:

New Balance (Factory Store): 40 Life Street

Some bars & pubs include:

The Paradise: 967 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston Wine School: 1354 Commonwealth Avenue

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

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Renting with Ease: A guide to navigating your rental process

Monday, April 8th, 2013

It’s the season for renting. Students, young professionals, even families are looking to lay their head in the Boston area, but many don’t know the most efficient way to go about it. Smart City is laying out a step-by-step way to go about renting through one of our reputable agents.

  1. Figure out what you want. Whether it be the number of bedrooms, the area, the proximity to public transportation, or the price, come into a rental office with a list of requirements. However, be prepared to be flexible.
  2. Assemble your documents. These include current and past landlord information, student documentation, or paycheck stubs for verification of employment. The sooner you are able to provide these to your rental agent, the faster the process will move along.
  3. Take notes on apartment showings. Make lists of pros and cons and try to recall specific details of each apartment. A rental agent can really help with these details.
  4. Come to showings with a checkbook. Be prepared to make a quick decision if you find your dream home. Properties, particularly in Boston, go very quickly.
  5. Read through your entire lease before signing. This seems straightforward but it’s important to know exactly what you are signing. Have a conversation with your rental agent if you spot anything that confuses you or raises questions.
  6. Finally, make preparations for your move. Consider parking, elevator access and even the weather on the day of the move.

To get in touch with one of our experienced and talented rental agents to guide you through this process, call (617) 236-0353

21 Walker Street- Unit 3 for Rent!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A new luxury property for rent in the Charlestown area! 21 Walker Street is now available at $2,350 a month. This sunlit one-bedroom apartment comes with many luxury accommodations. Hardwood floors and a marble bath make this home radiant throughout. The kitchen is fully equipped with Energy Star appliances and cherry cabinets as well as granite countertops. In addition, the home has cathedral ceilings and many convenient extras such as a full washer and dryer and a built-in ironing board. For safety and ease, the apartment has a video entry system that will record images of callers to your home when you’re gone. With easy roof deck access and central A/C and heat, this home is the complete package. Not to mention the great location in charming Charlestown, with access to the highway, shopping and public transportation.

21 Walker Bedroom

New Listings at 3 Repton Place

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Hot on the market: two of our most recent listings are located in the luxurious 3 Repton Place in Watertown. This building hosts a wide variety of great amenities including easy parking and a relaxing courtyard with a playground and landscaped grounds. This building is more secluded than properties in downtown Boston, and is convenient for commuters thanks to easy highway access.

Exterior at 3 Repton Place

Unit 3402 is a sweeping three bedroom, two bathroom home with plenty of space for storage and family members, while Unit 3202 also offers additional space with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a den. These homes are the complete package.

Repton Place Luxury Courtyard

Both listings include many desirable aspects: private balcony, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, tall ceilings and dramatic windows letting the sun pour in to these spacious apartments. Additionally, both homes offer not just one, but two garage parking spots per listing. The on-site management and superintendent are always on top of property maintenance. Condo fee includes snow removal, refuse removal and constant exterior maintenance and landscape work.

The Watertown area includes shopping, walking trails, and bike paths for the active homeowner. The latest listings at 3 Repton place are sure to impress anyone seeking a new place to lay their head in the Boston area. Go to or (617) 236-0353 to inquire further with the listing agent, Sarah Glovsky.

Home Appreciation Continues

Friday, March 1st, 2013

The Boston home market is still on the rise. Listings are barely hitting the market before offers come flowing in.  We’re not just talking one or two offers either, we’re talking about several offers on single listings. In this brief post we just want to highlight some of the reasons why homes are moving so quickly.

Zillow is reporting a 6.2% increase in home values across the country since last January and a 0.7% increase since December. With this in mind it’s also worth noting that this is the lowest percentage of homes with price reductions on the market in over four years.  People know that if they buy now and market trends continue, then there’s potential to make a profit in a matter of just a year or two.

In Boston, as we’ve stressed before, inventory is incredibly low across the city. Thus, home values are up 9.5% from last year. This is a clear reflection of the low inventory, thus making this the ideal sellers market. With this trend, now is the time to put your home on the market. Sellers are receiving multiple offers within just days of listing and the market is only getting busier as we come into the spring.


A Cozier and More Personal Home

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Did you just move into a new spot? Do you have a home that feels sterile and barren? Here are some tips for making your pad more comfortable and personal. When you come home after a long day at work, or a snowy commute, you ought to feel cozy among your things.

  1. Mixing color and texture: The easiest way to dress up your place is to move out of your comfort zone, and add color and texture. Try adding a rug with accent pillows, or picking a subtle pattern for a blanket that contrasts well with a painting on the wall. The more adventurous may even opt to mix multiple different patterns or colors. However, when shopping for home accessories with different patterns, try to bring along photos of the room or accessories you may already own and check that your new purchase matches!
  2. Adding shelving for more than just storage: The obvious purpose of shelving is to store your belongings or books. Instead, consider installing shelves to display trinkets or photographs. Not only is this a way to display your precious belongings at eye level, but it also adds dimensionality to your walls. Just make sure to install shelves with a level, or risk having your favorite trinkets slide and crash!
  3. Wallpaper: There has long been a stigma against wallpaper. Many claim that wallpaper is stuffy and dated when they are reminded by the floral patterns in their grandmother’s home. However, there are plenty of new wallpapers with a modern and stylish feel that will dress up your home in exciting new ways.
  4. Statement wall: Similarly, you’re hesitant to change the walls in an entire room, paint just change single wall! A bright color, or bold wallpaper on a statement wall will give your place a unique vibe with flair. One of the most popular places for a statement wall is behind the headboard of a bed in the bedroom. This single wall with pop can play a trick on the human eye, often making the space appear larger and more design-oriented.
  5. Hanging art and personal photos: It goes without saying that personal photos and art are the most straightforward ways to make your place more cozy, but avoid the collegiate temptation to simply tape or tack your wall accessories. Spend a little time in a Marshall’s or Target to buy some inexpensive frames for your photos. After all- these are your friends and family, they deserve to be hung with care!
  6. Subtle themes: While creating a “theme” for a room may be a bit childish, you can do so in a very subtle way that gives the space a greater sense of purpose and ties each element of the room together. For example, decorate a simple space with a nautical perspective, or give a living room a log cabin feel with leather furniture and plaid blankets.
  7. Fabric accessories: Soft fabrics will always emphasize the coziness of a home. Whether you drape blankets over the back of your furniture, or add a few more statement pillows, adding fabric accessories will make your space feel like one, big, cozy bed. For the more adventurous- try fun floor pillows for guests to sit on.
  8. Exposed closets: Closets are often covered by sliding doors or curtains. However, for organized fashionistas who invest a lot time and money on their wardrobe, consider removing closet doors altogether. This can open up the space to feel larger, and displays a colorful wardrobe as art. Be warned: this can quickly make a space feel messy if not well-maintained, and guests may feel inclined to do some snooping.

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!

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!

As the Holidays Approach

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

It’s important to remember the value of your home. Especially this time of year, when being together with your family is paramount, don’t forget to also give thanks to the building that keeps you safe and warm all year long.

A few things you can do to remember your home:

1. Get it a gift. It will make it seem better all year long. Some ideas are: new throw pillows, curtains or a new rug, or lamp, or maybe go big with new energy-saving windows or a HE washer and dryer. Get something that will make it more of a home.

2. Don’t forget to decorate with love this holiday season! Bring warmth into your space with lights, candles and even some seasonal music. Pandora radio stations are great ways to ensure that your classic music choices don’t run on repeat or get boring.

3. If you are going away, and leaving your home for the holidays, don’t forget to get someone to take care of it. You want to ask a neighbor to get your mail and newspapers and to go in and change the lights every night. Also, be sure to turn your water off in the event of a freeze. These tips might seem obvious, but if you live in a condo, it might not be as natural.

Enjoy the holiday season everyone!

Is Bigger Better?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

When shopping for a home, what’s on your wish-list? If you’re looking in the suburbs, due to the current state of the real estate market some of the giant homes are being sold for uber affordable prices. Does that mean you should swoop in and grab them? Not necessarily. If you’re looking in the city, the prices per square foot are still so high, that sometimes it’s important to ask yourself: is bigger really better? What could purchasing a small home save you? In time, money and headaches? A lot.

Here are somethings about small homes that make them extremely attractive:

1. Small homes cost less: not only upfront, but over the years. Heating and cooling a small house is so much less expensive than a big house. Furnishing and decorating all the extra rooms adds up, and renovating extra restrooms, or a giant kitchen, comes with a giant price tag. And don’t forget that you’ll be saving money on the property taxes because of the smaller square footage.

2. Tons of time saved: not having to clean 6 rooms, or 3600 square feet, will save you SO much time.

3. Easier to live simply: with less space, you have less stuff. Quick anecdote: when I moved into my first ever apartment in Boston, my dad was helping me move. My apartment was the typical tiny Beacon Hill unit, and I had a black bookshelf that didn’t fit into my room. I didn’t want to throw it away because it was perfectly good and almost brand new so my thought is that we would just put it in our living room. My dad warned my roommate and I against it saying, “Don’t. Give it away, if you put it out here, you’ll just find random stuff to fill it with.” We laughed and kept it. A year and a half later it was full of everything from old DVDs to owner’s manuals to an iron and we couldn’t seem to get rid of any of the stuff. I will never again own more than I need. Ok, so long story short… If you have extra space you will find a way to fill it, and that’s not a good thing.

4. Quality investments: when you have less space to fill, you can spend more money on quality pieces that will stand out in the limited space. You can also afford granite or marble slab for counters in a smaller kitchen, or nicer cabinets. You can update 2 bathrooms nicely and not have to worry about the downstairs ones… Basically, it takes less to make a smaller house really nice.

All in all, a small home also makes for a homier home. I think that if you’re attracted by the glitz and glam of the large McMansion, just take a moment to consider what a smaller home could save you. Is it worth it in the end?

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