Featured Listing: A Charming 4 Bed in Moss Hill

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100 Westchester Road – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $799,000

Perched on a terraced lot in the Moss Hill neighborhood of JP, this classic American foursquare colonial offers all the comforts of home. A charming entryway opens into an expansive living room, sun-filled by day & fire-warmed by night. The eat-in country kitchen radiates w/ the warmth quintessential to the heart of the home. A formal dining room, off the kitchen, has a built-in china cabinet. French doors adjoin a window wrapped den w/ a skylit vaulted ceiling. Off the living room, a library opens into a tree covered private patio and into lovely, gardeners dream of a backyard. The 2nd floor has 4 bedrooms including a large master bedroom and a full tiled bath. In addition, there is an unfinished, walk-up attic, as well as a partially finished basement w/ a half bath that leaves plenty of room for expansion & for your finishing touches. The proximity to the Arboretum, the VFW Pkwy, and the Jamaicaway make both nature and urban convenience equally accessible.

Listing Agent: The BJ Ray Team, 857.288.8980, bryant.ray@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 100 Westchester here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Rental: Savvy Two Bed in Jamaica Plain

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Exclusive Listing – Porter Street, Jamaica Plain

$1,800/month, Available April 1st

Recently updated Jamaica Plain rental two bedroom apartment is close to the Orange Line plus multiple bus lines. Wood floors, an eat-in kitchen, porch, and laundry in the basement make this a select unit with bright natural light. This is only 1 block to the Stonybrook T station and the Southwest Corridor bike path off Amory Street. Some great stores and restaurants are but minutes away: The Brewery, Mike’s Gym, Bella Luna are all in your neighborhood.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Porter Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Agent Ellen Meisel

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Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, a locally owned and operated real estate brokerage with three strategically located offices in Brookline, Jamaica Plain and Newton, is pleased to announce the hire of real estate professional Ellen Meisel. Ellen will be working out of the company’s Newton office at 767 Beacon Street in the heart of Newton Centre.

Ellen joins Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty with more than 12 years of real estate experience. In 2003, she founded a real estate development company and throughout her career has assisted clients in selling, buying, renovating and leasing properties in Newton, Brookline, West Roxbury, and around the Greater Boston area. Formerly an advertising Account Executive in New York City, Ellen’s clients included AT&T, Nestle and Sony. Ellen prides herself on creating extraordinary customer experiences and alleviating the stress of buying and selling real estate. She is results-oriented, persistent and committed to providing open communication throughout the entire process.

“We are excited to welcome Ellen Meisel to our team. Ellen brings incredible insight and expertise to her clients and our Newton office”, said Jon Ufland, Principal & Managing Broker at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. “Her strong relationships in the community and approach to real estate complement our brand strength and commitment to excellence.”  

“I’m excited to affiliate with Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. The prestigious brand and international reach of Sotheby’s International Realty are unparalleled in the marketplace – coupled with its locally owned and managed offices, the company offers the ideal combination for success,” noted Ellen Meisel.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Ellen and her husband have lived in Brookline and Newton for the past 25 years where they have raised their three children. An active member of the Newton community, Ellen is the immediate past President of Temple Beth Avodah and is involved with various charities and political activities. Ellen holds a B.A. from University of Maryland, and M.A. from Brandeis University. Ellen Meisel can be contacted at ellen.meisel@unlimitedsir.com.

Hidden Gem: Martini Junction in Needham

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Martini Junction: A Miniature Railway Village in the Forest

Outside of Boston, in a small but densely wooded forest in the town of Needham lies a world populated by miniature locomotives, people, plastic superheroes, pigs, and dinosaurs. Known as Martini Junction, the miniature railway, consisting of over 120 feet of tracks that wind through the trees was created in the early 2000s by Jim Metcalf, a retired design engineer.  Over a decade ago, Jim and his wife, Evelyn, discovered the small wooded habitat near a brook on one of their many hikes. Thinking that it would a nice place to relax and have a martini, Jim built a bench and a table so he and his wife could picnic at the spot. Hence the name Martini Junction!

In the ensuing years, Martini Junction has grown in popularity and many visitors have left random toys for others to play with. The train is only in action when Mr. Metcalf is there to run the train.

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Canal Park One of Boston’s Best Connected Buildings

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WiredScore, a building certification program, has just awarded over 80 building in and around Boston for their digital connectivity – one of which being Canal Park in Cambridge, which Biznow dubs “the ideal spot for STEM tenants seeking a range of services”.

The WiredScore survey reported that the single most important consideration for a good office space is a reliable Internet connection. Despite the crucial hold the online market has on businesses, many commercial buildings struggle to implement a dependable digital infrastructure and connection. With more than 75% of respondents ranking Internet access as “critically important,” it’s clear that offices must update and upgrade their technological prowess for the Digital Age.

1, 2, and 10 Canal Park in particular houses over 150 life science and technology companies, making homes close by an attractive choice for engineers and strategists. Looking for high-speed Internet connections and easy access to the Innovation Hub? Look no further than the properties available at 4-6 Canal Park, with skyline views, concierge services, and more to draw you in.

What is it like to live at Canal Park? Agent and Canal Park resident, Donrutai (Amy) Henderson, explains, “Right on the water overlooking Lechmere Canal with breathtaking views of the Boston skyline for units on higher floors (see the above photo). All units come with an outdoor space, either a balcony (or 2 in some units) or a large patio for first level units. Units on higher floors offer the perfect spot to watch the 4th of July fireworks! There is dedicated guest parking and garage parking for most units which is rare perk for city living! Gas cooking with outside venting which is desirable for those who like to cook. Adjacent to Boston for an easy commute to downtown! There are 3 T Stations (Green Line Lechmere across street, Red Line Kendall Square and Orange Line Bunker Hill Community College) nearby and you are just moments to major highways. If the patio or balcony isn’t enough the building backs up to the canal which is perfect for strolls on a nice day, shopping (CambridgeSide Galleria) and numerous options for dining (Cheesecake Factory. P.F. Chang’s, World of Beer, Dante, Bambara, etc). This well established community has many long time residents (10-20+ years), a 24 hour concierge, and on-site Management. Canal Park is city living at its finest!”

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6 Canal Park #606, Cambridge
Offered at $1,250,000

Waterfront home in Cambridge at Thomas Graves’ Landing Condominium. This beautifully renovated 2 bed, 2 bath condo on a high floor features a Private balcony and spectacular views of Boston skyline, Charles River and Lechmere Canal. This is the perfect spot for your next 4th of July party as you’ll have firework views! This floor through style home has 2 exposures: southwest and northeast.

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There are plenty of rentals available in the area as well:

4 Canal Park #511
$3,150/month

4 Canal Park #702
$3,300/month

6 Canal Park #308
$2,600/month

If you’d like to see any of the units for sale or rent please reach out to the listing agent:
Donrutai (Amy) Henderson at 617.519.1627 or donrutai.amy.henderson@unlimitedsir.com

Match Day Has Arrived: Soon to be Boston Medical Residents, Are You Ready?

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Today is Match Day.

It’s the day when medical students across the country get matched with residency programs. In Greater Boston, this day also marks the unofficial start of the non-undergraduate rental market as students will be moving to the area and searching for places to live.

Over the course of the next six or so weeks, the majority of June 1 and July 1 apartments will get listed and rented within very short periods of time – sometimes happening within a 24 hour period.

If you or someone you know will be moving to Boston as a result of Match Day, here are a few tips to navigate the rental market:

Bring a copy of your offer letter. You’ll need to verify employment and income as a part of your rental application.

Be prepared to make a decision and act quickly. In today’s competitive rental market, it’s not unusual for an apartment to rent within a couple of days of being listed. I usually tell people, “don’t rush into a decision but once you make it, rush to act on it.” The first place you see may very well not be around by the time you are done with seeing apartment number eight.

Bring your checkbook and something to keep your jaw from dropping. The one month rental fee is being paid almost exclusively by renters now and many landlords are asking for first, last and security (a full month’s rent) upfront.

Have a co-signer lined up, even if it’s just in case. Landlords typically don’t want the yearly rent to be more than 30-35% of the yearly household income, and if it is, you will likely need a co-signer – even if you have good credit and references. Landlords are looking for assurance that the rent can be paid. And this leads into our final bullet…

Don’t take the process too personally. It’s not about if you are nice and if you hold the door for people at Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s a business transaction and for landlords the application approval process is about mitigating risk. There are nice people who do and don’t pay bills every month. So, while a landlord wants the best of both worlds, it’s not a personal affront if they request a co-signer, need to verify your income, or have questions about your credit.

Be Careful. Don’t respond to any posting/person who wants your social security and/or bank account numbers early on in the process. While they are necessary when you are actually applying for an apartment, anyone who wants them before you’ve even seen the place is likely up to no good. Talk to the agent (or agents) you’re going to be working on the phone, so you know they’re real, and don’t be afraid to use Google if you’re worried something is too good to be true. If most of the one beds you are looking at are $2000 and then you come across something on Zillow that looks great and is only $1500, proceed with caution.

There ARE good places out there and good agents just waiting to show them to you, so give one of our Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty offices a call to get started on your search for a new Boston home! Start your search HERE.

This article is courtesy of our Rental Manager, Al Norton.
Al can be reached at 617.669.3811 or rentals@unlimitedsir.com

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Featured Listing: Stunning Contemporary Home on West Newton Hill

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69 Crestwood Road – Newton

Offered at $2,599,000

This stunning contemporary home situated on a secluded road at the top of West Newton Hill, features cathedral ceiling living and dining rooms with fireplace, ultra kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, spectacular family room with walls of glass, including natural light overlooking Zen landscaped garden, private deck, and patio. Two exquisite master suites, with oversized closets, plus three additional bedrooms with study. Main floor offers expansive entertaining spaces throughout. This property has been meticulously maintained and offers a flexible floor plan with a two-car garage and storage. Near schools, parks, shopping, transportation, and highways. A very special property in an extraordinary neighborhood.

Listing Agent: Linda Brennan, 617.840.3247, linda.brennan@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 69 Crestwood here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Rental: Watertown Two Bed in Idyllic Setting

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Exclusive Listing – Angela Lane, Watertown

$2,700/month, Available April 1st

This 1400+ sq.ft., 2 bed, 2.5 bath rental is a three level townhouse with a modern, fully applianced kitchen, working fireplace, in-unit laundry, central air, and 2 car parking, including 1 garage spot. Master suite has walk-in closet and full bath. Easy access to Watertown Square, bus lines, and the Mass Pike. Spacious, like a single-family, in an idyllic setting!

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Angela Lane rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Featured Listing: Classic Colonial Condo in Jamaica Plain

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180 Arborway Street, Unit 2 – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $849,000

This Sunny Jamaica Plain Arboretum Classic Colonial Condo in 2 family across from the main entrance of the Arboretum has everything you want: 2220 square feet on 2 floors. Living level has formal living room with fireplace, sunroom and is open to the dining room with built-in hutch, modern updated Kitchen is partially open to dining room with a wonderful blend of original glass built-in with modern cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, 2 bedrooms, and full classic white tile bath. 3rd floor has open area used as master bedroom, 3/4 tile bath, extra sink and storage area (could convert to laundry room), 3rd bedroom with closet and built-ins. Ample storage throughout as well as storage and laundry in basement. Shared fenced in landscaped yard, 1 garage and 1 parking. All in easy reach of Centre Street shops, T, Arboretum & Pond.

Listing Agent: Mary Wallace, 617.293.8002, mary.wallace@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 180 Arborway here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Rental: Secluded 5 Bed in Chestnut Hill

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Exclusive Listing – Middlesex Road, Chestnut Hill

$8,500/month, Available July 1st

Refined five bed, four bath single family house in Chestnut Hill, Brookline. Its great layout includes living and dining rooms, two working fireplaces, a finished basement, and four car parking (two in a garage). Easy access to public and private schools, the Green Line, and bus lines. Very easy access to all the new shopping, dining, and entertainment options on Boylston Street – a must see!

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Middlesex Road rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.