Landlords, Are You Ready for the Spring Rental Market?

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Match Day is coming! This means rentals will be in high demand as medical students from all over the U.S. will be making plans to move to Boston to complete their residencies.

If you have an apartment on a June or July lease, now is the time to reach out to your existing tenants to confirm if they are staying for another year. After the Match Day rush comes the busiest rental day of the year, September 1st. It will be here before we know it, so begin to reach out to those tenants in June.

If you will have availability, let the professional rental team at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty help you find new, high quality tenants during the flurry of the Spring rental market. We’ve got over 75 years of combined experience, a new office in Newton Centre, and a proven marketing strategy to ensure top exposure for your properties.

To learn more, email us at rentals@unlimitedsir.com, visit our website at unlimitedsir.com or stop by one of our three high-profile offices in Brookline, Jamaica Plain or Newton.

Sick of managing properties yourself? Check out our partner, Boston Property Care, a full-service property management company with more than 20 years of experience. Learn more at bostonpropertycare.com.

Newton School District Make Niche’s List of Top Schools in MA, Along With Several Other Bay State Area Schools

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Niche, a website for researching schools, recently released the rankings for the top schools in America*. There is no shortage of great schools in the state, with many of the best schools clustered in the town of Newton.

Newton’s strong real estate market demands stem from families from across the country – and the globe – who want to live in the Newton villages for the high quality schools. No matter what grade level, Newton has top ranking schools on both state and national levels.

As a state known for its education, many other Massachusetts school districts have ranked highly in the US. We’ve broken down the numbers to highlight the best schools in in the state:

  • 2017 Best Public School Districts: The Lexington, Wellesley, Newton, Acton-Boxborough, Wayland, Belmont, Weston, Westford, Brookline and Cambridge School Districts make up the top ten. All top ten MA public high schools rank in the top 100 in the entire country as well.
  • 2017 Top 10 Best Public High Schools: Lexington, Cambridge Rindge & Latin, Newton North, Wellesley, Acton – Boxborough Regional, Brookline, Newton South, Boston Latin, Weston and Wayland High Schools make up the top ten.
  • 2017 Top 10 Best Public Middle Schools: William Diamond (Lexington, MA), Jonas Clarke (Lexington, MA), Oak Hill (Newton, MA), F.A. Day (Newtonville, MA), Wellesley (Wellesley, MA), Bigelow (Newton, MA), Raymond J. Grey (Acton, MA), Winthrop L. Chenery (Belmont, MA), Blanchard (Westford, MA) and Wayland (Wayland, MA) Middle Schools make up the top ten.
  • 2017 Top 10 Best Public Elementary Schools: Maria Hastings (Lexington, MA), Bowman (Lexington, MA), Mason Rice (Newton Centre, MA), Schofield (Wellesley, MA), Joseph Estabrook (Lexington, MA), Ward (Newton Centre, MA), Harrington (Lexington, MA), Bridge (Lexington, MA), Fiske (Lexington, MA) and John D. Hardy (Wellesley, MA) Elementary Schools make up the top ten.

Many of our sales professionals work and live in the area and many of them have had or have children in the Newton school systems. Looking to buy in this town? Contact us to learn more.

*The ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. 

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$95 Billion Global Sales Volume in 2016

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CNBC
broke the news this morning
that for 2016, the Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $95 billion in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand, driven largely by a brand record of over 127,000 transactions.

“During a year when the words “slowdown” and “slump” were used to describe the luxury housing market, 2016 turned out to be a banner year for Sotheby’s International Realty.” – CNBC

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also reported growth across its global network, which now encompasses nearly 70 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 880 offices and more than 20,000 sales associates.

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Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $10 billion in sales volume in 2016 and continued to expand into key markets. The brand saw continued growth in Europe, entering the countries of Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The brand also expanded in the Asia-Pacific region through affiliations in Fiji and Shanghai and continued to grow in Hong Kong and greater Thailand. Finally, the brand expanded its presence in the Caribbean with the addition of affiliates in Roatan and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $85 billion in sales volume in 2016 and also added seven independently owned and operated residential real estate firms as well as 45 new offices to its network across the country.  This past year witnessed continued significant growth by existing affiliate companies through talent attraction and mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, throughout southern Rhode Island and on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Gulf Shores, Alabama; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 Innovative Technology

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was at the forefront of interactive technology in 2016 with the introduction of 3D Tours with Virtual Reality capability on sothebysrealty.com. Additionally, the site saw the most traffic in its history with nearly 22 million visits, a 54% increase year-over-year.Capture2
The brand also launched the first luxury real estate app for Apple TV, featuring professionally curated high-resolution photography and high-definition video giving consumers the opportunity to explore homes on a screen larger than ever before. An alliance with Juwai.com was launched in 2016 that gives the Sotheby’s International Realty network an edge to generate Chinese homebuyer interest on one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors. As a truly international brand, Sotheby’s International Realty has the most global representation on Juwai.com, displaying luxury listings from 66 countries and territories.

“CEO Philip White told CNBC in a recent interview that Sotheby’s makes “the consumer the real focus, and that’s important when you do business in the luxury space. We made a decision early on to provide the consumer a high level of exceptional service and true global exposure.”‘- CNBC

 

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate company represented in two of the six categories that comprise the annual REAL Trends/The Wall Street JournalTop Thousand” report. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 45 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate company. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category, holding 17 of the top 50 spots (34%), further establishing the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as a leader in luxury real estate sales.

Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

Featured Listing: Beautiful 6 Bed in Newton Centre

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56 Stearns Street – Newton Centre

Offered at $2,495,000

Beautiful new construction, 6 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom home in Newton Centre. The first floor boasts a luxurious open kitchen/family room with custom cabinetry, walk-in pantry, wet bar, premium Thermador appliances, an oversized island and a linear gas fireplace. Sliding glass doors in the family room lead out to a granite landing on a stone terrace and beautifully landscaped, private backyard. Separate entrance, en suite bedroom perfect for an office/in-law suite. The second floor features 4 bedrooms and includes a generous master suite with two walk-in closets, bathroom with Caesarstone counters, shower and a soaking tub. The third floor offers an open loft with skylights and a full bath. Additional features include a finished lower level with the 6th bedroom and en suite bathroom and a large entertainment room. Easy access to Newton Centre shops and restaurants, Crystal Lake, Green Line D train and Route 9 for commuting. Learn more at 56stearns.com

Listing Agent: Aurel Garban, 617.875.1914, aurel.garban@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 56 Stearns Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Rental: Inviting 2 Bed in West Roxbury

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Exclusive Listing – Weld Street, West Roxbury

$1,850/month, Available Now

This 2 bedroom apartment in West Roxbury is the first floor of a multi-unit house, including private use of the driveway and the screened-in front porch. Wood floors, living and dining rooms, lots of windows, and one of the bedrooms has a bonus room off of it that is great as an office/study or a HUGE closet. Easy access to the VFW parkway, the Longwood Medical Area, and there’s a bus that goes to Cleveland Circle and Forest Hills.

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 Weld Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

First Thursday Art Walk, March 2nd 6-8pm

IMG_1393Join us Thursday, March 2nd, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artist, Jenni Plym, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artist!

When: March 2nd 6-8pm
Where: 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
What: Art, Refreshments and Fun!

About Jenni Plym

jenniWhen I was 9, my cool older sister started doing pencil drawings of models from fashion magazines.  I was impressed, so I started copying her.  I found I had a talent for it.  In high school, aside from sports, my elective of choice was independent art.

Then college began, where I majored in psychology and set art aside for the better part of 13 years.

The summer of 2010 marked the resurgence of my life as an artist.

My favorite visual art forms are dance, painting, and drawing, and I know I’m seeing something I like when, at a glance, I’m flooded with an emotion.  Sometimes the emotion is generated by the mood of a piece; other times I’m inspired – brought to tears by the sheer skill and time it takes to execute what I’ve just seen.

That’s what I’m out to create with my art: emotion without desire… a daydream… images that arrest people’s attention, and generate an experience or a new thought.

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Enjoy.  Contact me about any piece you would like to purchase or commission.  And thank you!

Jenni Plym
617.818.8639
jplymart@gmail.com
jplymart.com
artfinder.com/Jplym

Hidden Gem: Kelleher Rose Garden

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Tucked away in the Back Bay Fens behind the Fenway Community Gardens is a Keyhole shaped rose garden, known as The Kelleher Rose Garden. The garden features over 200 varieties of roses, a reconstructed 1930’s-era fountain surrounded by cherubs, benches with trellises adorned with roses and a statue that is a copy of Desolation, a 1907 sculpture by Joseph Llimona that is in the collection of the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona.

RosesThe English-style rose garden was commissioned by Boston Mayor James Michael Curley in 1930 and designed by Arthur Shurcliff, a well-known Boston landscape architect.  Previously, Shurcliff worked under Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Boston’s Emerald Necklace which includes the Back Bay Fens.

When the garden opened in 1932, it won james-p-kelleher-rosethe Massachusetts Horticultural Society award for excellence. In 1975, the garden was named the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden in honor of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Superintendent of Horticulture. The garden is opened from mid-April through October with early summer as the best time for viewing the roses in full bloom.

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Featured Listing: Impeccably Renovated Colonial Near Waban Square

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25 Allen Avenue – Waban

Offered at $1,135,000

Impeccably and thoughtfully renovated 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial in a fabulous location! This property has a wonderful floor plan, Living room with a fireplace and gleaming hardwood floors. Excellent appointments in the kitchen, beautiful warm wood cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances as well as hardwood floors. There is a very versatile room, can be used as a playroom or breakfast room, accessed easily from the kitchen or the living room with a door leading to the deck and yard. 2nd floor features 3 bedrooms and an office, with a simply stunning, large full bath, gorgeous tiles and marble, double vanity and potential for a side by side washer and dryer in the hallway. Inviting 3rd floor bedroom and sitting area with a full bath, skylights and hardwood floors. 3 zones of Central Air and Hydro Air by Gas Heating System, newer wiring, plumbing and roof. Close to Waban Square, The Windsor Club, and the new Zervas Elementary School opening in the Fall of 2017.

Listing Agent: Margie Kern, 617.686.0981, margie.kern@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 25 Allen Avenue here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Rental: Charming One Bed in Coolidge Corner

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Exclusive Listing – Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner

$2,300/month, Available March 15th

Charming one bedroom condo on the 7th floor – yes, there is an elevator – in a well managed Coolidge Corner condo building with windows that look down at the shops and restaurants that make the neighborhood so popular. Wood floors, good closet space, central air, and the rent includes a storage unit plus one off-street parking spot

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 Beacon Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

EXPLORE: Living in Somerville

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It’s the city known for its zany festivals, hipsters, and arguably more artists per capita than most of the East Coast. Meet Somerville, one of the most densely populated cities in the country with just over four square miles to work with. Its enviable location is only two miles from Boston’s city center and close to popular Cambridge sites like Porter and Inman Squares. From its roots as a revolutionary hotspot to an industrial juggernaut, it’s now setting into its status as a vibrant, community-centered location with a bright future ahead.

History

Somerville first began as part of Charlestown when it was settled by British colonists in 1630. More than a century later, Somerville played a vital role in the American Revolution where it saw one of the first hostile acts by British soldiers at The Old Powder House, which is still standing today; it’s also the home of the first official raising of the American flag at Prospect Hill, critical for its views of Boston proper.

In 1842 Somerville officially separated from Charlestown and became its own township, and, due to the booming factory growth in the area, was incorporated as a city in 1872. Today, it’s undergoing a renewal renaissance, where it’s preserving its industrial past and crafting an innovative culture of forward-thinking residents with fierce pride for their city.

Urban Planning

Named Best-Run City in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, Somerville packs an urban-planning punch only two miles from the Boston city center. It’s won the All-American City award three times since 1972 for its ideal walking and biking routes, and cities throughout Massachusetts and New England look to become “the next Somerville” in terms of its roaring success in residential initiatives.

Each square in Somerville not only holds a place in US history but offers present-day dining and shopping attractions as well. Assembly Square, Davis Square, and Union Square each have their own sub-cultures and worth at least a visit for their individual charms.

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Claims to Fame

Somerville’s deep roots in industrial work left behind a legacy as the birthplace of many products and well-known store chains. Marshmallow Fluff, for example, was first invented in Somerville; thousands flock to Somerville every year for its annual “What the Fluff?” festival that celebrates it and other Somerville creations.

With Somerville practically surrounded by water, it’s easy to visit renowned markers like the Mystic River, which is nationally known and referenced in poetry and film.  Other attractions range from historically renowned sites to institutions like Brooklyn Boulders and the Museum of Bad Art in Somerville Theatre.

Need more convincing? Somerville lies a stone’s throw away from Tufts University, only bested by MIT and Harvard as best university in Massachusetts. On a national scale, Forbes ranks Tufts within the top twenty due to its high caliber programs and internationalism.

Transportation

With Red and Orange Line connections, Somerville is easily accessible from Cambridge and Boston by both rail and bus routes via the MBTA. For further convenience, Somerville will soon have a place on the Green Line as well through the Green Line extension project, set to be completed in 2021.

Somerville is highly walkable and bike able with ideal grid routes, a rare and unusual trait for a city this close to Boston. Popular routes include the Somerville Community Path, which runs from Davis Square to the Cambridge border near Lechmere Square. Companies like Hubway have partnered with Somerville to support cycling and bicycle infrastructure with more than 300 bike parking spots and other initiatives.

Housing

Somerville’s Davis Square and Winter Hill areas have seen the highest increases in price over the past decade, seeing prices jump over sixty percent in both areas. Somerville is also a great location for singles as over half its residents are unmarried.

Due to excitement over the Green Line extension and its urban planning success, Somerville is rapidly becoming a valuable choice for homeowners and investors. Trendgraphix sets the average price of a single family home today at $789,000, an increase from the average price of $461,000 in 2007.