Featured Rental: 8th Floor Unit at The Warwick in Coolidge Corner

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Exclusive Listing: Beacon Street – Brookline

 $2,300/month, Available Now

Located on the 8th floor of The Warwick (yes, there is an elevator!), this south facing 1 bed, 1 bath unit is among the brightest and sunniest in the building. High ceilings, wood floors, updated bath – entire building was renovated in the last 10 years – and quality closet space. There’s a laundry room plus a shared court yard and roof deck. All that Coolidge Corner has to offer is minutes from the front door, including stores, restaurants, movies, and green space. Easy access to the Longwood Medical Area (via Longwood Avenue and the 66 bus), Downtown Boston (the green line), and Harvard Square (66 bus line).

To learn more about this Coolidge Corner rental, contact our rental department at: 617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton) or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Brookline

As close as Brookline is to Boston, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline features a mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops and recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. Along with offering both a city atmosphere and a feeling of being in the country, there is a wide mix of people in Brookline. It is also the home of many academic and scientific professionals who work at the nearby medical centers in Boston. Brookline has an overnight on-street parking ban which is unusual for such a dense area.

Among its many unusual resources, Brookline has its own working farm (with farm stand), the oldest country club in the nation, a town golf course, a park on a hillside overlooking Boston with an open-air skating rink and transportation museum, as well as numerous neighborhood parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the town. Its major retail centers, including Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Washington Square, Cleveland Circle and the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.

Want to see more rentals in Brookline? Check out 1450 Beacon Street, Unit 841 here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Newton Partnership Makes a House a Home for Domestic Violence Survivors

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Team members from Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, Newton at Home and The Second Step with items available for those in need through project HOME AGAIN.

More than a year in the planning, HOME AGAIN, a collaboration between two Newton nonprofits, is now a reality. The initiative, spearheaded by Newton at Home and The Second Step with additional support from Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, offers survivors of domestic violence free new and gently used household items to help them set up apartments of their own.

Donations for the project will come in part from members of Newton at Home, an organization serving Newton seniors who want to live their own homes for as long as possible.  “Many of our members have accumulated household items they no longer want or need and are happy to have them put to good use,” said Julie Plaut Mahoney, NAH’s coordinator of community partnerships and volunteers.

The Second Step runs two residential programs in Newton supporting domestic violence survivors.  “Transitioning from our residential program to their own apartments, can be a challenge to many clients who have few resources,” said The Second Step Community Programs Director Carole Thompson. “Just setting up a kitchen can be daunting.”

Now individuals starting over can pick out what they need from a wide variety of items including kitchenware, lamps, wall decorations, small appliances, blankets, towels, sheets, silverware, dishes, glasses, cleaning materials and many other household essentials.

HOME AGAIN founders anticipate a large number of donations from the greater Newton community as well. Project volunteer and one of HOME AGAIN’s original founder Mindy Peckler, has been integral to the collection process. “People want to help,” she observed.  “I sent out an email to friends asking for donations and was stunned by the bags and bags of items that were left outside my door.”

Jon Ufland, principal and managing broker of Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty in Newton Centre is providing free storage and display space for the growing collection in a satellite office on Sumner Street. “Real estate is local. As a company, we’re invested in and dedicated to the community and what’s happening on a local level in and around Newton,” said Ufland. “Everything we do revolves around housing, so our partnership with The Second Step and Newton at Home is a perfect fit for us. It gives us an opportunity to add value, give back and align with two organizations we believe in.”

The Second Step estimates that 10 to 15 families a year will take advantage of HOME AGAIN’s resources to enable them to rebuild their lives in their new homes.

To contribute items to HOME AGAIN contact Cindy Laughrea at claughrea@thesecondstep.org (617.965.3999), or if you are a Newton at Home member or volunteer contact Julie Plaut Mahoney at partnershipsandvolunteers@newtonathome.org (617.795.2560).

 

 

 

 

Featured Listing: Rare Coolidge Corner Single Family

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6 Elba Street – Brookline

Offered at $2,390,000

Ideally located on a corner lot between Coolidge Corner and Boston University, this Greek-Revival, brick Colonial home has been lovingly maintained and artfully blends classic details with modern comforts for today’s living. Surrounding the house is a generous brick patio, flower gardens and other mature plantings including a majestic Copper Beech tree. The first floor boasts a chef’s kitchen with high end appliances, oversized island and bountiful storage, a front to back living room and formal dining room, both with fireplaces. The second floor offers three nice-sized bedrooms, including a massive, front to back master bedroom with en-suite bath and fireplace. The finished lower level houses a home theater, kitchen, full bath, large laundry room and a workshop. Other highlights include high ceilings, central air and vacuum and one car garage.

Listing Agent: George Wood, 617.504.5433, george.wood@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 6 Elba Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in Brookline

As close as Brookline is to Boston, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline features a mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops and recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. Along with offering both a city atmosphere and a feeling of being in the country, there is a wide mix of people in Brookline. It is also the home of many academic and scientific professionals who work at the nearby medical centers in Boston. Brookline has an overnight on-street parking ban which is unusual for such a dense area.

Among its many unusual resources, Brookline has its own working farm (with farm stand), the oldest country club in the nation, a town golf course, a park on a hillside overlooking Boston with an open-air skating rink and transportation museum, as well as numerous neighborhood parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the town. Its major retail centers, including Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Washington Square, Cleveland Circle and the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.

 

Featured Rental: 2 Bed Condo in a Beautifully Gardened Victorian

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Exclusive Listing: Thorndike Street – Coolidge Corner, Brookline

$2,900/month, Available Now

1st floor of a beautifully gardened Victorian home on a lovely, tree-lined street in Coolidge Corner. This unit is available for a June or July move-in.  2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, wood floors throughout almost the entire unit, large living-dining room combo, eat-in-kitchen with gas stove, pantry, new dishwasher , disposal, great cabinet space and NEW windows! There is storage and private laundry in the basement and a beautiful shared yard. Heat and hot water and off-street parking for one car plus snow removal are included in the rent.

To learn more about this Coolidge Corner rental, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About life in Brookline:

If Brookline, MA is on your radar as a potential place to live then it’s clear how much it has to offer for a quality lifestyle. In fact, a report conducted last year by Niche ranked Brookline as the best suburban community in the entire country based on livability. The high grade was based on things including safety, weather, schools, access to activities, jobs, transportation and housing.

The charming town of Brookline is hard to beat with its amenities, character and close proximity to Boston. As close as Brookline is to Boston, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline features a mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops and recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. Along with offering both a city atmosphere and a feeling of being in the country, there is a wide mix of people in Brookline. From popular villages to grand homes in the shadow of The Country Club, Brookline makes for a great place to live.

Want to see more rentals in Brookline? Check out the Thorndike Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

First Thursday Art Walk, June 1st 6-8pm

Join us Thursday, June 1st, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artists, Wendy Gonick and Michael Shores, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artists!

When: June 1st 6-8pm
Where: 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
What: Art, Refreshments and Fun!

About Wendy Gonick

Wendy Gonick is a visual artist and graphic designer living and working in Arlington, MA. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a member of the Concord Art Association and has participated in group exhibitions
throughout the greater Boston area.

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“Each of my collages develops organically—from the hunt for the perfect images and scraps of paper, to the dance of moving the pieces around, to the moment when the collage begins to reveal itself, to the final decision to glue the pieces into a cohesive whole.”

My focus is creating works on paper, and I have spent the past few years concentrating on collage. Enticed by the possibilities hidden in found imagery, my goal is to distill each bit down to distinct portions in order to create unexpected juxtapositions that seem both natural, surprising and in some cases whimsical.

Themes include interstellar landscapes, surreal compositions, imaginary devotional figures, and a new direction utilizing vintage postcards. Named the Travelogue Series in reference to the inclusion of old postcards, I enjoy the challenge of integrating these time-worn artifacts into my work, giving them a new life and letting them communicate once again.

Contact:  wgonick.ebsqart.com | wendyg_tabularasa@comcast.net | 781.643.1056


About Michael Shores

Michael Shores has been an exhibiting artist since 1974. He ran two art galleries, created American Living Magazine and has performed music extensively. His artwork has been featured in numerous books and magazines and is in many museum collections. He lives and works in Boston, MA.

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What types of visions are conjured up while staring at a wall covered in bird droppings? Da Vinci pondered this as well as Salvador Dali and maybe every other artist with half a soul. With my paintings I attempt to give form to those entities that only can be viewed by a  certain kind of creative being.

My visions are not just a product of my imagination but a representation of a real place, an otherworld. When I am creating an automatic drawing, a painting or a piece of music I go into a trance-like condition. Only in this manner can I access those entities in the otherworld.

In the process of creating this type of art I am not even consciously aware of what I am doing, although the meaning of it becomes clear later. This is not “planned art” but one that evolves naturally.

The Otherworld is not a place to escape to but a place to learn from. Just because these beings are not human does not mean that they cannot teach us things. The creatures which inhabit my paintings are certainly otherworldly if nothing else.

Contact: sharkartstudios.com | sharkart@earthlink.net

 

 

 

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival – June 3rd 11am-7pm

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Memorial Day 2017

Thank you to all who have served and are currently serving, as your sacrifices have made it possible to live our lives in freedom today. We hope your Memorial Day weekend is spent relaxing with loved ones in the home and country you’ve worked to protect.

Featured Listing: Exceptional Custom Home in Waban

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130 Beethoven Avenue – Newton

Offered at $2,495,000

Exceptional custom home in Waban. The thoughtful design with an open layout includes tall ceilings and warm finishes, including black walnut and custom tile floors. The home features large windows and skylights, allowing natural light to fill the space. The sophisticated, chef-style kitchen includes exotic wood cabinets, a large island with second sink, and a gorgeous granite and natural stone back splash. The lovely eat-in-kitchen area has panoramic views of the private yard; and the large family room contains a modern gas fireplace and tray ceiling. The living room includes an additional fireplace and provides privacy for deluxe entertaining or leisure.

The first floor has a formal dining room with a grand tray ceiling, an elegant powder room, and a bedroom with a private bath. The second level features four bedrooms, two that share a bath, a guest room with a private bath, and a laundry room. The spectacular master suite holds a spa-like bath that includes a steam shower, radiant floors, and an air jet tub. The lower level includes a bedroom, full bathroom, TV and game room, craft room, and gym. Its professionally landscaped fenced yard is perfect for outdoor fun or entertainment on the stone patio, making this home in Waban a rarely available opportunity.

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

View more information on 130 Beethoven Avenue here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Newton:

Recently rated by Money Magazine as a top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after Boston community. Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community. It’s comprised of thirteen distinctive “villages” loaded with classic New England charm. While located minutes from Boston on the Massachusetts Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Featured Rental: Novel Apartment Near the Mass Pike

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Exclusive Listing – Mansfield Street, Allston

$2,400/month, Available June 1st

The first floor of a two unit house on a tree lined residential side street, this sunny Allston rental is newly painted and is available for occupancy as soon as June 1st or as late as July 1st. Wood floors, two good sized bedrooms plus living and dining rooms and a study – lots of space! The two full baths have both been updated. Private back porch with a shared front porch, plus there’s a shared yard/patio, and laundry in the basement.

The rent includes two car (tandem) parking. Very easy access to the Mass Pike and Memorial Drive along with Harvard Square and Cambridgeport. Under a mile to Brighton’s Packards Corner and the Green Line, one mile to Harvard Business School, and just a couple of blocks to the Honan Branch of the Boston Public Library.

To learn more about this Allston rental, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About life in Allston:

Allston is a radiant neighborhood best known for its student population, due to its proximity to many colleges and universities. In recent years, an influx of immigrants and young professionals has taken an increasingly active role in the neighborhood. This varied mix of people creates one of the most energetic and diverse populations in Boston.

Harvard Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, and Brighton Avenue host many ethnic restaurants and popular watering holes, such as Lulu’s on Cambridge Street and Dolphin Bay on Brighton Avenue. The Honan-Allston branch public library, named after the late Boston City Councilor Brian Honan, is a treasure of information and genuine resource for the entire community.

Want to see more rentals in Roslindale? Check out the Walter Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Hidden Gem: The Church of the Covenant

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The Church of the Covenant located at 67 Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, is a historic church and a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1865-1867 by the Central Congregational Church its stunning interior is defined by the work of Tiffany & Co.

Constructed in the Gothic Revival style with puddingstone it was one of the first churches to relocate to the Back Bay and was funded with donations by Benjamin Bates, an industrialist who founded Bates College. It has a 240-foot high steeple that looms over the Bunker Hill Monument. In the 1890s the sanctuary was re-modelled by Tiffany & Co. with stained-glass windows, mosaics and an electric-light chandelier. The church has the largest intact Tiffany-designed ecclesiastical interior in its original location in America.

The Tiffany windows are important elements of the exquisite Tiffany church interior.  All totaled there are 42 Tiffany windows – 22 ornamental windows in the clerestory and 20 figure windows throughout the sanctuary.  They all include “opalescent” glass with subtle tones and variations that create painterly effects. The windows were created by Tiffany’s finest designers in a variety of styles – linear, Pre-Raphaelite, mosaic. classical and Art Nouveau.

The church was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012 (as “Central Congregational Church”) in recognition of its unique interior decorations.

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