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

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Join us Thursday, February 2nd, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artist, Joann Boback, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artists!

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

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About Joann Boback

Thru the inspiration of the postwar artists I face my own limitations and barriers; as well as my creative skills. The desire to overcome one’s limitations is only magnified by the time spent doing it. Style develops from your inner self as it relates to your life and I am constantly digging deeper.

Represented at:
Colo Colo Gallery, New Bedford
Galatea Fine Art, Boston
deCordova Corporate Loan Program

Learn more at joannbobackart.com or email her at joannboback@gmail.com

 

Featured Listing: 32 Lourdes Avenue, Jamaica Plain

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Featured Listing: 32 Lourdes Avenue – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $700,000

Single Family Alternative. Corner townhouse boasting three full floors of modern living space. Three private outdoor spaces, large bedrooms, bathroom on each level, a full basement for storage and off-street parking are a few of the amenities. Kick your shoes off in the foyer, enjoy the toasty gas fireplace while looking out your double glass doors for your private porch. Open kitchen/dining/living layout on the first floor. Second floor is a great space with two bedrooms and full bath. Third floor master suite with bonus office/sitting room. 3 zone heating. Dog Friendly Association. Colorful landscaping foliage: perennial plantings – peonies, hydrangea bushes in front, lilac, forsythias, blueberry bushes, and burning bushes in back. Live the good life at 32 Lourdes Ave.

Learn more at 32lourdes.com

Nextdoor Realty Team
Josh Brett | 617.543.4185
Susan Scheele | 857.472.4653
nextdoorrealtyteam@unlimitedsir.com

Featured Rental: Expansive and Modern Brookline Condo

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Exclusive Listing – Gibbs Street, Coolidge Corner

$3,500/month, Available Now

This 1800+ square foot three bedroom, two bath Coolidge Corner condo is available as a short-term rental (lease would end no later than 8/15/17). Wood floors, high ceilings, lots of windows, a modern eat-in-kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a double oven, plus in-unit laundry and tons of closet space. The master bedroom has a study/office off of it that is the size of a small bedroom. Easy access to the green line, multiple bus lines, parks, stores, and restaurants.

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

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

Boston and the International Luxury Housing Market

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A new report on the international luxury real estate market, “The Global Property Handbook” has now been made available.

The report, generated by Wealth-X in collaboration with Warburg Realty and Barnes International Realty, reviews the real estate buying habits of the world’s wealthiest people. These so-called ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals are worth at least – or more than – $30 million and have largely come by their fortunes from their own brilliance and ingenuity. Their property choices are a reflection of practical and personal values, two qualities that make Boston an attractive destination.

According to the new Alpha Cities Index, which catalogues the most desirable cities in the world for UHNWIs to reside, Boston is placed amongst the top 15 world destinations, beating cities like Singapore, Moscow, and Rome for a chief global ranking. Boston is a strong city for practicality, emotional appeal (shopping, cultural richness) and finances (ease of doing business and high property value).

Boston comes third on a world scale for practical factors alone: strong education, air travel connectivity, environmental friendliness, and personal safety culminate our appeal. Boston beats out other US cities like New York, San Diego, and Chicago by “lead[ing] its national peers” in this assessment.

Boston is consistently ranked one of the best cities to live in for all types of individuals: there’s something for every runner, scientist, student, and entrepreneur, just to name a few of the lifestyles drawn to Beantown. With such a high quality of life for the average Bostonian comes even more value for UHNWIs.

Our school smarts are of particular interest. More than fifty higher education institutions in the greater Boston area make it a sought-after destination, as UHNWIs will buy homes close to their children “while they are being educated in schools or universities away from home, or which provide a base for their descendants to live in while pursuing their studies.”

One of the biggest draws to luxury real estate is its value retention even amidst political and economic insecurity. “Real estate assets provide multiple benefits for the wealthy investor … they both offer a hedge against inflation and portfolio diversification, while also affording today’s global citizens unique opportunities for travel and enjoyment.” In other words, a luxury property must be both practical and exciting for both domestic and foreign buyers – a point driven home as two of the three indicators in the Alpha City Index.

With the new luxury properties coming to market throughout downtown Boston, including those at the newly-built Millennium Tower, one would think that downtown areas are the primary aim for the multimillionaires of the world. Despite the gorgeous skyline and harbor views, however, many will actually look just outside of Boston for both privacy and a slower pace of life. With world-famous businessmen, celebrities, and leaders looking at Greater Boston for their new home, a community feel is one of the finest benefits to life beyond the busy epicenter.

Altogether, the next neighborhood the wealthiest will move to must have the following characteristics: proven value retention in the housing market, unbeatable quality of life, easy access to educational institutions, vibrant entertainment options, and a peaceful element to living. When price is no barrier to real estate options, UHNWIs can guarantee their desires will be met in their next home.


Three neighborhoods in particular best fit this description: Newton, Cambridge, and Brookline, all of which lie close to Boston’s amenities and venues. Besides their proximity to Beantown, each neighborhood has unique, enticing features that amplify their charm and appeal.

Newton’s single family homes are priced at over $1.2 million on average. Lasell and Mount Ida College both call Newton home, and its villages are within a ten-minute drive to Boston College and Brandeis University. Besides being ranked one of the best places to live in America, Newton has a lot to offer its residents that enjoy the outdoors, including many public playgrounds, parks, and the illustrious Crystal Lake.

Brookline homes continue to increase in value, with single family prices hovering just under one million dollars. It’s not only a stone’s throw from the universities in the Longwood Medical area (including Wheelock, Simmons, and Emmanuel colleges) but also houses parts of Boston College and Boston University. From popular villages with great restaurants and shopping to grand homes in the shadow of The Country Club, Brookline makes for a great place to live.

Cambridge is most distinguishable on a global scale for being the home of multiple top universities, including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The average price of a single family home is roughly $1.9 million, making it one of the most expensive markets in the Boston area. Steeped in colonial history, Cambridge is a hotbed of historical architecture with residences, churches, and other buildings that stretch back hundreds of years. Additionally, their breadth of museums provide rotating exhibits and content for all ages to enjoy.

Whether the world’s elite are looking to set down roots or secure a vacation retreat, Boston and its neighborhoods are sure to impress even the choosiest of home buyers.

Read the full Global Property Handbook report here.

See current luxury offerings in Greater Boston here.

Hidden Gem: Back Bay Castle

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At the corner of 97-105 Arlington Street and 130 Columbus Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts sits Boston’s own four-story granite castle.

Originally built in 1897 as the Amory of the First Corps of Cadets, the building was designed to withstand mob violence due to political unrest during the period of construction. The structure was designed by William Gibbons Preston and construction began in 1891 and completed in 1castle3897. It was designed in the Romanesque Revival style and its most distinguished feature is its six story tower. The building not only boasts of a tower but has oriel turrets, moats, and crenelated parapet walls. The buildings staircases, as well as some tower vaults, are built using the Guastavino system. The Guastavino system is a technique for constructing sturdy, self-supporting arches and architectural vaults using interlocking terracotta tiles and layers of mortar to form a thin skin, with the tiles following the curve of the roof.

The Amory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973[1] and designated as a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1977. Also known as the Park Plaza Castle it was used as a banquet facility up until 2014 and owned by the adjacent Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers. Currently the space is now managed by another company and is referred to as the “Castle at Park Plaza” where it continues run as event facility and is home to the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse.

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Featured Listing: Lovely Garrison Colonial in Newton Upper Falls

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18 Tamarac Road – Newton Upper Falls

Offered at $699,000

Sun filled and lovely 3BR, 1.5 BA Garrison Colonial in a great neighborhood! This property has been well maintained by the same family for over 50 years. Living Room with a fireplace, large windows, hardwood floors, Dining Room, Kitchen with access to 3 season porch, 1st floor paneled den with built-ins and half bath on main living level. 2nd floor offers 3 Bedrooms and a full bath. Lower level is unfinished with access to 1 car garage. Additional generous parking in the driveway. Excellent opportunity to own a home on a side street with terrific access to major routes. Possible expansion! Angier School/Buffer Zervas.

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

Featured Rental: Polished Penthouse in Jamaica Plain

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Exclusive Listing – O’Leary Way, Jamaica Plain

$2,100/month, Available March 1st

This top floor 3 bedroom condo is five minutes from T and bus lines that give you access to Downtown Boston, the Longwood Medical Area, and Harvard Square. Lots of windows, wood floors, eat-in-kitchen, and big closets. Laundry is in the basement. The rent includes heat, hot water, and one off-street parking spot.

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

Check out the O’Leary Way rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Newton Centre Office Open for Business

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At the beginning of December we shared the exciting news that we were expanding into Newton Centre!

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Well the doors have officially been open for a few weeks now and we’d like to invite you to stop by and say “Hello!”. The new office is located at 767 Beacon Street in the heart of Newton Centre (located next to Lee’s Burgers and the Tete a Tete Salon). We are open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and agents are in the office on the weekends as well.

NewtonCentre

Internationally Recognized. Nationally Known. Locally Owned.

We look forward to becoming a big part of the local community in Newton! If you are looking to buy or sell, in Newton or the surrounding the communities, reach out to us today at 617.332.1400 or info@unlimitedsir.com so we can connect you with one of our top-notch agents.

Featured Listing: Custom-Built, Sun Filled Colonial in Newton Centre

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44 Parker Avenue – Newton Centre

Offered at $1,699,000

Stunning young custom-built sun filled Colonial in meticulous condition! Superb kitchen featuring cherry cabinetry, granite counters, generous peninsula with seating, Wolf gas cooktop, professional grade exhaust fan, electric double ovens, Sub Zero refrigerator, and Fisher Paykel dishwasher. This exceptional kitchen opens to the family room with a double sided gas fireplace, dining area and sliders to the deck, patio and partially fenced-in yard. Beautifully appointed living room with recessed lighting and built-in cabinetry, grand dining room, 1st floor bedroom or office & 1st floor bath with shower. 2nd floor features a wonderful master bedroom with attached bath, 2 walk in closets, 3 additional bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom, are quite spacious, cool open loft/library on 2nd floor as well as laundry room. 3rd floor bonus space with bedrooms and gallery adding an additional 985 square feet to stated interior square footage. Finished walk out lower level. Attached 2 car garage. A wonderful property.

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

Featured Rental: Impressive Brick in Chestnut Hill

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Exclusive Listing – Middlesex Road, Chestnut Hill

$10,000/month, Available Now

This five bed, four bath single family Chestnut Hill house is being offered as a fully furnished rental with four car parking, two of those spots in a garage. The house boasts beautiful wood work, two fireplaces, a modern eat-in-kitchen plus full living and dining rooms, and a yard with playset. Easy access to the Heath School, multiple parks, the Green line, and all the great new shopping, dining, and entertainment options that Chestnut Hill has to offer.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
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.