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Hidden Gem: Charlestown’s Potato Shed Memorial

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In homage to the starch that brought us tater tots, French fries, and hash browns comes a cast stone tribute under Boston’s I-93 overpass.

All partial to potatoes take note: our latest hidden gem is Boston’s little-known memorial to a beloved tuber.

Technically the Potato Shed Memorial isn’t just dedicated to the idea of spuds, but a part of Boston life going back to the Antebellum era. At this time in the mid-nineteenth century the city was still working on land reclamation, or filling in the waterfront for further acreage. What is land now used to hold the Millers River, which had previously divided Cambridge from Charlestown. As a staple of travel and commerce, storage sheds lined the banks of the Millers with goods for the locals. They came to be known for storing potatoes, coming into its own as a popular destination for residents with plenty of taters for sale.

Interestingly, the popularity of the potato sheds corresponds with a massive influx of Irish immigrants streaming into Boston and Charlestown, starting in the mid-1840s. By 1850 Boston’s Irish population would swell to 35,000 strong, and their descendants (including the Kennedy family) would go on heavy influence local politics.

For roughly a century these potato sheds were a cherished part of the community, where locals would greet each other on their weekly trek for delicious tubers. Others worked in the potato sheds and corresponding railyards, and where mischievous children could sneak in and steal potatoes from any number of hefty piles in the warehouses.

This all changed in the early 1960s (or mid-1930s, according to the memorial plaque) when the potato sheds burned down and were never rebuilt. Millions of pounds of food were lost in the fire, which were bound for other cities along the East Coast. Rumor has it that Charlestown smelled like baked potatoes for weeks as a haunting last hurrah from these bygone spud sheds.

Today this industrial area looks decidedly more pedestrian. Millers River has been filled in as part of the land reclamation efforts, and this area now plays host to walkways and parks beneath the Zakim Bridge. But the great potato sheds of yesteryear are not forgotten, cast forever in a grand Potato Shed Memorial of an even grander vegetable.

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Maybe our nickname should change from Beantown to Tatertown, no?

Source: Wikipedia, boston.com
Image Credit: Andy Woodruff

Featured Listing: Inviting Penthouse in Brookline Village

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411 Washington Street, Unit 5 – Brookline

Offered at $724,999

Where quality, size, and convenience come together to create your new Brookline Village home! This 1200 square foot top floor condo in a Brookline Village courtyard building has all the charm you could possibly want combined with lots of modern touches, including wood floors throughout most of the unit, a large living room plus a separate dining room, and a kitchen that was redone in 2012 (GE Profile appliances, granite countertops with travertine backsplash, and maple cabinets) at the same time the bath was updated and a Meile washer/dryer was installed.

One bedroom is very large, the other good sized, there’s a porch off the kitchen, and the unit features 2010 Harvey Majesty windows. Assigned storage in the basement The Pierce School, Brookline High School, the main branch of the Brookline Public Library, the MBTA Green line and bus routes, stores, restaurants, and multiple parks are just some of things that are but minutes from the front door. Easy access to Coolidge Corner and the Longwood Medical Area.

Listing Agent: Al Norton, 617.669.3811, al.norton@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 411 Washington Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for another available Brookline Village home.

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: Refined Three Bed Condo in North Dorchester

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Exclusive Listing: Baker Court, Dorchester

 $3,950/month, Available March 1st

Massive modern 3+ bedroom and three bath condo with garage, adjacent to newly expanded South Bay mall in North Dorchester. Built in 2016, its open layout offers a sleek kitchen with quartz island with wine fridge and Bosch appliances, and a large living room with gas fireplace. Two bedroom suites, a third bedroom, plus media room with sliding doors onto a balcony. With tall ceilings, big windows and two balconies, this third-floor unit offers views of Back Bay to Seaport.

Professionally managed Dorchester rental; packed with amenities: in-unit laundry, custom-mounted TV, built-in Sonos system, custom blinds. Heated garage plus an outdoor parking spot. Energy efficient with Nest thermostat, LED lights, on-demand hot water, central air. Around the corner, the commuter rail to South Station. Near Boston Medical Center. Easily venture to Dudley Square, South End, South Boston and Dorchester Bay. Under a mile to both Andrew and JFK/UMass MBTA stations. Blocks to Route 93. Next door, Starbucks and new twelve-screen AMC theater.

To learn more about this Dorchester rental, contact our rental department:
Phone: 617.264.7900
Email: rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Dorchester

Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood, is also one of its most diverse. Long-time residents mingle with newer immigrants from Ireland, Vietnam, and Cape Verde. The nation’s first Vietnamese Community Center is located in Fields Corner, the heart of the Vietnamese community in Boston. Dorchester Avenue anchors the neighborhood business district with a unique mix of ethnic restaurants, beauty salons, electronics stores, and pharmacies.

Franklin Park, considered the “crown jewel” of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System, is located here. Neighborhood pride is strong in Dorchester, as former residents have been known to wear T-shirts proclaiming “OFD” – “Originally From Dorchester.” Bordered by the Neponset River and Boston Harbor, Dorchester residents enjoy the riverfront amenities of Pope John Paul II Park as well as harbor beaches and boating opportunities.

Want to see more rentals on and around Baker Court? View our exclusive listings here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Welcome Giti Ganjei Saeidian


We are pleased to announce that Giti Ganjei Saeidian has joined Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. Giti will be working out of the company’s Brookline office located at 1290A Beacon Street in Coolidge Corner.

Giti’s real estate career spans nearly 20 years with experience in residential sales, investment and interior design. She is an active resource from start to finish, providing the support and guidance her clients need to make the best decision in one of their largest investments. Her attention to detail, persistence, and avid negotiating skills help make the entire buying or selling process a smooth and enjoyable experience.

When not working with, or on behalf of her clients, Giti can be found volunteering at Rosie’s Place or Pine Street Inn. She also serves as a member of the Brookline Historic Preservation Commission.

Giti can be contacted at giti@sothebysrealty.com or visit her website at giti-re.com.

Read the full press release here


Featured Rental: Pristine 3 Bed Cambridge Rental

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Exclusive Listing: Gore Street, Cambridge

 $3,150/month, Available Now

This building has been renovated in the last 10 years, making it as good a mix of size, quality, location, and price as you’ll find in a rental! This Cambridge rental includes hardwood floors, three full sized bedrooms with great closet space, two full baths, and a porch off the back. There is an open floor plan layout encompassing the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Kitchen comes with granite counters (including a breakfast bar) and stainless steel appliances. In-unit laundry and central air! One off-street parking spot is included in the rent and there is street parking with a resident sticker as well. Just a few minutes to the MBTA Green Line, bus lines, and the Cambridgeside Galleria mall. Easy access to downtown Boston and Cambridge’s Central Square.

To learn more about this Cambridge rental, contact our rental department:
Phone: 617.264.7900
Email: rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Cambridge

As one of the most sought-after places in greater Boston to reside, Cambridge has ample charm to go along with its history and intellectual fame. First established when America was still under British rule, it has aged so gracefully that its ivory towers and historical churches blend seamlessly with its thriving science and technology hubs. Combine all of these perks with easy access to the Hub of the Universe and Cambridge becomes a city almost unbeatable in its desirability.

Want to see more rentals on and around Gore Street? View our exclusive listings here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Offices Closed Today, 1/4, Due to Impending Snow Storm


Our offices will be closed on Thursday, January 4th due to expected extreme weather conditions. Please stay safe and warm.


Featured Rental: Modern 3 Bed New Construction in Newtonville

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Exclusive Listing: Walnut Place, Newton

 $4,500/month, Available Now

This rental is now fully rehabbed into a modern masterpiece, so it will be in amazing move-in condition for you! 100% of the interior is new with this 2017 luxury unit, offering three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms on one living level. The kitchen boasts a large island, stainless steel appliances and Quartz countertops. Master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom includes a double vanity. Additional highlights with this Newton rental include two off-street parking spaces, central air and private outdoor space. Ideally located minutes from Newton North High School, downtown Newtonville, public transportation and the Mass Pike.

To learn more about this Newton rental, contact our rental department:
Phone: 617.264.7900
Email: rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Newton

Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant suburban community. The “Garden City” is comprised of thirteen distinctive villages loaded with classic New England charm. Most have pedestrian-friendly shopping districts, parks, and playgrounds. Newton also houses the educational institutions Boston College, Mount Ida College and Lasell College. The Newton Free Library is one of the largest, most well equipped libraries in the Commonwealth.

Newton is nationally recognized for the quality of education, community life, exceptional homes, and beautiful open spaces. Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to be located in a city that has frequently been voted as one of the 10 best communities to live in.

Want to see more rentals on and around Walnut Place? View our exclusive listings here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

2017 Holiday Party

Enjoy a few photos from the company holiday party. Thank you to our fantastic team for coming out to celebrate the past year. A special thanks to our event sponsors Andrew Marquis at Guaranteed Rate and David Lazoski and David Reznikov of Fairway Independent Mortgage, Boston MA

To our clients, as we approach the new year, we wish you a joyful holiday season and thank you for your business.

Featured Rental: Quintessential 1 Bed Back Bay Brownstone

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Exclusive Listing: Commonwealth Avenue, Boston Back Bay

 $3,500/month, Available Now

The quintessential “living in Back Bay” experience! This duplex one plus bedroom condo in a lovely Commonwealth Avenue brownstone has remarkable architectural details and features that need to be seen to be fully appreciated. The oversized bedroom has built-in bookshelves and custom designed closets for great space. There’s in-unit laundry, one full and one half bath, and so much more. All the shopping, dining, and entertainment options of Newbury and Boylston Streets are but minutes from the front door. The rent for this spectacular Back Bay rental includes all utilities and one off-street parking spot, and the condo is available for an immediate move-in.

To learn more about this Back Bay rental, please contact our rental department:
Phone: 617.264.7900
Email: rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Boston’s Back Bay

It’s easy to understand why the Back Bay is one of America’s most desirable neighborhoods. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are lined with unique shops, trendy restaurants and vintage homes, making the Back Bay an extremely fashionable destination for Boston residents and visitors. In fact, it’s not uncommon to spot celebrities strolling up and down these picturesque streets. This bustling neighborhood also houses the two tallest members of Boston’s skyline, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower, in addition to architectural treasures such as Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.

Want to see more rentals on and around Commonwealth Avenue? View our exclusive listings here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Listing: Fully Renovated Victorian in JP’s Sumner Hill

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8 Alveston Street – Jamaica Plain’s Sumner Hill

Offered at $900,000

Question: What is the fully renovated value of a beautiful 2000+ sq. ft. Jamaica Plain Victorian in the heart of prestigious Sumner Hill? With three living levels on a nearly 6000 sq. ft. corner lot in the heart of Jamaica Plain, this sizable home is ready for a makeover. It houses two full baths, more than five bedrooms, and a one car garage with plenty of off-street parking.

It has good bones; it’s a diamond in the rough waiting for its new owner to restore it to its original glorious shine. Updates include all new roofing, heating system (6 years old), and a new circuit breaker panel. Surrounded by a congregation of lovingly renovated Jamaica Plain Victorian single family and two-family homes, its location could literally not be any better; with this location there is no hyperbole necessary!

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

View more information on 8 Alveston Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available Waban homes.

About life in Jamaica Plain:

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as anything but unique. This is best exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm. Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has an abundance of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel make Jamaica Plain a top destination for Boston area residents.

Close to Northeastern University, Longwood Medical Area, and Wheelock College, JP attracts a diverse population including students, young professionals, and families who call it home. As one of the first “streetcar suburbs” in America, JP is an ideal commuter location with access to bike paths, scenic walkways, commuter rail connections, bus routes, and both the Green and Orange Line trains.