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Hidden Gem: The Judson B. Coit Observatory

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Have you ever wanted to see the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter or the other planets and stars close up? Then the Judson B. Coit Observatory at Boston University is the place to go. Members of the pubic are allowed to view the wonders of the solar system on their Public Open Night, held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Visitors are given telescopes and binoculars to observe the night sky. Since weather is a factor, observations are canceled when there are clouds, haze, or rain. As well as observing the stars, you will also have a great view of Boston from the roof.

Boston Hidden GemsThe Observatory is named for Judson Coit, who spent the major part of his professional career as Professor of Astronomy at Boston University where he created the Department of Astronomy. He also developed a teaching and research observatory, which is named in his memory. The Observatory was originally located on the roof of the College of Liberal Arts Building on Boylston Street until the late 1940s, when it was moved to its current location on Commonwealth Avenue.

Hours & Admission: The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Admission is free.

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Featured Listing: Elegant Cabot Estate Duplex Unit

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Exclusive Listing: 241 Perkins Street, Unit C-202 – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $699,000

Our latest listing is a Cabot Estate duplex unit in the elegant Atrium building! This corner unit is located on the second floor in an elevator building in a coveted area of JP. Its features include an open floor plan with a fireplace, deck, and walls of windows overlooking lush landscaped grounds. In the wintertime, enjoy gorgeous views of Jamaica Pond from the comfort of your home. The good sized kitchen opens to the living room and has a large pass through to the dining area, capturing beautiful views.

The lower level has two bedrooms, including a master bedroom with its own bathroom and a walk-in closet. Both bedrooms have French doors leading out to the private patio area. Includes deeded two-car tandem garage parking along with two ample deeded storage units. This special gated property is on 23 acres of gorgeous land bordering the town of Brookline and close to all the amenities of Jamaica Plain. It is also 1.6 miles to the Longwood Medical Area and approximately 5 miles to downtown Boston. A wonderful Jamaica Plain condo awaits!

Listing Agent: Margie Kern, 617.939.7800, margie.kern@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on this Jamaica Plain condo here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in Jamaica Plain

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as it is so unique. 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.

2018 Niche School Rankings for Local Schools in Massachusetts

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Niche, a website for researching schools, recently released the 2018 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 and around the Greater Boston area.

The cities with the most representation at the top include Cambridge, Newton, Brookline, and Wellesley – all of which have the additional bonus of close proximity to the attractions and learning opportunities of downtown Boston.

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:

  • 2018 Best Public School Districts: The Wellesley, Lexington, Newton, Westford, Cambridge, Belmont, Weston, Brookline, and Wayland School Districts make up the top ten. All top ten MA public high schools rank in the top 100 on a national scale.
  • 2018 Top 10 Best Public High Schools: Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science, Lexington, Wellesley, Newton North, Boston Latin, Newton South, Brookline, Belmont, Weston, and the Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter High Schools make up the top ten.
  • 2018 Top 10 Best Public Middle Schools: Edward W. Brooke Charter (East Boston), Brooke Charter (Roslindale), William Diamond (Lexington), Jonas Clarke (Lexington), Blanchard (Westford), Wayland, Winthrop L. Chenery (Belmont), F.A. Day (Newton), Wellesley, and Heath (Brookline) Middle Schools make up the top ten.
  • 2018 Top 10 Best Public Elementary Schools: Edward W. Brooke Charter (East Boston), Brooke Charter (Roslindale), Maria Hastings (Lexington), Schofield (Wellesley), Mason Rice (Newton), Bowman (Lexington), Ward (Newton), Joseph Estabrook (Lexington), Heath (Brookline), and Day (Westford) 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 Massachusetts 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. 

Featured Listing: Elegant 3 Bed Brookline Condo

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Exclusive Listing: 9 Doran Road, Unit 1 – Brookline

Offered at $1,299,000

This classic Brookline dwelling was completely renovated into a stunning condominium home. The unit features three bedrooms, two full and one half bathrooms on two levels of living space. Some of its special features include a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a cheery breakfast bar. The home also has a graciously sized  living and dining room with a stately fireplace and hardwood floors throughout. The first floor master suite, with a beautiful bath and large walk-in closets, complete this level. The front and rear porches make for two pristine places for relaxation and enjoying a New England summer.

The lower level features two wonderfully sized bedrooms in addition to a gorgeous second bathroom. The family room is great space for entertaining and movie watching. There is additional space suitable for a home office. Central air, two car parking with one garage space, an in-unit laundry room and immediate access to the Heath School and neighborhood playground are just a few other reasons to call Doran Road your next home. It truly is a must see!

Listing Agent: Scott Goldsmith, 617.529.2434, scott.goldsmith@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on this Brookline condo 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. Its major retail centers are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.

Featured Rental: Posh Contemporary Condo in Cambridge

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Exclusive Listing: Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

 $2,700/month, Available September 1st

Experience condo living in Cambridge before buying a home with this centrally located two bedroom condo. With a sunny and spacious open layout, our latest listing on Massachusetts Avenue holds contemporary flair. Wood floors are throughout the condo, leading into the modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and an island. The living room has a  decorative fireplace as well as a balcony, for enjoyment both indoors and outdoors. Central air and heat, an updated bath, and laundry in the basement round out this gem of a find. One off-st parking spot is included in the rent. Take your pick of Porter Square amenities or Davis Square attractions – this condo is near both major squares. Easy access to the MBTA Red Line and multiple bus lines for streamlined transportation routes to all of Greater Boston.

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. Cambridge is most distinguishable on a global scale for being the home of multiple top universities.

Steeped in colonial history, Cambridge is a hotbed of historical architecture. Additionally, their breadth of museums provide rotating exhibits and content for all ages to enjoy. Cambridge hosts a number of town squares, each with its own personality and mini-culture. 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 Massachusetts Avenue? Check out the Cambridge rental here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Listing: Two Charming West Roxbury Condos

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Two condos at 10 Dent Street have just come to market in a grand location. Enjoy the amenities of city living from the comforts of West Roxbury in one of these admirable homes. Their excellent location near the West Roxbury commuter rail stop offers a sensible way into downtown Boston in roughly fifteen minutes. Take your pick of some of Greater Boston’s most picturesque green spaces – including the Arnold Arboretum and Millennium Park – that are all in close proximity. Easy access to Boston’s colleges and universities. Additionally, find Routes 1, 128, and 109 nearby for further commuting or travel options.

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10 Dent Street, Unit 1 – West Roxbury

Offered at $450,000

This cheery home is close to the West Roxbury Commuter Rail stop, with an estimated fifteen minutes to Back Bay or South Station. All the local feel of the suburbs with the convenience of living in the city. This large three-bedroom condo has been updated with refinished floors and granite counters in the extra-large kitchen. Freshly painted and ready for your personal touches. Enjoy exclusive use of the front and back porches and off-street parking, with a washer and dryer in the building for further convenience.

View more information on Unit 1 here or unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

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10 Dent Street, Unit B – West Roxbury

Offered at $250,000

A garden-level unit by great shopping options and vibrant greenery. Great value as a starter condo for first time home buyers. Buy for less than the cost of renting! The kitchen includes granite countertops and stainless appliances. An extra-large living room can also be a living/dining room combo. Includes one off-street parking space and a very low condo fee. Ready for its next owners to begin building real estate equity.

Listing Agent: Rose Cullen, 617.755.0932, rose.cullen@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on Unit B here or unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in West Roxbury

West Roxbury, located in Boston’s southwest corner, was originally part of the town of Roxbury. It was once home to a 19th century experimental, utopian community frequented by the notable writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. Today, West Roxbury is known for its civic activism and youth programming. Its tree lined streets and mostly single-family homes give this city neighborhood a suburban feel. Centre Street anchors the neighborhood’s business district, which consists of restaurants, banks, and shops. Residents flock to Millennium Park, a former landfill that has been converted into 100 acres of trails, ball fields, and picnic areas.

Hidden Gem: America’s Oldest Car Collection

museum5-300x294The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline is home to America’s oldest car collection. The museum was the idea of Larz and Isabel Anderson, a wealthy Brookline couple who embarked on a life of political service and philanthropy. In the late 1890s the Andersons would open the doors to their carriage house in Brookline to share their collection of American and European vehicles with the public.

The first vehicle the Andersons purchased was an 1899 Winton 4-hp Runabout. This vehicle is still on permanent display in the Museum. The Andersons purchased an automobile almost every year, acquiring a total of 32 brand new cars during their lives. Fourteen of these vehicles and many of the Andersons original horse drawn carriages are on display as part of the permanent collection.

The carriage house where the Museum is located LA car collectionwas constructed in 1888. It was inspired by the Chateau de Chaumont-Sur-Loire in France and designed by Edmund M. Wheelwright, a well-known Boston Architect. Today the Carriage House is on the National Register of Historic Places. A visit to the Museum not only includes the vehicles on display but the historic Carriage House as well as the beautifully landscaped grounds.

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Featured Listing: Exquisite Luxury Newton Townhouses

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29-31 Oak Street – Newton

Offered at $839,000

Introducing two brand new exquisite Newton townhouses! Completely redone inside and out, these amazing luxury units feature 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, incomparable detail, finishes, and design. Savvy and sophisticated, every element, fixture and space was carefully designed and thought through to anticipate every buyer’s wants and needs. Quality craftsmanship, no detail overlooked, high ceilings, and terrific flow and space, these units are truly incomparable with great layouts.

The living room features gleaming hardwood floors, along with stacked stone surrounding the custom fireplace, that flows nicely into the dining area – leafy views from endless windows. The designer chef’s kitchen boasts an island, quartz counters, premium stainless steel appliances (with pot filler!), custom cabinets, and subway tile. The master suite features a to-die-for master bath with marble, double vanity, and rainfall shower. Second nice sized bedroom and ensuite bedroom are found on the third floor. Central air, two parking spaces, a mud room and private yard round out this dream home in Newton Upper Falls!

Listing Agent: The Chuck Silverston Team, 617.699.6234, chuck.silverston@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on these Newton townhouses here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

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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.

Featured Rental: Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner – Brookline

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Exclusive Listing – Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner

Available Now, $2350/month

At over 900 sq.ft., this is one of the larger one bedroom rentals in Brookline, with a big living room, a separate dining room/office, a foyer that fits a table (the current tenant has the dining room as an office and a table in the foyer), and a really big bedroom. The unit has wood floors, plenty of closets, and high ceilings. There’s coin-op laundry in the basement and an off-street parking spot out back that’s included in the rent! Minutes to the green line, bus lines, and everything that Coolidge Corner has to offer, with all that makes Washington Square so popular the same distance in the other direction. The apartment is available for an August move-in, so you can avoid the craziness of September 1st.

To learn more about this Brookline rental, contact our rental department:
Phone: 617.264.7900
Email: 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. 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 Brookline rentals? Visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Listing: Spectacular 2 Bed Condo at Cabot Estates

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241 Perkins Street, Unit C302 – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $883,000

Spectacular 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner unit in an elevator building at Cabot Estates’ gated community. This Jamaica Plain condo features an eat-in-kitchen, in-unit laundry, recessed lighting, hardwood floors, and two garage parking spaces. The large master bedroom has a walk-in closet and an additional closet with custom built-ins. The expansive living room, which presently boasts a wood fireplace, also has a remote controlled electric fireplace insert that provides instant warmth during the winter months.

Enjoy cooking and eating in the kitchen which has granite counters, double wall oven, SubZero refrigerator/freezer and an extra built-in SubZero freezer. From the private balcony, you can capture the wonderful views of the Jamaica Pond in the winter while enjoying the serene tree-lined private yard in the summer. This is the only unit in the building that has its own storage room measuring 13’ x 17’, located on the 6th floor. Further amenities include on-site tennis courts, swimming pool, clubhouse, and exercise room.

Listing Agent: Beverly Berman, 617.515.5744, beverly.berman@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on this Jamaica Plain condo here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Jamaica Plain:

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as it is so unique. 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.