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Featured Rental: Exemplary Condo on Commonwealth Avenue

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Exclusive Listing: Commonwealth Avenue, Allston

 $2,000/month, Available January 15th or February 1st

This spacious, sunny condo is less than a block from the corner of Harvard and Commonwealth, its location being the first of many perks. This Allston rental has an oversized living room with a decorative fireplace, a dining room, a bedroom plus a guest bed/study/office, and a large entry foyer. There’s a modern, fully applianced kitchen with a breakfast bar, plus room for a full dining room table (it was a separate dining room but the owners knocked down the wall!)

Great closet space plus a large private storage unit in the basement, which is where the laundry is. One reserved off-street parking spot is behind the building and included in the rent, as are heat and hot water. Too many stores and restaurants in this burgeoning neighborhood to list here! The T is right outside, as is a bus that will take you to Longwood Medical or Harvard Square. The very definition of a “Brookline alternative”.

To learn more about this Allston rental, please contact our rental department:
Phone: 617.264.7900
Email: 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 on and around Commonwealth Avenue? View our exclusive listings here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

New Developments Along the Massachusetts Turnpike

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Land along the Massachusetts Turnpike is seeing a surge in new developments, especially within the Allston-Brighton area.

A major catalyst for the accelerating new construction is New Balance, the $40 billion shoe company that’s been at the forefront since the beginning. New Balance has been part of the Boston area since its founding in 1906 and the Allston-Brighton neighborhood since the 1980s. They submitted proposals in March 2012 for building a massive new complex on the same street as their old one, with over 250,000 square feet making up their corporate headquarters and 650,000 for additional office space along the Mass Pike. However, construction plans with New Balance didn’t stop with their HQ opening day in 2015; their new offices were only the beginning of a grand revitalization project that would see much more come to the area.

One of the most anticipated projects for Boston sports fans was the opening of the Warrior Ice Arena, a facility for the Boston Bruins to call home in the city. It serves as the training and practice facility for the Bruins and as a complex for college, high school, youth and amateur level hockey. When there isn’t a game scheduled, there’s skating, drop-in, and ice times open and available to the public, with over 600 spectator seats and parking to boot. Plans to build the Celtics training facility over the turnpike are already well on their way as well.

Both the new headquarters and ice arena are part of the bold Boston Landing project on Guest Street. Other impressive additions include a 175-room hotel over the Mass Pike, holding air rights over the highway that could make it similar to the overhanging Star Market in Newtonville. Although the Boston Landing Hotel has yet to be built, it could signal an overhaul of the neighborhoods alongside the Pike.

Already the city is taking note, adding infrastructure improvements to the neighborhoods best known for their diversity and high student populations. The new Boston Landing commuter rail stop on the Framingham/Worcester line opened last month, which is a service that this community has lacked since the 1960s when three rail stations had closed. This stop offers another option for commuting or otherwise getting into downtown Boston with ease.

The transportation development enables more residential development, an initiative sorely needed in Boston’s current housing shortage. Besides the Residences at Boston Landing, which will add almost 300 luxury apartment units, there are plans from The Michaels Organization to build a 262-unit residential complex nearby the new Boston Landing commuter rail stop. Closer to the city center are plans to build over the pike in Back Bay, which will potentially add another 300 or more,  condos and/or apartments. More towers are coming in Fenway and Back Bay, with hundreds more business and residential units in the works.

The success of Boston Landing could see a ripple effect in development throughout Boston in the coming years. Some very exciting growth is unfolding within the Hub.

 

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.

Featured Listing: 2 Bed at the VICOMTE in Allston

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59 Brainerd Road #212, Allston

Offered at $548,000

Stunning 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, luxury townhouse with 2 car garage parking at the “VICOMTE”- one of the most desirable buildings in Allston. The home features high ceilings, an open floor plan w/ kitchen, dining, & living rooms, hardwood floors, master suite, washer/dryer in the unit, extra storage. Modern brick professionally maintained building on Allston/Brookline line boasts central A/C, elevator, an incredible roof deck, a party room, and pet friendly. Fantastic location! Convenient & direct access to Boston Sports Club, near public transportation (T-stop & bus), restaurants and minutes from Coolidge Corner, Brookline. An excellent investment opportunity or primary residence!

Listing Agent:
Tatyana Anokhina, 617.669.6112

Featured Listing: Modern 2 Bed Condo in a Grand 19th Century Victorian Home

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32 High Rock Way, Unit 2 – Allston

Offered at $549,000

On the outside, the solid grandeur of a 19th century Victorian set atop a hill. On the inside, a 21st century open floor plan featuring spacious rooms, high ceilings & luxury finishes. A dazzling 2004 complete renovation. Sun streams through the bountiful windows and gleams on the gorgeous oak floors. A thoughtful layout offers fabulous space for entertaining. 1,221 Sq Ft, 6 Rooms, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. Granite/Stainless kitchen with breakfast bar. Master suite with full bath, bay window, walk-in closet, decorative fireplace. An atrium door opens onto a private mahogany deck. Central A/C. In-unit laundry. Lots of storage. Tucked away on a quiet side street, between the vibrant shops, restaurants & nightlife of Cambridge St, Comm Ave & Brighton Ave. 8 minutes to B Line T. Close to St E’s. WalkScore: 87 = “Very Walkable”, TransportationScore: 85 = “Excellent Transit” BikeScore: 75 = “Very Bikeable”.

See more at: 32highrock.com or check the property out on YouTube

Open Houses: Saturday, March 26th 1-3pm and Sunday, March 27 11:30am-130pm

The Surrealtors
Trisha Solio, 617.293.8070, trisha.solio@unlimitedsir.com
Kathy Power,  781.424.7394, kathy.power@unlimitedsir.com

Featured Rental: Fully Renovated Allston 2 Bed

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Exclusive Listing – Commonwealth Ave, Allston

$2300/month, heat, hot water and parking included. Available April 1st.

Fully renovated less than 15 months ago, this spacious 2 bedroom condo has a new fully applianced granite/stainless kitchen, new hardwood floors, modern bath, and a top-to-bottom paint job. Huge living room, full dining room, quality closet/storage space (including private basement storage), laundry in the building, and one off-street parking spot. Steps to many new stores and restaurants, easy access to Longwood Medical via the 66 bus, and a 10 minute walk to Coolidge Corner.

Learn more, contact our rental departments at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

 

Introducing: Ranch Style Single Family in West Roxbury

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27 Cricket Lane, West Roxbury

Offered at $424,900

Fantastic single-level Ranch with newly renovated, nicely finished basement, attached garage, and Central A/C located in a quaint residential neighborhood close to the Newton/Chestnut Hill line. Bright sunlight streams through the south facing, spacious living room. Includes plenty of space for a dining table and the possibility to easily open and update the kitchen to provide a feeling of modernization, openness and the ability to entertain with regularity. Easy access to the backyard with direct access from the finished basement. MLS # 71762715

Learn more, contact agents Jon Ufland or Rose Cullen at:
Jon – 617.901.9977, jon.ufland@unlimitedsir.com
Rose – 617.755.0932, rose.cullen@unlimitedsir.com

The Newbie's Roadmap to Buying a First Home

SIR-LinkedInHere are 12 tips for buying your first house:

Make sure you’re ready to buy, both emotionally and financially. If you expect to relocate in a few years, this may not be the right time for you to buy. If you don’t have cash for a down payment, closing costs and other expenses, you may be better off waiting. Look at your life, your career, your finances and your future expectations, and determine whether buying a house is the right move at this time.

Find the right team. The difference between deals that close and deals that don’t are the professionals involved. You want to make sure you find a real estate agent who will move quickly when a new listing goes on the market, as well as an agent who will advise you honestly on preparing your offer. You also want a mortgage professional lined up before you start looking. “The lender is the most important person to closing on time,” Simon says.

Get your finances in order first. Some real estate agents won’t even show homes to prospective clients who don’t have a mortgage preapproval. You definitely should meet with a mortgage broker or banker (better yet, several) at the start of the process to find out how much house you can afford and how much cash you’ll need to close. Do all the math. Just because a bank says you can borrow $200,000 doesn’t mean you should. If you have credit issues, realize that this part of the process could take several months.

Calculate each and every cost. The purchase price and the mortgage payment are just the beginning. Don’t forget homeowner or condo fees, homeowners insurance and real estate taxes. Plus, you’ll need to budget for utilities, repairs and maintenance.

Don’t spend all your cash. Avoid emptying your bank account for your down payment and closing costs. There will always be unexpected repairs. Plus, it costs money to move, change locks, put down utility deposits and buy things you never needed before, like a lawn mower.

When you look at houses, focus on the right things. Don’t be distracted by the owner’s odd décor, paint colors, dirty carpet or anything that is easy to change. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are easy to add later. You can’t easily add another bedroom, a better location or a more functional floor plan.

If you’re buying in a condo or homeowners association, know the rules. How your association is run can make a big difference in how much you enjoy life in a development. You’ll want to know about all rules and restrictions, from pet ownership to who can use the pool. Condo buyers also want to investigate the association’s finances because a poorly run association can mean big assessments later.

Visit your favorite neighborhoods at different times. Most neighborhoods are quiet in the middle of the day. As Glen Craig writes at the personal finance blog Free From Broke: “You need to see what the area is like on a Saturday night. Are there kids and such all out driving with music blasting? What’s it like in rush hour in the morning or in the evening?”

Talk to the neighbors. Ask about the neighborhood and about the houses you’re considering. The neighbors will know if there are foundation problems. They’ll also know about barking dogs, petty crime and the size of utility bills.

Consider which contingencies you’re willing to waive. In the ideal scenario, a purchase offer is contingent on a satisfactory home inspection, approval of your mortgage and an appraisal that equals the purchase price. In most parts of the country, a buyer is smart to keep all those contingencies in the contract. But in a competitive market, you may be competing against buyers who have agreed to waive contingencies. “You never want to [agree to waive them] unless you’re sure you’re 99 percent safe to do it,” Simon says.

Be ready to move quickly once you find the home you want. Good homes that are well-priced nearly always sell quickly. It’s OK to take some time to think before you make an offer, but you might not want to wait a few weeks. Your agent can provide invaluable advice here.

Know what’s important to you. No house will be perfect, so where are you willing to compromise? If you want a specific school district, are you willing to accept a smaller house? If you want to be near the water, could you be happy with a condo? Are you willing to accept a longer commute to get a larger house?

Read on at MSN Money

What to know more about First Time Home Buying? Attend our First Time Home Buyer Seminar with upcoming seminars on November 8th in our Brookline office and November 22nd in our JP office both run 10am-12pm.

It’s Almost September 1st & You Haven’t Found an Apartment/Tenants Yet?!

As we approach July 15th, just about six weeks until the biggest move-in day of the year in Greater Boston, here’s what you need to know…
Apt4RentIf You’re a Landlord

Our standard advice is to list 8-10 weeks before occupancy, and that means the ideal deadline for a 9/1 apartment has already come and gone. Does this mean it’s not going to rent? Of course not, and you’re quite likely looking at an increase from your previous rent. However, keep in mind that there will be less people looking two weeks from now then there are now, and so on and so on, making this not a good time to take the “list at outrageous rent and terms and then come down if nothing happens” approach. Just remember that while the market is still in your favor, there is a faint ticking clock that’s only going to get louder.

If You’re a Renter

See above. The rental timelines are the same – people should be looking no less than 8-10 weeks before they want to move in. If you’re looking for a 9/1 apartment now, you may need to be more flexible than usual. Before you begin looking, set your list of priorities to make the process go faster and smoother (e.g., price, location, # of bedrooms).

Also, don’t waste time looking at places that you know aren’t a good fit just to see them. If you really can come up $200 in rent, or live with no parking, or can take the bus instead of the T, great, let’s go see the place right now! Otherwise save your time and energy for places that are actually a potential new home for you.

I know some renters think they may have an hand-101003advantage because it’s getting close to September 1st, and while it is true that the big deadline is approaching for everyone, landlords aren’t anywhere near desperate because they still know there are more of you then there are of them and also because given your choice of worst case scenarios, everyone would chose having an empty apartment over not having any apartment at all. This means if you are going to try to negotiate a deal, be smart about it and pick one thing (price, deposits, move-in date, fees). Also, if you don’t have great credit and/or you need a co-signer, you’re not really in a position to negotiate since accepting your application in the first place is in and of itself a negotiation.

If You Are Either

Both parties need to remember that this is the START of a short term relationship – unlike on the sales side where your decisions can be more long term – so you want to project as low-maintenance an image as possible. Remembering that this process can be stressful for everyone will be a good way to get things off on the right foot.

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Al Norton, Rental Manager, Prudential Unlimited Realty
Al Norton can be reached at 617-669-3811 or rentals@prudentialunlimited.com

Happy Independence Day!

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Happy Fourth of July to all the friends and families of Prudential Unlimited Realty! We hope everyone has a fun and safe fourth!

20 Interesting Fourth of July Facts:

1. Initially adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, the revised version of the Declaration of Independence was not adopted until two days later.
2. The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.
3. The Declaration of Independence was penned by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies.
4. One of the United States’ patriotic songs, “Yankee Doodle” was originally sung by British military officers prior to the Revolution as a means to mock the disorganized American colonists who fought alongside them during the French and Indian Wars.
5. France, Greece, Poland, Russia and several countries in South America used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom.
6. The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 and not decreed the official national anthem of the United States until 1931.
7. Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th; Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831.
8. In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. According to the U.S. and World Population Clock, the nation’s estimated population in July 2013 will be 316.2 million.
9. The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.
10. Both the Philippines and Rwanda celebrate July 4th as a day of liberation. In Southeast Asia, it is known as “Republic Day” and Rwandans celebrate “Liberation Day.”
11. The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.
12. Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone; it is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year.
13. In 1870 Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday; in 1938, it was changed to a paid federal holiday.
14. Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade and a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks.
15. To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
16. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are responsible for the bald eagle as the national bird; Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the turkey.
17. Eight of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain.
18. The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July.
19. Two of our nation’s great national symbols were made overseas. The Liberty Bell was cast in England, and the Statue of Liberty in France.
20. The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at age 70, and Edward Rutledge was the youngest at age 26.

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