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Featured Listing: Dreamy Cape Cod Style Single Family in Jamaica Plain

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Exclusive Listing: 44-C Burroughs Street – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $950,000

Dreamy setting tucked off of tree-lined Burroughs Street, centrally located in Jamaica Plain’s Pondside neighborhood. Well cared for 1960 Cape Cod style single family renovated 2011 – 2015. First floor flows from living room with wood burning fireplace to dining room through to sun splashed cook’s kitchen, stainless appliances and granite countertops, perfect for entertaining. Good sized bedroom/den and full bathroom. Second floor has 2 large bedrooms with ample closets and a full bathroom. Walk out of the kitchen to a fenced outdoor area, welcoming you to a private city oasis. Tree shaded patio perfect for grilling and lounging while surrounded by beautifully maintained landscaping. Keep your tools in the shed. Full basement with laundry and tons of storage. 2 unobstructed driveway parking spaces directly out front. Ideal location in the heart of JP Center, easy access to Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping all along bustling Centre Street.

Listing Agent: Josh Brett, 617.543.4185, josh.brett@unlimitedsir.com
Susan Scheele, 857.472.4653, susan.scheele@unlimitedsir.com

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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.

8 Impressive Doorways throughout Greater Boston

The first impression guests have of a home is established before they even reach the interior. The front door to a house or residence hints at what lies beyond – the architectural detail, thoughtful design, and overall layout of the entryway all play a part in determining the character of the house. From opulent decoration to contemporary character, our most eye-catching homes have the entryways to match.

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5 Bedrooms, 3 Full and 3 Half Bathrooms
Offered at $2,390,000

This Greek-Revival, brick Colonial home has been lovingly maintained with modern comforts between Coolidge Corner and Boston University. The front door artfully blends classic detail with circling windows and a geometric framework.

1008 Beacon Street – Newton1008 Beacon Street, Newton MA

6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,739,000

The wide stone archway precedes the dark rustic double doorway with this Victorian beauty near Crystal Lake. Elegance abounds with original architectural features, starting with its elegant walkup.

244 Dudley Road – Newton71-nightshot

7 Bedrooms, 4 Full and 2 Half Bathrooms
Offered at $5,250,000

The Dudley Estate, stationed at the end of a long private drive, greets its guests with incomparable grandeur and palatial elegance. Its entryway includes a superb arch and thoughtfully-designed windows, making it an inviting beauty on one of Newton’s most coveted streets.

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4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,665,000

With Corinthian-inspired pillars flanking the opulent gated doors, this rarely available Manhattan style condominium home has it all in the heart of Coolidge Corner.

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2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,149,000

Extraordinary charm draws the eye to the distinct features of this quintessential Back Bay duplex brownstone. The wood detail on the double doors invite visitors to enter, where elegance further awaits.

16 Keefe Avenue, Unit B – Newton16keefeb

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,774,900

As a residence custom designed for modern living and entertaining, this newly constructed townhouse uses stone accents and bursts of color for a warm and welcoming entrance.

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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,500,000

Cherry wood doors greet you with an overhead brick arch, with granite steps leading up to a coveted home between Back Bay and the South End.

219 Chestnut Street – Newton008-Twilight_Front_View-4388661-small

6 Bedrooms, 4 Full and 2 Half Bathrooms
Offered at $6,900,000

The eye-catching circular driveway and extensive grounds precede the stately, iron-gated entryway, where guests are welcomed into the grand foyer with its double staircase and splendid domed ceiling.

Every detail counts when it comes to your future home. Find more information about these properties and others at unlimitedsir.com.

Featured Listing: Parkside Two Bedroom Condo in Jamaica Plain

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155 Forest Hills Street, Unit 1 – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $445,000

Parkside two-bedroom with in-unit laundry, parking + carport roof rights. With tall ceilings and vintage details––restored gumwood, honeycomb bathroom tiling and built-in ironing board – this home offers bright space and charm. Off a spacious foyer, the living room opens to a dining room with a wall of windows, appointed by a handsome hutch. Unpainted gumwood adorns these rooms for a refined feel. The large kitchen offers multiple work spaces, and leads to a rear deck. Bonus: exclusive rights to the carport roof provides the option to extend the rear deck. A rear bedroom; front walk-through bedroom; and linen closet. Laundry in foyer, adjacent to a deep hall closet. Assigned driveway parking. Pet-friendly, proactive association. Part of neighborly Lourdes Ave Block, with annual parties. Under half mile to Green Street T. A few short blocks to Franklin Park’s wooded trails. Under a mile to Ula Cafe and Chilacates; blocks to the new Turtle Swamp Brewing. Showings begin by open house.

Listing Agent: Melony Swasey, 617.971.7080, melony.swasey@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 155 Forest Hills Street, Unit 1 here or visit unlimitedsir.com

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.

Featured Listing: Comfortable Two-Family Home in Coveted West Roxbury Location

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Exclusive Listing: 72 Garnet Road – West Roxbury

Offered at $770,000

This is a well maintained, two-family home in a coveted West Roxbury location. The first floor unit features a large living room, dining room, two bedrooms, and an enclosed porch. The second floor unit features an over-sized living room with home office alcove, separate dining room, fully renovated bathroom, updated kitchen appliances (including induction stove), two bedrooms, updated window, and another enclosed porch. The building has been equipped with very cost effective solar panels from Solar City, which will transfer to the new owner. The building has countless recent upgrades to see!

Listing Agents:
Jesse Gustafson, 617.642.4787, jesse.gustafson@unlimitedsir.com
Phil Smith, 617.513.3749, phil.smith@unlimitedsir.com

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About Life in West Roxbury

West Roxbury, located in Boston’s southwest corner, was originally part of the town of Roxbury and home to a 19th century experimental, utopian community frequented by such notable writers as 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.

Featured Listing: 2 Bed Condo Near Roslindale Village Centre

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Featured Listing: 67 Walter Street, Unit 2 – Roslindale

Offered at $469,000

Conveniently located near the Roslindale Village Centre and Arboretum, this condominium home is a must see. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit features an open floor concept that flows beautifully. The kitchen features beautiful cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a large breakfast bar at which to enjoy the morning cup of coffee. There is also a porch right off of the kitchen on which to relax. Both bedrooms are graciously sized while the master features its own well appointed bathroom. The second bath is perfect for family and guests as well. Additional features include hardwood flooring throughout, central air, private storage, washer/dryer and a garage parking space. Located between Jamaica Plain and Roslindale with easy access to Boston, this home truly is a must see.

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

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About Life in Roslindale

Once considered a “garden suburb” of Boston, today’s residents of Roslindale are still attracted to the neighborhood’s natural beauty. Locals walk and bike in the Arnold Arboretum, a 265-acre oasis that is part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. Many of the neighborhoods’ large colonial homes are being converted into condos to accommodate the influx of young professionals and families. Roslindale Village is the city’s original Main Street district and now one of the city’s most vibrant, featuring several bistros, unique shops, and wireless Internet access. The MBTA Orange Line and Commuter Rail provide commuters with easy access to downtown.

Featured Listing: Courtly 1 Bedroom Condo in the South End

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Exclusive Listing: 9 Appleton Street, Unit M-2 – Boston

Offered at $739,000

Rarely available, large one bedroom condo at prestigious 9 Appleton, ideal for owner or investor. An absolute A+ location, this loft-like unit is close to everything that the South End and Back Bay have to offer. Come see this fully renovated, upper level unit complete with exposed brick and beam, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, great closet space and more. This professionally managed association has recently completed massive updates to the building including a new roof, extensive repointing and lobby work. They continue however to have considerable reserves and have managed to keep the condo fees very low.

Listing Agent: Phil Smith, 617.513.3749, phil.smith@unlimitedsir.com

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About Life in the South End
Located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay, in recent years the South End has become one of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods. It has attracted a diverse blend of young professionals and families to this Boston Landmark District. You will be sure to notice the South End’s renowned Victorian brownstone buildings and homes as you walk along Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Small business owners also enjoy the amenities of the South End and are supported by the national award winning Washington Gateway Main Streets Program. Some of Boston’s finest restaurants, a thriving arts community and nearly 30 parks also call the South End home.

About Life in 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.

Featured Listings: Two Gorgeous “Sierra + Tango Condominium” Loft Style Units

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1 Earhart Street Unit 503 – Cambridge

Offered at $659,000

Luxury and modern living at Northpoint Park “Sierra + Tango Condominium.”  Rarely available layout! This beautiful loft duplex, 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home comes with 1 off-street parking space. This unit faces east and offers a dramatic floor plan with high ceilings, two-levels of living space and bamboo flooring throughout (except bathrooms). The first level features an open floor plan with access to a half bath, beautiful kitchen with breakfast bar, two-story floor to ceiling windows, and custom blinds with remote control. The second level features a master bedroom with large walk-in closet, en-suite bath plus in-unit washer/dryer. Monthly condo fee includes: water, hot water, heat/ac, on-site management (Monday-Friday) and guest parking. 2 Earhart has a 24 hour concierge (also available to 1 Earhart residents), is minutes to Lechmere Green Line T station, Cambridgeside Galleria, shops, and restaurants. It’s just minutes to Logan Airport, all major highway access and more. WalkScore: 83/100 Very Walkable. TransitScore: 88/100 Excellent Transit. BikeScore: 96/100 Biker Paradise.

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TOP MAIN UNIT 507 AT 1 EARHART

1 Earhart Street Unit 507 – Cambridge

Offered at $779,500

Luxury and modern living at Northpoint Park “Sierra + Tango Condominium”. Welcome home to one of the most popular loft style, larger layouts in complex, with many upgraded features! This unique loft style duplex, located on 5th and 6th floor, has 1 bedroom plus an office/den, 1.5 baths and 1 deeded, full size, assigned garage space with direct access to the elevator. With its’ sunny, southern exposure you can see Prudential Tower through this home’s dramatic floor to ceiling windows. Upgraded washer/dryer in-unit, plenty of closet space and a large walk-in closet in master suite. All closets are custom plus bamboo flooring throughout (except bathrooms). Monthly condo fee includes: water, hot water, heat/ac, on-site management (Monday-Friday) and guest parking. 2 Earhart has a 24 hour concierge (also available to 1 Earhart residents), is minutes to Lechmere Green Line T station, Cambridgeside Galleria, shops, and restaurants. It’s just minutes to Logan Airport, all major highway access and more. WalkScore: 83/100 Very Walkable. TransitScore: 88/100 Excellent Transit. BikeScore: 96/100 Biker Paradise.

Listing Agent: Donrutai (Amy) Henderson, 617.519.1627, donrutai.amy.henderson@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 1 Earhart Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

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.

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 Listing: Quintessential Brick Colonial in Newton Centre

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20 Overlook Park – Newton

Offered at $1,275,000

A quintessential home in Newton for sale! This nine room, brick Colonial with a slate roof is located on a beautiful cul-de-sac among five other homes. The sun-splashed, south facing kitchen opens to a large dining area and direct access to the generous wrap around deck! There is an additional separate dining room with back yard views, along with a front-to-back living room with built-in bookcases and a fireplace.

The den/office has an exposed brick wall and gracious cathedral ceiling. The second floor houses four bedrooms with two full baths (4th bedroom closet was captured by another bedroom). Walk-out finished lower level holds a family room and half bath for relaxation or entertainment. A stone’s throw to the Ward School in the coveted public school district. A home to treasure!

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

View more information on 20 Overlook Park here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Newton:

Recently rated by Money Magazine as one of the top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after community in the Greater Boston Area.  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.

Newton has a lot to offer its residents when it comes to the outdoors. This includes many public playgrounds, parks, and a swimming pool that is open in the summer, as well as the most noteworthy Crystal Lake. The homes in Newton for sale are coveted and never last long in the market. When it comes to eateries, Newton Centre prides itself on a lengthy list of dining establishments: restaurants of all types of food and ethnicity are found scattered throughout the city.

In It to Win It: Land Your Dream Home by Avoiding These 7 Mistakes on Your Offer

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You’ve seen every house on the market and you’ve finally found the spot you can’t wait to call home. In fact, you’ve mentally decorated it and planned your new life, down to the barbecues and block parties you’ll have with your awesome new neighbors. Sweet!

Slow down there, dear buyer. As you know, you still have one giant hurdle to overcome: You’ve got to make the offer that wins the house. And in a highly competitive housing market, that can be easier said than done. Don’t blow your chances with any of these common home offer mistakes.

  1. Dragging your feet

If you love a property, the worst thing you can do is wait to make an offer. Of course, you’re allowed to have some feelings of uncertainty—after all, this is likely the biggest financial decision of your life. But the longer you vacillate, the greater the chances you’ll set yourself up for failure.

“Time kills deals,” says Andrew Sandholm of BOND New York Properties, in New York City. “Dragging your feet means you could wind up paying more in a bidding war situation or missing out on the property all together.”

Not only should you be emotionally ready to pounce, but be logistically ready as well. That means pulling together all of your paperwork—bank statements, pre-approval letter, and any documents supporting proof of funds—while you’re house hunting.

“Get everything ready so we can act fast when we find a home you love,” Sandholm says.

  1. Offering your max pre-approved amount

Today’s sellers are often besieged by multiple suitors, and the successful buyer will be one who’s prepared for a bidding war. The best way to arm yourself for battle is to make sure you’ve got a strong financial arsenal. That means getting pre-approved (do this now, if you haven’t already) to show a seller you’re financially prepared to buy a home—their home.

But when you make an offer, beware of submitting a price that exactly matches the amount you were pre-approved for, says Chuck Silverston, principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty in Brookline, MA.

“Many buyers come in with a pre-approval for the exact offer price, but when you’re competing against other offers, including cash offers, you want to show financial strength,” he says. “An exact pre-approval could make a listing agent nervous because not only does the buyer not have any wiggle room to negotiate, but they might no longer qualify if interest rates rise.”

“In this market I often advise buyers to look at homes under their max loan amount,” echoes Denise Supplee, a Realtor® with Long and Foster Real Estate in Doylestown, PA. “When you have to bid against multiple offers, they will need some room to go up, and if they are at their maximum amount, that may not happen.”

  1. Using an obscure lender

Also consider using a well-known local mortgage lender or bank, suggests Realtor Megan Tolland, with Realty Executives Boston, who often sees online pre-approvals from out-of-state lenders or unknown online entities.

“Agents, and therefore sellers, are generally more comfortable with a local lender they know,” she says.

  1. Lowballing

Trust your agent and bid accordingly—even if it means offering a little more than you think you could get away with. If you lowball the seller in the hope that it’ll spark a negotiation, it could backfire—especially in a seller’s market.

“A lowball offer that isn’t backed up with math or comparable sales data is disrespectful and could turn off the seller and possibly mean you will miss out on the property completely,” Sandholm says.

  1. Waiving the inspection contingency

“I don’t care whether it’s new construction or even your mom’s house you’re buying from her—get it inspected,” says Joshua Jarvis of Jarvis Team Realty in Duluth, GA.

An inspection is the only way to uncover potential flaws that could cost major cash to fix. And if you waive the inspection contingency in your offer, you stand to lose your earnest money if you back out.

  1. Letting outsiders sway your offer

When you’re buying a home, you probably want a second opinion. And probably a third, fourth, and maybe even 10th. We totally get it. But beware of letting these people—who mean well but haven’t seen the many, many other homes you’ve seen—influence your offer.

“The ‘adviser’ does what they think is best and tries to protect the buyer and usually slams the home,” Jarvis says. “Unfortunately, they don’t have the education in seeing the other 10 homes or understanding the market.”

If you’re going to rely on outside advice, Jarvis says, then ask that the person accompany you through as much of the process as possible.

  1. Not selling yourself

Wait, isn’t it the seller who, you know, does the selling? It might not sound quite fair, but in a seller’s market, you want to make sure you—the buyer—look as good to the seller as that picture-perfect house looks to you, Silverston says.

And it’s not just about looking good on paper. In fact, Silverston says, the offer process begins the moment the buyer steps through the door at the open house or showing.

“In today’s highly competitive environment, the listing agent is trying to determine which buyer will be the easiest to deal with,” he says.

That’s why buyers should avoid pointing out defects, asking a lot of nitpicky questions, or even insulting the owner’s taste by discussing changes they want to make.

“Basically buyers who act less than enthusiastic will see themselves at a competitive disadvantage when sellers are comparing multiple offers,” he says.

And, don’t forget to help seal the deal with a love letter—a personal touch could be enough to boost you to the top in the seller’s mind.

Interested in speaking with Chuck and his real estate team? Let us know or contact him directly on our website.

About Chuck Silverston

Chuck SilverstonChuck has been a top agent for over ten years and even earned the designation by Trendgraphix as the number one buyer’s agent in Brookline. Chuck is a Principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. He has owned the Paris Creperie Cafe for over 15 years and has lived in Brookline for 20 years. Chuck has one daughter, Lilli, that attends Brookline High School. He served as co-chair of the Pierce School PTO from 2010-2012 and currently serves on the Board of the Brookline Education Foundation.

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