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Featured Listing: Quintessential Home in Avon Hill

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21 Lancaster Street, Unit A – Avon Hill, Cambridge

Offered at $1,100,000

Quintessential Avon Hill location! Wonderful, chic and sun-splashed two-level condo with a private deck, yard (shared with top floor unit), and parking for 1 car! Exposed brick, open living room and dining room, fireplace, tall ceilings, oversized windows. Main floor library or 3rd bedroom with built-in bookcases. Eat-in-kitchen with slider to deck. Walk Score 93!

Learn more at 21lancasterunita.com

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

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.

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 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

Boston by the Numbers: Singles Edition

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If you’re on the lookout for that special someone, your best bet may be trying your luck in Boston.

Boston ranked in the top five in a recent nationwide survey, beating more high-profile cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. The WalletHub ranking surveyed 150 cities for the best places for single individuals, using such metrics as cost of living, number of attractions, and dating opportunities to narrow the list. Although Boston is an expensive area to live in, its wealth shines through in the countless events to attend and opportunities to take advantage of.

It’s no secret that Boston is one of the nation’s top places to live, and for good reason with its strong job market and high quality of living. US News and World Report commends Boston for its seamless blend of tradition and innovation, offering perks and amenities for all interests and ambitions. For singles especially, Boston’s restaurant and cultural scenes are unbeatable in both variety and quality: from heritage trails and museums, to film festivals and mouthwatering cuisine, there’s no other city with quite this much unfolding year-round.

If we’ve convinced you to move to Boston and find your other half, these five neighborhoods should be at the top of your list:

Brookline

The charming town of Brookline is hard to beat with its amenities, character and close proximity to Boston. 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.

Single Population: 45%
Married Population: 45%
Gender Ratio: 45% male, 54% female


Newton

Recently rated by Money Magazine as one of the top places to live in America, Newton Massachusetts is one of the most sought after communities in the Greater Boston Area.  Located minutes from Boston on the Mass. Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Single Population: 34%
Married Population: 55%
Gender Ratio: 46% male, 53% female


Jamaica Plain

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.

Single Population: 53%
Married Population: 33%
Gender Ratio: 45% male, 54% female


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.

Single Population: 56%
Married Population: 33%
Gender Ratio: 48% male, 51% female


Somerville

Named Best-Run City in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, Somerville packs an urban-planning punch only two miles from the Boston city center. It’s won the All-American City Award three times since 1972 for its ideal walking and biking routes, and Cities throughout Massachusetts and New England look to become “the next Somerville” in terms of its roaring success in residential initiatives.

Single Population: 55%
Married Population: 33%
Gender Ratio: 49% male, 50% female

As the icing on the cake, eighty percent of Bostonians have attended college, so your significant other will be one smart, successful cookie.

Demographic information provided by point2homes.com.

Hidden Gem: The Tiffany Mansion

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The Ayer Mansion built between 1899 and 1902 is one of only three known surviving residences designed by Louis Tiffany. Located at 395 Commonwealth Ave in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, The Ayer Mansion was built for business man Frederick Ayer, owner of The American Woolen Company.

The other two surviving homes with Tiffany designed interiors are the Mark Twain House in Harford Connecticut and the Ferry House in Seattle, Washington. Named a National Historic Site in 2005, the Ayer Mansion is unique in that Tiffany not only designed the interior of the property but designed mosaics for the exterior. Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s private residence was the only other building know to have exterior mosaics but it was destroyed in a fire in the 1950s.

The interior of the Ayer Mansion is ayer3filled with stained glass and mosaics using techniques and materials that were pioneered by Tiffany’s studio. The Marble Entrance Hall includes Tiffany’s signature opalescent glass, a semi-transparent glass backed by metallic foil, and “plated” surfaces. A fanlight over the main entrance, three exterior bow-front exterior window screens, and an elaborate transom screen in the Drawing Room along with a magnificent laylight all adorn the imperial stair to the second floor. All of which reflect Tiffany’s interest in the arts of the Near East, Japan and North Africa.

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The mansion is currently home to the Bayridge Residence and Cultural Center, a residence for single women attending undergraduate and graduate programs in the Boston area. The Ayer Mansion is open monthly for scheduled public tours and by appointment as well as during its annual lecture series and other public events.

There are two public tours coming soon: Wed, January 11th, 2017 at 12pm and Sat, January 21st, 2017 at 3:00pm.

Source & Image Credit: Ayer Mansion Website

Featured Listing: Millennium Tower Two Bed Condo

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1 Franklin Street, Unit 4207 – Boston

Offered at $2,295,000

Millennium Tower Boston is one of the city’s most anticipated new construction projects over the last few years! Drenched in elegance, amenities available leave nothing to be desired to include a 75 foot indoor lap pool, expansive health club, doorman as well as a 24-hour concierge, screening room, billiard parlor, library, private function room, and an outdoor terrace. Steps away from everything Boston has to offer from theatre to shopping, restaurants, nightlife, the Financial District, waterfront and coveted Boston Public Garden and Back Bay. Stunning features include marble and hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, State of the art kitchen with Poggenpohl kitchen and bath cabinetry, Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch and Wolf appliances, gas cooking. A premier unit!

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

Hidden Gem: Boston Public Library Dioramas

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Magical Dioramas at the BPL

On the third floor of the Boston Public Library in the far corner of the Wiggins Gallery is a small dark room. Upon entering twelve brightly lit dioramas will transport you with their magical splendor into another world. Each obsessively detailed miniature is a vivid three dimensional scene of a famous artist at work in their studio. Artists depicted include Whistler at Luxembourg Gardens, George Bellows sketching a boxing match, Honore Daumier looking down on a Paris street, French printer Jean-Louis Forain in his studio proofing prints and Rembrandt etching a copperplate.

The twelve dioramas were created by Louise Stimson of Lexington in the 1940’s. Louise Stimson (1890-1981) was born in Brooklyn Heights, NY but spent most of her adult life as an artist in Lexington, MA. She created nearly 50 historical dioramas from the 1940s to the 1960s. Reportedly, Stimson created the dioramas for her older sister, who was bedridden most of her life. Fortunately the dioramas were donated to the library where they can be enjoyed by all.

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Image courtesy of Wally Gobetz on Flickr

Image Credits: Instagram and Flickr

Boston Public Library – Central Branch

Hidden Gem: The Scarlett O’Hara House

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The Scarlett O’Hara House by Ed O’Connor

Hidden on a private way, off Revere Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, is the Scarlett O’Hara House. A two-story Greek Revival-style home with a brilliant white facade and iconic columns. The house is a stark contrast to the brick homes that abut this Gone with The Wind house.

The reality is that it is a Trompe-l’oeil painting, (French for “deceive the eye”), painted onto an old brick and concrete wall. The optical illusion was created to obscure the wall and give the illusion of another well-kept home. Painted over 30 years ago it is an exceptional example of Trompe-l’oeil that is worth seeing. It is said that residents hang a wreath on the front door of the “house” each December, and one can notice that the ornamental flower boxes below the “porch” are kept neat and beautiful.

Image Credit: Flickr – Ed O’Connor