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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.

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.

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

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

New To Market: Modern 2 Bed Townhouse in Sumner Hill

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68 Seaverns Avenue, Unit A – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $929,000

The News building is located in Sumner Hill, the figurative heart of Jamaica Plain. Under the direction of McKay Architects in 2008, the building that once housed Jamaica Plain’s first newspaper was boldly converted into stylish modern homes. Architectural touches like soaring 20 foot ceilings, a dramatic glass enclosed balcony, and jaw-dropping roof deck combine with cutting edge tech and high-end finishes to create an unparalleled living experience. The kitchen is sleekly outfitted with Silestone counters, Viking appliance suite, custom Metropolitan cabinets, and under-cabinet LED theater lighting. Each bathroom offers its own spa-like experience; one with a jetted tub, the other with a luxury shower. Well-considered California closets outfit both bedrooms. The master is also equipped with built-in sound masking and remote controlled shades, while the second bedroom enjoys 20′ ceilings and direct access to a private cobblestone patio.

Open Houses: 10/29 11:30am-1:00pm and 10/30 1:00-3:00pm

Listing Agents: The BJ Ray Team
BJ Ray, 617.224.8980, bj.ray@unlimitedsir.com
Meredith Smith, 617.800.4779, meredith.smith@unlimitedsir.com

Featured Listing: Pondside 4 Bed Single Family

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47 Holbrook Street – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $859,000

This spacious 2250+ sq.ft. home sits in the center of Jamaica Plain’s most desirable Pondside sections – at the corner of Holbrook and Dane Street. Solidly built more than a century ago, and with many updates already in place, like a well-stretched canvas, this home is ready for your vision and your signature. The gracious and open floor plan of the main living level is made magnificent with its regal ceiling height and abundant natural light. The living room connects to an open kitchen and dining room with a classic built-in china cabinet, bow-windows, high kitchen cabinets and center island. The second floor, has 3 bedrooms and a full bath toward the front of the house and a second bath and another bedroom in the back which, if combined, would make a dazzling master suite. In addition, there is an unfinished attic, an amply sized basement and brick garage in the back. Plenty of space to work with! This remarkable home in a spectacular location has the potential for greatness.

Open Houses: sat, 10/15 1:00-3:00pm and Sun, 10/16 11:00am-1:00pm

The BJ Ray Team | 857.288.8980
BJ Ray, bjray@unlimitedsir.com

Meredith Smith, meredith.smith@unlimitedsir.com

Featured Listing: Spacious Townhouse on the JP/Roslindale Line

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5 Organ Park – Roslindale

Offered at $579,000

You’ll love living in this 7 year young, one owner townhouse just over the JP Bourne Area line on a cul-de-sac! The over-sized formal living room with gas fireplace and oak floors shines in the afternoon sun. The chef’s granite/stainless kitchen with maple cabinets and breakfast bar seating and the adjacent generous dining area are ideal for entertaining. Off of the dining area, a patio and sizable private fenced yard allows plenty of outdoor space for al fresco dining. Upstairs, three bedrooms and two baths await, including a Master Bedroom Suite with bath and double vanity as well as a deep whirlpool/soaking tub. All located on a quiet cul-de-sac just minutes from the bus/T (Forest Hills). The basement was constructed a high ceiling and rough plumbed for a bath. Enjoy easy living in this pristine condo. Fantastic neighbors! Learn more at 5organpark.com

Listing Agents:
Trisha Solio, 617.293.8070, trisha.solio@unlimitedsir.com
Jay Balaban, 617.293.8932, jay.balaban@unlimitedsir.com

Featured Listing: 2 Bed Condo at The Monarch in Brighton

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300 Allston Street, Unit 117 – Brighton

Offered at $669,000

Conveniently located in The Monarch near the Brookline/Brighton line, this particular 2 bed, 2 bath unit is one of the largest in the building with 1335 sq.ft. of living space and is truly stunning. It is a first floor unit with an open living and dining room floor plan with gleaming flooring throughout. The kitchen features granite counters, stainless steel appliances and the tasteful addition of custom cabinetry for extra storage. Both bedrooms are substantial in size and feature wall to wall carpeting. The bedrooms are so large in fact that either could host a home office. The second bedroom features a large walk in closet! Additional features include, in-unit laundry, a custom closet, central air and a garage parking space in the building. In addition, there is an on site Superintendent. Located just one block from the T and next to Wholefoods. This unit is truly a must see! Learn more at 300allston117.com

Open Houses: Sat, 10/1 11am-12:30pm and Sun, 10/2 12-1:30pm

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