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September 1st Survival Guide

Boston September 1st

If you’ve never been in Boston on September 1st, congratulations on avoiding what I’d call a circus except that would be a disservice to circuses! To say that the city is a chaotic mess is an understatement of epic (fail) proportions and if you can avoid it you should do so at all costs. This year the first is a Friday, which means the craziness may be less intense on THE day because some of the folks leaving the city started moving out as early as last Saturday and those coming from out of town with all their stuff will likely be spread out across the long weekend. What follows are some tips to make life easier for those of you who AREN’T moving…

  • If you live in a part of Greater Boston with on-street parking and you have a parking space on Thursday night, DON’T MOVE YOUR CAR UNTIL TUESDAY! There will be many, many moving vans and extra cars on the streets through the 5th of September, and if you give up an on-street spot, the odds of getting it (or any space near it) back are minimal. Also, when you park your car, think about doing so on a side street if possible. Yes, it may be a little further from your front door but all those extra cars on the main streets are likely to lead to a lot more dings and dents than usual.
  • Regardless of where you park, avoid driving in the city if you can. It’s the perfect storm of bad driving – people behind the wheel of vehicles (U-Haul’s, moving vans, trucks) they don’t usually drive navigating tricky neighborhoods  they aren’t familiar with – and you don’t want to be stuck behind them. Maybe take public transportation to work for a couple of days and think of it as an adventure!
  • Do your shopping now. While you may just need a few items, all these new people have entire kitchens, pantries, and dorm rooms to stock with food, drinks, and various household items, so supermarkets, Targets, CVS, and Walmart are likely to be overflowing with customers and light on inventory. Stock up now so you don’t have to do battle with someone who’s got two full carts.
  • If you are going out to eat over the long weekend you should stick to locally owned establishments. Again, there will be 10’s of thousands of new-to-the-city folks plus the friends and family that have come to town to help with the move, and those people are much more likely to go with national chain restaurants they are familiar with than the neighborhood places you already know are much better.
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Busiest Zip Codes for September 1st Move-In — Courtesy of RentHop.com

  • Remember, it’s only this bad for the first weekend, and hopefully enough current Bostonian’s will leave town for Labor Day so as to at least somewhat offset the influx of newbies. Sure, traffic is going to be much worse with school back in session (and if you think driving is bad then, wait until the first snow of the season, which for some new Bostonian’s will be the first snow they’ve EVER driven in) but overall things settle down and people start to learn the ins and outs of the city and wrap their heads around the concept that cars in the rotary have the right of way.

This post was written by Al Norton, Rental Manager


Al NortonAl Norton is in his 14th year as the Rental Manager at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty and his 23rd year working in the Greater Boston housing market.
You can speak to Al at 617.699.3811 or al.norton@unlimitedsir.com

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: Renovated Condo on Commonwealth Avenue

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Exclusive Listing – Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton

$2000/month, Available January 1st

The renovations on this spacious and sunny two bedroom condo were just completed, including a new fully-applianced kitchen, updates in the bath, redone wood floors, and a fresh coat of paint. There’s a very large entry foyer that doubles as an office/dining room. Laundry is downstairs, and T/Bus lines are right outside the front door. The unit is very close to the Brookline line, so Whole Foods and all that Washington Square has to offer is minutes away.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Commonwealth Avenue rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving from our homes to yours!

Featured Rental: Sun Drenched 2 Bed in Brighton

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Exclusive Listing: Trapelo Street – Brighton

$1995/month, available now-January 1st

The first floor of a two unit house, this sunny 2 bedroom apartment has full living and dining rooms, a three-season porch, wood floors, laundry in the basement, and shared use of the yard and patio. Close to Chandler Pond, several parks, bus lines (access to Longwood Medical, Downtown, Cambridge), and all the stores and restaurants Brighton Center has to offer. Easy access to the Mass Pike. The lease can start anytime between now and January 1st (the owner can be flexible).

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

Check out the Trapelo Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Featured Listing: Brighton Condo Perfect for Investors or Owner Occupants

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1518 Common Wealth Avenue, Unit 3 – Brighton

Offered at $580,000

Spacious, floor-through 4 bed, 2 bath home with bow window, high ceilings, hardwood floors, updated kitchen and baths, and private front and back porches. Top floor unit with loads of natural light and an open kitchen/living room, perfect for entertaining! All bedrooms are a good size and have large closets. Great as investment property or owner-occupied home. Close to grocery stores, shopping and dining. Just moments to the Green B line for commuting to downtown or area colleges. This unit also comes with two tandem spaces in the rear of the building. Learn more at 1518comm3.com

Open Houses: Sat, 11/5 and Sun, 11/6 11:00am-12:30pm

Listing Agents:
Kate Kittipanthopas, 617.501.4892, kate.k@unlimitedsir.com
John Almaz, 781.927.4318, john.almaz@unlimitedsir.com

Warrior Ice Arena: The Bruins Come Back to Boston

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Warrior Ice Arena – 90 Guest Street, Brighton

Experience Warrior Ice Arena, the Boston Bruins new training and practice facility that’s also available to the public. The 200’ x 85’ arena complex hosts college, high school, youth and amateur level hockey with seating for 660 spectators. Warrior Ice Arena features concession stands serving healthy food options and has plenty of parking available onsite.

See their schedule here for public skating, drop-in and open ice times.

Click here to visit their website.

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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

September 1st Survival Guide

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If you’ve never been in Boston on September 1st, congratulations on avoiding what I’d call a circus except that would be a disservice to circuses! To say that the city is a chaotic mess is an understatement of epic (fail) proportions and if you can avoid it you should do so at all costs. This year the First is a Thursday, which means the craziness may be less intense on THE day because folks leaving the city, they will start moving as early as Saturday, August 27th, and for those coming from out of town, they may wait until the long weekend to hit the town with their stuff. What follows are some tips to make life easier for those of you who AREN’T moving…

  • If you live in a part of Greater Boston with on-street parking and you have a parking space on the weekend of the 27th, DON’T MOVE YOUR CAR FOR A WEEK. There will be many, many moving vans and extra cars over through the 5th of September, and if you give up an on-street spot, the odds of getting it (or any space near it) back are minimal. Also, when you park your car, think about doing so on a side street if possible. Yes, it may be a little further from your front door but all those extra cars on the main streets are likely to lead to a lot more dings and dents than usual.
  • Regardless of where you park, avoid driving in the city if you can. It’s the perfect storm of bad driving – people behind the wheel of vehicles (U-Haul’s, moving vans, trucks) they don’t usually drive navigating tricky neighborhoods  they aren’t familiar with – and you don’t want to be stuck behind them. Maybe take public transportation to work for a couple of days and think of it as an adventure!

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    Moving Truck Permit Heat Map – Courtesy of Boston Magazine

  • Do your shopping now. While you may just need a few items, all these new people have entire kitchens, pantries, and dorm rooms to stock with food, drinks, and various household items, so supermarkets, Targets, CVS, and Walmart are likely to be overflowing with customers and light on inventory. Stock up now so you don’t have to do battle with someone who’s got two full carts.
  • If you are going out to eat over the long weekend you should stick to locally owned establishments. Again, there will be 10’s of thousands of new-to-the-city folks plus the friends and family that have come to town to help with the move, and those people are much more likely to go with national chain restaurants they are familiar with than the neighborhood places you already know are much better.
  • Remember, it’s only this bad for the first weekend, and hopefully enough current Bostonian’s will leave town for Labor Day so as to at least somewhat offset the influx of newbies. Sure, traffic is going to be much worse with school back in session (and if you think driving is bad then, wait until the first snow of the season, which for some new Bostonian’s will be the first snow they’ve EVER driven in) but overall things settle down and people start to learn the ins and outs of the city and wrap their heads around the concept that cars in the rotary have the right of way.
This post was written by: Al Norton, Rental Manager

Al NortonAl Norton is in his 12th year as the Rental Manager at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty and his 20th year working in the Greater Boston housing market.
You can speak to Al at 617.699.3811 or al.norton@unlimitedsir.com

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Featured Rental: 1+ Bed Apt Close to Brighton Center and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

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Exclusive Listing: Chestnut Hill Avenue – Brighton

$2350/month, Available September 1st

This modern 1+ bedroom condo has a great open layout with a granite/stainless kitchen, dining area, and living room, all with bamboo floors. Along with the bedroom is a bonus room, great as an office/den/nursery/dressing room. Central air and heat, in-unit laundry, and the rent includes one garage parking spot. Quick walk to the stores and restaurants of Brighton Center along with St Elizabeth’s Hospital, and easy access to the 51 and 86 bus lines.

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