Tag Archives: Brookline

Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Agent Ellen Meisel

Ellen Welcome Image-01

Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, a locally owned and operated real estate brokerage with three strategically located offices in Brookline, Jamaica Plain and Newton, is pleased to announce the hire of real estate professional Ellen Meisel. Ellen will be working out of the company’s Newton office at 767 Beacon Street in the heart of Newton Centre.

Ellen joins Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty with more than 12 years of real estate experience. In 2003, she founded a real estate development company and throughout her career has assisted clients in selling, buying, renovating and leasing properties in Newton, Brookline, West Roxbury, and around the Greater Boston area. Formerly an advertising Account Executive in New York City, Ellen’s clients included AT&T, Nestle and Sony. Ellen prides herself on creating extraordinary customer experiences and alleviating the stress of buying and selling real estate. She is results-oriented, persistent and committed to providing open communication throughout the entire process.

“We are excited to welcome Ellen Meisel to our team. Ellen brings incredible insight and expertise to her clients and our Newton office”, said Jon Ufland, Principal & Managing Broker at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. “Her strong relationships in the community and approach to real estate complement our brand strength and commitment to excellence.”  

“I’m excited to affiliate with Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. The prestigious brand and international reach of Sotheby’s International Realty are unparalleled in the marketplace – coupled with its locally owned and managed offices, the company offers the ideal combination for success,” noted Ellen Meisel.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Ellen and her husband have lived in Brookline and Newton for the past 25 years where they have raised their three children. An active member of the Newton community, Ellen is the immediate past President of Temple Beth Avodah and is involved with various charities and political activities. Ellen holds a B.A. from University of Maryland, and M.A. from Brandeis University. Ellen Meisel can be contacted at ellen.meisel@unlimitedsir.com.

Hidden Gem: Martini Junction in Needham

martini-junction-needham-122

Martini Junction: A Miniature Railway Village in the Forest

Outside of Boston, in a small but densely wooded forest in the town of Needham lies a world populated by miniature locomotives, people, plastic superheroes, pigs, and dinosaurs. Known as Martini Junction, the miniature railway, consisting of over 120 feet of tracks that wind through the trees was created in the early 2000s by Jim Metcalf, a retired design engineer.  Over a decade ago, Jim and his wife, Evelyn, discovered the small wooded habitat near a brook on one of their many hikes. Thinking that it would a nice place to relax and have a martini, Jim built a bench and a table so he and his wife could picnic at the spot. Hence the name Martini Junction!

In the ensuing years, Martini Junction has grown in popularity and many visitors have left random toys for others to play with. The train is only in action when Mr. Metcalf is there to run the train.

martini-junction-needham-14[2] martini-junction-needham-32  martini-junction-needham-112

 

 

 

Image and Source Credit

Canal Park One of Boston’s Best Connected Buildings

deckview1

WiredScore, a building certification program, has just awarded over 80 building in and around Boston for their digital connectivity – one of which being Canal Park in Cambridge, which Biznow dubs “the ideal spot for STEM tenants seeking a range of services”.

The WiredScore survey reported that the single most important consideration for a good office space is a reliable Internet connection. Despite the crucial hold the online market has on businesses, many commercial buildings struggle to implement a dependable digital infrastructure and connection. With more than 75% of respondents ranking Internet access as “critically important,” it’s clear that offices must update and upgrade their technological prowess for the Digital Age.

1, 2, and 10 Canal Park in particular houses over 150 life science and technology companies, making homes close by an attractive choice for engineers and strategists. Looking for high-speed Internet connections and easy access to the Innovation Hub? Look no further than the properties available at 4-6 Canal Park, with skyline views, concierge services, and more to draw you in.

What is it like to live at Canal Park? Agent and Canal Park resident, Donrutai (Amy) Henderson, explains, “Right on the water overlooking Lechmere Canal with breathtaking views of the Boston skyline for units on higher floors (see the above photo). All units come with an outdoor space, either a balcony (or 2 in some units) or a large patio for first level units. Units on higher floors offer the perfect spot to watch the 4th of July fireworks! There is dedicated guest parking and garage parking for most units which is rare perk for city living! Gas cooking with outside venting which is desirable for those who like to cook. Adjacent to Boston for an easy commute to downtown! There are 3 T Stations (Green Line Lechmere across street, Red Line Kendall Square and Orange Line Bunker Hill Community College) nearby and you are just moments to major highways. If the patio or balcony isn’t enough the building backs up to the canal which is perfect for strolls on a nice day, shopping (CambridgeSide Galleria) and numerous options for dining (Cheesecake Factory. P.F. Chang’s, World of Beer, Dante, Bambara, etc). This well established community has many long time residents (10-20+ years), a 24 hour concierge, and on-site Management. Canal Park is city living at its finest!”

rear1

6 Canal Park #606, Cambridge
Offered at $1,250,000

Waterfront home in Cambridge at Thomas Graves’ Landing Condominium. This beautifully renovated 2 bed, 2 bath condo on a high floor features a Private balcony and spectacular views of Boston skyline, Charles River and Lechmere Canal. This is the perfect spot for your next 4th of July party as you’ll have firework views! This floor through style home has 2 exposures: southwest and northeast.

Living2

 

front1

 

There are plenty of rentals available in the area as well:

4 Canal Park #511
$3,150/month

4 Canal Park #702
$3,300/month

6 Canal Park #308
$2,600/month

If you’d like to see any of the units for sale or rent please reach out to the listing agent:
Donrutai (Amy) Henderson at 617.519.1627 or donrutai.amy.henderson@unlimitedsir.com

Match Day Has Arrived: Soon to be Boston Medical Residents, Are You Ready?

match day

Today is Match Day.

It’s the day when medical students across the country get matched with residency programs. In Greater Boston, this day also marks the unofficial start of the non-undergraduate rental market as students will be moving to the area and searching for places to live.

Over the course of the next six or so weeks, the majority of June 1 and July 1 apartments will get listed and rented within very short periods of time – sometimes happening within a 24 hour period.

If you or someone you know will be moving to Boston as a result of Match Day, here are a few tips to navigate the rental market:

Bring a copy of your offer letter. You’ll need to verify employment and income as a part of your rental application.

Be prepared to make a decision and act quickly. In today’s competitive rental market, it’s not unusual for an apartment to rent within a couple of days of being listed. I usually tell people, “don’t rush into a decision but once you make it, rush to act on it.” The first place you see may very well not be around by the time you are done with seeing apartment number eight.

Bring your checkbook and something to keep your jaw from dropping. The one month rental fee is being paid almost exclusively by renters now and many landlords are asking for first, last and security (a full month’s rent) upfront.

Have a co-signer lined up, even if it’s just in case. Landlords typically don’t want the yearly rent to be more than 30-35% of the yearly household income, and if it is, you will likely need a co-signer – even if you have good credit and references. Landlords are looking for assurance that the rent can be paid. And this leads into our final bullet…

Don’t take the process too personally. It’s not about if you are nice and if you hold the door for people at Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s a business transaction and for landlords the application approval process is about mitigating risk. There are nice people who do and don’t pay bills every month. So, while a landlord wants the best of both worlds, it’s not a personal affront if they request a co-signer, need to verify your income, or have questions about your credit.

Be Careful. Don’t respond to any posting/person who wants your social security and/or bank account numbers early on in the process. While they are necessary when you are actually applying for an apartment, anyone who wants them before you’ve even seen the place is likely up to no good. Talk to the agent (or agents) you’re going to be working on the phone, so you know they’re real, and don’t be afraid to use Google if you’re worried something is too good to be true. If most of the one beds you are looking at are $2000 and then you come across something on Zillow that looks great and is only $1500, proceed with caution.

There ARE good places out there and good agents just waiting to show them to you, so give one of our Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty offices a call to get started on your search for a new Boston home! Start your search HERE.

This article is courtesy of our Rental Manager, Al Norton.
Al can be reached at 617.669.3811 or rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Image Credit

Featured Rental: Secluded 5 Bed in Chestnut Hill

1living3[1] 1kitchen1[1] 1dining2[1] 2bedroomb1[1]

Exclusive Listing – Middlesex Road, Chestnut Hill

$8,500/month, Available July 1st

Refined five bed, four bath single family house in Chestnut Hill, Brookline. Its great layout includes living and dining rooms, two working fireplaces, a finished basement, and four car parking (two in a garage). Easy access to public and private schools, the Green Line, and bus lines. Very easy access to all the new shopping, dining, and entertainment options on Boylston Street – a must see!

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Middlesex Road rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Landlords, Are You Ready for the Spring Rental Market?

RENT-USIR

Match Day is coming! This means rentals will be in high demand as medical students from all over the U.S. will be making plans to move to Boston to complete their residencies.

If you have an apartment on a June or July lease, now is the time to reach out to your existing tenants to confirm if they are staying for another year. After the Match Day rush comes the busiest rental day of the year, September 1st. It will be here before we know it, so begin to reach out to those tenants in June.

If you will have availability, let the professional rental team at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty help you find new, high quality tenants during the flurry of the Spring rental market. We’ve got over 75 years of combined experience, a new office in Newton Centre, and a proven marketing strategy to ensure top exposure for your properties.

To learn more, email us at rentals@unlimitedsir.com, visit our website at unlimitedsir.com or stop by one of our three high-profile offices in Brookline, Jamaica Plain or Newton.

Sick of managing properties yourself? Check out our partner, Boston Property Care, a full-service property management company with more than 20 years of experience. Learn more at bostonpropertycare.com.

Newton School District Make Niche’s List of Top Schools in MA, Along With Several Other Bay State Area Schools

newtonheader-01

Niche, a website for researching schools, recently released the rankings for the top schools in America*. There is no shortage of great schools in the state, with many of the best schools clustered in the town of Newton.

Newton’s strong real estate market demands stem from families from across the country – and the globe – who want to live in the Newton villages for the high quality schools. No matter what grade level, Newton has top ranking schools on both state and national levels.

As a state known for its education, many other Massachusetts school districts have ranked highly in the US. We’ve broken down the numbers to highlight the best schools in in the state:

  • 2017 Best Public School Districts: The Lexington, Wellesley, Newton, Acton-Boxborough, Wayland, Belmont, Weston, Westford, Brookline and Cambridge School Districts make up the top ten. All top ten MA public high schools rank in the top 100 in the entire country as well.
  • 2017 Top 10 Best Public High Schools: Lexington, Cambridge Rindge & Latin, Newton North, Wellesley, Acton – Boxborough Regional, Brookline, Newton South, Boston Latin, Weston and Wayland High Schools make up the top ten.
  • 2017 Top 10 Best Public Middle Schools: William Diamond (Lexington, MA), Jonas Clarke (Lexington, MA), Oak Hill (Newton, MA), F.A. Day (Newtonville, MA), Wellesley (Wellesley, MA), Bigelow (Newton, MA), Raymond J. Grey (Acton, MA), Winthrop L. Chenery (Belmont, MA), Blanchard (Westford, MA) and Wayland (Wayland, MA) Middle Schools make up the top ten.
  • 2017 Top 10 Best Public Elementary Schools: Maria Hastings (Lexington, MA), Bowman (Lexington, MA), Mason Rice (Newton Centre, MA), Schofield (Wellesley, MA), Joseph Estabrook (Lexington, MA), Ward (Newton Centre, MA), Harrington (Lexington, MA), Bridge (Lexington, MA), Fiske (Lexington, MA) and John D. Hardy (Wellesley, MA) Elementary Schools make up the top ten.

Many of our sales professionals work and live in the area and many of them have had or have children in the Newton school systems. Looking to buy in this town? Contact us to learn more.

*The ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. 

Image Credit: NewtonISD

 

$95 Billion Global Sales Volume in 2016

2017_02_95billion_social2
CNBC
broke the news this morning
that for 2016, the Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $95 billion in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand, driven largely by a brand record of over 127,000 transactions.

“During a year when the words “slowdown” and “slump” were used to describe the luxury housing market, 2016 turned out to be a banner year for Sotheby’s International Realty.” – CNBC

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also reported growth across its global network, which now encompasses nearly 70 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 880 offices and more than 20,000 sales associates.

Capture4

Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $10 billion in sales volume in 2016 and continued to expand into key markets. The brand saw continued growth in Europe, entering the countries of Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The brand also expanded in the Asia-Pacific region through affiliations in Fiji and Shanghai and continued to grow in Hong Kong and greater Thailand. Finally, the brand expanded its presence in the Caribbean with the addition of affiliates in Roatan and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Capture3
In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $85 billion in sales volume in 2016 and also added seven independently owned and operated residential real estate firms as well as 45 new offices to its network across the country.  This past year witnessed continued significant growth by existing affiliate companies through talent attraction and mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, throughout southern Rhode Island and on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Gulf Shores, Alabama; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 Innovative Technology

Capture
The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was at the forefront of interactive technology in 2016 with the introduction of 3D Tours with Virtual Reality capability on sothebysrealty.com. Additionally, the site saw the most traffic in its history with nearly 22 million visits, a 54% increase year-over-year.Capture2
The brand also launched the first luxury real estate app for Apple TV, featuring professionally curated high-resolution photography and high-definition video giving consumers the opportunity to explore homes on a screen larger than ever before. An alliance with Juwai.com was launched in 2016 that gives the Sotheby’s International Realty network an edge to generate Chinese homebuyer interest on one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors. As a truly international brand, Sotheby’s International Realty has the most global representation on Juwai.com, displaying luxury listings from 66 countries and territories.

“CEO Philip White told CNBC in a recent interview that Sotheby’s makes “the consumer the real focus, and that’s important when you do business in the luxury space. We made a decision early on to provide the consumer a high level of exceptional service and true global exposure.”‘- CNBC

 

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate company represented in two of the six categories that comprise the annual REAL Trends/The Wall Street JournalTop Thousand” report. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 45 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate company. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category, holding 17 of the top 50 spots (34%), further establishing the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as a leader in luxury real estate sales.

Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

Featured Rental: Charming One Bed in Coolidge Corner

LivingRoom

Bed_1[1] LR2[1]

Exclusive Listing – Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner

$2,300/month, Available March 15th

Charming one bedroom condo on the 7th floor – yes, there is an elevator – in a well managed Coolidge Corner condo building with windows that look down at the shops and restaurants that make the neighborhood so popular. Wood floors, good closet space, central air, and the rent includes a storage unit plus one off-street parking spot

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

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

EXPLORE: Living in Somerville

somerville2

It’s the city known for its zany festivals, hipsters, and arguably more artists per capita than most of the East Coast. Meet Somerville, one of the most densely populated cities in the country with just over four square miles to work with. Its enviable location is only two miles from Boston’s city center and close to popular Cambridge sites like Porter and Inman Squares. From its roots as a revolutionary hotspot to an industrial juggernaut, it’s now setting into its status as a vibrant, community-centered location with a bright future ahead.

History

Somerville first began as part of Charlestown when it was settled by British colonists in 1630. More than a century later, Somerville played a vital role in the American Revolution where it saw one of the first hostile acts by British soldiers at The Old Powder House, which is still standing today; it’s also the home of the first official raising of the American flag at Prospect Hill, critical for its views of Boston proper.

In 1842 Somerville officially separated from Charlestown and became its own township, and, due to the booming factory growth in the area, was incorporated as a city in 1872. Today, it’s undergoing a renewal renaissance, where it’s preserving its industrial past and crafting an innovative culture of forward-thinking residents with fierce pride for their city.

Urban Planning

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.

Each square in Somerville not only holds a place in US history but offers present-day dining and shopping attractions as well. Assembly Square, Davis Square, and Union Square each have their own sub-cultures and worth at least a visit for their individual charms.

somerville1

Claims to Fame

Somerville’s deep roots in industrial work left behind a legacy as the birthplace of many products and well-known store chains. Marshmallow Fluff, for example, was first invented in Somerville; thousands flock to Somerville every year for its annual “What the Fluff?” festival that celebrates it and other Somerville creations.

With Somerville practically surrounded by water, it’s easy to visit renowned markers like the Mystic River, which is nationally known and referenced in poetry and film.  Other attractions range from historically renowned sites to institutions like Brooklyn Boulders and the Museum of Bad Art in Somerville Theatre.

Need more convincing? Somerville lies a stone’s throw away from Tufts University, only bested by MIT and Harvard as best university in Massachusetts. On a national scale, Forbes ranks Tufts within the top twenty due to its high caliber programs and internationalism.

Transportation

With Red and Orange Line connections, Somerville is easily accessible from Cambridge and Boston by both rail and bus routes via the MBTA. For further convenience, Somerville will soon have a place on the Green Line as well through the Green Line extension project, set to be completed in 2021.

Somerville is highly walkable and bike able with ideal grid routes, a rare and unusual trait for a city this close to Boston. Popular routes include the Somerville Community Path, which runs from Davis Square to the Cambridge border near Lechmere Square. Companies like Hubway have partnered with Somerville to support cycling and bicycle infrastructure with more than 300 bike parking spots and other initiatives.

Housing

Somerville’s Davis Square and Winter Hill areas have seen the highest increases in price over the past decade, seeing prices jump over sixty percent in both areas. Somerville is also a great location for singles as over half its residents are unmarried.

Due to excitement over the Green Line extension and its urban planning success, Somerville is rapidly becoming a valuable choice for homeowners and investors. Trendgraphix sets the average price of a single family home today at $789,000, an increase from the average price of $461,000 in 2007.