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Featured Rental: Harmonious Two Bed in Brookline Village

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Exclusive Listing: Washington Street, Brookline Village

 $2,400/month, Available December 1st

Located in a well managed courtyard building, this two bedroom Brookline rental includes a modern bath and an eat-in kitchen, plus a new porch off of it. Hardwood floors throughout the majority of the unit compliment the high ceilings, with in-unit laundry being an additional perk. Close to stores, restaurants, multiple parks, and the main branch of the Brookline Public Library. For transportation options, this Washington Street rental offers easy access to the MBTA Green Line and a bus that goes right through the Longwood Medical Area. Rental parking is also available in the area.

To learn more about this Brookline rental, please contact our rental department:
Phone: 617.264.7900
Email: rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Brookline

As close as Brookline is to Boston, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline features a mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops and recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. It is also the home of many academic and scientific professionals who work at the nearby medical centers in Boston. Brookline has an overnight on-street parking ban which is unusual for such a dense area.

Among its many unusual resources, Brookline has its own working farm (with farm stand), the oldest country club in the nation, a town golf course, a park on a hillside overlooking Boston with an open-air skating rink and transportation museum, as well as numerous neighborhood parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the town. Its major retail centers, including Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Washington Square, Cleveland Circle and the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.

Want to see more rentals on and around Washington Street? Check out our exclusive listings here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Rental: Radiant 3 Bed Near Coolidge Corner

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Exclusive Listing: Mason Terrace, Brookline

 $4,250/month, Available November 1st

When people think about living in Brookline, they dream of places like this! Mason Terrace is a duplex unit on the top two floors of a house minutes from Coolidge Corner! The first floor of the unit has a huge living/dining room combination, including a sun room and a decorative fireplace, kitchen with granite counters and updated appliances. There are three bedrooms of varying sizes (one huge, one large, and one smaller), a half bath and a fantastic full bath. Also includes a screened-in back porch that overlooks the shared backyard.

The second floor of the unit holds a huge room that’s more than big enough for a bedroom and an office. This same floor holds a full bath,and an eat-in kitchenette. In-unit laundry, tons of windows, wood floors, high ceilings, and more! One garage parking spot is included in the rent, with easy access to the MBTA Green Line.

To learn more about this Coolidge Corner rental, contact our rental department:
Phone: 617.264.7900
Email: rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Brookline

As close as Brookline is to Boston, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline features a mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops and recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. It is also the home of many academic and scientific professionals who work at the nearby medical centers in Boston. Brookline has an overnight on-street parking ban which is unusual for such a dense area.

Among its many unusual resources, Brookline has its own working farm (with farm stand), the oldest country club in the nation, a town golf course, a park on a hillside overlooking Boston with an open-air skating rink and transportation museum, as well as numerous neighborhood parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the town. Its major retail centers, including Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Washington Square, Cleveland Circle and the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.

Want to see more rentals on and around Mason Terrace? Check out the Coolidge Corner rental here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

New Campaign: 7 Million Impressions Today

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Your best life begins with a home that inspires you.

That’s the message 7 million people are seeing today through LIVE, the new Sotheby’s International Realty® brand ad campaign. We are launching LIVE with exclusive placements on leading media outlets including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Architectural Digest.

And to amplify our reach even more, we are rolling out an exclusive advertising and syndication program on the Nikkei. Sotheby’s International Realty is the first real estate brand to showcase properties outside Japan on the Nikkei, one of the most influential business publications in the world.

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Thanks for a Great Brookline Day 2017!

Agents Dierdre O'Connor, Krystyn Elek, and Bekka Cirel at the beginning of Brookline Day

Agents Dierdre O’Connor, Krystyn Elek, and Bekka Cirel at the beginning of Brookline Day

We had a blast meeting families from Brookline and the surrounding areas at Brookline Day 2017! Some of our agents and staff represented UnlimitedSIR during the festivities at Larz Anderson Park to chat about real estate and give away some free goodies. Thank you to all who stopped by to say hi, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Agent Xiaoxiao (Sasha) Gu joined Bekka and Krystyn later on for further fun

Agent Xiaoxiao (Sasha) Gu joined Bekka and Krystyn later on for further fun

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Free Solar Workshop – September 28th 6:30-7:30pm

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Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Deirdre O’Connor

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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 Deirdre O’Connor. Deirdre will be working out of the company’s Newton office at 767 Beacon Street in the heart of Newton Centre.

Deirdre began her real estate career in 2003, striving to make the real estate experience rewarding for buyers and sellers whilst exceeding expectations with her honest approach and relentless commitment. She had formerly worked in contract management for over 10 years. Combined with a Masters of International Management, she brings a unique blend of business, analytical and cross-cultural experience to her Greater Boston clients.

As a Newton resident with children in the Newton Public School system, Deirdre has a vast knowledge of the city and all it has to offer. Interested in buying, selling, or just curious about real estate? Contact Deirdre today, and let her experience work for you.

Deirdre O’Connor

cell 781.249.6120
office 617.332.1400
email doc@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 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

2018 Niche School Rankings for Local Schools in Massachusetts

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Niche, a website for researching schools, recently released the 2018 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 and around the Greater Boston area.

The cities with the most representation at the top include Cambridge, Newton, Brookline, and Wellesley – all of which have the additional bonus of close proximity to the attractions and learning opportunities of downtown Boston.

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:

  • 2018 Best Public School Districts: The Wellesley, Lexington, Newton, Westford, Cambridge, Belmont, Weston, Brookline, and Wayland School Districts make up the top ten. All top ten MA public high schools rank in the top 100 on a national scale.
  • 2018 Top 10 Best Public High Schools: Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science, Lexington, Wellesley, Newton North, Boston Latin, Newton South, Brookline, Belmont, Weston, and the Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter High Schools make up the top ten.
  • 2018 Top 10 Best Public Middle Schools: Edward W. Brooke Charter (East Boston), Brooke Charter (Roslindale), William Diamond (Lexington), Jonas Clarke (Lexington), Blanchard (Westford), Wayland, Winthrop L. Chenery (Belmont), F.A. Day (Newton), Wellesley, and Heath (Brookline) Middle Schools make up the top ten.
  • 2018 Top 10 Best Public Elementary Schools: Edward W. Brooke Charter (East Boston), Brooke Charter (Roslindale), Maria Hastings (Lexington), Schofield (Wellesley), Mason Rice (Newton), Bowman (Lexington), Ward (Newton), Joseph Estabrook (Lexington), Heath (Brookline), and Day (Westford) 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 Massachusetts 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. 

Featured Listing: Elegant 3 Bed Brookline Condo

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Exclusive Listing: 9 Doran Road, Unit 1 – Brookline

Offered at $1,299,000

This classic Brookline dwelling was completely renovated into a stunning condominium home. The unit features three bedrooms, two full and one half bathrooms on two levels of living space. Some of its special features include a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a cheery breakfast bar. The home also has a graciously sized  living and dining room with a stately fireplace and hardwood floors throughout. The first floor master suite, with a beautiful bath and large walk-in closets, complete this level. The front and rear porches make for two pristine places for relaxation and enjoying a New England summer.

The lower level features two wonderfully sized bedrooms in addition to a gorgeous second bathroom. The family room is great space for entertaining and movie watching. There is additional space suitable for a home office. Central air, two car parking with one garage space, an in-unit laundry room and immediate access to the Heath School and neighborhood playground are just a few other reasons to call Doran Road your next home. It truly is a must see!

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

View more information on this Brookline condo here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in Brookline

As close as Brookline is to Boston, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline features a mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops and recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. Along with offering both a city atmosphere and a feeling of being in the country, there is a wide mix of people in Brookline. It is also the home of many academic and scientific professionals who work at the nearby medical centers in Boston. Its major retail centers are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.

Featured Listing: Two Charming West Roxbury Condos

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Two condos at 10 Dent Street have just come to market in a grand location. Enjoy the amenities of city living from the comforts of West Roxbury in one of these admirable homes. Their excellent location near the West Roxbury commuter rail stop offers a sensible way into downtown Boston in roughly fifteen minutes. Take your pick of some of Greater Boston’s most picturesque green spaces – including the Arnold Arboretum and Millennium Park – that are all in close proximity. Easy access to Boston’s colleges and universities. Additionally, find Routes 1, 128, and 109 nearby for further commuting or travel options.

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10 Dent Street, Unit 1 – West Roxbury

Offered at $450,000

This cheery home is close to the West Roxbury Commuter Rail stop, with an estimated fifteen minutes to Back Bay or South Station. All the local feel of the suburbs with the convenience of living in the city. This large three-bedroom condo has been updated with refinished floors and granite counters in the extra-large kitchen. Freshly painted and ready for your personal touches. Enjoy exclusive use of the front and back porches and off-street parking, with a washer and dryer in the building for further convenience.

View more information on Unit 1 here or unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

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10 Dent Street, Unit B – West Roxbury

Offered at $250,000

A garden-level unit by great shopping options and vibrant greenery. Great value as a starter condo for first time home buyers. Buy for less than the cost of renting! The kitchen includes granite countertops and stainless appliances. An extra-large living room can also be a living/dining room combo. Includes one off-street parking space and a very low condo fee. Ready for its next owners to begin building real estate equity.

Listing Agent: Rose Cullen, 617.755.0932, rose.cullen@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on Unit B here or unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in West Roxbury

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