Tag Archives: Greater Boston

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from UnlimitedSIR!

Happy Memorial Day 2017

Thank you to all who have served and are currently serving, as your sacrifices have made it possible to live our lives in freedom today. We hope your Memorial Day weekend is spent relaxing with loved ones in the home and country you’ve worked to protect.

Featured Listing: Exceptional Custom Home in Waban

Home in Waban

Boston Real Estate Media 007Boston Real Estate Media 005Boston Real Estate Media 008

130 Beethoven Avenue – Newton

Offered at $2,495,000

Exceptional custom home in Waban. The thoughtful design with an open layout includes tall ceilings and warm finishes, including black walnut and custom tile floors. The home features large windows and skylights, allowing natural light to fill the space. The sophisticated, chef-style kitchen includes exotic wood cabinets, a large island with second sink, and a gorgeous granite and natural stone back splash. The lovely eat-in-kitchen area has panoramic views of the private yard; and the large family room contains a modern gas fireplace and tray ceiling. The living room includes an additional fireplace and provides privacy for deluxe entertaining or leisure.

The first floor has a formal dining room with a grand tray ceiling, an elegant powder room, and a bedroom with a private bath. The second level features four bedrooms, two that share a bath, a guest room with a private bath, and a laundry room. The spectacular master suite holds a spa-like bath that includes a steam shower, radiant floors, and an air jet tub. The lower level includes a bedroom, full bathroom, TV and game room, craft room, and gym. Its professionally landscaped fenced yard is perfect for outdoor fun or entertainment on the stone patio, making this home in Waban a rarely available opportunity.

Listing Agent: Linda Brennan, 617.840.3247, linda.brennan@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 130 Beethoven Avenue here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Newton:

Recently rated by Money Magazine as a top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after Boston community. Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community. It’s comprised of thirteen distinctive “villages” loaded with classic New England charm. While located minutes from Boston on the Massachusetts Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Featured Rental: Novel Apartment Near the Mass Pike

Allston rental


Exclusive Listing – Mansfield Street, Allston

$2,400/month, Available June 1st

The first floor of a two unit house on a tree lined residential side street, this sunny Allston rental is newly painted and is available for occupancy as soon as June 1st or as late as July 1st. Wood floors, two good sized bedrooms plus living and dining rooms and a study – lots of space! The two full baths have both been updated. Private back porch with a shared front porch, plus there’s a shared yard/patio, and laundry in the basement.

The rent includes two car (tandem) parking. Very easy access to the Mass Pike and Memorial Drive along with Harvard Square and Cambridgeport. Under a mile to Brighton’s Packards Corner and the Green Line, one mile to Harvard Business School, and just a couple of blocks to the Honan Branch of the Boston Public Library.

To learn more about this Allston rental, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About life in Allston:

Allston is a radiant neighborhood best known for its student population, due to its proximity to many colleges and universities. In recent years, an influx of immigrants and young professionals has taken an increasingly active role in the neighborhood. This varied mix of people creates one of the most energetic and diverse populations in Boston.

Harvard Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, and Brighton Avenue host many ethnic restaurants and popular watering holes, such as Lulu’s on Cambridge Street and Dolphin Bay on Brighton Avenue. The Honan-Allston branch public library, named after the late Boston City Councilor Brian Honan, is a treasure of information and genuine resource for the entire community.

Want to see more rentals in Roslindale? Check out the Walter Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Hidden Gem: The Church of the Covenant

2706182_orig 3444586_orig

The Church of the Covenant located at 67 Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, is a historic church and a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1865-1867 by the Central Congregational Church its stunning interior is defined by the work of Tiffany & Co.

Constructed in the Gothic Revival style with puddingstone it was one of the first churches to relocate to the Back Bay and was funded with donations by Benjamin Bates, an industrialist who founded Bates College. It has a 240-foot high steeple that looms over the Bunker Hill Monument. In the 1890s the sanctuary was re-modelled by Tiffany & Co. with stained-glass windows, mosaics and an electric-light chandelier. The church has the largest intact Tiffany-designed ecclesiastical interior in its original location in America.

The Tiffany windows are important elements of the exquisite Tiffany church interior.  All totaled there are 42 Tiffany windows – 22 ornamental windows in the clerestory and 20 figure windows throughout the sanctuary.  They all include “opalescent” glass with subtle tones and variations that create painterly effects. The windows were created by Tiffany’s finest designers in a variety of styles – linear, Pre-Raphaelite, mosaic. classical and Art Nouveau.

The church was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012 (as “Central Congregational Church”) in recognition of its unique interior decorations.

Source | Image Credit

Featured Listing: Quintessential Brick Colonial in Newton Centre


20 Overlook Park, Newton MA20 Overlook Park, Newton MANewton for sale

20 Overlook Park – Newton

Offered at $1,275,000

A quintessential home in Newton for sale! This nine room, brick Colonial with a slate roof is located on a beautiful cul-de-sac among five other homes. The sun-splashed, south facing kitchen opens to a large dining area and direct access to the generous wrap around deck! There is an additional separate dining room with back yard views, along with a front-to-back living room with built-in bookcases and a fireplace.

The den/office has an exposed brick wall and gracious cathedral ceiling. The second floor houses four bedrooms with two full baths (4th bedroom closet was captured by another bedroom). Walk-out finished lower level holds a family room and half bath for relaxation or entertainment. A stone’s throw to the Ward School in the coveted public school district. A home to treasure!

Listing Agent: Margie Kern, 617.939.7800, margie.kern@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 20 Overlook Park here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Newton:

Recently rated by Money Magazine as one of the top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after community in the Greater Boston Area.  Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community. It’s comprised of thirteen distinctive “villages” loaded with classic New England charm. While located minutes from Boston on the Massachusetts Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Newton has a lot to offer its residents when it comes to the outdoors. This includes many public playgrounds, parks, and a swimming pool that is open in the summer, as well as the most noteworthy Crystal Lake. The homes in Newton for sale are coveted and never last long in the market. When it comes to eateries, Newton Centre prides itself on a lengthy list of dining establishments: restaurants of all types of food and ethnicity are found scattered throughout the city.

Featured Rental: Sophisticated Roslindale Rental

Roslindale rental


Exclusive Listing – Walter Street, Roslindale

$2,400/month, Available Now

This two bed, two bath apartment underwent recent renovations for an improved living experience. The Roslindale rental holds a strategic location, only minutes from all the shopping, dining, and public transportation options that Roslindale Village has to offer.

The kitchen includes gleaming wood floors, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Additionally, the rest of the apartment houses bay windows, high ceilings, and a great open layout. There’s in-unit laundry, a private porch, and one garage parking spot included.

To learn more about this Roslindale rental, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About life in Roslindale:

Once considered a “garden suburb” of Boston, the neighborhood’s natural beauty attracts today’s residents of Roslindale. Locals walk and bike in the Arnold Arboretum, a 265-acre oasis part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. Many of the neighborhoods’ colonial homes are being converted into condos to accommodate young professionals and families.

Roslindale Village is the city’s original Main Street district and now one of the city’s most vibrant, featuring several bistros, unique shops, and wireless Internet access. The MBTA Orange Line and Commuter Rail provide commuters with easy access to downtown.

Want to see more rentals in Roslindale? Check out the Walter Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

In It to Win It: Land Your Dream Home by Avoiding These 7 Mistakes on Your Offer


You’ve seen every house on the market and you’ve finally found the spot you can’t wait to call home. In fact, you’ve mentally decorated it and planned your new life, down to the barbecues and block parties you’ll have with your awesome new neighbors. Sweet!

Slow down there, dear buyer. As you know, you still have one giant hurdle to overcome: You’ve got to make the offer that wins the house. And in a highly competitive housing market, that can be easier said than done. Don’t blow your chances with any of these common home offer mistakes.

  1. Dragging your feet

If you love a property, the worst thing you can do is wait to make an offer. Of course, you’re allowed to have some feelings of uncertainty—after all, this is likely the biggest financial decision of your life. But the longer you vacillate, the greater the chances you’ll set yourself up for failure.

“Time kills deals,” says Andrew Sandholm of BOND New York Properties, in New York City. “Dragging your feet means you could wind up paying more in a bidding war situation or missing out on the property all together.”

Not only should you be emotionally ready to pounce, but be logistically ready as well. That means pulling together all of your paperwork—bank statements, pre-approval letter, and any documents supporting proof of funds—while you’re house hunting.

“Get everything ready so we can act fast when we find a home you love,” Sandholm says.

  1. Offering your max pre-approved amount

Today’s sellers are often besieged by multiple suitors, and the successful buyer will be one who’s prepared for a bidding war. The best way to arm yourself for battle is to make sure you’ve got a strong financial arsenal. That means getting pre-approved (do this now, if you haven’t already) to show a seller you’re financially prepared to buy a home—their home.

But when you make an offer, beware of submitting a price that exactly matches the amount you were pre-approved for, says Chuck Silverston, principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty in Brookline, MA.

“Many buyers come in with a pre-approval for the exact offer price, but when you’re competing against other offers, including cash offers, you want to show financial strength,” he says. “An exact pre-approval could make a listing agent nervous because not only does the buyer not have any wiggle room to negotiate, but they might no longer qualify if interest rates rise.”

“In this market I often advise buyers to look at homes under their max loan amount,” echoes Denise Supplee, a Realtor® with Long and Foster Real Estate in Doylestown, PA. “When you have to bid against multiple offers, they will need some room to go up, and if they are at their maximum amount, that may not happen.”

  1. Using an obscure lender

Also consider using a well-known local mortgage lender or bank, suggests Realtor Megan Tolland, with Realty Executives Boston, who often sees online pre-approvals from out-of-state lenders or unknown online entities.

“Agents, and therefore sellers, are generally more comfortable with a local lender they know,” she says.

  1. Lowballing

Trust your agent and bid accordingly—even if it means offering a little more than you think you could get away with. If you lowball the seller in the hope that it’ll spark a negotiation, it could backfire—especially in a seller’s market.

“A lowball offer that isn’t backed up with math or comparable sales data is disrespectful and could turn off the seller and possibly mean you will miss out on the property completely,” Sandholm says.

  1. Waiving the inspection contingency

“I don’t care whether it’s new construction or even your mom’s house you’re buying from her—get it inspected,” says Joshua Jarvis of Jarvis Team Realty in Duluth, GA.

An inspection is the only way to uncover potential flaws that could cost major cash to fix. And if you waive the inspection contingency in your offer, you stand to lose your earnest money if you back out.

  1. Letting outsiders sway your offer

When you’re buying a home, you probably want a second opinion. And probably a third, fourth, and maybe even 10th. We totally get it. But beware of letting these people—who mean well but haven’t seen the many, many other homes you’ve seen—influence your offer.

“The ‘adviser’ does what they think is best and tries to protect the buyer and usually slams the home,” Jarvis says. “Unfortunately, they don’t have the education in seeing the other 10 homes or understanding the market.”

If you’re going to rely on outside advice, Jarvis says, then ask that the person accompany you through as much of the process as possible.

  1. Not selling yourself

Wait, isn’t it the seller who, you know, does the selling? It might not sound quite fair, but in a seller’s market, you want to make sure you—the buyer—look as good to the seller as that picture-perfect house looks to you, Silverston says.

And it’s not just about looking good on paper. In fact, Silverston says, the offer process begins the moment the buyer steps through the door at the open house or showing.

“In today’s highly competitive environment, the listing agent is trying to determine which buyer will be the easiest to deal with,” he says.

That’s why buyers should avoid pointing out defects, asking a lot of nitpicky questions, or even insulting the owner’s taste by discussing changes they want to make.

“Basically buyers who act less than enthusiastic will see themselves at a competitive disadvantage when sellers are comparing multiple offers,” he says.

And, don’t forget to help seal the deal with a love letter—a personal touch could be enough to boost you to the top in the seller’s mind.

Interested in speaking with Chuck and his real estate team? Let us know or contact him directly on our website.

About Chuck Silverston

Chuck SilverstonChuck has been a top agent for over ten years and even earned the designation by Trendgraphix as the number one buyer’s agent in Brookline. Chuck is a Principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. He has owned the Paris Creperie Cafe for over 15 years and has lived in Brookline for 20 years. Chuck has one daughter, Lilli, that attends Brookline High School. He served as co-chair of the Pierce School PTO from 2010-2012 and currently serves on the Board of the Brookline Education Foundation.

See the original article on realtor.com.

Featured Listing: Stunning Renovations in Brookline Luxury Condo

Front2 1dining1  1Kitchen2luxury condo

39 Fuller Street, Unit 39 – Brookline

Offered at $2,175,000

Located in the heart of Coolidge Corner is this fabulous five bedroom, three full and one half bathroom condominium home. This two-level luxury condo was completely renovated in 2015 and is larger than most houses. The home features more than 3,500 square feet of impeccable living space. The first level features an open living room/dining room floor plan with a lovely fireplace. The chef’s kitchen features high-end appliances and thoughtful finishes. Steps away is an additional family room leading to a private outdoor deck.

Outback are both the garage and outdoor parking spaces, along with the cozy yard area perfect for a swing set. This level also has a guest suite and an additional bedroom with potential as a home office, nursery, or gym. In addition, the second level features three more bedrooms, including a stunning master suite with a beautiful master bath. Additional features in this luxury condo include second floor laundry hookups, central air, hardwood flooring throughout, a security system, and an irrigation system to keep the grounds looking beautiful.

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

View more information on 39 Fuller Street 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. 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.

Featured Rental: Ideal Luxury Living in Newton Center

newton center rental


Exclusive Listing – Cypress Street, Newton

$7,500/month, Available July 1st

One of the best rental properties you’ll ever see! This three level unit was renovated just over a year ago, so this near-2,500 square foot unit is in beautiful condition. Its gorgeous modern kitchen boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a deluxe island. The entry floor holds living and dining rooms, a half bath, and a private deck. The great master bedroom with master bath is on the main floor, along with three bedrooms and two full baths. A bonus family room is downstairs.

The rent includes one garage and two outdoor parking spaces for a total of three available parking spaces. Landlord pays for plowing, landscaping and normal maintenance. Other highlights include woods floors throughout, tiled bathrooms, new central heat and air conditioning, and a private garden. Steps to T and bus lines, schools, and stores and restaurants.

To learn more about this Newton Center rental, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at rentals@unlimitedsir.com

About life in Newton:

Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community comprised of 13 distinctive “villages” loaded with classic New England charm. Most have pedestrian-friendly shopping districts, parks, and playgrounds. Newton is well respected for the quality of education, community life, exceptional homes, and beautiful open spaces.

Newton is frequently voted as one of the 10 best communities to live in. The city also houses Boston College, Mount Ida College and Lasell College. The Boston Marathon runs right through the City with Heartbreak Hill beginning next to City Hall. The well-known Newton Free Library is one of the largest, most well equipped libraries in the Commonwealth.

Want to see more rentals in Newton? Check out the Cypress Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Featured Listing: Beautiful Three-Unit Multi-Family in Roxbury

Front1 3Kitchen 3Living 3Porch

30 Edgewood Street – Roxbury

Offered at $825,000

Rarely available,  three-family home sitting on a beautiful double lot (7428 sq.ft). The extra lot of land is 3712 sq.ft. It is nicely landscaped and features a large paved drive way and patio.This building is well maintained and clean with many updates. Including a new kitchen on third floor. All of the units are spacious with high ceilings. All have separate utilities. Apartments two and 3 have washer/dryer hookups in unit. Apartment one has a washer/dryer in the basement. Each unit has ample closet space and a very nice layout.

Listing Agent: Celdra Allen-Harding, 617.283.8375, celdra.allen@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 30 Edgewood Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Roxbury:

Once a farming community, Roxbury is home to the historic Shirley Eustis House, the only remaining country house in America built by a British Royal Colonial Governor. Today this neighborhood is undergoing a renaissance. Hundreds of new business and housing initiatives have revitalized the neighborhood’s Dudley Square, Crosstown, and Grove Hall areas.

The dramatic transformation of Blue Hill Avenue from a street lined with vacant lots to a dynamic business district is one of former Mayor Menino’s proudest achievements. The Roxbury Center for the Arts, Culture, and Trade, which opened in 2005, celebrates the cultural richness of the community through the visual and performance arts.