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Art & Home: April 2017

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Inside This Issue

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Extraordinary Properties: Owning a Castle is a Passion Project

In the world of luxury real estate, perhaps no category of residence invites as much fantasy as the castle. Germany, England, Spain and, most notably, France, offer high concentrations of these historic buildings, where bedrooms number in the dozens and amenities include moats, towers and turrets.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s
Romantic Santa Barbara Villa

When beloved talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, first saw this elegant stone villa in the hills of Santa Barbara, they were immediately taken by the pastoral ambience of the Tuscan-like countryside around it – the gentle sunlight, the rugged stone and the reverence its construction had shown for the natural surroundings.

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Gloria Cortina’s New Expression
of Mexican Design

When it was time for college, Gloria Cortina desperately wanted to go to architecture school, but her fiercely conservative father forbade it, so adamant was he that she become a stay-at-home wife and mother. Ironically, marriage proved her liberation: “My husband Santiago introduced me to a world of possibilities,” says Cortina, now a much sought-after interior designer.

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Best of Burgundy

Undisputedly prestigious and highly coveted, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is the most revered of Burgundian wines, whose acronym alone – DRC – commands the attention of anyone seeking to enter fine wine’s Valhalla.

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Centuries of Style at Chatsworth

Chatsworth House, the Derbyshire seat of the Dukes of Devonshire and home to the Cavendish family for five centuries, has long been celebrated as one of the great treasure houses of England.

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Featured Listing: Top Floor, Urban Chic Condo in Porter Square

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28 Holyoke Road, Unit 3 – Somerville

Offered at $569,900

Renovated top floor, urban chic home in A+ Porter Square location. Light filled condo highlighted by vaulted ceilings and skylights. Fantastic kitchen for cooking with ample counter space, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Sought after open floor plan with two good sized bedrooms. Want outdoor space? Enjoy your own deck and a private fenced-in patio. Additional amenities include central air, in-unit laundry, recessed lighting, private storage and a pet friendly association. In addition, the location offers easy access to the Red Line subway, commuter rail, supermarket, pharmacy, book store and restaurants within a few blocks. Walk Score 92.

Listing Agent: Cathleen Lane, 617.943.9980, cathleen.lane@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 28 Holyoke Road here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Somerville:

It’s the city known for 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 close to Cambridge.

Named Best-Run City in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, Somerville packs an urban-planning punch. 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.  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.

Featured Listing: Marvelous Manhattan Style Condo in Coolidge Corner

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1272 Beacon Street, Unit 6 – Brookline

Offered at $1,750,000

Come see this rarely available Manhattan style floor-through condominium home conveniently located in the heart of Coolidge Corner. This south facing unit with natural sunlight flooding in is a wonderful single family alternative. This home features an expansive living area encompassing both a fireplaced formal living room and dining room perfect for entertaining and has plenty of space to spare for children and grand children to play in. This home features a beautifully updated double sink kitchen with new granite counters. The bedrooms are all graciously sized including the master with its owns bathroom. In addition, there is an additional bedroom with its own half bath that could easily be used as an Au Pair suite or nursery. Conveniently located off of the master bedroom is a marvelous sun room waiting to be used as an office, workout area or just a space in which to relax. This wonderful home is located in an elevator building with private storage and a common area roof deck with unsurpassed city views.

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

View more information on 1272 Beacon Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About life in Brookline:

If Brookline, MA is on your radar as a potential place to live then it’s clear how much it has to offer for a quality lifestyle. In fact, a report conducted last year by Niche ranked Brookline as the best suburban community in the entire country based on livability. The high grade was based on things including safety, weather, schools, access to activities, jobs, transportation and housing.

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.

LEARN: Residential Real Estate for the Small, Start-up Investor

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Owner and agent, Chuck Silverston, will be teaching a class about residential real estate for start-up investors on Tuesday, May 2nd at Brookline High School from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Register Here.

Real estate remains one of the best investments yielding relatively high returns for relatively low risks, and in the current market, rental housing is in high demand and low supply. Today in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner, a one bedroom condominium unit rents for $1,950 to $2,600 per month, and sometimes even more. Selling prices for such units are in the range of $425,000 to $525,000, and the cash-on-cash return on such an investment can be about four to five percent per year and much higher than a CD, or other investments. In this course, we will review financial and economic factors that have resulted in current market conditions and discuss advantages of investing in small condominium units in select locations. We will use real examples and demonstrate basic cash flow analysis methods. Students will learn basic topics like capitalization rate, cash on cash return, and why real estate is a smart investment.

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.

Featured Listing: An Elegant Tudor in Brookline Hills

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89 Welland Road – Brookline

Offered at $1,799,900

Located in Brookline Hills, this updated, well maintained Tudor home offers over 3,300 square feet of living space. The first floor boasts a chef’s kitchen with oversized island, stone countertops, stainless steel – high end appliances (Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele), including two dishwashers, ovens and sinks. Through the sliding glass doors awaits a beautifully landscaped oasis complete with patio and Koi pond. The first floor also offers a formal living room complete with fireplace, wet bar and a separate dining room with built in china cabinet. The second floor has three plus bedrooms including a master suite with en-suite bathroom and office/sitting room.

Other highlights include a fully finished lower level with family room, laundry room and Au-Pair Suite with kitchenette, newly updated master and family baths, central air, storage galore and a two car detached garage. This property is conveniently located close to schools, public transportation and highway access.

Listing Agent: Sean Preston, 617.901.9977, sean.preston@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 89 Welland Road here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

First Thursday Art Walk, April 6th 6-8pm

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Join us Thursday, April 6th, for the Jamaica Plain First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8pm! Work from our featured artist, Tammy Ricker, will line the walls while we mingle and snack. Stop by and meet the artist!

When: April 6th, 6-8pm
Where: 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
What: Art, Refreshments and Fun!

About Tammy Ricker

gallery shot of me with paintingPainting for me is a way to explore my inner world of feelings,  consciousness and reason. Working intuitively with color and  line I work the surface, sometimes applying many layers, letting  each painting assert itself. Inspired by everything related to  nature, sometimes shapes appear that remind me of fragments of the world around us, leaves, flowers, water, sky, buildings, even people. For me this represents the quest for balance between the inner and outer worlds. The underlying focus that ties it all together is an interest in connections – connections to ourselves, to each other and to the world as a whole. My paintings are a deeply personal and intuitive expression of the times we live in and it is my hope that they will continue to evolve from a deeper place that will evoke a state of reflection through which the viewer is transported momentarily and returns enriched.

After studying painting and sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston I lived and worked for many years in Jamaica Plain. My studio is now located in a beautiful coastal town in southern Maine. Also, an avid Instagrammer, you can see more of my daily practice here: @tjr111

Featured Listing: City Living at its Best in this South End Condo

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83 Dartmouth Street, Unit 1 – South End, Boston

Offered at $1,099,900

Unbeatable location on the South End/Back Bay border, at the corner of Dartmouth Street and Columbus Avenue is this spacious 2 bedroom condo with 2 full baths, 1,205 square feet with a private, fenced-patio in a brick Victorian era row house. The unit provides separation between the master bedroom/ensuite bathroom and the living area. Open kitchen and living room concept with a breakfast bar and dining room area. Entertain and enjoy your summers out on the patio area with your BBQ grill. In-unit laundry. Central Air Conditioning. Great storage space. City living at its best! Only a short walk to the Prudential Center, Back Bay Station, restaurant row in the South End, Boylston and Newbury Streets. Easy access to the Mass Pike and 93, Logan airport is 15 minutes away. Pet friendly. Would make a great long term investment to add to your portfolio.

Listing Agent: Jon Ufland, 617.901.9977, jon.ufland@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 83 Dartmouth Street in Boston here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Listing: 3 Bed Manhattan Style Condo

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195 Saint Paul Street, Unit 3 – Brookline

Offered at $1,899,000

They truly don’t make them like this anymore! Very rare, triple wide parlor Manhattan style 3-4 bedroom unit all on one floor. The building comes with both front and rear elevators including one with semi-private access from the garage level to the 2nd floor. The unit possesses some of the most awe-inspiring details. There are too many built-ins, arches, nooks, moldings, chair rails, etc. to do it justice. You will have to come see for yourself! Large master suite with private balcony, second bedroom with en suite bath and two other generously sized bedrooms (the study can be used as a 4th bedroom). This home also comes with one garage parking space plus one outdoor space, central heat and air conditioning, in-unit washer and dryer, and extra storage. 100% owner occupancy. 1/2 block to the “T”, (the C line) to Coolidge Corner, downtown and near Fenway Park. Convenient access to the Mass. Pike, Storrow Drive, Cambridge, BU, BC, Harvard, MIT and more.

Listing Agent: Jon Ufland, 617.901.9977, jon.ufland@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 195 Saint Paul Street in Brookline here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

 

Featured Listing: A Charming 4 Bed in Moss Hill

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100 Westchester Road – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $799,000

Perched on a terraced lot in the Moss Hill neighborhood of JP, this classic American foursquare colonial offers all the comforts of home. A charming entryway opens into an expansive living room, sun-filled by day & fire-warmed by night. The eat-in country kitchen radiates w/ the warmth quintessential to the heart of the home. A formal dining room, off the kitchen, has a built-in china cabinet. French doors adjoin a window wrapped den w/ a skylit vaulted ceiling. Off the living room, a library opens into a tree covered private patio and into lovely, gardeners dream of a backyard. The 2nd floor has 4 bedrooms including a large master bedroom and a full tiled bath. In addition, there is an unfinished, walk-up attic, as well as a partially finished basement w/ a half bath that leaves plenty of room for expansion & for your finishing touches. The proximity to the Arboretum, the VFW Pkwy, and the Jamaicaway make both nature and urban convenience equally accessible.

Listing Agent: The BJ Ray Team, 857.288.8980, bryant.ray@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 100 Westchester here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Agent Ellen Meisel

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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 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.