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Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Deirdre O’Connor

Welcome Dierdre O'Connor

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

Featured Listing: Richly Detailed Craftsman near the Arnold Arboretum

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Exclusive Listing: 28 Louders Lane – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $1,289,000

Nestled on a country lane near the Arboretum is a spectacular 1880s Arts and Crafts Jamaica Plain home on over 10,000 square feet of land. It has been lovingly restored and stewarded, and ready for its next owner. This 2600+ square foot home is well appointed with 9 rooms, 5+ bedrooms, (flexible bedrooms with choice for master bedroom) and 3.5 renovated bathrooms. Two bedrooms come with en-suite baths! The farmer’s wrap around porch, and the enclosed private deck, gives you plenty of relaxing or social outdoor space.

The warm inviting living room, with a wood stove and windows on all sides, provides several seating areas, rich wood detail, and wood floors throughout. Start your day in the sunny kitchen which was renovated with a cherry breakfast nook, custom cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and direct access to the private deck. The deck itself includes built-in bench seating and an Italian style pergola. Additional amenities include built-ins, storage galore, a full basement, and a comfortable garage. Convenient to downtown Boston, and yet a world away from the hustle and bustle – find the best of both worlds at 28 Louders Lane.

Listing Agents: Susan Zutrau617.240.0912, susan.zutrau@unlimitedsir.com
Mary Wallace Collins, 617.293.8002, mary.wallace@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on this Jamaica Plain home here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in Jamaica Plain

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as anything but unique.

Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has an abundance of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel make Jamaica Plain a top destination for Boston area residents.

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

Featured Listing: Elegant Cabot Estate Duplex Unit

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Exclusive Listing: 241 Perkins Street, Unit C-202 – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $699,000

Our latest listing is a Cabot Estate duplex unit in the elegant Atrium building! This corner unit is located on the second floor in an elevator building in a coveted area of JP. Its features include an open floor plan with a fireplace, deck, and walls of windows overlooking lush landscaped grounds. In the wintertime, enjoy gorgeous views of Jamaica Pond from the comfort of your home. The good sized kitchen opens to the living room and has a large pass through to the dining area, capturing beautiful views.

The lower level has two bedrooms, including a master bedroom with its own bathroom and a walk-in closet. Both bedrooms have French doors leading out to the private patio area. Includes deeded two-car tandem garage parking along with two ample deeded storage units. This special gated property is on 23 acres of gorgeous land bordering the town of Brookline and close to all the amenities of Jamaica Plain. It is also 1.6 miles to the Longwood Medical Area and approximately 5 miles to downtown Boston. A wonderful Jamaica Plain condo awaits!

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

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

About Life in Jamaica Plain

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as it is so unique. Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has an abundance of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel make Jamaica Plain a top destination for Boston area residents.

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: 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.

Hidden Gem: America’s Oldest Car Collection

museum5-300x294The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline is home to America’s oldest car collection. The museum was the idea of Larz and Isabel Anderson, a wealthy Brookline couple who embarked on a life of political service and philanthropy. In the late 1890s the Andersons would open the doors to their carriage house in Brookline to share their collection of American and European vehicles with the public.

The first vehicle the Andersons purchased was an 1899 Winton 4-hp Runabout. This vehicle is still on permanent display in the Museum. The Andersons purchased an automobile almost every year, acquiring a total of 32 brand new cars during their lives. Fourteen of these vehicles and many of the Andersons original horse drawn carriages are on display as part of the permanent collection.

The carriage house where the Museum is located LA car collectionwas constructed in 1888. It was inspired by the Chateau de Chaumont-Sur-Loire in France and designed by Edmund M. Wheelwright, a well-known Boston Architect. Today the Carriage House is on the National Register of Historic Places. A visit to the Museum not only includes the vehicles on display but the historic Carriage House as well as the beautifully landscaped grounds.

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Featured Listing: Spectacular 2 Bed Condo at Cabot Estates

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241 Perkins Street, Unit C302 – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $883,000

Spectacular 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner unit in an elevator building at Cabot Estates’ gated community. This Jamaica Plain condo features an eat-in-kitchen, in-unit laundry, recessed lighting, hardwood floors, and two garage parking spaces. The large master bedroom has a walk-in closet and an additional closet with custom built-ins. The expansive living room, which presently boasts a wood fireplace, also has a remote controlled electric fireplace insert that provides instant warmth during the winter months.

Enjoy cooking and eating in the kitchen which has granite counters, double wall oven, SubZero refrigerator/freezer and an extra built-in SubZero freezer. From the private balcony, you can capture the wonderful views of the Jamaica Pond in the winter while enjoying the serene tree-lined private yard in the summer. This is the only unit in the building that has its own storage room measuring 13’ x 17’, located on the 6th floor. Further amenities include on-site tennis courts, swimming pool, clubhouse, and exercise room.

Listing Agent: Beverly Berman, 617.515.5744, beverly.berman@unlimitedsir.com

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

About life in Jamaica Plain:

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as it is so unique. Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has an abundance of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel make Jamaica Plain a top destination for Boston area residents.

Featured Rental: Enchanting Two Bedroom Near Jamaica Pond

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Exclusive Listing: Eliot Street – Jamaica Plain

$4000/month, Available September 1st

A unique opportunity to live across from Jamaica Pond and enjoy stunning views everyday. Gracious living and entertaining in this furnished two bedroom, two bathroom apartment on two levels. Set in the former Children’s Museum complex, this unit is preserved with many historic and splendid details including crown molding, wood floors and a wood-burning fireplace. Contemporary renovated kitchen, grand living room with dining and study areas to either side and two bedrooms on lower level complete the living space. Newer kitchen and baths have ceramic tiled floors. A small storage room and in-unit laundry are included. A patio, with high fence for privacy, is adjacent to kitchen for a morning cafe. Close to the Arboretum, to Longwood Medical area, or Downtown Boston. Enjoy the Jamaica Plain restaurants, cafes, shops and parks. Near Franklin Park Golf and public transportation. There two parking spaces included in the rent.

To learn more about this Jamaica Plain 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

See the Eliot Street rental here or find other rentals on unlimitedsir.com

About Life in Jamaica Plain

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as it is so unique. Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has an abundance of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel make Jamaica Plain a top destination for Boston area residents.

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Featured Listing: Dreamy Cape Cod Style Single Family in Jamaica Plain

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Exclusive Listing: 44-C Burroughs Street – Jamaica Plain

Offered at $950,000

Dreamy setting tucked off of tree-lined Burroughs Street, centrally located in Jamaica Plain’s Pondside neighborhood. Well cared for 1960 Cape Cod style single family renovated 2011 – 2015. First floor flows from living room with wood burning fireplace to dining room through to sun splashed cook’s kitchen, stainless appliances and granite countertops, perfect for entertaining. Good sized bedroom/den and full bathroom. Second floor has 2 large bedrooms with ample closets and a full bathroom. Walk out of the kitchen to a fenced outdoor area, welcoming you to a private city oasis. Tree shaded patio perfect for grilling and lounging while surrounded by beautifully maintained landscaping. Keep your tools in the shed. Full basement with laundry and tons of storage. 2 unobstructed driveway parking spaces directly out front. Ideal location in the heart of JP Center, easy access to Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping all along bustling Centre Street.

Listing Agent: Josh Brett, 617.543.4185, josh.brett@unlimitedsir.com
Susan Scheele, 857.472.4653, susan.scheele@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 44 C-Burroughs Street here or visited unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in Jamaica Plain

With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods, exhibited by their eclectic restaurants and avant-garde charm, it’s hard to categorize Jamaica Plain, or JP as locals call it, as it is so unique. Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has an abundance of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel make Jamaica Plain a top destination for Boston area residents.