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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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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.

8 Impressive Doorways throughout Greater Boston

The first impression guests have of a home is established before they even reach the interior. The front door to a house or residence hints at what lies beyond – the architectural detail, thoughtful design, and overall layout of the entryway all play a part in determining the character of the house. From opulent decoration to contemporary character, our most eye-catching homes have the entryways to match.

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5 Bedrooms, 3 Full and 3 Half Bathrooms
Offered at $2,390,000

This Greek-Revival, brick Colonial home has been lovingly maintained with modern comforts between Coolidge Corner and Boston University. The front door artfully blends classic detail with circling windows and a geometric framework.

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6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,739,000

The wide stone archway precedes the dark rustic double doorway with this Victorian beauty near Crystal Lake. Elegance abounds with original architectural features, starting with its elegant walkup.

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7 Bedrooms, 4 Full and 2 Half Bathrooms
Offered at $5,250,000

The Dudley Estate, stationed at the end of a long private drive, greets its guests with incomparable grandeur and palatial elegance. Its entryway includes a superb arch and thoughtfully-designed windows, making it an inviting beauty on one of Newton’s most coveted streets.

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4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,665,000

With Corinthian-inspired pillars flanking the opulent gated doors, this rarely available Manhattan style condominium home has it all in the heart of Coolidge Corner.

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2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,149,000

Extraordinary charm draws the eye to the distinct features of this quintessential Back Bay duplex brownstone. The wood detail on the double doors invite visitors to enter, where elegance further awaits.

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3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,774,900

As a residence custom designed for modern living and entertaining, this newly constructed townhouse uses stone accents and bursts of color for a warm and welcoming entrance.

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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Offered at $1,500,000

Cherry wood doors greet you with an overhead brick arch, with granite steps leading up to a coveted home between Back Bay and the South End.

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6 Bedrooms, 4 Full and 2 Half Bathrooms
Offered at $6,900,000

The eye-catching circular driveway and extensive grounds precede the stately, iron-gated entryway, where guests are welcomed into the grand foyer with its double staircase and splendid domed ceiling.

Every detail counts when it comes to your future home. Find more information about these properties and others at unlimitedsir.com.

Featured Listing: Contemporary Single Family in Newton

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Exclusive Listing: 24 Puddingstone Lane – Newton

Offered at $2,895,000

This spacious, contemporary gem is located on a large, park-like lot with beautiful trees, gardens and greenery. This 7 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom home is a smart blend of airy, open spaces and secluded getaways. If you like to entertain, indoors and outdoors, look no farther: A light-filled foyer leads to a living room with cathedral ceilings and a soaring, stone fireplace. The open-concept first floor features formal and informal dining areas, a family room with fireplace, an office, a guest suite with a full bath, and a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen with dual appliances and an oversized island. Located on its own mezzanine level, the master suite features a marbled bathroom with spa-tub, and a sitting room with bay windows and a conical ceiling. Off the family room is a stairway that goes to a rec. room with built-in AV system and movie screen with surround sound. This modern home boasts 400 amps and a heated, oversized 3-car garage. Only minutes to schools.

Listing Agent: Rose Cullen, 617.755.0932, rose.cullen@unlimitedsir.com
John Stark, 617.549.7681, john.stark@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 24 Puddingston Lane here or find other available homes unlimitedsir.com

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 Listing: Majestic Single Family on 2.3 Acres in West Newton Hill

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Exclusive Listing: 219 Chestnut Street – Newton

Offered at $6,900,000

Nestled on 2.3 magnificent acres in the heart of West Newton Hill, one of the area’s most majestic estates has come to market. This stately Colonial Revival brick home offers many possibilities to get into a sought after and coveted location. Upon arriving, guests are welcomed by a formidable circular driveway and extensive grounds. The outdoor space is great for entertaining that boasts a spectacular terrace, back patio, tennis court and detached accessory apartment. Enter into a grand, light-filled foyer with splendid domed ceiling and a floor plan with a lot of potential. The estate is being sold as is and there is a possibility to subdivide. Buyers to do their own due diligence. Showings by appointment.

Listing Agent: Craig Hammer, 617.721.0606, craig.hammer@unlimitedsir.com
Fern Hammer, 617.851.5522, fern.hammer@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 219 Chestnut Street 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.

2017 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” Rankings

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Tops Individual Sales Volume Category in REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal Report for Second Year in a Row

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the 2017 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” for the second year in a row. The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2016 annual sales volume and transaction sides, and the top 50 agents and top 50 teams on average sales price—making it a ranking of the top 1,100 nationwide.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand. 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.

“Having a leading number of sales associates represented in two categories of the REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal rankings is a testament to the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “In 2016, the average sales price accomplished by Sotheby’s International Realty was among the highest of any national real estate brand as evidenced by its achievement of $95 billion in global sales volume. This accomplishment is made possible by having top sales professionals affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty and I am so proud of the companies and sales associates represented on this list and their contribution to the power of this brand.”

Click here to see the Sotheby’s International Realty brand affiliated sales associated represented on “The Thousand.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD. 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, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

The complete Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals list can be found on REAL Trends’ website, realtrends.com.

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New Developments Along the Massachusetts Turnpike

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Land along the Massachusetts Turnpike is seeing a surge in new developments, especially within the Allston-Brighton area.

A major catalyst for the accelerating new construction is New Balance, the $40 billion shoe company that’s been at the forefront since the beginning. New Balance has been part of the Boston area since its founding in 1906 and the Allston-Brighton neighborhood since the 1980s. They submitted proposals in March 2012 for building a massive new complex on the same street as their old one, with over 250,000 square feet making up their corporate headquarters and 650,000 for additional office space along the Mass Pike. However, construction plans with New Balance didn’t stop with their HQ opening day in 2015; their new offices were only the beginning of a grand revitalization project that would see much more come to the area.

One of the most anticipated projects for Boston sports fans was the opening of the Warrior Ice Arena, a facility for the Boston Bruins to call home in the city. It serves as the training and practice facility for the Bruins and as a complex for college, high school, youth and amateur level hockey. When there isn’t a game scheduled, there’s skating, drop-in, and ice times open and available to the public, with over 600 spectator seats and parking to boot. Plans to build the Celtics training facility over the turnpike are already well on their way as well.

Both the new headquarters and ice arena are part of the bold Boston Landing project on Guest Street. Other impressive additions include a 175-room hotel over the Mass Pike, holding air rights over the highway that could make it similar to the overhanging Star Market in Newtonville. Although the Boston Landing Hotel has yet to be built, it could signal an overhaul of the neighborhoods alongside the Pike.

Already the city is taking note, adding infrastructure improvements to the neighborhoods best known for their diversity and high student populations. The new Boston Landing commuter rail stop on the Framingham/Worcester line opened last month, which is a service that this community has lacked since the 1960s when three rail stations had closed. This stop offers another option for commuting or otherwise getting into downtown Boston with ease.

The transportation development enables more residential development, an initiative sorely needed in Boston’s current housing shortage. Besides the Residences at Boston Landing, which will add almost 300 luxury apartment units, there are plans from The Michaels Organization to build a 262-unit residential complex nearby the new Boston Landing commuter rail stop. Closer to the city center are plans to build over the pike in Back Bay, which will potentially add another 300 or more,  condos and/or apartments. More towers are coming in Fenway and Back Bay, with hundreds more business and residential units in the works.

The success of Boston Landing could see a ripple effect in development throughout Boston in the coming years. Some very exciting growth is unfolding within the Hub.

 

Featured Listing: Single Family Colonial Home Near Allandale Farm

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62 Risley Road – South Brookline

Offered at $859,000

Best priced single family in Brookline. This Colonial in South Brookline near Allandale Farm has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. From the foyer, enter a grand living room to the right and a formal dining room to the left. The sunny kitchen has a breakfast dining area that opens to a large deck. With the floor-to-ceiling slider doors and newly replaced skylight, you’ll feel outdoors. The full-sized deck overlooks an expansive fenced-in backyard with space for a garden. Completing the first floor is a den/family room or a 4th bedroom/guest room and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a full bath with shower and tub. The basement has a finished studio/office, plus storage, laundry, and utilities area. Wood floors throughout with ceramic tile in kitchen and baths. A wall a/c keeps the first floor cool in summer. The gas fireplace keeps the living room cozy in winter! Walk-up attic provides storage and expansion possibilities. New roof! Garage and driveway parking.

 Listing Agent: Andrew Brilliant, 617.694.9759, andrew.brilliant@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 62 Risley Road 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.

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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.