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Spooky Hidden Gem: Boston Light

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As one of the oldest cities in America, Boston has more than its fair share of spooky history. An often overlooked location for this is Boston Light; it is both the first lighthouse to be built in the United States and the home to multiple chilling catastrophes.

Located on Little Brewster Island in the Boston Harbor, Boston Light was first lit in September of 1716. Its first keeper, George Worthylake, had a starting salary of £50 guiding all vessels bound for the Hub. It wasn’t long after this humble beginning that disaster struck. In 1718, when returning from a visit to Boston, Worthylake drowned with his wife and daughter when their boat unexpectedly capsized. The tragedy inspired a ballad written by a young Benjamin Franklin, who sold the “wretched” poem as a printer’s teenage apprentice.

BL1The misfortune surrounding the island, however, continued to affect those working in and around the lighthouse. When held by British forces during the American Revolution, the redcoats sustained “heavy losses” after an ambush by the colonists. Ever since reconstruction in 1783, it has witnessed the deaths of both light keepers and sailors alike. From Confederate prisoners to shipwreck victims, Boston Light has seen the demise of countless individuals on and near her shores.

Are the spirits of Boston Light’s dead still haunting the lighthouse and the island it sits on?

BL2Members of the Coast Guard, after taking over management in the 1930s, have reported numerous sightings and events that aren’t easily explained. Sometimes a man in an old-fashioned uniform is spotted in the lantern room; others times it has been a woman in a white gown, both disappearing before others could enter and investigate. Visitors and workers have also heard ghostly sounds, including “horrible maniacal laughter” and a little girl crying for a long-passed slave.

Whatever noises that the dead may make has no effect on the “Ghost Walk,” an area nearby that no sound can pierce. This part of the sea spooked even the most seasoned mariners, as neither the lighthouse bell nor its powerful cannon could be heard within it. Not even a team of MIT students, who studied the phenomenon in 1893, could crack the mystery. The silence of the Ghost Walk remains an unsolved anomaly to this day; an ominous counterpart to the haunted Boston Light.

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Sotheby’s International Realty LIVE Video Series: LIVE Fashion

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“LIVE” is the newest custom video series presented by the Sotheby’s
International Realty® brand. The “LIVE” video series follows influential people as they seek inspiration and live their passions in an extraordinary home, represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty network.

Episode 1: LIVE Fashion

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In this episode of LIVE, London based fashion designer Osman Yousefzada travels to Brazil to draw inspiration for his upcoming collection under the Osman label.

Watch Osman’s visions come to life during his stay in an exquisite home in Rio de Janeiro.

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2017 Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event

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Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty recently participated in the 2017 Sotheby’s International Realty® Global Networking Event. The event, which took place from September 25th to September 27th in Las Vegas, Nevada, brought together approximately 2,400 members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, with more than 155 of the brand’s companies represented from 34 countries and territories worldwide.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event is an extraordinary experience and provides great value to our firm, and in turn, our clients,” said Jon Ufland, Principal and Managing Broker, Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is a captivating three-day event that allows us the opportunity to learn more about the real estate industry worldwide, global residential real estate markets and the advantages offered by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as well as its vision for the future. The Global Networking Event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our talented real estate colleagues from around the world while also generating a global referral business and forming lasting friendships.”

Held at the Wynn Las Vegas, the Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event was a dynamic three-day immersion into the brand, offering two general sessions and a selection of 25 breakout sessions. More than 85 Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate members volunteered to play an integral part in the sessions, which ranged in topic from sales and negotiation tactics to marketing and more, serving as breakout hosts, guest speakers and expert panelists to share advice, best practices and personal experiences with their peers.

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, was the headlining keynote speaker and addressed members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network discussing the journey of creating a global lifestyle brand, which includes a focus on authenticity, constant evolution, and a keen understanding of the consumer. In addition, Jeff Hargett, senior corporate director of culture transformation at The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, gave an engaging and dynamic speech about the power of excellence in customer service and creating unique client experiences.

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Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, which has offices in Brookline, Jamaica Plain and Newton, offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services that are designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. Property listings from Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website, as well as on the firm’s local website, unlimitedsir.com.

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, allowing the firm’s sales associates the opportunity for real estate referrals with auction house clientele as well as the unique ability to refer real estate clientele for appraisal services for jewelry, art, antique furniture and collectibles.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has approximately 21,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in over 900 offices in 68 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Hidden Gem: The Museum of Modern Renaissance

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The Museum of Modern Renaissance has given many Tufts University students and Somerville residents pause at its eye-catching location near Powder House Square. Originally a Unitarian Church and then a masonic lodge, the building at 115 College Avenue was transformed in 2002 into a vibrant “Temple of Art”.

 

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The creation of the museum was the dream of two Russian artists, Nicholas Shaplyko and Ekatrina Sorokina. They fashioned a playful space filled with their own artwork that brings the visitor into another dimension. Covering almost every surface of the Museum with fresco-like paintings called “Mystical Realism,” the artists transformed their home into a fantasy world full of mythological themes. From the front hall, which they call the “Parade of Planets,” to their workroom that also serves as an indoor garden in winter, to the teapot-themed bathroom, their artwork graces the entire building. All the art is a collaboration of the two married artists.

 

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The outside of the building (pictured above) is as kaleidoscopic as the interior. The facade is reminiscent of an Incan ruin, with a large stone face above the doorway and a colorful bull on the door. Although the museum is not open to the public, there are tours available by appointment. The doors also open for various concerts and the annual Somerville Open Studios.

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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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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

Hidden Gem: The Judson B. Coit Observatory

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Have you ever wanted to see the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter or the other planets and stars close up? Then the Judson B. Coit Observatory at Boston University is the place to go. Members of the pubic are allowed to view the wonders of the solar system on their Public Open Night, held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Visitors are given telescopes and binoculars to observe the night sky. Since weather is a factor, observations are canceled when there are clouds, haze, or rain. As well as observing the stars, you will also have a great view of Boston from the roof.

Boston Hidden GemsThe Observatory is named for Judson Coit, who spent the major part of his professional career as Professor of Astronomy at Boston University where he created the Department of Astronomy. He also developed a teaching and research observatory, which is named in his memory. The Observatory was originally located on the roof of the College of Liberal Arts Building on Boylston Street until the late 1940s, when it was moved to its current location on Commonwealth Avenue.

Hours & Admission: The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Admission is free.

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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: Stucco Colonial Single Family in Newton Highlands

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Exclusive Listing: 40 Chester Street – Newton

Offered at $1,299,000

A rare opportunity awaits the lucky new owner of this Newton Highlands beauty. First time on the market in 47 years! This home has been lovingly maintained and passionately landscaped with outstanding gardens surrounding the property. Enclosed porch entry welcomes you to this Arts and Crafts inspired Stucco Colonial with 3987 sq.ft. of living space. A giant living room with wood burning fireplace combines nicely with a large, cheery sun room for light-seeking greenery. Kitchen comes with large pantry PLUS a real butler’s pantry with working copper sink. Lots of nooks and built-ins with high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. Finished 3rd floor could be used as a playroom or au pair suite. A large barn with heating system occupies one corner of the lot and offers eternal possibilities (buyers due diligence required). Endless and exciting possibilities for a new owner to explore!

Listing Agent: Martha Rollins, 617.653.4994, martha.rollins@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 40 Chester 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.

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.

Want to see more rentals in Jamaica Plain? Check out Jamaica Plain rentals here, or search for the rental of your choice here.