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Featured Rental: Charming One Bed in Coolidge Corner

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Exclusive Listing – Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner

$2,300/month, Available March 15th

Charming one bedroom condo on the 7th floor – yes, there is an elevator – in a well managed Coolidge Corner condo building with windows that look down at the shops and restaurants that make the neighborhood so popular. Wood floors, good closet space, central air, and the rent includes a storage unit plus one off-street parking spot

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Beacon Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

EXPLORE: Living in Somerville

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It’s the city known for its 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 and close to popular Cambridge sites like Porter and Inman Squares. 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.

History

Somerville first began as part of Charlestown when it was settled by British colonists in 1630. More than a century later, Somerville played a vital role in the American Revolution where it saw one of the first hostile acts by British soldiers at The Old Powder House, which is still standing today; it’s also the home of the first official raising of the American flag at Prospect Hill, critical for its views of Boston proper.

In 1842 Somerville officially separated from Charlestown and became its own township, and, due to the booming factory growth in the area, was incorporated as a city in 1872. Today, it’s undergoing a renewal renaissance, where it’s preserving its industrial past and crafting an innovative culture of forward-thinking residents with fierce pride for their city.

Urban Planning

Named Best-Run City in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, Somerville packs an urban-planning punch only two miles from the Boston city center. 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.

Each square in Somerville not only holds a place in US history but offers present-day dining and shopping attractions as well. Assembly Square, Davis Square, and Union Square each have their own sub-cultures and worth at least a visit for their individual charms.

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Claims to Fame

Somerville’s deep roots in industrial work left behind a legacy as the birthplace of many products and well-known store chains. Marshmallow Fluff, for example, was first invented in Somerville; thousands flock to Somerville every year for its annual “What the Fluff?” festival that celebrates it and other Somerville creations.

With Somerville practically surrounded by water, it’s easy to visit renowned markers like the Mystic River, which is nationally known and referenced in poetry and film.  Other attractions range from historically renowned sites to institutions like Brooklyn Boulders and the Museum of Bad Art in Somerville Theatre.

Need more convincing? Somerville lies a stone’s throw away from Tufts University, only bested by MIT and Harvard as best university in Massachusetts. On a national scale, Forbes ranks Tufts within the top twenty due to its high caliber programs and internationalism.

Transportation

With Red and Orange Line connections, Somerville is easily accessible from Cambridge and Boston by both rail and bus routes via the MBTA. For further convenience, Somerville will soon have a place on the Green Line as well through the Green Line extension project, set to be completed in 2021.

Somerville is highly walkable and bike able with ideal grid routes, a rare and unusual trait for a city this close to Boston. Popular routes include the Somerville Community Path, which runs from Davis Square to the Cambridge border near Lechmere Square. Companies like Hubway have partnered with Somerville to support cycling and bicycle infrastructure with more than 300 bike parking spots and other initiatives.

Housing

Somerville’s Davis Square and Winter Hill areas have seen the highest increases in price over the past decade, seeing prices jump over sixty percent in both areas. Somerville is also a great location for singles as over half its residents are unmarried.

Due to excitement over the Green Line extension and its urban planning success, Somerville is rapidly becoming a valuable choice for homeowners and investors. Trendgraphix sets the average price of a single family home today at $789,000, an increase from the average price of $461,000 in 2007.

Featured Listing: Stunning 4 Bed Garrison Colonial in Wellesley

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88 Washburn Avenue – Wellesley

Offered at $995,000

Pristine Garrison Colonial situated on a private 19,639 square foot lot. This stunning home offers a lovely living room and charming dining room with an open, gourmet kitchen leading to a breakfast room with skylights and secluded deck. The first floor family room includes fireplace and sliders with outdoor private space. The second floor offers a master suite, 3 bedrooms and family bath. Beautiful, spacious lower level play room, media area, and study. Near Wellesley Farms Commuter Rail Station, Warren Park, shopping, restaurants, and highways. This property is located in a fabulous neighborhood with an outstanding school system. A true pleasure to show!

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

View more information on 88 Washburn here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

Featured Rental: Pristine Three Bed in Cambridge

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Exclusive Listing – Gore Street, Cambridge

$3,250/month, Available April 1st

This apartment is the middle floor of a three unit building and has three large bedrooms, all with great closet space, a modern kitchen including a granite breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances, two full baths, a porch, in-unit laundry, central air, and one off-street parking space. Minutes to the green line, bus lines, and all the shopping & dining options available at the Cambridgeside Galleria.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Gore Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Hidden Gem: The Jamaica Pond U-Shaped Bench

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Tucked in among a row of benches at Jamaica Pond, in Jamaica Plain, is a curious u-shaped bench.

It is not possible to use the bench since it curves up into a u-shape making it impossible to sit on. Leading one to wonder how such a bench came about?

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Himcman installed the bench as a “guerrilla” piece of public art which he snuck into a row of benches without official Parks Department approval. It took the City of Boston about a week to discover that the bench was there and another 4 days to realize it was not an approved city project. The bench was then removed but it did win the respect of the City Parks Director. Hincman then petitioned and was granted approval from the Boston Art Commission to have it re-installed. Thus is the story behind the curious u-shaped bench on Jamaica Pond.

Image and Source Credit: Atlas Obscura

Featured Listing: Modern Townhouse in Newton

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16 Keefe Avenue, Unit B – Newton

Offered at $1,299,000

Newly constructed modern townhomes in Newton – The last two available, these lovely new homes are tucked away on a side street, just a stones throw from the Charles River and a fabulous playground with tennis courts. Each unit has open layouts for today’s modern living and entertaining. Pella windows and 9-foot ceiling heights allow light to fill the space. State of the art kitchens include Thermadore appliances and contemporary cabinets. Modern fireplaces, open stairwells and ceiling slopes provide architectural interest throughout. Well-appointed master baths feature double vanities, glass tile, and spa-like showers with glass enclosures. Both of the bedrooms share a family bath, near the laundry space. Each unit has a lower level with bedroom, bath, family room and large storage space. Keefe Ave is one mile from the Elliot MBTA station, close to the railway trail in Historic Upper Falls and several villages including Waban and Newton Highlands.

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

Featured Rental: Tranquil Townhouse in Jamaica Plain

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Exclusive Listing – Plainfield Street, Jamaica Plain

$2,100/month, Available Now

This two bed, one and a half bath duplex townhouse in Jamaica Plain boasts great closet space, a finished basement, a fully applianced kitchen, and two car parking included in the rent. Wood floors, lots of sun, and the owners will consider renting to tenants who have a dog. Easy access to Forest Hills – T and bus lines.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.332.1400 (Newton) 617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Plainfield Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Newton Office Opening and Holiday Celebration

On January 24th all off our agents, staff and owners, gathered to celebrate a successful 2016 and the opening of Newton Centre office. The evening began with at open house at the Newton office, located at 767 Beacon Street, so everyone could see the new space right in the heart of Newton Centre. Then agents, staff and their significant others moved two doors down at Central for a night of celebration.

Featured Listing: Quintessential Home in Avon Hill

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21 Lancaster Street, Unit A – Avon Hill, Cambridge

Offered at $1,100,000

Quintessential Avon Hill location! Wonderful, chic and sun-splashed two-level condo with a private deck, yard (shared with top floor unit), and parking for 1 car! Exposed brick, open living room and dining room, fireplace, tall ceilings, oversized windows. Main floor library or 3rd bedroom with built-in bookcases. Eat-in-kitchen with slider to deck. Walk Score 93!

Learn more at 21lancasterunita.com

Listing Agent: Margie Kern, 617.686.0981, margie.kern@unlimitedsir.com

Featured Rental: Cheery and Spacious Unit in West Roxbury

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Exclusive Listing – Glenellen Road, West Roxbury

$1,950/month, Available March 1st

The first floor of a two unit house, this apartment has full living and dining rooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and pantry, two equal sized bedrooms, and great basement storage plus laundry hook-ups. Off-street parking for one car is included. Easy access to all the stores and restaurants on Centre Street as well as close to the VFW Parkway/Route One.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline) or 617.522.2200 (JP), rentals@unlimitedsir.com

Check out the Glenellen Road rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.