Boston Joins Ranks of Top-Rated U.S. Big Cities

Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 Reader's Choice Awards shares the ultimate "best of" travel list in the U.S. and beyond

Every year, Condé Nast Traveler magazine asks their readers to vote on their favorite travel destinations around the world. This year, over 400,000 readers voted for their favorite cities, hotels, cruises, and airports.  

We knew that Boston would make the list—the city joins New York and Washington, D.C. as the only big cities to represent the East Coast. 

The Best Big Cities in the U.S.

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. New York, NY
  3. New Orleans, LA
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Honolulu, HI
  6. San Antonio, TX
  7. San Diego, CA
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. Portland, OR
  10. Boston, MA
  11. Washington, D.C.
  12. Denver, CO
  13. Nashville, TN
  14. Minneapolis, MN
  15. Indianapolis, IN

Other honorable mentions for Massachusetts in the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards include:

In addition to recognition for Boston's traveler appeal, Boston has earned other additional accolades for its residents, including Best U.S. State School System and Best State to Raise a Family.


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    Million-Dollar Listings Available in Wellesley, MA

    See the best Wellesley, MA has to offer with these luxurious real estate listings

    Wellesley, Massachusetts is located 13 miles west of Boston and is a predominantly residential community. Wellesley is a highly desirable suburb for those working in Boston due to its geographic location as well as its visual characteristics. Wellesley is an employment center in the area, and there are several attractive office parks located in the towns eastern section. Wellesley is also a college community, having within its borders Wellesley College, Boston College, and Massachusetts Bay Community College. 

    Here are several beautiful listings currently available in the village of Wellesley, MA (as of 10/8/18):

    25 Kenilworth Road

    Wellesley, MA 02482

    MLS Number 72396531

    Basic Information:

    • 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms
    • Price: $3,495,000

    Gorgeous, distinctive residence in sought after Dana Hall neighborhood! A comprehensive renovation and expansion seamlessly blended today's most desirable amenities. Spectacular kitchen has two islands, custom cabinets, stunning hardware, high-end appliances and box-beam ceilings. A sensational great room has a gas fireplace and tray ceilings. There are beautiful, elegant formal living and dining rooms as well as a study with fireplace. A spacious, convenient mudroom leads to a heated garage. The second floor offers a master suite with spa-like marble bath and ample custom closets; four additional family bedrooms; three full baths plus a laundry. A third floor suite has a full bath, wet bar and built-ins galore. The lower level includes both recreation and exercise rooms. Level grounds are enhanced with a bluestone patio, built-in grill, fire pit plus a sports court - all just perfect for both entertaining and family enjoyment. Outstanding condition and location. A home to treasure!


    37 Old Farm Road

    Wellesley, MA 02481

    MLS Number 72399314

    Basic Information:

    • 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms
    • Price: $4,895,000

    Almost complete! The most extraordinary New Construction, nestled on beautiful private 1.24 acres, in the Farms neighborhood. Elegant stone and shingle style home by a Wellesley-based design/build team. Modern open floor plan with 26' high, sun filled foyer adjoins the main 1st floor living areas: a two story vaulted ceiling family room, stunning living room with marble fireplace, and gourmet kitchen with large island. The home offers 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, including a lavish master suite with fireplace, walk-in closets and spa bath. French doors open to a bluestone covered patio that overlooks a private skating pond and expansive back yard. A separate porch has gorgeous views of abutting conservation land. The lower level (2,826 square feet) has a glass walled fitness room, guest suite, pre-wired media room and wine cellar. Striking design and skilled craftsmanship on a special property! Close to Mass Pike and Farms Train Station. October/November 2018 Occupancy


    62 Ledgeways

    Wellesley, MA 02481

    MLS Number 72169021

    Basic Information:

    • 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms
    • Price: $6,695,000

    Amazing Opportunity! A Fabulous One Acre Lot in the Much Coveted Wellesley Farms! Custom Home Designed by a Renowned Architect and Built by an Award Winning Builder! Attention to Detail is Always their Hallmark. Handsome Millwork. State of the Art Kitchen with Center Island. Family Room with Fireplace and Built Ins, Formal Living & Dining rooms plus a Library & Mud Room complete the First Floor. There are Five Bedrooms on the Second level including a Wonderful Master Suite with Spa-Like Bath and Master Dressing Room. The Lower Level offers Large Recreation/Living Area with Wet Bar, Exercise Room, 15 x 9 Wine Room with Reclaimed 5" Wood Floors & Mahogany Stain, Flex Room for either Media or Play Room Plus 6th Bedroom & Full Bath. The Exterior Features include an Open Air Porch with Remote Retractable Screen, Stone Fireplace and the ability for a Pool. Call for a showing today!


    124 Dover Road

    Wellesley, MA 02482

    MLS Number 72354874

    Basic Information:

    • 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms
    • Price: $4,950,000

    Spectacular Dana Hall Colonial, crafted by one of Wellesley's finest builders will take your breath away! A grand entrance hall w/sweeping staircase welcomes you into a stylish & sophisticated estate home filled w/exquisite detail including arched entries, millwork, hickory floors, solid mahogany doors & custom stonework. Formal fireplaced living room w/oversized windows & French doors to private office w/built-ins. Banquet-sized dining room accommodates all your guests in elegance. White gourmet kitchen w/granite countertops, the finest appliances & large island leads into sun-filled breakfast room w/French doors opening to bluestone patio perfect for entertaining. Step-down family room features stone fireplace flanked by bookcases, & double doors leading to 3-season porch. Six bedrooms include sumptuous fireplaced master w/luxurious bath, + French doors to private deck overlooking lush acre landscaped for privacy. Ideal location near Wellesley center, train, shopping & restaurants.


    190 Pond Road

    Wellesley, MA 02482

    MLS Number 72309143

    Basic Information:

    • 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms
    • Price: $4,595,000

    Designed by renowned architect Guy Grassi, remodeled in 2017, this spectacular 3-acre estate represents the elegance of a European Manor. Approached by a winding drive, this residence is situated on coveted Pond Road, just one mile from Wellesley Center and across the street from acreage owned by Wellesley College.Upon entry the gracious two story foyer with marble floors & soaring ceilings leads to a spectacularly appointed front-to-back living room with exquisite architectural details. The adjoining sunroom offers walls of windows overlooking the beautifully landscaped grounds. A mahogany library with custom built- in cabinets.New kitchen with state of the art appliances adjoins a a large family room with French doors opening to the private patio and access to separate guest suite. Second floor has 4 bedrooms with ensuite baths, including a new luxurious master bedroom suite. Finished lower level game & exercise rooms.Heated 4 car garage.This designer home has been completely updated.


    103 Washington Street

    Wellesley, MA 02481

    MLS Number 72402583

    Basic Information:

    • 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
    • Price: $2,695,000

    Most incredible renovation by LDa Architecture. One of Wellesley's iconic homes. The interior is just as stunning as the street presence! 10 foot ceilings. All new Pella windows. Grand foyer flanked by formal living room & dining room. Open kitchen family room w/ oversized island & windows overlooking large & flat backyard. The butler pantry/bar along w/ the kitchen have cabinetry to the ceiling. Mudroom filled w/ built-ins. Radiant heated floors w/ the addition- kitchen family room, mudroom, master, garage & playroom. 5 bedrooms & 3 full baths on 2nd floor. Master w/ walk-in closet & carrara marble bathroom. Lower level w/ great ceiling height include a large playroom, full bath, exercise room, office & wine storage. 3 car garage w/ architectural detail matching home. Spectacular yard w/ large bluestone patio & stone walls. This home is truly a piece of art w/ it's custom woodwork & just across from Warren Park, train & restaurants. This is the best commuter location

    Like what you've seen so far? Check out more single family homes for sale in Wellesley, MA on our website!

    You can search through hundreds of listings to find the right real estate for you. Save your favorites when you register with us, then you can get email updates when similar properties that match your criteria are posted. Contact us for more information!

    Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Boston Area

    Oktoberfest, an autumn tradition established long before pumpkin spice

    When mid-September arrives, it's usually time to start wearing flannel shirts and leather boots. 

    Once the summer's officially over, we start to look forward to their favorite things to do in the fall. Some people just can't wait for the start of football season. Others count down the days until they can order their seasonal pumpkin spice latte. There are plenty of others who enjoy apple picking at a local orchard or decorating their home for Halloween and trick-or-treating with their kids...

    And then there's the Oktoberfest crowd. 

    Whether you're new to the Boston area or if you're a long-time resident looking for something to do, we're sharing several upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations to check out in Boston and in the greater Boston area:

    Harpoon Oktoberfest: September 28-29

    Friday, September 28th
    General Admission: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Doors close: 9:30pm

    Saturday, September 29th
    General Admission: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Early Access Doors: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Doors close: 5:30pm

    306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

    Come hoist a pint with us at our Boston Brewery at our biggest festival of the year! You'll join thousands of beer-loving fans during our 2-day festival that takes place outside underneath tents alongside the brewery!


    Oktoberfest Yoga Brewha at Aeronaut Brewery: October 6

    10:45 am - 12:30 pm

    14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143

    Kick off the Fall season and Oktoberfest at the eccentric space in Aeronaut Brewery with an all levels flow! Brew up your own energy and vitality on the mat and then stay after to enjoy some brews that the team at Aeronaut has dreamed up!


    Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K in Harvard Square: October 7

    100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA, 02141

    Join us on Sunday, October 7th @ 9:30 am for a festive German-themed 5k that circles Kendall Square and is immediately followed by an outdoor Oktoberfest on the CambridgeSide roof deck with Notch, Slumbrew & Bantam Cider!


    Shovel Town Brewery Oktoberfest: October 13

    12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    50 Oliver Street, Easton, MA, 02356

    Come join the fun at Shovel Town Brewery's 2nd Annual Oktoberfest to Benefit the Easton Food Pantry! This year’s Shovel Town Brewery’s Oktoberfest is shaping up to be a great event! We are planning to expand the event with a tent in our parking Lot for Games and Food! This year’s event will once again feature live music from several local artists, authentic German Food, Wood Fired Pizza, games and Shovel Town Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Beer and much more!


    13th Annual New Bedford Oktoberfest hosted by SCBA: October 13

    3:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Pier 3, 106 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA, 02740

    The SCBA Presents:  The 13th Annual NB OKTOBERFEST! Proceeds support at-risk youth & educational based charities along the Southcoast. Beer Sampler tickets will be available. Steins available in limited quantity to the first 200 purchasers only.

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    5 Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in Boston, MA

    Mark the family calendar for these fun fall festivities in Boston and beyond

    It can be tough to get back in the rhythm of things after summertime, but the variety of fall family activities can bring everyone back together after long work weeks and busy school days. Cities and towns all over Massachusetts know the importance of a family-friendly social calendar within their communities—it's one of the reasons why the state was named the Best State to Raise a Family earlier this year. 

    Here are some favorite local Boston-area fall festivals to bring along everyone in your family: 

    Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

    Date: late September

    Hosted by the Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, it's described as "Boston’s biggest block party" that attracts music lovers with a variety of live music performances drawing from jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove. For the kids, there's also KidsJam, an instrument petting zoo, and an array of food vendors. 


    Allston Village Street Fair 

    Date: late September

    Labeled as the "Boston's Hippest Multicultural Event," the Allston Village Street Fair invites the entire family to enjoy live music and entertainment, interactive activities and an international food court. Worried about parking? Allston is easily accessible on several T lines and there will be a free shuttle available to the Guest Street Parking Garage in Brighton. 


    Nantucket Cranberry Festival

    Date: early October 

    Escape Boston for the day and head to the coast for family fun in Nantucket. Sponsored by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, "visitors can expect to learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket through educational displays and harvesting demonstrations, participate in family activities, sample delectable cranberry treats, and other New England classics, or simply enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery." The best part? You can bring some organic Nantucket cranberries to enjoy back home in Boston!


    Annual Pumpkin Float at Frog Pond

    Date: mid-late October

    Bring-your-own carved 8-inch pumpkin to be displayed at Frog Pond in Boston Common! Volunteers will illuminate and place your pumpkins into the pond for a spooky spectacular. This is the perfect event to invite family, friends, and your children's friends for a family fun night out in the heart of Boston. 


    The Big E

    Dates: mid-September - late September

    Based in West Springfield, the Eastern States Exposition (the Big E) is a major festival in the Northeast that offers a variety of music, food, and entertainment for everyone. The Big E spans over two weeks with live performances, food and beverage contests, car shows, circus spectaculars and much more. 

    Million-Dollar Listings Available in Jamaica Plain

    Jamaica Plain is a classic streetcar suburb that has become one of Boston’s most dynamic neighborhoods.

    Surrounded by the Emerald Necklace, Franklin Park, and Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain offers plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities and places to hang out on lazy Sunday afternoons. Jamaica Plain is home to a diverse population and is a great place to visit, shop, dine, and live all year round!

    Here's our pick of million-dollar real estate listings currently available in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA:

    54 Burroughs Street

    Boston, MA 02130

    MLS Number 72232060

    Basic Information:

    • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
    • Price: $2,295,000

    Luxury and privacy in this exquisite carriage house steps from Jamaica Pond! Fully renovated to the highest standards in 2014, this home has it all! Enter to a dramatic great room with high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and fine custom finishes that is wide open to a sensational center-island kitchen featuring stone countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. Large, two-sided gas fireplace separates this from the gracious formal dining room and is a wonderful focal point for both. For someone who loves cooking and entertaining, this space has no equal! Also, office/library, wet bar and mud room on this level. Head upstairs to a wonderful family room with a stunning arched window filling the space with light. Then discover a no-compromises master suite with sitting room, dressing room, sumptuous bath and terrace. Two add'l bedrooms, full bath and laundry complete this floor. The lower level offers a huge home gym and loads of storage. Lovely yard, 2 pkg spaces & guest pkg included


    241 Perkins, Unit D-302,

    Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130

    MLS Number 72339953

    Basic Information

    • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
    • Price: $1,999,000

    Welcome to Cabot Estate. Please view our video to learn about this exquisite home and location. This complex is nestled on 23 acres on the Boston-Brookline border. This 24-hour gated community is convenient to the Boston medical centers, museums, restaurants, and other cultural opportunities. This unique renovated unit of 3366 sq. ft. on two levels is the largest in the complex. Enjoy the open floor plan that leads to your own private patio enhanced by lush landscaping and Jamaica Pond. The kitchen features lovely cabinetry, imported granite, and an exotic wood island. Adjacent is a cozy den with its own private balcony and an elegant master bedroom suite. The lower level has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a laundry room and storage. There are 2 tandem indoor garage spaces. Other amenities include a pool, tennis courts, library, exercise, billiard, and function rooms. Walking paths throughout the complex and along Jamaica Pond will keep you in shape and your pet healthy.


    46 Pond Street, Unit 2

    Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130

    MLS Number 72323562

    Basic Information

    • 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms
    • Price: $1,679,000

    Wonderfully located on Pond Street near The Boat House, between Centre Street and The Jamaicaway, this beautiful three-bedroom, two and one-half bathroom Victorian-era condominium has undergone a gut renovation while retaining its period charm and character. With over 2,525 square feet of living space on two levels, this unit also provides gorgeous Pond views from interior rooms as well as a large front deck. There is excellent light throughout the residence. Other features include a well-appointed kitchen with Jenn-Air appliances, Goodman HVAC systems, central air-conditioning, basement storage, a garage parking space plus an outside parking space. This property is convenient to local shops, restaurants, parks, and the “T”. It is also within two blocks from a bus line servicing the Longwood Medical Area and Back Bay.


    19 Cheshire Street, Unit Right

    Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130

    MLS Number 72372930

    Basic Information

    • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
    • Price: $1,495,000

    Last one remaining! Meticulous attention to detail and the highest level of craftsmanship define The Farmhouse Residences at 19 Cheshire Street. Located on a sleepy side street in Jamaica Plain, this new construction dwelling has been crafted to seamlessly meld modern amenities with classic farmhouse details + style. There are 3+ bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, dramatic spaces + a timeless design. Highlights include an open floorplan living area, tall ceilings, a magazine quality custom kitchen w/ inset cabinetry, quartz counters and Thermador professional appliances and beautiful bathrooms clad in tile b Jeff Lewis. Classic farmhouse details include beadboard + shiplap walls and ceilings, wide plank hickory flooring, period moldings and hardware by Emtek and Restoration Hardware. The basement is finished as a recreation space/4th bedroom. A full staircase leads to an unfinished attic. An 8' French door leads to a deck and fenced yard area. 1 garage + one surface parking. A must see!


    205 Chestnut Avenue, Unit R

    Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130

    MLS Number 72388779

    Basic Information

    • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
    • Price: $1,475,000

    Suburban oasis in the heart of JP. Set back off of Chestnut Ave, this impeccably renovated single family is extremely private yet right in the mix of all the best of JP. This home has been lovingly restored and has all the modern conveniences of new construction along with its original charm and soul. Open plan chef's kitchen with granite counters and over-sized island, perfect entertaining space. High ceilings and gorgeous pine floors throughout. Living room with gas fireplace and bay window. Additional, side mudroom entry, separate formal dining, office and half bath complete the first floor. Original newel post and railing leads you to a second level with two additional bedrooms and full bath with tub in addition to a full master suite. Third level currently used for guests and children's playroom offers ample space for two additional rooms and or keep as open loft. All this and gorgeous landscaped yard, patio and deck. Located btw Stony Brook and Green St MBTA.

    Interested in any of these listings?

    Contact us directly at or give us a call at 617-396-3100. Feel free to visit our website and search through hundreds of listings to find the right real estate for you in surrounding Boston neighborhoods and throughout the greater Boston area. Save your favorites when you register with us and you can get email updates when similar properties that match your criteria are posted. Contact us for more information!


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    Best Websites to Follow for Local Boston News

    Stay in-the-know with these five Boston local websites

    If you're new to the Boston area, we'd like to wish you a warm welcome to the heart of New England! 

    We understand that it can be tough to get acquainted with new surroundings—especially if you're not from Massachusetts, let alone New England—so we've picked our top picks for local websites to help you learn more about your neighborhood. Whether you're looking for date night ideas or weekend activities for the entire family, these resources will serve you well:



    WickedLocal knows how to bring Boston-area residents the latest news on what's happening in communities across the state. Visit WickedLocal to find the site for your city or town in Massachusetts. 

    Boston Magazine

    Boston Magazine has been delivering chic lifestyle news to the Boston area since the 1960s. Readers will find current design trends, home entertaining tips, restaurant openings, new real estate developments, and local celebrity interviews. The annual Best of Boston awards show off the best Beantown has to offer in Food & Restaurants, Shopping, Services, Neighborhood Bests and more.  


    Want to know what's happening in Boston sports? Add MassLive to your shortlist for Boston media to follow. Bonus: MassLive also has two apps for News and the New England Patriots football team, available for both Apple and Android devices. 

    (P.S. If you're not sure where to watch games live downtown, we've put together a list of classic sports bars in Boston.)



    BostonCentral offers a comprehensive list of family-friendly happenings within the Boston area and beyond. You'll find helpful information such as "Boston Kids Activites," "Boston-Area Classes-Camps," "Boston Kids Shopping," and "Boston Parenting."  



    The Patch's corporate structure has lost some of the local, personalized stories that used to be shared more often, but it is a great resource for important weather updates, road closures, transit cancellations etc. If you're hosting a local community event, Patch users are able to submit press releases and, if approved, will be shared on the website. Search within Patch in Massachusetts to find your city or town. 


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      September Food Holidays and Where to Celebrate Them in Boston, MA

      September in Boston will be wicked delicious

      Now that school is back in session and most Boston residents are back in town from vacation, it's time to find more reasons to fall back in love with the city.

      Food holidays may arguably be a social media fad or marketing ploy, but it doesn't mean that they aren't fun to participate in, anyway! Here's a look at what's on the calendar for September and how you can try some new restaurants or revisit some favorite Boston haunts #LoveWhereYouLive:

      September 5: National Cheese Pizza Day

      September 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day

      September 15: National Linguine Day

      September 18: National Cheeseburger Day

      September 25: National Lobster Day

      September 26: National Dumpling Day

      September 28: National Drink Beer Day

      September 29: National Coffee Day

      • Where to Go: Your local coffee shop!
      • Why?: Supporting small businesses in your neighborhood helps build a stronger local economy. Every dollar that you are able to spend locally goes back into investing in a better community. 

      Apartments for Rent Located Near Boston Medical Center

      Let Longwood Residential make your apartment rental search as painless as possible

      According to The Boston Globe, there are nine hospitals and medical centers located between Cambridge and Boston, then there are an additional two dozen hospitals within the greater Boston area. The healthcare hub's draw for professionals, students, patients, and their families contributes to the competitive real estate market. 

      To make it easy for our clients, we've identified several ideal neighborhoods for rentals in close proximity to Boston's medical center area:

      • Back Bay
      • Brookline
      • Fenway
      • Jamaica Plan

      We've shared a variety of available apartment rentals in this blog post to showcase different locations, amenities, price-points and other features that are important to consider when choosing your Boston apartment rental. 

      Back Bay: 1-bedroom apartments

      257 Marlborough, Unit 8, Back Bay, Boston, Ma 02116

      MLS Number 72379200

      562 sq. ft. 

      Available: 9/1/18

      This perfect Back Bay one bedroom on coveted Marlborough Street comes fully furnished and is ready to be your home for the next year! Ideally situated on peaceful Marlborough Street this third floor apartment has a fully renovated kitchen with beautiful custom cabinetry. Spacious living room is centered around a fireplace and flanked by two windows. The bedroom is also generously sized and has an impressive walk-in closet. This brownstone condominium is professionally managed and meticulously maintained. If you've always wanted to know what Back Bay living was like, this is your opportunity to give it a try. Steps from shopping on Newbury Street, walking along the Esplanade, a stone's throw from Fenway Park and the Boston Garden the location can't be beat!

      Back Bay: 2-bedroom apartments

      7 Fairfield Street, Unit 2, Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116

      MLS Number 72369440

      965 sq. ft.

      Available: 9/1/18

      2nd Floor Walk Up. High Ceilings, Custom Cabinetry, W/D in unit, Renovated Kitchen with Sub Zero appliances. Great modern decor on one of the quietest and most scenic blocks in the Back Bay. Heat and Hot water included in rent. 

      Brookline: 1-bedroom apartments

      1454 Beacon, Unit 141, Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA 02446

      MLS Number 72373104

      700 sq. ft. 

      Available: 9/1/18

      Stunning one bed condo in desirable Coolidge Corner neighborhood! This home features an eat-in kitchen with built-in breakfast nook (with storage), sunlit bedroom and upgraded bathroom. The unit boasts beautiful refinished hardwood floors, high ceilings, and extra storage with great decor upgrades such as a refurbished barn door. Enjoy your coffee on the common patio! Pet-friendly building, and also across the street from the T stop! Close to Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, public transportation, great restaurants, and all that Brookline has to offer! Parking can be rented at an additional charge.

      Brookline: 2-bedroom apartments

      36 Milton Road, Unit 1, Brookline Hills, Brookline, MA 02445

      MLS Number 72370197

      1,300 sq. ft.

      Available: 9/1/18

      HEAT, HOT WATER, PARKING, AND SNOW REMOVAL ALL INCLUDED! This 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment in a 2-family home is located on a tree lined side street a few blocks to the Green D-line train, Lincoln Elementary School, Brookline High School, along with shop and restaurants in Brookline Village. The apartment features an entryway with double closets, a living room with a decorative fireplace and a bonus sun room/study/office adjacent to the living room. There is a formal dining room with built-in cabinets next to the recently updated kitchen. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, quartz counter tops and a partial island that makes a great breakfast bar/eat-in area. There are two large bedrooms with hardwood floors, one room has a walk-in closet. The bathroom has been recently updated with new light fixtures and a granite vanity. Share laundry is in the basement. Great location to walk/jog reservoir and Longwood Medical Area.

      Fenway: 1-bedroom apartments

      43 Westland Avenue, Unit 401, The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

      MLS Number 72366476

      845 sq. ft.

      Available: 9/1/18

      Spacious open concept one bedroom, featuring 845 square feet of living space at the newly converted full service Symphony Court. one of the largest 1 bedrooms in the building. Oversized windows and high ceilings create abundant natural light in this spacious open floor plan. High end kitchen design includes sleek Ceasarstone countertops with breakfast bar, high end stainless steel appliances, and gas cooking. Symphony Court is a LEED Certified building. Building amenities include concierge, club room, fitness center, bike storage and common outdoor terrace. Rental parking available next door at Whole Foods.

      Fenway: 2-bedroom apartments

      114 Fenway, Unit 10, The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

      MLS Number 72366649

      1,175 sq. ft.

      Available: 9/1/18

      New listing! Front/Park facing & rarely available for rent! Sunny 2 bed featuring 16 sunny windows w/ sweeping views of the Back Bay Fens & Boston Skyline! This stunning turn of the century home has been meticulously resorted & features gleaming HW floors w/ cherry inlays, sand blasted/refinished original doors/moldings, vintage soaking tub, & brass hardware. While keeping it's Boston charm, renovations include a chef's kitchen with Viking range/hood, SS appliances, & granite counter tops. Other highlights include a polished marble bath, in-suite laundry, & custom window treatments. This flexible layout can work as both 2 bed w/ an elegant formal dining room or true 3 bed. Fenway's marquee building has many period details including a mahogany foyer, marble lobby, & common roof deck w/ amazing views! Available September 1st. The building has a strictly enforced "no more than two unrelated tenants" policy so please only 2 applicants unless rented by family members!

      Jamaica Plain: 1-bedroom apartments

      772 Centre, Unit 3, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130

      MLS Number 72379193

      700 sq. ft.

      Available: 9/1/18

      A rare opportunity to live in central JP in a gorgeous top-floor unit, full of natural light. Walking distance to both Green and Forest Hills T stops, blocks away from the Arboretum and Jamaica Pond, as well as many excellent restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. This updated condo offers an open layout, high efficiency appliances, recessed lighting, beautiful countertops, gorgeous hardwood floors throughout (with the exception of a marble-floored bathroom), with ample closet space and additional storage in the basement. One deeded direct access PARKING spot. Upper Front Porch, Stunning Front Garden, Shared Back Patio. Pet friendly.

      Jamaica Plain: 2-bedroom apartments

      202 Chestnut, Unit 2, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130

      MLS Number 72376381

      1,235 sq. ft.

      Available: 9/1/18

      Beautiful Italianate Mansard home on two levels. The first floor features a spacious sun filled living room, high ceilings, a half bath and an open UPDATED kitchen with dining area. Entertain outside on a large deck and lower private patio. The second floor features two bedrooms with skylights, full bath, laundry and storage. This unit is located between both Stoney Brook T Stations and Green Street, the SouthWest Corridor and has easy access to all the great shops and restaurants that Jamaica Plain offers. Located next to the private patio you will find TWO SIDE BY SIDE PARKING spaces! The entire unit is being freshly painted and new carpeting installed in both bedrooms.

      Do you have more specific criteria that you would like to incorporate into your Boston apartment rental search? Contact us at Longwood Residential today and we will help you find the right apartment that fits your needs.

      Massachusetts Named the Best U.S. State School System

      Massachusetts earns the #1 ranking for Best U.S. State School System

      WalletHub recently published another study, States with the Best & Worst School Systems in 2018. 

      Massachusetts topped the list as the Best U.S. State School system (74.16 points). In addition to the highest average, the Bay State excelled in specific state rankings:

      • #1 Highest Math Test Score
      • #1 Highest Reading Test Score
      • #1 Highest Median ACT Score (tied with Connecticut)
      • #1 Lowest % of Threatened/Injured Students High School Students (tied with Oklahoma and Vermont)
      • #5 Lowest Bullying-Incidence Rate 

      Other New England states who made the Top 10 Best State School Systems include Connecticut (#3), New Hampshire (#4), and Vermont (#5).

      The methodology of the rankings was based on several factors categorized under Quality and Safety:

      Quality (80 points)

      • Presence of Public Schools in “Top 700 Best U.S. Schools”: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
      • Blue Ribbon Schools per Capita: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
      • High School Graduation Rate Among Low-Income Students: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
      • Projected High School Graduation Rate Increase Between 2017-2018 and 2031-2032 School Years: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
      • Dropout Rate: Double Weight (~7.27 Points)
      • Math Test Scores: Double Weight (~7.27 Points)
      • Reading Test Scores: Double Weight (~7.27 Points)
      • Share of 2017 High School Class Scoring “3” or Higher on Advanced Placement Exams: Double Weight (~7.27 Points)
      • Median SAT Score: Double Weight (~7.27 Points)
      • Median ACT Score: Double Weight (~7.27 Points)
      • Share of High School Graduates Who Completed ACT and/or SAT: Double Weight (~7.27 Points)

      Safety (20 points)

      • Share of Threatened/Injured High School Students: Double Weight (~3.33 Points)
      • Share of High School Students Not Attending School Due to Safety Concerns: Full Weight (~1.67 Points)
      • Share of High School Students with Access to Illegal Drugs: Full Weight (~1.67 Points)
      • Share of High School Students Participating in Violence: Full Weight (~1.67 Points)
      • Share of Armed High School Students: Full Weight (~1.67 Points)
      • Number of School Shootings (1990-present (May 30, 2018)): Full Weight (~1.67 Points)
      • Presence of Adopted and Enacted Laws Regulating Mandatory School Resource Officers: Full Weight (~1.67 Points)
      • Bullying Incidence Rate: Double Weight (~3.33 Points)
      • Disciplinary Incidence Rate: Full Weight (~1.67 Points)
      • Youth Incarceration Rate: Full Weight (~1.67 Points)

      All rankings, sources, and notes on criteria may be found in the complete study.

      Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report announced the top-ranking high schools in the United States. For Massachusetts, 20 high schools were awarded gold medals, 71 earned silver medals and 22 received bronze medals. The report also named the Top 10 High Schools in Massachusetts.



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        How to Negotiate in a Seller's Market as a First-Time Home Buyer

        It's no secret that the Boston real estate market is on fire right now.

        With all of the business development opportunities pouring into the city—alongside the already established education and medical sectors—the Boston housing market has reached unparalleled levels of competition among buyers.

        Although the hot real estate market is a positive indicator for Boston, the climate is increasingly difficult for first-time homebuyers to settle in the Boston area. Today's Beantown area buyers now find themselves searching for their home in a real estate market where inhabitable fire damaged homes or barely habitable fixer-uppers are listed for $600K or $800K respectively.

        What is a seller's market?

        seller's market (n.)- "a market in which goods are scarce, buyers have a limited range of choice, and prices are high" (Merriam-Webster)

        In a seller's market, buyers are at the mercy of the market and are much less likely to hold the position of power. Bad news for home buyers, but great news for seller's who can make a higher profit because of the increasing demand for housing.

        In a buyer's market, the power reverses—buyers are in the position of power and are much more likely to able to negotiate terms (i.e. price) in their favor. The seller is less likely to get their ideal list price.

        It is certainly seller's market in the Boston area—the low inventory for homes remains vastly disproportionate to the continued exponential growth of Boston residents.  

        Want to know how can you succeed in your home search? We've put together a handful of tips to keep in mind while finding your Boston home:

        Tips for Home Buyers in Seller's Market

        Set realistic expectations. Everyone loves being optimistic, but it's also important to consider the reality. Your expectations, your must-haves, and/or your budget may not align with the current climate of the real estate market. For example, in a seller's market, there is less leverage for a buyer to negotiate repairs. 

        Get prequalified/preapproved for a loan by a lender. Be proactive by getting prequalified and having a letter to show sellers. Why? Sellers want to see proof that you can afford a loan and will be more willing to accept your offer before someone else who is not prequalified.

        Make a strong offer and move fast... Buying a home in a seller's market is not a gentle courtship. When you find your ideal home in a competitive market, chances are that there are plenty of other people who see the same potential for themselves. Be agile by submitting your offer as soon as possible. 

        ... then be ready to anticipate a bidding war. Even after you put your best foot forward with your strong offer, don't be surprised if you're caught in a bidding war.  

        Work with an experienced real estate agent who you can trust. There are so many obstacles buyers face in any real estate climate, but searching in a seller's market requires an extra know-how to succeed in your home buying journey. A knowledgeable real estate agent will help find the best listings for your needs, identify the right opportunities, recommend the right way to proceed in a bidding war and so much more.