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Romantic Restaurants in Boston

Have you thought about where to go for a special date night in Boston?

Whether you're looking to plan Valentine's Day dinner or surprise someone you love for no reason, these Beantown restaurants check all the boxes for a romantic evening. 

The Classics

It's no surprise that the highly-recommended romantic restaurants in Boston are French—after all, it is one of the most romantic languages and cultures in the world. 

  • L'Espalier, French, 774 Boylston Street, Back Bay
  • No. 9 Park, Italian/French, 9 Park Street, Beacon Hill
  • Bistrot du Midi, French, 272 Boylston Street, Back Bay 
  • Mistral, French, 223 Columbus Avenue, South End
  • Tasca, Spanish Tapas, 1612 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton

The Newcomers

Spoke Wine Bar, 89 Bennet Square, Somerville

Spoke Wine Bar has been around since 2013, but has been under new management since April 2017. Late founder and original owner Felicia “Flea” Foster had stepped away from the restaurant in 2015 as she dealt with her amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis. Spoke reopened last spring with new owner Mary Kurth and new executive chef Eric Frier who sought to combine their new ideas with well-loved Spoke's legacy. Foster, who passed away in October 2017, is remembered for her many accomplishments, fierce spirit and opening one of America's Top 20 Wine Bars and a Somerville neighborhood favorite. 

Benedetto, Italian, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge (inside The Charles Hotel)

When The Charles Hotel made the decision to close Rialto in June 2016, shortly after the departure of chef and owner Jody Adams, the restaurant space was leased and replaced by Michael Pagliarini, chef and owner of Giulia. An Umbrian native, Pagliarini and his wife Pamela Ralston invite customers to "experience the re-imagining of rustic Italian recipes with luxe ingredients and artisan bravado." If the main plates aren't enough to entice you, perhaps Boston Magazine's review of the "enchanted sugarscapes" crafted by pastry chef Renae Connolly will hit your sweet spot. 

Café Du Pays, French-Canadian, 233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge

The same restaurant group behind State Park, Mamaleh's and Hungry Mother—which closed in 2015—opened the new French-Canadian restaurant in July 2017. If the established restaurant collection doesn't indicate a positive future for Café Du Pays, the restaurant has earned 2017 Restaurant of the Year and 2017 Top Best New Restaurant. Not convinced enough to make reservations? Read this review.

Additional Recommendations

Check out the Boston Chefs website for a more comprehensive list of Valentine's Day restaurant specials.

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Boston

Boston is ready to ring in the New Year for 2018

After a fireworks hiatus for last year's New Year's Eve celebrations, the Boston Globe reports that the First Night in Boston is back!

The First Night in Boston, which is now run by Conventures on a pro bono basis, will be a free event open to the public. An estimated 200,000-300,000 attendees will enjoy a variety of events to suit the entire family with a view of the Boston Harbor. 

Unlike in years past, when attendees had to purchase a button to attend some events, Conventures turned First Night into a free event featuring local artists and performers, ice sculptures, a figure skating show, a parade, and a 7 p.m. family fireworks display on Boston Common sponsored by the Mugar Foundation.

To follow the New Year's Eve festivities, the First Day in Boston will host more family friendly activities in Copley Square. 

Boston has had a long history of being one of the best cities to celebrate New Year's Eve in the United States for over forty years. 

The Boston Globe recognizes the First Night as "the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country, it inspired dozens of similar festivals across the country and pumped millions into the local economy." Although the city has struggled to gather funds for the First Night in Boston in recent years, residents and tourists are excited to see the celebration return for 2018. 

Visit the First Night in Boston's website for more information.

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A Guide to Apartment Living in Boston, MA

Decide where you want to live in Beantown

 

Boston has so much to offer, but depending on your workplace or your situation, those factors impact your decision on which neighborhood you would like to live in. Also, it may be worth considering living outside of downtown Boston. According to an interactive map created by the founder of Mobyus, a mobile shopping service, over 310,000 commuters live within 20 miles of Boston. There are a number of towns that are easily accessible to Boston via commuter rail or the T if you want to avoid traffic.

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Prioritize the amenities you need for your lifestyle

 

Outside of your workplace, it’s important to ensure that your needs at home are met. What luxury amenities are you looking for? Would you want to have access to a fitness center in your apartment complex or would you rather go to a gym in your neighborhood? Is a shopping center within walking distance or will you take the T to run your daily errands? Do you currently have a pet (or two!) or are you planning on having a pet in the future?


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Personalize your new space

 

Once you have found your perfect Boston apartment, it’s time to add personal touches to throughout the space. Incorporating vintage accents in a modern space is a common approach to decorating Boston apartments because it brings the character of the historical New England city in your home.

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Top 15 Hotels in Boston Named in Conde Nast Traveler's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards

Boston has been getting a lot of attention lately.

With its well-established rapport in higher education and professional industries, as well as the growing opportunities in technology and business, Boston welcomes a positive influx of change that has revived the historical city center and the surrounding neighborhoods. According to the 2016 Boston Housing Report, greater Boston has experienced an even higher growth rate with young professionals moving to the area.

In addition to voting for the top 15 favorite hotels in Boston, Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked Boston as No. 5 for Top 15 Large Cities in the United States.

If you live already live in the city, or greater Boston area, it’s always good to know the hot spots in Beantown for family and friends who plan to visit or check out chic hotel bars, restaurants, and spas nearby.

Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2017

Here’s the list of top Boston hotels that impressed Condé Nast Traveler readers this year:

 

  1. Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St

  2. XV Beacon, 15 Beacon St

  3. InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave

  4. Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, 25 Edwin H. Blvd, Cambridge

  5. Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave

  6. The Boxer, 107 Merrimac St

  7. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf

  8. The Langham Boston, 250 Franklin St

  9. Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont St

  10. Hyatt Regency Boston, 1 Avenue de Lafayette

  11. The Ritz-Carlton Boston, 10 Avery St

  12. W Boston, 100 Stuart St

  13. Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter Street at Boylston

  14. Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston St

  15. The Liberty, 215 Charles St

 

The New England city has plenty of offer visitors who want to stay downtown, but Boston residents appreciate the how each neighborhood reflects its own unique character—there’s plenty to see beyond Faneuil Hall or FiDi, such as Brookline or Cambridge.

Read Condé Nast Traveler’s full list of 2017 Readers’ Choice award winners online.

A Buyer's Guide to Luxury Condos in Boston, MA

luxury condosWhat you need to know about renting or buying a luxury condo in Boston, Massachusetts and the greater Boston area

Luxury condominiums present a desirable and practical living arrangement for individuals and families living in a vibrant urban center like Boston, Massachusetts. A popular destination for students, intellectuals and professionals in healthcare, business and technology, the city of Boston has a rich American history with a bright, global future ahead.

Here are some things to consider while searching for the perfect luxury condo in Boston:

Find out which neighborhoods you would want to live in

There’s a lot more to Boston beyond Haymarket and Downtown Crossing! Whether it’s historic Beacon Hill within walking distance to Boston Common and the Botanical Gardens or artsy and diverse Jamaica Plain, there is a neighborhood to suit every taste and lifestyle.

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Get a look at the median condo prices in Boston and surrounding areas

As a major urban city, the competitive real estate market correlates with Boston’s higher cost of living. However, there’s no reason to be discouraged—the right amount of research and the help of a professional realtor will go a long way to help navigate the Boston real estate market.

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Examine all of your living options

You may think that a condo is right for you, but depending on your budget and your location, it’s important to explore other possibilities. There are plenty of other living arrangements in Boston—renting an apartment, renting a home, or even researching rent-to-own arrangements, may better suit your situation.

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Pet-Friendly Apartments in the Boston Area!

Your pet is part of your family, so you'll naturally want to take him or her along when you move to a new apartment. However, finding pet-friendly apartments in Boston or Brookline isn’t always easy. It’s not impossible, though. You'll just have to keep your expectations for pet-friendly rentals realistic.

What to Expect When Searching for Rental Homes That Allow Pets

It’s common for apartment and rental housing managers to limit the number of pets a tenant may have. This is typically one or two pets. Additionally, management might impose a weight or size restriction on the pet. They may also disallow certain breeds, such as Great Danes, Pit Bulls, or German Shepherds. The reason for this is that some dog breeds are too large, or considered too aggressive or potentially destructive for apartment living.

Even cat and dog friendly apartments usually charge additional fees to tenants for keeping pets on their property. This typically includes an extra deposit and more money added onto the monthly rent. It’s important to understand all fees before you sign a legally binding lease. You should never have to pay any extra fees if your pet is a service animal.

Show That You’re a Responsible Pet Owner

Bringing proof of your dog or cat’s vaccines and health history can help a landlord feel more comfortable about renting to you. You may also want to consider getting insurance for your pet, or letters of recommendation from previous landlords. These can be helpful, even when the building already accepts pets.

Longwood Residential Wants to Help

Whether you desire to rent an apartment, private home, or condo that allows pets, you can start your search here. We think you will find that pet-friendly apartments and houses- for-rent which allow dogs are easier to find than you imagined. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions, and we'd be happy to help you find your dream home.

Cambridge Apartments

If you want to live in a historic city with lots of modern attractions, consider Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its roots date back over 400 years, when it was a farming community. Since then, it has transformed into a national hotspot for biotechnology and intellectual pursuits. Some of the current attractions in Cambridge include:

  • Harvard University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences

  • National Bureau of Economic Research

  • The Boston Museum of Science

  • Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

The city is also home to many historic sites. Two of these include the Abraham Watson House and the Aaron Hill House. When you rent Cambridge apartments, you’re close to everything you need. This includes restaurants for any palate or budget, history, technology, and medical centers. You’re also close enough to Boston proper to take in the many concerts and events that city has to offer.

Where to Find Apartments for Rent in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Longwood Residential rents and manages many of the area’s finest apartments. We also offer condos, townhomes, and private homes. If you know that you want to live in Cambridge, we encourage you to use our search feature to see everything we currently have available. You can search by property type, price, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, and specific amenities. Common searches include those close to public transportation, shopping, parks, and public schools.

When you rent in Cambridge, MA, you can expect to pay at least $1,600 per month. The rates go up depending on the number of bathrooms, bedrooms, and amenities. Longwood Residential offers numerous luxury accommodations with features such as swimming pools, fitness centers, business centers, concierge services, and much more. We are happy to assist you with locating the perfect Cambridge apartment. If you’re open to nearby communities such as Boston and Brookline, we have properties there as well.

Studio Apartments in Boston

A studio apartment is a rental unit with everything but the bathroom combined into one main room. It doesn’t contain any separate bedrooms. You may be interested in studio apartments for rent if you’re a single person who doesn’t require a lot of space; or are simply looking to save money. However, even studio rentals can provide luxurious accommodations. Longwood Residential rents and manages several luxury studio loft apartments that we encourage you to check out today.

How to Determine What You Can Afford to Spend on Rent

Food, transportation, and housing costs, make up nearly two-thirds of the budget for most people in the Boston area. However, financial experts recommend trying to cap these costs at 60%. With the high cost of living in Boston, we recommend that your annual salary be at least 40 times your monthly rent. This ensures that you can comfortably afford your monthly rent obligation. Be sure to look at all sources of income as well as all recurring and occasional expenses when creating your rental budget. Cheap apartments in Boston are hard to come by, but Longwood Residential studio rentals are your best bet in finding them.

Decorating a Small Apartment

Just because you rent a small space doesn’t mean you must give up your decorating style. Renters with limited space or funds can get quite creative in this department. Local flea markets are an excellent place to find vintage furniture, pottery, and glassware. You can even shop fabric stores to add chic style to curtains, older furniture, and other personal items in your studio apartment.

Where to Find Studio Apartments Near Me

Longwood Residential offers studio apartments in several of Boston’s finest neighborhoods. Please view our listings to learn more, or contact us directly with your questions. We will help you find the best small apartment for your price range, amenities desired, and neighborhood where you want to live.

Condos for Sale in Boston and Brookline!

Do you want the satisfaction of owning your own place without all the responsibility? Then purchasing a condo may be right for you. Condos for sale by Longwood Residential are individual units located within a building or multi-family home. You must get approved for a mortgage just as you would when buying a private home. You pay association dues in addition to your mortgage. These fees are mostly for maintenance of common areas. While you’re responsible for maintenance inside your unit, your condo association takes care of things such as landscaping and shoveling snow.

Luxury condos, such as those operated by Longwood Residential, are run by a board of directors. The board votes on, and enforces, rules that affect residents. You will want to learn about the condo board’s reputation before buying a condo. Also, you should know how much of a reserve fund the association has on hand to handle exterior upkeep.

Mortgage Rates and Luxury Accommodations

In January 2017, Curbed Boston reported condo rates ranging from $263 to $1,467 per square foot. You will find that prices for Longwood condos typically fall into this range. We mostly operate luxury condos with amenities that you won’t find at many others in the Boston area. Some of the amenities at Longwood condos include:

  • Private fitness clubs
  • Concierge services
  • On-site, underground parking
  • Rooftop swimming pools
  • Party rooms
  • Business suites
  • Package services
  • Private balconies
  • Valet services
  • In-unit wash machine and dryer
  • On-site retail stores
  • On-site play areas for children

We offer one, two, and three-bedroom condo options as well as limited studio-sized units. Most of our condos are in neighborhoods that are within walking distance to many of the things you need. Our buildings are also located in areas with excellent access to public transportation.

Which Boston Neighborhood is Right for You?

Deciding you want to buy a condo is just the first step. It can be a bit more challenging to find the amenities, price range, and neighborhood, that is just right for you. Longwood Residential offers condos for sale in more than a dozen Boston neighborhoods. Whether you have your heart set on Back Bay, Roslindale, or The Fenway, we can help you find the best Boston condo for you and your family. Feel free to start your search here or contact our office for assistance. We look forward to working with you.

What is the Cost of Living in Boston?

cost of living bostonAccording to a June, 2017 report released by Best Places, Boston scored a 169.90 for overall cost of living. A score of 100 is the baseline for cities across the United States (the higher the better). High housing costs seem to contribute the most to this score. Although Boston scores high in several other areas as well, it’s the housing costs that really drive it up. They are highest in Boston proper as compared to the Boston/Cambridge/Newton metro area and Massachusetts as a whole. Setting down roots in the right neighborhood can make all the difference in housing costs.

Other Cost of Living Scores for Boston

Boston also scores above 100 in several other cost of living categories. These include:

  • Utilities, 149

  • Miscellaneous, 131

  • Health, 125

  • Grocery, 122

  • Transportation, 105

Many residents consider the cost of living in Boston worth it. The city offers excellent public transportation and a rich history, among other things. You always have the option of getting in on the tiny house craze to reduce your housing costs.

Average Rental Costs in Boston

cost of living bostonThe June 2017 Best Places report indicates that the average rent for a studio apartment in Boston is $1,245 per month. This compares to $898 for the rest of Massachusetts and $712 average for the entire United States. Other rental rates by size include:

  • 1 bedroom: $1,395 in Boston, $1,067 in Massachusetts, and $825 in the United States

  • 2 bedroom: $1,716 in Boston, $1,335 in Massachusetts, and $1,027 in the United States

  • 3 bedroom: $2,130 in Boston, $1,668 in Massachusetts, and $1,379 in the United States

These high rental rates might encourage some people to become homeowners sooner than they would have in a different area. At Longwood Residential, we offer competitively priced apartments, condominiums, and private homes. We may have exactly what you’re looking for, so give us a call or click to contact us and discuss your needs today!