Michael Tinsley

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

There are great food holidays to celebrate year-round—it just so happens that July has some of the best ones on the calendar!

If you're a New Englander, then you know what it means to make the most out of the summer season. It's time to relax, unwind and even escape your own backyard for a quick weekend getaway.

If you're a foodie living in the Boston area, it's time to get out and explore new restaurants with outdoor dining!

Here are some food holidays to celebrate in July that will give you an excuse to try something different from your normal spots:

July 1: National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

  • Where to Go: Gracie's Ice Cream—22 Union Square, Somerville, MA
  • Why?: Change up your classic ice cream preferences from any one of Gracie's ever-changing selection of homemade flavors
  • More suggestions: The Coolest New Boston Ice Cream Shops (Eater)

July 3: National Fried Clam Day

July 4: National Spare Ribs Day

July 6: National Fried Chicken Day

July 10: National Pina Colada Day

July 14: National Mac and Cheese Day

July 24: National Tequila Day

July 25: National Wine & Cheese Day

July 30: National Cheesecake Day

Where are your favorite restaurants and bars to explore in Boston?

These Massachusetts Towns were named 2018 Best Beach Towns to Live In

WalletHub's latest study shares the 2018 Best U.S. Beach Towns to Live In

The towns were ranked based on an average of scores from six different categories:

  • Affordability
  • Weather
  • Safety 
  • Economy
  • Education 
  • Quality of life

Seven Massachusetts towns ranked for 2018's Best Beach Towns to Live in (Ocean): 

  • #51 Newburyport
  • #67 South Yarmouth
  • #69 Salem
  • #88 Gloucester
  • #90 Revere
  • #115 Lynn
  • #122 Hull

To learn more information on the study's categories and criteria, read the complete study on the WalletHub website.

2018 has been a great year for Massachusetts! The state has earned a few national accolades:

Earlier this year, WalletHub published a study of 2018's Best and Worst States to Raise a Family and named Massachusetts as the #1 best state to raise a family in the United States.

U.S. News also ranked Massachusetts as the #1 state for education in the country. Learn more about how the state ranked overall in comparison to the rest of the nation.

Interested in finding your Boston-area beach home or waterfront condo? Contact us at Longwood Residential today!

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Stunning Waterfront Condos for Sale in Boston

Imagine enjoying an obscured view of Boston harbor every day from the comfort of your own home

Living on the Boston waterfront provides homeowners the opportunity to see the city in a completely different perspective than most residents. With these listings, it's possible to enjoy the conveniences of city living while having an urban oasis with plenty of natural light and calming views of the water. 

Your worst problem? All of your friends and family who will want to invite themselves over every Fourth of July and New Year's Eve to get a clear view of the fireworks. 

Here are a few of the Boston condominiums available for sale (as of May 23, 2018):

Boston Waterfront Condo 100 Lovejoy Place

100 Lovejoy Place, Unit 11B, waterfront

Boston, MA 02114

MLS Number 72288321

Cheerful natural light greets you as you enter this sophisticated and stylish corner home overlooking the beginning of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Lovejoy Wharf has everything you've been looking for from front door valet parking to over 2,000 sf of health and wellness space, Related signature management services, Lovejoy Attache personalized lifestyle concierge services, rooftop sun terrace, fireside library lounge, billiards room, children playroom, event space with catering kitchen, conference room, and more, you'll find true luxury in this new community designed by Robert A.M. Stern. Captivating design features and a thoughtful layout create a warm and inviting space filled with style and sophistication. An incredible home, spectacular building, dynamic location on the waterfront and in the heart of the city. 1 parking space included.

Boston Waterfront Condo 120 Fulton

120 Fulton, Unit DE, Waterfront

Boston, MA 02109

MLS Number 72290049

Rarely available condominium in the historic McLauthlin Building on tree-lined Fulton Street. This unique brick and beam loft includes over 1000 square feet of living space. Open concept living room with office alcove. Oversized eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances. Two separate sleeping areas, one bathroom, in-unit Bosch washer/dryer and central AC. The McLauthlin is a professionally managed building in a great North End location just one block from Boston's Waterfront and steps from Faneuil Hall and the Financial District. Easy access to all major highways. A must see!

Boston Waterfront Condo 10 Constellation Wharf

10 Constellation Wharf, Unit 10, Waterfront

Boston, MA 02129

MLS Number 72238708

3-bedroom townhouse with stunning Harbor and City views. Ideally located at the end of the Wharf, this townhome features direct entry, attached garage and 2 terraces overlooking Boston’s Harbor. The open living and dining rooms have a wood-burning fireplace, custom built-ins and a wall-of-windows capturing sunsets and Boston’s Skyline. The eat-in kitchen has custom cabinets, stainless appliances and 2 pantries. The master suite has a luxurious en-suite bathroom with soaking tub, custom closets and private deck with glorious views. Guest bedroom with renovated full bathroom. The 3rd bedroom is privately located and can be used as a study/office and has a wood-burning fireplace, custom built-in desk and private deck. Features include herringbone floors in the dining room, audio, wet bar, and second covered parking space. This property is a private Harbor-side community with guest parking and a concierge.

 

Boston Waterfront Condo 85 E India Row

85 E India Row, Unit 29E, Waterfront

Boston, MA 02110

MLS Number 72319439

Enjoy spectacular views of the Boston Harbor, the Seaport District and beyond from this rarely available upper-level, one-bedroom home in sought after Tower 1. Gracious entry foyer leads you to the spacious living room with a wall of windows, custom built-in bookcase and great sunlight from the Southern exposure. Wake in the morning to Harbor views from the large bedroom with great closet space. Galley kitchen with full appliances and ample storage. All tile bath with updated vanity and glass enclosed tub/shower. Private association pool and sun-deck area with picnic area and grills. Full service building with 24-hour doorman, concierge services and on-site professional management. Move in just in time to enjoy summer on the Boston Waterfront.

Want to see more waterfront condos in Boston? Contact Longwood Residential today!

The Boston Globe Names the 2018 Top Spots to Live in Greater Boston

In April 2018, The Boston Globe shared the list of towns outside of Boston with a high percentage of appreciation since 2012

With data pulled by the Warren Group, a real estate tracking firm based, The Boston Globe pulled together the list of best towns to live in outside of Boston for single-family homes based on four different price-points. The article also included information on mentioned listing of each town's median condo price, as well as expert information about each area that may help incoming residents decide where to move within in the Boston area.

Here are the top spots for the first two price-point tiers for single-family homes in Greater Boston:

First Price-point Tier: $1M+

  • Cambridge: $1,310,000; +59% change since 2012
  • Winchester $1,085,000; +55% 
  • Brookline $1,850,000; +54%

Second Price-point Tier: $750K-$1M

  • Jamaica Plain: $850,000; +80% change since 2012
  • South Boston: $790,000; +78%
  • Needham: $962,500; +43%

Visit The Boston Globe for the full article. 

U.S. News Ranks Massachusetts as #1 for Education

The U.S. News & World Report released their 2018 Best States report based on a total of 77 metrics

Using McKinsey & Company's Leading States Index, each state was assessed under eight major categories with the following weighted values:

 

Massachusetts earned the eighth spot in the overall state ranking. New Hampshire (#5) and Vermont #9 were the other states from New England who ranked in the Top 10. Here's how Massachusetts lined up in the 2018 Best States report:

  • Overall Rank: #8
  • Education: #1
  • Crime & Corrections: #5
  • Healthcare: #5
  • Economy: #9
  • Quality of Life: #25
  • Fiscal Stability: #40
  • Infrastructure: #45

Learn more about the full methodology and the other state rankings on the U.S. News & World Report website

Another study published earlier this year recognized Massachusetts as the "Best State to Raise a Family."

5 Classic Boston Sports Bars

It's no secret that there are few sports fans that are as avid and loyal as Boston sports fans.

Each Boston neighborhood has its own spots, so it's hard to name every amazing sports bar in Beantown!

Here are five Boston sports bars that are tried-and-true places to grab a few beers and cheer on the Celtics, the Red Sox, and the New England Patriots:

The All-Star Line Up

Cask 'n Flagon, 62 Brookline Avenue (also located in Marshfield)

Claim to Fame: The Fenway staple has been serving Boston sports fans since 1969

The Fours Restaurant and Sports Bar, 166 Canal Street (also located in Norwell and Quincy)

Claim to Fame: Recognized as #1 Sports Bar in America by Sports Illustrated—a claim that no other local sports bar refutes

The Bleacher Bar, 82A Lansdowne Street 

Claimt to Fame: With a centerfield view of Fenway Park, it's hard to think of a better place for Red Sox fans to enjoy the ball game. The space was previously used as the visiting team’s batting cage, as well as field storage.

The Harp, 85 Causeway Street

Claim to Fame: In addition to being a favorite sports bar and restaurant steps away from TD Garden, The Harp hosts a variety of nightlife entertainment that is perfect for post-game celebrations

Parlor Sports Bar, 3 Beacon Street, Somerville

Claim to Fame: Named 2017 Best Sports Bar by Boston Magazine and known for having a well-curated beer and cocktail list 

More Suggestions for Boston Sports Bars:

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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Sign Up for Our First-Time Home Buyer Program

It’s an exciting time when you decide to buy your first house. It can also be overwhelming. When you rented an apartment, you filled out an application, paid a deposit, and moved in. While the owners checked your financial stability and rental history, applying for a mortgage is much more involved.

You probably have numerous questions in addition to how to qualify for a mortgage. Longwood Residential’s first-time home buyer program can start to address your concerns at our free information session, which we hold periodically. In the market for Longwood Condos but not sure where to start? We'll post our next seminar on Facebook, so follow us there!

What to Expect at Our Free Home Buying Seminars

Longwood Residential hosts these events at our office. We are conveniently located at 1404A Beacon Street in Brookline. Here are some of the helpful topics we plan to address:

  • High-level overview of buying a home and the local real estate market Foyer of luxury home

  • Best practices for getting your offer accepted

  • Evaluating your financing options

  • Differences between buying and renting

  • What to expect during your home inspection

  • Expectations for closing

We also leave plenty of time to answer any questions from attendees. We understand that everyone has a unique situation that won’t necessarily fit into the general information we provide. You are welcome to contact a member of our team, if you have any immediate questions for us regarding buying or selling your home.

Education should be the first step on your exciting journey toward home ownership

Anyone interested in the home buying process is welcome to attend our free events! We just ask that you RSVP to info@longwoodresidential.com, or call us at 617-396-3100. Space for our first-time home buyer programs are limited, so reserve your spot today!

Hot Boston Condos

Living in a condo in Boston has many perks. You get the benefits of owning your property without the same responsibilities of home ownership. Several hot Boston condos have recently opened or are scheduled to open soon. It is only a matter of choosing which one best meets your needs.

Could One of These Hot Boston Condos Be Your Next Home?

Longwood Residential can help you arrange a tour of any of the following buildings: forecaster 121 hot boston condos

Forecaster 121

As part of the historic Bullfinch neighborhood, Forecaster 121 offers 80 condo units in a refurbished warehouse setting. You will enjoy private gathering rooms for personal use, meeting rooms for business use, and amenities such as private balconies, a fitness center, and valet services. One, two, and three-bedroom units are available for purchase.

Longwood Towers 

This building merges contemporary design and classical architecture in a uniquely Boston style. Just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner, Longwood Towers offers wash machines and dryers in each unit, a resident lounge, on-site fitness center, and several other amenities. One and two-bedroom units are available to rent or buy.

millenium towerMillennium Tower

This luxury condo building just opened this summer. In addition to amenities such as a children’s play area and executive lounge, you have access to the lifestyle network La Vie. This enables you to attend exclusive events such as wine tasting and live shows. Grocery and fine apparel shopping is available within the building as well.

Mosaic on the Riverway

As the first residential building in the Longwood Medical Area in 10 years, Mosaic on the Riverway has top floor club space, a package delivery room, a 24-hour maintenance hotline, and much more. The building opened earlier this year. Its 85 units are evenly split between private condos and affordable housing needs.

pierce boston condos fenway hot boston condosPierce Boston Condo

As the tallest residential building in the Boston Fenway area, Pierce Boston Condo will open in the winter of 2017. The lower floors include retail space for the ultimate in convenience. A roof deck pool, concierge services, and private fitness club are some of the other amenities. Units range from junior one bedrooms to penthouse suites.

Ritz-Carlton Condos

When you buy or rent a condo here, you will enjoy many of the same services that you would as a guest in a Ritz-Carlton hotel. Some of these include room service, valet parking, wake-up calls, and cleaning services. One, two, and three-bedroom units are currently available to rent or buy. Floor to ceiling windows provide an amazing view of the harbor below.

These hot Boston condos won’t be available long, so we urge you to check them out today.

Vintage Decor for your Boston Home

What is old is new again. At least that is the case with vintage décor and retro furniture for apartments and homes in the Boston area. If you’re old enough to remember growing up in a house where everything was green and orange, don’t panic. Today’s style may lean towards those colors, but not in the same dramatic way. A green vinyl chair in the kitchen or a desk chair in a cheery orange color may be all you need to look chic.

Decorate Your Bathroom in a Unique 1950s Style Vintage Decor

Light colors such as pastel pink, turquoise, or a cream and white combination give your bathroom that old-time look while still being making it appear inviting. A perfectly circular mirror and a claw foot bathtub make you feel like you’re stepping back more than half a century without ever leaving your home. You can round off the retro look with tiled flooring, a fluffy shag rug, or a lamp with a rounded shade.

Don’t Forget to Make Lighting Part of Your Vintage Home Décor

Chandelier lamps add a touch of class while standing lamps give you endless decorating possibilities. You can even add a string of lights in different colors to create a personalized living environment. Tall floor lamps make excellent vintage décor because you can dress them up in any style you like. A lava lamp is perfect if you’re trying to re-create the hippie era.

Your Living Room Can Be Unforgettable

Most people try to match their living room furniture, but you want to be a little different. Consider buying sofa pieces in bright contrasting colors and push them together. It will bring the room to life and leave quite an impression on people. When it comes to vintage décor, your home can be your personal painting canvas.