Michael Tinsley

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 

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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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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.

Boston Housing Report

According to an April 2016 Boston housing report issued by Mayor Martin Walsh, the city is on target to meet its goal of creating 53,000 new units of housing by 2030. To that end, the city approved building permits for 565 new housing units during the second quarter of 2016. That brings the total to over 17,000 housing units developed in just the past two years. This is already nearly one-third of the original goal.

The Fast Growth of Boston

Mayor Walsh states that the population of Boston is growing faster than at any other time during its history. There is more new construction taking place now than there has been for the last 20 years. The demand is high for all types of housing, including rental properties.

The monthly rent in older buildings has remained steady, while studio and one bedroom apartments are seeing the largest increases. However, much depends on the location of the rental property. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Central District, Mattapan, and the South End have only seen marginal rent increases in the past two years.

Boston Housing Report and the Greater Boston Economy

The economy is strong in Greater Boston. Because of this, young people are moving to the area to start careers and families. An unemployment rate that is less than five percent makes means that people have stable income to pay rent or a mortgage.
The 2015 Greater Boston Housing Report Card estimates that two-thirds of all new housing developments will be multi-family units. This is good news for people looking to settle in Greater Boston who might not be able to find a place to live otherwise.

For Sale By Owner: Why Should I Work With A Real Estate Agent?

You may be considering selling your house on your own because you think it will save you time and money. In reality, going it alone usually ends up costing you more of both. Realtors are experienced at establishing competitive selling prices because they have access to updated sales data, financing terms, and other essential details of homes selling in your immediate vicinity. Without access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), your asking price could be off as much as 40 percent. According to a 2015 National Association of Realtors study, homes sold by realtors sell for an average of $27,000 more than those sold by the owner!

Real Estate Agents Offer a Professional Marketing Plan

Selling a home today is different than your parents’ generation. While putting up a yard sign and an ad in the newspaper may have been enough then, 88 percent of people looking to buy a home today conduct their search online. Other things to consider are that realtors have professional connections in the industry who might send an interested buyer your way. They also have years of experience in creating marketing plans to get your house sold.

One Word: Paperwork

Industry regulations and mandatory disclosures make for a lot of paperwork and this has only increased over time. After getting through the appraisal, inspection, and negotiation with the buyer, you still have a mountain of paperwork to sign at the closing. These forms can be difficult for someone without real estate training to understand, which means you could end up signing legally binding documents that are not in your best interest.

Selling your house is a major transaction that requires the guidance of a professional realtor. If you’re set on for sale by owner, consider sitting down with an agent first to see what he or she can offer you.

The AVA Back Bay Apartments: Convenient City Living and a Walker's Paradise

The AVA Back Bay Apartments offer the ultimate in city living.  The building is within walking distance of The Copley and Prudential T-stations, making it easy for you to enjoy all that Boston has to offer.  Bars, pubs, restaurants, and up-scale shopping are just some of the things you can explore right outside your front door.  Boston’s Back Bay area also includes such well-known landmarks at The Pour House, Wired Puppy, and The Trident Booksellers and Café.

Each of the studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units include unique and modern designs.  The AVA Back Bay Apartments connect to The Shops at Prudential by skyway, so you don’t even have to go outside to shop if you don’t want to. The building’s common area includes a large flat screen TV for you to sit comfortably with friends and watch the big game.

Some of the amenities you will enjoy while living here include:

  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Bike lobby and storage area
  • Garage parking
  • Package acceptance 
  • Cat friendly
  • Guest suites available
  • On-site Enterprise car share
  • In-unit washer and dryer for all two and three-bedroom apartments

Studio apartments range from 543 to 560 square feet and start at $2,400 monthly.  One-bedroom are 840 square feet and start at $3,670 monthly.  Apartments with two bedrooms and two bathrooms range from 1,215 to 1,243 square feet and start at $5,185.  Prospective renters should call for pricing and availability of three-bedroom units.

Interested in AVA Back Bay Apartments?  Contact us today!  info@longwoodresidential.com

Interested in AVA Back Bay Apartments?  Contact us today!  info@longwoodresidential.com

 

The Three Ink Block Boston Buildings Offer Unique Designs in a Historic Neighborhood

Ink Block Boston is a set of three luxury apartment buildings, each with its own unique layout, design, and color patterns.  "Ink" provides the best view of the Boston skyline through its oversized windows.  "2 Ink" boasts edgy interior designs with open floor plans, and residents of "3 Ink" will enjoy its warm color palette. All three buildings include the following amenities:

  • Fitness center with personalized digital training
  • Club room with full kitchen 
  • Skyline pool
  • Outdoor recreation area
  • Kids play area
  • Underground garage parking
  • Skyway access to Whole Foods Market
  • Convenience services such as car detailing, dry cleaning, apartment cleaning, pet grooming, and grocery delivery
  • Access to the red, green, and silver MBTA lines
  • Near Highways I-90 and I-93

The Ink Block Boston is at the site of the former Boston Herald newspaper where a multi-ethnic working class neighborhood once stood.  Although the neighborhood gave way to industrial and commercial expansion in the 1950s, Ink Block Boston seeks to restore a vibrant residential neighborhood more than 60 years later.  New generations now have a community to call their own where they can live, shop, play, and eat.  The buildings have a walk score of 92, which means that almost anything a resident might need is within walking distance.

Studio and one-bedroom apartments are currently available in all three buildings. Below is a summary of the square footage and monthly rental rates, which are posted here.

  • Studio, 520 to 589 square feet, $2,769 to $3,070 
  • One-bedroom, 709 to 715 square feet, $3,499 to $3,599

Interested in Ink Block Boston?  Contact us today!  info@longwoodresidential.com

Interested in Ink Block Boston?  Contact us today!  info@longwoodresidential.com