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Luxury Condominiums Available in Somerville, MA

Explore Somerville, a culturally rich and diverse city a T ride away from Boston

Somerville, Massachusetts is located just 2 miles north of Boston. Somerville is a densely populated community occupying slightly more than just 4 square miles.

You will find a variety of both history and culture in Somerville. More than 50 languages are spoken in Somerville schools, as Somerville is one of the most diverse communities in the country. Somerville is defined by its city squares. Among Somerville's most active squares are Union Square, Davis Square, and Ball Square. You will find a mix of housing styles available in Somerville. 

Although the real estate market in Somerville and other communities within the Greater Boston area, it has pushed developers to build beautiful, high-value properties to suit a variety of lifestyles. In this blog post, we want to highlight these luxury condominiums that can accommodate working professionals or serve as an ideal real estate investment in close proximity to Boston. 

260 Beacon Street, Unit 209, Inman Square

Somerville, MA 02143

MLS Number 72420029

Basic Information:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 1,805 sq. ft.
  • Price: $1,325,000

Ideally situated along Somerville's Beacon Bike Corridor, Beacon260 is a boutique new construction, condominium mid-rise featuring 17 residential units ranging in size from 1-4 bedrooms and three ground-level retail spaces. This particular unit is a 2 level four bedroom, on the third and fourth floor. Flooded with natural light, these luxury condominiums feature open floor plans with custom cabinetry from Italy, white quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and sleek Porcelanosa tile from Spain. These thoughtfully selected finishes and elevated fixtures cultivate a unique sense of home. Enjoy your private deck in each unit along with conveniences such as in unit washer/dryer, elevator building, and underground parking. From your doorstep, its less than ten-minute walk to Harvard Law, Harvard and Porter Sq Red Line access, bus line to MIT, and every imaginable shop and restaurant along Mass Avenue, or bike down Beacon St to Tech Sq

21 Elmwood Street, Unit 2, Davis Square

Somerville, MA 02144

MLS Number 72417802

Basic Information:

  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • 2,345 sq. ft.
  • Price: $1,295,000
 

$100K PRICE REDUCTION!! Exceptional new renovation 4 bedroom/3 bath penthouse duplex with high end features throughout, spacious rooms, private outdoor space + 2 car parking, all on a sleepy side street near Davis Square! A private entrance takes you upstairs into an inviting open floorplan with living, dining and kitchen spaces. The kitchen is simply gorgeous w/an oversized peninsula, Thermador professional appliances, Statuary Classique quartz countertops + striking woodgrain cabinetry. There are also 3 bedrooms on this level, including a guest suite with a private bath and deck. The bathrooms are tiled in a modern pallet w/Grohe fixtures + modern vanities. Upstairs is a dedicated master suite w/two rooms, cathedral ceilings, a beautiful tile bath with an oversized shower and access to a private deck from this level. Added perks include HWF's throughout, energy efficient systems + lighting, high profile millwork, quality Jeld-wen windows and so much more!

37 Harrison Street, Unit 2

Somerville, MA 02143

MLS Number 72430496

Basic Information:

  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
  • 1,569 sq. ft. 
  • Price: $1,049,500

This sun-filled 3BR 2.5 Bath condo on a quiet street has been gut-renovated into modern duplex. Open floor plan on the 1st floor offers a spacious and flexible living space. A sunny study and two bedrooms upstairs with vaulted ceilings and skylights reveal artful design. In-unit laundry w/ washer/dryer installed. Relax on the front balcony or host BBQ parties on a massive private deck. Features include: Marvin Integrity Energy Star windows, Carrier 2-zone central HVAC with smart thermostats, Navien tankless on-demand water heater, Bosch appliances, Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures with rain shower. State-of-the-art fiber cement sidings, mahogany deck boards, and permeable stone paved driveway are built to last! A deeded parking spot wired for an electric car charging station and a large storage shed complete the package. 10 minutes walk to Harvard, Porter Sq, and Whole Foods. Commuters' dream: Red Line T at Porter Sq; bus or bike to Kendall Sq; Green Line T at Union Sq to open in 2.5yrs.

40 Medford Street, Unit 303, Union Square

Somerville, MA 02143

MLS Number 72299770

Basic Information:

  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
  • 1,507 sq. ft.
  • Price: $987,000 ( plus $193.23/month)

Last one/////40 MEDFORD STREET is on the Cambridge/Somerville line close to Kendall Sq, Inman Sq, Union Square, and the proposed New Green Line Station. This NEW CONSTRUCTION elevator building is Luxury Living and has all the amenities. Top of the line cabinets with Quartz marble countertops with GE Café SS Appliances. Bright Sunny Airy Town House Condos wit high ceilings on 2 floors 3rd and 4th floor. Open concept on First Floor with 1/2 Bath and 3 Bedrooms on the 2nd floor and 2 full Baths(Top floor). Condo fee $193.23 a month.1 deeded parking spot per unit.

Are you searching for the perfect home in Boston, MA or the Greater Boston Area? Contact us at Longwood Residential today by sending us an email at info@longwoodresidential.com or give us a call at 617-396-3100. We look forward to hearing from you and learning how we can help you find your home in Boston!

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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    Fun November National Holidays and Where to Celebrate Them in Boston, MA

    Have fun spending the heart of autumn exploring Boston with these national holidays

    Although there is a hint of hokey-ness associated with the concept of "unofficial national holidays," the themed days offer great opportunities for small talk at the office or even inspire you to take the time to do something you enjoy or try something different.

    We picked a few November national holidays that you can enjoy within your Boston neighborhood

    November 1- National Author's Day

    Where's a better place to celebrate National Author's Day than your local independent bookstore? Open since the late 1800s, The Brattle Book Shop in downtown Boston is one of the oldest bookstores in the nation. Trident Booksellers and Café on Newbury Street is another great option to browse books with a cup of coffee or over Sunday brunch!

    November 12- Happy Hour Day

    Fun Fact: Technically, Happy Hour is illegal in Boston. However, there are plenty of bars that offer great after-work food specials to go along with your beer and cocktails. Eater Boston has a complete round-up of the Boston's Best After-Work Dining Deals to check out with your coworkers or weeknight date!

    November 17- Take a Hike Day

    Explore somewhere new outside of downtown and get a breath of fresh air along one of the beautiful hiking trails in Massachusetts or nearby in New Hampshire. Living in the Boston area means you have access to both mountain and the beach! See where you would like to spend the day on Fitt Boston's list of must-see hiking spots nearby Boston.

    Not crazy about going outside of the city? Take a late afternoon stroll along the Charles River in Cambridge and stop for dinner around Kendall Square for farm fresh, local options. 

    November 25- Shopping Reminder Day

    It seems like the reminders for holiday shopping start so early, but November 25 marks the official 1-month countdown to Christmas. Not sure where to shop in Boston? Scroll through our shopping guide to find the perfect place to find the rights gifts for everyone on your list. 

    November 29- Greeting Card Day

    Technically, the national holiday is "E-Greeting Card Day." but we'd prefer to take the time and send out snail mail! It's hard not to walk into a stationery store surrounded by neat pens, elegant cards and, leather-bound journals without feeling inspired to write a note (or two). Check out Black Ink's locations in Boston and Cambridge, or any of these local stationery shops

    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 info@longwoodresidential.com 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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    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. 

    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."