Blog :: 06-2018

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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Boston-based Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow

Find inspiration for Boston living through lifestyle blogs

What is a lifestyle blog, anyway?

A lifestyle blog offers a more personal perspective of an individual—think of it as a more sophisticated diary, inside travel guide, home and décor magazine all in one place. Each lifestyle blogger shares their experiences in their own backyard or abroad with their own authentic voice.

Follow these Boston-based lifestyle bloggers for ideas on how to enjoy Beantown and beyond:

It's Kristin

Sub-Categories: Style/Beauty/Wellness/Travel

About: Kristin Bassett has been living in Boston since 2006. According to her bio, Bassett works in tech marketing during the day and works on her personal lifestyle blog in her spare time. She enjoys sharing her travels and connecting with other Boston bloggers through quick Q&A interviews. 

Brunch on Sunday

Sub-categories: Style/Beauty/Travel

About: Originally from coastal Maine, Mackenzie Murphy launched Brunch on Sunday as a creative outlet alongside her full-time job as a special education teacher. Murphy imbues her blog posts with her playful and authentic spirit. 

Elisabeth McKnight

Sub-Categories: Style/Motherhood/Cooking/Travel

About: Elisabeth McKnight is a happy young mother, lifestyle blogger and part-time social media consultant based in the Boston area. Although motherhood is a prevalent topic in McKnight's posts, she also shares great recipes to try at home for entertaining or staying in. McKnight attended Brigham Young University and earned her degree in Political Science and Economics. 

Paris, Meet Boston

Sub-categories: Travel/Fashion/Culture

About: Boston-based writer Lindsay Shores describes herself as an " avid Francophile, fluent French speaker, and lover of Parisian style and living." Shores, who spent time living in Paris, frequently travels back to the City of Light with her husband Dan and has a passion for bridging French culture with her Boston lifestyle.

Boston Chic Party

Sub-Categories: Style/Motherhood/Entertaining/Travel

About: Run by blogger and mother Jenna DiMaggio, Boston Chic Party is a great reference for young moms living in Boston. DiMaggio enjoys sharing her tips on entertaining and how to be a clever hostess, as well as what to do in Boston and personal style tips. 

Courtesy of Court

Sub-Categories: Travel/Foodie/Style/Fitness

About: Courtesy of Court is Courtney Osgood's creative outlet that brings her passions together.  Boston blogger Osgood describes herself as a "TV journalist turned lifestyle publicist + blogger" who "finds beauty in the 'little things', and brings them to life through her writing." In 2017, Osgood launched her own PR firm, CKO PR, to help clients gain exposure to top editors and publications.


Top Luxury Condos Available in Cambridge, MA

Picture yourself living in luxury at the heart of Cambridge

One of the best things about living in New England is finding a home that combines modern convenience with historic charm. Boston-area homes and condominiums embody today's urban lifestyle in their own smart, chic way—especially in Cambridge.

Here's a look at the top five luxury condominiums currently on the market (as of June 24, 2018):

136 Pleasant Street, Unit 136, Cambridgeport

Cambridge, MA 02139

MLS Number 72341312

Striking Cambridgeport New-Construction by David Aposhian. Free-Standing condo with robust architectural details including double 5-quarter casings, 10' high ceilings, oversized French Doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, reclaimed pine flooring, vaulted ceilings with skylights & an engineered slate & copper roof. Careful attention paid to window placement for maximum light & privacy. Modern amenities include 2 full-size laundry rooms, walk-in closets, a home office/au-pair suite with separate entrance & polished concrete floors with radiant heating. Also, custom windows by Pella, open kitchen with professional-grade appliances, honed-soapstone counters and a walk-in pantry. Energy-efficient throughout with closed-cell Icynene insulation and multi-zone gas heating with European Runtal radiators. Private yard with Aposhian's trademark arboretum landscape in full-play using reclaimed granite and brick and mature plantings. Overlooks Alberico Park for lovely vistas and sunsets

987 Memorial Drive, Unit G71, West Cambridge

Cambridge, MA 02138

MLS Number 72335627

This remarkable townhouse-condominium is situated on the first and second floors of one of Cambridge’s most elegant heritage buildings on Memorial Drive, two minutes from Harvard Square. A magnificent living room has amazing 18-foot ceilings and a working fireplace with tall cathedral windows overlooking the Charles River; there is a separate mirrored bar area with complete glass shelving and cabinetry. An intimate dining room has original early nineteenth-century French paneling and offers a sophisticated venue for distinguished entertaining. The fine custom-designed kitchen is a place for more informal meals and has a half bath. Upstairs is a lavish master bedroom with an opulently detailed bathroom and voluminous closets. The second bedroom, with a wonderful view across the river and an ample window seat, has its own bathroom. A common hallway is designed with a large cedar closet for storage. This unique property exemplifies the best that Cambridge has to offer.

20 2nd Street, Unit PH 625H, East Cambridge

Cambridge, MA 02141

MLS Number 72300897

Located at the full-service condominium complex ONE FIRST, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom penthouse features Cambridge's most unique value proposition; single-floor living across nearly 1,620 square feet of interior space with southern, western and northern exposure, and 448 square feet across two private outdoor spaces. Open living space with high ceilings and ample natural light is accompanied by cherry wood floors and kitchen cabinets. Master bedroom features a large dressing room with his and her closets and direct access to a sun-drenched, south-facing private deck. Two other spacious rooms provide for bedroom/office flexibility. Newly constructed in 2008, ONE FIRST amenities include garage parking, 24/7 concierge, fitness room, library/lounge that can be reserved, large spacious courtyard and a common roof deck. Its prime location is across the Lechmere station on the Green Line, walking distance to Kendall Sq., MIT and minutes to Boston. Opportunity to expand into 4 or 5 bedrooms

23 Blakeslee, Unit 23, West Cambridge

Cambridge, MA 02138

MLS Number 72345660

This thoughtful complete gut renovation provides 3 beds, 2 and 1/2 baths, gracious sun-filled open living, dining, kitchen with wood floors throughout, & gas fireplace. The chef's kitchen is appointed with quartz countertops and Thermador appliances, including a 36" gas range, wall ovens, and drawer microwave. Built-in bench by backdoor for easy in and out, and 1/2 bathroom for easy entertaining. Large master bedroom suite with 2 walk-in closets & connected bathroom - separate shower & bathtub, large double sink vanity & heated tile floors. Lower level offers large second living area, two bedrooms, full bathroom and laundry room. All new windows, electrical, plumbing, 2 zone heating & cooling system; integrated video doorbells, rear deadbolts and garage door can be controlled by phone. Located on the corner of a quiet side street - walking distance to the much sought Brattle Street neighborhood and the quintessential Cambridge and restaurants in Huron Village.

147 Prospect Street, Unit 2

Cambridge, MA 02139

MLS Number 72322612

Set way back from the street - This newly constructed, contemporary and sophisticated townhouse is part of an enclave featuring 3 architect-designed residences. Thoughtfully designed main floor features a 25ft living / dining room with an abundance of windows looking off to the garden and patio and a sleek kitchen with high-end appliances. The second floor offers two bedrooms and a hall bathroom. There is a treetop Master suite with cathedral ceilings, skylights and a spa-inspired bath. The finished lower level with a full bath lends itself to be a media room, guest suite or a tranquil home office. Convenient location with quick access to Central, Harvard & Kendall Squares.


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