Brookline

Best Brunch Spots in Brookline, MA

The shortlist of best places to eat brunch in Brookline, Massachusetts

Brookline is a picturesque Boston suburb that offers the conveniences of city living—easy access to public transportation, rows of shops and restaurants, and a strong sense of neighborhood community. Whether you live in Brookline or want to visit for the day, it's a suburb that has its own attractions to enjoy.

One way to enjoy Brookline is going out with your family or friends to Sunday brunch. Here's a list of our top picks to have a Sunday well-spent and bring a week of content:

Grassona's Italian, 1704 Beacon Street, Brookline

Brookline locals were sad to see Fairsted Kitchen close at the end of 2017, but owner Steve Bowman quickly replaced it with Grassona's, a cozy restaurant that pays homage to your Italian grandmother's traditional red sauce. Although the menu has changed, customers will recognize traces of Fairsted within the space and on the cocktail menu—Bowman told Eater Boston that the process of switching from Fairsted to Grassona's is "more of a makeover than a remodel."

The Washington Square Tavern, 714 Washington Street, Brookline

Since 1999, The Washington Square Tavern has been the go-to place for quality craft beers alongside "high-class comfort food." Executive Chef Kevin Deschenes explained to Phantom Gourmet how many of the specialties are made in-house, such as a classic bratwurst or curry fries. It's a great spot in Brookline to meet your friends over drinks or enjoy a casual dinner or Sunday brunch. 

 

The Regal Beagle, 308 Harvard Street, Brookline

Named after the well-loved neighborhood bar from "Three's Company," the laidback bar and restaurant serves creative comfort food and cocktails with real, approachable customer service. A feature on The Regal Beagle published on The Wicked Local notes that the "welcoming and warm nature of the [restaurant's] staff developed naturally" over time and the small place allows the staff to really get to know customers.

La Voile Brookline, 1627 Beacon Street, Brookline

The original French brasserie on Newbury Street decided to branch out to Brookline in 2015. In an interview with Boston Magazine, the owner and staff saw an opportunity to serve an area where many of their regular clients live. La Voile, one of the most authentic French restaurants in the Boston area, offers traditional dishes like pan-seared duck breast, beef bourguignon and, of course, French onion soup. 

Barcelona Wine Bar, 1700 Beacon Street, Brookline

Although Barcelona Wine Bar part of a larger East Coast restaurant group with several locations, it's a reliable place to go for a more modern atmosphere and a fresh American take on tapas. Executive Chef Emilio Garcia, who has worked extensively within the Boston restaurant scene for a number of years, drives Barcelona's Brookline location's success with his team. 

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5 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Boston

What to do on rainy days in Boston, Massachusetts

Although it can be nice staying inside on a rainy New England afternoon, the wet weather hardly spoils Boston's lively activities. The city and the Greater Boston area have a variety of local treasures worth exploring for everyone!

We've made a list of rainy day activities and suggested places to visit in Boston:

Get lost in an independent bookstore. There's nothing like finding a good book to curl up with and read on a rainy afternoon. The first step? Finding a new book or two. Grab a coffee-to-go and head to the local bookstore in your neighborhood. Trident Booksellers & Café in Back Bay has become a well-known Boston institute for book lovers. If you're looking for a large selection, the Brattle Book Shop is one of the oldest used booksellers in the country. 

Find a new cozy brunch spot. Rainy days in Boston present great opportunities to check out brunch places that you haven't been able to try because of the long lines that typically appear on sunnier days. The Paris Creperie's food truck makes its rounds through Boston, but their café in Brookline is well worth visiting with friends for fresh crepes and Nutella chocolate drinks. If you're looking for a healthier brunch option, head to Za, a restaurant that makes pizza and salad using seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients from local farms. Want more suggestions for brunch in Boston? Thrillist has you covered with the best brunches to try in Boston right now.

Hit the shops. Between Copley Place and The Prudential Center, you have plenty of stores to choose from to update your wardrobe. You'll find that there's a wide selection of luxury and contemporary brands available in Boston! If you're not in the mood to shop for clothes, you can always simply window shop or make your way to Barnes & Noble at the Prudential Center. 

Treat yourself to a spa day. If you know that your weekend plans may be rained out in advance, book a facial or massage in Boston! Take the opportunity to do some self-care and escape from stress for an hour or a half-day. We recommend Balans, the only all-organic spa in Boston, and Corbu at The Charles Hotel in the heart of Harvard Square. 

Check out the latest museum exhibits and explore Boston's smaller museums. Take advantage of living in Boston by exploring the incredible museums in the city! The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the Museum of Science and the Harvard Museum of Natural History are some of the larger museums that are more likely to have active, rotating exhibits, but it's also worth visiting the smaller historical treasures Boston has to offer. Trinity Church, the Nichols House Museum, and the Paul Revere House are centrally located in Boston and are only a short walk away from downtown shops and restaurants.

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.

How Much Apartment Can I Afford?

Budgeting for apartment rent isn’t always easy, especially when it’s your first time renting. For most people, rent or mortgage, food, and transportation take up at least 60% of their budget. The goal of this article is to help give you a baseline knowledge of this topic to establish your own personalized apartment budget.

When adding up your income, be sure to include or subtract the following, if applicable:

·       Salary

·       Bonuses

·       Royalties or rental income

·       Alimony or child support

·       Interest

·       Proceeds from a recent sale of a large item

As you balance your budget, try not to spend much more than 60% percent of your total income on rent, food and transportation. You will still need money for electricity, cable/phone, insurance, medical care, debt repayments, and if you’re lucky savings. Be sure to consider the cost of living in your preferred location when choosing your apartment. In Boston, many people enjoy the conveniences of urban living, such as public transportation and riding or walking to their workplace.

Your Annual Salary Should Be At Least 40 Times Your Monthly Rent

There’s no question that the cost of living is high in Boston. This is why many landlords require tenants to earn an annual salary that is at least 40 times the monthly rental rate. Assume that you and your spouse earn a combined income of $100,000 per year. Divide this figure by 40 to get the maximum you should pay for rent each month. In this case, it’s $2,500.

Consider Your Move-In Costs

Keep in mind that you almost always need to pay a security deposit when you move into your new apartment. It’s common for landlords to require the first and last month’s rent when you sign a lease, too. To offset these costs, look for special deals being offered. For example, a rental property manager may offer a free month’s rent when you sign a lease of at least one year. You also need to account for costs such as new furniture or professional moving assistance. Rest assured, the management at Longwood Residential will assist you in locating money-saving deals whenever possible.

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!

Features & Amenities of Luxury Apartments

Just because you choose to live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have the same luxuries as someone who lives in a private home. In fact, your living quarters and amenities are often more luxurious when renting. As the management company for Longwood Condos, we also rent and manage several luxury apartments. You can find luxury apartment complexes managed by Longwood residential in both Boston and Brookline.

What Makes Our Apartments So Luxurious?

Luxury ApartmentsDefining luxury can be subjective. What one person considers a luxury amenity might be a necessity to someone else. At Longwood Residential, it’s our goal to make your life as easy as possible. This includes concierge service and package delivery at one apartment complex, a private pool and workout room at another, and heated underground parking at a third. It’s up to you to decide which amenities you need to live comfortably.

The size of your apartment and the view are additional factors that make it more luxurious than a typical rental situation. Many of our luxury apartment buildings offer high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies each unit.

Participate in Onsite Activities as Much or as Little as You Like

You become part of a community the day you become a resident at one of our upscale apartment buildings. You are welcome to choose to participate in building-sponsored events. There’s no obligation, and we have designed our units to provide maximum privacy for the times you wish to be at home, undisturbed by others.

Please contact us to learn more about available apartments at one of our many luxury apartment buildings in Boston or Brookline.

Awesome Longwood Condos for Sale

Before you pursue Longwood condos for sale, it’s helpful to review some basic information about condominium living. When you buy a condo, you own the entire inside of your unit. The condo association owns the exterior, common areas, and the land where the building sits.

You are not responsible for exterior maintenance as a condo owner. However, it’s important to budget for association fees in addition to your monthly mortgage payment. The money collected from all residents covers the cost of maintenance and repair in common areas such as hallways and meeting rooms.

Which Boston Neighborhood is Right for You?

One of the major benefits of Longwood condos for sale is that we have units available in multiple Boston neighborhoods. These include:

Of course, you need to consider several personal factors when deciding where you want to purchase a condo. Proximity to your work, quality of the school district, and access to public transportation are just three of the most important things to people looking to make one of these Boston neighborhoods their new home. You can search by neighborhood, price, MLS listing number, and other categories when trying to locate an available unit sold and managed by Longwood Residential.

Average Cost of Boston Condos by Square Foot

Our prices fall in line with those listed on a report released by Curbed Boston on January 5, 2017. With the new year just weeks old, prices range from $263 per square foot in the Hyde Park neighborhood to $1,467 per square foot for a condo in Back Bay. These figures include condos ranging in size from 812 to 3,247 square feet.

The analysis posted by Curbed Boston includes data from 10 distinct Boston neighborhoods. This is to give buyers an accurate idea of the average monthly payment for a Boston condo in place of using a mortgage calculator.

Featured Longwood Condos for Sale

With a presence in all 14 of the Boston neighborhoods listed above, Longwood Residential is sure to have a condo available to suit your needs. Below are just three of our luxury properties that could be your new home:

  • Ritz-Carlton Condos: Named for the hotel chain that offers such personalized service, the Ritz-Carlton Condos give you more of the same. Whether you’re interested in valet parking, room service, or wake-up calls, you can receive these services and more as a resident here. A picturesque view of the harbor completes the experience of condo living at its finest.

  • Mosaic on the Riverway: Want to live in a building with top floor club space? Then Mosaic on the Riverway is the place for you. Besides the serene view from high above the city, this building is conveniently located in the Longwood Medical Area.

  • Washington on the Square: When you want the convenience of a condo but don’t want or need a lot of space, consider a studio-sized unit at Washington on the Square. One and two-bedroom condo units are available as well. You don’t even have to leave home to exercise since the building comes equipped with a 24-hour fitness center.

Please contact us at your convenience to learn more about Longwood condos for sale.

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Free Home Buying Seminar Thursday, February 23rd!

Join us at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 23rd for a fun, informative and FREE Home Buying Seminar.  This short presentation - perfect for first-time homebuyers or anyone looking for a refresher on the process - will feature info and tips from real estate agents, lenders, home inspectors and real estate attorneys.  

 

Topics will include:

  • Overview of the home buying process
  • Snapshot of the local market
  • Secrets to get an accepted offer
  • Comparing financing options
  • Preparing for home ownership
  • Buying vs. renting
  • Home inspection process
  • What to expect at the closing table
  • Q&A

 

WHEN:  6:00 to 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 23rd 2017

WHERE:  Longwood Residential office @ 1404A Beacon Street in Brookline

WHO:  Anyone interested in the home buying process!

RSVP:  info@longwoodresidential.com (limited space!)

 

Food and refreshments will be served!

February 23 Home Buying Seminar - Flyer

RSVP:  info@longwoodresidential.com

Longwood Apartments: Luxury Properties for Rent in Brookline

As part of the Greater Boston area that is close to five other upscale neighborhoods, Brookline has much to offer renters. From the Coolidge Corner retail district to the active nightlife, you won’t be at a loss for things to do in this community. Fortunately for you, several luxury Longwood Apartments are currently available to rent.

Exclusive Longwood Apartments in Washington Square

Washington on the Square, which also goes by the name 1600 Beacon Street Condominiums, offers the upscale living you desire. It has studio as well as one and two-bedroom units. Some of the features you will enjoy inside of your apartment include granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. All bathrooms have been recently renovated. Some of the building’s features include concierge service and underground parking. You can also workout in its private 24-hour facility.

Just down the road from Washington on the Square is the 1440 Beacon Street Apartments. As a renter at this building, you will be close to Coolidge Corner. 1440 Beacon Street Apartments are within walking distance to the Green Line. With in-unit dishwashers, package receipt service, and wall to wall windows among its many amenities, you won’t want to miss these Longwood Apartments.

1443 Beacon Street Apartments are literally a stone’s throw from the 1440 building. Like its neighbor, the 1443 building is on the bus line. Additionally, it has a walkscore of 92%. That means you can walk to nearby shopping centers, medical facilities, grocery stores, and other businesses you visit on a regular basis. You will enjoy a life of luxury using the sundeck, pool, valet dry cleaning service, 24-hour concierge service, and other exclusive services for our renters.

Ready to make Brookline your new home? Just contact a representative of Longwood Residential today.