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.

Boston and Brookline Area News and Events thru September

If it comes as a shock to you that August is already here, take heart. There are still plenty of activities to participate in while it is still warm enough to leave your home without a jacket. Summer may be winding down, but events in Boston and Brookline (or some nearby cities) are not. Here is what’s on tap for late August and the whole month of September:

Find Your Park

July 22 to August 30

Brookline Public Library, First Floor, 361 Washington Street

To honor the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service this month, staff from the John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Frederick Law Olmstead historical sites are jointly hosting a public event. Some of the exhibits show the strong connection each site has with the federal national park system. A book truck will also be available with literature on each of the historic sites.

Restaurant Month in Brookline

The Fireplace Restaurant, 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline

While many nearby restaurants are celebrating Restaurant Week in mid-August, The Fireplace Restaurant is participating for the whole month. During August, diners can enjoy a three-course meal at $20 for lunch and $38 for dinner. This offer is available seven days a week.


Opens Friday, August 5

Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street in Brookline

Based on a novel of the same name, the play Indignation is set in 1951 around the time of the Korean War. Marcus, a brilliant young Jewish man from a working-class family in Newark, heads to a conservative Christian college in Ohio to avoid being drafted. Once he gets there, love complicates everything. Tickets are just $11.25 for adults and $9.25 for seniors and children.

Arts on the Arcade

Fridays, August 5, 12, 19 & 26

Samuel Adams Park, 30 Germaina Street Jamaica Plain in Boston

Every Friday through the end of the month, Brookline residents can trek to nearby Jamaica Plain to leisurely look at works of art while enjoying live music from area bands.

Mamadou Diop Concert

Saturday, August 20, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

City Hall Plaza, Boston, 1 City Hall Square

If you enjoy Mamadou’s popular songs I Am Me, Senegal, IBOU, or Sweet Susan, you won’t want to miss this event. He is well-known for West African music and his master rhythm guitar playing.

Dedham Square Coffeehouse Open Mic

Thursday, September 1, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

565 High Street, Dedham

Have people always told you that you’re funny? Now is your chance to prove it. Dedham Square Coffeehouse, located about 8 miles from Brookline, is hosting an open mic night. Get your best comedy routine ready and give it a shot.

Central Square Art Share

Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 p.m. to Midnight

The Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This free event is open to anyone age 21 and up. You can enjoy live DJs, drinks, dancing, and viewing the work of many local artists. Contact if you are interested in setting up an artist’s booth at this event.

Copenhagen Beer Celebration

Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24, Noon to 11:00 p.m.

City Hall Plaza, Boston, 1 City Hall Square

Beer enthusiasts will love this one. Dozens of the top names in the brewing industry will have their beers represented at this festival. You will appreciate the food and music as well.

5 Boston Venues To Catch Amazing Music & Events

Boston Venues For Music & Events

Now that summer is in full swing, you may be looking for some new venues for live music. Fortunately, Boston and the surrounding communities have plenty of them. Here are five that you won’t want to miss:


1912 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA
Toad is a small music venue and one of the last in the area to host live music with no cover charge for the audience. It attracts what reviewers refer to as open-minded musicophiles as performers. Toad tends to be packed every weekend night, so get there early if you can.

TT The Bear’s Place

10 Brookline St.
Cambridge, MA
This location for live music is a top pick of the critics. It launched the career of the guitar band Nevermind and its owners tend to select loud playing guitarists as feature musicians. It’s different on Saturdays when the DJ favors new wave music.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St.
Cambridge, MA
This place has quite the history. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and other folksy type singers played here in the 1960s. Club Passim continues to attract plenty of self-identified hippies and singer-songwriters who produce mellow, relaxing music.

The Sinclair

52 Church St.
Cambridge, MA
One of the few local music venues to get a five-star review from critics, The Sinclair has its own restaurant as well. Independent artists love performing here and there is plenty of elbow room with its two-story floor facing the stage.

Brighton’s Music Hall

158 Brighton Ave.
Allston MA 
Brighton’s Music Hall is one of the premier locations for live music in the entire Boston area. You can enjoy a variety of music styles and even take in a comedy show. Some of the bands playing here over the summer include letLive, Pat McGee, and Belly – The Band.


New Restaurants in Brookline and Cambridge Offer Something for Every Palate and Budget

The winter of 2016 was a busy one for new restaurants opening in Brookline and surrounding communities.  In February, Waxy O’Connor’s opened at 1032 Beacon Street.  This is the eighth location for Waxy’s, which calls itself the "modern Irish bar."  Boasting fresh food and crafted cocktails, Waxy’s offers a fun and festive atmosphere based on traditional Irish pubs.

Stoked Pizza is set to open this spring.  The pizzeria chain advertises use of a wood-burning stove to create a pizza that is soft and light on the inside with a crisp outer shell. Stoked takes its inspiration from Naples, Italy (largely credited with being the birthplace of pizza). The new Stoked Pizza will open in Brookline's Washington Square neighborhood.

In nearby Cambridge, Monroe Restaurant opened in January in the former space of 'Naga and Moksa' at 450 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square.  This upscale restaurant serves American comfort food in addition to being home to a rather funky nightclub. Some locals may recognize Youssef Boujena, the executive chef at Monroe, from his gig at Sel de la Terre.

Shanti is an Indian cuisine restaurant that also opened in January 2016 in Cambridge. Located at 250 Kendall Street in Kendall Square, the 50-seat Shanti restaurant offers traditional Indian dishes made famous at its others locations in Massachusetts.

WuBurger opened in Cambridge in the fall of 2015. This fast-food restaurant and ice cream parlor is located at 1128 Cambridge Street in Inman Square and already has plans to expand into the space left by East by Northeast. The burgers are made fresh daily with only premium ingredients.

The above are just five of the newest restaurants in the Brookline area.  To discover more, go to the Boston Restaurant Opening Guide (link is here!).