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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Boston Area

Oktoberfest, an autumn tradition established long before pumpkin spice

When mid-September arrives, it's usually time to start wearing flannel shirts and leather boots. 

Once the summer's officially over, we start to look forward to their favorite things to do in the fall. Some people just can't wait for the start of football season. Others count down the days until they can order their seasonal pumpkin spice latte. There are plenty of others who enjoy apple picking at a local orchard or decorating their home for Halloween and trick-or-treating with their kids...

And then there's the Oktoberfest crowd. 

Whether you're new to the Boston area or if you're a long-time resident looking for something to do, we're sharing several upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations to check out in Boston and in the greater Boston area:

Harpoon Oktoberfest: September 28-29

Friday, September 28th
General Admission: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Doors close: 9:30pm

Saturday, September 29th
General Admission: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Early Access Doors: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Doors close: 5:30pm

306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Come hoist a pint with us at our Boston Brewery at our biggest festival of the year! You'll join thousands of beer-loving fans during our 2-day festival that takes place outside underneath tents alongside the brewery!

 

Oktoberfest Yoga Brewha at Aeronaut Brewery: October 6

10:45 am - 12:30 pm

14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143

Kick off the Fall season and Oktoberfest at the eccentric space in Aeronaut Brewery with an all levels flow! Brew up your own energy and vitality on the mat and then stay after to enjoy some brews that the team at Aeronaut has dreamed up!

 

Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K in Harvard Square: October 7

100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA, 02141

Join us on Sunday, October 7th @ 9:30 am for a festive German-themed 5k that circles Kendall Square and is immediately followed by an outdoor Oktoberfest on the CambridgeSide roof deck with Notch, Slumbrew & Bantam Cider!

 

Shovel Town Brewery Oktoberfest: October 13

12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

50 Oliver Street, Easton, MA, 02356

Come join the fun at Shovel Town Brewery's 2nd Annual Oktoberfest to Benefit the Easton Food Pantry! This year’s Shovel Town Brewery’s Oktoberfest is shaping up to be a great event! We are planning to expand the event with a tent in our parking Lot for Games and Food! This year’s event will once again feature live music from several local artists, authentic German Food, Wood Fired Pizza, games and Shovel Town Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Beer and much more!

 

13th Annual New Bedford Oktoberfest hosted by SCBA: October 13

3:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Pier 3, 106 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA, 02740

The SCBA Presents:  The 13th Annual NB OKTOBERFEST! Proceeds support at-risk youth & educational based charities along the Southcoast. Beer Sampler tickets will be available. Steins available in limited quantity to the first 200 purchasers only.

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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. 

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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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. 

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.

Local Caf├ęs with Free WiFi in Cambridge

Explore local Cambridge cafés as options for places to meet up for coffee or get some work done 

There are coffee shop chains like Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, and Peet's in the area, but we want to share locally owned cafés to highlight the special spots to enjoy Cambridge.

Check out these amazing finds that offer free WiFi to paying customers:

barismo 364

Barismo's flagship location is the perfect place for coffee lovers. This coffee bar is passionate about roasting and tasting the best coffee possible! 

364 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02139

Dado

An Asian-inspired coffee and tea house, Dado is dedicated to serving healthy, organic and wholesome meals and beverages. 

50 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138    

955 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 

Tatte Bakery & Café

There's WiFi at Tatte, but you'll find that the Cambridge favorite has a lot more to offer when you sit down at the table—enjoy pastries and dishes made with fresh, carefully-sourced ingredients while sipping a hot latte and getting some work done.

318 Third Street

101 Main Street

1288 Massachusetts Avenue 

205 Broadway

Zinneken's

Get hooked up to free WiFi and enjoy authentic Belgian waffles in Cambridge! 

1154 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Romantic Restaurants in Boston

Have you thought about where to go for a special date night in Boston?

Whether you're looking to plan Valentine's Day dinner or surprise someone you love for no reason, these Beantown restaurants check all the boxes for a romantic evening. 

The Classics

It's no surprise that the highly-recommended romantic restaurants in Boston are French—after all, it is one of the most romantic languages and cultures in the world. 

  • L'Espalier, French, 774 Boylston Street, Back Bay
  • No. 9 Park, Italian/French, 9 Park Street, Beacon Hill
  • Bistrot du Midi, French, 272 Boylston Street, Back Bay 
  • Mistral, French, 223 Columbus Avenue, South End
  • Tasca, Spanish Tapas, 1612 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton

The Newcomers

Spoke Wine Bar, 89 Bennet Square, Somerville

Spoke Wine Bar has been around since 2013, but has been under new management since April 2017. Late founder and original owner Felicia “Flea” Foster had stepped away from the restaurant in 2015 as she dealt with her amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis. Spoke reopened last spring with new owner Mary Kurth and new executive chef Eric Frier who sought to combine their new ideas with well-loved Spoke's legacy. Foster, who passed away in October 2017, is remembered for her many accomplishments, fierce spirit and opening one of America's Top 20 Wine Bars and a Somerville neighborhood favorite. 

Benedetto, Italian, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge (inside The Charles Hotel)

When The Charles Hotel made the decision to close Rialto in June 2016, shortly after the departure of chef and owner Jody Adams, the restaurant space was leased and replaced by Michael Pagliarini, chef and owner of Giulia. An Umbrian native, Pagliarini and his wife Pamela Ralston invite customers to "experience the re-imagining of rustic Italian recipes with luxe ingredients and artisan bravado." If the main plates aren't enough to entice you, perhaps Boston Magazine's review of the "enchanted sugarscapes" crafted by pastry chef Renae Connolly will hit your sweet spot. 

Café Du Pays, French-Canadian, 233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge

The same restaurant group behind State Park, Mamaleh's and Hungry Mother—which closed in 2015—opened the new French-Canadian restaurant in July 2017. If the established restaurant collection doesn't indicate a positive future for Café Du Pays, the restaurant has earned 2017 Restaurant of the Year and 2017 Top Best New Restaurant. Not convinced enough to make reservations? Read this review.

Additional Recommendations

Check out the Boston Chefs website for a more comprehensive list of Valentine's Day restaurant specials.

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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Cambridge Apartments

If you want to live in a historic city with lots of modern attractions, consider Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its roots date back over 400 years, when it was a farming community. Since then, it has transformed into a national hotspot for biotechnology and intellectual pursuits. Some of the current attractions in Cambridge include:

  • Harvard University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences

  • National Bureau of Economic Research

  • The Boston Museum of Science

  • Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

The city is also home to many historic sites. Two of these include the Abraham Watson House and the Aaron Hill House. When you rent Cambridge apartments, you’re close to everything you need. This includes restaurants for any palate or budget, history, technology, and medical centers. You’re also close enough to Boston proper to take in the many concerts and events that city has to offer.

Where to Find Apartments for Rent in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Longwood Residential rents and manages many of the area’s finest apartments. We also offer condos, townhomes, and private homes. If you know that you want to live in Cambridge, we encourage you to use our search feature to see everything we currently have available. You can search by property type, price, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, and specific amenities. Common searches include those close to public transportation, shopping, parks, and public schools.

When you rent in Cambridge, MA, you can expect to pay at least $1,600 per month. The rates go up depending on the number of bathrooms, bedrooms, and amenities. Longwood Residential offers numerous luxury accommodations with features such as swimming pools, fitness centers, business centers, concierge services, and much more. We are happy to assist you with locating the perfect Cambridge apartment. If you’re open to nearby communities such as Boston and Brookline, we have properties there as well.

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.