Blog :: 08-2016

Tiny Homes in the Boston Area

The tiny home craze sweeping the nation is playing out in some interesting ways in Boston. One such example is the company Getaway Designs. Launched in Boston in 2014, the company has built several tiny homes in the woods just outside of the city. The idea is to provide vacationers with just what they need and nothing more. It gives them a chance to rest, reflect, and purposely disconnect from an always-connected world.

When Getaway Designs advertises their vacation homes as tiny, that is exactly what they mean. The largest of them is just 192 square feet. Amazingly, that is room enough for two full beds, a mini-kitchen, full shower, and electric toilet. The two-year-old company also includes books about nature, minimalism, and tree houses for the full effect.

A Place for Homeless Veterans

On the other end of the spectrum is a formerly homeless veteran who served as a Marine sergeant in the Vietnam War. With the help of someone he served with who befriended him when he was homeless, Peter MacDonald opened a non-profit community called Veteran Resort Chapels three years ago.

Homeless veterans can stay in one of the 12 tiny houses on the 11-acre property for as long as they like at no charge. It gives them an opportunity to confront their personal issues while developing a plan for the future. MacDonald’s only stipulations are that no drugs or alcohol are allowed on the property and non-veteran guests are not allowed to stay overnight.

These are just two examples of how creative people in Boston are capitalizing on the popularity of tiny homes for the good of the community.

Hot Boston Neighborhoods You Should Invest In NOW

Real estate is an excellent investment option because it generates a predictable income source and its value increases over the years. Whether you’re new to real estate investing or a seasoned professional, you need to know which Boston neighborhoods make the best investments.

Jamaica Plain and Roslindale

These neighborhoods are slowly becoming too expensive for low income and middle class renters, but both of them are attractive to young professionals with few obligations who can afford the rent. A current trend among investors in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale is to live in a multi-family property they buy or in a single-family home with extra rooms. They can then rent out the space they are not using.  One obvious benefit to this is that your renters pay most of the mortgage.

Roslindale is the more affordable of these two areas. People who are priced out of Jamaica Plain are heading to nearby Roslindale to look for housing. This is good news for you as an investor. The area also has a huge draw in Roslindale Square. The weekly farmer’s market is a hit, as are the numerous restaurants and shopping options.

Other Boston Neighborhoods to Consider

Condos are an attractive option for people who want stability without the demands of home ownership. The Brighton neighborhood is home to several one and two-family homes that have been converted to condos. This is a good time for investors to get in on the growing condo market in Brighton. The area is also home to Brighton Center. It is a vibrant area containing shops, restaurants, and many businesses.

East Boston offers an amazing skyline view and is connected to greater Boston by harbor tunnels and the MBTA’s blue line. The area has improved significantly over the past few years and is attractive to renters. If you prefer to buy investment property in the suburbs, consider Watertown. This Boston neighborhood is less expensive than the city and may be a good option for renters with young families.

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.

Indignation

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 abby@mideastclub.com 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.