Blog :: 05-2018

Summertime Festivals in Boston, MA

As much as we love going to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard during the summer, there's also plenty of fun to be had in downtown Boston!

One of the many positive things about living in Boston, Massachusetts is having access to fun and interesting cultural events year-round. Here's a quick round-up of popular summer festivals to explore in downtown Boston and the greater Boston area:

 

Boston Calling (Memorial Day weekend)

Since 2013, Boston's music festival features major live musical acts. Past headliners include fun., Young the Giant, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Mumford & Sons, and, more recently, Eminem, The Killers and Jack White:

Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring the biggest and best acts in live music, comedy, and visual arts. The event will provide easy access to all performance areas, incredible concessions, indoor performances and many surprises to be announced. All ages are welcome and children under 10 are free. 

Tall Ships in Boston with Sail Boston (mid-June)

Want to experience New England history on the water? Come aboard the beautiful historic tall ships in the Boston Harbor:

Sail Boston brings 52 magnificent tall ships from all over the world to Boston Harbor in June for a 5-day festival. 

You can watch the Tall Ships Parade through the Harbor, join on-board tours, see them up close on special cruises, and enjoy the festival's celebrations and other special events. 

Boston Harbor Festival (late June-Fourth of July)

The five-day festival in downtown Boston is dedicated to celebrating Beantown's history. The festival always closes with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular:

With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more!

Green River Festival (mid-July)

The Green River Festival is the result of two separate events held in Greenfield, Massachussetts—the Upcountry Balloon Fair on one weekend, followed by the anniversary of the local radio stations WRSI. Over time, the local events merged into today's unique folk-boho-hot air balloon festival in the Boston-area.


Over the years, the festival has hosted dozens of music giants including established legends like Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, and more recent stars like The Avett Brothers, Neko Case, Calexico, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, CAKE, Fountains Of Wayne, Old Crow Medicine Show, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and many others.  

Now in its 32nd year, the Green River Festival continues to combine hot air ballooning with world-class musical performers. 

 

Stunning Waterfront Condos for Sale in Boston

Imagine enjoying an obscured view of Boston harbor every day from the comfort of your own home

Living on the Boston waterfront provides homeowners the opportunity to see the city in a completely different perspective than most residents. With these listings, it's possible to enjoy the conveniences of city living while having an urban oasis with plenty of natural light and calming views of the water. 

Your worst problem? All of your friends and family who will want to invite themselves over every Fourth of July and New Year's Eve to get a clear view of the fireworks. 

Here are a few of the Boston condominiums available for sale (as of May 23, 2018):

Boston Waterfront Condo 100 Lovejoy Place

100 Lovejoy Place, Unit 11B, waterfront

Boston, MA 02114

MLS Number 72288321

Cheerful natural light greets you as you enter this sophisticated and stylish corner home overlooking the beginning of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Lovejoy Wharf has everything you've been looking for from front door valet parking to over 2,000 sf of health and wellness space, Related signature management services, Lovejoy Attache personalized lifestyle concierge services, rooftop sun terrace, fireside library lounge, billiards room, children playroom, event space with catering kitchen, conference room, and more, you'll find true luxury in this new community designed by Robert A.M. Stern. Captivating design features and a thoughtful layout create a warm and inviting space filled with style and sophistication. An incredible home, spectacular building, dynamic location on the waterfront and in the heart of the city. 1 parking space included.

Boston Waterfront Condo 120 Fulton

120 Fulton, Unit DE, Waterfront

Boston, MA 02109

MLS Number 72290049

Rarely available condominium in the historic McLauthlin Building on tree-lined Fulton Street. This unique brick and beam loft includes over 1000 square feet of living space. Open concept living room with office alcove. Oversized eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances. Two separate sleeping areas, one bathroom, in-unit Bosch washer/dryer and central AC. The McLauthlin is a professionally managed building in a great North End location just one block from Boston's Waterfront and steps from Faneuil Hall and the Financial District. Easy access to all major highways. A must see!

Boston Waterfront Condo 10 Constellation Wharf

10 Constellation Wharf, Unit 10, Waterfront

Boston, MA 02129

MLS Number 72238708

3-bedroom townhouse with stunning Harbor and City views. Ideally located at the end of the Wharf, this townhome features direct entry, attached garage and 2 terraces overlooking Boston’s Harbor. The open living and dining rooms have a wood-burning fireplace, custom built-ins and a wall-of-windows capturing sunsets and Boston’s Skyline. The eat-in kitchen has custom cabinets, stainless appliances and 2 pantries. The master suite has a luxurious en-suite bathroom with soaking tub, custom closets and private deck with glorious views. Guest bedroom with renovated full bathroom. The 3rd bedroom is privately located and can be used as a study/office and has a wood-burning fireplace, custom built-in desk and private deck. Features include herringbone floors in the dining room, audio, wet bar, and second covered parking space. This property is a private Harbor-side community with guest parking and a concierge.

 

Boston Waterfront Condo 85 E India Row

85 E India Row, Unit 29E, Waterfront

Boston, MA 02110

MLS Number 72319439

Enjoy spectacular views of the Boston Harbor, the Seaport District and beyond from this rarely available upper-level, one-bedroom home in sought after Tower 1. Gracious entry foyer leads you to the spacious living room with a wall of windows, custom built-in bookcase and great sunlight from the Southern exposure. Wake in the morning to Harbor views from the large bedroom with great closet space. Galley kitchen with full appliances and ample storage. All tile bath with updated vanity and glass enclosed tub/shower. Private association pool and sun-deck area with picnic area and grills. Full service building with 24-hour doorman, concierge services and on-site professional management. Move in just in time to enjoy summer on the Boston Waterfront.

Want to see more waterfront condos in Boston? Contact Longwood Residential today!

HOA Fees in Boston: What You Need to Know

As you search for your dream luxury condominium in Boston, the cost of HOA fees can certainly make an impact on your final housing decision

What are HOA fees?

Homeowners association fees, simply abbreviated as HOA fees, are funds that contribute to maintaining the common areas of a planned community, such as condominiums, townhouses, or free standing homes within a gated development. HOA fees are typically paid monthly by the homeowner. 

The cost of HOA fees is determined by a variety of factors, including the community's location, available amenities, and general lifestyle.

Consider your budget and your must-haves for an ideal living situation. Are HOA fees worth the investment for your situation?  Work with your realtor to determine which condo or shared community properties have proportionate HOA fees based on your needs.  

What is the average cost of HOA fees in Boston?

According to a nationwide study conducted by Trulia, HOA fees are continuing to rise in major U.S. metropolitan areas. The four major findings from the study revealed:

  • HOA fees have been increasing at a faster rate than home prices
  • HOA Fees are higher in older buildings 
  • If a building has a fewer number of units, the HOA fees will be smaller
  • If a unit has fewer bedrooms, the HOA fees will be smaller 

Here's a look at Boston's HOA fee statistics from the Trulia study:

Boston, MA Metropolitan Area (2005-2015)

2015

  • 15.9%: Percentage of Homeowner Households Who Pay A HOA Fee in Metro Area, 2015
  • $387: Weighted Average HOA Fee of Households That Pay HOA Fee, 2015

2005

  • 14.5%: Percentage of Homeowner Households Who Pay A HOA Fee in Metro Area, 2005
  • $318: Weighted Average HOA Fee of Households That Pay HOA Fee, 2005

2005 vs. 2015

  • 1.4: Point Change in Homeowner Households Who Pay A HOA Fee, 2005 to 2015
  • 21.7%: % Change in Average HOA Fee, 2005 to 2015
  • 2.0%: Per Annum Change

View Trulia's complete study: Attack of the Killer HOA Fees

Conclusion

Although HOA fees are rising, this should not necessarily deter a homeowner from looking at condominiums, townhouses, and other planned communities. 

As property values increase, especially in metropolitan cities that are popular industry hubs, it is only natural that HOA fees would rise to reflect the nature. The appeal of condo living differs greatly from the appeal of single-family home living—it can be inferred that the condo-lifestyle permits a homeowner living in a metropolitan area to enjoy community amenities at their convenience, as well as allows the homeowner more flexibility to move his/her career.

Want to find out if the luxury condominium lifestyle in Boston is for you? Contact us at Longwood Residential today!

Top 10 High Schools in Massachusetts Announced for 2018

U.S. News & World Report announced the national rankings for high schools across the country

Among several other factors, U.S. News determined the high school rankings based upon four main concepts:

  • Whether students exceeded expectations in their state
  • Whether underserved students performed better than the state average
  • Whether student graduation rates met a threshold
  • Whether students were prepared for college-level work 

For Massachusetts, 20 high schools were awarded gold medals, 71 earned silver medals and 22 received bronze medals.

Here's who made the list for the 2018 Top 10 High Schools in Massachusetts:

  1. Boston Latin School *ranked #48 nationally
  2. Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School (Marlborough)
  3. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (Malden)
  4. Lenox Memorial High
  5. Hopkinton High School
  6. Boston Latin Academy
  7. Medfield Senior High 
  8. Dover-Sherborn Regional High 
  9. Arlington High
  10. John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science (Roxbury)

Read the full U.S. News Best High School Rankings to see how other states ranked and to learn the full methodology of the study.