Back Bay/Beacon Hill

What Millennials Are Looking for in Boston Real Estate

For years Boston has attracted Millennials with it's abundance of highly ranked colleges and universities, and it has retained them with a thriving job market and renowned cultural appeal.  Real Estate in Back Bay, The South End, Beacon Hill, Downtown, The Seaport, Dorchester and South Boston is particularly attractive to Millennials, because homes here offer a social and convenient lifestyle not found outside the city.  Therefore it's important for the sellers of homes in these neighborhoods, and also for builders looking for land to develop residential buildings, to understand the preferences this target demographic.  Our friends at Sky Five Properties put some research together that we thought would help give some insight into this growing population of home buyers.  To help us understand what Millennials are looking for in Boston Homes.  

What Millennials are Looking for in Boston Homes

Millennials are spreading their wings and finding their way in this big, big world and doing so in a way that truly affects the local real estate market. Part of that is moving out of their parents’ house and into a space of their own. And although they are known to spend their money on experiences, adventure, travel, good food, and fun, they all need a place to rest their heads at night. Boston is a popular city for millennials for obvious reasons; the culture, a thriving job market, the art, the food, the big city feel, the public transportation, the coffee shops and sidewalk boutiques and access to one of the most sought after universities in the country. When moving to Boston, millennials are looking for a few key things in a home or apartment that are non-negotiable. When it comes to real estate, there are a few things your home needs to have in order to attract these tech-savvy, environmentally conscious, global-minded, entrepreneurial, social media addicted go-getters. 

The ability to connect- For most millennials, staying connected is a priority. They usually have a multitude of different devices plugged in at one time, and having them charged and ready to use at any moment is important. Built in office spaces, conveniently placed outlets, and other features that allow them to plug in quickly and easily are important for this generation of homebuyers. They’ll ask questions about Internet and cell service in the area, so make sure you have the answers for that. 

The option for fitness-  Millennials tend to be a more health conscious generation than those before them. Health and fitness are important to them, so a place to work out is a definite plus when looking for a home. An exercise space in the home is usually a perk, but being close to a local gym, running path or hiking trail can also peak a millennials interest.

A place to eat-  Millennials are brave and open-minded when it comes to trying new foods. They appreciate a diverse range of foods and are more likely to spend their money on a cool new local restaurant than a typical fast food chain. And because they love food, they need a place to cook it in. A modern kitchen is a must for this generation. Contemporary appliances, stylish décor and a place that feels comfortable and spacious is a must. The kitchen has become a popular place for hang-outs and get-togethers, so this room of the house needs to be updated, open, stylish and convenient to really wow them.

An outdoor space- Whether it is a small patio that they’ll convert into a Zen place to do yoga or a large backyard where they will grow their own vegetables, millennials appreciate a private place outside to get some fresh air. They appreciate a balcony, a patio or an intimate front porch that they can unwind on after a busy day. It’s not about the size of the space for millennials, it’s about the opportunity to get outside to recharge and relax, sip some good wine with friends, read a good book, write, check emails or hang out in a hammock. 

Because they typically enjoy travel and put value in experiences over material things, many millennials rent a home or condo before they buy, (more about that here). The idea of spending a lot of money or time in one place may not fit with their lifestyle, so renting gives them a little more freedom in that department.

Say what you will about millennials, but one thing is certain: Millennials moving to Boston for their first adventure on their own have a specific set of requirements that must be met before they will commit to buying a home. By making a few of these changes, your home could become the dream home for enthusiastic, energy efficient, progressive, nomadic, multi-taskers who are taking their next big step in life. 

For more information about the Boston real estate market, contact one of our experts, 617-236-0353.

 

The Best Activities and Entertainment This Holiday Season in Boston

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Boston is a fun place to be any time of year, but especially at Christmas-time, when the sparkling Christmas trees and festive lights illuminating streets and storefronts bring cheer to even the scroogiest Bostonian.  The city buzzes with music, holiday shoppers fill the sidewalks and stores and best of all, special holiday events start filling people’s calendars.  To make sure you capture the allure of Boston during the holiday season, and to avoid missing out on tickets or double booking yourself, it’s important to start planning your event schedule as early as possible.  Here are our recommendations for the best activities to participate in this year:

Lighted Christmas Trees - By late November and early December beautifully lit christmas trees begin to pop up all over the city.  You can find two of the biggest trees in Boston Common and Faneuil Hall, which is also the site of the Blink! holiday lights and music show which is free and runs 12 times between 4:30-10pm.  Here is a list of tree lightings taking place in November, and here is one for December. 

Ice skating on the common - If you're planning to head to Boston Common to see the glorious Christmas Tree, make sure to pack your ice skates for the outdoor rink, which opens in mid-November.    

Menorah lighting - Also in Boston Common you'll find public Menorah lighting each night through Hanukah (December 24th - January 1st).

The Nutcracker - Performed by Boston Ballet at Symphony Hall from November 25th-December 31st.  

Holiday Pops - Performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra from November 30th-December 31st.

Holiday shopping - You'll find unique shopping experiences in some of Boston's most charming neighborhoods.  Make sure to check out Newbury Street and the Prudential Center in Back Bay, Charles Street on Beacon Hill, Salem Street in the North End, Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and Harvard Square in Cambridge.  

Santa - In many of Boston's popular shopping areas you'll have the chance to visit with Santa, which is a nice way to break up a day of shopping with the kids.  

Santa Speedo Run- On Saturday, December 10th, hundreds of scantily clad runners will hit the streets for a run that raises money for The Play Ball Foundation, "which provides Boston middle school students with a chance to play, and build friendships and character through the lessons of sports - teamwork, communication and discipline."  It's a fun, unique holiday event for both runners and their audience

First Night - Boston's signature New Year's Eve event includes a fireworks show over Boston Harbor, a huge Celebrate Boston Parade down Boylston Street, musical performance, ice sculptures and fun activities for the whole family.  

These are just a few of our favorites, but there's no shortage of festive, entertaining things to see and do in Boston during the holiday season.  For more advice on activities in your neighborhood, contact one of our agents, all of whom live in the city and surrounding area.  

 

 

 

101 Beacon Street

Now it's Your Turn to Make History with This Enchanting Gem

This grand and beloved lady comes to the market for the first time in over 60 years. Circa 1862, 101 Beacon was built for the notable Arthor Lithgow Devens of Boston. Over the year this gracious Victorian has been home to such notables as: William Mountford, Percival Lowell Everett, and Augustus Thorndike. In 1959 the home was converted into nine residential units by prominent architect Saul Moffie allowing the top floors of the home to take full advantage of sweeping views of The Charles River.

Location! Location! 101 Beacon is the last building on Beacon Street before the Boston Public Garden. Such prominence in location is not surpassed in Boston. Its rare setting allows river views from the front and southern exposure in the rear.

The third floor of the home features direct elevator access to the former mansion grand library. Boasting the original detail of this opulent residence, the floor through one bedroom is highlighted by mahogany wainscoting, decadent fireplace, antique sconces, and dramatic bay windows.

Floors four through seven have direct elevator access into the spacious, floor-through, two bedroom, two bath residences.

With 10,575 square footage, 101 Beacon is listed at $5,995,000. For more photos and information please visit 101Beacon.com.

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This Week's Featured Neighborhood: Back Bay

Centerpiece for Victorian Brownstone Homes and Famous Boston Landmarks

One of Boston's most desirable neighborhoods, the Back Bay is home to trendy Victorian brownstone homes, unique shops, and trendy restaurants and bars. The Back Bay is home to The Charles Realty (located at 257 Newbury Street) and many other companies and shops. Numerous boutiques line Newbury Street making it the shopping mecca of Boston.

The shops on Newbury Street, the Prudential Center, and other spots in the Back Bay draw in shoppers from all over the world. The Back Bay is also a notable Boston neighborhood for its boasting landmarks such as, Copley Square, the Trinity Church, and the Public Library. The two tallest Boston skylines, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower add to the Back Bay's beautiful scenery.

Some restaurants include: Top of the Hub (American): 800 Boylston Street Stephanie's on Newbury (American): 190 Newbury Street Atlantic Fish (Seafood): 761 Boylston Street Abe & Louie's (Steak): 793 Boylston Street L'Espalier (French): 774 Boylston Street Sorellina (Italian): 1 Huntington Avenue

Some shopping stores include: The Shops at the Prudential Center: 800 Boylston Street Newbury Street Shops: Newbury Street

Some bars & pubs include: McGreevy's: 911 Boylston Street Champion's Sports Bar: 110 Huntington Avenue Met Back Bay: 279 Dartmouth Street

Be sure to let us know your favorite spots in the Back Bay by commenting on our Facebook! For more information on the Back Bay, feel free to message our Rental Agents directly at our new rentals Facebook page, Charles Rentals.

For Back Bay listings please visit our website http://www.thecharlesrealty.com/.

Sources: Boston.com Cityofboston.gov

This Week's Featured Neighborhood: Beacon Hill

One of Boston's smallest, but most historically rich neighborhoods.

Often referred to as "The Hill," this neighborhood features a mix of grand townhouses and fashionable shops. Famous for its gold-domed State House, Beacon Hill is outlined by the Massachusetts General Hospital, Government Center, the Boston Common, and Public Garden. Approximately one square mile in size, Beacon Street, Bowdoin Street, Cambridge Street and Storrow Drive surround Beacon Hill.

Beacon Hill proudly displays its historical charm through its numerous brick single family townhouses. Its overall layout and looks resemble that of colonial Boston. One of its most notable streets, Charles Street features gas burning lamps and brick sidewalks is home to antique shops, small cafes, and clothing boutiques.

Some restaurants include:

Cheers (84 Beacon Street) - American

The Paramount (44 Charles Street) - American

Mooo.... (15 Beacon Street) - Steak

Toscano (47 Charles Street) - Italian

No. 9 Park - (9 Park Street) - French

Some shopping stores include:

Black Ink - (101 Charles Street)

Red Wagon - (69 Charles Street)

Moxie - (51 Charles Street)

Wish - (49 Charles Street)

Some bars & pubs include:

The Four's - (166 Canal Street)

21st Amendment - (150 Bowdoin Street)

Silvertone Bar and Grill - (69 Bromfield Street)

Be sure to let us know your favorite spots in Beacon Hill by commenting on our Facebook! For more information on Beacon Hill, feel free to message our Rental Agents directly at our new rentals Facebook page, Newbury Rentals.

For Beacon Hill listings please visit our website http://www.thecharlesrealty.com/.

Sources:

Boston.com

CityofBoston.gov

Reasons to Consider January 1st Rentals

2014 is upon us, and with it comes numerous lease openings in the Boston area. While people may find many reasons not to rent, but in today's day and age renting is something that should considered for the New Year. Below the Newbury Rentals team has come up with some reasons to consider rentals on January 1st.

More financially safe than owning a home

The economy has greatly influenced the housing market, and now is a better time than ever to rent. One of the largest costs avoided when renting is the mortgage. Not only is the cost of a mortgage avoided, but also the stress of large payments or having to remortgage. Other big costs avoided are property taxes, Homeowners Associate fees (doesn't apply to all), and homeowners insurance.

In addition, when renting you avoid the responsibilities of buying or selling a home. Another upside to renting is that it allows for people to save up money, pay off loans, and spend money elsewhere. In some cases renters today are renting more than one home allowing for them to have a vacation spot.

Access to urban conveniences

The majority of rentals are found in urban areas, which usually means everything is in a mile. Many necessities are within walking distances in urban areas. Not only are there numerous stores within a close proximity, but also many stores in cities cannot be found in suburban areas.

Some rentals have luxuries

Many luxury buildings and apartment complexes offer a pool, gym, and other amenities. It can come in handy especially in the cold winter months when any imaginable luxury is accessible right in your own building.

Less upkeep

There is far less upkeep involved when renting. Someone else does all the repairs when renting, a landlord or someone they hire will take care of repairs and replacements. When something breaks and it's in the contract that the landlord will fix it, then they are required to do so.

Social scene

When more than one tenant are living under the same roof, rentals themselves become great places for a social life. Rentals in urban areas are also close to some of the best nightlife spots, including bars, clubs, and restaurants.

For more information on rentals, feel free to message our Rental Agents directly at our new rentals Facebook page, Newbury Rentals or check out our site!

Sources:

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Your Guide to Black Friday Shopping in Boston

Friday, November 29 marks the most chaotic day of the year for shoppers and retailers alike. Although many Black Friday deals are getting an early start on Thanksgiving, the vast majority of deals can be found early Friday morning. Here are some great places gathered together by our knowledgable agents, in order to get that Black Friday shopping done:

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Newbury Street

One of Boston's most popular shopping destinations includes numerous trendy boutiques, national retailers, and individually owned shops. Some retailers include:

·         Fresh (121 Newbury St.) 3 free samples with every online purchase

·         Marc Jacobs (81 Newbury St.)

·         Ralph Lauren (92-93 Newbury St.)

·         Chanel (5 Newbury St.)

·         H&M (100 Newbury St.) Deals starting at $2.95!  Up to 70% off!

·         Nespresso (7 Newbury St.)

·         Hotel Chocolat (137 Newbury St.)

Prudential Center

Located at the base of the Prudential Tower is the shopping center featuring numerous apparel, accessory, and specialty stores. Some retailers include:

·         Lord & Taylor

·         Oakley Up to 91% off on sunglasses

·         Express 50% off every single item until noon Friday

·         Ann Taylor Take a 50% off deal

·         Vineyard Vines

·         lululemon athletica Save $5 for every $100 spent

·         Sephora $10 for limited edition products

·         Vera Bradley 25% off entire store open-4 a.m.; 20% off 4 a.m.-close

Copley Place

Located in Back Bay, the complex includes office buildings, hotels, and an upscale shopping mall great for scoring deals on Black Friday. Some retailers include:

·         Apple $41 off of iPad Air and $101 off Macbook Pro

·         Saks Fifth Avenue Extra 40%-50% off storewide

·         Barnes & Noble

·         Louis Vuitton

·         Michael Kors

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on how to make the most of your Black Friday excursion.  For more information on what shops to hit in the Boston area, feel free to message our Rental Agents directly at our new rentals Facebook page, Newbury Rentals!

Happy Shopping!

- The Charles Realty Team

Newbury Street: Home to the Best Places to Shop in Boston

According to Condé Nast Traveler, the American based luxury travel magazine, Boston was named the #10 best city for shopping in the U.S.  Our fair city ranked among the upheld shopping capitals such as L.A., San Francisco, and New York City.  Bostonians know that Newbury Street is the home to the diverse realm of shops, from luxury boutiques to high end second-hand stores.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Winter in Boston

Whether this is your first Boston winter in the new apartment or just looking to battle the challenges of living in the city during gargantuan snow storms, we are here to give you some tips on how to make it through:

Mind the Thermostat

Yes, we know that this is the #1 word of advice from any Bostonian, and there is a reason for it.  Not only is it super energy and cost efficient to keep your heat on low when you are out of the house, but also it's just as important to get your thermostat checked out!  It's good to double check that the batteries and the thermostat itself are working properly before the real snow begins.

Beware of the Draft

Double checking that the windows lock properly and weatherstripping all windows and doors are two quick ways to combat the cold winter air.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air drafts can waste anywhere from 30% to 5% of your energy use. Rolling up towels are a quick DIY way to weatherstrip any problem doors.

Schedule an Energy Audit

Have one of the experts handle it and inspect your home to help you cut costs on your winter heating bills.  Whether you live in an apartment or a condominium, you can have your landlord contact National Grid to inspect your home and provide a full report on how to make your home more energy efficient.

Stock Up on the Basics

Flashlights, batteries, and your ice-melt solution of choice are all handy items to stock up on in the Boston weather.  It's always better to be prepared with these items on hand then to have to trek through snow banks in Back Bay for any last minute necessities.

Always Have a Backup Plan

Parking in Boston can be a nightmare on a day to day basis, then throw in a New England Blizzard and things can get really interesting.  Always be sure to have a back-up plan about where to park in case your parking spot is ever the home to a snowbank. You can talk with your landlord or surrounding parking garages about back up options.

Protect Your Floors

Even gleaming hardwood floors can take a toll from the harsh New England Winter. Take any old tray and fill it with pebbles and rocks to create a stylish and mess free place to put your winter boots to dry.

For more tips and tricks on how to make it through a legendary Boston winter, feel free to reach out to our agents about life in the city!

Sources

Winterize Your Home

24 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

For Rent: Gorgeous Studio Loft in the Heart of Back Bay

By: Maria Vivas

It's never too early to make plans for the upcoming year. If you are looking to make the Back Bay your home in January, this refined studio apartment is perfect for you.

This completely renovated loft does not sacrifice any of the quintessential Brownstone elegance. With crown moldings, classic trims, gleaming hardwood floors, and custom built-ins, this home is the definition of classic Back Bay style. Additional stand-out features include stainless steel appliances, oversized walk-in closet and chandelier lighting. The home comes completely furnished to ease the stress of moving into your new place.

The well-kept building features laundry and elevator access that make for easy living in one of Boston's most coveted locations. Located at 105 Beacon Street, this home is merely steps away from the Public Gardens, Copley Square, and all that Newbury street has to offer.

If you want to see this home in person, feel free to contact one of our expert rental agents to schedule a showing here.