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How to Update Your Home For Fall

Fall

Fall is upon us and there's no better way to prepare your home for the colder season than by incorporating some small touches and experimenting with new textures. 

Real Simple has explored some small ways that you can incorporate new details into your home for the fall and we've picked out the best for you here!

Switch out pillows and blankets

Thicker blankets will make your home (and you!) warmer for the fall and going into the winter, you can also incorporate different textures and darker colors, faux fur or chunky knits. New throw pillows are also a cheap and easy way to incorporate a new color scheme into a room. 

Update your mantel

Whether you have a fireplace or another focal point in your living room, this is the perfect opportunity to re-style it with new art pieces, objects and candles that are more reminiscent of the fall. You'll be spending more time indoors so this is a great opportunity to keep this space fresh. 

Purchase some fall foliage

Summer isn't the only season for bringing plants into your home. Green garland, autumn leaves and other flowers such as dahlias and chrysanthemums are all in season. By putting these in pretty vases with darker tones you can bring everything you love about the changing season into your home. 

Add new prints

Plaid, stripes, tartan are all great new patterns you could use to replace the bright colors and florals from the summer. The warmer patterns are a good way to incorporate some excitement if your current decor is pretty neutral or solid, whether in the form of a rug, blanket, pillow or picture. 

Bring in more light

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer you can further transform a room by bringing in more light. String lights create a season feeling or switch out your current bulbs for more muted tones. You can also incorporate a variety of lighting options to decide when you want a room to be lit up or dark and cozy. 

Get new bedding

Save on heating and upgrade your bedding with more layers, cozier fabrics and darker tones. Tailored quilts, heavier duvets and additional throw blankets are an easy way to make your bed more inviting when it's cold outside. 

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Exciting Condo Development Proposed for East Boston

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Plans for a new East Boston development hoping to revitalize an underutilized section of Border Street have been proposed by City Realty Group

The six story development would have 64 condos, ground floor retail space and an art gallery showcasing local artists in the lobby. 

Residents would be able to enjoy many amenities including a common roof deck, private decks in half of the units, a gym and interior parking. There would also be a separate bike room with ample space for bike storage. 

Developers are hoping that the retail space will attract either a yoga studio or juice bar in order to attract more residents throughout the neighborhood to the space and create a sense of community. 

Many new East Boston developments have been looking to add in more commercial space to create more opportunities for residents within the community. 

The lobby will include photos and other works by community artists to celebrate the area's culture and legacy. 

If the plans are approved the project is hoping to begin construction in spring 2017 and be completed by fall 2018. 

Contact us for more information about new developments around Boston or view the latest listings in East Boston here.  

The Harrison Albany Block Project Proposed For South End

Harrison Albany Block

The Harrison Albany Block project is a huge proposal for the South End, mixing rental buildings with ground floor amenities, retail, restaurant and cultural space. 

The development will include new buildings, new street designs, friendly open spaces, tree-lined streets and more to really create a sense of community with the space. 

The project will bring around 696 new apartments to the neighborhood, adding to the already thriving community in the area. 

The two residential buildings in the space would be around 11 stories high along East Dedham Street and East Canton Street. Another building at 575 Albany Street would be renovated and an additional five-story glass addition would be constructed on the top of the building. 

The development would also include office space and a large underground parking garage for residents and visitors. 

Throughout the project proposal the height of the buildings have decreased in order to fit more in with the surrounding development, however the mass of the project has increased. 

The development would sit on a 3.1 acre site and will seek a LEED Silver certification upon finishing the project. 

The proposal has been submitted however start dates and expected finishing dates have yet to be announced. 

Contact us for more information about this and other new developments around Boston. 

Apartment Sizes Are Shrinking and Here's Why

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Ever wonder why apartment sizes seem to have shrunk in recent years? New data from Axiometrics and RCLCO explain the reasons contributing to this decrease. 

Apartment size has mostly decreased in studios and one bedroom units across the country and Boston is no exception. At the same time, the number of these units on the market have continued to increase. 

The data shows that the average unit size across the country has shrunk by 70 SF, around 7% in apartment units that were built in the last six years. This is compared to those built in the previous nine years. 

One of the reasonings behind this decrease is a shift in what residents want from their home. They determined that residents are more focused on a good location and the ability to live, work and play in the neighborhood that they are in, rather than focusing on the square footage of their apartment. 

Boston was included in the high-cost markets that shaved off the most square feet in their new developments at 9%. Across all markets, the total units that are under 600 SF have doubled from 2010 to 2016 and now make up 15% of the units on market today. 

The other reasons behind the decrease in size don't just have to do with resident desires. Concrete and other development costs are at an all-time high, so developers are seeking ways to reduce their construction costs as much as possible. 

Landlords are also feeling the pressures of the market and are attempting to maximize income by building more units while at the same time not increasing space. 

What's more important in your home search: size or location? Let us know!

Contact us for more expert advice on the housing market and finding your new home today. 

Bike Rooms: the Newest Amenity in Luxury Rental Buildings

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With Boston being named one of the next big cycling cities in the country and cities all over the world becoming more bike-friendly, it is no wonder that for rental buildings, bike rooms are becoming a top priority

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about luxury amenities, but bike rooms are increasing in demand and popularity and developers are following the trend. 

Bike rooms used to be an afterthought, generally tucked away in the basement, but not anymore. 

These rooms are now equipped with easy access in and out, secure access, tight security, lockers for equipment, included supplies and spaces for repairs and tune-ups. 

Other developers are taking on the bike trend with their fitness facilities, providing state of the art equipment, facilities with great views and access to real or virtual spin classes. 

New developments are increasingly making their locations bike friendly, with easy access to bike paths and bike sharing programs for their residents. 

With expanded capacity for storage and bike facilities, developers are encouraging this movement further and they are not just promoting physical activity, but protecting the environment as well. 

Contact us for more information about finding your new rental in Boston!

Smart Home Technology to Transform Your Home Today

Smart home technology

Our smartphone and technology-filled lives are finally translating into the home, as smart home features begin to grow in popularity.

According to a report by Houzz, nearly half of people that are renovating their homes are adding new technology in the process. Around 45% are putting in at least one new system or device that they are able to control from their phone or computer. 

Those who are currently completing upgrades or renovations are most likely to add the technologies because they have already set aside a budget for investing on improving their home. 

While these technologies come with the benefits of convenience and adding value, it doesn't mean people are spending huge amounts of money on them. Most people in the report spent around $1,500 or less in total on the technologies, while only 5% spent $5,000 or more.

The other half of residents who aren't spending money on the technologies either aren't interested, think they're too expensive or are worried about security issues with smart devices. 

The top smart tech purchases include, safety and security systems such as fire and gas systems or high-tech cameras. Other popular products include smart entertainment systems like smart TV's, speakers and streaming devices. 

Climate control falls third on the popularity list, giving people the ability to fine-tune their heating or cooling methods to overall save on their energy bills. 

Many new developments now come with smart home features built into the unit. What smart home technology would you want to find in your new home? 

Contact us today for more information about new developments and finding your new home today!

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30 Dalton Luxury Back Bay Living

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30 Dalton is the ultimate in luxury, located in Back Bay in a beautiful glass and metal 27 story building. 

The 218-unit building is complete with beautiful finishes and everything from one bedrooms to three bedrooms and luxury penthouses. 

The price tag is not cheap- one bedrooms start at $3,750 a month and three bedrooms start at $11,500 a month, but the amenities can not be beat. 

Each unit offers high-end amenity packages, gas stoves and more, as well as access to the top-floor common space and outdoor terraces with terrific views.

There are also floor-to-ceiling glass windows, open living areas and penthouses with extraordinary perks. Master bedroom suites feature large walk-in closets, porcelain tile bathrooms and quartz-topped vanities. There are only 20 parking spaces in the building, renting for $700 a month. 

Other building amenities include a fitness center, a library, a business conference room and a pat spa. 

Residents can also enjoy the park just outside the doorstep and a Flour Bakery occupying part of the ground floor. 

Contact us for more information and the latest listings. 

Renting Vs Buying Your Home

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Are you currently looking for somewhere to rent, but questioning whether you should buy a property instead? 

This is a common question that people ask before renting or buying a new property, trying to decide what is best for them and their budget.

With mortgage rates continuing to stay at historically low levels, it is now often possible to own a home for less than the cost of what you would pay in monthly rent. 

At My Boston Apartment we have all the latest rental listings in Boston, but if buying is something you're looking to explore then the advisors at our luxury home brand, Advisors Living, can provide you with all of the knowledges and resources to find the perfect home. 

Benefits of Buying:

Benefits of buying

Below offers a general rent vs buy comparison. The calculations assume a 30-year fixed mortgage with approximately 20% down payment and including an average maintenance or cc/tax.

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Contact us today for more information and insights on either buying or renting your new home!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Brookline

Brookline

Brookline is one of Boston's top suburbs and for good reason. The neighborhood offers plenty of amenities, good transportation links and a vibrant community.

Boston Agent Magazine highlighted the top 5 reasons this neighborhood is such a popular place to live. 

1- Dynamic Marketplace

Brookline has a strong housing market, constantly performing among the top areas in Greater Boston. In July it was ranked as the number 3 selling suburb and it was also ranked as number 2 in the condo market. 

2- A Good Investment

Home prices in Brookline are allowing sellers to see great returns, the median price is up more than 60% since 2005. The housing demand may be making it harder for those looking for a new home, but it does have its positives. 

3- Well-Educated Residents

Greater Boston is known for its well-educated residents, but Brookline is on an even higher level. Brookline has even been ranked as the second-most educated place in the country with 80% of residents having a bachelor's degree, 25% with a masters and 13% with a doctorate. 

4- Great Schools

Not only are the older residents educated well, but the children will be also. The public school system in Brookline is ranked among the best in Greater Boston. 

5- High-Quality Community

In a Niche report, Brookline was rated the second-best place to live in the whole state of Massachusetts. The neighborhood has also been highly ranked for fitness, amenities, nightlife and easy commute to Boston. 

Interested in living in Brookline? View the latest listings or contact us today for help finding your new home. 

Boston Rent Prices Experience a Decrease

Boston rent prices

Booming construction in Boston is no newsflash, with a tremendous amount of new developments under construction or proposed throughout the last year. 

However, what may come as a surprise is the effect that these new developments are having on existing rent prices. Since a majority of these new developments are focused on homeownership and high-end luxury development condos, existing rent prices are dropping. 

From August to September, Boston saw a 7% fall in rent prices to $2,420, according to Boston Magazine

Part of this is attributed to the huge amount of multifamily construction. New rental units included in this are bringing more units to the market and lowering the current high demand. 

However, the nationwide average for one bedroom rent has still increased, suggesting that this decrease in Boston prices may be short lived. 

Contact us to discuss rent prices in your neighborhood and finding your new home today!

Thoughts & Market Insights from the Experts

How to Update Your Home For Fall - 09.29.2016

  Fall is upon us and there's no better way to prepare your home for the colder season than by incorporating some small touches and experimenting with new [...]
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Exciting Condo Development Proposed for East Boston - 09.27.2016

Plans for a new East Boston development hoping to revitalize an underutilized section of Border Street have been proposed by City Realty [...]
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