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Welcome to our blog! As Boston's leader in apartment rentals, we have our finger on the pulse of the local real estate market. Here, you'll find insight and announcements from our team to keep you up to date on everything you need to know about real estate in the Boston area.

The Cost of Your Pet Friendly Apartment

Pet friendly apartment

Finding an apartment is hard enough, finding an apartment that will allow you to bring your furry friend can be even harder. Luckily it is still possible! 

We've got a huge selection of pet friendly apartments throughout most Boston neighborhoods and if you don't see the right one for you, you can register and be notified when more become available.

Found the perfect apartment, but questioning whether you can afford a pet to go with it? Apartment Therapy put together a good breakdown of the hidden costs you'll need to budget for when buying a pet. We've included the top 10 here.

Adoption

There is always a fee when it comes to adopting, this varies based on where they come from and the type of pet. 

Fees

Some buildings and landlords will charge extra fees to keep your pet. Make sure to check this when renting your new home.

Necessities

These can include leashes, collars, ID tags, crates, beds, litter boxes. Any small purchases that will add up in the long run. 

Food 

Pets have dietary needs just like humans and it is important to factor in these costs and add them to your weekly spend on food. 

Toys

Daily stimulation is important and can be costly, especially if your pets tend to destroy their toys. 

Clean-up 

In a rental this is especially important so that you don't face any major damage fees when moving out. You'll need things to remove stains, odors and just to clean up everyday messes. 

Training 

Mostly just related to dogs, but training your pet to behave is especially important to make sure they don't destroy your new home, but this can be another costly expense. 

Medication 

This can be one of the more costly expenses and are important to keep in mind, whether for basic check ups or unexpected illnesses. 

Grooming

Another easy way to keep your home cleaner is to keep your pet properly groomed, but it can be costly.

Walking

If you're not working from home and you're living in a smaller space in the city, it will be important to pay a dog walker or some type of daycare to come and take your pet out during the day. 

Getting a pet is almost as big of an investment as having a child, so it is important to consider these factors and more before making the commitment! Read all of the tips on Apartment Therapy

Luxury Developers Look to Framingham

Framingham

Framingham is the latest town that is being sought after by upscale apartment developers

One of the latest developments to be approved is called the Modera Framingham, a six-story 270-unit luxury apartment complex featuring a pool, private balconies and a fitness center. 

The owner of Shopper's World is also interested in joining the ranks of upscale apartments with a push for 130 new apartments located on a parking lot near the mall. 

These and other potential new developments would see the first big push for downtown development in the area. 

Local and state officials have contributed millions into improving streetscapes and traffic fixes to try and boost the area. 

New zoning changes allow new apartment buildings to be constructed downtown, while also increasing the height and density of what can be built. 

The new developments would be transit oriented and focus on providing an urban experience with close access to amenities and commuting to Boston. 

Contact us for more information about new developments. 

The Winter Garden is Coming to City Hall Plaza

Winter Garden at City Hall

Plans for a Winter Garden at City Hall Plaza have been unveiled in hopes to make use of the underused civic space in the center of downtown. 

Although the original proposal was more extravagant than the final plans, there is now a three-year contract that will bring different phases of seasonal amenities to the plaza. 

The first phase will see a beer garden, ice-skating path, and up to 50 holiday vending stalls along Cambridge Street, beginning construction at the end of October. 

The area will officially open to the public on the Friday after Thanksgiving and will remain open until the end of February, but some vendors will close after New Years Eve. 

Operated by Boston Garden Development Corp, plans for the space include incorporating special events and programs on the plaza as well. 

Two of the features of the original proposal however, are no longer included in the plans due to logistical and structural issues. These included an iconic observation wheel and a full-service restaurant. 

Although these are not included in the plans for the next year, they still remain possibilities for the future of the site. 

This is just the first step for the site, which city officials hope will become a successful hub in the city that will continue to evolve. 

The ice skating rink will be open to youth hockey games and corporate events as well as the public. The vendor shops will be a mix of local and national companies selling everything from food to jewelry. 

Check back for more on the development of this new and exciting community space!

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Boston is Among the Next Big Cities for Cycling

Boston Cylcing

Cycling is the latest craze to hit the country and has become more than just a fitness trend, but a way of commuting and touring cities worldwide. 

There was a 46% increase in the number of people cycling to work between 2005 and 2013, according to the League of American Bicyclists and this number has only increased since. 

This trend is changing cities that originally hadn't catered to cyclists and Boston is at the top of the list of the next top biking cities in the country. 

The analysis for these findings by Realtor.com came from calculating the growth in bicycle commuting up to 2014, recent planned construction on protected bike lanes and cities with growing bike share programs.

Boston came in just behind Oakland with 2.4% of bike commuters in 2014, almost doubling from 4 years earlier. 

What put us on the top of the list, despite winding streets and notorious traffic was the addition of protected bike lanes improving navigation for local cyclists. 

So far three long protected bike lanes have been completed and a master plan is in place for 200 miles of protected bike paths by 2018. 

Hubway now has more than 1,600 bikes available and there are a number of bike clubs throughout the city. 

The scenic 16-mile loop esplanade around the Charles River is a major plus as well. 

Looking for a home where you can commute on your bike? Contact us today for expert advice. 

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Boston's Top Furniture Stores

Furniture stores

Once you've found your new home in Boston it is essential to outfit it with the best furniture to fit your space and price point. 

Curbed put together the top Boston furniture stores to suit every taste and budget. Ranging from discount hot-spots to high-end boutiques, there's a huge selection in the city. 

1- Hudson Boston, 12 Union Park Street

This is a cool blend of tradition style and a hip California vibe. Pieces range from vintage items to more contemporary furniture. 

2- Circle Furniture, 31 St James Ave

These pieces are usually small. mobile and very contemporary, perfect for fitting through narrow hallways and staircases. 

3- Crate & Barrel, 777 Boylston Street

This popular chain is on the pricier end, but offers everything you need to outfit any room in your apartment as well as everything you need to make a very functional kitchen. 

4- Boston Bed Company, 1113 Commonwealth Ave

This one stop shop for everything sleep-related provides a great selection of beds, futons and mattresses. Definitely a great place to hunt for a deal. 

5- Garage Sale, 53 Waltham Street

This consignment store has an ever-changing range of inventory, perfect for when you don't know exactly what you want or if you're searching for something unique. 

6- Montage, 75 Arlington Street

This high-end store has been around for a while and focuses on very modern, luxury pieces. 

7- Lekker Home, 1313 Washington Street

With a Dutch founder this store has a specific European vibe specializing in a range of modern designs and showcasing new brands. 

8- Good, 133 Charles Street

As well as furniture you can find a whole range of other items at Good. The unique and decorative pieces are a perfect addition for adding a special touch to your home. 

9- West Elm, 160 Brookline Ave

The classic chain has a huge range of more affordable options and accessories. Many of the items are geared toward smaller spaces and high quality pieces. 

10- BD's Discount, 282 Border Street

This discount shop is large and is a great place for supplies and necessary household items. 

11- Room & Board, 375 Newbury Street

This store offers a huge variety of options, across five levels you're bound to find everything you need to outfit your home. 

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MetroMark Transit Oriented Development Comes to Jamaica Plain

metromark

A transit oriented development project is coming to Jamaica Plain, bringing 283 residential units and 5,000 square feet of retail space. 

Residential units have started leasing for MetroMark Apartments, ranging from studios up to three bedrooms. 

Other building amenities include a gym, yoga studio, a dog park and grooming room, club room, library, entertainment room and a communal roof deck. 

Residents will have access to multiple courtyard with fireplaces and grilling stations as well as a community cafe and beautiful high-end interiors. 

Parking will be available at the building as well as bicycle space, electric car charging stations and a bicycle repair workshop. 

The development is conveniently located across from the Forest Hills MBTA stop on the Orange Line, as well as the commuter rail and multiple bus lines. The Southwest Corridor bike path is also located close by. 

metromark

Construction on MetroMark Apartments are scheduled to be complete April 2017. 

Contact us to find out more information about MetroMark and other new developments around Boston. 

Heat Map of Boston's Fall Move in

Boston Move in

Moving in to a new apartment this September? You're not alone. 

The beginning of September marks the busiest moving season in Boston, with students coming back to universities and leases beginning around the city welcoming new residents. 

If you're trying to prepare for the moving madness then you're in luck! City Hall has provided data based on moving truck permits that have been issued for the days from August 23rd through September 6th. 

In order to park a moving truck anyone must apply for a street occupancy permit, in order to restrict access to that area for a specified section of time. Thanks to this public data, you can view a heatmap of what areas will be the busiest during this fall's moving dates. 

Based on the map the busiest areas are Beacon Hill and the North End and more action around East Boston and South Boston compared to last year's data. 

Still looking for an apartment? Contact us for exclusive listings and advice for finding your new home. 

View the data provided by the City of Boston below: 

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Southie Starbucks Approved

Southie Starbucks

A new Starbucks branch has finally been approved for Southie after voting for the new location was delayed and protested against. 

Boston's licensing board has now approved the coffeehouse's new location at L Street and East Broadway, a decision that caused months of controversy for worries of gentrification and increased traffic congestion. 

Residents have been worried about the chain would push out Mom and Pop shops in the area and other independent coffee shops. There was also concern for traffic and parking in the area. 

Starbucks has addressed these concerns and noted their desire to work with organizations within the community to give back and support them in any way they can. 

With other restaurants vying for the space, it has now been confirmed that Starbucks will take over the space. 

Contact our advisors for more information on new developments in Boston. 

One Charlestown Development Proposal Creates New Community

One Charlestown

One Charlestown is a huge redevelopment project that has been proposed for the Bunker Hill Apartments in Charlestown

The project plans to create 3,200 units of housing on the existing site, as well as create new beautiful buildings, well-lit, tree-lined streets and create a diverse neighborhood and community. 

The redevelopment will replace buildings that are currently isolated and underutilized, with new buildings that respect the rich history of the neighborhood and character of Charlestown. 

The project will also bring two new public parks, retail space and amenities for the whole neighborhood. 

Although the units will be a mixture of affordable and market-rate apartments, they will all be designed and completed to the highest quality and include the same amenities. 

The 13-block development aims to knit the neighborhood together with a new street grid that makes the area more walkable and easier to navigate. 

One Charlestown Map

Charlestown's rich history and character will be incorporate into the landscape design and architecture. 

The developers have emphasized the plans to put front doors directly on the streets, creating a sense of community and making friendly neighborhood streets throughout the development. 

By replacing current surface parking with more green space the project aims to further encourage this development of community and preservation of history within the area. 

Plans for this beautiful new community have been presented to the Boston Redevelopment Authority and are awaiting review. Check back here for any future updates. 

Contact our advisors to find your new home or for more information about new developments around Boston.  

View the full proposal for One Charlestown here. 

September 1st Moving Day Tips

Boston Moving Day Tips

Moving into a new apartment involves plenty of planning and more than just packing a few boxes and buying new furniture. 

Since most leases in Boston will turn over at the beginning of September, finding movers and dealing with parking and other necessities can be competitive, so it's best to research and plan as much as you can in advance. 

The City of Boston has put together a handy guide to reserving parking for your moving day, learning about resident parking and other tips that will help your move go smoothly. 

  • Moving vans and parking- If you're going to be using a moving van or a truck then it is best to get  a one-day parking permit to guarantee a spot and avoid tickets. It's best to apply for this as early as possible. Find out how here.
  • Traffic and driving on September 1st- In order to alleviate traffic on one of the busiest days in Boston, many streets are closed and parking is restricted in certain areas. Be sure to check ahead to see how these closures could affect your move. Also remember that moving trucks are not allowed on Storrow Drive due to low clearance!
  • Household waste- It is important to learn the best way to get rid of waste properly in your new neighborhood and to be aware of rules and regulations when getting rid of larger household items. On the Boston Trash Day App you can view the collection schedule for your neighborhood, set up notifications search which of your materials are recyclable and more. 
  • Resident Parking- There are a number of options when it comes to getting a resident parking permit and many steps you need to follow in order to prove your new residency and register in your neighborhood. You can find a step-by-step guide on the City of Boston website.
  • Rental Requirements- It's important to understand your rights and the rules of the city when you move to your new home. You can find all the tenant resources here

Still haven't found a home for September 1st? Contact our advisors today for help finding your new home!

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