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Gateway Project Proposed for Jamaica Plain

76 Stonley Road

A 31-unit apartment project has been proposed for 76 Stonley Road in Jamiaca Plain.

Close to the MBTA Orange Line Forest Hill Stop and Franklin Park, the project has been designed through a community effort along with devleopers Bryan Austin and Sean Morrissey. 

The single story structure and paved parking area that already exist at the location will be demolished to make space for the project. 

Designs for the building were created by Lucio Trabucco of Needham-based Nunes Trabucco Architects. 

The functionality and design of the building was created along with input from neighbors and the Stony Brook Neighborhood Association through community outreach. 

It has been established that the current structure in the space has no historical or architectural significance and isn't adding anything to the area, and the neighborhood would benefit significantly from this new structure. 

Twenty-eight of the units will be split between the first four levels and the top level will have three units. 

Read the full proposal to the BRA. For more information or to find your new home, email us at leasing@advisorsliving.com

Boston Real Estate: Fit for Micro Housing Units

There has been lots of talk lately about so called ‘micro units’.  These abnormally small apartments are catered towards young working professionals.  It is still unclear as to whether or not the demand for this sort of housing is there in Boton, although many developers see the idea having strong potential.

From the Boston Business Journal:

“City officials are weighing requests from developers seeking zoning changes that would let them build what commonly are called micro apartments in various parts of the city, ‘The notion here is that if you can build accessible housing — not affordable in the sense that they are price-controlled by the city, but unit types that are priced appropriately for this sector, for young people —and getting them to live near they work, was an important part of this innovation strategy,’ Shen said.

‘We have no excess supply of that. As many as have been built have been rented,'” Kairos Shen, director of planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, said in an interview with the BBJ.

Virtual Tools for Designing Your New Home

So you've found your dream space and are trying to figure out the best way to set it up or you're still looking for your dream home, but want to see which option looks best with your existing furniture? 

Lucky for you there are some free apps available to help you do just that! While some brokers or listings will show you a designed room, it's always better to see how the space will look with your own design and furnishings. 

Check out some free apps and tools you can use below:

1- AutoDesk HomeStyler's 3D Home Designer:

This free app allows you to create a rendering of a room just by uploading a photograph. Once a photo is uploaded you can then see different possibilities for the space, by changing colors, changing furniture or using their 3D floor planner. 

2- IKEA Planning Tools:

The famous IKEA brand offers a large amount of free tools to hep you plan your space. You can enter the room dimensions and then choose from hundreds of IKEA items to experiment with the space. The designs can be easily saved, including a shopping list of everything that you used. 

3- Personal Color Viewer:

Benjamin Moore has an online visualization tool to preview how your rooms will look with different colors. You can work from preset room templates or upload your own photos and select colors for defined paint areas to see how it will change the room. They also provide suggestions for colors that complement each other to help you along!

4- Design a Room:

This app is all about design, letting you sample how different floor styles, trims and paint or wallpaper will work together to create a room. There are standard room templates or you can upload your own photo to play with. You can save the final look and product info to come back to anytime. 

Need help finding your new home? Contact us at leasing@advisorsliving.com

Boston's Most Expensive Rental Neighborhoods

Boston has one of the most expensive rental markets in the country, according to research published by Boston Agent Magazine.  

More than half of the one-bedrooms for rent are at least $2,000 a month and two bedrooms are mostly $2,500 a month or more. 

This price then goes up depending on what Boston neighborhood you're renting in, with the median price getting up to $3,045 for a one bedroom in Chinatown or the Leather District

Despite the high-end prices, the Boston housing market hasn't slowed down, with sales up from 2015. However, there has been disagreements on whether or not rent prices really do affect homeownership. 

Below are the 10 most expensive rental markets based on median rent price and percentage of one bedrooms that are renting for over $2,000:

Neighborhood % of 1-bedrooms renting for $2,000+ Median rent price
Chinatown/Leather District 96.3% $3,045

West End

92.9% $2,515
Downtown Boston 90.5% $2,928
Back Bay 85.9% $2,500
South End 81.4% $2,500
Bay Village 75.4% $2,400
Beacon Hill 74.5% $2,275
Charlestown  73.1% $2,300
Fenway/Kenmore 67% $2,200
South Boston 61.9% $2,200

 

For more information about available rentals in any of these neighborhoods contact us at leasing@advisorsliving.com!

Packard Crossing Coming to Allston

Packard Crossing Allston

A new residential development is coming to Allston, with 114 units across two buildings. 

Plans for the development near Packard's Corner have been submitted to the city by Boston Developer Harold Brown.

Along with another new development currently under construction at 40 Malvern Street, the three new developments would be called Packard Crossing. 

According to the proposal, the buildings would be moderately priced, offering units around 60% lower than average rents in the downtown Boston area. The rents would be similar to those at Melvern Street, which start at $2,600 per month for a two-bedroom unit. 

Construction on the new development would start in in the spring and replaced a parking lot. The building would also incorporate an existing Victorian-style home that would be restored in the process. 

The plans include parking and the first building would have 35 two-bedroom apartments across the four stories. The Victorian house would serve as the lobby and a lounge for the larger building of the two. 

The second building on Brighton Avenue would have 72 two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units, as well as retail space on the ground floor and parking space for 175 cars. 

Along with both buildings would be significant landscaping, including walkways, courtyards, terraces and interesting architecture.

The larger building isn't planned to begin construction until 2018. 

For more info or to find your new home, contact us today!

Boston Ranked One of the Greenest Cities in the Country

Boston Park

Boston has been named on of the top 10 greenest cities in America. Thanks to the green space and a range of other factors, Boston residents can benefit from living in a city with natural benefits. 

The cities ranked were based on the following criteria: parkland as a percentage of city area, air quality index, number of plots in community gardens per capita, percentage of homes with a garden or greenhouse, number of farmers markets per capita and number of farm-to-table restaurants per capita.

Boston has one of the longest histories of urban farming in the United States. The Fenway Victory Gardens are over 500 gardens and the oldest operating World War II victory gardens in the country, covering 7.5 acres. 

In total 17.1% of Boston is parkland. This includes the Arnold Arboretum, with 15,000 living plants and a huge range of trees and shrubs. 

As for farm-to-table, L'Espalier is one of the most famous in the city, with its own farm outside the city that supplies all of the freshly grown vegetables. 

With Boston Common and the Esplanade, Boston residents have green and open spaces to choose from in each neighborhood. 

Want more information? Contact us today!

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The full list of the US top 10 greenest cities is: 

1- Portland, OR

2- Honolulu, HI

3- St. Louis, MO

4- Austin, TX

5- Seattle, WA

6- San Francisco, CA

7- Madison, WI

8- Jacksonville, FL

9- Greensboro, NC

10- Boston, MA

The full report can be found on realtor.com

Price of Boston Homes By Neighborhood

Boston home prices vary widely based on what neighborhood you're looking in. 

Listings currently on the market this summer range from $124 per square foot in Mattapan, to $2,615 per square foot in Beacon Hill, according to new research by NeighborhoodX

It isn't surprising that Beacon Hill, Back Bay and the North End top the list, while Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roxbury come in at the cheapest. 

The range is wide, showing that although housing prices are rising, it is important to know what neighborhoods to look in based on your budget. 

The full breakdown is below:

Credit: NeighborhoodX

Credit: NeighborhoodX

Contact us to rent or buy your new home in any Boston neighborhood today!

Developments Around Transport Hubs Planned for Forest Hills

Forest Hills

A new apartment development has been proposed for the Forest Hills area across from the Forest Hills MBTA Station.

The proposal for the Residences at Forest Hills include 260 rental units across three mixed-use residential and retail buildings over a single-level garage. The new development would take over what is currently a parking lot. 

Developers have worked alongside area residents, especially those living on nearby streets, in order to establish a desire and local approval for this project proposal. 

There is currently a building boom in Forest Hills as housing is increasingly popping up around transportation hubs. This area of Jamaica Plain is becoming a hot spot in the city and is expected to see even more new development in coming years. 

Units at the Residences at Forest Hills would range from studios to three bedroom apartments and three bedroom townhouses. There would also be space for bicycle storage and charging stations for electric cars. 

There will be 5,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space along Washington Street as a part of the new development. 

Due to the large size of this development it is likely to experience a higher level of scrutiny regarding how it will impact the surrounding are and neighborhood, taking into account what local residents think. 

Contact us for updates on all new developments around Boston and tips for finding your new home. 

South Station Project Adds Residential Space

Plans for the huge South Station tower project have recently been altered to include more residential space, according to the Boston Business JournalSouth Station

The three-tower project is a mixed-use development including residential space, office space, retail and hotel space that will be constructed over three phases. 

The total development will be 2.522 million square feet. The first phase of development will be a 43-story tower that will be more focused on office and retail space, with residential units on the top floors 28-43. 

The main residential development comes with the second phase, a 17-story tower which could potentially include a mix of apartments or condos and hotel space. If it focuses on apartment space it will include 375 rental units. 

The last phase is mainly office space and a parking garage. The project includes expanding the South Station bus terminal and adding in a parking garage. 

This development will provide residents with a wide range of amenities and create a community that fills all of the modern demands of live, work and play. 

The change in the original project plans favors residential space over the original larger amount of office space, which is a reflection of the market and demand for residential units. 

Hines are the developers behind the project and expect the first phase of construction to begin in 2017 and most likely not be complete for another four years. 

Contact us for more information about renting in Boston and new developments

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. 

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