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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 Streets Could Be Closed to Traffic and Open to Pedestrians

A Twitter conversation with Mayor Martin J. Walsh this week hinted at the possibility of closing some of Boston's streets to traffic for select days throughout the summer. 

During the chat one Twitter user asked about the possibility of closing select streets to traffic and opening them up to pedestrians. 

The City of Boston Twitter account responded by saying that they are already looking into doing just that around several locations in the city and to stay tuned for more information this summer. 

 

While there has been no clear indication that this initiative will be rolled out this summer, Boston residents have voiced their approval of the idea and hope that it could become a reality soon.

Opening certain streets like Newbury Street in Back Bay or Hanover Street in the South End will really promote community engagement and give people the opportunity to explore these areas without the interference of traffic.

This program already exists in Cambridge, with Memorial Drive being closed to traffic most Sundays from 11am to 7pm from April through November, giving residents the opportunity to make use of the road along the Charles River.

Which streets in your neighborhood would you like to see closed to traffic? Let us know in the comments below!

Biking in Brookline Made Easier

A major improvement for cyclists in Brookline has been approved for a six-month trial period

The trial bike lane will be put in place on a stretch of Beacon Street between Coolidge Corner and Washington Street. The implementation of the bike lane hopes to give cyclists more room on a very popular road. 

In order to create the expanded bike lane, one traffic lanes along this road will be eliminated. One very important determining factor of this becoming a permanent feature or even staying for the full trial period is what effect this has on the road's traffic. 

There is a condition within the plan that can end it early if it significantly disrupts car traffic or causes any kind of significant back up. 

The temporary bike lane will cost $36,000 to construct and will be drawn this summer. Bike racks and bike corrals will also be put in place along the route during the trial. 

After the trial if the bike path is going to be made permanent it will need to be approved by the Transportation Board and get approval from a public hearing. 

Traffic studies were conducted concerning the creation of the bike lane and showed the potential of impacts to the traffic at the intersection of Beacon Street and Lancaster Terrace. However, adjustments are being made to the traffic light scheduling to try and avoid these issues. 

If traffic problems don't become a major disturbance, Brookline residents could soon enjoy this as a permanent feature! 

Sweetgreen Doubling Boston Locations

Sweetgreen, the popular salad chain, is expanding its signature greens to even more of Boston this year. 

Fans of the popular lunch spot will be able to find five new stores in Downtown Crossing, Fenway, Downtown Boston, Harvard Square and the South End all before the end of 2016. 

Since it first opened in 2013, the chain which is originally from Washington D.C has been a hit with Boston residents. 

The new openings will double its presence in the city and hopefully help potentially reduce the notoriously long lines. 

Each store is specifically designed with the location and clients in mind and serious Sweetgreen followers will have noticed that the company is prioritizing online and mobile ordering, as well as going cashless. 

These adjustments are aimed to streamline the process and hopefully give customers more time during their lunch breaks! 

The brand sources all of its ingredients from local farms and suppliers, which is a hit with the healthy Boston community. 

If you're looking for the Sweetgreen locations that are already open you can find, two in Back Bay as well as in Fort Point, Chestnut Hill and Lynnfield. 

The specific addresses of the new locations are below:

- Downtown Crossing, 13 School Street

- Fenway, 132 Brookline Ave. 

- Downtown, 87 Summer Street

- Harvard Square, 39 JFK Street

- South End, Ink Block, 354 Harrison Ave. 

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!

Boston Rent Prices by Neighborhood This Summer

Boston has been ranked as the fifth in the nation for most expensive one bedroom rents so far this year.

This may be a decrease from its usual position in third, but rents still vary depending on what neighborhood you're looking to rent in. 

The median rent for a one bedroom is now $2,230, which is a decrease from the beginning of the year, according to Curbed

Broken down by neighborhood, the most expensive place to rent a one bedroom this summer is Downtown Boston, with a median rent price of $3,150. The cheapest is Allston with a median rent price of $1,750. 

In Cambridge, East Cambridge is the most expensive with a median rent price of $2,900. 

The map below shows the median rent price in every Boston neighborhood. 

View the latest listings throughout Boston by neighborhood, or contact us to find your new home today. 

Zumper rent prices

Building Amenities Shift to Cater to Current Renters

Luxury amenities have significantly changed over the years in order to reflect the needs and desires of renters and homeowners. 

Now more than ever, developments new and old are looking to cater to the desires of the majority of the market, in most cases many of these new amenities are catering to the millennial age group, according to Multi-Family Executive

Due to the social nature of this age group, many of the most desirable amenities now include, being located in a walkable neighborhood, proximity to restaurants, retail and nightlife and resort amenities that encourage interaction, engagement and creating a sense of community. 

Renters are increasingly focused on how their home contributes to their life and lifestyle, rather than just seeing it as a home within a building. 

This is why renters can now expect to see more resort-style amenities, such as bars, cafes, sports lounges, catering kitchens and other meeting places that encourage interaction among residents. 

While common are spaces are growing in square feet, this often means that apartment sizes are decreasing and renters are investing more in the space outside of their home. 

However, millennials aren't the only demographic that apartment developments are aimed at and many of these amenities are aimed at young families and older demographics who are just as interested in the same market. 

The baby boomer generation are just as interested in high-end amenities and a sense of community as the younger generations. 

Utilizing square footage in a way that nurtures a growing community space within the city has become the priority, with spaces designed to encourage this and get people out of their own environment and into shared space, especially in developments that are a majority studios and one bedrooms. 

Read the full report on the renters of tomorrow on MultiFamily Executive

Looking for your next home? Contact us for the latest listings and advice as you begin your home search. 

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