Category Archives: Allston Brighton

Know your Neighborhood: The Value of Good Neighbors

Good Neighbors

One thing that’s difficult to evaluate when you’re checking out a property to purchase, be it via an open house, through a realtor, or very unofficially on a random drive-by, is who your potential neighbors may be, but did you know that trusting your neighbors potentially leads to better health?  A recent study performed by Eileen Bjornstrom, an assistant professor of Sociology at the Missouri University College of Arts and Science demonstrated that people who trust their neighbors report having better health.

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The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill

The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill is a beautiful Boston area condominium complex bordering the Chestnut Hill Reservoir that provides residents with a modern, glamorous condominium lifestyle in a historically significant architectural setting.
Authorized for redevelopment by the state in 2005 and designed by DiMella/Shaffer and Gund Partnership, thoughtful detailing and luxurious amenities abound, including stainless steel appliances, large windows, marble bathrooms, and hardwood floors.  The development spans several buildings, including the Watermark building, to comprise a total of 112 condominium residences.

Condo fees cover concierge services, fitness facility, a conference room, tennis …

Bright loft penthouse in Brighton brick rowhouse

Cypress Road in Brighton, a.k.a. Market Court, may recall Beacon Hill’s Louisburg Square or the South End’s Victorian residential squares in its English mews stateliness, but this old-school image belies the new-age studio loft feel of 4 Cypress Road’s penthouse Unit 405, now offered at a price well below either of those high-end communities: $215,000.
Furthermore, with the unit’s low 3% down-payment (approximately $1,165/month at a 5.4% 30-year fixed interest rate), it’s an affordable alternative to renting as well as living on the Hill or at the End.

The 623-square-foot, 1-bed unit …

Four-bedroom single-family a find in Allston

Your hopes and dreams of planting your roots in a pleasant neighborhood at an affordable price will be fulfilled when you move into 39 Hopedale St. in Allston. For a mere $409,900, this 1,520-square-foot, 4-bedroom single-family Victorian has it all — bright living spaces, hardwood floors, period details (including gingerbread exterior trim), private deck, fenced-in yard with patio, updated kitchen and utilities, new roof and gutters, thermal replacement windows, three-car off-street parking, and, above all, convenience to everything imaginable.

The friendly foyer is graced with a period staircase, intact with twisted …

English country cottage in Brighton

Why fly all the way to England in search of your dream cottage when you can find it right in your own back yard?
And 82 Undine Road‘s spacious yard and English garden (not to mention the British origin of its village’s name) are not all that make this 1,764-square-foot Brighton single-family so distinctly European. Its half-timbered stucco skin, human scale, old-world woodwork and traditional details add to the English cottage charm — but also belie the expansive space inside, including 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 4 entertaining arenas.

The living room …

Bigelow Court — where condominium means community

When you move into Unit 103 at 142 Bigelow St. in Brighton, you won’t be moving into one of many little boxes in a big box with only a corridor and an elevator to connect you with your seldom-seen neighbors. You’ll become part of a community of interconnected but individualized units grouped around a communal courtyard that invites interaction with your Bigelow Court neighbors while preserving your privacy when you need it.

Offered at $383,000, this 1,180-square-foot, 2-bed unit certainly won’t box you in. Its open hardwood floor plan allows you …

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