Flowers Grace The City of Boston

Nothing is more satisfying, after hard winter as we have had, to enjoy the beauty of colorful flowers. We should be planning our spring and early summer landscape. Besides our personal enjoyment, this is what makes our homes have beautiful curb appeal. And if you plan to put your Boston home on the real estate market, this is a must.

Tulips in Boston Common

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Relax and Enjoy the Beauty

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Films made in Boston

filmsWith it being the end of the award season for Films, lets take a look at how many films have been made in Boston. You will be amazed at the list.

It is very important understand how much film making adds to the economy of a city. It is just not just the production and rental fees a studio pays a city and often many individuals, but it is always a boost to the local support industries.

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Being Flynn
Black Irish (film)
Blown Away (1994 film)
Blue Hill Avenue
The Boondock Saints
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints  Day
The Brink’s Job
Brinks: The Great Robbery
The Cardinal
The Carey Treatment
A Case of Deadly Force
I Don’t Know How She Does It
Celtic Pride
Clothes Make the Pirate
Deep in My Heart (1999 film)
The Departed
Fever Pitch (2005 film)
The Forbidden Kingdom
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Fuzz (film)
God Only Knows (film)
Gone Baby Gone
   Good Will Hunting
The Heat (film
How to Start a Revolution
Johnny Tremain (film)
The Kennedys (miniseries)
The Last Detail
Leap Year (2010 film)
Moneyball (film)
Monument Ave.
Mystic River (film)
Portrait of Jennie
Saint Ralph
Singularity (film)
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
Ted (film)
That Darn Cat (1997 film)
The Town (2010 film)
What Doesn’t Kill You
Why Stop Now (film)
X2 (film)Z
Zombie in a Penguin
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Where are Some Pet Friendly Boston Apartments?

dogs1` I need to find a nice Boston apartment that is dog friendly. Are there many of these in Boston? We did some reach and found some dog friendly apartments. You will find there are many that have size and breed restrictions. Plus many charge a monthly security fee.

Below is just a partial lists of Pet friendly complexes: For assistance in your search contact Maxwell Burke Broker/Owner at Boston Luxe at his email:  or call his Cell: (617) 543 – 7754  or call his office: (617) 267-4600

  • The Back Bay Neighborhood

    • The Colonnade Residences-One dog per unit with no weight limit, but there are Breed Restrictions and there is no pet Fee.
    • One Back Bay-1 dog per unit, There is a 50 pound weight limit along with breed restrictions.
    • Garrison Square Apartments-75 lb. weight limit, limit of 2 dogs per unit with combined limit of 75 lb. Pet Fees: Dogs 50 lb. $100 per month, 50-75 lb $150 per month, breed restrictions.
    • Seven Fifty-Five Boylston- Dogs on a case by case basis
    • The Greenhouse Apartments-25 pound weight limit, no breed restrictions.
    • The Lofts at Atlantic Wharf-There is no weight limit, but there are breed restrictions and a security deposit.
    • Christopher Columbus Plaza Apartments-Smaller dogs weight limit, breed restrictions, inquire about the mandatory fee.
  • Boston’s Seaport/Innovation District and South Boston

    • Factory 63-There are no breed restrictions, but do call for details.
    • ..Park Lane Seaport-You may have 2 pets per unit, with a combined weight of 75 pound with breed restrictions. Small dogs $75 month/ larger dogs $100 per month.
    • 50 West Broadway There is no weight limit. But there are breed restrictions.
  • South End

    • The Marais- Call for Details on Pets
    • Lofts at East Berkeley-Call for Details
    • 601 Albany Apartments- Call for Details
    • James Court Apartments-One Dog is allowed per unit with a 55 Pound Weight Limit along with breed restrictions.
  • Charlestown

    • Harborview Navy Yard-There a 2 dog limit with no weight limit with breed restrictions and fees.
    • Mezzo Design Lofts- 80 lb weight limit, there is a fenced dog park across  the street.
  • Cambridge

    • Archstone Kendall Square-1 Dog per unit with a 65 lb. weight limit. A few courtyard apartment allow larger breeds. Monthly pet fee of $75 and there are breed restrictions.
    • Archstone Northpoint
      2 dog max per unit with no weight restrictions, but there are breed Restrictions. Fees are  $100 per month per dog.
    • Third Square Apartments-Dog and Cat Friendly. There are no weight restrictions, but there are breed restrictions. You are allowed 2 dogs per unit with a $85 per month fee per dog plus a security security deposit.
    • Watermark Cambridge-There is a pet fee of $50 for cats, and $100 for dogs. There is a maximum of two pets per home, up to 65 pounds each. And there are breed restrictions.
    • Loft 23-Two dogs are allowed per apartment with a 50lb limit. There are breed restrictions. Monthly pet fee are $20 per cat and $75 per dog.
    • 1330 Boylston Apartments-Larger Dogs Accepted Check on Breed Restrictions.
  • Fenway
    • Fenway Triangle Trilogy Apartments- dogs are allowed on select floors. Check on details.
    • The Parkside & Fenway-2 dogs per unit are allowed with breed restrictions and a  45 lb Weight Limit, pet fees apply
  • Longwood Medical Center area
    • City View at Longwood- Both Dog & Cat Friendly with Breed Restrictions and weight limits.
    • The Longwood-Dog & Cat Friendly, Breed Restrictions, Weight Limit?
  • Brookline

    • Barclay on Beacon- allows 2 dogs per unit, both dog & cat Friendly, with Breed Restrictions, and a 45 lb Weight Limit, pet fees.
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It is a go for Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s New Mansion

According to Laura Raposa at The Herald, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are still going through the red tape and permissions to build a 7,465-square-foot main house; a 1,675-square-foot cottage for the help; and a 1,342-square-foot yoga studio in Brookline’s slice of Chestnut Hill. It seems they still need a waiver on the Yoga studio as their is a 150-square-foot limit on so-called accessory buildings.

Architect’s rendering of the Proposed Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s
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It seems all that stands in their way now are the neighbors and of course the
zoning commission. If all is approved,  it will all be a go, with of course some modifications.


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What is the Difference Between a House Inspector and an Appraiser.

boston-inspectionAn inspector is usually a building contractor or specialist. They should be hired by the purchaser to “inspect” the structure, plumbing, electrical and roofing to insure that the house being purchased is in good working and safe condition. Any defects must be disclosed and or repaired.

An appraiser is licensed under the state real estate commission and inspects appraiserand evaluates the house and property that is to be purchased for the Lender. This is done by measuring the square footage, while taking into consideration special features of the home and then using comparable sales of the same type of house or condo in a similar neighborhood to come up with the true value.  This is the final word on the true value of the property and will determine the loan amount of the mortgage.

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Good News for Boston Real Estate

We heard some great news from Wells Fargo last week. It seems that they have lowered their standards on the public’s FICO scores. It will now be possible to qualify for a mortgage loan with a FICO score of 600. Of course that is if all your other financials are in order. image

Tom Goyda, a bank spokesman said, “The goal is to increase access to credit, especially for low- and moderate- income borrowers and first-time home buyers.” He continued, “These are fully underwritten, fully documented loans, consistent with FHA program guidelines and responsible lending principles.”

There is no doubt that other lending institutions will follow suit, easing up the mortgage loan business a little. We know one thing this will give another small boost to the Boston Real Estate Market.

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Superbowl Fun at Boston Venues

Well we all know that Sunday is the day of the Super Bowl. If you are tired of watching the game on your couch and eating nachos, check out some of the venues offered in our town. This is but a sampling of what is available in Boston. Who knows maybe we will see you there. Come up and say Hi.


1. Clery’s is hosting their Third Annual Super Bowl party.

  • Compete for prize packs and trophies in the bar’s wing eating contest.
  • choice of any two beers, an appetizer sampler platter during the first half of the game, and a pizza buffet at half time. Tickets are $20 per person..
    113 Dartmouth St., Boston. 617-262-9874

2. Cask ’n Flagon

  • Chef Donley Liburd has created special tailgate platters, featuring baby back ribs, barbecue chicken, barbecue pork, and beef brisket (choose two for $18, three for $26). Favorites like wings, burgers, and pizza will also be available.
  • this local sports bar will be offering a wide selection of cocktails and beers.
    62 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-536-4840.

3. Ducali Pizzeria &Bar

  • Day-long brunch on Super Bowl Sunday that will run from 11 a.m. until closing.
    Menu will feature items like egg-topped pizza, Italian-style chicken wings, and lobster-stuffed arancini.
  • Selection of Seattle and Denver beers available.
    289 Causeway St., North End. 617-742-4144.

4. East End Grille

  • 50 cent wings
  • Free buffet during half time on game day.
    118 Broadway, Somerville. 617-628-6000.

5. Poe’s Kitchen at The Rattlesnake

  • Private rooms available for  intimate viewing experience
  • Access to an indoor tailgate featuring a south of the border spread
  • Selection of beers on hand.
    384 Boylston St., Boston. 617-859-8555.

6. Row 34

  • Freshly tapped cask of Domaine Dupont French cider from beer
  • Number of game day treats. Snacks created by chef Francisco Millan include lobster roe popcorn ($6), crispy glazed fish collars ($12), fried chicken wings (small is $8, large is $14), and more.
    383 Congress St., Fort Point. 617-553-5900.

7.Shake Shack

  • Buy one get one free promotion on all frozen custard. In addition to the free custard, customers will also receive a free mini foam football.
    92 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-758-8495
    49 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. 617-651-3406.

8.The Sinclair

  • Roasted peanuts with keffir lime and chilis ($3), Narragansett corndogs (2 for $6) with coleslaw and mustard, Thai-Style chicken wings ($7), and plenty of brews on tap.
    52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-451-7700.

9. Strega’s waterfront location will offer a selection of

  • Specialty cocktails on Super Bowl Sunday, including Italian apple-tinis and spezie cosmos.
  • $5 appetizers starting at 4 p.m. on game day.
    56 Northern Ave., Boston. 671-345-3992.

10. Tryst restaurant in Arlington

  • Super Bowl specials created by executive chef Paul Turano.
  • Smoky cheese popcorn, spicy buffalo wings
  • Some healither options, like tuna tacos with avocado, red onion, and aji crema.
  • Guests can also enjoy options from Tryst’s traditional menu.
    689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-641-2227.

11. The Seventy @ 3rd lounge at the Westin Waltham Boston

  • Truffle-infused tater tots,
  • Sliced steak sliders
  • Buffalo chicken flatbread.
  • The eatery will also be offering a special chicken wing platter – a dozen wings tossed with buffalo, honey, or sweet chili sauce, and served with garlic-parmesan blue cheese dip and olive aioli.
    70 Third Ave., Waltham. 781-290-5600.

12. Zebra’s Bistro & Wine Bar

  • Special charcuterie party board for game day. Chef Brendan Pelley’s assortment of snacks ($75/board) will include a variety of cured meats, house baked crackers, artisan cheeses and more.
  • Special three course prix fixe menu available on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Additionally, Zebra’s will offer a three course pre fix menu option for nonsports fan looking for a quiet place to eat on game day.
    21 North St., Medfield. 508-359-4100.
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Planning Council Makes a Housing Prediction

As most of you are aware the Boston area is already a very expensive city to rent an apartment or to purchase condominium or loft. The facts are this situation will not change in the future. But as we all know the expense is worth it to be able reside in such a wonderful city.

councilIn a new report, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council suggests that the Boston area will need 435,000 new apartments, condominiums and homes over the next quarter century. To put this is perspective that is enough to house the entire city of 2014 Boston.

On a positive note we will need a tremendous amount of construction in our beautiful city to fill the need for housing. This means jobs for the construction workers and also their support industries and of course the Real Estate Market. This is a great windfall for our entire city.

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