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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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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Boston’s Freedom Trail

If you are new to Boston you just might want to go on the Freedom Trail, this is a two and one half mile, brick-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites. These sites will include museums and meeting houses, churches, and burying grounds. All telling the  rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston.

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A Peek at Boston’s Development Plans for 2014

meetingOn January 7, the city’s first director of business development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Randi Lathrop, will speak about all the new projects and development planned for Boston. The meeting will take place at the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May for the Beach Hill woman.

At the Meeting you can enjoy appetizers and a cash bar. It will be held at the Hampshire House in Beacon Hill from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Being that this is an independent organization, there is a $20 charge for each meeting. And the annual $50 joining fee.

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I am Relocating: How are Real Estate Transactions handled in Boston?

Of course the first step is to have one of our experienced Boston Realtors help you find the property of your dreams. Once you find the property, then you make your legal offer and before you know it,your will be at closing. In Massachusetts, thus in Boston, the sale of all property is handled by real estate attorneys. Your Boston Luxe Realtor can refer you to an experienced firm.

closingAt closing the buyers and sellers, their attorneys and agents as well as the lender’s attorney are all present. At this time, the funds deposited are usually handled by the listing broker or the seller’s attorney and are held in an “escrow” account. Sometimes the buyer’s broker or buyer’s attorney may hold the deposit. These deposits are accounted for at closing and the buyers receive  credit on the closing settlement statement.


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#Everett Casino Approved

The Massachusetts gambling commission gave approval to the revised proposal for a casino in Everett. This proposal reduces the price of the land Wynn Resorts pays and prevents hidden investors from profiting off the sale.

Rendering of proposed Resort/Casino

Rendering of Proposed Resort/Casino

The plans are that the casino/resort/hotel will be built on Monsanto chemical company site. The price of the property is now $35 million, which includes $10 million for cleanup.

A casino can have a positive effect on an area, from the hundreds construction workers of the initial building of the casino to the thousands of employees it will take to actually run the Casino/Resort. This along with the numerous support industries will boast our economy thus our greater #Boston housing market.



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When in Boston Take the Beantown Trolley

More and more of Boston’s visitors are discovering what fun it is to see ‘old beantown’ the one convenient way that is available to everyone at a very inexpensive rate. The Boston Trolley Tour consists of many stops at some of Boston’s most famous places. You can disembark and re-board the Trolley at your own pace at the different stops. trolleyBeantown Trolley is a convenient means of transport to many of the best attractions and sights in Boston. Forget about renting a car, take the Trolley. You will visit the famous neighborhoods of Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Seaport District, Bunker Hill Monument, the Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Theatre District and Chinatown and more. Sit back and relax and enjoy the narrated tour of all the famous spots you have heard about, including Fenway Park, Harvard and M.I.T.

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Boston Ranks #1 for New Graduates

graduationbluergbThere is no doubt that these are tough times for college graduates and for the 2013 graduates only about 45% have job offers after they graduate. It turns out that certain cities can provide more opportunities for recent graduates than others.

NerdWallet has put together some numbers to be able to rank the top 10 cities according to the following questions:
1    Will you have peers and others your age? New graduates usually want to live in cities where there are plenty of others the same age to meet. (The survey included percentages of the population between the ages of 18 and 24 in the analysis)
2    Will you have an active social life? (social life was proxied by the amount of bars per 1000 residents)
3    Is the city walkable? It turns out that most grads don’t have a car or the money to buy a car, so the city’s “Walk Score” was included in the analysis. The “Walk Score” is the measurement of how easy it is to get around a city without having a car.
4    Can you afford to live there? We included the median cost of renting as most grads have no salaries and usually no savings.
5    Can you get a job? To assess the availability of jobs and the local economy, we calculated each city’s unemployment rate.


#1    Boston, Massachusetts has the most 18-24 year olds of any city and the 4th most bars per capita, and the 3rd highest Walk Score making it a high score getter for twenty somethings to be able to pursue a very active social life. Boston is the 4th most expensive for housing, but has the 2nd lowest rate in unemployment which gives the grads a good shot at landing a job. The top industries in Boston are research, healthcare and finance.

#2    Seattle, Washington has the second most bars per capita and is home to a very large population of 18-24 year olds. The city has a laid back culture and a highly walkable layout making it a great place for new grads to start out. The cost of living is fairly high, but the unemployment rates are on the low side.
There are many high tech industries here including Microsoft.

#3    Denver, Colorado has an affordable social life and can boast of having the most bars per capita and a low cost of living. There is a moderate unemployment rate making it somewhat easier to find jobs. Top industries in Denver include broadcasting and telecommunications, energy, healthcare and aerospace.

#4    Baltimore, Maryland has a high population of young people, moderate cost of living and a fairly walkable layout making it a good choice for recent grads. This is the center of medicine and life sciences.

#5    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has the 5th most 18-24 year olds and a high walkability layout, making it a good choice for new grads. The city has a booming healthcare industry and many opportunities for new grads. The cost of living is rated as moderate and the unemployment rate is average.

#6     Washington, D.C. attracts many students for jobs with politicians and thinktanks. It is the 2nd most populous in 18-24 year olds. It is highly walkable and has a moderate unemployment rate. The rents here are fairly high.

#7     Columbus, Ohio has a low cost of living, the 4th lowest unemployment rate and 4th in populous of 18-24 year olds. The city is not known to have a walkable layout.

#8    Austin, Texas seems to have it all. The 3rd most 18-24 year olds, a low cost of living and low unemployment rate. The city has a growing high tech industry and biotechnology industry. Dell Computers and IBM are both headquartered here.

#9    Chicago, Illinois is the 4th most walkable city, but the blustery weather precludes walking anywhere in the wintertime. It has an extensive public transportation system, a large population of young people and a fairly moderate cost of living. The industries here include finance and publishing.

#10    San Francisco, California has a great social scene and great walkable layout making it popular for new grads. Tech and computer savy grads will find plenty of tech companies to work at with giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter near by. The city has a fairly high cost of living however.

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