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Home can be a place of grounding and nesting. For the sellers of 130 Anawan Avenue in West Roxbury, it has been a place of family and community. Their kids (ages ten and seven) have loved the home so much, they wrote a story to share the inspiration and comfort of living there. 


The Wonderful World of 130

By Z.C. and L.C.

Once upon a time there lived two sisters named Penelope and Margaret. Penelope and Margaret lived in a beautiful house that made them feel safe and warm. Each place in the house had a special memory. For example whenever the two girls walked into Penelope’s room they felt like brave skydivers. The two girls always felt that way when they piled pillows on the floor and landed on them after jumping off of the bed. When

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On a sought-after street in Jamaica Plain's neighborly Stonybrook, this two-bedroom, one-bath condo offers an updated kitchen and exclusive patio, ready for outdoor dining. The kitchen features tall new muted-grey cabinetry, a center butcher-block storage island, and functional pantry with side-by-side washer and dryer. Doors from Minton Stable garden and park. Blocks to Green Street T Station, Turtle Swamp Brewery and Exodus Bagels.

Coming to market June 12.


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​In the heart of Bellevue Hill, this 4 bed, 1.5 bath corner home is blocks from everywhere you need to be. From an enclosed sun porch and front foyer, enter an open living/dining room with wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen features vintage cabinetry and a pantry. The second level includes an office or craft room.

On the bus route to Boston Latin School; in the zone of Lyndon and Kilmer schools. Just blocks to Highland commuter rail station, Recreo Coffee Roasters and Sugar Bakery, Roche Bros grocery, Parkway YMCA and Billings Field.

Coming to market June 12.

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With Skylit top floor with guest/au pair suite

In the heart of Newton Highlands, this 4 bed, 4 bath corner townhouse offers the feel of a gracious single family, with three generous living levels. A central stair gracefully divides the main level into a living and dining area with wood-burning fireplace, and a front room that opens to the kitchen with breakfast bar. The skylit top floor offers a fourth bedroom, a study and the fourth full bath––well suited as a guest or au pair suite. One block from Lincoln Street shops and Green Line D train. Short blocks to serene Crystal Lake.

Coming to market May 15. 

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With sunroom and attached garage in Roslindale's Parkway neighborhood

Bring in the sunshine in this top-floor two-bed plus sunroom with attached garage, in Roslindale's Parkway neighborhood. With private entry, the living room is adjoined by a dining room and heated three-season sunroom. Updated in 2013, the kitchen offers tall cabinetry, stainless steel appliances with granite counters; a pantry with laundry hook-ups; and access to a rear porch. The dining room features a vintage hutch and picture rails. The bedrooms are situated on either side the dining room, one with two closets. In-unit storage includes an extra dining room built-in and linen closet. The sunroom is hammock-ready for looking over the garden. The large shared fenced-in yard with

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Boston is a city of arts––particularly music, from New England Conservatory to Berklee College of Music to Symphony Hall, and independent ensembles like Grammy-nominated A Far Cry. I’ve had the privilege of working with numerous musician clients, helping them set up homes where they can also make art, collaborate with others, and stay connected to the vibrancy of the city.

Winnie Dahlgren, a musician and professor at Berklee College of Music, has used the City of Boston Artist Certificate to build roots in the city while traveling with her band. Her Artist Affordable unit at the Modern in the South End has allowed her to work in and “enjoy the city without constantly having to travel to it.”

Tell us more about your art: what type of artist are

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Melony Swasey, Realtor with Unlimited Sotheby's International Realty, photo Leise Jones

Vibrant, high-performing residential real estate team seeks attentive, creative and proficient associate to coordinate, launch, and promote property listings, and to actively market the Good Boston Living brand—via digital and print media, open houses, and other in-person campaigns.

Compensation: $60,000 or commensurate with experience

Hours: This full-time position includes frequent evenings and weekends (often with short-notice)—allowing for flexible scheduling throughout the week

Led by real estate agent Melony Swasey, the Good Boston Living team provides high-integrity, intimate, strategic service to our clients, who are primarily referred based on trust. We’re a thoughtful, brainy, fun crew. Based in Jamaica Plain, and serving clientele

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House for rent

When a homeowner needs to move, most assume they will be selling their house. When I meet with clients during a seller's meeting, we explore their priorities and the range of options for their situation.

Part of that picture may include renting their home—either temporarily or long term—whether they're moving nearby or relocating out of the state or the country.

Sometimes a homeowner chooses to rent out their home because they know the rental market is strong (they'll likely have their choice of tenants). Also, with home prices having increased significantly in recent years, acquiring an investment property now or in the future may cost well more than they paid for their home when they first bought it.

And some just want to know that they or

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With office and garage parking, just three blocks to Jamaica Pond

A choice spot, tucked on a side street along the Emerald Necklace near parks, ponds, and the bike path to Longwood Medical Area. Just two blocks to Whole Foods and Hyde Square shops–leave the car in your garage. Modern finishes accent natural woodwork, including a built-in dining room hutch. French doors open from the foyer into the bow-front living room with gas fireplace. The eat-in kitchen features a large cooktop island, Jenn Air appliances, and pantry. Atrium doors open directly onto an exclusive deck, a bright extension of the space. Separate office off the foyer. Sleek 2017 bathroom with soaker tub. In-unit laundry. Massive private basement storage room. Young systems: 2017 hot

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Condo kitchen

Sometimes it's wise to price low in order to go high. When we dropped the listing price from $445K to $425K, the home sold for $475K.

Over the past five years, Boston area real estate has been in steep demand, with unprecedented competition among homebuyers and continuous increases in home values.

In sought-after locations like Boston's Jamaica Plain, inventory–or the availability of homes–and buyer competition remain tight year-round. Even during the typically "slower" winter months, homes for sale will receive multiple offers in a very short time frame.

But even in a tight market environment, timing and price sensitivity still prevail. What buyers will pay–or compete for–always depends on:

  • a home's location, condition, and
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