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We work all across Greater Boston to make the real estate dreams of buyers and sellers come true. In this series we’ll be sharing with you the neighborhoods we work in, as well as the micro-neighborhoods within them that each have a unique culture and property appeal.

The Brewery District is a vibrant, tight-knit neighborhood nestled between the Southwest Corridor Park and the main artery of Jamaica Plain. Here your front door is just steps from the Stony Brook MBTA station for a quick commute downtown.

Kids can walk to any of several local schools including the bilingual Rafael Hernandez K-8 School. After class the Corridor boasts playgrounds and parks for families, basketball courts, and soon a new skate park. Rumor has it, it may someday host JP’s first-ever dog park too.

You’ll find the Sam Adams Brewery Complex. This mixed-use compound is home to over 30 local businesses, 50% of which are owned by women or entrepreneurs of color. It’s also the site of the bustling Egleston Square Farmer’s Market every Saturday May-November. You can hit the gym, peruse art galleries, take dance lessons, play taproom trivia, and dine out at celebrated cafes and restaurants all while supporting the local economy.

The strong community in the Brewery District has spent decades cultivating the flourishing artistic and natural landscape in the area. It’s hard to find a more compassionate and engaged group of neighbors than these.

Want to be the newest addition to the Brewery District family? Call us at 617-942-1741 to start your home search. Our team member Susan Scheele lives in the neighborhood and would love to give you our insider tips.

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So you’ve decided to buy your first home and you want to start looking at properties during open houses. This is a great first step! If you haven’t been to an open house before, it’s just a window of time when anyone who is interested in a property can go by to check it out. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start visiting open houses.

The Listing Agent Hosts…and Watches

You probably won’t meet the sellers during an open house. The sellers’ agent typically hosts an open house and the owners are often advised to go elsewhere. But the listing agent will be prepared to answer any and all questions. You can also get a sense of whether the listing agent seems organized, agreeable, and easy to work with as they will be your primary point of contact (or at least your agent’s) during this process.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the listing agent is probably watching you. Not in a stalker way but just to gauge your interest and demeanor. Put a smile on your face. Keep any negative comments to yourself because they might turn off the seller’s agent. And your expression? Pure poker face. In case you want to submit an offer, you’ll want the sellers’ agent to have a good first impression of you.

You Can Look Around

That’s why you’re there! Be respectful of course, no rifling through people’s belongings, but you can take your time walking through, take notes, take pictures (with permission) and get a feel for the place. You are allowed to look inside things like closets and cabinets to get a sense of space and storage. You can even take measurements if you have a very large piece of furniture that’s important to you, but most open houses will have a floor plan and square footage on hand.

You’ll Have to Provide Some Information

You’re going to come away with a ton of information and probably print outs about this house. But the sellers’ agent is also going to ask for some information from you. Usually you’re asked to register when you come by, provide your name, e-mail address, and whether you’re working with a real estate agent. This is actually a legal concern; if you’ve signed an exclusive agreement with an agent another agent is prohibited from working with you. Plus, there is a record of who has been through the house in the unfortunate event something goes missing from the home during an open house.

Going Solo or With an Agent? Both Work

Open houses don’t require you to have an agent so you can stroll through them on your own. Early in your search this might be a helpful way to discover what you like and don’t like and what you want in your own home. But when you’re seriously looking, attending open houses with an agent can be a big bonus. Having done this many times before, they will likely have helpful insights and can point out features that you might not have noticed. They can also do a more thorough vetting of the houses before you visit to make sure they’re worth your time, energy and hard earned money!

If you want to start looking at homes with an agent, we’d love to help you do that! Contact us at nextdoor@unlimitedsir.com or 617-942-1741 to get started.

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Although our office is in Jamaica Plain, we also serve all of Greater Boston and specialize in its many eclectic neighborhoods including Dorchester, West Roxbury and Roslindale. In fact, our team member Mike Wood lives in Roslindale and can tell you so many of the ins and outs of this historic town. In the meantime, we’ve picked out some of our favorite Roslindale facts to help you get to know the area a little bit better.

Roslindale Was Named for Its Pastoral Beauty

The name “Roslindale” actually refers to the hills and dales in the neighborhood that make the area look like something straight out of a Thomas Cole painting. Prior to the building of trolley tracks and Forest Hill Station, Roslindale’s commercial district was surrounded by peacefully sloping hills and framed by the Blue Hills in the distance.

Legend has it that a native of the UK suggested the name because the terrain reminded him of the village of Roslin, Scotland. Though these natural surroundings are now blending into Roslindale’s trendy and bustling “downtown” (Roslindale Village to newcomers, and Rozzie Square to locals), the town still boasts over 214 acres of green space.

There’s a Very Cool Art Scene

Jamaica Plain gets all the credit for being the mural center of Greater Boston, but Roslindale has a lot of cool street art as well. In the Village you can spot a piece inspired by the Red Sox and the great win of 2004 that reversed the curse of bad luck for our hometown team. Other murals celebrate “shopping local” and draw inspiration from ancient Asian scrolls.

Off the wall, Roslindale has a flourishing set of artist’s studios that host Open Studios a few times a year to bring the community into their workspaces. In the past, over 100 artists have participated in these weekends, proving that you don’t have to hit the MFA to find beautiful local artworks.

It’s Part of Boston

A lot of urbanites are trained to think of anything outside of the North and South Ends as “suburbia” but Roslindale is considered a neighborhood in Boston. And guess what, it’s very easy to get to all the other areas of the city!

The Forest Hills T station on the Orange Line is just down the street from Roslindale and the Roslindale Village Commuter Rail stop is smack dab in the middle of town. There’s also a huge network of busses connecting Roslindale to other areas of Boston. If you’re driving, it’s a quick 15-minute trip to Fenway Park from the Village—easy access everywhere!

It’s a Book-Loving Neighborhood

When the Roslindale branch of the Boston Public Library went under construction in late 2019, the community rallied to find an alternative literary source. As a result, Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over town for neighbors to swap books and explore new genres during the shutdown.

The Friends of Roslindale Branch Library monitor the 15 little libraries to make sure they’re always stocked and well taken care of, but it’s the residents themselves who keep the project going by dropping off and picking up books. The library may be inaccessible, but the community spirit of Roslindale’s book lovers is alive and well.

It Still Boasts Single-Family Homes

In Boston, it’s an extremely tricky venture to find a free standing single-family home for sale. As areas like JP and Dorchester become trendier, prices increase and availability shrinks. But in Roslindale, where urban and suburban truly find a balance, there are still single-family homes to be found that may need a TLC to update for 2020 tastes, but they won’t necessarily break the bank.

That’s right, you actually can live in a place that has a thriving restaurant scene, a sea of breweries, and avant-garde street art, while also owning your own home—maybe even, dare we say it, with a yard all its own?

Interested in learning about available properties in Roslindale? We’d love to take you on a tour. Shoot us an e-mail at nextdoor@unlimitedsir.com.

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