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Our Lady of Fatima framed by Artist Nathan Swain’s Mural
August brings the Feast of Saint Anthony to the North End. With Hurricane Irene due to hit Boston on Sunday, parts of the celebration have been postponed. According to the Saint Anthony Feast website,
Beautiful North End
St. Leonard Peace Garden by Nate Swain
“St. Anthony’s Feast will continue as planned on Friday, August 26th, Saturday, August 27th, and for the Feast of Santa Lucia on Monday, August 28th.
The Grand Procession scheduled for Sunday, August 28th has been postponed until Sunday, September 4th at 12 Noon. The Grand Procession will begin at the St. Anthony Chapel located at 203 Endicott Street, Boston, MA.” ~www.saintanthonysfeast.com
Great place to hang out!
Hurricane or not, The North End is an increasingly popular Boston neighborhood for it’s historic significance and urban charm. Since I was a child growing up on the North Shore, I have thought of the North End as a Mecca for great food and fine dining. Last weekend, a group of my family enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating the Fisherman’s Feast. We got there in time for the procession and parade. Happy people strolled along enjoying cannoli and other sweet treats.
Madonna wrapped and protected from rain
“The Fisherman’s Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen immigrated to America in the early 1900’s, they brought their traditions with them. Today’s Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago with lights adorning the street and the smell of sausage in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End. “~www.thefishermansfeast.com
North End sometimes referred to as “Little Italy”
Make a date to visit the North End and don’t miss St. Leonard’s Peace Garden!
It is rare to find such a stunning end unit in South Newton. You will think you are in a single family home. As you approach the home, you will feel warmly welcomed as you enjoy the elegant landscaping. The flow of the home is airy and spacious. With lots of windows, the south facing condo offers many views of the green trees and stunning perennial garden. Sit and enjoy a cup of tea on the private terrace. Or unwind from a busy day with a swim in the association pool or a rigorous game of tennis. Come home to 60 Ober Road!
60 Ober Road, Unit 60 Newton, MA 02459 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
Listed for $595,000. Open House on August 28, 2011 from 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Listing Broker: Judith Oriel, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Chestnut Hill
The Newton Brookline housing market is moving in the right direction! The number of transactions are rising. Halleluiah! However, the rise in average sale price is less extreme. Value took a big hit during the housing slump. Today overpriced properties languish with lengthy market times. Buyers continue to face borrowing challenges and blocks. Anxiety runs high to those with an ear to the national news. Foreclosures and short sales continue to impact market value.
But still, the Boston housing market is unusual. Properties listing at the right price point will draw lots of excitement. A seasoned real estate professional will run a market analysis as a tool for home sellers in determining their property’s best market price. While a property is active, he or she will continue to advise the home owner by watch the changing market. With the guidance of a well referred Realtor®, you will feel confident moving forward in a changing market.
The Newton Brookline housing market is moving in the right direction! The number of transactions are rising. Halleluiah! But the number of sales do not tell the whole story.
Average sales prices are up, but not as steeply as sales volume. Prices are not yet back up to their peak before the slump. That means there is opportunity for buyers, because the market is not yet overheated. Correct pricing is always key. Overpriced properties languish for a long time on the market. Foreclosures and short sales continue to impact market value.
But overall, properly priced properties are still in demand drawing ready buyers. If anything, the upswing in the local market is dampened by the overall uncertainty and negative reports in the national financial news. The anxiety about the larger financial health of the country means that buyers still face strict borrowing guidelines and limits when applying for mortgage financing.
A seasoned real estate professional will run a market analysis to help home sellers determine their property’s best market price. A very good agent will continue to monitor the market for changes throughout the listing, advising the sellers how to keep their property competitive.
With the guidance of a well referred Realtor®, you will feel confident moving forward in a changing market.
The cover headline story in the August 1, 2011Banker and Tradesman reads, “Hot Apt. Market Set To Ignite Home Sales”!
‘We are down to 4 percent vacancy rates,’ noted Barry Bluestone, Northeast University economist. ‘When it’s below 6 percent, you have escalating rents.’
With a great job bank and many strong school systems, it is clear that the migration to the Greater Boston Area is compelling. The Newton rental market is vigorous with supply not meeting demand. Many relocating employees are drawn to Newton, for example, for its remarkable schools system and excellent commuter location. Although the rental inventory in Brookline may be higher, the proximity to the medical area and easy access to the Green Line makes Brookline a premium market for both sales and rentals. Cambridge is sited in the Banker and Tradesman piece as being “particularly hot.”
The local boom in the biotech and high-tech industries is especially being felt in hot rental markets like, Cambridge…
In the field, the evidence is obvious. The competition for quality housing has been fierce. Properties that are in good condition in desirable neighborhoods often end up receiving multiple applications.
The surge in the rental market bodes well for the housing market recovery in the Greater Boston Area. This is a great time to buy or sell in the Greater Boston area. Back to School market is just around the corner.
All Star Sandwich Bar located in Inman Square, Cambridge makes the most amazing BLT, the American classic with pickle and a serving of slaw on the side. The ambiance is reflected in the tag line, “A Good Sandwich is Like an Old Friend“. Can you relate? Think about a Tuna Melt with pickles and chips or a hot juicy Reuben. Maybe you would prefer a Turkey Club. Personally I can’t wait to try the Muffuletta (Italian cold-cuts on Scali)! How about a side order of Chili Cheese Fries?
Friendly Staff and Owners
All Star Sandwich Bar is a great example of a small business picking one good thing, and serving it with style, creativity, and excellence. Who doesn’t like a good sandwich anyway? It would be un-American!
My favorite sandwich is a grilled cheese with tomato. Last time I was at The All Star Sandwich Bar, I ordered off the menu, a grilled cheese and tomato on whole wheat. The staff cheerfully prepared it just how I like it. I was just like the old days when the customer was king.
All Star Sandwich Bar 1245 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 617-868-3065