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August 2011 - JANET PORCARO

Saint Anthony’s Feast in the North End Since 1919!

Saint Anthony’s Feast in the North End Since 1919!

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,

North End

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

North End Restaurants

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.

North End, Boston

Candied Apple

Fisherman's Feast

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

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!


Hanover Street, Boston, MA

Hanover Street, Boston, MA

Newton Condo at Home in Nature

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

To read  more about this listing, click here www.YourNewtonMove.com.

If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at Janet@LifeinNewton.com. To search for homes in Newton and beyond, visit  www.YourNewtonMove.com  and click on SEARCH FOR HOMES.

The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2011 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

Newton Brookline Real Estate Market Thrives!

Newton Brookline Real Estate Market Thrives!

Housing MarketThe 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.

Greater Boston Area Rental Market Booms!

Greater Boston Area Rental Market Booms!

Hot Greater Boston Area Rental Market

The cover headline story in the August 1, 2011 Banker 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.

A Good Sandwich is Like an Old Friend

A Good Sandwich is Like an Old Friend

All Star Sandwich Bar

Everyone likes a good sandwich!


Happiness in a good sandwich

Happiness in a good sandwich

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 Owner

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

Let us know, what is your favorite sandwich?