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Premium Two-Bed with Direct-Access, Private Garage: $1,950/month

With the wintry, holiday season approaching, another private-garage-themed Deal seems appropriate.

Picture this: you’ve just spent three hours at the South Shore Plaza, the trunk of your car is bursting with shopping bags, and it’s 30-degrees outside. Wouldn’t it be nice to pull into your own garage spot and load everything into your luxury apartment, without ever braving the cold?

Of course it would.

The Apartment

“High-end” is not a term that gets tossed around lightly at this community. The kitchens are designed to make a chef feel at home: all stainless appliances, stylish granite countertops, a dual sink, over-the-range microwave, and a French-door refrigerator. Like the kitchen, the bathroom and entryways have porcelain tiling that’s easy to clean. A full-size, side-by-side laundry set is tucked into a hallway closet, next to a built-in computer niche that’s internet-ready and has plenty of shelving.

Every apartment on the property has a private garage, but not all of them have direct access. This one does: you simply open the garage with a remote sensor, pull your car in, then pass through a door that leads right into the foyer of your home.

The Price

$1,950/month on a 12-month lease. This unit normally goes for $2,125, but the community’s management team is offering a $2,100 discount over the course of the lease.

The Up-Front Costs

Just first month’s rent and a $525 amenities fee, if you meet this property’s credit standards. Otherwise, a security deposit of no more than a month’s rent is required. No application fee, last month’s rent, or broker fee.

The Location

Considered one of the best in the area, this gated community features some top-of-the-line amenities. The clubhouse – with a classic contemporary interiorhas an expansive, 24-hour fitness center where you can arrange personal training sessions. You can rent out the club room (HD flat screen, full kitchen, plenty of seating) for free and use the business center (printer, fax, conference room) whenever you want. The resort-style pool, hot tub, and patio are picturesque.

Likewise, the property’s backdrop is breathtaking. It’s adjacent to what Golf Digest has called one of the best golf courses in the country and is located on one of Quincy’s highest points, which allows for remarkable views of Boston and the ocean.

The Next Step

Call Patriot (617 436-6000) to schedule a private tour. As always, more great deals can be found on our website.

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Secluded, Luxury Three-Bed with Private Garage: $2,005/month

This Deal has been getting so good lately, we have no choice but to blog about it.

Three-beds in this wooded, Braintree community don’t last very long – there’s a limited supply and a high demand. For that reason, it’s hard to find one priced south of $2,300 or $2,400/month.

But due to the rare occurrence of two vacating at once – in a slow rental season, to boot – the price on three-beds has been dropping and dropping. And now it’s is as low as we’ve ever seen it.

The Apartment

What’s amazing about this Deal is that, as low as the price is, you don’t have to sacrifice anything. Usually there’s a slight catch – you find out that it’s in a less-than-ideal location on the property or that the kitchen has been modified. That’s simply not the case.

It has a fireplace (not found in every unit here), a wooded view (the most preferred kind), and an attached, private garage. Yes, you read that correctly: your own garage, with direct entry into your apartment. That’s a thing of beauty in New England, especially with the harsh winter looming. No scraping ice off your windows, no worrying about finding a spot…you don’t even have to ever go outside. You can go straight from the blasting heat of your car to the warm comfort of your home.

And we haven’t even gotten to the interior yet. It has 1,245 square-feet of living space: three, well-sized bedrooms, all with well-sized closets. Two full bathrooms. A designated dining area off the living room, which is where you’ll find the fireplace. A fully applianced kitchen with a cornered breakfast bar. A closet off the kitchen that holds a full-size washer and dryer set. And your own balcony that, thanks to the desirable location, is as private as it gets.

The Price

$2,005/month

The Up-Front Costs

First month’s rent and – for a limited time – just a $99 security deposit with approved credit. The deposit on a three-bed is normally $1,200, which means you’d save $1,101 if you meet this property’s credit requirements. There is a $50 application fee per person, a $300 move-in fee, and no broker fee.

The Community

The location is suburban and the property is rural, so this spot appeals more to drivers than walkers. But if you need to get to the Braintree T and don’t want to pay for parking, you can use the free shuttle, which runs on a generous schedule during peak commuting hours. The shuttle picks up right in front of the community’s clubhouse, which is where the fitness center, business center, and resort-style pool are all located.

It’s half-a-mile down the road from a shopping plaza that includes a Stop & Shop and a CVS. Route 3 and the T station are just a five-minute drive away, as are a number of shops and restaurants, like Borders, Best Buy, Chili’s, and an authentic barbecue joint that we at Patriot strongly recommend.

The Next Step

Call Patriot (617 436-6000) to schedule a private tour. You can always find more great deals at patriotregroup.com.

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Roomy One-Bed in Two-Family, Suburban Home: $1,200/month with Everything Included

This week, we’re taking you to the ‘burbs for a little change of pace.

Rentals can take all shapes and forms – just because you’re looking for an apartment doesn’t mean you’ll have to live in a high-rise or belong to a community. Sometimes, you’ll come across a listing like this one, which is more like a home than anything else: residential neighborhood, private front porch, personal touches throughout. The term “cookie-cutter” does not apply. (Unless you’re actually baking cookies, which is a welcome practice here.)

The Apartment

We’ve already established that this isn’t really an apartment, at least not in the typical sense. It’s a private extension off the side of a newly renovated Colonialattached to the main house but with its own entrance and front porch. The interior, which is finished with hardwood floors and oak trimmings, captures natural light so well that you won’t need to turn on any lights during a sunny day. Because it’s sectioned off from the rest of the house, there’s nothing above this unit and its roof forms a point, which gives the living room soaring, cathedral ceilings.

The kitchen has gas cooking, tons of cabinet space, and a huge, cut-out window overlooking the living area. There’s a ceiling fan in the living room and the bathroom was redone last year.

The Price

$1,200/month with everything included: heat, hot water, electricity, and water/sewer. The only bill you’d owe is cable, though that can be included, too, for just $50 more a month.

The Up-Front Costs

First and last month’s rent. Application fee: $50/person. No broker fee.

The Location

It’s set in a residential neighborhood in Weymouth, about a mile off route 3A and right down the street from two parks. Hingham Shipyard, a constantly developing, waterfront village replete with restaurants, shops, and entertainment, is not even five minutes away by car. A Stop & Shop, Lowe’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts are all within a mile.

The Hingham Water Shuttle, which is run by the MBTA and runs straight from the Shipyard to Rowe’s Wharf, is easily one of the most unique and appealing alternatives to driving into the city. It takes just 35 minutes and will turn your everyday commute into an aquatic tour of the Boston Harbor Islands.

The Next Step

This is a Patriot Real Estate Group exclusive, so you must call us if you’d like to see it. You can reach us during business hours at (617) 436-6000, or anytime online at patriotregroup.com.

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Waterfront, Penthouse Two-Bed: $1,837 with Heat and Hot Water Included

It’s officially November, know how we can tell? First, the calendar says so. Second, the air is colder and the days are shorter. Third, and least depressingly, great deals on rentals are starting to roll in.

We’re entering the best time of year for a renter to get a discounted apartment. Since most people prefer to move when it’s warm outside, traffic is slow and vacancies, therefore, are much harder to fill. But they must be filled, so property managers all over the map drop their prices to entice anyone who might be looking.

And it doesn’t get much more enticing than this week’s Deal: two-and-a-half months free on a waterfront two-bed, atop one of Quincy’s newest luxury buildings.

The Apartment

Have you ever been able to tell your friends that you live in a luxury penthouse with sweeping, water views? In all likelihood, no, you have not. If you’d like to, though, it’s now more attainable than you might have thought. More on the price in a bit, but for now, consider the apartment at hand.

The floorplan to the left will give you an idea for the spacing: a huge, master bedroom/bathroom on one side and a guest bedroom on the other. The living room separates the two (which provides extra privacy) and is big enough to accommodate a full entertainment setup and a dining area. The windows stretch almost all the way from the floor to the ceilings and they all face south, maximizing the mesmerizing views of the Neponset River and Pope John Paul II Park.

There are luxury finishes and conveniences everywhere, like full-size, stackable laundry machines, central air, and a state-of-the-art kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. But more than anything, you’ll no doubt be sold by the remarkable and far-stretching views that are visible from every corner of this top-floor apartment.

The Price

$1,837/month after the 2.5-month-free concession. The rent includes everything but electricity.

The Up-Front Costs

First month and a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. Or, in lieu of a security deposit, a $350 Sure Deposit Bond that is non-refundable. No application or broker fees.

The Location

The apartment is perched on the top floor of a 12-story, waterfront building that dominates the Quincy skyline. Built just four years ago, its sleek lobby and concierge desk give it the feel of a Manhattan high-rise. Residents often find their way to the second floor, which is equipped with free wi/fi and features a fitness center, billiards room, club room, and media center. Free parking is available outside and garage parking is available for a low price ($40/month for uncovered, $60/month for covered).

There are three primary factors that draw prospective renters to this property: its spectacular sightlines, its discounted rents and utilities, and its commuter-friendly location. It’s right across the Neponset Bridge from a ramp to Route 93, where Boston is just a few exits north. But taking the T is a cinch as well. During typical commuter hours, management offers a free shuttle back-and-forth to the North Quincy T stop. The station, though, is only a half-mile away, so many residents just walk it.

The Next Step

Call Patriot today (617 436-6000) to schedule a private tour. As always, you can find more great deals on our website.

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