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Holiday Special at Hilltop Quincy Community: One Month Free if You Rent This Week

The mad dash is over, so let the post-holiday sales begin! Yes, that applies to real estate, too.

The managers of this picturesque property in Quincy have adopted the same mentality as all the store-owners in the mall: have inventory, don’t want inventory. So, in order to inspire another mad dash this week, they’re offering a free month up-front on all of their available apartments.

The Community

Thanks to its rural surroundings (it sits next to a 54-acre park that’s a protected piece of Quincy history), this property boasts a “retreat” kind of privacy. It’s hard to argue with that: the apartment buildings are comfortably separated from one another and each houses just a handful of units. The landscaping, which experienced a major upgrade when new management took over last year, blends seamlessly with the community’s natural setting. Every apartment has a private balcony or patio.

By the same standard, the clubhouse/pool area epitomizes the wooded-enclave theme. And the other communal amenities – a 24-hour fitness center, a gazebo, a putting green, a playground (for kids, not for you), free coffee and Wi-Fi in the clubhouse – are so inviting, the residents consider them extensions of their homes.

Still, many renters think all that’s just gravy – the real attraction is the walkability to the Roche Bros. and the Walmart that neighbor the property. Few residents go without a car (a semi-secluded community will surely require some driving), but being able to pop next door for, well, anything you need is a major plus. And, if that weren’t enough, there’s a Starbucks just a third of a mile away.

The Apartments/Prices

You’ll find the same luxury features in every apartment: in-unit washer/dryer, gas cooking, central air, walk-in closets, and an open kitchen with a breakfast bar.

And since we’re dealing with a multitude of different floorplans, we’ll just break them down for you one-by-one. Keep in mind, if you can move in by the middle of January, you won’t owe a dime for all of February:

One-Bedroom, One-Bathroom – $1,310 – 697 square-feet

One-Bedroom, One-Bathroom w/ Loft – $1,560 – 967 square-feet

Two-Bedroom, Two-Bathroom – $1,670 – 1,013 square-feet

Three-Bedroom, Two-Bathroom – $2,010 – 1,240 square-feet

The Up-Front Costs

Just a $500 security deposit, $150 amenities fee, and a $75 key fee. No application or broker fees. The amenities and key fees are just one-time payments and the security deposit is returned to you when you leave.

The Next Step

Call Patriot to learn more or to schedule a private tour. As always, you can visit patriotregroup.com for more great deals.

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Affordable Two-Bed, Half-Mile from the T: $1,050 with Heat and Hot Water Included

More and more, renters are starting to reconsider what they’re willing to spend on housing. Instead of reaching a bit for luxury, many clients now tell us they just want a place that’s convenient, spacious, and comfortably affordable.

Your wish is our command.

The Apartment

Once they’ve seen what else they can get on the local market, people don’t expect much from a two-bed in this price range.

That’s why they’re pleasantly surprised when they see this apartment. It’s simple – it certainly won’t be confused for a five-star hotel – but people can work with simplicity when they have this much space.

They notice it right when they enter: a foyer off the kitchen that can double as a dining room and opens fluidly into a huge, rectangular living room. This area’s cable-ready (as are the bedrooms) and whoever sees it, instead of wondering if their entertainment setup will fit, just starts picturing where they’ll put everything. The bedrooms are king-ready, of equal size, and have wide-stretching closets, while the kitchen is galley-style, offers plenty of counter space, and has a cut-out that overlooks the living room.

Every apartment in the building can’t be rented until it’s properly turned over. So when the previous tenant leaves, the carpets are steam-cleaned (or flat-out replaced), the walls are plastered and re-painted, and all outstanding repairs are handled.

The Price

$1,050/month, with heat and hot water included. You only owe electric.

The Up-Front Costs

Just first and last month’s rent and a $50 application fee per person. No security deposit or broker fee.

The Location

First, the building itself takes care of the little things. Like laundry, which is in the basement. And parking, which is free and only available to tenants, so you never have to fight for it. Preventative maintenance (i.e. let’s nip problems in the bud) is regularly applied, while an emergency maintenance contact lives on-site.

More attractive to prospective renters, though, is the building’s place on the map. It’s only a half-mile from the Quincy Adams T stop, which is a major convenience for Boston commuters, especially considering the amount of money they’re already saving. Next to the train station is a Home Depot, a BJ’s, and a Dunkin’ Donuts. Drivers can hit the Braintree split (if they dare) in two minutes or avoid it entirely and get on 93 North in five. The South Shore Plaza is just two miles away (sorry if that reminds you that you haven’t finished your holiday shopping).

The Next Step

Patriot has exclusive access to this listing, so give us a call to schedule a private showing: (617) 436-6000. For more great deals, you can always visit us online at patriotregroup.com.

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