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Newly Constructed, 55+ Luxury Community in Marshfield: High-End Finishes, Heat Included, $980/month for a One-Bed

Ever since it broke ground at the beginning of the year, this property‘s brand-new units have been flying off the shelf. Proverbially, of course.

Tour the facilities and it’s easy to see why. The apartments are beautifully finished, the buildings are impeccably constructed (and very green, for all you environmentalists out there), and the prices are shockingly low.

There is a catch: it’s a 55+, non-smoking community with income restrictions, so you must meet some pretty specific criteria to rent there. But if you do, join the party. Before there’s a waiting list.

The Apartment

There are still a few one-beds left, so let’s focus on those (sorry, the two-beds are long gone).

Yes, the prices are low. But the interior is anything but cheap: stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, full-size, separated washer/dryer machines, hardwood laminate flooring, and stylish fixtures in the bathroom.

The kitchen is galley-style, but still very open. It’s wide enough to fit a two-person table and has a breakfast-bar cutout that opens into the living/dining room. The bedroom can fit a king-size set without a problem and has oversized windows to capture as much sunlight as possible. There’s a wide and well-lit balcony off the living room if you want some fresh air, and a fully adjustable central air system if you want to stay indoors.

It all adds up to 726 square feet, but so well laid-out and so jam-packed with quality finishes that you’d swear it’s bigger than that.

The Price

$980/month with heat and hot water included

The Up-Front Costs

First month’s rent and a full-month’s security deposit. No broker fee.

The Community

It’s so new that the developer is still putting the finishing touches on it. The buildings and apartments are 100% complete and opened to its first applicants back in February. The landscaping, the beautiful new patio, and the bocce court, however, are still in their infancy stages.

It was certainly built to please its residents, and that’s made obvious by the enthusiasm and pride of the management team. They’re great at selling the place because it’s so easy to sell. The amenities are impressive: a bright and spacious club room, a fully stocked fitness center, and – coming soon – a community spa and salon. Parking is free and easy and there’s extra storage available on each floor.

The location might not be convenient as far as a Boston commuter is concerned (you’re five miles from Exit 12 on Route 3), but this is intended to be more like a retreat than anything else. You might be far from the highway, but you’re that much closer to the waterfront. Marshfield, one of the South Shore’s most popular summer vacation destinations, has a handful of public beaches and one of them is just a mile away. In five minutes, you can drive to the sea wall (great for storm-watching) and grab breakfast at the award-winning Arthur and Pat’s.

The Next Step

Call Patriot (617 436-6000) to learn more about this community’s qualifications or to schedule a private tour.

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Townhome-Style Private Listing in Quincy: Two Floors, Three-Plus Bedrooms, $1,600/month

We’ve shown this unit to a few people now and, each time, we get a variation of this response:

“Wow, usually the pictures lie, but there really is tons of space in here!”

That’s right, there’s tons of space in here. All the common area is on the first floor – living, dining, and an eat-in kitchen – and it’s wide open. All the bedrooms are upstairs and out of the way. There’s even a backyard (more on that below). It shows great because it is great and the price is great.

Then why is it still on the market? Well, it might not be for long. The owner is reviewing an application and several more have been submitted. But it’s never gone until it’s actually gone. So if you think your greatness as a tenant matches the greatness of this apartment, we invite you to stop in and check it out. Before it’s actually gone.

The Apartment

Space, baby. Lots of it. The living and dining room are squared and separated by a full wall, but the foyer and hallway are large enough to allow them to flow into each other. There’s a half bath off the kitchen, which is huge: it can easily hold a full dining table itself and has a sizable cutout that connects it seamlessly to the dining room. (One note, though: the kitchen lacks a refrigerator. As of now, the tenants would need to provide their own. But if that’s a major problem, talk to Patriot and we might be able to figure something out.)

A staircase in the foyer leads up to the bedrooms. There are four total: a spacious master next to the full bath, two mid-sizers, and a small one that would probably work best as an office or guest room, but has a good-size closet and is brightened nicely by a full window.

As if the interior space weren’t enough, the bonus space gives this unit a whole other element. First, there’s a private-use basement below the apartment that has washer/dryer hookups and tons of storage. Then, there’s a fenced backyard that’s common to the whole house (there are two other units), but we’re told it’s rarely used and you’d have full access. There’s a small deck overlooking the backyard and a front-facing porch to boot. Finally, you get full use of the driveway that runs along your side of the house.

The Price

$1,600/month.

The Up-Front Costs

First, last, and a full-month’s security deposit. Plus $50/each to submit an application. Sorry, a lot of up-front money. But the owner is looking for a strong applicant – both financially and will-be-a-good-tenant-ally.

The Location

Works best as a driver’s location: a car will get you to 93 and a BJ’s in less than five minutes, or to the South Shore Plaza in less than ten minutes. But walkers shan’t despair, especially because the Quincy Adams T station is only .55 miles away. There’s a park right around the corner, a Dunkin’ Donuts (obviously) less than a half-mile away, and a local sub shop that delivers the best buffalo chicken around (according to Patriot’s buffalo chicken connoisseur, John Da Silva).

Walkscore rating: 66 out of 100 – “Somewhat Walkable”

The Next Step

This is a Patriot exclusive and could be gone at any moment, so call us today (617 436-6000) to schedule a showing.

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Two Apartments in One: Two-Bed with Attached In-Law, Half-Mile from the North Quincy T, $1,850/month

Dear Parents of a Rambunctious Teenager,

Need a little distance from that rambunctious teenager? We’ve got the answer: this two-bed in North Quincy has a one-bed in-law apartment in the basement. It has its own kitchen, its own bathroom, and is perfect for muffling that song by Rebecca Black.

Dear Teenager with Un-Hip Parents,

Need a place to blast your favorite Rebecca Black song?

Okay, you get the idea.

The Apartment

The rambunctious-teenager setup is just one of the ways you can utilize this unique layout. The space used to be two separate apartments – a two-bed on the first floor and a one-bed basement apartment with its own entrance. Now, they’ve been combined to make for an ideal in-law setup.

The basement has been updated with new paint, new lighting, and refinished floors. It’s fully connected to the first-floor apartment by a stairwell off the living room, but you can make it its own unit by just closing the door to the stairs.

On the first floor, there are two spacious bedrooms, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a dining room, and an eat-in kitchen with high-end appliances and cabinets. There’s a deck off the kitchen and two off-street parking spots in the driveway.

The Price

$1,850/month

The Up-Front Costs

First and last month’s rent due at lease signing. $50 application fee per person (over the age of 18).

The Location

Thanks to the off-street parking and proximity to both the highway and the North Quincy T station, it works well for both drivers and walkers. It’s a half-mile walk to the T, right across the Neponset Bridge from 93, and just a mile drive to Marina Bay.

A Dunkin’ Donuts, Applebee’s, and Panera Bread are all within a quarter-mile. And it’s right around the corner from Hancock Street, which leads to Quincy Center and is well populated by supermarkets, convenient stores, and restaurants.

The Next Step

This is a Patriot exclusive, so call us today (617 436-6000) to arrange a showing. It’s available for a May 1st move and is currently occupied, so give us about 24 hours of advance notice so we can clear it with the tenants.

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Okay, you already read about it, now it’s time to take the tour of 35 Coffey Street, #4. It’s a huge two-bed in a brand-new condo building in Neponset and it’s going for $329,000.

Check out the video and stick around ’til the end to see Matt pulling his typically silly antics.

Tip: Click the “HD” button on the top right of the video for a much better picture.

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