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Three-Bed, Penthouse Condo Near Lower Mills: All-New Renovation, FHA-Approved, Just $164,900

Attention, Deal-Hunters:

How’d you like to own – own – a completely updated, top-floor, three-bed condo for about $1,150/month and only have to put down 3.5%?

And how’d you like that $1,150 to include taxes, insurance, and condo fees?

And what if your new digs were a half-mile from the Milton T stop, an eight-minute walk to Shaw’s, and right down the street from Planet Fitness?

You, my friend, would have nabbed yourself a deal.

The Condo

Full renovation means just that: everything from wall to wall was either replaced, improved, or updated.

The kitchen now has high-end, stainless-steel appliances, dark-granite counters, and recessed lighting. The hardwood floors have been sanded, double poly-ed, and coated with an English Chestnut stain.

The bathroom has new fixtures and a new vanity. Every wall has been re-painted. And a laundry closet with new washer/dryer hook-ups has been installed.

It has three bedrooms, a private back deck, and some surprisingly beautiful views from the sunny and spacious living room: from this height, you can look out across the wooded residential neighborhood and see Blue Hills in the distance.

The Price

$164,900

The Fees

Condo fees are $192/month. Taxes are only $121/month (assessed before the renovation).

A parking spot in a well-protected lot behind the building is deeded to the unit.

The building has great owner-occupancy (67%) and has already been FHA-approved.

The Location

The condo’s on the top floor of a three-story, six-unit building on Cedar Street, an all-residential side road that’s less than a half-mile from downtown Lower Mills.

Lower Mills, a deeply historic but constantly evolving village on top of the Neponset River, is a haven for walkers. It has everything: a Red Line stop (Milton), a full-service supermarket (Shaw’s), bars (Ledge, for instance), eateries (like locally renowned Mrs. Jones), a Dunkin’ Donuts, a CVS, and so much more.

There’s a Planet Fitness and a Bank of America at the bottom of Cedar, just a three-minute walk away.

Walkscore: 75 out of 100 – “Very Walkable”

The Next Step

Call Patriot (617 436-6000) to schedule a private showing. Or stop by Sunday, from 11:30 to 1, for an open house!

Want more info? Click here to submit a question to a Patriot agent.

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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.

For more great deals, check out all of our listings at patriotregroup.com. Or, help make us as popular as Rebecca Black by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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Luxury One-Bed in Weymouth: Easy Backyard Access, Ideal for Dog-Owners, $1,345/month

For a dog-owner in need of some luxury, this week’s Deal is the best of both worlds.

This Weymouth one-bed, currently vacant and available for $1,345/month (dog rent included), has direct access to a seldom-used, extra-private backyard behind the building.

That means the human gets luxury – lots of space, full-size washer/dryer, fully applianced kitchen – and the canine gets convenience – a door off the living room that leads to a private patio and a common greenery.

Doggy business has never been so easy. And that makes everyone happy.

The Apartment

It’s everything you need in a luxury apartment: new finishes, a full kitchen that opens into the living room by way of a breakfast bar, plenty of closet space, lots of sunlight, a bedroom that will easily fit a California king, etc. Perhaps the best interior feature is the laundry. An updated, full-size, side-by-side washer/dryer sits off the kitchen in its own closet, which has tons of space and shelving for additional storage.

What’s unique about this unit, though, is its location. It’s garden-level, which is not typically preferred by apartment-seekers because it’s as low as you can get in the building. But that gives it two advantages. First, because it’s less-desired, the price is as low as you can get, too. And second, it gives the occupant direct access to the backyard, which is barely used and well-hidden by trees.

That kind of convenience is huge for a dog-owner. And rarely found in a luxury community.

The Price

The actual price is only $1,295/month if you don’t have a pet. But we figured we’d give you dog-owners out there the rate you’d actually be paying – $1,345 with the additional $50 pet rent. Since, you know, we’ve built this whole Deal around the you-own-a-dog premise.

The Up-Front Costs

Prorated first month’s rent (for example, move on the 15th, only owe half-a-month up-front), plus a $500 security deposit, $75 application fee, and a $50 key fee. Sounds like a lot, but all together it’s just first month’s rent plus $625. The security and key fees are both refundable when you move out. No broker fee.

The Community

Here’s something you won’t find everywhere: the clubhouse has an indoor basketball (half)court. As far as Patriot’s concerned, that’s unbelievable. For no extra cost, you can spend as much time practicing free throws as Ray Allen. It’s completely impossible for you to ever get as good as he is, but still.

The court complements the fully stocked, 24-hour fitness center, which has high ceilings and a TV and overlooks the resort-like pool and patio. The clubhouse can be rented for a small fee if you want to have a party or function. The grounds throughout are beautifully landscaped and residents can relax with a few drinks in the community’s gazebo.

The property occupies about 50 acres of land and its 304 apartments are spread throughout a number of three-story buildings, so the residents aren’t on top of one another. Parking, therefore, is free and easy outside and a garage can be rented for $150/month.

A BJ’s is less than half-a-mile away. A CVS is even closer. Routes 53 and 18 run adjacent to the property and a Route 3 exit is just a mile away, which makes this community’s location more driver-friendly than walker-friendly. But if you’re without wheels, an MBTA bus line stops right outside the entrance and will get you to the commuter rail in less than 10 minutes.

The Next Step

Vacant apartments here go quickly, so call Patriot (617 436-6000) ASAP if you’re looking to move soon. If you don’t need to move right away or are looking for more than just a one-bed, call us up to discuss this community’s other options (like its lofts, two-beds, and three-beds).

As always, you can find more great deals at patriotregroup.com. Or complete the Patriot Online Trifecta by checking us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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Waterside Luxury at Marina Bay: New Management, New Prices

Take a second to dream of summertime…

You’ll be wearing just one layer of clothes. All the snow will have melted away (hopefully). And you’ll be strolling on down to the Marina Bay boardwalk from your new, luxury apartment.

Well, that last part’s only true if you take advantage of this week’s Deal: New management just took over at this luxury community in Quincy’s Marina Bay and is in the process of spiffing up all its available units. And to start off with a bang, the leasing team is offering a premium one-bed for $1,575, a full $135/month less than the starting price listed on its website.

The Apartment

Let’s be honest, people rent here for the location. You can find luxury anywhere, but it doesn’t always come with panoramic water views. And it’s not always a five-minute walk from one of the most popular summer hangout spots in the area. This apartment does. And is.

But it certainly doesn’t lack in the luxury department. The washer/dryer is in-unit. The kitchen is fully applianced and has been updated with granite countertops. There’s central air, a walk-in closet, and a marble bathroom. And, yes, a private balcony with those incredible views you care so much about.

All ocean-facing apartments here were designed to maximize exposure to the waterfront, so the windows are large and plentiful. The living room in this unit has a corner bay that makes for one heck of a seascaped sitting area.

The Price

$1,575/month

The Up-Front Costs

Just first month’s rent, a $500 security deposit, and a $50 application fee per person.

Pets are cool, but they gotta pay: there’s an additional $250 security deposit for a pet and a $75/month extra rent for a dog. So you’ll end up deciding one of three things: A) “I love my dog, I won’t think twice about the money;” B) “I love my dog, but he/she’s gonna have to get a job;” or C) “I love my dog, but I’ll love my dog even more if I can stash him/her at my parents’ house for free.”*

*Disclaimer: We at Patriot love dogs, so we’re in Category A. And we don’t ever recommend that your dog be “stashed.”

The Location

Marina Bay, which sits directly across Dorchester Bay from Boston, has gained notoriety in recent years for attracting some high-profile locals. The views – as we’ve mentioned several times already – are stunning, which makes the nightlife on the boardwalk all the more popular. You can have a drink at Captain Fishbones‘ outdoor bar, sit down for an Italian meal at the acclaimed Siros Restaurant, then dance your face off at the Waterclub.

This apartment’s community has its own fitness center, business center, and rentable clubroom. There’s plenty of free parking in the lot and you can reserve your own garage spot for $80/month. There’s also a free shuttle to the North Quincy T station.

The Next Step

Call Patriot today (617 436-6000) to schedule a private tour or to learn more about this property.

Or, for more great deals, you can always check us out online at patriotregroup.com. Or “chirp” us. Or “Book” us.

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Twenty years ago, the Boston Redevelopment Authority knew that the city’s size and economy would be expanding rapidly by the turn of the century. In order to make room for new residents and businesses, the BRA and the City of Boston sought out a few high-potential locations that could be revamped into vibrant and desirable neighborhoods. First on their to-do list: Port Norfolk, Dorchester’s charming east peninsula.

Port Norfolk waterfrontSince then, “the Port” has become one of Boston’s most surprising real-estate gems. Commuters have fallen in love with its near-instant access to 93 and close proximity to the city. Separated from the noise and traffic of Neponset Circle and nestled next to Dorchester Bay, Port Norfolk offers tranquility that few (if any) other neighborhoods in the area can match. And as more waterfront attractions pop up, its residents can stroll along the bay and treat themselves to a downtown-quality meal and a unique view of both the city and the ocean.

The Port’s attractions

A new section of the Boston HarborWalk was built in Port Norfolk in 2006, right next to the award-winning Venezia Restaurant. Just last year, the one-of-a-kind Boston Winery went up. Tenean Beach was recently renovated by the state’s Back to the Beaches program and features freshly combed sand, a new playground, and both basketball and tennis courts.

A few steps away from Port Norfolk lies Pope John Paul II Park, a 65-acre piece of land that stretches along the Neponset River. A nearby Planet Fitness facility, which moved in a few years ago, prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and offers incredibly affordable membership fares.

Port Norfolk’s future

Still on the horizon is a project that – if approved – would create a 14-acre, neighborhood waterfront park.  The multi-million-dollar restoration would include a pine grove, a lookout, and a small boat dock.

As new attractions continue to move in, so do residential developers.  An increasing number of hopeful residents has stirred property owners to provide houses and apartments that match the area’s beauty and desirability.  If an interested renter knows where to look, he or she can take advantage of one of Boston’s lesser-known, real estate treasures.

Apartments in Port Norfolk
Patriot Real Estate Group

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