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5 reasons why it's better to move into Boston during the spring

There's nothing like schlepping a couch from a U-Haul to your 5th floor walkup in the freezing cold that makes you wish you'd waited until spring to move. In fact, spring is prime moving time in the Boston area, when listings are plentiful and the weather is bearable. "While the...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:06am

The hottest neighborhoods around Massachusetts

With a housing shortage and brutally high price tags, the Boston area isn't the easiest place to find a new home these days. But the best finds come if you're willing to sift through listings and venture into new neighborhoods. Here's a few to check out. Orient Heights, East Boston To...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:01am

Gold medalist Aly Raisman's childhood home hits the market

A gold medal worthy property is now on sale in Needham. The childhood home of three-time Olympic gold medalist and outspoken activist Aly Raisman is back on the market in the popular Boston suburb. The house has undergone a ton of renovations courtesy of Speedwagon Partners since the...

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 2:33pm

Marie Kondo's best tips from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo is like the Beyonce of Japan: the larger-than-life superstar of organization. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, is also making waves among Americans who want to learn how to live a neater and more zen lifestyle. We read...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:14pm

Your Christmas tree could be infested by 25,000 bugs

If you’re bringing home a real Christmas tree this year — which the National Christmas Tree Association says is a must — you could also be bringing unwanted insects into your home…by the thousands. According to a report from pest control company Safer Brand, your...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 9:24pm

5 more reasons to check out Boston's Seaport

It’s no secret that the Seaport District is quickly becoming Boston’s hottest neighborhood. While the area already has a ton of great restaurants and bars to go along with its collection of luxury apartments, expect even more popular attractions to pop up in the coming months. If you...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:18pm

How to survive a trip to Ikea, from the people who work there

We love Ikea’s clean Swedish lines, clever storage ideas and affordable prices — but walking into the store can still be overwhelming. Even Rocky Brewer, who’s been with the furniture giant for about 10 years, acknowledges that the experience of first walking in and seeing the...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 11:20am

No tea no shade: Trump had to replace Obama's 'damaged' wallpaper

When we heard that President Trump wanted to renovate the White House, we were afraid it would turn into the Gold House a la Trump Tower, but the changes to the “real dump,” as Trump called it, are palatable. And geez, thank GAWD he replaced former President Barack Obama’s...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:26pm

Are cockroaches making you sick?

Unavoidable in many buildings. Sneaky, creepy bastards. Embarrassing you in front of guests. Absolutely the worst. OK, fine, mosquitos might be the deadliest animal in the world, but cockroaches trigger visceral reactions from even the most bug-killing bosses. They might make you gag on sight, but...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:30pm

Surrender to the Loews Boston Hotel's 'House Arrest' package

For those who like their luxury spiked with a little adventure, the Loews Boston Hotel is letting guests stay under house arrest in what used to be the Boston Police Headquarters. The hotel, which is the current occupant of the site, is offering what it calls the “House Arrest” package...

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 3:51pm

Get the scoop on the South End, the Back Bay’s cooler cousin

Boston’s South End is riddled with contradictions, but prospective homeowners and renters can’t seem to get enough. The area features everything from pricy brownstones to low-income housing, with a proximity to Boston that also offers a quiet, neighborhood feel. There are even stately...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:14pm

New York landlords are getting graded thanks to new technology

Apartment hunting in New York City just got a whole lot easier. Letter grades are no longer just for restaurants, as tech start-up Rentlogic is now slapping letter grades of its own on the dwellings you call home. In a city as high-priced and cut-throat as New York, almost everyone has a...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 5:29pm

Watch Mindy Kaling give a tour of her cozy new home

The name Hancock Park might not connote anything special for Bostonians, but it means everything right now to Cambridge local Mindy Kaling. “It's one of these places that no one ever leaves,” Kaling told Architectural Digest in a story featuring her newly renovated Los Angeles...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 4:44pm

The Benjamin and VIA bring luxury living to Boston's Seaport District

For those looking to join the surge of new tenants in Boston's thriving Seaport District, the nearly finished VIA and brand new The Benjamin offer the finest in modern, upscale apartment living. The pair of 20-story towers, encased in hybrids of glass and metal for breathtaking sea views...

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 1:29pm

Why young professionals are flocking to Charlestown

Forget what you saw in Ben Affleck movies, because in modern day Charlestown, you're more likely to be run over by a $700 stroller than a gang of fleeing bank robbers. "More and more young professionals seem to be migrating to the area to put down roots," says Dana Bull, a realtor...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 11:07am

'Property Brothers' tips for buying a fixer-upper

It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon, but Drew Scott isn’t exactly enjoying it. He’s doing some weekend work on his home, and the pipes aren’t cooperating. “Our entire house smells like a sewer plant right now,” he confesses. “That’s why you leave...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 5:38pm

It's a good thing: Martha Stewart is getting a musical biography

Homemaking queen Martha Stewart is getting a musical tribute, and its creator better hope it's nothing short of perfection. "Everything you're doing is wrong," the trailer for “The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart” declares — yet musical theater (and...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 4:53pm

With groundbreaking of Echelon, more Bostonians can call the Seaport home

Cottonwood Management officially broke ground on Echelon, a 1.3 million square-foot, three tower mixed-used development in the Seaport District, on June 13. This VIP event with a guest list of notables including Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh and celebrated chef Ming Tsai, rang in the...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 2:14pm

5 Massachusetts towns with waterfront property under $400,000

The median list price for a home in Massachusetts is $419,000, but that number skyrockets to nearly $700,000 when looking for a pad in Boston. According to Zillow, property values in the city have gone up 9.9 percent in the past year, and with the current “seller's’ market,”...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:45am

7 ways to clean with white vinegar

There is a liquid in your home just sitting there, so unassuming in its bottle, but secretly magical. Not wine (that magic isn’t a secret anyway), but white vinegar. If you’ve never tried cleaning with white vinegar, here are a few ways to start. Microwave Mix 1/4 cup vinegar and one...

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 3:32pm