Boston Pads Blog

Oct 17

5 Roommate Communication Musts

In any relationship, clear communication is paramount to making it work. Even the most insightful and empathetic person cannot be expected to predict their roommate’s every thought and whim. Whether you’re best friends or total strangers, living with someone is distinctly different from interacting with them in any other context, and it’s easy to be surprised by the reality of sharing a living space with someone else. Especially if one or more of you has never done this dance before.

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medford average rent prices
Oct 7

Medford Average Rent Prices 2019

As fall sets in around Greater Boston, some parts of the Medford apartment rental market heat up. As Tufts University begins its fall semester, every year we see a big spike in web traffic at the same time, as hundreds of new units get rented out in parts of Medford and Somerville markets. But how’s it looking in 2019? Here’s a real time report of the rental market in Medford for October 2019. Read  
best new england clam chowder in boston
Sep 24

5 Great Boston Chowder Houses

Chowder is a staple in Boston, but the best spot is always a debate. Ask a handful of friends for their favorites, and you’re sure to get at least five different local restaurants. One thing is pretty consistent:  New England Style creamy chowder, full of clams, potatoes and the briny flavor of the sea, is a big winner. Here are our top five picks for great chowder. They’ve all been around for a while, so that proves they’re doing something right. Right? Read  
best fast food in boston
Sep 14

7 Best Restaurants for a Quick Meal in Boston

Foodies in Boston, luckily, don’t have to spend hours over lunch or dress up for dinner. Options for grabbing a quick bite that’s healthy and budget-friendly are legendary. From unexpected twists on old favorites to dietary treats that include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, Boston foodies have every right to believe that this is heaven on earth.

Here are 7 of the best, one for each day of the week!

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ideas to transform your homes basement
Sep 13

Interior Design Ideas to Transform Your Basement

When moving to a new home, having a finished basement can be a real selling point. Of course, then you must decide what to do with the extra space. This can be especially difficult if you have multiple people with multiple different interests! You can always section off different areas and spaces for different activities, or create one big area for everyone.  In Boston, where space is highly valuable and quite expensive, a great basement can be a huge plus in quality of life!  Read below for our tips on different fun ideas for your basement!
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Sep 10

Tips for Moving with Kids

Moving to a new home is a big deal all on its own, especially in the Boston area. Add children to the mix, and it can cause many more potential issues and emotions. Read below for our tips on how to make moving with kids as comfortable and smooth as possible for all parties involved.
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Sep 5

2019 Cambridge Apartment Real Time Vacancy Rate and Fall forecast

Picturesque architecture and stunning state of the buildings combine with eclectic culture to make Cambridge a fantastic place to live.  The energy and optimism that Cambridge throws off can be contagious as you stop by a coffee shop and overhear people discussing the next great internet startup. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provide an intellectual accent, while proximity to Boston proper allows residents to enjoy a world-class art, culture, and culinary scene. Although rentals are often tough to come by in neighborhoods with major universities, this also creates a natural turnover, so finding a place to live in Cambridge may not be as hard as you think.  The key is planning.  The key is details.  Ever heard the saying if you fail to plan, plan to fail?  Getting a great place in Cambridge requires a blueprint and a systematic approach to winning.

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Sep 4

5 Best Weekend Excursions This Fall

As wonderful as Boston can be, autumn will always give you the urge to wander outside of city limits in search of fall foliage and pumpkin-spiced memories.  Of all the things New England is famous for, fall-foliage is one of the region’s biggest attractions, which brings in hundreds of thousands of tourists a year all in search of the ‘best bed and breakfast’ in New England.

For us in the city, we know that Boston Proper can be just as beautiful as a Vermont road trip in mid-September, but if your looking to venture into open spaces this fall, here’s a list of 5 destinations that are sure to be a hit with the whole family!

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Boston off the radar attractions
Sep 3

5 Off the Radar Attractions for Boston Visitors

Living in Boston means that you’re likely to have friends and family visiting from afar. Boston is a world-class city, and it’s a destination for tourists from all over the world. If you’ve only recently arrived, you might still be discovering your favorite local spots as you settle into a new lifestyle. But, when you’re called into service as a tour guide, you’ll want to have some off-the-beaten-path destinations in mind.
Here’s a shortlist to get you started:
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natural light to your boston apartment
Aug 22

How to get Natural Light in Your Apartment

Although there are tons of lighting options to purchase, nothing can compare to beautiful natural light streaming through your home. While it’s true that a variety of factors affect the amount of natural light specific areas can get, there are steps you can take to get more.  Boston has a vast array of great lighting stores that can totally help transform a room into something much better than it was before.  Greater Boston is also blessed with a lot of standard and custom window providers that will help your apartment building or real estate be splashed with great light.  Read below for our tips on how to get the most natural light in your home possible!

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