Doorbell is a new app developed by Harvard students hoping to connect building residents with one another and coming to Boston this September.
This multifaceted property management app focuses on creating quality co-living experiences with building residents, according to Bostinno.
The platform has already been tested in New York City and given developers a good idea of what residents really want before they launch in Boston this fall.
Doorbell allows residents in a building the opportunity to communicate, share goods and services, coordinate building events and other interactions. The inspiration comes from co-living environments and attempts to replicate the opportunities that stem from communal areas in buildings that may not have the same amenities.
Local stores and restaurants will also have the opportunity to become involved, by offering nearby residents special discounts and perks.
As for property managers who make use of the app, they will have functionalities such as ways to handle maintenance requests and rent collection.
Doorbell is first planning to launch in Cambridge and Somerville this fall, in Holden Green, Peabody Terrace and 45 Concord Ave. While Holden Green is a large development with 483 units, 45 Concord only has about 50 units.
In the future the app plans to expand to Fenway, particularly some of the new construction projects, where it would benefit from starting fresh with a new development and new residents coming in at the same time.
A transit-oriented condo building has been approved for construction near Alewife in Cambridge.
95 Fawcett Street will be a 44-unit condo building conveniently located near the Alewife rapid transit station.
The Cambridge Planning Board approved plans for the residential building that will be focused on providing residents with discounted and easy access to Alewife Station.
Residents will have a private shuttle to the station, discounted travel passes and an on-site bicycle storage facility.
The developers, KEMS Corporation, will also contribute $25,000 to the City of Cambridge towards an Alewife bicycle and pedestrian bridge as well as a commuter rail station and a Hubway station for the area.
The five-story building will also have easy access to Fresh Pond and the Fresh Pond Mall, it is also a short drive or train ride to Downtown Boston and Harvard Square. There will be 44 resident parking spaces on site.
The new building is designed with commuters in mind, encouraging public transportation and making it easier to live and commute around the Greater Boston area.
Other building amenities include a common roof deck space for residents.
Whether it’s biking, running, kayaking, playing or just walking, neighborhoods around Boston have a great selection and range of outdoor spring spaces. Now that the weather is warming up it’s the perfect excuse to get out there ahead of the summer crowds.
Just outside of the hustle of Boston, Cambridge has a selection of parks and paths to help you get some fresh air. You can get onto the 18-mile Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path and follow it down the Charles River. You’ll pass through plenty of parks along the way and some great skyline views.
For those more interested in staying in one place, Magazine Beach offers 15-acres of public park on the banks of the Charles River.
Located between the Hatch Shell and the Longfellow Bridge, Community Boating Inc is the nation’s oldest public sailing center. Open to all ages and abilities it is the perfect place to learn to sail or hone your skills. Spring open houses are the perfect time to get involved.
What was once an open landfill is now six miles of beautiful paths, canoeing spots, athletic fields, playgrounds and picnic areas. Millennium Park is a lively spot for residents of the South End and beyond thanks to its close proximity to Downtown Boston.
Recreational docks line the Charles River through Fenway and Back Bay thanks to the Esplanade Association. Open for fishing, picnicking, lounging or exercise, these are mini-retreats from a tourist-filled area of the city, especially when the sun is out.
Curbed recently showed the fast-changing prices of Kendall Square condos and they are high. Housing is pouring into Kendall Square with a large number of new additions and developments rising in the area.
The prices average $617 a square foot and have seen Kendall Square become an in-demand area for residents.
Cambridge, surrounding Kendall Square, and Somerville are changing along with it, seeing more and more biotech companies moving in. For the full report on Kendall Square’s condo prices visit NeighborhoodX, real estate research site.
Change change change. The face of Cambridge, Massachusetts is changing. From restaurants to residences, Cambridge’s bustling cityscape, home to Boston’s top universities and tech companies, looks very different than even from a few years ago.
Restaurants aren’t the only things changing this cityscape. Cambridge is a haven for education and biotech sector, home to universities such as Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and companies such as Novartis and Biogen. The Boston Business Journal cited Cambridge’s inability to keep pace this burgeoning biotech market and its limited availability of office space.
While office space is scarce, luxury developments are filling in East Cambridge. Twenty|20 and The Zinc are prime examples. And this is only the beginning. Curbed.com noted 5 large upcoming Cambridge development projects primarily in the Harvard Square and Kendall Square areas, including a proposed revamp of the Forbes Plaza in Harvard’s central student union. Walking down Cambridge Street in East Cambridge you’ll find new restaurants, such as Loyal Nine, boasting an extensive wine list and East Coast Revival cuisine. Further down Kendall Square you’ll come across the new location of local bar Hops and Scotch featuring craft beer and whiskey.
With new construction, luxury homes, and businesses popping up, so is the price of rent. Boston.com noted “Harvard Square’s rents increased 16.8 percent and those in MIT/Kendall increased 16.2 percent from December 2014 to December 2015,” bringing average rent prices to rival that of downtown Boston. Head of strategic marketing at Zumper, Devin O’Brien, said, “If an area has a new luxury construction, that can bump up the total average of the area as a whole.” In 2015, Boston.com noted that some of the hottest neighborhoods (re: Cambridge) were pushing prices above asking price as low inventory was leading to big bidding wars. This is great news for real estate.
As new developments continue to pop up and new businesses move in, one thing is for certain, Cambridge will continue to change. What will this look like 5 years from now for Cambridge residents and workers?
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According to AARP’s “Livability Index”, Boston is the second most livable large city in the US, behind only San Francisco. Their definition of a large city was anything with a population of 500,000 or more. Boston beat out cities like New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. (view the Top 30). The index uses 7 criteria to determine the score out of 1oo: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. Boston’s final score came in at 65, just one point behind the leader. AARP’s study revolves around the fact that the elderly are restricted to a fixed income and need a home that they can afford and a public transport system that is sympathetic to their mobility.
The large city wasn’t the place that Boston and the surrounding areas showed up, Cambridge actually came in 10th on the list of medium sized US cities with a score of 63. And when going even smaller, Boston’s Downtown Crossing made AARP’s list of the 10 most livable neighborhoods. This beautiful area is adjacent to the Boston Common and its many recreational amenities and close to the arts of the theatre district, perfect for the active adult. There are many great residential options here that would help with the ease of living necessary for an older individual. The under construction Millennium Tower will have concierge service and is also close to shops restaurants and most recently a grocery store. There are also opportunities to rent in Downtown Crossing at buildings like the Radian or The Kensington.
We will have to see if all the positives pointed out by the Livability Index can outweigh the stigma of the New England Winter but with all the offerings of luxury buildings these days, one may not need to even leave their home from December to March. Just a thought…