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Student’s in a Pinch

Short Term Rentals Boston provides quality furnished apartment rentals throughout the City of Boston.  Our goal is to work with our clients to secure quality, all-inclusive furnished housing near their schools, jobs, hospitals, friends, and families. Throughout the City of Boston, students in particular are having a difficult time finding suitable housing.   Last semester, we had the pleasure of working with three Northeastern students who were looking for a semester long lease. According to the students we’ve served, the biggest and most common roadblock for student housing is that most landlords require a 12 month lease commitment from tenants.  In this case, we were happy to help this group, by accommodating them in one of our 3 bedroom units located in a lovely neighborhood in the South End. One student wrote a note about her experience:

“As a group of students who needed to find short term housing, this apartment fit our needs perfectly. We did not want to split up or be forced to sign a year long lease and have to worry about subletting, which is when we stumbled upon Short Term Rentals Boston. The apartment is located within a 10 minute walk to campus, and less than a five minute walk to the nearest T-stop. Parking is free and accessible for non-resident cars on the surrounding streets and many great eateries are just down the street, making this a great location for Northeastern students to live. We were pleased with the amenities that came with the apartment such as a fully-loaded kitchen with all necessary appliances and an outdoor patio area with a working grill. If we ever had a problem, management made sure to send someone to fix it at whatever time fit our hectic schedules. Additionally, having the apartment already fully furnished made move in and move out very easy, and made our stay very comfortable. Overall, we very much enjoyed our stay with Short Term Rentals Boston as it was cozy, pleasant and very convenient.”

-Northeastern Student

 


Short-term rentals make personal and business travel easier, better.

Everywhere you look in Boston you see cranes, new construction, parks being built and renovated, new stores and restaurants opening and public transit improvements happening. Seaport, Fenway, South Boston, Kendall Square, the Financial District are all part of the boom. You name the neighborhood and we can name at least 5 major projects happening right now. Our economy is indeed booming. Kendall Square and the Seaport continue to be an epicenter for tech, life sciences and business. Wayfair continues to expand in Copley Square. GE has begun their move to Fort Point Channel. This list goes on and perhaps Amazon will be the next major company to have a headquarters in Boston. Oh, and let’s not forget about our world class hospitals, universities and arts and cultural organizations which continue to draw people to Boston from around the world. What’s not to love about Boston? Well, nothing, assuming you can afford to be here! Housing prices in nearly every sector continue to rise, but let’s talk about the short term housing sector in particular. Hotels are too expensive and beyond that they lack important amenities like kitchens, laundry and space to live! Long-term rentals aren’t practical. Why invest the time and money in furniture, moving expenses, big deposits, utility and cable set up, just for a few months? Neither makes sense, but often individuals and companies do not know where to turn to find affordable, professionally managed, safe and convenient short term rental options. There is a lot of information and resources available on the internet but it is often hard to sift through it all and make informed decisions. Craigslist can be unreliable (and sometimes downright shady), Airbnb can be an information overload and the national corporate housing providers carry prices that are just too high for most budgets. So where do you go from here? Well, to be candid, we think we’ve got the perfect solution at Short Term Rentals Boston for both individuals and businesses alike. We’re big enough and have enough units to service the largest corporations in Boston, yet we’re a small business at heart, with the personal touch and attention to detail that make it easy for individuals to stay with us too. We also know that everyone’s needs are different and one of the benefits of a company of our size is that we can flexible!

 

Some of the benefits of staying in a short-term rental that you may not know are:

  1. It’s cheaper – much cheaper actually. Not only do you pay less per night than you would at a hotel but you get the added savings of being able to prepare your own meals, do your own laundry and entertain yourself and others within an STR, as opposed to be forced to go out all the time. As your group grows, so do the savings. Short-term rentals are a far more cost-effective option for large groups or families traveling together.
  2. It’s more comfortable – You get additional space and important amenities that make it feel like your home away from home (kitchen, laundry, home furnishings, cable TV and wi-fi).
  3. It’s more personal – Instead of staying on high-traffic streets you can choose locations in residential neighborhoods that fit your style, your budget and that are most convenient for you.

And if you do decide that a short-term rental is right for you, the benefits of working with us at STRB are many:

  1. The best value! Our company is vertically integrated – We own our units, we professionally manage them ourselves and we do all the leasing and marketing in-house too. That means we have lower overhead than our competitors and we pass those savings on to our customers.
  2. We’re highly reviewed and regarded – We live in the information era, where you can read everything you need and want to know about a company with just a few clicks of the button. Good thing for us we’re good at what we do!
  3. We have a wide selection of units – one for every person and every budget in fact. We also have high enough unit count to accommodate large groups, including corporate groups.
  4. We’re flexible – We offer nightly, weekly and monthly lengths of stay. We can basically tailor our services to your needs (within reason, of course 😉 ).
  5. We’re responsive – We’re local and we offer 24-hour emergency response.

So now you have to ask yourself, if you or someone you know is coming to Boston for weeks or months, why would you stay anywhere other than in a short-term rental by STRB???

Check out our website for more information and let us know how we can make your next trip to Boston an easier, more comfortable one.

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STRB Restaurant Pick Of The Week: Cafe Madeline

 

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Finding the perfect coffee shop is a challenge, especially when you are in a new town. If you are staying with us in Boston’s South End you can find a great cup of coffee and pastry at Cafe Madeline. Around town they are known for their delectable French pastries and baked goods. Their cafe includes a window into their kitchen where you can see how all the goodies are made. Cafe Madeline has become one of the favorite spots for us at STRB.

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Whenever I have a craving for sweets at work, Cafe Madeline is just a short walk away from our office. They have a wide variety of French style pastries, drinks and sandwiches. My favorite treat is their croissant. It is so flaky and warm, great for these cold January days. If you enjoy a hot chocolate their’s is a must try. Their menu has a lot of French type foods and drinks so make sure to read before you buy!

Cafe Madeline outsideWhether you need a cup of coffee in the morning or a sandwich on the go, Cafe Madeline is a great option. Their menu is on the more expensive side, so make sure you have some extra change in your pocket! If you happen to stop by let us know what you thought!


STRB Restaurant Pick Of The Week: Globe Bar and Cafe

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Globe Bar and Cafe is a great little joint in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. It is located at 565 Boylston Street across from Copley Square. This spot offers a place with easy access to the great shopping and sight seeing that Boston offers.

The restaurant has a great vibe and energy. There is a large outdoor patio that is perfect for some people watching and views of the city. Inside the exposed brick and large front windows make you feel welcomed and comfortable. The wait staff is friendly and were able to seat us quickly and had the food out promptly.

 

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The menu has all the basics so there is something that can please even the pickiest of eaters. When ordering drinks make sure to look above the bar at the chalkboard, there is a seasonal cocktail menu offering interesting drinks. The friend I was dining with ordered the Hot Spiked Cider with Jack Daniels Honey. It was the perfect drink to help warm up during the cold winter day. I had the Sangria, and it was so refreshing after being out in the dry air.

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For my meal I had the club sandwich with a side of french fries, and my friend ordered the turkey sub.The french fries were salty and warm, just the thing we needed to get us though the rest of our shopping day. They give you a lot of food, so we were able to bring our leftovers home.

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 If you are staying at one of our Back Bay properties like Newbury St. or Commonwealth Ave. check out Globe Bar and Cafe. It is just a short walk away and near the attractions of the city.


Update: 20% reduced rates on select furnished apartments…now through the end of February!

 


Effective immediately, Short Term Rentals Boston is offering a 20% discount on stays from now through February in buildings all across Boston’s core neighborhoods – NO COUPON CODE REQUIRED. Book online or give us a call and we’ll help you find the perfect place for that last minute pre-Christmas vacation or corporate stay! Be sure to check out our new Specials page for a list of all active discounts.

Applies to:

12 Mt Vernon Street – Charlestown

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94 Charles Street – Beacon Hill

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784 Tremont Street – South End

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296 Marlborough Street – Back Bay

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538 East Broadway – South Boston

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Commonwealth Avenue – Back Bay

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30 W. Broadway – South Boston

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Here is What’s Going on in Boston this Weekend!

New Year, new activities!  Here is a list of what to do this weekend if you are visiting Boston!!

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Friday, January 8th-

 

$20 Boston Symphony Orchestra Tickets

Tickets are on a first come first served basis and you must be under the age of 40.   View the ’16 Schedule HERE. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is located at 301 Massachusetts Ave

Frog Pond Ice Skating

Open to the public (weather permitting) with skate rentals available.  The admission is $5.00 per person and Frog Pont is located right in the middle of the Boston Common.  Check out the website HERE

Saturday, January 9th

 

Cambridge Winter Farmers’ Market

Where: Cambridge Community Center at 5 Callender StreetAdmission is FREE!  Enjoy food from Marblehead Salt Co, Silverbrook Farm, Narragansett Creamery, The Soup Guy and more! Event website HERE.

Hot Chocolate Tasting Tour

This is a perfect tour for a chilly day in Boston.  You’ll sip five or more custom cocoas, teas and other chocolate themed beverages and soak up some culinary history.  The tour starts at Cuppacoffee on 275 Albany Street and you can get tickets HERE.

Sunday, January 10th

 

OysterFest at Landsdowne Pub!

This winter oysterfest is located at 9 Landsdowne Street and starts at 12 PM.  Enjoy $1 Oysters, and Live Accapela! For more information click HERE.

Boston Chili Take down 2016

Starting from 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM you can enjoy all the chili you can eat for $20! Locared at 480 Massachusetts Ave!  Grab your tickets HERE


Another Happy Guest at STRB

Here at STRB we pride ourselves on our ability to accommodate a variety of different guests regardless of what brings them into the city.  Whether you’re a relocating professional or contract worker, a large family on vacation, someone receiving treatment at a local hospital, a seasonal guest, or someone who has been displaced, we have something for you.
In each of the coming weeks we will be featuring testimonials from one of these different types of guests, and we’ll let them do the talking! This week’s testimonial comes from one of our repeat seasonal guests.

 

Mark (94 Charles St. – November-April) – Regular Seasonal Guest

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As a Golf Professional on Nantucket Island, I have 5 months each winter where I am forced to leave the island due to weather conditions and a house with no insulation or proper heat. I come to Boston to be near the airport and to be centrally located in New England for work purposes and work related traveling convenience.I have rented each of the last 5 seasons from Short Term Rentals Boston (STRB). It is not feasible for me to rent an unfurnished apartment and have to pack it all up and store it for 7 months. The ease and convenience of renting a furnished apartment is what allows me to be in Boston. STRB has made my living situation so much easier and convenient. I hope to someday be able to afford my own apartment in Boston but at this time, I can’t. STRB allows me to live in Boston.

 


Introducing the STRBoston Extended Stays Tab

 

 

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Are you planning a vacation or trip to Boston that goes beyond a few days or weeks? Check out our “Extended Stay Units (30+ Day)” tab on our home page. Starting today, guests can book longer term rentals with the click of a button! That being said, we’re always open to chat about the specifics if you have any questions.


Boston’s known for its top-notch seafood and raw bar spots…here are some of our top picks!

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In the seaside city of Boston good seafood has long been the staple of area cuisine. With more options than you can think of for enjoying the fresh daily catch, we at Short Term Rentals Boston have put our heads together to narrow the field down to some of our favorites.

  • Island Creek Oyster Bar – 500 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA – Originating in Duxbury, MA and brought into the city, this seafood destination has a great selection of locally sourced fare in a swanky, modern setting. In addition to an excellent cocktail list and oyster sliders, those who want to take the festivities home can also order catered goodies like the “raw bar-in-a-box” for the perfect 4th of July celebration. – $$$
  • B & G Oysters – 550 Tremont St. Boston, MA – At B & G Oyster, servers are ready to describe the origin, flavor profile, and farming method of oysters, to the extent that one would when describing a fine wine. Diners here can enjoy a modern twist on the classic oyster bar. – $$$
  • Neptune Oyster Bar – 63 Salem St. Boston, MA – A tiny spot in the North End with some of the best seafood in the area, and the reviews to back it up. This casual local eatery could not be more publicized and is constantly showing up on Boston’s Best lists. Although there may be a line out the door almost every day of the week, it’s with good reason, and definitely worth the wait. – $$$$
  • The Barking Crab – 88 Sleeper St. Boston, MA – An open-air crab shack located in the bustling Seaport District and dress is super-casual. In terms of the menu, the clam “stuffies” are absolutely decadent, and for those with big stomachs, try your hand at a 10 lb lobster. – $$
  • Row 34 – 383 Congress St. Boston, MA – This industrial-style space in the Fort Point area is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood and some unique menu items. Dubbed “the workingman’s oyster bar,” the best part about Row 34 is that it’s also a craft beer haven, with enough choices to satisfy the palate of any beer connoisseur. – $$$
  • Legal Seafoods Harborside – 270 Northern Ave. Boston, MA – The Legal Seafoods chain is synonymous with Boston, and this 20,000 square foot flagship location in Boston’s Seaport doesn’t disappoint. With three floors and a super comfortable rooftop bar, diners have the choice of being in the sun or cooling down inside. Regardless of location, the oyster selection here is seemingly endless and of top quality. The rest of the menu features tons of other fresh seafood and the famous Legal clam chowda (although it might be too hot for that with the weather we’ve been having lately). – $$

Some options for those willing to travel for their fix…perfect after a long day at the beach

  • Woodman’s of Essex – 121 Main St. Essex, MA – If you’re looking for a place with great food that is steeped in history, look no further than this roadside seafood shack on the North Shore. Woodman’s is nothing short of a fried seafood mecca, and is arguably the most famous seafood eatery in all of Massachusetts. With quick service, pick-your-own lobsters, and a stuff your face picnic style atmosphere, what’s not to love? Definitely worth the drive! – $$$
  • Essex Seafood – 143 Eastern Ave. Essex, MA – At Essex Seafood the name of the game is HUGE portions of mouth-watering goodness. Thick cut fries and heaping portions of the freshest fish and shellfish make it a must-go. If you’re tired after a day at any of the nearby beaches, you also have the option to visit their fish market and take the day’s catch with you to prepare at home. – $$$

 


Back Bay Fire

We, at STRB, are deeply saddened by the events that unfolded at the 9 alarm fire on Beacon Street.

Sadly, the tragic loss of two Boston firemen who perished while fighting the fire across is just one of the 74,200 emergency calls to which the BFD will respond this year. We are immeasurably grateful to those duty-bound men who won’t be returning to their streets so that we can live safely on ours. It is an immense sacrifice that is risked for us all every day. We are all lucky for all of those who keep all of our streets safe.

The Boston Fire Fighters Burn Foundation is great way to get involved and help families in need.