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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 Collaborates with Local Organizations and Businesses

 

At Short Term Rentals Boston (STRB), we strive to be a leader in  the furnished and short-term housing industry here in Boston. In concert with what we do (furnished housing), we place a high value on, among other things, social responsibility and community-minded initiatives. One example of how our business and our values intersect is in promoting economic development in the city of Boston. As a company we are able to further this cause by providing local organizations and businesses with access to much needed furnished housing. Whether we’re hosting members of a multi-national fellowship program in our Quarters™ properties or providing cost-effective housing solutions for start-ups and emerging businesses, we’re proud of the role we play a variety of organizations and clients.

A recent example of this is STRB’s relationship with Our Generation Speaks (OGS): “a fellowship program and incubator where emerging leaders create high-impact ventures. The fellowship establishes a set of innovative enterprises that generate significant social and economic value, while creating a cohort of young Israeli and Palestinian community leaders who cooperate across ethnic and political lines to build shared prosperity within the region.” OGS came to us with the hurdle of providing affordable housing for its fellows, all while being in close proximity to the Mass Challenge offices in Boston’s vibrant and rapidly-developing Seaport District. By working hand-in-hand with the program leaders at OGS, we were able to give their fellows comfortable, well-equipped accommodations, a commute within walking-distance and a taste of what it’s like to live and work in Boston. Here’s what they had to say on their experience:


Scott and the STRB team were fantastic! They made housing 25 summer fellows an absolute breeze. They were able and happy to accommodate all of our special requests, and they were incredibly diligent in prepping and cleaning the units upon our arrival. Our guests had a great stay and our team enjoyed working with STRB from day one to check-out.”


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Choose Short Term Rentals Boston for your next short term or extended stay

Whether you’re in between homes, reconnecting with friends and family, or in town for business, STRB has a furnished option to meet your specific needs.



 


STRB Restaurant Pick Of The Week: Grille 705

While on vacation it isn’t always reasonable to sit down for long meals. Sometimes you need a quick bite to eat before starting your day. That is why we recommend Grille 705. It is a go-to for the locals in the South End. The best characteristic about this restaurant is that the food is affordable. You won’t have the break the bank for a great meal. The location is prime, right on the corner of Massachusetts and Harrison Avenue. Many of our properties in the South End are only a 10 minute walk away. Our office on Washington Street is about 2 blocks away. You can find a couple STRB employees stopping by Grille 705 during our lunch breaks.

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Grille 705 has breakfast served all day long, so if you aren’t an early riser you can still get some pancakes and bacon when you wake up. Their omelets and french toast are any breakfast lovers dream. If you order french toast there are 6 different kinds of toppings to choose from, personally I like the blueberry. As for lunch I tend to go for the chicken wraps and sandwiches, but they also have hamburgers and pasta. Last time I ordered the Ranchero Chicken Wrap with french fries and a side Greek Salad. I was finished in about 15 minutes, the food was great! A cool option they offer is ordering online. So you can go to their website, pick out what you want, pay, and then go pick it up in 15 minutes or less.Grille 705 Chicken Wrap

Grille 705 is one the best diner’s in Boston’s South End. We recommend this spot to our guests because it is affordable and has an eclectic menu. If you are staying at our East Springfield or Concord Square apartments Grille 705 is only a 10 minute walk away. Make sure to look up their hours before you head over, on certain weekends they close at 4pm. Check it out the next time you are in Boston and let us know what you ordered!


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.

 


5 Things in Boston you must do during Fall!

Happy Friday from STR Boston! Fall is less than a week away! We are celebrating what is by far the best season in Boston. It’s time to throw on some more layers and take your jackets out from storage to get in the spirit of autumn.

Below are the top 5 things you must do when visiting Boston!

1. Fall Foliage

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New England (and Boston) is world famous for our breath taking fall foliage. Take a stroll through Boston’s Public Garden, located in the heat of the city. Boston’s Public Garden is home to many densely planted trees and shrubs that change colors at slightly different times, making a constant changing of leaf tones.

2. Football

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PATS, PATS, PATS. Whether you are sitting at home or enjoying the game at a bar with crazy fans, Boston is the place to be!

 

3. Apple Picking

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With so many orchards within an hour of the city, nothing should be stopping you from going out there and picking some delicious apples! Think of the endless recipes you can make with freshly picked apples and don’t forget the cider donuts! You can find all listings of orchards on Mass.gov or just Click Here.

 

4. Pumpkin flavored everything

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From beer, to Ben and Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream, to pumpkin flavored hummus- which is a bit questionable? Boston has you covered! Head to Al Dente in the North end for some amazing pumpkin raviolis and a pumpkin dessert at Mike’s Pastry.

 

5. Fall Festivals-

There is plenty to celebrate in Boston during the fall! Check the list below!

Boston Local Food Fest

This Sunday! September 20th
Farmers, fisherman, food trucks, and other food providers serve up locally-sourced eats. Demonstrations, workshops, concerts, crafts and competitions are also on the menu.
For more information Click here.
Where: The Greenway
When: 11a.m. – 5p.m.

Boston Book Fest
October 23 – 24
Celebrating the power of the written word, this festival brings together over 150 speakers including Cynthia Copeland, Wes Craven, Paul Harding, Joe Klein, Lois Lowry, and Lesley Visser with Salman Rushdie as the keynote.
Where: Copley Square
When: All Day

Head of the Charles Regatta

October 17-18
This annual boat race is the biggest of its kind anywhere. Rowers from around the world arrive in Cambridge for the chance to compete against the best.
Where: The Charles River
When: 8a.m. – 6p.m.