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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: 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!


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.

 


Meet Scott Kirkwood- Director of Operations for Short Term Rentals Boston

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Here at STRB we will be introducing our team members in the next couple of weeks.  We want to showcase some of our employees who work so hard to make sure you and your family have the best stay possible.  This week we’re talking to Scott

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a fun-loving person who is all about living through experiences. In my opinion, material things can make you happy, but experiences with people that you are close to stay with you forever. Music, the outdoors, and food are my thing. If I’m not in the office, I’m usually either out on the water fishing, or at the closest live music event. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, but I’ve been all over the US, and think it’s one of the greatest states in the country.

How long have you worked at STRB and how did you learn about it?

I’ve worked for STRB for almost two years now. Wanting to get into real estate management/development, I sent out an e-mail on a whim after having read the bios for BREC, the managing entity for STRB. I saw a company of young professionals who were really onto something and knew I wanted to get in on the ground floor.

 What are your responsibilities as Director of Operations?

Officially, I oversee all operations for the Short Term Rentals Boston portfolio. I also manage all marketing initiatives and digital accounts, and am one of the point people when developing or setting up a new property. My mission is to ensure that we are constantly building the business while working to improve our guest’s experiences. That being said, I am no stranger to rolling up my sleeves and helping a guest in need!

What is something you love about working at STRB?

For me it’s all about the team and helping to provide guests with comfortable and affordable accommodations in Boston. The close-knit environment at STRB is unlike any other place I’ve worked before. Whether it’s playing music at full blast in the office or getting in the occasional ping pong game on the office table, everyone here likes to have fun. I especially enjoy hearing about the things that our guests are able to do in a furnished apartment(like cooking a huge family meal), that they wouldn’t be able to do had they stayed in a hotel. I’m not much of a hotel person myself, and I love converting other hotel-lovers to furnished rental repeats.

How do you describe STRB to people?

It’s like a home away from home. Whether you’re a business person, a family on vacation, or just a lone ranger exploring the city of Boston, there’s a good chance we’ll have something that fits your needs. On the whole, STRB is aimed at making short term city living fun, affordable, and easy.

If you could stay at any STRB vacation rentals, which would it be and why?

It’s got to be the penthouse unit at Mount Vernon St. in Charlestown. The roof deck has some of the best views I’ve ever seen of Boston, and the area has a really beautiful, old feel to it.

 What are some obstacles you have experienced during your time at STRB?

You can’t always make everyone happy, but we really do try. I think one of the most challenging obstacles is hearing about guests are missing certain items that we say are provided in our units. I like to think that everyone is honest and forthcoming, but the fact is many people aren’t. If you break something in the apartment, just tell us so we can make sure it’s there for the next guest =)

 What are some of the best experiences you have had while working at STRB?

I think I would say experiences, not to sound cheesy or anything. Bringing STRB’s first hostel-style unit to fruition on W. Broadway in South Boston has been a blast, and hearing some of our first guest say things like “This is much nicer than any hostel I’ve ever stayed in before” really gets me stoked(for lack of a better word). Another awesome moment came about after one of our guests made it seem as though everything we did just wasn’t working for her, but then called us back the next time she came into Boston. I really think you learn a lot from negative experiences, and it’s funny how some of our best reviews come after we’ve fixed something that has gone awry, versus the run-of-the-mill stay where everything is perfect.


Short Term Rentals Boston adds 44 Concord Square!

We are very excited to announce the addition of 16 fully furnished units at 44 Concord Square to our monthly rental portfolio. This immaculate brownstone is situated in a peaceful area that affords you easy access to Downtown Boston and many of the city’s best attractions. In terms of location, this is as good as it gets in the South End.


Apple Picking Season is Upon Us!

Apple Picking Season in Boston


Here at Short Term Rentals Boston we are eager for Fall to begin, and we hope you are too. With the Fall Equinox happening at 10:29 PM this evening, this wonderful season will have officially begun… and yes, it’s apple picking time! With orchards and farms all over Massachusetts and the surrounding areas, there’s no better time to come to Boston then NOW, especially if you want first pick of your favorite fall crops. If you’re planning on joining in the festivities, click HERE to access the interactive “Massgrown Map” so you can zero in on the best farms and orchards in the area.


Charlesteria!

 

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With constant development happening all over Charlestown, Boston’s oldest neighborhood has a lot going on for an area that covers just over one-square mile. For food fanatics like ourselves, that means new restaurants like Legal Oysteria popping up all over the map. Excited as we are? Stay tuned for upcoming rentals in this cool area.


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! – $$$
  • Essex Seafood – 143 Eastern Ave. Essex, MA – At Essex Seafood the name of the game is HUGE portions of mouth-watering goodness. Thick cut fries and heaping portions of the freshest fish and shellfish make it a must-go. If you’re tired after a day at any of the nearby beaches, you also have the option to visit their fish market and take the day’s catch with you to prepare at home. – $$$

 


Staying in Boston this Summer? Enjoy some of the best beaches in New England.

 


The city of Boston has a lot to offer in the way of entertainment, but as the Summer starts to heat up the beach is often the best way to cool down. Whether you’re here for a few days or a couple of months, some of the Northeast’s most pristine beaches are closer than you may think. What’s more, state transportation officials have reinstated the CapeFlyer train service for a second season, making accessing the Cape and the Islands both quick and affordable (only $40 round-trip). The best part is, children and seniors ride for free!