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One activity always associated with summertime is going to the movies. Boston in the summer can be a little stifling at times and getting out of your hot, city apartment and into the cool, air-conditioned movie theater can be quite refreshing and, depending on the movie you see, a really enjoyable experience.
Summer is one of the biggest time periods for movie releases and 2011 has been no exception. While there are still a few weeks left of summer, let’s review a few of the biggest blockbusters over the past few months.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($337,892,000) – The third chapter in the Transformers series has grossed the highest amount for the summer movie season up to this point. The reviews for the third movie were much better than those of the second – its special effect and 3-D shots really brought the action scenes in this movie to life. A few of the criticisms about the film were that the run time was too long (2 hours 30 minutes) and that the script and character development were mediocre. However, if you’re an adrenaline junkie the last 30 minutes of this movie are well worth the wait.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($318,460,000) – Although the final chapter of the Harry Potter series was only released two weeks ago it has been the second highest grossing movie for the summer thus far. The midnight premiere alone grossed over $43.5 million, beating the previous midnight premiere record set by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Potter fans have been raving about the finale saying, “It was the perfect ending.” Even if you’ve already read the books, this action packed movie will have you on the edge of your seat wondering how it all ends.
The Hangover Part II ($252,628,017) – There were big shoes to fill with the release of the sequel to The Hangover. The biggest criticism of the film was that the plotline of the second movie was almost identical to the first, just in a different city. While there are definitely a few classic lines in the movie and some laugh-out-loud funny scenes, overall the second movie fell a bit short. Although the sequel was a bit of a letdown compared to the first film, The Hangover II has grossed the third highest amount so far this summer.
So if you haven’t gotten the opportunity to do so already this summer, get out of your Boston apartment and head over to Fenway or to the Loews Theater on the Boston Common to enjoy this summer’s biggest movie hits!
When purchasing or selling your Boston home there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. The process can sometimes be quite overwhelming. In both cases a good first step to take is to find a reliable real estate agent to help in the process.
Selling Your Boston Home
An experienced real estate agent from Phoenix Realty can help you determine the financial value of your home based on the constantly fluctuating environmental factors – such as the economy, interest rates, and supply/demand. In the process of selling your home one of the most important steps is the home inspection. Getting your home inspected can help you determine potential problems you might run into when dealing with prospective buyers. Contacting a Massachusetts home inspector early in this process can help you prioritize possible repairs or upgrades you might need to make when trying to sell your home.
Buying a new home can be a much more involved process. There are many decisions to make throughout the buying process before making your final purchasing decision. Consequently, there are many questions you must consider before beginning your search of Boston homes for sale. For instance, do you want to live in the city or the suburbs? If you have children, what type of school system do you want them to attend? What is your budget when purchasing your new home? Once you have made these essential decisions it will be much easier for your real estate agent to find Boston properties for sale which meet your criteria.
Finding the right agent can alleviate a lot of the stress that can build up when making such a significant life decision as buying or selling your home. Contact a Phoenix Realty agent today to get started off on the right foot in the process.
Residents of Beacon Hill Real Estate Rejoice
Boston Common, located in Beacon Hill Real Estate, is set to debut its new ‘face lift’ this summer, with free wireless Internet access, chessboard and checkerboard rentals, and an outdoor piano, among other various improvements. Crews will break ground next month on the long-awaited face lift for the shabby plaza surrounding the Brewer Fountain near Tremont Street.
The $1.5 million initiative will replaced cracked concrete with granite, plant trees, and install a sprinkler system in Liberty Mall, the grassy area leading to the State House. That’s not all however; sketches approved by the city show a newly invigorated piazza with 30 patio tables, umbrellas, and 70 movable chairs for residents to enjoy.
The plans also include a few unusual touches, such as a “reading room” that will be stocked with newspapers, magazines, and carts with 400 books, a high end food truck that sells hot meals, and the professional-grade electric keyboard (made to look like a piano on wheels), which will offer lunchtime entertainment for Boston apartments residents as early as July.
“These new upgrades will bring much-needed vitality back to this area and provide all of the amenities our residents and visitors deserve in this historic location.’’
–Mayor Thomas M. Menino
This is the latest phase of a renovation project that started with a rehabilitation of the fountain at the center of the plaza. The bronze sculpture had been imported from Switzerland by a wealthy merchant, Gardner Brewer, and was assembled on the Common in 1868. The fountain spurted water again last spring after a $640,000 repair project, and in addition to the piano and activities, the common is set to go beyond just granite and grass.
So just who is paying for all this? The current project will be funded by private donations, according to the Friends of the Public Garden, which has already raised almost $1 million. Those who donate $100,000 or more will be honored by having their names inscribed in a granite band surrounding the plaza, while lesser contributions will be recognized with benches and trees.
Whether you live in a Beacon Hill apartment, Brighton MA home, or Back Bay condo, this change is going to benefit everyone. To find your own Beacon Hill Real Estate or Boston Home for sale, please contact Phoenix Realty today to schedule a viewing.
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