Trunk shows at Abeille

Abeille in Brookline Village ( is hosting an Artist Trunk Show series on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons in November and December.  Many of the artists will be selling their work and providing free demonstrations.  The events are wonderful and it’s an opportunity to support local creativity.

For more information, call Lisa at 617.750.9999.

Cupcakes to go!

The Cupcakory, a mobile cupcake truck, has come to Brookline Village!  They serve up a delicious variety of small cupcakes for $2.75 each — I had the Hazelnut and it had some kind of awesome filling inside.  Good stuff.

Find out more at, or better yet, follow them on Twitter, they update the location so you know exactly where they are.  You can even tweet requests for stops!

The Cupcakory

How seasonal is our local real estate market?

It’s a truism that real estate is seasonal.  It’s also standard for Realtors to talk about how the real estate market is “local” and can’t be aggregated very meaningfully on a national level.  So we decided to put both statements to the test: we looked at how many properties went under contract each month in 2009 in our immediate vicinity.

As expected, there’s a dramatic difference between Jan, Feb and Dec sales in comparison to the peak months of May and June, the “Spring Market”.  But I was surprised that what we call the “Fall Market” — September and October — are no so far behind as we might have thought.  Keep in mind, these numbers are based on when properties came off market, which is a much more accurate picture than simply looking at when properties closed escrow.

Just Sold! 39 Harvard St.

We just sold this retail/commercial building in the heart of Brookline Village.   Sale Price: $1,250,000.

Brookline Fine Wine & Gourmet

DSCF0220Brookline Village Wine and Gourmet-beerThe Village has a brand new store — Brookline Fine Wine & Gourmet, located at 27 Harvard Street.  The store is a delightful place to shop for wine, craft beer, and assorted gourmet food.  This much-needed store brings a touch more class to the Village. If you’re hosting a dinner party or just want something special that evening with dinner, Brookline Fine Wine & Gourmet is a perfect place to stop and choose from 100′s of wines from around the world. The same goes for the numerous choices for beers from all over the planet. They stock names that you will be familiar with as well as some brands that will be new to your palette.  Proprietor Carrie Anne Martin seems to know everything about wine and beer and loves to share her knowledge with newbies as well as “experts”.

Some of the many gourmet items are garlic stuffed olives, apricot chutney, fire roasted red peppers, artesian crafted salame, marinated eggplant, citrus marmalade, hand made chocolate, cranberry honey, dalmatia fig spread and more!

DSCF0222They have a nice collection of local vendors as well as some well-known national brands. If you need some last minute flowers, they’ve got that covered too. Cigars are on their way and should be there by the time that you read this posting.If you are looking for a locally owned store that wants to get to know its customers by name, as well as offer a good selection of fines wines, craft beer and gourmet goodies then Brookline Fine Wine & Gourmet is the place for you.

Phone number 617-734-5400        

Sale on Davis Ave.

This beautiful Brookline Village Victorian is actually a 3 condo development comprising an original 1875 house and a new addition completed this past year. 40 Davis Ave. sold this past month for $1,105,000 — 3369 sf with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2 parking spaces. Please email us if you would like to see interior photos.

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Brookline Village Business Profile


Smartbody Movement

We will periodically be writing about locally owned businesses in Brookline Village.  Today I want to introduce our readers to Smartbody Movement, a Pilates and Gyrotonic studio located in the same building as our offices at 54 Harvard Street.

SmartBody Movement features experienced, individualized instruction in the Pilates Method, GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS® and Yoga

Smartbody Movement aims to help clients of all ages and fitness levels, including those seeking post-rehabilitative care, achieve wellness and create strong, lean bodies and balanced, relaxed minds.
Founded by Iwalani Kaluhiokalani, a Pre-Trainer in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®, and a Pilates instructor since 1998, the center and its instructors promote the Pilates Method, GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS® and Yoga as a means towards body conditioning and the extensive health benefits that come with achieving more integrated movement in daily life.
Smartbody Movement’s teachers all have more than ten years of experience, and many have advanced and intermediate level clientele who have worked with them to keep their bodies in great shape for nearly a decade. When clients first visit our studio, they receive an in-depth assessment that allows instructors to create a specialized workout plan that addresses their specific posture and body type and preexisting conditions, if any.
Smart Body Movement includes a fully equipped Pilates studio and specialized GYROTONIC® equipment. A variety of options for private and group instruction are available. Private and Duet Lessons, offered by appointment only, are detailed, progressive classes that meet for two-to-three sessions per week to focus on clients’ specific goals and needs. These lessons range in price from $50 to $90 per hour. Group equipment, mat and Yoga lessons include three to four students and generally involve a minimum five-week commitment. An inexpensive way to try out different techniques and equipment, they range in price from $20 to $40 per hour. SmartBody Movement also offers teacher training courses in the Pilates Method, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®.

For more information on Smartbody Movement, please visit their website.

Brookline Village Blog

For professional blog entries on Brookline Village, check out the Brookline Village blog site at, the Brookline Tab’s web presence.  Where else can you read that Abeille’s, the bead store across from St. Mary’s church, just celebrated it’s first year in business.

Occasionally catch some real estate news as well.  For example, you can read about a new condo development at 16 Addington Rd.  The property was a 23 unit rental building, but was recently acquired by a real estate developer and will be sold off as condos.

First Time buyer tax credit extended!

Congress has extended and expanded the homebuyer tax credit.  “December 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010” become effective when President Obama signs the bill. All changes made to the current credit become effective on that date, as well.  In a nutshell, if you buy before April 30, 2010, you will get $8000.  But another $6500  credit is now available to qualifying current homeowners.

Click here for complete details: Tax Credit Chart.

Want to live IN the Village?


231 Washington St. #3.  This 890 square foot 2 bedroom condo is located on the 3rd floor of one of the retail buildings in Brookline Village.  It features lots of exposed brick, central air, and washer-dryer in unit.  The listing price is $374,900.

Courtesy of Kevin S. Clancy of RE/MAX Destiny