Home 'n' hearth

By - 3/11/08 - 3:58 pm

Philip Greenspun comes clean:

... In an effort to become the consummate condo-dwelling yuppie, I replaced my 10-year-old (mid-priced) Whirlpool dishwasher, whose cleaning power was beginning to fade, with a $1200 Bosch. The new Bosch leaves food on silverware and dishes and can't clean pots or pans. The Whirlpool, at age 10, did a far better job. Compared to the Whirlpool when new (throw

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By - 2/28/08 - 3:58 pm

Chris Lovett reports on a meeting of the mayor's Foreclosure Intervention Team yesterday morning:

"We're not as bad as '93 and '94, but we never want to get there," said the mayor. "And all the predictions we get are the worst is yet to come."

Lovett also provides a map showing properties which not only have been foreclosed but for which the owning banks...Read more

By - 2/26/08 - 7:47 am

The Boston Condo Guy reports:

... We talk with a growing number of Europeans each week who are interested in buying Boston investment property, or a Boston vacation home in one of America’s most historic cities. Europeans recognize that downtown Boston real estate will always hold its value, and the best time to "get in" is when their currency allows them to do so

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By - 2/23/08 - 12:11 am

Miss von Schtoop informs us that Dominic Luberto, the Jamaica Plain guy who lights the way for returning spacecraft during the Christmas season, has put the Castle up for sale:

Single Family Property, Area: Jamaica Plain, Approximately 0.7 acre(s), Lot is 30927 sq. ft., Year Built: 1897, Parking space(s): 4, Swimming pool(s), Basement, Dining room, Laundry room, Hardwood floors

All yours for...Read more

By - 2/12/08 - 9:47 pm

Spatch posts the bulletin that Abbie the cat is back where he belongs tonight - and eating up a storm, but otherwise none the worse for wear.

Apparently, Abbie never went very far even as Spatch, his roommates and a whole lot of other people fanned out across greater Davis Square looking for him - he was holed up in the "bahn" of...Read more

By - 2/9/08 - 5:07 pm

Peter Oehlkers videos the wren that got into his house yesterday when somebody (he's not naming names) left the basement door open.Read more

By - 2/8/08 - 1:13 pm

No, really. Jason Feifer details the scam, along with a couple of tips: Never send anybody money in advance just to see a place, and never trust somebody named Louis Pontecorvo.

By - 12/29/07 - 9:52 am

Lyss wonders:

Should I be pissed that one of my teenage neighbors and his friends think they're rap stars or DJ's or something and like to let everyone in the apartment complex know by hanging out on a porch playing music so loud that I heard it over my vacuum cleaner? Or should I just be happy that he's not out dealing drugs, underage

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By - 12/11/07 - 10:37 pm

If only Maggie had been wearing these when she tried to take out the trash yesterday (don't click on that second link if you can't stand the site of some serious ouchies). It's not to late to stock up for this weekend's killer storm, of course....Read more

By - 12/10/07 - 9:23 am

Chris Lovett provides an interesting look at sub-prime mortgages and explains why the president's plan for dealing with the mess will do little to help places such as Dorchester, with a look at the condos of 43 Whitfield St., just outside Codman Square:

... After its conversion to condos, all three units were sold to a single buyer in February, 2006, each for $330,000,

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By - 12/9/07 - 4:12 pm

Or why you should leave all the basement lights on all the time:

I went down to the basement today to get the laundry and opened the door into the basement and there was a thing that looked kind of like a chunk of lint or a sock hanging on the edge of the door. I grabbed it and it was warm and furry

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By - 12/4/07 - 10:13 am

'08 property taxes drop in Hub.

Three reasons: Property values continue to sink, commercial development continues to escalate, and Tom Menino got legislation passed that changed the way residential and commercial tax revenue related to each other (until this year, state law barred Boston from reducing residential tax income unless it did the same for commercial properties).

This contrasts with Brookline, where selctmen tonight...Read more

By - 11/25/07 - 8:53 pm

Hey, folks:

It's the holiday time again, and I figured I'd share my favorite recipe with you all for anyone who'e into baking. If others are willing to put in their favorite recipes for the holidays, no matter what it may be, you're more than welcome. Here goes:

Chocolate Pound Cake with Rich Chocolate Glaze:


2 cups all-purpose white flour
2 cups...Read more

By - 11/21/07 - 6:13 pm

Sad to say, I don't have a kitchen this Thanksgiving. We're ripping out the walls and ceiling of the now-empty room where it stood. I don't even own an oven! So instead of my usual 24-hour cookathon, I'd like to host a Vitual Thanksging this year on Universal Hub.

I hear that there are fresh turkeys to be had in Brookline (as a public service...Read more

By - 11/3/07 - 3:07 pm

Today, I'm taking a break from posting about Boston's politics to blog in something different. Here goes:

Much has been noted, and said about the force(s) of nature kicking back when people have shown little to no respect for it.

Nature, I believe, is a very strange, if not intense and exciting phenomenom that frequently works in various, if quirky ways. Nature can be...Read more

By - 10/31/07 - 1:55 pm
By - 10/21/07 - 12:07 pm

Kelly needs help identifying whatever it is that started coming up through her basement floor yesterday, because she's not going down there again until she knows what she's dealing with.Read more