Happy New Year!
It's still hard for me to believe that the last decade is over and we've entered the Roaring '20s! While 2019 carried some economic uncertainty with fears of recession and trade wars, those concerns seem to be behind us, and I am optimistic of what this new year will bring.
This year was special in so many ways, and I was honored to be just a small part of my clients major life events.
~ I was able to help clients step into their "forever" home.
~ I was able to find the perfect buyers for the home that my sellers built and where they raised their family.
~ I helped my friend's parents settle into a condo that fulfilled all of their needs.
~ I worked with seller clients in California and France, and with buyer clients in Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
~ I represented clients on the purchase of their second home in Cape Cod, and referred clients to a trusted colleague to help them purchase a New Hampshire Lake House.
~ I was able to reconnect with past clients as they referred me to sisters, parents, and friends who needed to list their property for sale for a variety of unique, and in some cases life changing, reasons.
For your trust and support, I am so grateful.
What will stay and what will go in home design trends in 2018? According to Zillow, homeowners will be choosing more colorful cabinets and steering away from the tried and true all-white look. Zillow also reports that homes with blue kitchens sell for $1,800 more that homes with white kitchens. They say other trends to look out for are warm wood neutrals and light wood cabinets, floral prints, and statement floors will also be popular.
Read all about it here: /www.zillow.com/blog/2018-design-trends-223635/
Amber Lewis of the California based interior design firm and blog Amber Interiors offers her forecast for kitchen design in 2018. High on her list is integrated kitchen sinks (be still my heart) and white brick backsplash.
Read the post: amberinteriordesign.com/2018-forecast-kitchen-design/
Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker gave The Washington Post his top 10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. On Houzz's list are rich color and textures throughout the house like tobacco and caramel, vintage lighting, trough or bucket sinks in bathrooms, and calm, casual modern bedrooms.
Read the article here: www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home
The real shocker for me came from Amber Interiors who predicted a trend towards non-open floor plans! This is great news for those of us who live in older or antique homes offering many little cozy rooms, however I'm still hearing open floor plans on most client's wish lists. Only time will tell if her prediction catches on.
Thanks for reading!
There are a number of realtors out there, but opportunities like this Q&A in Hopkinton Living allow people to get to know us on a personal level before they begin working with a realtor. Check out the Q&A featuring two of my colleagues and me!
I have just listed 4 Fairview Drive in Southborough, MA for $399,000. I keep thinking that this home offers so much for so many different home buyers. Maybe it's a first-time-homebuyer, or someone looking to downsize? This home might work for someone who is looking for one-floor living and accessibility because most of the doors in this home are 36" wide making it handicap accessible. At this price, it also makes sense as an alternative to a condo for someone who values privacy and land. Personally, I loved living in a ranch when my twins were babies and toddlers. I never worried about stairs or had to mess with baby gates!
Stroll up tree-lined Fairview Drive, or enjoy ride bikes around the neighborhood. When you turn off Route 9, you'll travel down a wooded country road, and then turn on to Fairview Drive. Just down Parkerville Road, you'll reach the Mary Finn School which houses grades Pre-K to First, ball fields, and a playground. Travel down Parkerville Road even further, take a left onto Southville Road, and you will reach the MBTA Commuter Rail Station. Schools, shopping, recreation, and commuting options are so accessible!
This home has been updated in so many ways and is ready for its next owner. Learn more about 4 Fairview Drive at www.4FairviewDr.com or join me for an Open House on Sunday, August 13th from 12-2pm.
My fantastic buyer clients just purchased this timeless home in Southborough. They came to me in search of an antique home, and were primarily looking in three towns. They narrowed down there search to the sleepy small town of Southborough, and fell in love with this pretty yellow reproduction. It checked all of their boxes and even offered a swimming pool, a real bonus!
You might have heard that the real estate story of the year is low inventory, which is great if you are a seller but not ideal if you're a buyer. It means that there just aren't enough homes for sale to accommodate all the buyers, and often results in over asking price multiple offers, and leaves many buyers locked out of the American Dream.
Thankfully my clients were well-qualified buyers, and we were able to write an excellent offer that practically guaranteed this charmer would be theirs. Telling my clients their offer has been accepted and then congratulating them on their new home will never get old. I love what I do!
Southborough is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, and is located 24.10 miles west of Boston (28.4 miles by car). It incorporates the smaller villages of Cordaville, Fayville, and Southville. Its population was 9,767 at the 2010 census, in nearly 3,000 households.
Southborough was named Number 31 in the nation on CNN Money's "100 Best Places to Live" in 2009. Southborough consistently ranks #1 as the wealthiest community in Worcester County.
Incorporated in 1727, land use now is primarily residential, with substantial open space. Southborough has a quiet rural charm enhanced by scenic roads, reservoirs, open space, as well as two prestigious boarding schools, helping to frame Southborough’s historic village center.
Southborough is a sleepy town yet offers easy access to Route 9, 495, the Massachusetts Turnpike, and has an MBTA Commuter Rail stop. Southborough is a wonderful home for those seeking outdoor recreation including Breakneck Hill Conservation Land offering walking trails, Sudbury Reservoir Trails, Chestnut Hill Farm Trails, Baypath Turenne Wildlife Habitat, and the Bay Circuit Trail, St. Mark’s Golf Course, and Fayville Park.
The town has 4 public elementary and middle schools, and is part of Algonquin Regional High School. It’s also home to the Fay School and the prestigious St. Mark’s School.
Annual Events include Southborough Summer Nights, Heritage Day parade and fair, the Annual Egg Hunt at the Community House, the Gobble Wobble 5k, and Santa Day when Santa flies onto the St. Marks Meadow in a helicopter delighting kids of all ages.
Photos courtesy of Allan Bezanson, MySouthborough.com, and WickedLocal.
Southborough Public Schools
Southborough Wicked Local
My Southborough News and Events Blog
St. Mark's Golf Club
Framingham Country Club
Hopkinton Country Club
St. Mark's School
Southborough Public Library
Maria Romero Vagnini
I am a Realtor with Mathieu Newton Sotheby's International Realty, working with buyers and sellers in suburban Boston's Metrowest communities.