Wow, the Milford housing market is HOT! Within hours of the first open house at 25 Godfrey Lane in Milford, MA, my seller had an offer on the table.
The lovely Laurelwood of Milford neighborhood of town homes has quite the cache in town, and is considered very desirable. The neighborhood is well maintained and the homes are primarily owner-occupied which buyers like.
The unit for sale is 25 Godfrey Lane is listed for $265,000. The current owner/seller has made some well chosen upgrades since purchasing the property in 2009, including renovating the kitchen, installing hard wood flooring in many rooms, replacing some windows, and updating bathrooms. Visit www.25Godfrey.com for more details about this town home.
This is the second town home that I've listed in Laurelwood of Milford, and I wish I could sell them all! The different models appeal to different buyers, and based on the attendance at the open house, there are a lot of buyers out there who want to live in this community.
Contact Maria Romero Vagnini for more information about this property, Laurelwood of Milford, or with any of your real estate needs.
This year, I have again partnered with Turning Leaf Design and Staging to bring my listings yet another marketing edge. Beginning this Spring, I am offering my seller clients a $1,000 credit towards staging and rentals with Turning Leaf through August 31, 2017!
I had searched high and low to find home stagers who will design and stage both vacant and occupied properties for me, and when I discovered sisters Deb and Nancy of Turning Leaf Design and Staging I knew immediately that I wanted to work with them.
They own an extensive inventory of furniture and accessories which was essential to me (cutting out the middle man of furniture rental companies that charge high prices for inferior furnishings). Turning Leaf will use my client's existing furnishings and add furniture and accessories from their inventory as necessary.
Home Staging is the perfect complement to the extraordinary photography and videography that Sotheby's Realty has built its brand on. As buyers begin their home search online, it's essential to show a home looking its absolute best. I consider online viewing of a property the first showing, and the second showing is when a buyer enters the property, often making their purchasing decision within minutes of entering! Staging is essential and something I've always enjoyed doing myself, but filling empty rooms and finding the right accessories can be time consuming. Since meeting Deb and Nancy, I've decided to leave it to the professionals! I hope Sellers see this as an incredible added value.
In July 2013 I posted an article to the Framingham Patch about how to search for home with in-law apartment. You can read it here: patch.com/massachusetts/framingham/the-search-for-a-home-with-an-inlaw-apartment. What I did not mention in the article is that at the time my husband and I were trying to decide whether to do an in-law apartment for his then 82-year-old mother who no longer wanted to live by herself in her single-family home in Framingham.
My mother-in-law wanted to live with us. Yes, us. After much debate, we decided it was the right thing to do, so we hired an architect and a contractor, started on the permits, and within six months had a 400sf in-law apartment with a living/kitchen area, bedroom, potentially handicap accessible bathroom with a washer and dryer, a front door that's accessible from the driveway, and a back door with deck. It's not big, but it's just big enough.
More recently, I was able to help one of my oldest and dearest friends in her family's search for a house with in-law potential, or an existing in-law apartment for her parents. When I got the call that she and her wife had made the decision, my heart simply burst. I was so proud of her decision and happy for their future together. After seeing many houses, they knew when they found "the one" for them. It sat on a hill up a long private driveway, had a walk-out lower level with a three-room suite, and a gorgeous Gunite pool, which was a bonus since they were giving up a pool that they loved. The only challenge was that other people saw the value in this property as well.....other people in search of the perfect house for in-laws! After pulling out all the stops (it wasn't easy) their offer was accepted, and they lived happily ever after.
It is so gratifying to help people move towards their life goes. Homes are so much more than dwellings or shelter. Homes are where memories are made, where individuals and families find peace and comfort, and finding my clients their next home, well, that makes my job unlike any other.
If you're starting your search for your next home, whether it's a condo, single-family, multi-family, or property with an in-law apartment, please contact me at 617-640-1400.
I call this post "don't despair over pine paneling." Sure, it makes you think of you grandparents house, but with simple, stylish furnishing, it really can feel warm, inviting, and dare I say, even hip. If you still hate it then paint it!
Here's some inspiration, and for goodness sake, Buyer clients/friends, please don't eliminate a perfectly good house from your home search because of it!
New to the area? Allow me to help define this region West of Boston.
As a resident of MetroWest for most of my life, it wasn't until I become a realtor that I actually thought about defining MetroWest and its communities. According to Wikipedia:
"MetroWest is a cluster of cities and towns lying west of Boston and east of Worcester, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The name was coined in the 1980s by a local newspaper. While regional definitions vary, the MetroWest Economic Research Center at Framingham State University defines MetroWest as the nine towns of: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, and Wayland, representing a total population of approximately 184,000."
The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce has a service area that includes these nine towns plus Westborough. My definition coincides with the Chamber's ten towns. With the exception of Southborough and Westborough, in Worcester County, these towns are part of Middlesex County.
MetroWest has exceptional access to I-495, the MassTurnpike/I-90, I-95/Rte 128, Rte 9 and I-290, for ease of commuting to Boston, Worcester, and Providence, but also offers extensive and diverse housing options for all buyers at all price points.
If you are a home buyer and new to Massachusetts it can be daunting to pick a specific area to live. North Shore, South Shore, Cape and Islands, MetroWest, Berkshires.....how hard it must be to choose! While I know a little about all of these areas, I specialize in MetroWest, and I'd like to share a little about four towns that I know and love.
The Town of Framingham is a community, 20 miles west of Boston. In 2014 Framingham High School was ranked #25 by U.S. News & World Report‘s Best High Schools in MA, and in 2012 was placed #36 in CNN Money magazine’s Best Places to Live in the U.S. At nearly 67,000 inhabitants, Framingham is the largest town (not city) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the hub of MetroWest.
Framingham’s Routes 30 and 9 have extensive shopping, restaurants and entertainment. In the summer two farmers markets set up on the Village Green and Downtown, and there’s an abundance of outdoor recreation to fit most interests including Callahan State Park offering miles of walking, biking, and horse trails, Garden in the Woods, Framingham Country Club & Millwood Golf Course. It's also home to the Danforth Museum of Art, Amazing Things Art Center, two public libraries, Framingham State University, and MassBay Community College. The Earth Day Festival, Concerts on the Common, Framingham Farmers Markets, Flag Day Parade, Farm Pond Fall Festival, Annual Tree Lighting at Nevins Hall, Framingham Auxiliary Police Holiday Craft Fair, Framingham History Center Annual House Tour, and Taste of MetroWest are just a few of the events that Framingham residents look forward to each year.
The MBTA Commuter rail has a station in Framingham with parking available.
Chosen #31 by CNN Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2009, Southborough has a quiet rural charm enhanced by scenic roads, reservoirs, and open space, as well as two prestigious boarding schools, helping to frame Southborough’s historic village center. In the 2010 Census the town had just under 10,000 residents. 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, Stonybrook 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 St. Mark’s School. Annual Events include Southborough Summer Nights, Heritage Day, Santa Day, Annual Egg Hunt, and Gobble Wobble 5k.
The MBTA Commuter rail has a station in Southborough with parking available.
Ashland, 22 miles (35 km) west of Boston, has a population is just over 15,000. Over time, many farms and open spaces have given way to housing, although some untouched land still remains, including the Ashland Town Forest, Ashland State Park, Warren Woods, and land comprising the beach and dam portions of Hopkinton State Park. Businesses, residents and visitors look forward to “Ashland Day”, a not-to-be-missed annual celebration of traditional New England spirit, and a seasonal farmers market brings the town together on Saturday mornings.
The MBTA Commuter rail has a station in Ashland with parking available.
The Town of Hopkinton was established in 1715 and gains widespread media attention each year in April when the internationally known Boston Marathon is run. Runners from all over the world gather on Main Street to begin their 26-mile run in what is always a colorful and exciting event. In an unusual welcoming gesture, the Board of Selectmen writes a letter to each new resident describing Hopkinton’s facilities and programs and urging them to involve themselves in Town affairs as part of “warm and friendly Hopkinton”.
The town has no shortage of public and private recreational facilities including Hopkinton State Park, Whitehall State Park, the Town beach on Lake Maspenock, fishing, tennis courts, playgrounds, the Hopkinton Country Club and the YMCA. Annual Cultural events include the Hopkinton Polyarts Festival, Fourth of July parade and bonfire, and the summer concert series on the Town Common. The Town is proud of its community-supported educational system, its new, expanded,recycling facility and its leaf composting program. Hopkinton's population in 2010 was 14,633.
If you have any questions or would like to explore MetroWest and any of its 10 towns, please contact me at 617-640-1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credits: Wikipedia, Mass.gov, City Data, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton and Southborough town websites - Thank you!
One Floor Living At Its Finest
Having grown up in the area, I can't tell you the number of times I've passed by this house and thought how lovely it is. It has understated elegance. It's a classic, set back from the road, past a stone wall. I am now honored to have the Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty sign bearing my name hanging in front of 116 Pine Hill Road.
This Royal Barry Wills-style home combines traditional refinement and quality in a bucolic 1.37 acre setting. Enter into the foyer featuring a stone floor and through French doors where you are greeted by a bright, spacious Living Room. The Library boasts built-ins and a wet bar and can be accessed through the Living Room or Master Bedroom. An over-sized kitchen island, two wall ovens, 7-burner cook range, new granite countertops, and gorgeous fireplace define the open floor plan Kitchen-Family Room.
The walkout basement with 1207sf has limitless possibilities, and is currently being used as Game Room/Play Room/ Exercise Room.
Enjoy watching the leaves change color from the new deck and recently fenced backyard. Other features include pegged hardwoods, 4 fireplaces, 8 heat zones, and 2 zones of Central A/C. Enjoy nearby Callahan State Park with 820 acres of conservation land and 7 miles of trails. You will be just minutes to Rte 9 and the MassPike in arguably the best commuter location in Southborough.
Visit http://www.116PineHill.com for further details or contact Maria Romero Vagnini to schedule a private showing.
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.