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
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!
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.