Boston Prices Boom Commutes Get Longer

February 8th, 2016

Boston Prices Boom Commutes Get Longer

Single Family Sales 3 years

Compiled from the Multiple Listing Service

The Greater Boston Area housing marketing is booming!

Sales prices in Newton, Brookline, and Cambridge have consistently appreciated over the past three years.  This trend is reflected in the two graphs shown here, one for condos and the other for single family homes.

The three areas under discussion all have easy commuter access to Boston Proper as well as to the Longwood Medical Area, and many Boston centers of technology and research. In addition, they are chock full of amenities including outstanding dining, cultural and entertainment options.  As a result, in the past few years, many buyers have had to compete in multiple offer situations for properties in these towns…even during the slower winter months.

3 years Condominium Sales

Compiled from the Multiple Listing Service

Relocation buyers often struggle to comprehend the unique Boston housing market .Although they want and expect to get easy commutes (and the other amenities mentioned above),  due to the strong prices in Boston, many have had to consider living further out and having a longer commute.

If you are moving to the Greater Boston area, an experienced Buyer’s Agent will help you be prepared and well postitioned to find the home of your dreams.

If you are thinking of selling your home, a well seasoned Realtor can help you maximize your marketing exposure and create a plan to ensure that you net the highest possible amount on your sale.  Even in a strong seller’s market, sellers who have a good agent invariably net considerably more after paying the commission than sellers who sell without professional help.

Call Janet at 617-797-9497

Boston Home Buyer New Construction Insights

February 2nd, 2016

Boston Home Buyer New Construction Insights

Wellesley new construction

Stairway brings light from above

Days on Market can be deceiving when it comes to Boston new construction homes. Many of the homes come on the market early in the construction phase, sometimes even before ground breaking. Many consumers find it difficult to visualize the final product, so the home may not sell until the finishes are in place. For example, this stunning Wellesley home just went under contract in the last week in January 2016 after many months on the market. While it may seems like this house has been idle,  the reality is that the final phase of construction was first completed about a month ago. Many people would find this home amazing, not only because of the stunning finishes, but also because of the unusual layout which brings light in from many angles (see photo of stairway). The open floor plan leads to a wonderful great room with wet bar, gas fireplace, and a coffered ceiling. French doors open to a deck which overlooks a wooded lot and a small stream running just beyond the property line. What made me fall in love with this gracious home was the beautiful master suite. The his and her bathrooms–connected by a huge white tiled shower–is a unique and lovely feature.

New construction

Gorgeous kitchen with island wash sink and huge pantry

Beautiful homes like this one are hitting the market at a slow pace due to the lack of buildable land and the high cost of materials and labor.

“House hunters seeking brand new construction in the Boston area better prepare to ante up. Buyers can expect to pay anywhere from $700,000 to well over $1 million for a new house inside the Route 128 beltway…Closer into Boston, restrictive zoning and a scarcity of building lots has combined to drive new home prices through the roof.” Excerpt from

Best advice: find an experienced Buyer’s Agent to guide you through the choices in buying new construction in the Greater Boston Area.

20 Manor Avenue Wellesley, MA MLS #71830376 Under Agreement Offered at $1,599,000

  • 12 rooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 full baths, 1 half bath
  • Approx. Living Area 4,700 sq. ft.
  • Approx. Lot size: 13,462 sq. ft

    Wellesley new construction

    Sun filled open layout!

Listing agent is Kristi Ross with Hammond Residential.

Would you like assistance from a Buyer Agent’s in finding similar homes? Contact me at 617-797-9497 or email Janet@JanetPorcaro. By the way, I work ALL winter! 



Click here to view property grid. The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2014 MLS 

Newton New Construction Under Agreement in 8 Days!

February 2nd, 2016

Newton New Construction Under Agreement in 8 Days!

29 Parker Avenue Newton, MA

29 Parker Avenue
Newton, MA

The spring market is starting early and I was not surprised to see this home fly off the market! Beautiful classic colonial located just minutes from Route 9 with major commuter access and the popular new shopping and dining mecca The Street in Chestnut Hill. This stunning home features open layout in the enormous kitchen and family room. Lovely fireplace surrounded by custom built-in’s with windows nested on either side. French doors open to a stone patio which looks out to bordering conservation land.

The kitchen has everything a master chef could want including an over-sized stove with pot filler and built in grill. This house is a beautiful place for the family to gather for supper or for those sit down table cloth affairs, there is a dining room with a coffered ceiling. The formal living room with french doors could also make the perfect home office

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!

The second floor features four bedrooms with a spacious master suite with amazing walk-in closet and full spa bath. Two bedrooms share a jack and jill bath with toilet room and double sinks. Fourth bedroom has en suite bath and walk in closet. Laundry room is located in the spacious landing. Last but not least is a stunning finished basement with full bath, lots of storage, a large room which would be great for home theatre or play room, and french doors opening to a second room for your home gym, office, or whatever your life style prefers.

New construction homes in Boston West are in great demand. Due to zoning restrictions and a lack a good land to build upon, Newton new construction is hard to come by. A well crafted home like this is a gem.

“ tells the story of new construction homes in Boston with prices going through the roof. “The western suburbs are the most expensive place to buy a new home, with prices often starting at well over $1 million and going up.” – Excerpt from

Beautiful stone work in the patio

Beautiful stone work in the patio

29 Parker Avenue, Newton 02459

MLS 71951446
Offered at $1,679,00
4 bedrooms
4 full baths, 1 half bath
4,450 sq. ft. living area approx. (including finished basement)
8,800 sq. ft. lot approx.
2 car garage

Listing agent is Dan Demeo with RE/MAX Leading Edge.
If you would like a Buyer Agent’s assistance in finding similar homes, contact me at 617-797-9497 or email Janet@JanetPorcaro.

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The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2016 MLS Property.


Teen Inspiration at Newton North High School

January 18th, 2016

Just Think Teens Making Smart ChoicesTeen Inspiration at Newton North High School JUST THINK TEENS MAKING SMART CHOICES January 21, 2016 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Newton North High School Main Corridor

The Just Think Teens Making Smart Choices Exposition is happening this week at Newton North High School. If you are a teen, parenting a teen, or KNOW a teen, spread the word! This is an energetic event with over 30 contributors, live music, interactive activities, and more. And if that isn’t enough, the event is FREE and involves pizza, play trivia games, video’s give-away’s and crafts. Watch this fun video of past years’ Just Think Event Following is a list of participants.

  • A Promise to Adam
  • Al Anon Family Groups of Massachusetts
  • Alanon/Alateen of MA
  • ASC Athletes Serving the Community
  • Bike Newton
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
  • Call2Talk
  • Celebration
  • Center for Civic Engagement and Service
  • Families for Depression Awareness
  • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
  • Get Real Campaign
  • GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance)
  • In Control Family Foundation
  • Inspirations for Youth and Families
  • JDRF
  • John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club
  • Journey to Safety, the domestic abuse program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Melanoma Foundation of New England
  • Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
  • NAMI Newton Wellesley
  • Newton Free Library
  • Newton North High School
  • Newton Police Dept
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • North Cares
  • NPS Youth Mental Health First Aid Grant
  • Parents Helping Parents
  • Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
  • REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
  • Riverside Community Care
  • Samaritans, Inc.
  • West Suburban YMCA
  • West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA)
  • William James INTERFACE Referral Service

Arlington Artwear Boutique Unique!

January 13th, 2016

Arlington Artwear Boutique Unique!

Oprah has taught us women come in all shapes and sizes and that we can dress with style no matter our shape, size, or age. At Artwear I always find beautiful clothes that I love to wear. Stop by the shop find a fabulous piece to enhance your existing wardrobe. The cheerful staff will help you put together an complete outfit with accessories.  Many items have been lovingly created by local artists and are unique and special. Loved the scarves created around the theme of different cities such as Rome and Paris. Get on their mailing listing or LIKE them on Facebook to get notified of great new inventory and fabulous seasonal sales. Oh, if you are looking for a gift, you will make someone smile with a beautifully wrapped gift from Artwear.


“Artwear offers comfortable clothing in fun silhouettes and interesting fabrics for the creative woman. Everything in Artwear is chosen for it’s high quality craftsmanship and attention to artistic detail. We support a variety of artists, including local artists whose handcrafted jewelry, scarves, and accessories help to create an individual look. We are proud to have been recognized repeatedly by our local Readers Choice Awards as number one women’s clothing boutique.

If you would like to subscribe to our email list, please send an email to:”


Rosie’s Bakery Commercial Opportunity

January 13th, 2016

Rosie's BakeryRosie’s Bakery Commercial Opportunity


The Street on Route 9 in Chestnut Hill, one of the most affluent communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Rosie’s has become a recognized brand, having been reviewed in such publications as The New York TimesUSA Today and Bon Appetit. After a very successful run of over 40 years, the owners wish to step back and give a new owner an opportunity to grow the

  • The Chestnut Hill location is approximately 1,185 square feet and has seating for 19.
  • The interior was recently renovated and is currently open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • The landlord is aware of the sale of the cafe and will offer a new lease to a qualified buyer. Asking $125,000

For Further Information:
Charles M. Perkins
The Boston Restaurant Group

Thomson Family Adventures Creates Meaningful Experiences

January 11th, 2016

Thomson Family AdventuresThomson Family Adventures is a family adventure travel company based out of Watertown on Mt. Auburn Street. Thomson Family Adventures is not an ordinary family vacation company. They create one-of-a-kind, high quality adventures to engage, entertain and educate families with children of all ages. Thomson Family Adventures was started by parents Judi Wineland and Rick Thomson because they wanted to take their kids on family vacations to places that were fun and interesting. They wanted to create an international travel environment that was safe and accommodating for children.
The family vacations that Thomson Family Adventures operate are diverse in interests, locations, and activities. They run trips to 19 different locations on five continents and also have a private and custom trip option that families can use to create their very own itinerary for anywhere in the world. Thomson Family Adventures has made a point of offering an array of trips that are good for families with any make-up: younger kids, teens, kids in their 20’s, and families traveling with grandparents. Traveling with a wide scope of ages has become a specialty for Thomson Family Adventures.

What makes Thomson Family Adventures unique is there dedication to working with local partners. When Thomson Family Adventures brings families to Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, or any of their other destinations, families are meeting local guides who have grown up and have a love and vested interest in the place they are. This is the best way for families to learn while also having fun!

Thomson Family Adventures also offers unique perks and services to the families that travel with them. One of those unique offers is a guaranteed departure. When a family books a vacation with Thomson Family Adventures their departure is guaranteed. Thomson Family Adventures was also the first to offer a Pen Pal program for younger travelers. There is no excitement like when a child makes a friend in a faraway place while on vacation!
Thomson Family Adventures is dedicated to providing excellent family vacation experiences to active families, cultural families, easy going families, or families that like a little bit of everything!

Best Take-Out Food Newton

January 7th, 2016

Best Take-Out Food Newton

Dinner doesn’t have to be what my mother used call “the dangerous hour.” With hungry family members, parents sitting in traffic trying to get home and cook just to find the cupboard bare. The Farm Grill in Newton has a great menu with plates and a la cart choices. Ingredients are fresh and delicious. Can’t go wrong selections like Greek Salad with Chicken Giro or Skewers, Baked Lamb served with salad and two sides, and Fresh Haddock or Swordfish Kabob, if seafood is your preference. Top off your meal with one of the many fabulous desserts. My favorite is the homemade rice pudding. And grab some of the homemade Greek yogurt to have in the fridge.

If you would rather dine out, there is plenty of seating in the cheerful dining room. It is a great place to meet for lunch and keep The Farm Grill in mind for your next catered event.

Beautiful New Construction Views of Chrystal Lake!

December 19th, 2015

Beautiful New Construction with Views of Crystal Lake!

Views of Chrystal Lake

Views of Crystal Lake from kitchen

Under agreement in 11 days! Who says the winter real estate market is dead? Granted, this home is extraordinary, has amazing water views, gracious design and layout, and stunning finish work. This home is a masterpiece for Northern Lights Development.

Circular driveway and two car garage are in the front. Enter a gracious foyer with living room and formal dining room with over-sized windows. The living space in the rear of the first floor offers open views of the lake. Beautiful white eat-in kitchen with thick stone counter tops, farmers sink with windows looking out to the lake, large stove with pot filler and white tiled wall.  Enjoy four seasons in the great room with fireplace.  On balmy days, step out to the terraced patio and enjoy the views.

Fireplace Great Room

Fireplace Great Room

It’s the little things in life. I dream of having a mudroom in my next house.  The mudroom in this house is large and very pretty.

Master suite has a deck looking out to the lake. In addition, this is one of the most beautiful walk-in closets I’ve seen. This house has many more features not mentioned here. It’s not surprising it sold so fast.

Balcony off Master Bedroom

Balcony Master Bedroom

This uptown Centre Street address is a fabulous location with easy access to Newton Center or Newton Highland s Public Transportation and to all major highways.

MLS # 71934278

Under Agreement in 11 days
Listed at $2,395,000
11 rooms
5 bedrooms
5 full baths, 1 half bath
Approx. Living Area 5,500 sq. ft.
Approx. Lot size: 13,503 sq. ft

Listing agent is Ned Mahoney , Keller Williams Realty.
If you would like a Buyer Agent’s assistance in finding similar homes, contact me at 617-797-9497 or email Janet@JanetPorcaro. By the way, I work ALL winter! 

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The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2014 MLS Property

Nine Places to Nosh in Newton 2015

December 17th, 2015

Nine Places to Nosh in Newton 2015

Nine Places to Nosh in Newton

Dine in Newton

It’s that time of year, when I spotlight some of our favorite spots to dine and shop in the Villages of Newton, some new and some old, and there are so many more!

Sweet Potato Crusted Cod at West Street Tavern

Sweet Potato Crusted Cod at West Street Tavern

  1. Jumbo Seafood Restaurant – Boston China Town’s award winning restaurant in Newton! Twin Lobsters with choice of sauce, Peking Duck, and Crispy Soft Shell Crabs. Fresh delicious ingredients served with a smile from the friendly staff.  10 Langley Road, Newton Center 02459, 617-332-3600
  2. West Street Tavern – A secret gem in Nonantum where you they pour a great drink and serve healthy delicious food. Great turkey tips, steaks, and my favorite, sweet potato crusted cod! West Street, Newton (Nonantum, better know as The Lake) 617-795-0883
  3. Otake Sushi Bistro – This is another favorite “meeting spot” for my fellow Realtors and me. Delicious sushi, I love the Crazy Maki in Bento Box! 15 Lincoln Street, Newton 02459 617-332-0690

    Local Farms supported by The Farmstead Table

    Local Farms supported by The Farmstead Table

  4. The Farmstead Table The phrase “elegant burger” is no longer an oxymoron! My family agrees that the burger at Farmstead Table is the best they have ever had.  Trust me, this place is special. 71 Union Street, Newton 02459 617-928-6000

  5. Fifty-One Lincoln - “Globally influenced, locally sourced, creatively driven” One of Newton’s finest dining spots…starting from the “curb appeal”, this restaurant  is a little big of European elegance with a strong intention to support local and organic farmers.
  6. Brewer’s Coalition - Great place to watch a game and enjoy a beer.Brewer’s Coalition – If you enjoy sampling a variety of. beers, Brewer’s Coalition is a great place to go. Even if you don’t care for beer, the food and service is terrific and watch for specials. “We pride ourselves on our friendly and engaging service and comfortable and warm atmosphere. We have five High-Definition TVs so you can catch a game with friends.” ~Bill Honeycutt – Proprietor 344 Walnut Street, Newtonville 02460, (617) 964-7600
  7. Sweet Tomatoes – Pizza almost as good as you would find in Italy. 1279 Washington Street, West Newton 617-630-8666

    Sweet Tomatoes Napolitan Pizza

    Sweet Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza

  8. O’Hara’s – Don’t you want to be where everyone knows your name? Great place to meet a friend for a drink and a casual dinner.  1185 Walnut Street, Newton Highlands, 02461 617-965-6785
  9. Johnny’s Luncheonette – Bring the kids for breakfast at dinner. Old fashioned luncheonette and a Newton tradition. 30 Langley Road, Newton Center 02459 617-527-3223

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