Brighton Condo is a Jewel in the City

May 15th, 2015

Brighton Condo is a Jewel in the City

Oversized living room with tree top views

Oversized living room with tree top views

Beautiful, bright one bedroom unit is located in the Historic Aberdeen District in Brighton, MA. This is a penthouse unit in a brick elevator building. Enter the spacious foyer perfect for a desk or library area and enjoy the terrific floor plan with over-sized rooms and not an inch of wasted space. There are plenty of closets, gleaming hardwood floors, updated kitchen with granite counter tops and warm cabinets. This condo is in a much desired building with a live-in super, professionally managed, and 62% owner occupancy. Kilsyth Terrace is a side street on the Brookline/Brighton line. You will enjoy the easy commute home to this bucolic location. Last but not least, this unit comes with off-street parking. Read more at 4KilsythTerrace.com.

From the City of Boston website:

While many cities are defined by their skylines, Boston is distinguished by its vibrant neighborhoods.

Apartments and other multi-family dwellings first appeared in Aberdeen around 1909. Between 1910 and 1930 the population of Allston-Brighton doubled, necessitating the development of multi-family buildings to accommodate the growing demand for a home away from the city center. Many immigrant families, tired of living in dirty and crowded inner-city areas, were drawn to the bucolic image of Aberdeen. ~CityofBoston.gov

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Spring Blooms at the Taiwan Garden in Newton Highlands

May 8th, 2015
Edward Kuo of the Culture Center of taipei Economic and Cultural Office

Edward Kuo, Director, Culture Center of taipei Economic and Cultural Office

Spring Blooms at the Taiwan Garden in Newton Highlands

The Taiwan Garden at the Hyde Community Centre Playground is in the height of spring glory! Since 2010 the members of the Taipei Economic Culture Center in conjunction with the Newton Parks and Recreation Department have nursed the creation of an authentic Chinese garden. The garden features the use of plant material indigenous to China and is further beautified with architectural elements singularly Chinese. Proud to be giving back to the City of Newton, Dr. Edward Kuo smiles as he enjoys the colorful spring display!

The Taiwan Culture Office pays it forward with the gift of beauty to the Newton community.

 

Newton, MA

Spring Bloom in the Taiwan Garden

 

Contemporary Newton Home Under Contract in Nine Days!

April 10th, 2015
Beaumont Avenue

Elegance Defined

Exquisite Contemporary Newton Home Under Contract in Nine Days!

What elevates this house to a work of art? Is it the thoughtful renovation with clean lines and abundant high end finishes? Is it the superior layout with two master suites, one on each floor? Actually, everything about this strikingly elegant home says life is good in 2015.

View From Central Stairway

View From Central Stairway

The flow from one airy room to the next is both appealing and logical. The excellent materials throughout play off the abundant natural light. Glossy wood floors are balanced by warm wooden fixtures of varying and rich tones.

There is a handsome  game/billiard room, home gym, and abundant storage on the lower level.

Stunning Fixtures

Stunning Fixturesofof the home, they bring light into each room they serve and balance light coming in from outside windows.

The spacious family room looks out to the deck. Two patios and a landscaped yard make this a house for all seasons.

Newton Life is Good in 2015

Newton Life is Good in 2015

MLS # 71806638 Under Agreement
Offered at $1,650,000
9 rooms
3 bedrooms
3 full baths, 1 half bath
Approx. Living Area 3,858
Approx. Acres: 0.35 (15,028 sq. ft.)
Listing agent is Pam Gilman, Keller Williams Realty, Chestnut Hill
If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour any home, contact me at 617-797-9497 or email Janet@JanetPorcaro.net

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

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7 Dog Parks in Newton This Spring

March 15th, 2015
Off-Leash Recreation Area Map

Off-Leash Recreation Area Map from City of Newton Parks & Recreation Department 

7 Dog Parks in Newton This Spring

Has Newton gone to the dogs?  Newton is a diverse community embraces a diverse population–so why not include the dogs! In consideration of our canine companions and their owner’s, there are 7 off-leash dog parks in Newton. Not only does this keep the pooches happy running and playing with other dogs, dog owners get to socialize.

Be sure to review the rules on the City of Newton’s web site - City of Newton Off Leash-Recreation Program in order to continue to enjoy the benefits of Newton’s many open spaces.

Off-Leash Areas

  1. Hunnewell Park
  2. McGrath Park
  3. Newton Center Playground
  4. Old Cold Spring Park
  5. Braceland Playground is closed for the winter- reopens March 15, 2015
  6. Claflin Playground is closed for the winter- reopens March 15, 2015
  7. Cabot Park Off – Leash Area is closed through the Spring of 2015.  Opening date TBD.  Renovations are complete, the area is closed to give the grass and trees a healthy start. 

Want to take Spot for a ride around Boston? Visit some of these beautiful parks in the Greater Boston Area:

11 Greater Boston Spots to Bring Your Dog This Spring!

2015 Spring Housing Market Starts Early!

March 5th, 2015

2015 Spring Housing Market Starts Early!

Spring Housing MarketJust like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the 2015 housing market will soon “spring forward”!  Similar to the tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and traditionally they would have been right. Buyer demand has seasonality to it, which usually falls off in the winter months, especially in the Greater Boston Area. This year is different. 2015 Spring Housing Market Starts Early!

A seasonal cycle shifted

Demand for housing has remained strong and is currently three times stronger than last year at this time. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) recently reported that the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes in 2014 all fell in April, May or June. Those who act quickly and list now could benefit greatly from additional exposure to buyers prior to a flood of more competition coming to market in the next few months.

Bottom Line

If you are planning on selling your home in 2015, meet with Janet Porcaro, local real estate professional who specializes in the Great Boston Area housing market, to evaluate the opportunities in your market. Call Janet at 617-797-9497.

Just Sold #NewtonMA

February 20th, 2015

Just Sold #NewtonMA

15 Lill Avenue, West Newton 02465 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1575 sq. ft. approx. living area, 7986 sq. ft. approx. lot

Just Sold #NewtonMA

Pristine Cape on tree lined lot

Listed for $630,000 and sold for well over asking with multiple offers. First showing scheduled at the Broken Open House. The offers came and the property was under agreement in less than 2 days. Located in desirable West Newton with easy access to the Commuter Rail and Bus Lines, as well as major highways.

The severe winter has slowed the housing market in Newton, MA. As of February 20, 2015, there are only 65 active single family homes on the market in Newton. Only 10 of the 65 listed under $1M. Sooner or later, the snow will melt and the housing market will sizzle.

If you are looking to buy or sell, give me a call at 617-797-9497.

Just Sold #NewtonMA

Bonus sunroom overlooking gardens

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More about 15 Lill Avenue

Lill is a lovely tree lined side street and this house has a beautiful level yard. First floor features a living room with fireplace and picture window, dining room, clean kitchen, bedroom, and half bath. Enclose porch perfect for morning coffee overlooking a beautiful, well manicured yard with irrigation system. Second floor has 3 spacious bedrooms including a front to back master bedroom, full bath, and several large closets. Finished basement with fireplace, laundry room, utility room, and large storage closet.

Ice Dams: Facts for the Home Owner

February 18th, 2015

Ice Dams: Facts for the Home Owner Ice Dam Described What do pantyhose and calcium chloride have in common?

 

The problem Drive down most any street in the Greater Boston area today (Feb 2015) and you see icicles hanging off houses everywhere. In my house, we have a leaks from ice dams and the leaks keep shifting. Our issues are minor but in many houses the situation is more severe with water pouring into the house. Solutions

  • First and foremost: find a professional. BE CAREFUL, USING A LADDER IF VERY DANGEROUS ESPECIALLY IN THIS WEATHER. (See below for one such company.) Ask your Realtor for a well referenced professional.
  • Calcium Chloride Pellets also known as pucks can be placed on the roof to help melt the ice without damaging the roof. Home Depot and Lowe’s are all sold out. Amazon.com has a product called Roof Melt.
  • We have a GREAT handyman/friend who gave us the best advice ever. Dan said to buy a 25 lb. bag of calcium chloride and fill some old panty hose with the stuff. Then put the panty hose on the roof. Guess what, I don’t wear pantyhose and Walgreens is almost sold out!

Read more about ice dams from the folks at University of Minnesota.  IceDamCompany.com for Bostonians. I’ve never worked with them but they have a great website. In the meantime, hope this is helpful! Janet

Newton Market Snapshot February 2015

February 16th, 2015

Newton Market Snapshot February 2015

Newton Market SnapshotWith the snow piled waist high, ice dams dripping through many homes across town, no wonder the sales volume is down in Newton, MA this February. Still estimated median value and list prices are up considerably. In this report we see 14 new listings, 9 price changes, 20 pending, 4 expireds, and 20 recently sold. Despite the winter blues, people are still moving! Just wait until the spring market! Things should be hopping!

 

Newton, MA February 2015

Newton, MA February 2015

To dowmload the full report, click here.Market-Activity-Report_Newton-Massachusetts_2015-02-16-23-11-09

 

Knoxville, TN, Treasure Chest of Outdoor Opportunity

February 16th, 2015
Knoxville, TN, Treasure Chest of Outdoor Opportunity

Are you a fan of the great outdoors?

Knoxville, TN,  Treasure Chest of Outdoor Opportunity (Part of my new series for Baby Boomers Move)
Are you dreaming of your next move? Are you a lover of the great outdoors?

“Knoxville, Tennessee offers residents the best of small town America with the amenities and perks of a big city – it is little wonder that this gem is known alternately as The Heart of the Valley and the Queen City of the Mountains! It’s the third largest in Tennessee with a population around 180,000. Knoxville is also home to the University of Tennessee, one of the nation’s premiere public institutions of higher learning. Knoxville residents enjoy an incredible and compelling blend of “city living” while combining it with a small-town feel and a virtual treasure chest of outdoor and recreational opportunities just minutes away by car.”

Knoxville, TN, Treasure Chest of Oudoor Opportunity

Sunset views of Smokey Mountain

 

 

This mountain cabin in Knoxville, TN, is a beautiful was sold by my friends from the Pozy Team, Keller Williams. This home was listed for $214,900.

“Spectacular cabin on .95 acres Opened living room with cathedral ceilings, open kitchen. Master BR w/large bathroom offering a whirlpool tub. Walk onto the enclosed deck from the master for relaxation in the hot tub. Open loft set at 2nd bedroom w/full bath. Large covered porch offers magnificent sunset views of the Smoky Mtns. Convenient to the heart of Pigeon Forge. $214,900 Offered by The Pozy Team Knoxville Real Estate” ~The Pozy Team

Search for more homes in Tennessee at SearchingKnoxville.com.

 

Helping Boomers Make the Next Move

February 16th, 2015

Baby Boomers MoveHelping Boomers Make the Next Move

Panel Discussion
February 21, 2015, 2 to 4 PM
Watertown Public Library
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room

Are you thinking about down sizing? Do you know someone who is?
A move is more than just packing and moving boxes.
It is about transition and preparation.
Hear 5 industry experts share insights
needed to make great decisions about your next move!

Topics include:

  • Financial planning – essentials for the next chapter
  • Organization and DE cluttering – a plan of attack to organize the memories (and what to do with the rest)
  • Staged to sell – tips for making your home a buyer’s dream
  • Strategies to maximize your profits – It’s easy but it’s not simple

Mary Clements Pajak, Probate and Estate Administration Attorney
Larry Deroche, Clean Out Your House
Deb Ellis, Designer and Stager
Participants and sponsors: Janet Porcaro & Wendy Rocca, Realtors®