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I wrote this piece about 4 years ago, when Winter seemed to end when it was supposed to (in January).

Now, with the Spring market rearing it’s snowy head, SO many people are begging the question “do we renovate or do we move”?  I won’t tell you what to do, but I hope that this article helps you now like it did for those in 2011.

Click anywhere here to read on…

 

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Earlier today, Real Estate Attorney, Richard Vetstein of the Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog, inquired with some of his favorite Realtors about the impact the Blizzardterrible Winter has had on the Massachusetts Real Estate Market.  I was happy to be included and offered my input on the Sudbury market.

Click here for the article. Or, read my two cents here: “The market in Sudbury is certainly slower than a typical winter market, but there are plenty of buyers hoping to take advantage of low rates and opportunities with motivated sellers. Like with any market, homes in popular price points that are prepared and priced right, are selling quickly and in some cases, resulting in multiple offers. Buyers aren’t as hesitant to go through the process now as Sellers are. Sellers are hesitant for many reasons, lack of curb appeal – which in many cases, great curb appeal adds value to the house, the thought of buyers trudging through their houses with snow on shoes (even though it’s always requested to remove shoes), ice dam damage, the thought of moving when the desire to hibernate is much more appealing and last but certainly not least, the liability involved in having a house on the market when snow/ice/icicles can potentially cause harm can be scary for homeowners. The Spring market should be strong, with plenty of pent up demand and after the winter of ’15, more city buyers looking for a beautiful garage with a nice house attached!”

When you’re finished reading, start the Spring cleaning, because whether we like it or not (yes, please), Spring will eventually be here.

Please call us to start talking about how you can best prepare your house for the soon-to-be hot Spring market! It’s never too early to prepare.

AND THEN, I’ll get back to my reasons why WE LOVE Sudbury.

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There is no particular order to this list, just what comes to mind each day.  It’s only numbered so that it’s easier to keep track.

Reason #1 – The foliage on Route 27.

Reason #2 – HOPEsudbury

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 5.21.55 PMFrom my experience, Sudbury families, really, truly care about each other. Founded after 9-11 by Sudbury residents, HOPEsudbury is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the people of Sudbury in community-wide efforts to provide humanitarian aid to people in need, both at home and abroad via the HOPE Fund.

Since its inception in 2002, more than $344,000 has been distributed through The HOPE Fund, which is available to help, offering short-term (confidential) financial assistance to Sudbury residents with emergency or unexpected financial need.

Funds are available for: Fuel/Utilities, Medical Care/Medicine, Food/Special Dietary Needs, Rent/Mortgage/Insurance, Household Repairs and other needs. Funding decisions are based on individual circumstances, not specific income limits. 

HOPESudbury‘s largest fundraising effort is the HOPEsudbury Telethon.  On Saturday, November 1, 2014, my friend Bonnie Morrissey of Bonnie’s Bootcamp and I will once again co-host a few hours of the HOPE Telethon.  HOPEsudbury relies on generosity for many auction items. If you would like to donate anything, please click here. If you just missed the last audition of America’s Got Talent and would kindly grace us with your talent during the Telethon, we’d love to see it! Please click here. 

You can VIEW and BID on the AWESOME auction items online  NOW!

I am also proud that my office, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Sudbury is a sponsor of HOPESudbury and the telethon. Through the Coldwell Banker CARES program, 80% of sales associates (myself and Carole included) donate a portion of our commissions to CBRB Cares, which is 100% matched by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.  Over the last 5 years, CBRB Cares donated over $3 million to various community fundraising efforts.

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6_2_14_347NorthRdSudbury-47 If you are thinking about buying a house that has privacy, tremendous character, a fantastic yard, many updates in a very convenient location in Sudbury, I encourage you to read on — what you have seen online up to this point couldn’t possibly begin to tell you about how great living at 347 North Road truly is.

Multiple Listing Service provides Real Estate Agents/Brokers with exactly 1000 character spaces to use in the description section in MLS. This is typically a challenge, as we are attempting to convince you, in 1000 characters or fewer (including spaces) why you should spend six or seven figures and move into that specific house. In a previous post, “Translating Real Estate Ads” I provided my own interpretive glossary for all the abbreviations we use when describing a home. 1000 characters (and spaces) are not a lot – especially when we want to share with you all of the wonderful features about the house – so, I will use all of the characters I want, using our own internet real estate, to communicate to you why you should buy one of the homes we have on the market. We also like to use this opportunity to tell you about the intangibles, the features of the house that you wouldn’t know by looking at the photos online or visiting. The stuff that you would only know if you lived there.

It is always such a pleasure to sell a house that has been continuously maintained with such meticulous care and detail that we know that Buyers will be as thrilled with the home inspection as they are with all of the reasons they fell in love with the home in the first place.  347 North Road is that house. For those of you unfamiliar with the builder, Creighton Hammill, the best way in which to describe his houses is “quintessential New England” – wide pine floors, open kitchen / family room, total character set on a beautiful piece of land. This is absolutely not your cookie cutter colonial (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

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347 North Road is set far back from the road in a beautifully landscaped private setting.  The house has been beautifully maintained and features Pottery Barn decor and all of the amenities you would expect complemented by period detail and character – especially the gorgeous wide pine floors. The heart of the house is a country kitchen that, on one side, opens to a four season Sun Room w/skylights overlooking a spacious backyard ( I would live in this room). The other side of the kitchen welcomes you to the family room with a fireplace. The first floor also includes a handsome office/library with 3 walls of built in bookcases, a well organized mud room, and a perfectly placed powder room between the family room and mudroom. Upstairs features a Master Bedroom with not one, but TWO walk-in CLOSETS, one of which is 15′ (probably larger than your first apartment), and a gorgeous spa bath w/skylights, tiled shower, and a Jacuzzi tub. All 3 Bathrooms were updated in 2013. No need to go to the basement to do laundry, as the laundry is also on the 2nd floor. The finished lower level includes a play room and storage space.

OUTSIDE: Very cool for kids (and parents), is that the backyard has its own walking path direct to Haynes Elementary School. The backyard itself is spectacular – a real retreat w/its flat yard, lush lawn and plantings. 347 North Road is a very convenient location. Across the street is a brand new neighborhood of million$ homes that are being built.
But, buying a house isn’t just about the house. It’s about the neighborhood, location, and all of the intangibles that make a house a home. 347 North Road is conveniently located close to all points North (Rt 117, Route 2) making it a great commuting spot for those wishing to take the train to Boston from either the Concord or Lincoln North Station commuter rail stops.

As I mentioned above, your children will attend Haynes Elementary School, and Curtis Middle School (Sudbury’s only middle school.)  High School is the highly rated Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, better known as L-S. I can tell you all about what I love about this house, but it’s even better to hear from the current owners:

We bought our house in 2006 while expecting our first child.  We were looking for a house with a lot of character, potential to grow with us, good access to local activities and commuting, and a private lot with lots of room for our children to play.  Our home is both private and easy access to shopping, sports facilities, camps, school, cultural activities and commuter rail.  With many of these located a short walk through the back yard away.  The house itself has a classic feel, with a comfortable layout, plenty of character and plenty of room to grow (unfinished attic, half finished basement and solarium).  We really see it as our convenient oasis from all of the hassle of daily life.

What we love most about our home is that the backyard is that it 100% private, which is a hard thing to find in the suburbs.  Our boys have truly enjoyed having an entire green space to themselves.  They have loved spending time on the swings, hammock, and setting up baseball fields, soccer fields and for the past 3 winters we have built a hockey rink in the backyard.  The patio has always been a an extension of our living space.  We spend many fall, spring, and summer nights dining out there and during the winter we use our Adirondack chairs and the fire pit.  

The house is very cozy and if it’s a bit chilly or rainy we spend most of our time in the solarium which is by far our favorite room in the house or in the family room with a roaring fire.  We have spent most holidays hosting many at the long table in the solarium and everyone comments on the terrific view and absolute privacy back there.   The morning sun in the solarium is a great place to have your first coffee of the day.

Since we have owned the house, we have enjoyed making it our own by updating it and even adding new items to it.  There are a couple of projects that caught our eye when we bought it and we thought would make it a truly spectacular house.  The new shed, updated bathrooms and residing and painting have all made the house more appealing and enjoyable.  The kitchen is highly functional  and a great place to gather while preparing meals or for the boys to do their homework.  

In the backyard you will also see a path through the woods next to our hammock.  This is a walking path to Haynes Elementary School. The school is about a block away and we feel so fortunate to be able to walk to and from school each day.  As a mother I cherish this time with my boys as I feel I get a lot of updates from them and it is a special time together.  Our dog seems to enjoy the walk too!  When the boys were young we spent many mornings, afternoons, and early evenings at the Haynes School Playground.  Their first jungle gym experience was just a short walk away.  With Davis Field and Frost Farm (Whites Pond) conservation land down the sidewalk on North Road, we have spent many family walks, snowshoe treks, sledding adventures, and picnics enjoying the open spaces and wandering around the organic farmer’s fields that Sudbury has to offer. 

We are a very outdoorsy family and often walk to Davis Field just down the road for the boys soccer games.  We also have explored many of the Davis Conservation Trails throughout the years.  In addition we are lucky enough to be able to walk to Siena Organic Farm for seasonal farm shares which is just past Haynes School.  Haynes School is the smallest and most intimate elementary school in Sudbury and our boys have been fortunate enough to have small class sizes and very good student teacher ratios.  Our son has only 15 students in his class and we are thrilled with this size given the crowded classrooms that sometimes exist in and around the Boston area.  In addition Sudbury Schools have always been top schools in MA and the recent MCAS scores were exceptional!

We joined the neighborhood swim and tennis club called Greenwood and the boys have loved going there after school in the spring and in the summer with their friends.  Camp Sewataro is a short walk through our backyard and we can hear the laughter, giggling, and fun filled noises of the camp in the summer.  For the bigger kids (parents), we have been lucky enough to play several great golf and country clubs close by, with Nashawtuc a little over 2 miles away.  We often ski in the winter and are fortunate enough to have Nashoba Valley Mountain just down the road (11 miles) and easy access to mountains in NH and VT.  Our boys learned to ski at Nashoba and attended ski school one morning a week while they were in preschool.  We are also huge fans of the ocean and can head north or south quite efficiently to find a sandy beach for the day.  

Another great thing about our location is the proximity to several commuter rail stations.  Acton, West Concord, Concord Center, and Lincoln.  It is so easy to head into Boston and Cambridge to go to the North End, college hockey and football games, or just a night out with our friends in Boston either cars or trains.  The house is also centrally located to restaurants and activities in West Concord, Concord, Maynard, Sudbury Center, Hudson and Lincoln.  A couple of our favorite restaurants are Aka Bistro and Rail Trail Flatbread Co.

Just as the family who owned 347 North Road before us did, we have really enjoyed our oasis in Sudbury and hope that another family will continue to have similar enjoyment.  With its classic but comfortable layout, its opportunity to expand with your family, and its private but accessible location, we have really loved this home and built great memories here for our boys.”

Easy to show! Call us today. Carole 508-277-6956 or Gabrielle 617-320-8150.

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Why We LOVE Sudbury! Reason #1

October 9, 2014

Tweet Buyers always ask us what we love about Sudbury. There are so many reasons why – most of which are intangible.  But, every day, there is at least one thing that happens that easily makes the “Why We Love Sudbury” list.  The reasons are pretty simple, but when they are all added up, it […]

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Beyond MLS™ – Why You, Or Someone You Know Should Buy… 109 KIRKLAND DRIVE, STOW, MASSACHUSETTS

September 11, 2014

Tweet Multiple Listing Service provides Real Estate Agents/Brokers with exactly 1000 character spaces to use in the description section in MLS. This is typically a challenge, as we are attempting to convince you, in 1000 characters or less (including spaces) why you should spend six or seven figures and move into that specific house. In […]

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Beyond MLS™ – Why You, Or Someone You Know Should Buy… 442 ELM STREET, FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

July 13, 2014

Tweet UPDATE: Sold with multiple offers the first day on the market. Closed in August 2014. Read fast – this one isn’t going to last. There are SO MANY buyers for whom 442 Elm Street is suited, I hope you have a chance to read this. First time buyers, those who are downsizing, those needing […]

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Beyond MLS™ – Why You, Or Someone You Know Should Buy… 36 RED OAK DRIVE, SUDBURY, MASSACHUSETTS

July 12, 2014

Tweet Interested in an absolutely gorgeous Creighton Hammill colonial reproduction in the most historic area in Sudbury that happens to have a great deal of privacy AND be in a wonderful neighborhood? Feel free to call us while you are reading. Multiple Listing Service provides Real Estate Agents/Brokers with exactly 1000 character spaces to use […]

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Beyond MLS™ – Why You, Or Someone You Know Should Buy… 340 DUTTON ROAD, SUDBURY, MASSACHUSETTS

June 27, 2014

Tweet TOO LATE! Multiple offers the first day on the market. I kindly suggest that you read this one fast, as I don’t think the house is long to last on the market. Multiple Listing Service provides Real Estate Agents/Brokers with exactly 1000 character spaces to use in the description section in MLS. This is […]

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UPDATED! PRICE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED. Beyond MLS™ – Why You, Or Someone You Know Should Buy… 8 CAKEBREAD DRIVE, SUDBURY, MA

June 25, 2014

Tweet                                  JUST REDUCED! NOW $925k – AND, the very wonderful, reasonable, and motivated Sellers have already installed NEW hardwood floors in the kitchen AND the NEW granite countertops are being installed this week! We are hosting an Open House on […]

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What is the “Safest Place” in Massachusetts, You Ask? SUDBURY!

March 11, 2014

Tweet This post is short and very sweet – I am very excited to tell you that of all the 301 Towns and 50 Cities in Massachusetts, our fabulous Sudbury was ranked #1 as the “Safest Place in Massachusetts” by Movoto, a Real Estate website (not ours). Wayland is very close at #9, and Weston, […]

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Applications Available for The Coolidge At Sudbury

March 3, 2014

Tweet B’nai B’rith Housing is proud to announce that the application process for the affordable units at The Coolidge at Sudbury is now underway! Please click here to visit the development’s new website. Information about The Coolidge At Sudbury (as copied from their website): The Coolidge at Sudbury, a 55 & better community of one and two […]

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Beyond MLS™ – Why You, Or Someone You Know Should Buy… 11 Abigail Drive, Hudson, MA

January 27, 2014

Tweet Multiple Listing Service provides Real Estate Agents/Brokers with exactly 1000 character spaces to use in the description section in MLS. This is typically a challenge, as we are attempting to convince you, in 1000 characters or less (including spaces) why you should spend six or seven figures and move into that specific house. In […]

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Best Way to Celebrate the Patriots Win? Buy a New House!

January 12, 2014

Tweet We are hosting two Open Houses today, January 12. In Sudbury, 18 Trailside Circle. 1:00-3:00 – $1,399,000 (Tall Pines Neighborhood) This is the Premier cul de sac setting in Tall Pines – adjacent to 4.5 Acres of Conservation Land. Dramatic brickfront Colonial with breathtaking twin bridal staircases, additional rear staircase, two story Great Room with full […]

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Happy New Year! Time to Move!

January 10, 2014

Tweet Now that “Blue Monday” is almost so-last-week, and any far-fetched resolution one may have dreamt (i.e., making school lunches the night before school) lasted maybe, a day, it’s time to prepare for, and create, the reality that is 2014. For so many of you who have thought about moving, THIS  is your year. I […]

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Daniels Team Ranked In TOP 1,000 of 41,000+ Agents Nationwide!

January 9, 2014

Tweet WE ARE SO HAPPY! We were informed today that we ranked within the top 1,000 (top 2%) of over 41,000 Agents in NRT nationwide, for the 3rd Quarter of 2013.  We are honored to have received this ranking several times during past years and strive to remain in the top 1,000 every year. Thank you, thank […]

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We Want To Sell Our House, But Please Don’t Tell Anyone.

November 15, 2013

Tweet I believe it to be stating the obvious to say that when you want sell your house, time and money are the two of the most critical pieces of the plan. I have yet to meet a seller who would like for his/her house to be on the market for an indefinite amount of […]

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Fall Back? Not In the Real Estate Market.

November 8, 2013

Tweet It doesn’t have the same reputation as the beautiful and busy Spring Market, but just because it gets dark outside at the crack of 5:00pm, it doesn’t mean that the Fall Market is any less fantastic. It is. There are so many reasons why, and I’ll give you a dozen. If you have thought about […]

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17th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Festival to Benefit the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (and my niece, Anna)

October 3, 2013

Tweet This is personal. Every year, so many of you are so kind to generously donate to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress in honor of my niece (and Carole’s granddaughter), Anna Tabasky. Anna is 5 1/2 years old and thanks to the resources available and the relentless persistence of my sister and brother-in-law, Anna is […]

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Bolognese? Babka? Bagels? Burritos? Bok Choy? Where To Eat In Sudbury, Wayland (and a few spots over the borders)

October 2, 2013

Tweet Very few people are pleasant to be around when they are REALLY hungry. And since I, like many of you, prefer to be around people when they are pleasant, I’m happy to do whatever I can to prevent you from getting a case of the food crankies / hangrys. Since many of you who […]

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