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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. I would typically write about all of the great things I appreciate about this house, but after receiving the Seller's thoughts, I realized I couldn't do justice to what she wrote. It just goes to show, once again, that the house you buy is not just a building - it is a place you will call home. It is where memories are made and friendships will grow. It is not about the color of the wallpaper, but the use of the room. I hope you enjoy reading about 388 Willis Road and of course, please call/text or email to schedule an appointment to see this home. "We found this house in 1976 after looking at dozens of houses in more than twenty towns, on a lightning weekend trip from New York, where we lived before. Something about it spoke of "home" to me. I remember being moved as I looked out the car's back window as we drove away. In fact, we were driving back to NY in a near blizzard and had to stop in a real flea-bitten joint for the night. The next morning, we turned around in southern CT and went back to put in an offer. It still says home to me. Our favorite view of the house is of the varied dormers seen from the back though it is quintessential New England from every angle. The most important bonding happened as we sat in the southerly facing kitchen, watching a February sunset. That seat at the end of the kitchen table became my favorite roost. Though my husband was a busy lawyer, he always came home for dinner with our two kids. There was so much humor around that table. He actually made much of the furniture, again reproduction style. Christmas became the star moment for the kitchen. We always imported our cousins for that holiday and hung the stockings in the kitchen, oldest first while Revels records served as the sound track. Our Christmas tree was always big and fat and often spanned the two front windows of the living room. Part of the ritual was for guests to check out the tree to see if we'd done it yet again. For Christmas dinner, five more families joined us and we had tables end to end for the long length of the kitchen -- for decades. Only when marriages took our regulars to new relations did the custom begin to change., Everyone brought part of the meal and we did a turkey. There is an extra electric convection oven in the kitchen to accommodate those big meals. We did festoon the house very simply, a lot like the Wayside Inn. I was a prime mover in getting a walkway for Mossman Road, making two presentations at town meetings. It gives me profound joy to see it so well used all these years later. My kids and the neighbors rode their bikes to the Greenwood Club right down the street where they spent most summer days. We all knew one another and met up at swim meets. The kids were always outside in those days, and so was I. Although we had the bones of the property laid out by our neighbor Ron Boucher, a landscape architect, I myself spent countless hours planting. I think the mature shrubs that I started by cuttings will be hard to leave. Haynes School was a warm community then and I think that continues. (Yes, it does) We put a room over the garage for me to have an art studio. Eventually, it became the TV room and I painted in my favorite room, the kitchen. The porch,made this my dream house. We used that room almost year round. I had a serious illness for several years and the porch was my refuge, even in February one year. It was a coup to put the laundry on the second floor, saving so much schlepping. Also, there is a nice cedar closet in the attic. One thing I love about our dining room: the same exact chairs, wallpaper and drapes were used in a scene in a Hugh Grant movie called Notting Hill. We felt our decorating was validated. 388 Willis Road is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath New England Colonial situated on one of Sudbury's most beautiful country roads. Tall trees, mature plantings and expansive lawn frame the portrait for this Colonial Reproduction. As you will have read above, the heart of this home is the country kitchen with its breakfast bar and spacious dining area open to the warm fireplaced Family Room. The fireplaced Living Room and formal Dining Room are ideal for entertaining and holiday gatherings. The unique and appealing floor plan offers areas that present a wonderful surprise.There is a separate first floor office, generous size Mud Room with a second staircase to the cathedral ceiling, skylit Bonus Room, and cathedral ceiling enclosed Porch with wide pine floors and sliding glass doors to the gorgeous level backyard. The Master Bedroom has two closets (including a walk in closet) and Bath. If summer ever arrives, you'll enjoy your central air conditioning. If you're not in the market to buy, please do your friends a favor and share 388 Willis Road with them. You'll love visiting!