The Daniels Team's Blog
In an attempt to not bury the lead, the purpose of this post is to announce that we (Carole and I, the Daniels Team) have committed to donating a portion of our proceeds from our Sudbury Real Estate Transactions to Protect Sudbury, LLC. If you care to understand why, please, read on. We say it, we write it, we tweet it and we proudly repeat it - we truly love Sudbury. It's not a new love, rather, one that goes back over 40 years since we moved to Sudbury. Carole (Mom, for those of you whom we have not yet met) and my Dad moved our family to Sudbury in 1974. My three sisters and I grew up in Sudbury, went to school in Sudbury, and for me, after graduating from Lincoln-Sudbury and then having spent over 15 years living in Washington DC, Atlanta, Portland, OR, Tokyo, and Connecticut, moved back to Sudbury to raise my daughters in the town I am proud to call home. So yes, we are defensive. Carole has been selling Real Estate in Sudbury for 30something years, and we are celebrating our 13th year as the Daniels Team. We have lived here long enough to have seen plenty 'o change to the town. Atkinson Pool & Fairbank Community Center will always be Fairbank Elementary School to me, because that is what it was. Our Coldwell Banker office still smells a little like Pizza A La Pietra, Verizon is still Post Road Apothecary, and of course, Rossini's will always be Marrone's Bakery (it was the best). TD Bank will be the miniature golf course, Wingate should still be Sudbury Bowladrome, I could go on. Thank you, to Sudbury Pizza Place for being such a loyal townie, and of course, to Mrs. A-B for never leaving Peter Noyes Elementary School. My sisters (and my daughter) still love receiving your birthday cards. Don't get me wrong - change can be, and has been, very good. While I wax nostalgic now, I can remember the constant whine "there is NOTHING to do in this town..." that would echo through the open land, hardly congested Route 20 and old-school neighborhoods. But as a parent, and homeowner, in the Sudbury that barely resembles the Sudbury of the 70s & 80s, I can't even stand to consider what our beautiful town will look like if Eversource is successful in their "plan" to rip our town apart. (That's not the name of the plan, but it may as well be). Loving Sudbury makes it very easy to sell Sudbury. Whether we represent a seller or a buyer, we're selling Sudbury. We sell a lifestyle, a community and a house. We're passionate about what we do, and the greatest pleasure we derive from selling Real Estate in Sudbury is hearing from the hundreds of people with whom we have worked with about how much they love their homes/neighborhoods/friends and of course, the town of Sudbury. As a town, we are so fortunate to have the Protect Sudbury, LLC group, a group who is voluntarily assuming the responsibility of educating Sudbury, loudly (and effectively) communicating with the State of Massachusetts, and have gone as far as hiring an Attorney to effectively fight for Sudbury. The Town of Sudbury also has legal representation, and the Attorneys will work together. This is going to be a long, and expensive fight. If you would like to know more about Protect Sudbury, the Eversource plan and how to donate (no amount is too small), click here.
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 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 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 just know that the Buyers will be just as thrilled with the home inspection as they are with all of the reasons they fell in love with the house in the first place. 36 Red Oak Drive is that house. Mentioning that the the curb appeal is magazine beautiful is an understatement. Tall trees, flowering shrubs, lush lawn, and over 500 gorgeous perennials frame the portrait for this Creighton Hammill Colonial Reproduction. For those of you unfamiliar with Creighton Hammill, the best way in which to describe the houses he built is "quintessential New England" - wide pine floors, open kitchen / family room, total character and a lot of land. This is absolutely not your cookie cutter colonial. Perfectly sited on 5 acres (yes, 5) of land abutting Memorial Forest with another 615 acres of land with fabulous walking trails, as you approach this home, you will know that you are about to experience something special. The exquisite landscaping is just the beginning. 36 Red Oak Drive home has not only been meticulously maintained, it has been renovated as well. There are wide pine floors and period detail throughout. The warm, inviting Kitchen features beautiful wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances offering the perfect blend of traditional and modern and naturally opens to the Family Room. The Family Room features a Rumford fireplace and has an ideal flow to the heated Sun Room with walls of glass, a cathedral ceiling, and skylights. Also on the first floor is a Private Office with built ins. The Master Bedroom features a Rumford fireplace plus a newly renovated (2014) Bathroom. There are 3 additional Bedrooms, a renovated main Bathroom, and another office area. The Walk up attic has fantastic potential. PLUS, an awesome walk out lower level (basement) with a 33' Game Room and Exercise Room. Totally Turnkey. 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. The location is wonderfully located close to the historic Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Gristmill, Little Red Schoolhouse (of "Mary Had a Little Lamb") and the famous Martha Mary Chapel, where, last I heard, exists a wedding waiting list which includes those who have not even met their future spouse, and has been seen in multiple movies, including "Ghost of Girlfriends Past"- but only a few miles from the necessary modern conveniences, aka Target (and the nostalgic Penny Candy Store). The Elementary School for 36 Red Oak Drive is Peter Noyes Elementary (I have firsthand experience with the school and can answer all of your questions, it is a fantastic school). Middle School for all of Sudbury is Curtis Middle School and Sudbury shares a High School with the town of Lincoln. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Better known as L-S. We love hearing what the Sellers say about 36 Red Oak Drive: "When we first visited this property nearly a decade ago, we were stunned by the beauty of the landscaping and awed by the level of privacy. Touring the inside of the home we envisioned the concept of a Provence farmhouse or a comfy Connecticut inn and have decorated accordingly. We felt blessed to become owners of this home, as it is as much a “homestead” to us emotionally as it is legally. We embraced a responsibility as stewards or caretakers of this home completely and have spared no expense to maintain and improve its beauty. Surprises? The 600+acre Memorial Forest and Desert just outside the back gate was a huge, wonderful surprise. We enjoy it with friends throughout the year – bug spray to snowshoes – and continue to discover new trails and elements of nature to this day. The capacity to entertain a sizeable crowd with such ease was a delightful surprise – from the amount of guest parking to the way the first floor flows with liquid buffets in the kitchen, food buffets in the dining room, and seating in the living room, study, and family room. Other surprises? That a gigantic Christmas tree could fill the sunroom during the holidays in such a pretty way. That the basement is so full of natural light, becoming suitable for anything from a children’s playroom to a home office to a fitness center. That all one can see resting on any one of the beds upstairs is green tree line waving in the breeze. That Rumford fireplaces really are distinctive not only in look but also in terms of the increased amount of warmth they throw off into the room. That pine wood can be so very elegant in its simplicity. That if there is such a place as heaven for dogs, this is it! If this home could talk, it would tell stories of family – birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays, team dinners. It would tell these stories with warmth and comfort, peacefulness and good spirit. It would say that we have been great company and that it will be delighted to welcome a new family soon." Call us today, you'll be so glad you did. OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY, JULY 13 from 12:00-2:00
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 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 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. 340 Dutton Road was worth the wait. This young handsome Colonial offers the best of both worlds - a private setting, plus the benefits of being an integral part of a traditional neighborhood -Wayside Estates. As you approach this home, you will know that you are about to experience something special. Colorful bursts of flowers, beautiful plantings, lush lawn, and mature trees are the perfect introduction to this pristine Colonial. The floor plan is ideal - two story Foyer, separate first floor Office w/built in bookshelves and cabinets, Living Room with adjacent entertainment size Dining Room, open Kitchen+fireplaced Family Room, Master Bedroom w/luxurious spa Bath, plus a "dream come true" 25' walk in closet w/built in drawers+shelves. (I actually think it's larger than Oprah's closet) Crown and dentil mouldings, chair rail and wainscot plus hardwood flrs on both first and second floor. The brick patio +backyard are perfect for entertaining all summer - level yard is ideal for a soccer game. Freshly painted w/soothing colors both inside and out. New roof installed just hours ago. Totally turnkey. Although it feels private and suburban (because it is), the location within Sudbury is fantastic - so many shortcuts to all parts of Sudbury. LESS than 1.5 miles to Curtis Middle School, APPROX 3 miles to Peter Noyes Elementary School and LESS than 5 miles to Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. So close (1.4 miles) to Haskell Field/Teen Center/Atkinson Pool - home of the very active and thriving Sudbury Park and Rec Department. For those of you contemplating the big move to the 'burbs from the city, take a deep breath and relax. No need for your friends in town to throw you a farewell fete. If you drive the speed limit and maybe a little faster on the highway (I'm not condoning speeding), you could be at Grill 23 or Fenway Park or The Garden in about 35-40 minutes. But, if you decided that you're now a Suburban and your friends who still have to park on the street in the rain and panic when it snows and the plows may hit their cars (from what I've read), want to check out your new digs, there are plenty of GOOD places to eat around here - 29 Sudbury in the new Sudbury Town Square, Takara, Oishii Too, Paani, Coach Grill, The Local, Orange Leaf (nothing wrong with FroYo for lunch) - just to name a few. We're a well-caffeinated community with Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and hometown fave, Karma Coffee. You won't go into shock. And if you do, Target in Marlborough is fantastic retail therapy and only 4 miles from 340 Dutton Road. We would love to help you move within or to Sudbury - call us, or if you are already working with an agent who knows Sudbury, call him/her and make an appointment to see the house soon. You'll be so glad you did!
UPDATED! PRICE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED. Beyond MLS™ - Why You, Or Someone You Know Should Buy… 8 CAKEBREAD DRIVE, SUDBURY, MA
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 SUNDAY, JULY 13 from 1:30-3:30, but the house is very easy to show if you would like to do so beforehand. 8 Cakebread Drive is truly a fantastic house in one of the prime neighborhoods in Sudbury. If you are relocating from out of the area, living in the Bowker neighborhood (especially on one of the few cul-de-sac streets) will be your easiest transition into Sudbury. 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 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. From the approach, the curb appeal of 8 Cakebread Drive makes you hungry for more. With no wasted space, each room is thoughtfully appointed. Beyond the traditional colonial, 8 Cakebread Drive offers an oversized family room with access to the backyard AND a stunning "sun" room. It is not a sun room in the common definition, but a gorgeous room with walls of windows that receive the sun so beautifully, you won't ever want to leave that room. The flow of the house is free, so that you'll be able to walk from room to room without feeling compartmentalized. The garage is on the main level, so you won't have to walk up/down any stairs while schlepping groceries (several shops within a few miles), children, shopping bags, dry-cleaning etc. There is even a staircase from the garage that leads you to the bonus room on the second floor. So, if/when you forget something in the house, it's not a production to run back in. With a family of 5, the sellers added a mudroom between the kitchen and the garage, with a great pantry for all of the bulk purchases. UPDATE!!! The Sellers just told me today that they are going to be installing a HARDWOOD FLOOR in the KITCHEN! 8 Cakebread Drive is a fantastic house for parties and entertaining. Enough room for everyone without feeling like you can get lost. It's the perfect mix of well-used space. Not too big, not too small, not cookie cutter, but not eclectic. Traditional New England home in an "old-school" neighborhood. The basement has been tastefully finished and is perfect for playing pool and watching a movie. The house is homey and cozy for family dinners and game night. If you ever wanted to, you could host a slumber party for 10 kids in the bonus room, a Super Bowl party in the Family Room, enjoy some delicious take-out in the dining room and movie night in the basement all on the same night without losing your mind (not sure about the losing your mind part, but in theory, you have the space). Upstairs, 4 bedrooms PLUS an office area PLUS a bonus room. Laundry is on the 2nd floor as well. While I can go on and on about everything I love about the house, there is no one better qualified to tell you how great it is to live at 8 Cakebread Drive than the owners themselves. As important it is to consider the house, the neighborhood is where you will live - please take a moment to read the owner's words about living at 8 Cakebread Drive. "The house itself has been great for our family of 5. It has ample room for the kids to play, for entertaining friends, gathering with extended family for holidays, and even offers plenty of spots to escape for quiet time to read a book or get work done. Our kids have homework space, playspace on two levels, and even a more “grown-up” recreation room in the basement they are now starting to take advantage of. They also enjoy the yard year-round for everything from having friends over for warm-weather playdates and parties to playing in the snow in the winter. They especially like when we chose not to plow part of the circular driveway this past winter, which became a popular neighborhood sledding hill. We could not have asked for a better neighborhood either. Every house on our street and around every corner is filled with kids of every age making for lots of spontaneous playtime outdoors and providing lots of great babysitter options. Just between the 4 houses on Cakebread Drive, there are 11 kids. The area always has something going on for families. On any given weekend in the summer, you will find lemonade stands, kids and adults riding bikes, and folks out gardening. We are also lucky enough to have a wonderful neighborhood pool where many families gather on hot summer days to enjoy swimming and tennis lessons and fun day and evening social events. In the fall, parent volunteers organize the Bowker Neighborhood Halloween Parade that is led all around the neighborhood by a local fire truck. At the end of the route, kids all decked-out in their costumes enjoy donuts and apple cider. As you probably have noticed, North Sudbury, in particular, has many beautiful homes on lovely stone-wall-lined streets. While there is no traffic or noise, you are still close to Maynard, Concord, and Acton which all offer great restaurants and shopping. Commuting down Route 117 is also a great way to avoid the traffic on Route 20 during rush hour. It’s also great to live on a cul-de-sac with a footpath that connects us to the other neighborhood behind us, so there are plenty of walkers, runners, and bicyclists but no car traffic. The neighborhood elementary school is Josiah Haynes. It’s a small, warm, community-based school that has been great for our kids. The teachers are wonderful and the many parent-run events are always a hit. From Bingo Night to Science Fair, the kids are always having fun and learning. Sudbury, and especially our neighborhood, is an ideal setting for a family looking for a tight-knit community as well as a convenient location. We will miss it!" Hungry for more Cakebread? Call us today (617-320-8150 or 508-277-6956).
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 you, thank you to all of our clients, friends and referral sources. We couldn't do this without you. We are looking forward to an even better 2014!