The Daniels Team | Sudbury Real Estate, Wayland Real Estate, Weston Real Estate, Stowe Real Estate

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). 347NorthRdSudbury-13 347 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.

DSC_0325-1                                 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).

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, #2. Click here for the list.  Need more reasons to move to Sudbury? Call us!

time-moveNow 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 likely said it to you last year (and the years prior), but if you weren't feeling it, then it certainly didn't resonate with you and you likely didn't get past the first sentence. Like so many other really big resolutions, it takes motivation and the desire to make a change - whatever that change may be. If you have never sold a house before, I am thrilled to tell you that it is not as daunting as you may think. If you have never bought a house before, I am so very excited for you to become a homeowner in 2014. If you have done both, but not in a while, or even if you did within the last few years and now life changes are initiating the need to move - it is not as intimidating as you think. Now that the holiday decorations are neatly put away (or will be this weekend), and the kids are finally back in school, and 2014 is in its 2nd week, it is a very good time to start focusing on your house - the one you have and want to sell, and/or, the one you want to buy. This isn't the polar plunge - we'll guide you through the process, one step at a time. BUYERS: For those of you thinking of moving to Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Natick or one of the 7 other towns that border Sudbury (Framingham, Stow, Acton, Hudson, Maynard, Concord, Marlboro) - there are so many wonderful reasons to live here. There are also so many fabulous reasons to start your search now. Interest rates are still low, and generally, sellers who have had their homes on the market throughout the winter are ready to sell. While inventory remains low, we are already seeing an increase compared to this time last year. The 2014 inventory will be healthier than that during 2013. The first step is to call us/the Daniels Team (Gabrielle 617.320.8150 or Carole 508.277.6956) so that we may discuss your search and make you comfortable with the process – our process.  With over forty years combined experience, an intimate, personal knowledge of Sudbury and the surrounding communities, and a commitment to make our clients’ lives as easy as possible every step of the way, you’ll find our approach different – and better for you – than anyone else you may consider working with. For instance, if you need to sell before you buy, we are experts at quarterbacking the entire transaction. We have longstanding relationships with the best of the best professionals to ensure a seamless move (mortgage brokers, movers, inspectors, attorneys, insurance agents, contractors, etc.) and will make sure that your move is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.  Not to be underrated is our involvement and connections within the community, that will only help you, and your family, get acclimated in a short period of time. SELLERS: For those of you thinking about selling your Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Concord, Stow, Acton, Hudson, Framingham, Natick, Maynard, Marlboro, home - this is a great time to do so. If you are not in Sudbury or Wayland or one of our bordering towns and interested in selling your house, we will refer you to one of our colleagues in your market. It is in your best interest to work with an agent who call SELL your house, which means, among other things, being able to sell your town/community. The first step is to call us so that we may meet with you, see your house and prepare a market analysis so that you have the information necessary to make an informed decision. By the way - a Market Analysis is/should always be complimentary. Please don't be fooled by postcards/emails that offer you anything for a "complimentary market analysis" - it is part of our job. SELL then BUY, or BUY then SELL? There is no standard answer - it depends on your personal financial picture. We will help you through this decision making process. Oftentimes, you may not have a choice. We will be happy to discuss your situation in detail. The first step is to call/text or email us, and that, is a resolution you can absolutely keep. We aren't here to convince you to move, but we will arm you with all of the information you will need to make the decision that is right for you. We look forward to working with you in 2014!

IMG_6473 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!