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bologneseUPDATED ORIGINAL POST: October 22, 2013 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 read this are either new to Sudbury and Wayland, contemplating Sudbury and/or Wayland or in the process of moving to Sudbury or Wayland - I hope this helps. If you are just hungry and already living in Sudbury, Wayland or nearby, I hope you learn something new. And, if you are looking for a house in Sudbury and/or Wayland and your out-of-town Realtor can't tell you anything about dining options in your potential new hometown, it's time to find a new Realtor. Please note, I am a bit of a foodie/food snob, and everything here is my opinion. We all have different taste, and I appreciate if you don't like something that I do like, and vice versa. Please don't send me emails telling me that I must have been hungry when I wrote this if you don't agree with me. Especially if you are hungry. If you see a restaurant listed twice, it's not an error. Some that serve breakfast also serve lunch and some don't. Some that serve lunch don't serve dinner. If you are hungry, you'll likely eat your iPad before you finish scrolling down and read every description, click every link just to see if a restaurant serves the meal that you are seeking. You are welcome. You'll find breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and sustenance options. If you don't see many comments next to a restaurant, it's because I really have nothing to add. Not good, not bad. BREAKFAST: Beyond Beans 171 Commonwealth Ave, Wayland, MA  I haven't been here yet, but I have heard great things. I'll try it soon! Brooklyn Water Bagel:  (508) 875-0007 341 Cochituate Road, Framingham OK, so not really within walking distance, but worth the less than 10 minute drive for THE.BEST.BAGELS. you will have outside of New York. You will thank me. I agree, it is ALL about the water, and now you have it here. Your in-laws/friends/siblings/cousins visiting from New York who CAN NOT believe that you actually left New York for the Boston 'burbs will be very happy to have Brooklyn Water Bagels nearby. The Boston Globe printed a very nice story about the bring-New-York-bagels-to-Boston success story. Dunkin' Donuts: 378 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 15 E. Plain Street, Wayland  Einstein Bros. Bagels: 44 Main Street, Wayland Longfellow's Wayside Inn  978-443-1776, 72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury  Key tourist attraction. BREAKFAST ON SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS ONLY. From their website "Longfellow's Wayside Inn—a nationally significant Massachusetts Historic Landmark—is the oldest Inn still operating in the United States and has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years." You can visit the Little Red School House (Redstone one room schoolhouse, of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" fame, Martha Mary Chapel and the Gristmill while you are there. A must if you are moving to the area or entertaining out of town visitors. Mel's Commonwealth Cafe 508-653-7777 310 Commonwealth Road, Wayland. 55 Years in Business! Absolutely delicious. They open at 6:00am, close at 2:30. They also have a great Gluten Free menu. Nashoba Brook Bakery (and Cafe) 978-318-1999 152 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord (very close). If it sounds familiar, it is because their breads are also sold at some local grocery stores, and it is fantastic! Open from 7am-5pm M-F. Soups, sandwiches, delicious baked goods, etc. Off Center Cafe, (781) 894-0100  436 Boston Post Rd, Weston (very close to Wayland). No website, small little place to eat, but delicious. Pricey, but a great alternative to being hangry. Worth mentioning. Panera Bread, 508-358-0024. Wayland Town Center (around 400 Boston Post Road, Wayland). Can't miss it. Soups, salads, sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes and a chocolate babka that would make Seinfeld run back to Wayland before his next dinner party. Rossini's Pizzeria, 978-579-5780 418 Boston Post Road, Sudbury BREAKFAST ON SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS ONLY. Nice pizza, sub, etc option. Kids love it. Stephen Anthony's (508) 460-9618  999 Boston Post Road, Marlborough (literally right across the Sudbury/Marlborough border). Great for hearty (waffles, pancakes, omelets) diner type breakfast. Also open for lunch and dinner. Sudbury Coffee Works 978-440-9752  15 Union Ave, Sudbury. Not just for coffee. Great breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, etc. Outdoor seating also.   BRUNCH: 29 Sudbury  (Italian/American) 978-443-1700 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury. Located in the  Sudbury Town SquareGreg Hill, Chris Stephan and Renowned Chef, Evan Deluty's move to the 'burbs has proven to be a good one. Go to meet friends for a drink & an app, or make reservations for a delicious brunch or dinner. Outdoor dining, music, overall a pretty cool scene. Bullfinchs 730 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury  978-443-4094. A Sudbury staple, Bullfinchs has been around for a LONG time. Good food, it's a nice go-to when you want a good meal and a little ambience. Fun for brunch, girl's nights out, date night, don't-feel-like-cooking night, want-to-be-waited-on-night, client dinner, etc. Nice kids menu, and kids even eat free on Sundays. You can make a reservation here. Coach Grill  55 Boston Post Road, Wayland . One of my very favorite restaurants - and it's a steakhouse (I don't eat meat). If I didn't think they made the crab cakes themselves, I would be convinced that they are flown in from Maryland daily. Impeccable service, great menu, consistent, quality food, great bar. The only downside is getting a parking space around 7pm on most nights. It is worth circling around the lot for 10 minutes if you have to. I wish they would open for lunch M-F. Make a reservation here. LUNCH: Acapulcos (Mexican) 978-443-3970  694 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Open for lunch & dinner. Beyond Beans 171 Commonwealth Ave, Wayland, MA  I haven't been here yet, but I have heard great things. I'll try it soon! Brooklyn Water Bagel:  (508) 875-0007 341 Cochituate Road, Framingham OK, so not really within walking distance, but worth the less than 10 minute drive for THE.BEST.BAGELS. you will have outside of New York. You will thank me. I agree, it is ALL about the water, and now you have it here. Your in-laws/friends/siblings/cousins visiting from New York who CAN NOT believe that you actually left New York for the Boston 'burbs will be very happy to have Brooklyn Water Bagels nearby. The Boston Globe printed a very nice story about the bring-New-York-bagels-to-Boston success story. Chili Basil Thai 978-443-0988, 385 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (MILL VILLAGE, lower end). I love Chili Basil Thai. Fresh, delicious Thai food. Great lunch specials also. Conrad's, 195 Boston Post Road, Sudbury. Open for lunch & dinner. Casual restaurant, lots of TVs, a bar, function space. Very convenient and easy. Dudley Chateau, aka, The Chat (the "ch" is pronounced like "sh" as it is in the word Chateau. If I hadn't heard it the other way, I would have assumed this is common sense). (508) 655-0010 20 Crest Road, Wayland. Total local fave. It's a dive. VERY casual. You could probably walk in with a $10 and leave with change. Don't quote me on that. Francos Pizzeria. Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Delicious!! Their website is www.welovefrancos.com - and we do! Open at 10am. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. Fugakyu (Japanese) 621 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Route 20 west towards Marlborough, across from Horse Pond Road). If it sounds familiar, they have a location in Brookline also. Delicious, nice lunch specials. Lavender (Asian Cuisine and Bar) 978-579-9788, 519 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (In Sudbury Plaza, near Starbucks) Chinese food, and very "entertaining" Karaoke at night. Nice bar, easy parking, etc. Longfellow's Wayside Inn  978-443-1776, 72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury Key tourist attraction. LUNCH MENU From their website "Longfellow's Wayside Inn—a nationally significant Massachusetts Historic Landmark—is the oldest Inn still operating in the United States and has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years." You can visit the Little Red School House (Redstone one room schoolhouse, of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" fame, Martha Mary Chapel and the Gristmill while you are there. A must if you are moving to the area or entertaining out of town visitors. Lotus Blossom. (Chinese) 394 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 978-443-0200 The general, very unscientific consensus is that Lotus Blossom is the best Chinese food west of Boston. Hands down. Mel's Commonwealth Cafe 508-653-7777 310 Commonwealth Road, Wayland. 55 Years in Business! Absolutely delicious. They open at 6:00am, close at 2:30. They also have a great Gluten Free menu. Nashoba Brook Bakery (and Cafe) 978-318-1999 152 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord (very close). If it sounds familiar, it is because their breads are also sold at some local grocery stores, and it is fantastic! Open from 7am-5pm M-F Soups, sandwiches, delicious baked goods, etc. Not Your Average Joes, Acton (American) 305 Main Street, Acton (978) 635-0101  Love it here. Casual atmosphere, food is good. They are FANTASTIC with food allergies (As the Mama of a daughter with food allergies, I've become an expert). Can't go wrong. Very reasonably priced. Off Center Cafe, (781) 894-0100  436 Boston Post Rd, Weston (very close to Wayland). No website, small little place to eat, but delicious. Pricey, but a great alternative to being hangry. Worth mentioning. Oishii Too  978-440-8300 (Japanese) Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury - Absolutely delicious! Paani  978-443-8100, 621A Boston Post Road, Sudbury (next to Fugakyu, across from Horsepond Road). If you have enjoyed Indian cuisine before, you are in for a treat. If you have never tried Indian food, you are about to be spoiled. Say hello to Vimi, tell her I sent you. She treats everyone like they are part of her family. PS, tripadvisor happens to agree with me. Panera Bread, 508-358-0024. Wayland Town Center (around 400 Boston Post Road, Wayland). Can't miss it. Soups, salads, sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes and a chocolate babka that would make Seinfeld run back to Wayland before his next dinner party. Rossini's Pizzeria, 978-579-5780 418 Boston Post Road, Sudbury  Nice pizza, sub, etc option. Kids love it. Soul of India. 978-261-5790 103 Boston Post Rd (Route 20)., Sudbury Don't let the nondescript facade fool you. This restaurant is absolutely fantastic. Truly delicious. No excuse not to go with your kids as the owners anticipated picky kids and include stuff that picky kids will eat - chicken fingers, pb&j, etc. Same owners as the new hit, DaVinci Bistro. Stephen Anthony's (508) 460-9618  999 Boston Post Road, Marlboro (literally right across the Sudbury/Marlboro border). Great for hearty (waffles, pancakes, omelets) diner type breakfast. Also open for lunch and dinner. Sudbury Coffee Works 978-440-9752  15 Union Ave, Sudbury. Not just for coffee. Great breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, etc. Outdoor seating also. Sudbury Pizza Place. 978-443-8957 426 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Sudbury Pizza is the 443 of Sudbury. It's an institution. Takara, 508-358-6688 As Takara is new, the map link will lead you to Orange Leaf, which you'll likely end up at anyway. Wayland Town Center  (400 Boston Post Road, Wayland). Arigato gozaimasu and kampai to Takara. Beyond creative, absolutely delicious, so fresh, so good, so I-can-and-will-eat-sushi-every-day food. Try the Wayland Roll, it will make Californians want to move to Wayland. Tell William that Gabby sent you. The Villa Restaurant, (508) 653-8570 124 East Plain St, WaylandI have not been here (yet), but the reviews are great so it was worth mentioning to you. Let me know what you think. DINNER: 29 Sudbury  (Italian/American) 978-443-1700 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury. Located in the new Sudbury Town SquareGreg Hill, Chris Stephan and Renowned Chef, Evan Deluty's move to the 'burbs has proven to be a good one. Go to meet friends for a drink & an app, or make reservations for a delicious dinner. Outdoor dining, music, overall a pretty cool scene (especially for the 'burbs). I'll likely see you there. 80 Thoreau  978-318-0008, 80 Thoreau Street, Concord (very close) If "Progressive Fine Dining" is another way of saying "absolutely delicious", then yes, it is Progressive Fine Dining. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. Acapulcos (Mexican) 978-443-3970  694 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Open for lunch & dinner. Bullfinchs  978-443-4094 730 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury . A Sudbury staple, Bullfinchs has been around for a LONG time. Good food, it's a nice go-to when you want a good meal and a little ambiance. Fun for girl's nights out, date night, don't-feel-like-cooking night, want-to-be-waited-on-night, client dinner, etc. Nice kids menu, and kids even eat free on Sundays. Chili Basil Thai 978-443-0988, 385 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (MILL VILLAGE, lower end). I love Chili Basil Thai. Fresh, delicious Thai food. Coach Grill, 55 Boston Post Road, Wayland (very close). One of my very favorite restaurants - and it's a steakhouse (I don't eat meat). If I didn't think they made the crab cakes themselves, I would be convinced that they are flown in from Maryland daily. Impeccable service, great menu, consistent, quality food, great bar. The only downside is getting a parking space around 7pm on most nights. It is worth circling around the parking lot. I wish they would open for lunch M-F. Make a reservation here. Conrad's, 195 Boston Post Road, Sudbury. Open for lunch & dinner. Casual restaurant, lots of TVs, a bar, function space. Very convenient and easy. DaVinci Bistro, 457 Boston Post Road, Sudbury. (The former Friendly's building). The owners of DaVinci in Boston and Soul of India in Sudbury have received a resounding WOW for their new restaurant (as of February 2017). I have yet to try it and can't wait to do so. Reviews are fantastic! Francos Pizzeria. Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Delicious!! Their website is www.welovefrancos.com - and we do! Open at 10am. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. Fugakyu (Japanese) 621 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Route 20 west towards Marlborough, across from Horse Pond Road). If it sounds familiar, they have a location in Brookline also. Delicious, nice lunch specials. Lavender (Asian Cuisine and Bar) 978-579-9788, 519 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Sudbury Plaza, near Starbucks) Chinese food, and very "entertaining" Karaoke at night. Nice bar, easy parking, etc. The Local  Wayland Town Center, 400 Boston Post Road, Wayland  If The Local in Wayland is anything like it's sister, BOSTON'S BEST 2010 The Local in West Newton, oh happy happy joy joy... Really fun, good food, great service, great atmosphere, etc. Self described as "The Local is a relaxing neighborhood place showcasing an affordable, creative menu steeped in local ingredients." I've only heard great things since they recently opened and look forward to visiting soon. You really can't go wrong with a menu that includes a lobster roll and mussels with old dog brown ale. Longfellow's Wayside Inn  978-443-1776, 72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury Key tourist attraction. From their website "Longfellow's Wayside Inn—a nationally significant Massachusetts Historic Landmark—is the oldest Inn still operating in the United States and has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years." You can visit the Little Red School House (Redstone one room schoolhouse, of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" fame, Martha Mary Chapel and the Gristmill while you are there. A must if you are moving to the area or entertaining out of town visitors. Lotus Blossom. (Chinese) 394 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 978-443-0200 The general, very unscientific consensus is that Lotus Blossom is the best Chinese food west of Boston. Hands down. Not Your Average Joes, Acton (American) 305 Main Street, Acton (978) 635-0101  Love it here. Casual atmosphere, food is good. They are FANTASTIC with food allergies (As the Mama of a daughter with food allergies, I've become an expert). Can't go wrong. Very reasonably priced.  Oishii Too  978-440-8300 (Japanese) Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury - Absolutely delicious! Paani  978-443-8100, 621A Boston Post Road, Sudbury (next to Fugakyu, across from Horsepond Road). If you have enjoyed Indian cuisine before, you are in for a treat. If you have never tried Indian food, you are about to be spoiled. Say hello to Vimi, tell her I sent you. She treats everyone like they are part of her family. PS, tripadvisor happens to agree with me. Panera Bread, 508-358-0024. Wayland Town Center (around 400 Boston Post Road, Wayland). Soups, salads, sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes and a chocolate Babka that would make Seinfeld run to Wayland. Prime 131 Grill, 508-358-2400, 131 Boston Post Road, Wayland  Menu is fine. Not the place to go if you have food/gluten allergies. Rossini's Pizzeria, 978-579-5780 418 Boston Post Road, Sudbury Nice pizza, sub, etc option. Kids love it. Soul of India. 978-261-5790 103 Boston Post Rd (Route 20)., Sudbury  Don't let the nondescript facade fool you. This restaurant is absolutely fantastic. Truly delicious. No excuse not to go with your kids as the owners anticipated picky kids and include stuff that picky kids will eat - chicken fingers, pb&j, etc. Same owners as the new hit, DaVinci Bistro. Sudbury Pizza Place 978-443-8957 426 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Sudbury Pizza is the 443 of Sudbury. It's an institution. Spice and Pepper  508-358-5300 236 Boston Post Road, Wayland. Thai food. They also deliver. Stephen Anthony's (508) 460-9618  999 Boston Post Road, Marlboro (literally right across the Sudbury/Marlboro border). Great for hearty (waffles, pancakes, omelets) diner type breakfast. Also open for lunch and dinner. Takara, (Japanese) As Takara is new, the map link will lead you to Orange Leaf, which you'll likely end up at anyway. Wayland Town Center  (400 Boston Post Road, Wayland) Arigato gozaimasu and kampai to Takara. Beyond creative, absolutely delicious, so fresh, so good, so I-can-and-will-eat-sushi-every-day food. Try the Wayland Roll, it will make Californians want to move to Wayland. Tell William that Gabby sent you. Dudley Chateau, aka, The Chat (the "ch" is pronounced like "sh" as it is in the word Chateau. If I hadn't heard it the other way, I would have assumed this is common sense). (508) 655-0010. 20 Crest Road, Wayland Total local fave. It's a dive. VERY casual. You could probably walk in with a $10 and leave with change. Don't quote me on that. The Villa Restaurant, (508) 653-8570 124 East Plain St, WaylandI have not been here (yet), but the reviews are great so it was worth mentioning to you. Let me know what you think. Viva Mexican  (508) 651-3300, 15 East Plain Street, Wayland. Open for dinner. DESSERT: AJ Cakes: 508-485-8844 1019 Boston Post Road, Marlborough (right over the Sudbury line - next to the Wayside Country Store) I should probably post about the local health clubs and exercise studios after sharing this. DELICIOUS! Thank you, thank you to Sudbury native, Ashley Milley for opening your fabulous bakery. Everything you could want in a bakery. It's also really easy to stop by on your way home from Target. Just a thought. Wayside Country Store aka, the Penny Candy Store:  508.481.3458, 1015 Boston Post Road, Marlborough (right next to Stephen Anthony's, over the Sudbury/Marlboro line)  Although the prices at the Penny Candy Store have increased a few cents, it is still a great option for inexpensive treats, you will definitely feel like a kid in a, well, you know. SUSTENANCE: Dunkin' Donuts: 378 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 15 E. Plain Street, Wayland  Honey Dew at Stonybrook Market: 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury (Sudbury Town Square): FINALLY! Now you don't need to go out of your way to Route 20 for coffee.   Honey Dew has a second location, 100 Boston Post Road inside the gas station. Impact Smoothie & Juice Bar:  978-261-5743 505 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Sudbury Plaza). YUM! I can't call the smoothie & juice bar one of the best kept secrets in town because the gym, Impact Functional and Sports Training has made, well, quite an impact. What most people don't realize, is that the very healthy and delicious smoothie bar is open to the public - they won't even make you feel guilty if you aren't working out, there or anywhere else. Plenty of healthy options for kids too. I love the Veggie Patch smoothie - especially when Anthony and/or Beth makes it. Karma Coffee: 978-443-2073  100 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (drive in as if you were going to Papa Gino's - go to the back to the right) Absolutely delicious, but, as a Mom of 2 precious angels under age 13, I'm not happy that during witching hour, Karma is only open until 2pm. Maybe after reading this, they will stay open longer. I can only hope. Starbucks: 513 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Sudbury Plaza), 44 Main Street, Wayland Sudbury Coffee Works 978-440-9752  15 Union Ave, Sudbury. Not just for coffee. Great breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, etc. Outdoor seating also.

cropnewprotectsudburylogo2 Last week, on October 26th, Eversource held a meeting at Lincoln-Sudbury to discuss and answer questions about their proposed "plan" for a Hudson to Sudbury power line that will negatively impact much of our beautiful town, for absolutely zero benefit to Sudbury. For more information on the horrible plan - click here. However, it was pretty clear to the almost 900 Sudbury residents in attendance that the Eversource representatives were there to listen to the questions, and give canned and scripted responses. Carole Daniels has been representing Protect Sudbury by speaking about the detrimental impact of the Eversource plan on Sudbury Real Estate at Open Houses, Chamber of Commerce meetings, community meetings, and at Sudbury Public School and L-S school committee meetings. Having studied the plan, researched ad naseum the impact of Real Estate in other cities and towns that have lost the fight, and professionally experienced the effects it is already having on Sudbury, Carole is truly the expert.  At the meeting last week, Carole posed one of the biggest concerns of Sudbury residents to Eversource. Click here for the video. "Are Eversource and its representatives aware of the financial and personal impact and hardship that this proposal has already imposed on the residents in the town of Sudbury? There are two primary reasons why people move to Sudbury and why people who live in Sudbury do not want to leave, in addition to the percentage of Lincoln-Sudbury High School grads who return to this town to raise their families is exceptionally high. The first reason is the look and feel of the town, the abundance of the trees, the country roads, conservation land and protected open spaces and the historic significance and charm. The Eversource proposal will turn this town into an industrial wasteland. The second reason is the reputation of the schools.  There is a direct correlation between the excellence in the schools and the real estate values. The reverse is also true. As Real Estate values drop, the assessments and tax revenues will drop, the depreciation and tax revenues will effect the dollars going into the school budget.  When the schools are impacted, the Real Estate values will decrease...." She continued to talk about real instances that have occurred in Sudbury over the past 6 months.
Eversource set up the format for the meeting.  All of the questions were asked and at the end, specialists in each department of Eversource gave stock answers in categories such as, health risk from transmission lines, real estate values etc.  The individual questions were not answered, but rather a generic response was given.  With regard to the designated Eversource Real Estate specialist, she started out by making a statement that, according to studies on the effect of transmission lines and property values, the studies show that there is no real impact to property values.  And whatever impact there is, lessens over time.  The audience was so upset and residents could not stay quiet - the rep from Eversource never finished her pre planned response and left the stage.  She left the building shortly thereafter.
To watch the entire meeting, click here. Regardless of whether you are an abutter to the proposed path, or you don't think this concerns you, Sudbury can not afford for you NOT to get involved. Talk, write, donate - there is plenty to do to help fight the fight. To learn more and become involved, click here.  To contact Eversource Investor Relations, click here. Thank you.

Entering_SudburyIn 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.

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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!

71 Newbridge Road, Sudbury, MA It’s almost the end of February and its 61 degrees outside (yesterday). For those not accustomed to living in New England, 61 degrees in February means that the top is down on the convertible and winter jackets were left behind when the kids went to school this morning. It also means that we are hopeful that what little snow we can still see is the last of it (or maybe I just jinxed it) and that Spring is actually almost here. (Home pictured above is 71 Newbridge Road in Sudbury, MA - please click here or the photo for more information) Regardless of the weather, the Spring Real Estate market is upon us. It typically lasts until June. More and more houses will be hitting the market within the next few weeks, with Sellers very ready to sell. Many homeowners have spent the past few months getting their homes ready for the Buyers to see them at their finest, and they hope that you love it as much as they do. And if you do love a house, then what? Are you ready to buy? And by ready, I don’t mean “We love the house, we want to live there and start decorating” ready. Being ready to buy means: You are pre-approved to purchase a home in the price range in which you are looking.
  • Just like every business, all Mortgage Brokers and Lenders are not the same. We KNOW with certainty, which banks will make the process a living nightmare for everyone involved in the transaction and which Mortgage Brokers you will be hugging at the closing.
  • Please, ask us (or your Realtor) to recommend a Mortgage Broker. Why? Because we have been through more Real Estate transactions than you and your friends have and we know, first hand, who will close the deal painlessly and successfully. There is absolutely no incentive for us to recommend anyone except to make the transaction as smooth and easy for YOU as possible.
  • A pre-approval means that you have an actual letter, on Lender letterhead, that states that the bank has reviewed your qualifications (not just had a phone call with you), and it is prepared to loan you $X to purchase the house that you love. We (or your Realtor) will need to submit that letter along with your offer to purchase. 
You are working with a Realtor who not only knows the process, but knows the town in which the house is located. A Realtor who has your best interests in mind.
  • 99% of the time, hiring a Realtor to work with you to buy a house does not cost you ANYTHING. In Massachusetts, the SELLER pays the fees to the Real Estate offices involved in the transaction. Why on earth anyone would want to make one of the biggest purchases they will ever make without sound professional advice – especially when it is “free” is beyond comprehension.
  • Our job is not to just open doors and write offers. Hire a Realtor who knows the town. You’re not just buying a house – you’re committing to a lifestyle. Your Realtor should be able to help you answer any questions that you have. What will your routine be like? How long is your commute? How far are the schools? How are the schools? What times do school buses come? Where are kids going to play? Are there kids in the general area? How many times has the house you like been sold? What is the turnover in the neighborhood? What is the value of the neighborhood in comparison to others? Where is the closest coffee shop? Do people walk around the neighborhood or is seeing a neighbor a rarity? How busy is the street? What don’t you know that you should know?
  • Does your Realtor know what to look for and what to ask the seller when you are seriously considering the house? We aren’t home inspectors, and I can only speak for the Daniels Team, but after participating in HUNDREDS of home inspections, we do know the general anatomy of houses and we certainly know what questions to ask of the seller/seller’s Realtor.
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  • HGTV, Bravo, etc. are PURE entertainment. Houses cannot be renovated or redecorated in 48 minutes and the buying process is different everywhere. Comparing your home search process to that of a TV show is akin to comparing your dating life to the Bachelor.
  • There is no such thing as the “perfect” home. Even new construction isn’t perfect. Please be realistic about your search. If you love the things that you can not change – the location, neighborhood and floor plan – you are 75% there. And if the house has been maintained well and you don’t need to replace every major system, you’re 90% there. The rest is intangible. If you don’t like a house because of a few brass doorknobs or powder room wallpaper or other easy, inexpensive fixes, it's not really about the house. That's an entirely different conversation.
  • You understand and accept that there will be issues that arise from a home inspection. It is the job of the home inspector to find these things. Very rarely does a house have nothing that can be addressed by the seller or the buyer. Trust your Realtor to advise you on what is and what isn’t important. Please don’t be a pain in the you-know-what and expect the seller to deliver to you the most perfect house you can imagine. You are buying the house, and if there is paint that is chipped in a bedroom, or one baluster on the staircase is a little loose, or a door that squeaks or a little wood rot near the garage – please, deal with it once you own the house.
Although actually moving is about as much fun as a root canal without anesthesia, the process of looking for, and buying your new home can be fun and really enjoyable – especially if you are prepared. As always, Carole and I would love to work with you. Please don’t hesitate to call/text or email us at any time. Good luck!



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