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This is so exciting! We are working with one of the top few companies that is offering 4K, 3D virtual tours to best showcase our listings. While there is a lot of tech jargon that accompanies the info about the new technology, the bottom line is that now buyers can sit in the comfort of their office/home/backyard - wherever, and fully immerse themselves in the homes we have listed ALMOST like they are standing in the house. If you are considering selling your home, you will want to stand out as much as possible - to create a virtual destination for which buyers can imagine themselves living in your home. This is it. We will be utilizing this technology to market ALL of our listings - no matter the size or price. For further information, call us. In the meantime, enjoy spending some time at 196 Old Connecticut Path in Wayland!
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 makes for a pretty great list. There are so many reasons for why I am grateful that I live in (and sell) Sudbury. Reason #1 is one that I'm sure I share with so many. The "foliage tunnel" otherwise known as Route 27 to/from Sudbury into Wayland. You will wish for standstill traffic or the inevitable slowwwww driver in front of you as it will give you/your passenger the perfect opportunity to take a photo. Thank you to Real Estate Attorney Leslie Hamilton for taking these! Stay tuned for Reason #2... [caption id="attachment_3303" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Route 27 from Wayland into Sudbury[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3300" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Route 27 from Wayland into Sudbury[/caption]
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