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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.

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).

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!



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