Featuring 25 Ridgeway Road, Medford

Offered at $489,000        Open houses 4/9 12-1:30 & 4/10 2-3:30

Well appointed and set back from the street, don’t miss this lovely three bedroom colonial in fabulous location. Sunsplashed property has great energy and features an oversized eat-in kitchen with plenty of cabinets; fireplaced living room; dining room with glass sliders that open to a deck overlooking perfectly landscaped, fenced in yard.  Master bedroom leads to a charming sun room. Gleaming hardwood floors, classic moldings, turn of the century doorknobs are just some of the features of this classic home.  Full walk-up attic could have even more sqft. potential. Enjoy the time you’ll save on commuting with easy access to Rt 93 (less than 7 minute drive) and walkable public transportation.  Minutes from the Middlesex Fells.

Now Featuring 102 Harvard St., Medford

Offered at $359,000  

Open houses 4/9 2-3:30 and 4/10 12-1:30

 

Steps to historic downtown South Medford Square with restaurants, shopping and fantastic transportation options, including the proposed green line, and walking distance to Davis Square. This five room 2 bedroom unit features gleaming hardwood floors, soaring ceilings & spacious sun-filled rooms. Classic mix of old and new with an updated kitchen and bath, stained glass windows, classic mouldings and built-in china cabinet. Sun porch looks over lovely established gardens with fruit trees, grape vines and vegetables. Fenced-in yard. 2 off-street deeded parking spaces, washer/dryer in unit, storage, separate utilities. 2 pets allowed per unit.

Now Featuring 158 Trenton Street, Melrose

Offered at $569,000       Open Houses Saturday and Sunday 12-1:30

Style with Substance! Spacious 3-story Victorian townhouse feels like a single family home with just a short walk to fantastic Melrose centeDSC_3321r bustling with shops, restaurants, parks, and public transit. Recently renovated and tastefully restored by designer/owner this home boasts gleaming hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, and generous rooms with period details. Private entry leads into a gracious foyer with original spiral staircase that opens to a versatile combination family room/dining room and sprawling state of the art, eat-in kitchen. 5 large bedrooms, including 3rd floor Master with walk-in closet, 2.5 bathrooms, fenced yard with large patio, shed and off-street parking for 3 cars. Single family feeling with private entry, private yard, no fees and no access into either unit. Brand new gas heating system with hybrid water tank. Duct work is done for central AC.

Just move in and ‘be awesome!’

 

Kristy’s combination of business savvy, real estate experience, and community involvement reflects her rich background. She has been extensively involved in community groups and interests like the Medford Family Network and St. Raphael Parish. Before her 9 years as a Realtor, Kristy worked as a marketing executive with the Patriots, The Red Sox, The Boston Herald, and top Boston-area restaurants. She has been featured in The Boston Globe and CNN Money.  Her motto is “Buy and Sell SMART!”

Now Featuring 15 Rock Glen Circle, Medford

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Offered at $509,000

Open Houses –  Saturday and Sunday 12-1:30

Come home to your own private sanctuary perched above the city. Enjoy the charm and character of an updated older home with gleaming original hardwood floors, spacious sun filled rooms, glorious detailed woodwork, and built-in china cabinets with the conveniences of modern ameneties such as a professional-grade kitchen with superior stainless steel appliances with a Dacor convection oven, a Wolf range and Sub-zero Refrigerator. Three good sized bedrooms with a bonus room off one of the bedrooms that can easily act as a fourth room. Newer roof, heating and landscaping. Nestled on a quiet and friendly cul de sac in Fulton Heights, conveniently located to Boston and transportation

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Kristy’s combination of business savvy, real estate experience, and community involvement reflects her rich background. She has been extensively involved in community groups and interests like the Medford Family Network and St. Raphael Parish. Before her 9 years as a Realtor, Kristy worked as a marketing executive with the Patriots, The Red Sox, The Boston Herald, and top Boston-area restaurants. She has been featured in The Boston Globe and CNN Money.  Her motto is “Buy and Sell SMART!”

Now Featuring 208 Central Ave., Medford

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Being offered at $369,000

Stunning two bedroom, first floor condo has so much to offer! Great energy throughout with sunny rooms, gorgeous colors, updated lighting and gleaming hardwood floors. Gracious front parlor leads to fireplaced living room; lovely dining room with built-in and granite/stainless eat in kitchen with tons of counter space and cabinets. Both bedrooms are generously sized. Common outdoor space perfect for gardening and entertaining. Additional 360sqft of unfinished and very cool space in basement. Washer/dryer included. Pet friendly! Super awesome location – walk to parks, playground and very easy commute – 1.5 miles to the Orange Line, 5 miles to Boston and Harvard Square and minutes to routes 93 and 95.

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Kristy’s combination of business savvy, real estate experience, and community involvement reflects her rich background. She has been extensively involved in community groups and interests like the Medford Family Network and St. Raphael Parish. Before her 9 years as a Realtor, Kristy worked as a marketing executive with the Patriots, The Red Sox, The Boston Herald, and top Boston-area restaurants. She has been featured in The Boston Globe and CNN Money.  Her motto is “Buy and Sell SMART!”

No more guessing what’s happening in your neighborhood

The sign goes up, the cars start driving by.  You’re not “thinking” of selling, but you still are dying to know… “What is my neighbor’s house listed for?” For years you’ve been relying on that guy down the street who’s always home and knows everyone’s business, or tried searching the address on a website.

Finding out this information seems easier than ever if you have access to the internet, but are these sites reliable?  You can have access to this without relying on that guy or less reliable sites. Sign up on www.KristyB.com to find out the real value of homes in your neighborhood.* I’ll let you know when a nearby house goes up for sale, and what it is listing for.

You can know what that guy down the street knows, and still hold a job!

* Your email will not be used or sold for marketing purposes.  This is a no obligation FREE service.  Simply save your address in the search criteria to receive updates on real estate happenings in your neighborhood.

Small Kitchen Strategies

You can’t swing a cat and not find a home decorating program that shows an immense kitchen getting a stylish reno. Clearly, those episodes are not shot in New England! In this land of 100 year-old houses, you may not get the square footage you find in other parts of the country. Instead, you have to be selective about where you put your money.small kitchen with bar. High ceilings, wood floor

And there are ways to make your small kitchen really pack a punch. Banquettes can give you an eat-in-kitchen AND storage. Major bang for your buck.

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Minor changes like increasing counter depth or extending the cabinetry to the ceiling can gain precious inches. New gliding cabinet systems, installed after the cabinetry, can make the space you have even more useful.

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In a tiny kitchen, renovate by adding what square footage you can and making the rest really count. You’ll be buying less counter-top so upmarket it. Same for the hardware and flooring. If you can’t go big, go luxe!

 

Why Your Kitchen Needs Granite

Pinned ImageSellers and homeowners are putting money into their kitchens, and granite is one place it goes. Granite countertops and backsplashes are a selling feature, and buyers are looking to see it in your home. Do you need it? Here’s what the web is saying:

“While costing a little more initially, granite kitchen countertops are amazingly affordable and more than make up for the initial cost in terms of durability and ease-of-use and luxurious looks. They also add value to your property, especially in terms of resale value. You can very well find that those granite counter tops you are enjoying five years down the road can be a major selling point.”

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Homeowners who remodel recover the following percentages of their remodeling costs at resale (note: upscale projects include stone):Pinned Image

• Bathroom remodel-upscale: 92.6%
• Bathroom addition-upscale: 84.3%
• Kitchen remodel-upscale: 79.6%

~ 2003 Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling Magazine

In a study of materials for kitchen countertops, granite had the highest number of “excellent” ratings of any surface.

~ Consumer Reports

 

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What to Do With Six More Weeks of Winter

This morning, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and, through his handlers, proclaimed there would be six more weeks of winter.

Six more weeks of 50 degrees? How bad can that be?  

This year, with no snow-cover, spring bulbs are pushing up early and buds are swelling on the trees. This is a little alarming from a climate-change point of view, but New Englanders will take what respite they get. It’s acting like spring, so let’s shake this winter up.

First of all, take a look around your home. Clean out those beds and trim back the winter grasses. Don’t start pruning the roses until you see the forsythia blooming, but you can take your loppers to overgrown trees safely. I have a patch of catmint that neighborhood cats have been enjoying all season, so that needs tidying up in a big way.

Once beds are cleared out, assess. If you’re putting your home up for sale, a little yardwork can translate into big bucks. Go to Home Depot or Mahoneys and get some budding or blooming spring bulbs. Daffodils, crocuses, tulips and hyacinths can all take the cold and can be safely planted out now. They’ll shrug off snow and linger longer with cooler temps. Plant some pansies among them and you’ve got a pleasing spring vignette that will welcome you and house hunters!

Get some yard ideas from The National Wildlife Foundation, and get your yard certified as a Wildlife Habitat. The requirements include providing food, shelter, water, and places to raise young. If you have older trees on the property, you may already have three of these! Just add a water feature, which is a selling point in and of itself, and you can do it. There is a fee involved, but it may help you find that “green” buyer who will appreciate your property.

Take a look at the rest of your “honey-do” list, and make any additions. If your list is overwhelming, check out my All-Stars for professional help. Even if you’re not selling or buying a home, make yours look the best it can. After all, the groundhog says you’ve got six more weeks of mild winter to get a jump on it!

HOME OF THE WEEK: 60 Renwick Road, Wakefield

Maybe all you see right now is horrible wallpaper and carpet that would be sketchy even without the DNA stains…But don’t be THAT buyer!

Welcome to Home of the Week. Every week I’ll feature a different home for sale. Each Home of the Week is carefully selected based on its value, not its appeal (although some of them could be very cute).  These properties truly are a “best buy”.

Don’t necessarily fall for the cosmetics.  Buying smart is buying good location, flow, light, amenities, and space for the price.  If you can see past clutter and outdated decorating, you stand a good chance to buy into property with more equity once you’ve done some cosmetic overhauls.   The quintessential “Little Old Lady House” may have shag carpet, eagle wallpaper, and older kitchens and baths.  But it may also have a new roof and heating system and many valuable amenities like a fireplace, garage and nice yard, which would be expensive or impossible to install. Painting of the rooms and floor refinishing won’t cost you much but will increase the value of the house tremendously. (My All-Stars can make short work of that “to-do” list. Just ask me!)

This week we have a real charmer. Meet 60 Renwick Road, Wakefield.

How refreshing to find a home in this price range in superb condition, thoroughly charming and exceptionally hip. This ranch boasts a beautifully updated EIK with granite counter, cool metal backsplash and tile floor which opens to fireplaced living room. 3 good-sized BRs, master with double closet, all with HW floors. Nice yard & deck. New full bath. LL has two bright, sunny rms, great for office, play and entertaining – tile floor and recessed lighting. Walk to train or bus. Simply super value!


MLS # 71267279 – Active Single Family – Detached
60 Renwick Road List Price: $325,000
Wakefield, MA 01880
Middlesex County
Style: Ranch Total Rooms: 7
Color: White Bedrooms: 3
Grade School: Apply Bathrooms: 1f 1h
Middle School: Galvin Middle Master Bath: No
High School: Wakefield High Fireplaces: 1
Handicap Access/Features:
Directions: Renwick Road across from Spring Street Extension.
Remarks
Property Information
Approx. Living Area: 1376 sq. ft. Approx. Acres: 0.14 (5894 sq. ft.) Garage Spaces: 0  —
Living Area Includes: Finished Basement Heat Zones: 1  Hot Water Baseboard, Gas Parking Spaces: 3  Off-Street, Tandem
Living Area Source: Public Record Cool Zones: 0  None Approx. Street Frontage:
Living Area Disclosures: includes finished basement space.
Room Levels, Dimensions and Features
Room Level Size Features
Living Room: 1 15×13 Fireplace, Ceiling Fan(s), Window(s) – Picture
Kitchen: 1 18×10 Flooring – Stone/Ceramic Tile, Countertops – Stone/Granite/Solid
Master Bedroom: 1 16×13 Ceiling Fan(s), Flooring – Hardwood, Closet
Bedroom 2: 1 14×10 Ceiling Fan(s), Closet
Bedroom 3: 1 10×9 Flooring – Hardwood, Closet
Bath 1: 1 Bathroom – Full
Bath 2: B Bathroom – Half
Play Room: B 20×12 Flooring – Stone/Ceramic Tile
Den: B 12×11 Flooring – Stone/Ceramic Tile
Features
Appliances: Range, Dishwasher, Disposal
Area Amenities: Public Transportation, Shopping, Conservation Area, House of Worship, Private School, Public School, T-Station
Basement: Yes   Full, Partially Finished
Beach: No
Construction: Frame
Electric: Circuit Breakers
Exterior: Vinyl
Exterior Features: Deck, Fenced Yard
Flooring: Tile, Concrete, Hardwood, Other (See Remarks)
Foundation Size: 35×24
Foundation Description: Poured Concrete
Hot Water: Natural Gas, Tank
Insulation: None
Lot Description: Paved Drive, Other (See Remarks)
Road Type: Public, Paved, Publicly Maint.
Roof Material: Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles
Sewer Utilies: City/Town Sewer
Utility Connections: for Electric Range, for Electric Oven, for Gas Dryer
Water Utilities: City/Town Water
Waterfront: No
Other Property Info
Adult Community: No
Disclosure Declaration: Yes
Disclosures: See Seller’s Statement and Listing Sheet. Legal address is 8 Spring Street. No permit for wood stove
Exclusions: See Inclusion/Exclusions Sheet.
Home Own Assn: No
Lead Paint: Unknown
UFFI: Unknown  Warranty Features: No
Year Built: 1945  Source: Public Record
Year Built Description: Approximate
Year Round: Yes
Short Sale w/Lndr.App.Req: Unknown
Lender Owned: Undisclosed
Tax Information
Pin #:
Assessed: $294,800
Tax: $3378.41  Tax Year: 2011
Book: 35695  Page: 289
Cert:
Zoning Code: SR
Map:   Block:   Lot:

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