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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 8/17/2018


33 Simon Atherton Row, Harvard, MA 01451

Single-Family

$695,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Everything about this Shaker Hills gem says, "elegance." Every room whispers, "welcome." As you approach its entrance from a lushly landscaped, gently curved brick path, you can tell this home is special even before you open the front door. A package of beautifully appointed rooms with oversized windows and relaxing neutral palettes awaits. The large formal living room is perfect for gracious entertaining, with plenty of space for a baby grand piano. The home's heart is its kitchen, with black granite counters and a delightful breakfast nook where you can watch a parade of visiting wildlife as you enjoy your morning coffee. An adjoining family room with a distinctive hand-crafted fireplace mantel opens to an octagonal conservatory with a wall of windows and door to the deck. Each bathroom has been updated with unique fixtures; the ensuite master bath has comfy radiant heated floors. A state-of-the-art septic new septic system was just installed, the yard sports newly planted greenery.
Open House
Sunday
August 19 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 33 Simon Atherton Row, Harvard, MA 01451    Get Directions

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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 8/16/2018


65 Vaughn Hill Road, Bolton, MA 01740

Single-Family

$772,900
Price

13
Rooms
4
Beds
3/2
Full/Half Baths
Sitting majestically atop a gentle knoll on one of Bolton's prettiest country roads, this warm and welcoming colonial offers a private back yard graced by an inviting heated gunite pool with its own cabana. This home has large, light-filled rooms, with a charming French country kitchen overlooking the pool and enclosed 4-season porch. A distinctive brick archway opens to an expansive great room with a handsome fireplace, built-in bookcases, and comfy window seating. The elegant master suite has a fireplace and a posh bath with marble floors and jacuzzi. Many updates within the last 2 years, including a new 50-year roof, roof-warming wires, gutter replacement, foam insulation, central vac, Jenn-Air radiant cooktop, slate kitchen backsplash, interior and exterior painting, and new furnace & A/C unit. Flexible floorplan with extra space in the finished lower level, including a den, mirrored exercise room and full bath.
Open House
Sunday
August 19 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 65 Vaughn Hill Road, Bolton, MA 01740    Get Directions

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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 8/14/2018

Trying to choose colors for the inside and outside of your home can be awfully tricky. Finding which shades mix in order to decorate your rooms can seem dizzying. With a little confidence and some knowledge, youíll be able to find colors that youíll love for a long time to come. Hereís some tips to help you find the right mix for your homeís color scheme. 

Look For Inspiration


Whether youíre in your friendís living room and see a color combo that you really love, or are looking in a magazine and see something unique, make note of it for your own uses.  


Find Colors That You Can Live With


While bright green and orange may look cool together, can you really live with these hues in a room? Discover what colors make you feel a certain way. If the room is meant to make you feel calm and collected, youíll want to find colors that are soothing to you and your soul. If the room is meant to be more energizing, youíll want to pick a more vibrant, energetic color. Keep in mind that the color in a room affects the mood of the room. 


Get Plenty Of Samples


From sample color swatches to small cans of paint samples, thereís plenty of resources at your local hardware store to get you started on finding the perfect colors for a room. Be sure to hold the swatches up in different lighting and see how they look in the space by going around the room from wall to wall. This will help you to see how the color will look once itís actually painted on the walls in different lighting.


Find Matches


The next question that youíll have once you get your paint up is what kind of colors will go well in this room. Itís good to have a few ideas in mind. If you already own a sofa, for example, start by working with that color. If the sofa is brown, for example, you may not want brown walls as well. Work with what you have first. If youíre buying new furniture and accessories, you may want to work with what youíre hoping to put in the room. The task of choosing colors for the interior of your home involves thinking about both design and function.           


Nature Has Some Answers For You


If you really love the beach, think of the colors that are present there. Thereís tan colored sand along with blue skies, blue water, and touches of green from seagrass, trees, and other plants. Natureís color palette is quite extensive and the good news is that all of the landscapes match! It you look around in nature, you can get a great idea for the beginnings of a fantastic color scheme for any room in your home.





Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 8/10/2018


10 Clearings Way, Princeton, MA 01541

Single-Family

$849,900
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
The ultimate in gracious living in a private country setting! Custom dormered colonial with 2-story light-splashed foyer, 9.5' ceilings, newly refinished gleaming hardwoods throughout the open concept 1st floor, 2 staircases, a dream kitchen graced with 'absolute black' granite serving island framed by white beadboard, cherry Shaker cabinets, a built-in desk, 5-burner stainless propane range with pot filler, walk-in pantry, and breakfast nook with transom windows and gorgeous views of the sweeping private grounds. The formal dining room has a tray ceiling, wainscoting and an adjacent butlers pantry for easy entertaining. This home's flexible floorplan has a 1st floor bedroom or den with an adjacent full bath for visiting guests. The 2nd floor master suite has 2 walk-in closets, a lavish ensuite bath & a separate sitting room or nursery. Potential to add an inground pool or a barn and fencing for up to 3 horses to graze on the open grassy land abutting 200+ acres of conservation.
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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 8/7/2018

While many homes are sold on the basis of emotional appeal or location, there are plenty of other factors which can help tip the scales in your direction. As a home seller, the more advantages and desirable features you can offer to potential buyers, the greater your chances of attracting multiple offers.

If your kitchen and bathrooms haven't been updated for decades, that could easily become a major stumbling block to attracting qualified buyers. Unless their plan is to remodel your kitchen after they buy your home (which is not likely), house hunters are generally not going to look kindly upon old laminate counter tops -- especially those with the ghastly colors from the sixties and seventies! The good news about making your outdated kitchen and home more marketable is that you have the option of resurfacing old countertops rather that completely replacing them.

Although it's generally a good idea to have professionals do this, you can cosmetically improve the appearance of your kitchen countertops by resurfacing them with granite sheets or tile. Resurfacing is also a relatively inexpensive way to help restore aging kitchen cabinets -- another aspect of your home that potential buyers are going to notice.

According to a recent study, quite a few buyers are drawn to features like stainless steel appliances, subway tiles, farmhouse sinks, Shaker cabinets, exposed brick, pendant lights, and quartz countertops. By the way, Quartz does offer some advantages over granite because it's more scratch resistant, maintenance free, and doesn't need to be sealed or polished.

Other features which attract home buyers include energy-efficient windows and appliances, sufficient insulation in attic and elsewhere (many older homes lack this), low-maintenance flooring (not carpeting), roofing that's been replaced within the past decade, finished or semi-finished basements, first-floor/separate laundry rooms, newer hot water heaters (extra points for tankless units), outdoor security lighting, fenced backyards, and dry basements. If you do have issues with excess moisture or leaks in your basement, it may be helpful to install a sump pump, a dehumidifier, French drains, or other dry basement remedies to address those issues before they're brought up by prospective buyers.

While there are certain aspects of your property that can not be changed, such as proximity to neighbors or the school district in which you're located, their are plenty of cost effective ways to improve the appearance and functionality of your home before you try to sell it. To identify problems before they become obstacles, some homeowners hire a property inspector to point out issues. That way, they're not blindsided by unexpected structural, mechanical, electrical, drainage, or energy conservation issues they might not be aware of. In addition to a reputable property inspector, a seasoned real estate agent can also be one of your best advisors when you're ready to put your home on the market.