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Monday, September 24, 2012

5 Stagg Drive


5 Stagg DrList Price: $499,900
Natick, MA 01760-2527
Middlesex County
Style: ColonialTotal Rooms: 8
Color: GrayBedrooms: 4
Grade School: BrownBathrooms: 2f 1h
Middle School: KennedyMaster Bath: Yes
High School: Natick HSFireplaces: 1
Handicap Access/Features: No
Directions: Speen St to Purington, left on Hampton, right on Stagg

Beautiful 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial conveniently located in excellent neighborhood. Renovated in 2012 with additional updates in the last month. Hardwood floors, new kitchen w/ tile, stainless steel, & granite, breakfast bar, family room w/ picture window, dining room w/ sliders leading to patio in level fenced yard, fireplaced living room, master bedroom w/ double closets & new ensuite bathroom, Pella windows, 30 yr architectural roof, new driveway & more! Showings begin Tue 9/25.
Property Information
Approx. Living Area: 1710 sq. ft.Approx. Acres: 0.24 (10454 sq. ft.)Garage Spaces: 0  --
Living Area Includes:Heat Zones:   Forced Air, OilParking Spaces: 2  Off-Street, Paved Driveway
Living Area Source: Public RecordCool Zones:   NoneApprox. Street Frontage:
Living Area Disclosures:
Room Levels, Dimensions and Features
Living Room:118x12Fireplace, Flooring - Hardwood
Dining Room:113x11Flooring - Hardwood, Balcony / Deck, Slider, Wainscoting
Family Room:110x19Flooring - Wall to Wall Carpet, Window(s) - Picture, Chair Rail, Sunken
Kitchen:119x11Flooring - Stone/Ceramic Tile, Countertops - Stone/Granite/Solid, Breakfast Bar / Nook, Remodeled, Stainless Steel Appliances
Master Bedroom:215x12Bathroom - 3/4, Closet, Flooring - Hardwood
Bedroom 2:210x12Closet, Flooring - Hardwood
Bedroom 3:210x9Closet, Flooring - Hardwood
Bedroom 4:214x10Closet, Flooring - Hardwood
Bath 1:1Bathroom - Half, Flooring - Stone/Ceramic Tile, Remodeled
Bath 2:28x5Bathroom - Full, Bathroom - Tiled With Tub & Shower, Flooring - Stone/Ceramic Tile, Remodeled
Bath 3:23x6Bathroom - 3/4, Bathroom - Tiled With Shower Stall, Flooring - Stone/Ceramic Tile, Remodeled
Appliances: Disposal, Microwave, Refrigerator - ENERGY STAR, Dishwasher - ENERGY STAR, Range - ENERGY STAR
Area Amenities: Public Transportation, Shopping, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, Park, Walk/Jog Trails, Stables, Golf Course, Medical Facility, Bike Path, Conservation Area, Highway Access, House of Worship, Private School, Public School
Basement: Yes   Partial, Interior Access, Concrete Floor
Beach: Yes   Lake/Pond
Beach - Miles to: 1 to 2 Mile
Electric: 200 Amps
Energy Features: Insulated Windows
Exterior: Vinyl, Brick
Exterior Features: Patio, Gutters, Fenced Yard, Garden Area, Stone Wall
Flooring: Tile, Wall to Wall Carpet, Hardwood
Foundation Size: 21x22
Foundation Description: Poured Concrete
Hot Water: Electric
Insulation: Unknown
Interior Features: Cable Available, Finish - Sheetrock
Lot Description: Paved Drive, Fenced/Enclosed, Level
Road Type: Public, Sidewalk
Roof Material: Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles
Sewer Utilities: City/Town Sewer
Terms: Contract for Deed
Utility Connections: for Electric Range, Icemaker Connection
Water Utilities: City/Town Water
Waterfront: No
Water View: No ,  --
Other Property Info
Adult Community:No
Disclosure Declaration: No
Home Own Assn:No
Lead Paint:Unknown
UFFI:   Warranty Features:
Year Built: 1950  Source: Public Record
Year Built Description:Renovated Since
Year Round:
Short Sale w/Lndr.App.Req: No
Lender Owned: No

Friday, April 20, 2012

Upcoming Metrowest Weekend Events

For those looking to take a break from their "nice little Saturdays going to Home Depot and maybe Bed Bath and Beyond", here are a few fun local events coming up:

Natick will hold an Earth Day celebration on the common this Sunday, 4/22 from 11-3, with animals, music, recycled crafts, and other entertainment.

Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend is coming up in May from the 18th through the 20th, with a parade, concert, and fireworks on the 20th.

The next Food Truck Festival will take place at Shoppers World on 10/6 from 12-4.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Local Housing Market Springing Back

We all keep hearing about bidding wars, the possibility of rising interest rates, and the market generally picking up. I can attest to more activity and several cases of multiple offers on a property, and am glad for our sellers (and for my own two projects that should be on the market within the next months), and to  find some proof that all this is happening in the Metrowest area, I found some statistics for each town. I was expecting an increase from February to March, but the following sums it up best.

Natick, Wellesley, Dover, Sherborn, Wayland, Framingham

February 2012

  • 69 homes sold
  • $519,000 average sale price

March 2012

  • 94 homes sold (up 36% from the previous month)
  • $685,000 average sale price 32%

Monday, March 12, 2012

North Waltham Ranch

36 Hemlock Ter Waltham, MA

Great opportunity to own a 3 bedroom home at the end of a quiet street in excellent North Waltham/Bentley College area neighborhood. This home could use cosmetic updates but there are hardwood floors throughout under carpet, most windows have been replaced, and driveway was paved 2 years ago. Dry, partially finished basement with half bath could make great additional living space.

More Information

List Price: $359,900
Style: Ranch
Total Rooms: 5
Bedrooms: 3
Fireplaces: 1
Grade School: NortheastBathrooms: 1f 1hMiddle School: Kennedy:High School: Waltham High
Neighborhood/Sub-Division: North Waltham/Bentley College

Friday, March 2, 2012

Market Snapshot - Natick & Wellesley March 2012

The spring market has begun with many more new listings and we are seeing homes receive multiple offers. Below is a quick snapshot of market activity in Natick and Wellesley.

New Listings in Wellesley

150 Oakland St $1,399,000
47 Martin Rd $719,000
12 Madison Rd $825,000
99 Pilgrim Rd $1,945,000
106 Bristol Rd $1,775,000
15 River Glen Rd $1,095,000
5 Bemis Rd $899,000
175 Weston Rd $920,000
1 Fletcher Rd $2,175,000
42 Bay View Rd $799,000
12 Longfellow Rd $1,375,000
158 Winding River Rd $1,690,000
16 Hobart Rd $1,975,000
9 Vane St $979,000
161 Forest St $1,650,000
14 Bird Hill Ave $1,299,000
26 Fells Rd $1,375,000
38 River Glen Rd $2,495,000

New Listings in Natick

18 Farm Hill Rd $749,000
27A Stacey St $469,000
35 Hardwick Rd $479,900
5 Stagg Dr $299,900
13 Reynolds Ave $419,000

Recently Sold (past week) - Wellesley

14 Wilde Rd - Sold $799,000
3 Upson Rd - Sold $325,000
58 Nowrich Rd - Sold $1,040,000
62 Leighton Rd - Sold $1,200,000
2 Mayo Rd - Sold $1,510,000
103 Washington St - Sold $957,000

Recently Sold (past week) - Natick

33 Coachman Ln - Sold $627,500
4 West St - Sold $250,000

Monday, February 6, 2012

Condos vs. Single Family Homes - Which to Buy?

With interest rates at record lows and more properties to choose from as the spring market picks up, there is no doubt that it is a good time to buy. In lots of cases, condo and single family home prices are comparable, so buyers have to make the decision of which type of home to buy. Here are a few of the pros and cons:

Benefits of Buying a Condo

  • Less maintenance and upkeep than a single family house
  • Landscaping and snow removal are often included
  • Many complexes offer amenities like pools, fitness centers, and other common spaces
  • Location: sometimes condos are an only option in convenient urban areas
Downside of Condo Ownership
  • Condo fees can significantly increase the cost of ownership
  • Association approval required for certain projects and/or improvements
  • Shared decision making on how condo fees are spent   
  • Less appreciation in value than single family homes, making it more difficult to resell, especially when buying a new or newly renovated unit
  • Financing can sometimes be more difficult in complexes with a low owner-occupancy rate
Pros of Purchasing a Single Family Home
  • Control over the property and any changes or improvements
  • No condo fees
  • Better resale value than condos
  • Usually more space, particularly outdoors, and more privacy
Cons of Owning a Single Family Home
  • Owner is responsible for all maintenance, repairs, and improvements, which can be costly and time-consuming
  • Often more expensive than condos
  • Utility bills can be higher because there is often more space
  • Purchase price is usually higher, especially in more expensive towns
The decision really comes down to a matter of lifestyle, personal preference, and how long the buyer plans to stay in the property. There are lots of great options available right now for single family homes, condos, and multi-families.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Don't Buy This House!

Every day, I see lots and lots of listing descriptions. Most use their 200 words to take advantage of the many adjectives available to highlight a home's better qualities - if it's a "majestic, sprawling, newly renovated estate", you can usually expect a decent property (even if the "estate" is under a thousand square feet). But what about when you should "come to are open house to see the custome cabinets with granit countertops, new vynal siding, included home warrantee and alot of possibilyties for apartyments"? The one blurry picture taken with a cell phone makes it hard to tell whether there's a house on the property or not.

Please, State of Massachusetts, make the real estate exam harder and throw in a writing component so the rest of us don't look bad!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

First Sales of 2012 in Metrowest

In Natick, Wellesley, and Newton, 19 single family homes have sold so far this year for an average of $909,039, up from an average sale price of $770,168 during the first 12 days of 2011. While this is a very small sampling, it shows a great start to the year these towns, and with interest rates currently at an all time low of 3.65% for a 30 year fixed more buyers are on the market. 

Here are the first sales of the year:

65 Indian Ridge Rd Newton: $1,175,000
13 Heckle St Wellesley: $670,000
147 Woodcliff Rd Newton: $479,000
48 Water St Natick: $682,000 
59 Stuart Rd Newton: $716,000
253 Crafts St Newton: $566,000
30 Trowbridge Ave Newton: $1,360,000
42 Goddard St Newton: $497,500 
24 Berkeley Rd Wellesley: $747,500
6 Manor Ave Wellesley: $550,000
37 Levbert Rd Newton: $886,000
27 Alexander Rd Newton: $538,000
48 Ridge Hill Farm Rd Wellesley: $3,724,000
49 Walker St Newton: $557,000
26 Mandalay St Newton: $1,910,000
145 Morton St Newton: $818,750
8 Sessions St Wellesley: $800,000
2 Yorkshire Dr Natick: $485,000
17 Marion St Natick: $110,000