Monday, February 28, 2011

36 Charles Rd | Winchester, Massachusetts condo for sale - Winchester; Massachusetts has developed from its colonial village beginnings into a thriving residential community noted for its fine public school system; beautiful homes and easy access to Boston. The town was first settled on land purchased from the Native Americans in 1640. The late 1800's saw Winchester emerging as an affluent suburban community; as wealthy businessmen from Boston moved out to the countryside and built substantial homes. The town's historic character is still largely reflected in the beautiful houses built just before and after the turn of the century. 
Come see this immaculate unit located on a cul-de-sac in the top rated Muraco Elementary school.which offers a nice size backyard; an updated heating system and oil tank. This home offers fantastic space with 2 generous size bedrooms; large closets and hardwood floors.
You can find additional storage space in the pull down attic and in the lower level of which offers a new bulkhead.  A bonus is the $1;000 closing credit offered to the buyer for installation of carpet in the basement. 

This is a fantastic value in a desirable neighborhood….come see for yourself!

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14 Durgins Way | Hollis; New Hampshire condominium - Superlative Dunhill style home with welcoming curb appeal & plentiful amenities. Compare on price for this abundant square footage! 

In pristine; move-in condition abutting 8th tee of Overlook's 18 hole golf club. Premier; top of hill location affords seasonal; distant hill views & privacy. Home presents beautifully with grand & exceptional open concept living on 1st floor & a thoughtfully designed; handsomely finished walkout lower level. Hardwood floors; smart looking tiling; built-ins & plenty of sunlight-affording windows. Large eat-in kitchen with backlit cherry cabinets; granite countertops; custom tile backsplash; & high end appliances. Dramatic & elevated living areas w/large windows lending immediate proximity to a wooded backdrop. 2-sided fireplace. 1st floor master & bath w/ walk-in tiled shower; soaking tub; marble floors; heated towel rack & 2 sinks. Drop down ironing; pine paneled exercise room; high end carpeting & alarm. Gracious living for all! Easy to airports; Manchester; Nashua & Boston

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16 Bradford Road | Winchester; Massachusetts condos & homes - Winchester; Massachusetts has developed from its colonial village beginnings into a thriving residential community noted for its fine public school system; beautiful homes and easy access to Boston. The town was first settled on land purchased from the Native Americans in 1640. The late 1800's saw Winchester emerging as an affluent suburban community; as wealthy businessmen from Boston moved out to the countryside and built substantial homes. The town's historic character is still largely reflected in the beautiful houses built just before and after the turn of the century. 
Move right into this brightly lit three bedroom condo; offering easy access to Rtes. 93 and 95 and is conveniently located near bus routes and commuter rail to Boston. An added benefit is living in one of the state’s best school districts!

The first level has a living room; dining room both with hardwood flooring; kitchen with dishwasher and disposal; and half bath. The second level boasts three bedrooms all with hardwood floors; ample closet space and full bath.

The carpeted lower level is perfect as a family room; media room and an exercise room. The decision is yours! Enjoy lots of storage space; including a cedar closet; laundry area; and access to the private fenced back yard.

Additional information: Furnace; water tank; and digital thermostats installed in 2007. New oil tank installed in 2008. Exterior doors installed in 2009. You will especially enjoy the very low monthly condo fee!

Come see this condo at a very affordable price!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Why savvy Massachusetts home sellers choose the Andersen Team

‪‬ - Learn about the unique strategies we bring to the table when working with home sellers here in Massachusetts.

We utilize a team approach to help sellers, a 36 point marketing plan to insure exposing the property correctly from day one, and the most critical of all - pinpoint pricing strategies.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Have you been mislead by hotel or inn travel photos when booking your vacation?

In this difficult economy, some hotels, inns and Bed and Breakfasts appear to be writing "fake customer reviews" and posting Photoshopped and misleading photos on their websites and travel websites such as "Travelocity" to entice travel customers to their destination.

Unfortunately, we all know in this day and age that what you see in photographs is NOT necessarily true - thanks to software like Photoshop - available to anyone - you can push pixels around to your heart's content - removing buildings, replacing sunsets, replacing landscaping, enlarging pools, etc.

For those hotels or inns who actually want to project truthful images to their potential visitors, video goes a long way towards reaching that goal. Video is less forgiving, which is why a Video Tour of a hotel, bed & breakfast or Inn will give give the viewer an accurate portrayal of the accommodations.  With video, you can tour your rooms, your lobby, show your beautiful restaurant, and take the viewer on a tour outside and around the neighborhood to show the actual setting as it really is.  Video can't be "Photoshopped" or altered as easily as still photography can, so it presents an accurate portrayal of the accommodations, not just retouched photographs taken at the "right" angle to magically remove something that may be distasteful.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

25 Withington | Newbury, Massachusetts real estate & homes - Wonderful 3 bedroom 2 bathroom colonial located in the west end of Newburyport. Property features a spacious lot, 2 car garage and close distance to schools, downtown Newburyport and all commuter rails. 

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

1 Stone Ct | Milford, New Hampshire real estate & homes - Looking for a spacious home in move-in condition? This is it. Beautiful 4 bedroom Colonial in Federal Pointe Estates. Enjoy the open floor plan with large eat-in kitchen with island. Entertain in the family room with gas fireplace, living room and separate formal dining room. During the summer enjoy the spacious deck, large gunite swimming pool and play area. Upgraded with tile and hardwood floors throughout 1st floor, 2 zone heat and A/C. Master Suite w/cathedral ceilings, large walk-in closet and master bath. Spacious finished lower level for office, relaxing, exercising, entertaining and more. Easy access to major highways and shopping. GREAT VALUE - COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

5 Standish Way | Amherst, New Hampshire real estate & homes - 603-554-6722 - Immaculate home You must see! This completely updated home features 4 large bedrooms, including master w/ master bath, 2.5 bathrooms, gourmet eat-in kitchen with stainless and granite, hardwood floors in kitchen, master, living and dining room with mahogany inlay, beautiful detail with crown molding. Also enjoy a screened porch, large deck, and solarium with hot tub. Nice level yard with privacy and mature landscaping. You will feel right at home!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

176 Dothan | Winchester, Massachusetts real estate & homes -  Winchester, Massachusetts has developed from its colonial village beginnings into a thriving residential community noted for its fine public school system, beautiful homes and easy access to Boston. The town's historic character is still largely reflected in the beautiful houses built just before and after the turn of the century. The village atmosphere, however, remains fueled by the uncommon civic spirit of its residents. Citizens take a deep interest in the management of the town's affairs and in its continued improvement and beautification.
Come see this meticulously maintained colonial located on a quiet street! Family and friends will enjoy the privacy of the large fenced yard with its patio, perennial beds and even a grape vine!
The kitchen boasts hardwood flooring, as do all of the rooms on the first and second levels.
The floor plan offers the opportunity for easy entertaining with its sunny living room opening to a formal dining room with built in china cabinet and ceiling fan.  A full tiled bath, tiled foyer and large mud room complete this level.

The second level offers three bedrooms all with ceiling fans and ample closet space as well as a second full bath with space for a washer and dryer as well as built in shelving.

A fourth bedroom and office space with wall to wall carpeting and recessed lighting are on level three.

The lower level is perfect for all your storage needs with built in shelving.

Don’t miss this charming home at a very affordable price!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ditch the kids, the dog, the toys..... my life.... AGAIN?

As a seller, hosting potential buyers on a regular basis can be more than disruptive and exhausting.

As homes stay on the market longer, cleaning up your home for potential buyers day after day after day is a huge undertaking.  Face it, a "lived in", cluttered home is a big turn off to buyers, so it's very important that your home be absolutely mint prior to every showing and every open house in order to take advantage of potential buyers.

Part of that de-cluttering process means removing your personal effects and photos, extraneous kitchen counter clutter, removing evidence of pets (many people have allergies) and cleaning up after small children and their toys. The whole idea is that potential buyers see a home that looks livable, but more importantly, can visualize themselves living there.

It's tough as many of those items considered "clutter" are imperative for actually living!  A bathroom that is spic and span is great for a potential buyer, but when you're getting ready for work in the morning, having that toothbrush handy right on the counter is much easier!  So de-cluttering is annoying and frustrating, but necessary!

The single best way to eliminate "tire kickers" visiting your home is to have professional photos and a real estate walk through video taken of your house in it's most pristine, perfect condition.  This way, the nosey neighbors and tire kickers can experience your home online without putting you and your family out, while it offers the serious buyer the opportunity to fall in love with your property before they even visit.  In fact, we consider a real estate video tour a first showing. Since our video tours actually walk you through the home and the neighborhood just as a buyer naturally would, it's the next best thing to being there!

If that buyer takes the next step to personally schedule an appointment with you, they are serious.  Consider that personal visit a second showing!

It is for this reason that properties with high quality photos and videos sell faster than those without, and have a higher perceived value by potential buyers.

And of course, using video is your distinctive method to brand yourself as a tech savvy Realtor and stand above your competition!  It's a way to show prospective buyers and sellers that you are ahead of the game in marketing real estate.  And while your competition is marketing using still photo slideshows and old fashioned spin around tours to display their listings, you will stand out over 99% of other listings who currently do not use video!

"Curb Appeal" of a decade ago is "Web Appeal" today.  Buyers are narrowing their choices not by actually visiting a property or driving by, but by looking at the presentation online.

You only have one chance to make a good first impression!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Why I don't stay at many New England inns or bed and breakfasts

I don't like surprises on vacation!

When you compare inns or B & B's in the same city on any travel website and they’re both priced the same per night but one displays photos and videos (that effectively inspire and tell that hotel’s story) and the other only displays photos, which hotel is more appealing to you? Research has proven that it's the inn using video marketing!

We all know what a bed looks like, and that seems to be all that most websites for inns & 
B&B's display on their website!  

What I want to know before I book is what do the rooms look like?  Are they 5" larger than the bed?  What does the restaurant look like?  Is there one?  What type of neighborhood is it in - do I walk out the door to an industrial park or a corn field or a vibrant street filled with cafes and shopping?  Is there parking?  What is the view - sandy beach, brick wall or junkyard? What amenities surround the inn?  Who are the innkeepers?

Video provides an authentic and realistic portrayal of your accommodations and facilities, with a better scale of depth than still photography.  It creates emotion - and people make decisions based upon emotion.  Video also improves the "stickiness" of your website, with viewers staying on your website longer.

By adding video to your online inn or bed and breakfast website, you’ll be able to give online travel shoppers more information about your accommodations and influence their booking decisions.  Travelers are much more savvy today, and they demand an abundance of information before fully committing. 

Video can showcase the unique features and amenities of your accommodations  that increases traveler's perceived value of your inn.  

With our cost-effective video production services we can plan and produce a visitor attraction video that is unique, interesting and above all else, appealing to your customer base.  Today, high quality video tours of your New England inn or bed & breakfast can cost less than an annual ad in your local tourism book - and it works for you 24/7 every day throughout the world!

Wow - spectacular!
This video is so appealing because it is not a slick/staged/hyped pitch vehicle. Your approach is warm and inviting and intimtate-so well suited to the residential market. Of course, the quality of your voice is just right, too. Making hand held video is an art, and you have mastered it. Getting the lighting right is tough in large interior spaces, but I think it lends legitimacy to the piece-it's not touched up, but realistically represents the way the space looks.
Your video for the Inn continuess to make fans for us - it moves them to pick up the phone and make a reservation. When they arrive, they consistently say the rooms look as good or better than they did in the video. This truth in advertising has won us repeat guests and referrals unlike the hotels with slick, touched up videos.
Louise Venden
Charles Street Inn
Beacon Hill, Boston MA
February 2009

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Shoot your real estate video tour at night!

Even though most real estate agents want blue sky and bright sunlight for their photography and video tours, in reality, that is the worst time of the day!

Bright sunlight creates harsh shadows, blown out windows, and washes out colors and detail.

Shooting your home in the evening just after the sun goes down creates a beautiful, warm ambiance in both photography and video.  You aren't fighting with bright sunlight blasting through the windows, and the natural ambient lighting inside the home gives a warm, cozy feeling.

More importantly, it makes your listing stand out from every other home on the MLS!

Unlike most video cameras, ours do extraordinarily well in very low light, offering a really different take on the standard video tour!

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6 Tremont St | Newburyport, Massachusetts condominiums and homes - Newburyport, Massachusetts has a population of more than 16,000, which continues to grow each year as people are attracted to this historic seaside town. A short drive from both the New Hampshire border and the state capital of Boston, it is among the most beautiful towns in Massachusetts, with a bounty of ocean views and scenic architecture dating from as early as the 17th century.
There's no better example of this architecture than this gracious Revival period townhouse on a great side street in the heart of the Newburyport's desirable South End. 
High ceilings, and gorgeous wide pine floors and great period features make a classic Newburyport residence. 
You'll really enjoy entertaining in the warmer months, with the two sets of glass French doors in both the kitchen and the dining room, opening out to the Beacon Hill style brick patio.  
The granite and stainless steel kitchen is anchored by a gas fireplace, and the wall of glass insures plenty of natural light as you whip up a delectable meal.
Other improvements include central air conditioning and a new furnace.  Off street parking for two cars are included, and pets are welcome for owner occupants.
The spectacular finished third floor features two rooms plus a full bathroom.
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38 Ellis Street | Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts real estate & homes - Originally a mill village on the Charles River, Newton Upper Falls is tucked into a potpourri of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architecture and a major National Historic Landmark— Echo Bridge--over the Charles River's Hemlock Gorge. Today, a large portion of the village is protected as a designated historic district. A sampling of antique buildings throughout the neighborhood offers a genuine feel of the fabric of an early-Newton Upper Falls. Home to the Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge, a large aqueduct turned pedestrian walkway over the Charles River. It is said to be the only village that has retained its original name from when the area was founded in the 17th century. It has over 150 homes on the historic register despite its small area. 

Charm and character abound in this early American colonial home with both Victorian and contemporary flair. Set among the tree-tops with incredible views of the Historic Echo Bridge and acres of conservation land, the Upper Falls Village of Newton Massachusetts is indeed a hidden jewel. 

Despite all of its connection to the past, the property is ideally located just minutes from route 9, route 128 and the Massachusetts turnpike. Just a short walk to the Eliot Green Line T stop makes a commute by public transportation to Boston a breeze. Easy living in this comfortable setting also offers some outstanding neighborhood shops and restaurants.  

Old and New come together nicely in the design and amenities of this gracious home. As you ascend the steps of this unique home you begin to appreciate its detail and rarely found warmth and charm. A wonderful surprise awaits you as you enter the front door to an open foyer and front stair with trick glass brick accenting the front entrance and stairs leading to the second floor. 

A large living room greets you off the impressive foyer with nice detail including a fireplace, high ceilings, and hardwood floors. Don't miss the newly renovated first floor powder room conveniently located just off the foyer area. 

A recently renovated kitchen with large island boasts granite counter tops and opens to a large dining room area large enough to host most any gathering. Out the side door of the kitchen, you step to an oversized deck, which will serve to please you and your guests once the snow clears and the bright warmer days of spring and summer arrive. 

Up the stairs to the second floor you follow the wall of glass which floods the home with natural light while providing its own curtain of privacy. 

The master bedroom is a private suite with a sitting room/ home office area and a separate bedroom area. Pamper yourself in a luxurious master bath – relax and take a leisurely soak in the tub while capturing the treetop views.  

Off the second floor hall is an updated family bath which serves as the second floor family bath. Spacious bedrooms offer plenty of room for a growing family. 

The home at 38 Ellis Street in Newton Upper Falls represents the very best that Newton has to offer – comfort, convenience and unmistakable charm - a wonderful place to call home. 

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

70 Woodland Rd | North Hampton, New Hampshire real estate & homes - Carefully restored and updated stately 1837 Colonial in a park-like setting located just a short distance from the Atlantic and sandy swimming beaches.  Impeccably landscaped 4.5-acres include expansive grounds, lovely gardens and a professionally maintained clay tennis court. The home's nine rooms include four bedrooms and three and one half baths. Interior details true to the period include wide pine floors, three fireplaces, wainscoting and paneling. A charming year-round sun parlor offers ever-changing seasonal vistas. Outbuildings include a large barn-garage with a charming attached ancillary office/studio retreat. Ideally located, the home is just sixty minutes to Boston, Portland and Manchester airports.

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40A Olive St | Newburyport, Massachusetts condo & homes - Newburyport, Massachusetts has a population of more than 16,000, which continues to grow each year as people are attracted to this historic seaside town. A short drive from both the New Hampshire border and the state capital of Boston, it is among the most beautiful towns in Massachusetts, with a bounty of ocean views and scenic architecture dating from as early as the 17th century.

This 1860”s Greek Revival is located on one of Newburyport most charming streets.  This warm and inviting home has all charm and ambiance of an older home with the convenience of a condominium. Gleaming hardwood floors, large new windows with traditional moldings provide for bright and sunny rooms.  From the living room, enter spacious updated kitchen with center island and look through French doors to the dining room with tin ceilings and out to the deck and courtyard.  

Just blocks from all that downtown has to offer this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home has wonderful period built-ins through out. Recent updates include a new heating system & roof and  as well as exterior paint. Truly a classic New England home.

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24 Grandview Rd | Windham, New Hampshire real estate & homes - CARR HILL - Roomy 4 bedroom colonial nestled beautifully on a nicely landscaped privete 3.44 acre lot. Stroll up the walk to the recessed brick front entry leading to a two story turned staircase foyer. This home is freshly painted & features hardwood floors through the main floor except the family room plus hardwood stairs & upstairs hall. The kitchen boasts beautiful cherry cabinets with a center island, overlay panels on the dishwasher & fridge, Bosch double ovens, gas cooktop & microwave & a large bay window breakfast area. There is a large familyroom with a formal mantle fireplace adjacent to the kitchen and a separate laundry room & powder room tucked away in the back hall that leads to the doorway to the deck overlooking the private backyard. The master bedroom is large & includes a cathedral tray ceiling and beautiful whirlpool bath with comfort height vanity. The three other bedrooms have plenty of room to spread out. Perfect for those desiring a private neighbor.

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23 Hayward Rd | Acton, Massachusetts real estate & homes - Gracious living spaces and quality materials set the tone in this unique Grand Cape! With a thoughtful eye towards design, this home has been renovated to include all that today's buyers are seeking: a beautiful open kitchen/family room, a private master suite, and spacious rooms throughout. 2nd flr laundry! Oversized kitchen features heart pine counters, Viking range, stainless appliances. French doors from family room +kitchen to multiple decks. A fantastic yard + perfect central location too!

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6 Conventry Lane | Salem, New Hampshire real estate & homes - Style,Design and Function meet in this charming Colonial with 4 floors of living space, located on a very private Cul-Du-Sac lot in one of North Salem's most desirable neighborhoods! Perfect for entertaining, this home has an open floor plan that flows nicely. Newly remodeled kitchen is straight out of a design book and has many upgrades including Quartz counter tops, custom tile back splash, brushed upgraded SS Appliances, gas range w/commercial hood, and "soft close" drawer feature. The kitchen opens to all rooms on the main floor. Neutral decor, gleaming hardwood flooring, well placed built-in book cases, window seating and crown molding in every room add character. The master bath is new and has a double shower. The finished 3rd floor walk-up attic adds bonus space as does the fin. LL. Upgraded and replaced systems throughout make this a "better than new" home. Sitting on a 2 AC. lot w/ mature trees and beautifully landscaped garden, pool and hot tub, this home has it all!!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Free mobile real estate MLS application for Massachusetts - You’re not sitting in front of your computer when you stumble upon a neighborhood or property where you want to live. 
In fact, most of the time you are walking or driving through a neighborhood when you start wondering what is for sale or rent around you.

Sven Andersen and the Andersen Team makes it possible for you to find the closest properties for rent or for sale around you – directly from your cell phone!

Get instant access to property listings including homes for sale, recent sales and rentals throughout Massachusetts!
     Homes for Sale 
     Recently Sold Homes 
     View the selling price of homes sold within the last three years.
     Apartments for Rent 

Use GPS-triggered search technology to pinpoint your location and find property listings in your immediate area with the touch of a button. You can also search by address, community name, city or zip code if you want to search somewhere other than your GPS location. The "Call to See" button offers real-time access to the Andersen Team if you have questions or want to schedule a tour of the property.

Get instant access to:

     Square footage
     Estimated mortgage
     Interior and exterior features
     Interactive map
     Pictures and more!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2 Andrews Lane | Amesbury, Massachusetts historic real estate & homes - Located on the banks of the Merrimack River, Amesbury Massachusetts is a suburban community north of Boston which offers an unusual industrial and manufacturing history. Conveniently located off Routes 95 and 495, Amesbury, MA is just minutes from Portsmouth NH, Hampton Beach NH, Newburyport MA, Salem MA, and Boston MA. First settled in 1645, the town's earliest industries included mills, shipyards, and a heavily used ferry operation across the Merrimac River to Newburyport. Along with the sturdy 19th century commercial buildings, Amesbury is rich in Federal period residences, which the community carefully preserves as its link to the past.

This is truly a Currier and Ives setting. The Point Shore area features has always been a premier neighborhood with the historic Lowell's boat shop and fines homes built from first period, through colonial and Victoria periods right up to the present.

The Jacob Fowler house, built in 1789 by the Fowler brothers, is the quintessential New England center chimney colonial home with outstanding period features, nestled on a hidden side street in the historic Point Shore neighborhood of Amesbury.

Located just one street back from the Merrimac River, this gracious home has a wonderful floor plan, great light and views of the river. With 2,900 square feet this surprisingly large home has been lovingly maintained and updated for over 20 years by the current owner.

The open kitchen and large fireplaced family room overlook the brick patio, and terraced landscaped yard with two charming out buildings and numerous plantings.

The fireplaced library and dining room both boast Georgian paneling wide pine floors and period molding. A roaring fire, a glass of wine and a good book ... and you're set!

With three bedrooms and a den on the second floor, plus a sky lit third floor studio there is plenty of room to pursue creative endeavors.

This is your opportunity to own a truly classic home.

Amesbury today is a thriving suburban community, dotted with evidence of it's historic past. Downtown offers distinctive shops and galleries, a wide array of services plus an eclectic choice of restaurants - all in a very walkable district.

With Amesbury being at the crossroads of Interstate 95 and 495 gives the town a good competitive edge for both residential and commercial development.

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4 Pineneedle Lane | Georgetown, Massachusetts real estate & homes

Glenn Thibodeau 978-985-9800: Located in northern Essex County, Georgetown Massachusetts has a population of approximately 7,500 residents, and is situated between the Merrimack River Valley and the communities bordering Plum Island Sound. Still widely forested, with many acres preserved by the state, Georgetown boasts a rural atmosphere within reach of employment centers via Route 95 and 97 to 495, along with easy access to nearby recreational areas and beaches.

Georgetown also boasts a small downtown, which features a thriving antiques center, an organ manufacturing company and a supermarket. Georgetown also has an expanding public golf and country club, and employs it's own school district,
rather than being part of a regional school district,

Welcome to 4 Pineneedle Lane, a private cul-de-sac location just 2.5 miles from Route 95. An underground irrigation system insures your lawn looks green and lush all summer long.

Only 3 months old, this very unique 3,600 sq ft custom home features a craftsman style interior finish.

The beautiful living room is anchored by a fireplace - the perfect compliment to our beautiful New England winters.

The stylish granite center island kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, a tumbled marble backsplash, and upscale appliances.

The expanded deck overlooks the peaceful, level fenced in backyard.

The spacious master bedroom suite offers 3 walk in closets, a tray ceiling, a sitting area, and a luxurious bathroom with an oversized rain glass shower.

The finished lower level is filled with an abundance of natural light plus the convenience of double staircases. It also has a private separate entry plus a granite bathroom.

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10 Ocean Ave. | Newburyport, Massachusetts real estate & homes - Newburyport, Massachusetts has a population of more than 16,000, which continues to grow each year as people are attracted to this historic seaside town. A short drive from both the New Hampshire border and the state capital of Boston, it is among the most beautiful towns in Massachusetts, with a bounty of ocean views and scenic architecture dating from as early as the 17th century.
Set in one of Newburyport's most sought after locations in the South End, this expanded cape is on a 3/4 of an acre park like setting.
The spacious front yard is picturesque with it's rows of mature apple trees.
This high quality custom home features 2 x 6 construction and great woodwork, along with beautiful hardwood floors.
The spacious living room is adjacent to the bright dining room, which has an arts and crafts inspired picture window with views of the apple trees in the front yard.
Off the kitchen is a half bath and laundry room.
The large granite kitchen offers plenty of workspace and storage, and opens to the large family room, anchored by a stone fireplace.  Cathedral ceilings and skylights bathe this space in natural light.
A sunroom with radiant heat and a 2 car garage are located off the family room.  Above the garage is a large area that could be finished into a home office.
This home offers the convenience of a first floor master bedroom.

The hospitality of this home extends to the second level, where you find three additional large
bedrooms and a full bath. 

The lower level is finished and is the perfect space for a game room, children's play area or home theatre.

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Lakes Region, New Hampshire Luxury Homes - Skiffington Homes


At Skiffington Homes, we build more than homes.  We build lifestyles.  For more than 19 years, we've been building in picturesque settings on and around Lake Winnipesaukee, a place that offers both luxury and convenience. We are committed, environmentally responsible, and experienced.  We know we can meet your every expectation.

When you choose Skiffington Homes, you're choosing our unwavering commitment to quality and customer service.  Our greatest reward comes from the recognition we receive from our home owners.  As one of the Lakes Region's leading home builders, we take pride in creating homes that are as beautiful to look at as they are comfortable to live in.  Each home offers a combination of quality materials and superior design.  Our ultimate goal is for you to move into a home that is built to the highest standards.

Skiffington Homes has built more than 400 homes on and around Lake Winnipesaukee.  Along with providing superior customer service, we are committed to the quality, originality, and functionality of the homes we build.  Before you buy, compare our quality, reliability, and references.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Neighborhoods of Boston :: The South End - Boston's South End neighborhood lies just south of the Back Bay and northwest of South Boston.  Despite its name, it is not directly south of the center of downtown Boston.

Built upon a former tidal marsh, the South End was filled and developed from the 1830s to the 1870s, even before Back Bay, which was mostly built after the American Civil War.  The Boston and Providence Railroad once ran through the South End, and most of the cross streets in the neighborhood are named after cities and towns served by the railroad… Greenwich, Newton, Canton, Dedham, Brookline, Rutland, Concord, Worcester, Springfield, Camden, Plympton, Stoughton, Waltham, Dover, Chatham and Wareham. 

Until the 1950s, the South End was a jazz mecca, with numerous jazz clubs scattered throughout the neighborhood.  Today, the neighborhood is one of Boston's most diverse, integrating people of nearly every race, religion and sexual orientation. The recent influx of families with young children has become a growing and important facet of this community, and is complimented by a myriad of parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the neighborhood.

Theatre and art galleries are flourishing in South End.  The Cyclorama, The Boston Center for the Arts, the Boston Ballet, numerous theatre companies and the new Calderwood Pavillion - the first new theatre built in Boston in 80 years, along with the live music venues such as the Beehive make Tremont Street a lively area in the evenings. 

The South End is one of Boston's main restaurant districts.  Tremont Street, often referred to as "restaurant row"  offes a diverse mix of cuisines from bargain priced pizza joints to numerous high end chef owned restaurants.  From French, Ethiopian, Brazilian, Indian, Korean, Tapas, Greek, Cuban and Middle Eastern, there is something here for everyone. Outdoor cafes abound for alfresco dining and great people watching.

A series of 11 residential parks are located across the South End, and most are oval in shape with passive use green space located in the center.  They take inspiration from the English inspired residential squares. Many of these squares have a central fountain and surrounded by cast iron fencing.  These 11 parks are complimented by a series of 16 community gardens and pocket parks.  Peters Park is dog central, the first city sanctioned "off leash" dog park.  With 13,000 square feet, it's one of the areas cleanest and most beautiful dog parks.

Though housing is relatively expensive by US standards, it remains less expensive than the wealthiest central Boston neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay.

The South End has many churches of architectural note, including the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the largest such cathedral in New England.

Mostly built of mid-nineteenth century bowfronts - aesthetically uniform rows of 5 story, predominantly red brick structures of mixed residential and commercial use.  The most common styles are Renaissance Revival, Italianate and French Second Empire, though there are Greek Revival, Egyptian Revival, Gothic Revival and Queen Ann style houses, among several other styles.  Row houses built in the last quarter of the 19th century are quite common along the Southwest Corridor Park. The common palettes of red brick, slate, limestone or granite trim, and cast iron railings provide great visual unity.  The South End is North America's largest existing Victorian residential district, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Newer doorman developments have emerged in recent years, along with numerous loft conversions, converted police stations, churches and former bank buildings - all now luxury condominium buildings.

A growing retail presence can be found along Tremont Street and the newly developed Washington Street, the former home of the Washington Street Elevated railway, torn down in 1987.  From handmade gifts to home furnishings, to clothing, specialty foods, cheese shops to high end dog boutiques, there is a plethora of retail shopping for every taste, mostly independently owned and operated.

SoWa (South of Washington) is a strip of blocks where you'll find Boston's emerging artists.  Artist's studios abound and many are open to the public on the first Friday of each week all summer.  The South End Open Market takes place every Sunday during the warmer months and is Boston's version of London's Portobello market… vintage clothes sellers, young fashion and jewelry designers rubbing elbows with cheese makers and antique dealers.  It changes every week!  A Farmer's Market is also held on Sundays from May to October.

Numerous public transportation options are available in the South End, which is erviced by the Silver Line and the Orange Line, as well as the Commuter Rail.

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