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January 2011 - JANET PORCARO

Picture spring in this sunny three bedroom condo in Newtonville, MA

Picture spring in this sunny three bedroom condo in Newtonville, MA

Though there are signs that the spring market has begun to sprout, it is hard to envision what a backyard will look like with children playing on the grass, when the snow blankets everything.  Wow! What a find in Newtonville–a nicely renovated 3 bedroom condominium listed for $415,000. A  handsome exterior sitting on a large level lot, (approximately 11,235 sq ft) with  garage parking to boot. (Active at the time of this post.)

Step inside the first floor unit and admire the sunny fire-placed living room. Don’t miss the attached sunroom.

15 Elmwood, Newtonville, MA

Sunny fireplaced living room with adjacent sunroom

Walk through the adjacent dining room, and through the generous pantry into the crisp, clean white kitchen.

15 Elmwood, Unit 1, Newtonville, MA

White kitchen with generous pantry

Three bedrooms and a modern bath make this a comfortable home for everyone.

Imagine picnicking in the snow! Just kidding!

15 Elmwood Park, Unit 1, Newtonville, MA

Imagine this beautiful yard in the spring!

Spring really is around the corner. If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at Janet@LifeinNewton.com.

MLS # 71177962
15 Elwood Park, Unit 1, Newtonville, MA 02460

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, 1450 sq ft living area
Listing agent: Benjamin Mandelbraut, Homes-R-Us Realty of MA, Inc.

The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2011 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

Everything old is new again at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA

Everything old is new again at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA

Harvard Book Store

Excellent selection of new and used books

Harvard Book Store has been one of my favorite bookstores for more years than I care to say! While living in Cambridge, I would frequently browse the Staff Recommended section to find books. Some of those I found are still among my favorites. Recently I stopped in for a baby gift and found two of my favorite books in Staff Recommended display.

I think I finally figured out why I love this bookstore so much aside from the fact that I have so many good memories accumulated over the years. The staff are devoted to serving readers and share a passion of books. More than once they have helped me find a book when I can’t remember the title. I have given them the scantiest hit and somehow and they manage to find it for me. They belong to the club of life-long-learners. While the store  has always maintained a cheerful focus on excellent service, more recently this local business has become an outstanding model for great marketing and service through social media.

Harvard Book Store Staff Recommends

Harvard Book Store Staff Recommends

Check out www.Harvard.com. The web site is chock full of entertaining and useful features. You can browse the window on line–just for starters. The “Staff Favorites” pages are crisp with loads of beautiful images and personal recommendations and reviews. Enjoy an outstanding slideshow about the history of Harvard Book Store. My favorite find was he LibraryThing, which I found on www.Harvard.com. It is a great social media place for recording and sharing all about books.

In a world dominated by chain stores, local establishments such as the Harvard Book Store are precious resources. Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Book Store is open 363 days per year. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

What is your favorite bookstore in the Greater Boston area?

How’s the market? Let’s compare two homes in Newton

How’s the market? Let’s compare two homes in Newton

The question of the day: “How’s the market?

I have been asked that question at least once a day over the past month. The best answer about the overall market is looking at the facts and figures. But when choosing a home, facts and figures aren’t enough. The essence of home is personal.

Let’s look at two active listings in Newton. As you take them in, notice your reactions to the homes. Both of these beautiful single families are located on the south side of Newton, Massachusetts. At the time of this writing, they were currently each listed just over $1,000,000.

16 Sharpe Rd, Newton, MA

16 Sharpe Rd, Newton, MA

36 High Rock Terr, Newton, MA

36 High Rock Terr, Newton, MA

Newton Homes for Sale

Facts alone don’t tell the story

16 Sharpe Road, Newton, MA 02459 – a spacious gracious Contemporary located in a woodland setting. Lots of light from the many skylights and windows for your bird watching pleasure. This lovely home has been generously expanded and renovated in 2004.

Fireplaced living room

Fireplaced living room

Woodland Setting

Beauty of the natural world

Newton Homes for Sale
Contemporary kitchen

Thank you to Roman Reznikov, Listing Agent, Weichert Realtors.

36 High Rock Terr, Newton, MA 02467 – a 2007 renovation of a Colonial with an open floor plan. Spacious deck and screened-in porch opens the home to the outdoor world. The quality of design and construction is evident in this beautiful home.

Screened porch of living area

Screened porch of living area

Open living space

Open living space

Elegant construction
Elegant construction

Thank you to David Walsh, Listing agent, RE/MAX First Realty, Inc.

Both of these homes have many similarities, including the excellent south side locations; proximity to Newton Schools; nice placement on good sized lots; excellent flow from the inside out. Yet each has a unique style and feeling. For example, notice the differences in the fireplaces. The one in the contemporary home has a brick surround, the other a classic wooden mantel. The windows of the colonial are divided into smaller panes, those in the other offer an unbroken view. What is the essence of home for you? What is the single most important quality/feature that you desire in your home?

To see more Newton Listings, visit www.YourNewtonMove.com. To arrange a private showing, contact Janet@AroundBrooklineNewton.com.

The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2011 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.