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Newtonville grand Victorian exemplifies patterns of home
27 Grove Hill Ave.
I’ve driven past this elegant Newtonville home a million times and admired the exquisite roof lines and intricate facing, as well as, the remarkable marriage of house to land. Not just a simple matter of curb appeal, this house inhabits the site. Step into the sheltering porch, which is graced with archways around, and transition from outside in. Once inside, you will be reminded of the grand era of the late 19th century when this home was originally built (1880 according to public record.) As with many homes of this era, this gracious home has qualities that have come to define the timeless essence of home.
The home has been favored with excellent renovations and restorations include a beautifully designed kitchen, central air, 1st and 2nd floor laundries, spa quality baths, and more. Beginning with the grand foyer, the rooms flow one to another gracefully with many common elements, such as wide hallways, broad landings, and more intimate rooms like the library, the sun porch, and master suite sitting room.
Gracious and welcoming foyer
Room by room, you will find repeating patterns that define the home with graceful archways, many architectural details including round rooms, and five fireplaces. Restored fixtures and other details all contribute to an historic charm.
The natural light is constant throughout with many exquisite windows. The relationship of indoors and out is further enhanced with balconies, screen porch of the master bedroom, wrap around front porch, spacious deck.
There is a 3 car garage/carriage house equipped with separate systems with central air.
27 Grove Hill Park, Newtonville, MA 02460 Offered at $2,700.000 15 rooms 6 bedrooms 3 full baths 1 half bath Living area 6,322 sq. ft. Lot size: 24,451 sq. ft
Listing broker is Lee Cooke Childs, Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate Inc., Brookline – If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net.
Porch off master bedroom leading to balcony overlooking deck and carriage house
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The housing market is recovering and people are getting more positive again. What really slowed the recovery was the backlog of home owners in distress, owing more on their home that the market value. Experts agree we are nearing the end of that cycle. Here’s a quote from Celia Chen, the Senior Director at Moody’s Analytics:
“The forces pulling the homeownership rate lower are past their apex. House prices are rising, but remain affordable at 21% below peak even as rents rise. Some who lost homes early in a crisis can now qualify again for mortgage loans.” She’s talking about those boomerang buyers. “As housing recovers and consumers again see prices rising steadily, perceptions will swing back to favor homeownership.”
Even the boomerang buyers, those who went through with the worst of it, had to sell their house either as a shortsale or as a foreclosure; they’re back in the market now in droves. And there was just a recent update by HUD showing that people who lost their home through a foreclosure,short sale, and bankruptcy may be eligible to finance their home again in as little as 12 months, not that two years or three years they’ve talked about in the past. This is a reduction from the previously required minimum of 36 months from the date of the most recent event. Released August 15th, just a few weeks ago, HUD provided guidelines under the back?to?work extenuating circumstances,meant to ease the path for homeownership for many.
So what is taking place right now? Those people who lost the house to short sale, foreclosure, or bankruptcy, many of them, based on some criteria, will be able to buy a house again within 12 months of that event, cutting back that ? in some cases three years, and in some cases they could squeeze in a little over two years ? cutting that back to 12 months. And the resource section of KCM will actually give you the URLs so that you can get more information on this if you’re working with those boomerang buyers, and they are getting to be a bigger and bigger part of the market. But even that group,the group that went through the worst of the housing crisis, is back looking to buy homes.
The Greater Boston Area is filled with beautiful landscapes and architecture marked with historic significance. One of Newton’s local treasures is celebrated in the new film “The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum: Big Buildings, Big Machines, Big Stories,” produced by Newton residents Ellie Goldberg and Laura McCarthy Johnson.
When I found out about the museum, I became very excited about it as a wonderful example of a time when public money went to public good in the public interest. They wanted clean water for the people of Boston. ~Ellie Goldberg
The waterworks in Chestnut Hill was active from 1880 to 1970. After years of standing in disrepair, a grassroots citizen group, Friends of Waterworks, organized to preserve the facility and its legacy.
Ellie Goldberg hopes the film will be an inspiration and reminder of the importance of civic pride and craftsmanship as well as the importance of investing in maintaining our water infrastructure for clean drinking water for our health and quality of our communities.
The film will screen on Wednesday, September 11, at 7 PM at The Waterworks Museum at 2450 Beacon Street. Tickets: $5.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: The Metropolitan Waterworks is a prime example of a magnificent public works project – clean water for the people of Boston. The Waterworks Museum captures a time when leadership and craftsmanship achieved exquisite beauty in form and function in service to public health. Its stunning cathedral-like Great Engines Hall instills a sense of amazement and gratitude to the architects, engineers and scientists whose values and standards show a pride of purpose and pride of place – so often absent in managing our public infrastructure today. I hope the film BIG BUILDINGS, BIG MACHINES, BIG STORIES will excite interest in the Museum and start conversations about our government’s role in both safeguarding the public health and enriching the quality and sustainability of our communities. – ELLIE GOLDBERG
(from left to right) NewTV Host Jenn Adams, Lauren Kaufmann, Museum Interim Director, Producer/Director Ellie Goldberg, and Producer Laura McCarthy Johnson. Photo by Angela Harrer