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January 2017 - JANET PORCARO

Cabot Elementary School, Newton, MA

Cabot Elementary School, Newton, MA

Cabot Elementary School, Newton, MA
229 Cabot Street
Newtonville, MA 02460
(617) 559-9400

This video was created by Julianna Lakomski, a senior at Newton North High School.

Cabot PTO

“Both of my children have attended Cabot and we have been very happy with the quality of teaching, sense of community, and the values of service and learning imparted by the school. Dr. Quarcoo has been a fantastic leader; unfortunately she has retired as of this year but hopefully the new principal will be equally as good. He certainly has a wonderful group of teachers, parents, and staff to work with!” Excerpt from GreatSchools.Org

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9 Places to Nosh in Newton!

9 Places to Nosh in Newton!

9 Places to Nosh in NewtonGreat food can be found in all the villages in Newton, MA.  My annual list of 9 of the best in 3 categories, sandwich and cafe food, pub food, and fine dining. There are so many more great places to nosh in Newton. Food is love and Newton is a great place to connect for coffee or lunch with a friend or mark a special occasion with dinner with someone you love. You might enjoy sitting quietly alone enjoy a savory bite while you get some work done.

Cafe’s and Sandwich ShopsL'AromaCafe&Bakery

  • L’Aroma Cafe and Bakery, 15 Spencer Street, West Newton, MA,  617.630.0006
    L’Aroma is more than a special place to enjoy delicious food. L’Aroma is a well loved community center where friends come to meet and enjoy the food, the local art displays which are constantly changing, and the spacious upstairs parlor with comfy chairs and lots of table where people meet to work or talk business.
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  • George Howell Coffee in Newtonville, 311 Walnut Street, Newtonville, 617-332-6886
    Another fabulous community gather destination. Gourmet coffee headquarters. “Our Newtonville location is truly our coffee lab. We brew new coffees to gather customer feedback before offering on our webstore and test new coffee equipment and brew methods.”
  • Breadsong Bakery, 349 Auburn St in Auburndale, MA, 617-964-4004
    Nothing like fresh baked breads in the morning. Great sandwiches and soups.
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TheLocalPub Food

  • West Street Tavern and Restaurant, 7 West Street, Nonantum, MA, 617-795-0883
    Friendly neighborhood tavern and restaurant…Great tagline that doesn’t mention the fabulous food, more than burgers and tacos. Try the sweet potato crust cod, just for one. Great specials too, including full bellied fried clam role, a New England fav!
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  • O’Hara’s Food, 1185 Walnut Street, Newton Highlands, MA, 617-965-6785
    Remember the old TV show, Cheers, “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” This is the essence of O’Hara’s. A local hotspot where you bump into so many friends and people you know enjoying some of the best food in town.
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  • THE LOCAL, 1391 Washington Street, West Newton, 617-340-2160
    Creative American Food and just like their tagline, “Live Simple, East LOCAL”New England style pub celebrating seasonal and local foods. Try CHEF BRIAN’S MISO SALMON.
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@lumierenewtonFine Dining

  • Lumiere Restaurant, 1293 Washington Street, West Newton, MA, 617-244-9119
    Lumiere has become a famous Boston fine dining spot with an ethic of working with local producers producing great products that were raised and harvested locally. Consider trying the Chef’s Whim Tasting Menu with five blind courses and optional wine pairing.
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  • Farmstead Table, 71 Union Street, Newton Centre, MA, 617-928-600
    Fine dining in an intimate dining ambiance serving innovative fare in the style of a classic American country kitchen. Actively involved in the local community and the sustainable food movement.
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  • Sycamore, 755 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, MA, 617-244-4445
    Fairly new bistro with award winning chef, David Punch of Ten Table, Sycamore has received raving review from the press and from my foodie friends in the field. Can’t wait to try it and the Provincal Stew.
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4 Myths About Homeownership

According to a recent report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the past 15 years have seen a drastic shift in how Americans approach renting and owning. More people are renting, while fewer are buying houses. In fact, the average annual growth number for renting is now approaching the peak number homebuying reached in 2006, just before the housing market crash.

The reasons for such explosive rental growth are numerous: lingering effects from the economic collapse in 2008, the revitalization of many urban cores, Baby Boomers aging out of their houses, and high rates of student loan debt among Millennials. Boston is a particularly expensive rental market full of debt-saddled college grads, many of whom probably still see home ownership as out of reach.

But should they? Maybe not. The apartment experts at ABODO know a little something about renting, and they’ve broken down four of the most common myths that keep renters from homeownership. Read on to find out how buying a home might be a smart choice for you.

MYTH #1: Homeownership Is More Expensive Than Renting

Not necessarily. As demand for rental properties has grown, so have rents. In fact, in 2015 rents nationwide rose 4.6%, the largest increase in almost 10 years. According to a recent study, it’s cheaper to buy a house than rent in 42 states, including Massachusetts. Down payments might give you sticker shock, but more often than not, a monthly mortgage payment will be comparable (or less) than rent, and at least you’ll be gaining equity. Plus, mortgage interest payments are tax-deductible. This handy calculator from the New York Times can tell you if homeownership might actually be a good financial move.
MYTH #2: Your Savings Will Never Recover

After a downpayment, and mortgage payments, and furnishing, and repairs, and maintenance, and property taxes… saving money is a lost cause, right? Think again. Every mortgage payment that pays down principal and interest is a kind of “forced savings account.” You have to pay it, so you do. But unlike a rent payment, that money isn’t gone forever, into your landlord’s bank account. Assuming you don’t default on your loan and go into foreclosure, you’ll see it again, albeit in a different form. Establishing equity in your house is a long-term investment that will also make you eligible for new lines of credit. It might take 30 years to pay for your house, but it won’t be 30 years of checks down the drain.

MYTH #3: You Can’t Get a Loan

Yes, the days of subprime lending are over — and thank goodness, given how that turned out. After what happened from 2007 to 2009, banks are understandably cautious about handing out large loans for new homeowners. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. In 2014, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced a new initiative, aimed at encouraging first-time homeowners, that backs mortgages with extremely low down payments — as low as 3%. There are conditions, of course: Potential homebuyers must buy private mortgage insurance and have a high credit score (at least 620). But such a low down payment (the standard is 20%!) is a major help for younger homebuyers who might still be paying off student loans.

MYTH #4: You’re Too Young to Own

According to the National Association of Realtors, over 35% of new homebuyers in 2015 were Millennials, making them the largest group of recent buyers for two years running. And the median age for Millennial homebuyers was 30. So it’s not just Gen X or Boomers buying houses. (In fact, Boomers are moving into apartments in droves.)

Obviously, homeownership is a major life decision, and not one you should make after reading one internet article. Before you commit to a mortgage and years of minor home repair, it’s a good idea to take an honest look at your finances, your priorities, and your plans for the future. But if you decide to take the plunge into homeownership — and you’re in the Boston area — get in touch with Janet at comehometoboston.com to set up a consultation. Happy house-hunting!

This article was provided by Lizzy Manthe at ABODO

Read 3 Reasons Why You Should Stop Renting in Boston!

3 Reasons why you Should Stop Renting in Boston!

3 Reasons why you Should Stop Renting in Boston!

Seriously, why would you miss out on the opportunity to own with amazing choices like these. Renovated with the quality of life you deserve in mind and with new systems and updates everywhere. Not only does this create a small carbon footprint, your cost of living will leave you in the green. Don’t forget an easy commute also adds more quality of life and less expense!

1. 4983 Washington Street #3, West Roxbury, MA 02132

MLS #72107712
2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 836 sq. ft.
Offered at $369,000

Why rent when you can own

3983 Washington St, #3, W. Roxbury

Turn key condo has been completely renovated with every amenity for luxury living. All hardwood floors, recessed lighting, crown molding, open layout,  Sunny white kitchen with stone countertops, center island, and stainless steel appliances. Two generously sized bedrooms, in-unit laundry, and a patio for outdoor space. Updates include new high-efficiency furnace, central air conditioning, complete insulation keep the cost of living down. This is a commuters’ dream– conveniently located in close proximity to Centre Street shops.

2. 74 Wellington Hill St #2, Mattapan, MA 02126-3159

MLS # 72108279
3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1,011 sq. ft.
Offered at $275,000

74 Wellington Hill St, #2, Mattapan, MA

74 Wellington Hill St, #2, Mattapan, MA

Urban Gem! Enjoy the best of modern luxury living. Stunning completely renovated condominium has an open layout with many possible arrangements suitable to your life style. Hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings with recessed lighting, and in-unit laundry. The white chef’s kitchen has the WOW factor! Sleek and beautifully equipped with a stone-­topped island for your guests to gather. Shaker cabinets and fabulous open layout. Master suite with lots of closets. The best of city living is yours with easy access to public transportation and highway access, not to mention, great restaurants, shops, and parks.

3. 74 Wellington Hill St #3, Mattapan, MA 02126-3159

MLS # 72108281
1 bedrooms, 1 baths, 729 sq. ft.
Offered at $215,000

74 Wellesley Hills St, #3, Mattapan, MA

74 Wellesley Hills St, #3, Mattapan, MA

Same as above with the difference…Penthouse living with lots of great light. Same hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, in-unit laundry, and lovely white kitchen. Come home to the best of modern luxury living in this spacious, gracious renovated condominium.

Listing broker is Chris Kostopolous, Keller Williams Realty in Newton.

If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net.

Read more about 4 Myths about Home Ownership

Read More at 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying a Home Come True

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Come See This Updated Home Under $400,000 in Historic Stoughton

Come See This Updated Home Under $400,000 in Historic Stoughton

MLS # 72104670
46 Ewing Drive
Stoughton, MA 02072
Offered at $375,000

Come See This Updated Home Under $400,000 in Historic StoughtonCharming Cape Style home beautifully updated and improved. Features a new construction two car garage equipped with Florescent lighting for the auto buffs. Handsome grey exterior with three dormers.

The Interior

Come home to the open kitchen living area with stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, grey and white marble backsplash, and white Shaker style cabinetry. Martha Stewart style framed chalk board wall for your grocery lists and notes to loved ones. First floor bedroom with full bath–great for extended family or visiting friends. Additional room on the first floor would make a great dining room, sitting room, den or office.

Front to back master bedroom with large closet and a third bedroom with walk-in closet. Spa quality bath tiled with Manhattan Stone.

The Addition

Expansive entertaining-sized Great Room over the garage.  This room would make a terrific family room, home office, or media room. Heated with a romantic oversized Heat ‘n Glow gas fireplace.


Full basement with good ceiling height. Beautiful 2011 Weil McLain Gold Series heating system. All lights in the home have been updated to LED last year.

The Exterior

Since 2013, many important updates include a new roof and gutters installed by GBI Avis, both front and back lawns have been recently replanted. Newly paved driveway, new front walkway.


Located on a tree lined side street in historic Stoughton, this lovely home is a hidden gem, located less than a mile from Historic Stoughton Center and the Train Station. Enjoy Ski and Snowboarding at Blue Hills during the winter months. Summers enjoy swimming at Ames Long Pond. Year round activities can be found at Halloran Park recreational facilities for all ages. Stoughton has so much to offer!

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Open Houses

Friday, January 6, 2017 4 to 5:30pm
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 12 to 1:30pm
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 12 to 1:30pm