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It’s All About the Light!

It’s All About the Light!

Come home to West Newton!

You will fall in love with this gracious sun-drenched top-floor condominium in a much-loved West Newton neighborhood. Facing east, the sun streams in around the unit all day long.

Enter the sheltering front porch, to the private entrance, and leave your cares behind. Step up to the second-floor foyer, where you will find a deep closet for outerwear, boots, and more. The bright living room opens to the dining room, featuring a chair rail and a charming built-in china cabinet.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops with plenty of surface space. There are two pantries in the living room, and the hallway leads to an enclosed back porch that looks out to the tree-lined neighborhood.

Two good-sized bedrooms are separated by a hallway and a full bath with white tile.

The lovely front enclosed and heated sunroom looks out to views of Boston.

This home includes a private basement laundry–the kitchen pantry is plumbed and ready for washer/dryer installation if you prefer.

Gleaming hardwood floors throughout, crown molding, central air, tons of storage, and lots of transitional space.

Garage and off-street parking.

Located close to the Albemarle field, swimming pool, West Newton Square with shops, restaurants, Franklin Elementary School, the Commuter Rail, and easy access to Mass. Pike and Route 128. A true gem!

153 Cherry Street, #153
Newton, MA 02465
2 bedrooms, 1 bath
1,180 sq ft
Offered at $629,000

OPEN HOUSES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCT 22, 23 FROM 12 TO 1:30

Call Janet at 617-797-9497 for a private tour.

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The Napa Valley Spirit and an Amazing Hillside Chalet

The Napa Valley Spirit and an Amazing Hillside Chalet

Northern California’s Napa Valley is a lovely travel destination with beautiful scenery, an ideal Mediterranean climate, artful cuisine, and a culture of collaboration, camaraderie, and hospitality.

And now, here is an opportunity to live in a region known for more than great wine.

Savor Wine Country living from this gorgeous Napa Hillside Chalet located atop more than 2.3 acres. This elegant home is all about views of both vineyards and mountains. Each of the three stories has windows looking at the natural world’s beauty, the surrounding trees’ serenity, and a neighboring equestrian ranch.

The renovated chef’s kitchen has a Wolf gas range, white counters, a tile backsplash, and a wine fridge. Enjoy morning breakfast on the eat-in balcony.

The dining and living room, adjacent to the open kitchen and powder room, features tall, built-in bookcases and a brilliant view of the property’s oaks. The lower-level primary suite boasts a spa-like primary bath with a rain shower, a walk-in closet, automatic blinds, and secluded access to the hot tub. The upstairs bedroom with a peaked roof features a modern tub and shower combo.

Visitors will enjoy the one-bedroom, one-bath guest suite with an outdoor shower.

Bonus room off 1-car garage.

Epic gardens, picnic areas, and a horseshoe pit for endless summer outdoor activities.

Easy drive to downtown Napa and Napa Valley Country Club.

  • 2239 1st AVENUE, NAPA
  • 2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 2,270 Square Feet | 2.3 Acres
  • Offered at $1,725,000

The listing agent is ALISON CHRISTIANSON, Keller Williams, Napa Valley

Call or text Janet at 617-797-9497 for more information.

 

 

Truckin’ on to a More Balanced Market

Truckin’ on to a More Balanced Market

What a long strange trip it has been!” We have lived through one of the most incredible Sellers’ Markets in real estate history. Multiple offers, over-asking sales prices with homes going off the market in record time, low levels of inventory…all of these factors have broken through the typical measuring matrix.
It’s like we are truckin’ down the highway at 120mph, suddenly reducing the speed to 80mph better to see the view and the road ahead, for that matter!
Today we are seeing that days on market are accumulating as levels of inventory increase. Yet supplies are still limited relative to demand. We are still in a Sellers’ Market and shifting towards a more balanced market with pressure easing up for Buyers even with rising interest rates.
No one can predict the future. Nonetheless, whether you are thinking of selling or buying, it is never a good idea to attempt to time the market. The best route is to find an experienced Real Estate Professional to guide you through a successful transaction.
July 2022 brought 4.81 million in sales, a median sales price of $403,800, and 3.3 months of inventory. The median sales price is up 10.8% year-over-year, and inventory was up 0.7 months from July 2021. ~NAR
July 2022 Existing Home Sales Housing
Welcome to 29 Monomoy Road in Harwich Port

Welcome to 29 Monomoy Road in Harwich Port

Welcome to 29 Monomoy Road, Harwich Port, MA 02646

Contact Janet Porcaro for any questions at 617-797-9497 or Janet@Janetporcaro.net

CHECK-IN IS AFTER 3 PM (EARLY CHECK-IN MAY BE POSSIBLE DEPENDING ON THE CLEANERS)

CHECK-OUT IS BY 10 AM

JUST A FEW RULES

  • Please rinse off the sand with the hose or shower out back after beach visits. This will protect the hardwood floors and keep sand out of your sheets. 😉
  • This home has a septic system, so please put all garbage in the trash and avoid using the garbage disposal.
  • Please keep garage doors closed, especially at night, to avoid raccoons, chipmunks, bunnies, etc.
  • Make sure you turn off the hose after use.

ENJOY OUR DEEDED PRIVATE BEACH

Enjoy the beach! The path is before the bend in Monomoy Road. It is a wooded path. In the Summer, the beach guard should check in with you. Tell them you are guests at 29 Monomoy Road and give them your name.
FYI: launching a boat is not permitted. 

OTHER AMENITIES

Beach chairs, beach floats, toys, and the beach cart are there for your enjoyment. Please rinse sandy items before returning to the garage. Bicycles are available for your enjoyment.

SHEETS AND TOWELS

There are sheets and towels for your convenience. Please put your dirty towels and sheets through the laundry. If you run out of time on checkout day, you can leave the laundry in the basement for the cleaning people to complete. 

KITCHEN

The coffee maker is a combo espresso maker and coffee pot.  The toaster oven is also an air fryer. There is an old sandwich press in the corner cabinet. The lobster pot is in the garage. Swan River Fish Market (see below) will cook to order. Lobster utensils are stored in the cabinets. Please feel free to use pantry items. 

THE GRILL

The gas grill is on the back deck. Please note that the grill igniter does not work. To start the grill, turn on the gas, fire up the element, and use the firestick to ignite via the starter hole on the lower right corner of the grill.

INTERNET AND STREAMING TV

Comast Internet access is installed. The password is on the desk when you arrive. The television is set up with streaming.

Trash Pickup and Landscaping 

Trash pick up is on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Rubbish is removed from the driveway. Please leave the bins out in the morning. During the week, the garbage bins are kept in the front of the garage. The lawn is mowed on Wednesdays. Please keep the lawn clear of beach items, balls, etc. If the Property Manager needs to clear the lawn to mow, we will be charged for the time.

WHEN YOU CHECK OUT

  • Leave the garage door opener on the hanger in the kitchen. 
  • Return the key to where it was left.
  • Please strip all beds and put all linens and towels through the laundry if possible, or at least get the laundry started.
  • Run the dishwasher, if there are any dirty dishes.
  • Leave the deck umbrella down.
  • Make sure the heat/cooling is set to Econ.
  • Make sure the windows are closed.
  • Make sure the hose is turned off and the gas on the grill is turned off.
  • Please return any furniture that you may have moved to where you found it when you checked in.
  • Leave deck pillows in the basket by the slider in case of rain.

ONE MORE REMINDER:  Please leave the garage door opener and the key.

Feel free to cut some flowers to enjoy. Please water and feed the plant on the deck with the watering can in the garage.

FOLLOWING ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE SPOTS IN AND AROUND HARWICH PORT

This is only a partial list. You could spend days strolling Harwich Port Center. There are many local shops and places to find food, and drink. Please let me know if you try something spectacular that I should add to the list.

GROCERIES

Ring Brothers – Convenient groceries, seafood, deli, beer and wine, bakery, (seafood is from Chatham Fish & Lobster Co)

Hart Farm local farm-fresh vegetables and fruits, jams, and such.

Shaw’s, 18 Sisson Road, Harwich Port

Stop and Shop, 500 Route 13, South Dennis, MA 02660, across from Ring Brothers

Scribano’s Italian Market & Deli – Across from the trampolines, call ahead and avoid deli lines at the grocery store

SEAFOOD

Swan River Fish Market

RESTAURANTS AND TAKEOUT

Woolfies – We are a small, mostly to-go seasonal family breakfast bakery serving delicious muffins, breakfast pastries, and grilled breakfast sandwiches. (Order one of their amazing breakfast sandwiches online a day in advance, I’m not kidding, people line up for these sandwiches.)

The Weather Deck – Fresh seafood, burger, awesome sweet potato fries, on-site mini-golf course

Kream and Kone – Great fried and broiled seafood and more

Mad Minnow Bar and Grill – The Gullottis and Strangfelds partnered together in 2015 with a goal to bring high-quality, local products to Harwich Port. With a passion for the community, their aim for the Mad Minnow is to join people together for amazing food, scratch cocktails, and awesome beer.

The Port Restaurant and Bar – Contemporary Bistro Dining in the heart of Harwich Port

Bucas Tuscan Roadhouse – Italian Trattoria – make your reservations well in advance.

Cape Sea Grille – Located in quaint Harwich Port, Cape Sea Grille offers the freshest creative American cuisine.

KIDS FUN

The Trampolines – We are an outdoor, seasonal, recreational facility. This is our 61st season of making memories that last a lifetime! Pure fun for the whole family!

The Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Rock Climbing, Zipline – Open for our 33rd Season – Open 10 am – 9 pm Every Day

SHOPPING

Whimsey – New and Consigned women’s clothing – Whimsey carries an assortment of new merchandise consigned by regional clothing boutiques and designers, as well as unique items purchased directly from artists and wholesalers.

Sativa – Boutique gift shop located in picturesque downtown Harwich Port. Open year-round, 7 days a week. Offering something for everyone!

Dr. Gravity’s Kite Shop – More than kites, floaties, beach toys, and accessories.

SOME REVIEWS FROM RECENT GUESTS!

“We enjoyed a wonderful stay at this lovely Harwich Port home. It is just as pictured with a spacious updated kitchen and comfortable furnishings throughout. The property is very well maintained and the beachside location can’t be beat. The host responded immediately to any questions and was a pleasure to deal with.” ~Janet VRBO – August 27, 2022

 

“We loved our Cape stay. We have been coming to HarwichPort for 25 years. Watched our children grow up here. And it was great to return after a few years off for graduations and pandemics. The house and host were lovely and helpful. And the beach was special. Would happily return!” ~Peter VRBO 8/23/2022

“Great house in a great location!
Our family had such a great time in this house. It is a super short walk to a PRIVATE beach. We came the 2nd week of August and had the private beach to ourselves the entire week, it was amazing. The house also has tons of items to bring to the beach, chairs, sand toys, boogie boards, etc. The house was very clean, and had tons of amenities that we made use of on a regular basis. The kitchen was amazing, fully updated with a huge island and lots of counter space. The oven wasn’t working at the time of our visit, but there was a toaster oven / air fryer available for use that met our needs. The living space was great, there was one room with a TV and another room with games and a large table and couch for the games and puzzles. It would be nice to have another TV in one of the bedrooms, but we made due with our phones / ipads on the rainy day when we exhausted the games and puzzles. The outside shower was very nice, and you could use separate faucets for just washing your feet off after the beach. The inside bathrooms were nice, although a bit outdated, and the toilet in the master bath was very small with a slow flush that you have to hold the handle down to get it to flush. However, this is nothing that would hold us back from renting this property again. The bedrooms were very spacious, which you can’t tell from the pictures. We would absolutely stay here again, the location is amazing, close to the grocery store, mini golf, go carts, restaurants, and walk to beach. Thanks for the great week!”
~Tara VRBO 8/17/2022

“We had the best experience staying here – the beautiful home was truly better than we could have expected. Beautiful kitchen and open layout and huge yard for our kids. The location was great and such an easy walk to the most beautiful private beach.” ~ David B. VRBO July 2022

Great House / Great Location
“Nice clean and bright house with a short walk to a private beach. Roomy 3 bed room ranch and great outdoor space. We had a nice week.” Gary VRBO July 2022

“5-Star All Around”

“The only bad thing about this house… is that it’s not ours! We loved our stay: the welcoming and spacious layout, the sleek kitchen, comfortable furniture at every turn, birds in the beautiful yard, the quiet & privacy, and (of course) proximity to the beach. It was a treat every single day to walk down the path to the ocean. Janet is also the ideal host: thoughtful, friendly and responsive from start to finish. Thank you again for opening up your beautiful home. You made our summer!” Eric R. Date of arrival – August 28, 2021

“Hydrangea Heaven”
“A comfortable house, clean, well-stocked, nicely decorated, with a new kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. The large yard is beautifully landscaped with gorgeous hydrangeas and other plantings, in a quiet neighborhood, an easy walk to a private beach. The owner was responsive, helpful, and easy to deal with. We’d rent here again.” Mary S. VRBO

“Great Stay”
“Wonderful house and very convenient location to private beach!” ~Joe H. VRBO

“Perfect Family Vacation Property”
“The property far exceeded all of our expectations. The expansive gourmet kitchen is connected to the dining room and two great rooms enabling our family to do different things but still be around everyone. The Master bedroom has a private deck accessed by a sliding door. Very private and great for viewing the many foxes chasing rabbits. The other two bedrooms were fine. The yards are professionally manicured with beautiful flowers. Tons of beach chairs, beach towels, games, bikes, beach games, and more. The second deck off the kitchen was quite large and has appropriate furniture. The hammock is a nice touch. In summary, we would absolutely recommend the property and will come back next year.” ~Jeffrey S. VRBO

“Perfect Summer Getaway Minutes Walking from a Beautiful Sandy Beach”
“Our family had a wonderful week staying at this amazing house in Harwich Port, conveniently located off the beaten path yet close to everything at the same time. It has all the creature comfort we ever wanted in a summer house. The kitchen is well stocked with all the amenities, including a wide variety of seasonings for at-home cooking. The coffee-and-expresso machine was incredibly convenient for our daily use. The house comes with 3 spacious bedrooms with comfortable beds and clean linens. It was wonderful to see a closet full of bath and beach towels. The private beach was a short walk from the house; kids really enjoyed swimming in the ocean. We went biking a couple of times, once around the rail trail nearby, then drove to P Town to ride around the sand dunes. We brought 4 bikes; our daughter got to use one of the bikes from the garage. Our kids rated this as one of the most comfortable stays and they are picky!” ~Jing M. VRBO 7/31/2021 at 10:03 PM

Digging Clams on Cape Cod

Digging Clams on Cape Cod

Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod is a beautiful spot on the east side of Harwich also bordering Chatham and Orleans. During low tide, shellfishing is fairly abundant but only by permit with regulations that are strictly enforced. Permits can be purchased from the Harbor Master see ThreeHarbors.com. One-day permits may be purchased for non-residents prior to “digging.” Even if you don’t want to dig for clams, it is worth the trip because Pleasant Bay is so beautiful and the water is warm and lovely for swimming for playing in tide pools.

Soft shell clams are dug up from the sand during low tide. The digger first starts in with a rake, then uses their hands to find the elusive clams. We like to steam our soft shells and little necks and serve them with melted butter. The little neck also makes a great clam sauce.

Quahogs are larger-sized little neck clams who have been growing longer. To find these guys one must wade out into the water and search. These are too tough to eat alone but can be chopped and served stuffed into the shell.Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod “Harwich Shell fishers must obtain a full-year permit from Town Hall. Family Shell fishing through September is permitted on Wednesday and Saturday only with a limit of one ten-quart pail of shellfish for the week. Please check the regulations at the Harbormasters Office, at Town Hall or at this website. The role of the shellfish constable is very important to managing the resource for its good. Spend a moment with one of our wardens and learn how to measure quahogs and meet the team.” ~excerpted from the Harbor Master’s website, at ThreeHarbors.com.