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Urban Delight at 149 South Street, Unit 1, Jamaica Plain

Urban Delight at 149 South Street, Unit 1, Jamaica Plain

149 South Street, Unit 1, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Offered at $575,000 6 rooms 3 bedrooms 1 full baths Living area 1,000 sq. ft. Beautiful 2 bedroom+ condo in the heart of Jamaica Plain. Meticulously maintained with Pottery Barn colors, lots of modern day conveniences such as central air, in-unit laundry–and yet in keeping with the old-world charm, wide crown molding, beautiful hardwood floors front bay window. The stunning updated kitchen with beautiful granite breakfast bar, stainless steel appliance, and fabulously finished cabinets with lots of storage. The rear pantry is also a generously sized laundry room. Sleek updated bath with glass enclosed shower. Master bedroom has Off-street parking in the rear, large enclosed basement storage area, fairly new updated systems.

Listing agent is Melanie Fleet, Keller Williams Realty If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net or call 617-797-9497. 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.

Newton Centre Community Garden!

Newton Centre Community Garden!

No wonder Newton is referred to as the Garden City. One of the most beautiful display gardens has been designed, planted, and tended to by a volunteer group within Newton Community Pride. The All-America Selections Display Garden is located Newton Centre.

The garden is in bloom from April through September each year with spring bulbs, planted the previous October, followed by summer flowers planted in June. In recent years, the volunteers have also grown all of the summer plants for the Newton Centre garden. These include the All America Selection varieties as well as others. This activity starts in early February with seeds and seedlings and ends in June when these summer flowers replace the spring bulbs in the garden. Over the years, several greenhouses in Newton and Waltham have been used to grow these annuals. In 2005, Newton Community Pride was granted use of the greenhouse facility at the Newton Cultural Center. ~NewtonCommunityPride

Volunteers are always welcome at the Newton Centre Garden and other public spaces, as well as the greenhouse. For additional information, call 617-796-1540 or contactus@newtoncommunitypride.org.

*Other Massachusetts All-America Selections Display Gardens:
Amherst: University of Massachusetts
Stockbridge: Berkshire Botanical Garden
Wellesley: Mass Hort. Society New England Trial Garden

Come Home to West Roxbury – Sold by Janet

Come Home to West Roxbury – Sold by Janet

Just recently sold, this turnkey single family home is located in a sought-after location on the Brookline/Chestnut Hill line with easy access to Highland and West Roxbury stops on the Commuter Rail. Close to great restaurants, parks, Roche Bros.

Stunning kitchen with stainless steel appliances and marble countertops with counter seating open to the dining room. The first floor includes a large living room with a fireplace, spacious family room with sliders to the fenced in yard. Home office or 4th bedroom also on the first floor.

Come Home to West Roxbury

Fireplace living room, home office, and family room

Spacious family room

Spacious family room

Walk out of the kitchen to a beautiful stone patio ready for outdoor fun and dining.

The second floor has three large bedrooms, completely renovated bath, and laundry. Almost everything has been updated in the last 6 years. Large clean basement with direct entry from garage, central air, beautiful paver patio and walkway, young roof, lots of insulation, and many more updates.

Another Happy Home-Owner – Sold by Janet

Another Happy Home-Owner – Sold by Janet

~Google Review

Congratulations to my buyers for their recent closing on 9 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA, a lovely single family home located in a tranquil setting overlooking farmland. Imagine coming home to this beautifully renovated kitchen. Open to the dining area, living room with a wall of windows, and a bright family room. The home is back from the main road and sits on over a 40-acre lot. From the living room, you can look out to the fabulous Moose Hill Farm!

This home is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a finished basement. So happy to think of this family enjoying their lovely new home.

Tranquil Sharon

Renovated kitchen

View to the backyard

The Farm at Moose Hill

The Farm at Moose Hill

Healthy farming leads to healthy people and a healthy community. This is why Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon has partnered with the local, family-run Ward’s Berry Farm to offer organic vegetables to our surrounding communities. MassAudobon.com

Tranquil Sharon

“The Heights” report on Newton Village People First Quarterly Meeting

“The Heights” report on Newton Village People First Quarterly Meeting

OurNewton.org Gets Shout Out in The Heights

“The Village People” is a an open committee under the auspices of The Mayor of Newton. A reporter from The Heights (Boston College press) attended and reported on the first quarter meeting.

OurNewton.org is a volunteer-run community website that publishes events and news all about Newton, MA. I have been involved in OurNewton.org for 9 years now along with many other volunteers and high school and college interns.

“A popular topic of conversation revolved around OurNewton.org, a one-stop website featuring news on events and initiatives from all 11 villages of Newton. The organization operates as a not-for-profit and volunteer-driven organization, where any visitor can request for their event to be listed under a specific calendar on the site—some calendars cover local business, some concern entertainment, and others have content geared specifically toward elders, teens, or parents of small children.

Janet Porcaro, hailing from Newton Corner (though she considers herself a Newtonville resident at heart), used her introduction to explain the site a little further.

“I’m a real estate agent, an adoring grandmother, and I am a secret geek,” she said. “So my thing is for the past nine years I have helped run OurNewton.org.”

She said that the site gets at least 600 hits a month (“easy”) and over 6,000 people receive the newsletter weekly, though she conceded she’s been a little off-schedule as of late.

The discourse delved into a discussion about the logistics of alternate calendar systems—one that could reach a wider audience and could also be more centralized. Ideas ranged from Facebook calendars to Google calendars, to even setting up a mass email list owned by the town—an idea shot down by Rice, who pointed out that the emails would be technically public information and could therefore be accessed by ne’er-do-wells.”  The Heights