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


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
What You Don’t Hear About

What You Don’t Hear About

It is not easy to get a property under agreement in this competitive market without promising your firstborn. All joking aside, this is a true story that happened to my Buyers. It is about real estate professionals who are absent when they should proactively advocate and advise their clients. But, please don’t get stressed—It’s a happy ending.

After a frustrating period of looking at undesirable homes and losing bidding wars, my Buyers found a home they liked. The offer included a mortgage contingency, and to demonstrate their strong motivation to buy this home, they offered a large deposit to be put in escrow with the Purchase and Sales Agreement.

The Sellers countered by requesting a twenty-day close date which is not something every Lender can pull off. After careful consideration, the Lender assured us that this timeline was achievable.

Bang, accepted offer!

Then came the race to get it to the closing table. Did I mention it was a twenty-day close?

With my Super Hero Team of Professionals, we completed the Attorney’s review, the Purchase and Sale Agreement was signed, rushed title, and the Lender gave the clear to close.

Then two days before closing, we got the word that there was A LITTLE PROBLEM. The Seller decided to refinance a few days before the closing date for some unknown reason. In the process, the closing attorney who did the refinance missed a couple of steps and CREATED (PREVENTABLE) TITLE ISSUES WHICH COULD NOT BE CLEARED IN TIME FOR CLOSING.

The irresponsible decision to refinance and the subsequent chain of events would delay the closing. Why? Maybe they didn’t understand. Possibly, no one was there to advise them. Furthermore, perhaps no one told them how unreasonable it is to ask for a twenty-day close.

All Realtors® with high professional standards prepare their clients by setting expectations and maintaining tight communications between all parties.

This was not a total disaster because:

  1. It was only a short delay because our Attorney stepped in and corrected the situation.
  2. There was a rate lock in place.
  3. The Buyers had not scheduled a moving day and had a place to live.

Thanks to the incredible Super Hero Team of Professionals, this transaction closed within two weeks. The irony is that the close date was the original date the Buyers had wanted, and it was the seller who pushed for a quick close. Karma. Story ending: my wonderful clients are happy with their new home and the transaction results.

Buying or selling, It matters who you work with…

The Super Hero Team of Professionals

The Realtor®: Janet Porcaro

The Lender: Amy Tierce, Radius

The Attorney: Stephanie Asimakopoulos, Ligris

Ask Me about Nevins Hill Condos in Brighton!

Ask Me about Nevins Hill Condos in Brighton!

This 55 unit luxury condominium development in Brighton is impeccably designed and features units ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. An exciting opportunity to get in early during this pre-construction phase.

The building will have exceptional amenities including a garage, elevator, fitness center, work pods, state of the art club room with an adjacent roof terrace that has sweeping city views. The renowned development team brings a custom level of finish and a true community-based living experience to high-end condominium residences.

Pricing ranges from $700,000s to $1,400,000.


Aren’t you curious? Give me a call at 617-797-9497 for a Buyer Agent’s Consultation.

Charlesgate is the Listing Brokerage
New Boston Ventures is the Developer
Wolf in Sheep Design is the Interior Design Company


Great Find: 2017 New Construction Condo in Elevator Building in Newton

Great Find: 2017 New Construction Condo in Elevator Building in Newton

77 Court Street, Unit 107, Newton, MA 02458, MLS 72952331, offered at $875,000.

Rarely available two bedroom two bath unit with 1,575 square feet of living space offered at $875,000.  Walk into the open kitchen, dining, and living area with large sliders looking out to the private deck. This unit has an excellent layout with lots of closets including two walk-in closets in the master bedroom.  The kitchen features a large waterfall island, warm cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. There is an in-unit laundry.

This very pretty unit comes with 1 garage space and one exterior space plus a large storage unit on the garage level.

This 36 unit in a 2017 elevator building has common areas that include a lobby with seating area and small library, bicycle racks in the basement, rear outdoor patio with charcoal grill station and picnic table, and dedicated Visitor Parking. The professionally managed Association is strong with good reserves and high owner occupancy.

Located just behind the famous Cabot’s Ice Cream Shop on Washington Street! Close to the Commuter Rail, Grocery stores, shopping, and dining destinations are a stone’s throw away!

If you or someone you know would like a Buyer Agent’s Tour, please call me at 617-797-9497! 

The Listing Agent is Maxine Burtman, Coldwell Banker.