Putter’s Retreat: A Home with a View
Silver Spruce Drive in Grafton
Soaring interior spaces and sweeping vistas lend this amenity-filled home spaciousness and light. Its prime location on a generous lot in the Highfields Golf Course Community offers the privacy of a cul-de-sac with stunning views of the golf course, a valley and lake, and spectacular sunsets. The surrounding community is a golfer’s dream that includes a walkable neighborhood and even a restaurant.
Step inside the two-story foyer and appreciate the care and craftmanship of custom moldings and hardwood inlays throughout the house. The kitchen is built for entertaining with updates including a kitchen island, plentiful space for food prep, and twin pantries. Wander into the family room with its airy ceilings and views of the golf course as well as a graceful brick fireplace.
Upstairs, four generous bedrooms provide comfortable living space, including a custom master suite with cathedral ceilings, abundant closet space, and a separate shower and soaking tub. French doors open onto a deck with more beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.
This home is perfect for anyone with an appreciation of gracious living.
Hidden Acres: A Garden Hideaway
Green Street in Northborough
The private location of this spacious home captures an unexpected intimacy. Four acres of grounds peppered with colorful wildflowers and laced with hidden paths offer the opportunity for limitless moments of quiet contemplation and communion with nature. A circular patio rimmed by a stone wall provides outdoor living space.
Wander up the meandering walkway and step inside a home with endless possibilities. From the kitchen with its classic cabinetry, island, and wine rack and cooler to the dining room with its wainscoting and tray ceiling, this house is built for entertaining large groups or cozy gatherings. The family room features a catwalk and a fireplace flanked by towering windows, while a bright sunroom brims with sunlight and showcases the magnificence of every season.
Upstairs, four bedrooms include a master suite with a large jacuzzi soaking tub, separate shower, and skylight. Don’t miss the bonus space on the third floor waiting to transform into whatever your heart desires: meditation nook, library, music room, or exercise studio.
This home has abundant privacy and limitless possibilities that beckon a discerning buyer.
Poolside Haven: Indoor and Outdoor Living
Prospect Street in Shrewsbury
You must visit this property to drink in all it has to offer. Not far from the heart of Shrewsbury lies an oasis filled with endless possibilities for entertaining and recreation.
Step inside this unexpected gem and you’re sure to be surprised by the abundance of living space. The main floor showcases a sun-filled formal living room and dining room as well as an eat-in kitchen with ample counter space and gorgeous cherry cabinets. Continue to the family room with its custom built-ins and stone fireplace.
Four large bedrooms span the upstairs, with a master suite that includes an enormous walk-in closet. Sprawling indoor living space also includes a finished basement featuring a half bath and a kitchenette for convenient entertaining.
Unique to this home is its outdoor entertaining space. A spacious patio opens onto the private, tree-lined back yard, offering a shady space for outdoor dining or lounging. The adjacent in-ground swimming pool and patio is perfect for sun-drenched days spent poolside.
Don’t miss the opportunity to create your personal haven in a desirable community. This home is ready to welcome you.
Real Estate Market Update for Shrewsbury Massachusetts | September 2018
Hi, I’m Maribeth Lynch from Thrive Real Estate Specialists, and this is your Shrewsbury market report through the end of September 2018.
As mentioned in prior reports, the Shrewsbury real estate market is strong!
Year to date, the total market volume is up 9% over the prior year. This is made up of home prices up 5.4% and unit volume up 3%.
We’ve seen an uptick in days on market for sold homes to 48 compared to only 36 last month. But not that much different from 46 last September.
There has been an increase in inventory. As of October 1 there were 114 units available in Shrewsbury which is more than last month’s 98 units. This is also a jump over last year at the same time which was 95 units. We’ll keep an eye on this increase, because up until this month, inventory had been mapping to the prior years cycle.
We already discussed days on market for houses that sold, but let’s take a look at days on market for properties that are still on the market. As it has been through most of this year, the days on market have been running much lower than the prior year. October 1 was 61 days on market vs. 75 last month and 105 one year ago.
As you would expect, many lower priced homes have not been on the market as long as the average, while homes above $700,000 have more than average days on market. And some higher price ranges (above $800k) are even showing less days on market than in the prior year.
So surprisingly, we are seeing shorter cycles which is good news for sellers, and more inventory which is good news for buyers. This means a healthy market.
As we’ve mentioned previously, homes in Shrewsbury sell over a wide price range. At the low end, we saw a residence sell for $145k in September; and at the high end, a home sold for $1,190,000. So hopefully most of you will be able to find homes in your price range!
Shrewsbury continues to have a healthy real estate market.
Inventory is high enough to offer a reasonable selection, and desirable homes are still moving fast.
And prices and unit sales are up over the prior year.
That’s your Thrive Real Estate Market Report for Shrewsbury through September, 2018.
The coolness of fall appears to be arriving, and the earliest signs that the leaves will be changing are showing. Fall in New England, it doesn’t get any better than that. Enjoy!
Recent Market Updates
by Maribeth Lynch, Owner/Broker Thrive Real Estate Specialists
Most people think of springtime as a season for renewal, but I find that every season brings its share of unique ways to refresh myself and my home. And although my kids are grown, the start to the school year each September feels like a shift … sometimes bringing immediate relief from relentless heat, other times melting into the beautiful days of Indian Summer. As the leaves change to the fiery, vibrant colors of autumn, we change as well, turning our minds toward the coziness of home in the fall and winter.
Last winter I wrote about one of my new favorite concepts: the Danish lifestyle mindset called hygge. While this notion of appreciating and savoring life’s simple pleasures can be practiced at any time of year, I find it particularly suited to a season of holidays and family, food and friends, and the warmth of hearth and home.
I’ve found myself thinking recently about ways to infuse my home with the magic of fall while also recharging and renewing myself after a busy summer, and I’ve identified several ways to pursue an infusion of warmth and energy in my surroundings and outlook:
Activity and Routine
Whether or not we have kids returning to school or college in the fall, we can consider the end of summer as a fresh start to the “work year” – a time for a mid-year review of work/life goals and an opportunity to refresh our focus. It’s a good time to establish new routines at work or in daily life – perhaps a regular break at a favorite coffee shop or a weekly lunch with a friend.
Calming the chaos is especially important for families with school-aged children. The return to school can feel hectic with back-to-school expectations and the inevitable paperwork pileup. Creating a master family calendar with everyone’s weekly schedules can help a family busy feel more in control of all the expectations. Color-coding activities by family member can help everyone stay on top of obligations.
Finally, I like to make sure to add in a little something for my physical and mental health. Physical exercise can be more difficult to do indoors as the weather gets colder, but long walks in the crisp fall air are invigorating. Meditation provides perspective and a much-needed break from the day’s worries. Journaling is also a way to clear the mind and focus priorities.
Simplicity and Balance
Minimalism is liberating. It can feel claustrophobic to be indoors with a lot of pileup. And as entertaining moves from outside to indoors, creating indoor space is imperative when hosting a big holiday bash or even an intimate dinner. Fall is as good a time as spring to de-clutter a home. Sifting through all of the summer accumulation and purging unneeded belongings lifts a burden both physically and emotionally. Rent a Dumpster and fill it with anything broken and cumbersome that can’t be repurposed. And with the holidays on the way, it’s also a great time for charitable giving of gently-used items that we no longer need.
I also think the change of seasons brings a renewed opportunity to look at my home with an eye toward balance. Evaluate each room in terms of lighting, color, and the placement of furniture and accessories. Try to achieve a look that is both practical and pleasing to the eye.
Warmth and Comfort
Fall offers opportunities to connect with roots and family as well as to create a holiday home. As we begin the slow journey to winter, the nights get longer and the days get darker, making home lighting a priority. With less natural light streaming through the windows, it becomes important to choose warm lighting options that brighten rooms while lending a sense of coziness. I also suggest bringing the best of the outdoors inside in the form of fall colors, which are traditionally warm and inviting. Use vibrant reds and oranges or softer earth tones to accentuate your existing palette. Using texture and ambiance like patterned throw pillows and scented candles will lend a home a more gracious feel than filling it with kitschy holiday decorations or seasonal knickknacks. My rule of thumb is to keep it understated.
As we find ourselves spending more time indoors, I urge you to think of how to make your home into a sanctuary. If you’re a cook, perhaps this means planting an indoor herb garden for fresh flavors throughout the winter. In the bedroom, consider using sounds and scents to complement soothing colors; sound machines and scent infusers help create a peaceful atmosphere. What is your passion? Create a reading nook with a cozy blanket or stock up on scented bath products. You know what you like best, so surround yourself with your favorite things, like photos, books, and candles.
Meanwhile, outdoor activities do not need to come to a total halt. While we may need to bundle up a bit when the temperature starts to drop, there are still plenty of opportunities to create curb appeal and indulge in fall landscaping. A passion for gardening need not end; many plants thrive when planted during the fall. And don’t forget to plant spring bulbs like daffodils and snowdrops so they’ll be ready to dispel the gloom of winter when the seasons change again. For those without a green thumb, a tasteful seasonal wreath or a few cheerful pots of mums can spruce up a yard.
All of my suggestions for a hygge-filled home this fall translate well if you happen to be staging your house for sale before the holidays. Prospective buyers will see your house as a home, which will help make that sale. And in the meantime, you can enjoy a lifestyle that lends itself to renewal.
Thrive Real Estate Specialists Owner/Broker Maribeth Lynch
gives Updates on the August 2018 Real Estate Market in Shrewsbury MA
The Shrewsbury real estate market is strong.
Compared to the prior year, we’ve seen housing sales increase by nearly 8%. And, average selling price is up by nearly 5% to $432k.
The number for days on market for those sales was very low – 60 days for the prior year, and a very similar 58 days for the past 12 months.
What about inventory? It seems that after a long period of tight inventory, that we are starting to see a change, and the stats back that up: One year ago, there were 132 listings in the Shrewsbury market and today there are 1444 listing – about a 9% increase.
If we look more closely at inventory, we see that most of the increase in inventory really happened in the last 30 days because just one month ago, there were only 133 listings.
This modest increase in inventory might be a trend to pay close attention to.
Days on Market
One other interesting thing to keep an eye on is days on market. For houses that have sold over the past 30 days, the average days on market was only 36. So, desirable houses are moving. But if we look at inventory today (units not yet sold), the average days on market for those units is 80 days. So, you can see the importance of making your home desirable.
For fun, let’s take a look at the TOP and the BOTTOM of the market:
Bottom: 34 Oakland Avenue was a 2 bedroom / 1 bath home that sold in only 18 days for $175k.
Top: 437 Main Street is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath home that sold in 71 days for $1,850,000.
In summary, Shrewsbury is a strong market.Prices are increasing.
And although we may be seeing inventory start to tick up which is good for buyer selection, desirable homes are still moving fast.
That’s your Thrive Real Estate Market Report for Shrewsbury as of August 2018.
Happy end of summer and start of school year!!
How to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
These days, there’s a lot of talk about “living green.” As a matter of course, we recycle everything from cardboard to plastic to metal and glass. Our communities regularly hold recycling events for items such as electronics. And more towns are adopting the same type of plastic bag ban that Shrewsbury has recently enacted to encourage reusable bags and less waste.
Green living also addresses the size of the carbon footprint we each create. One way to reduce our environmental impact is to adopt energy-efficient practices in our homes. Many of us already drive energy-efficient cars. Why not implement some energy-saving conventions at home as well? It isn’t as difficult as you might think and it can save you a lot of money in the long term.
I’m not suggesting that you rush out and replace dated appliances that are perfectly functional. If you’re not sure where to start your energy savings, begin by thinking small. Start by swapping burned-out incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and compact fluorescent options. Take some time to evaluate your home heating systems. How out-of-date is your thermostat? Smart thermostats are not terribly difficult to install and their programmable features allow you to control your furnace even when you are asleep or away from home. Some heating and lighting systems can even be controlled remotely by a smartphone or a tablet.
When one of your appliances does give out, shop for an ENERGY STAR certified replacement. ENERGY STAR certifies everything from furnaces to kitchen appliances to washers and dryers to television sets. Visit www.energystar.gov/ for more information. In addition to energy-efficient product listings, the website also provides useful energy-saving tips for homeowners that are easy to incorporate into daily routines.
If you’re willing to tackle a slightly more involved project in pursuit of energy savings, have a contractor or energy auditor conduct a review of the insulation in your attic and basement and the sealants around your windows and doors. Windows that are original to older houses are particularly prone to energy loss. Replacing weather stripping, adding sealants, and installing additional insulation can cut down on drafts and energy leaks. As a rule of thumb, if your home was built before 1980 and hasn’t been updated, it’s likely that your insulation is inadequate.
Massachusetts has many incentives in place to promote the use of renewable energy. Residential use of solar panels is increasing in popularity and their installation can dramatically reduce a household’s energy costs. For more information on available programs, visit www.mass.gov/solar-information-programs.
Energy efficiency isn’t the only way to make your home more environmentally friendly. You can also save money and diminish waste by reducing your water usage. If your water heater needs to be replaced, you should consider a tankless water heater, which eliminates the cost associated with keeping large amounts of hot water in a storage tank. Low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads can also cut down on the amount of water you use each day.
I am always looking for ways to streamline my life and eliminate waste at home. With renewable energy programs becoming increasingly affordable and advanced technologies growing ever more pervasive in our daily lives, reducing our environmental impact at home is easier than you might think. A little research can set you on a path toward shrinking that carbon footprint and leaving behind a cleaner, greener planet for future generations.
For a complete listing of available financing programs and tax credits available to Massachusetts homeowners, check out www.mass.gov/solar-information-programs.
How Can You “Rightsize” Your Next Home?
Earlier this year, I shared exciting information about several new mid-century homes on the market in Shrewsbury, many of them within walking distance of the center of town. As you might imagine, those properties drew a lot of interest based on their location – but they also appealed to some prospective homebuyers because of their size and amount of yard space.
There has been a recent trend among certain homeowners toward downsizing to a more manageable lifestyle. While there are plenty of buyers out there who are still looking for large homes for their families, there are many families that are finding they require less space than before. The reasons vary – children growing and moving out into the world, a desire to abandon large-scale material possessions and concentrate on a more experiential lifestyle focusing on hobbies or travel, or a heightened interest in lower home maintenance and increased energy efficiency. But whatever the reason, there has been a demonstrable surge in interest in curating a smaller living space rather than sustaining a sprawling property.
Fortunately, a town like Shrewsbury has many smaller homes, and a lot of them are in excellent condition, having been lovingly maintained and updated throughout the years by diligent homeowners. There are also condominium units on the market for those who desire a simpler lifestyle. If you’re in the market for a new home, there are a few considerations to address when determining how to best “rightsize” your next home purchase.
1)Savings. What are the financial benefits of moving to a smaller home? What will you save on your monthly mortgage payments? How much will you net on the sale of your current home? If more money in your pocket is appealing to you, are you willing to give up some of the space you have now?
2) Needs. What are your “must-haves?” Maybe you don’t need as many bedrooms as you currently have, but an updated kitchen or bathroom is important to you. What about a garage? Storage space? What kind of yard do you wish to maintain? What about location?
3) Effort. Are you willing to put in the work necessary to pare down the number of belongings in your everyday space? Swapping a large home for a smaller one involves hard choices about what to keep, sell, recycle, and donate. One solution for items that you don’t currently use but may wish to access in the future is to rent a storage unit. There are several options nearby. This be an involved project, so you should think about whether you have the resources and energy to systematically sift through all of your possessions and make some hard choices. However, that effort can also be a big payoff in the long run when you enjoy the simplicity of less cleaning, yard work, and general maintenance.
4) Ambiance versus Maintenance. Many homeowners appreciate the “charm factor” that accompanies older, smaller homes. Nuances like built-in cabinetry and pocket doors outweigh the potential pitfalls of maintaining an aging house. But for those who value ease of life over architectural aesthetics, a gleaming new condo might be a better choice than a freestanding home that was built 100 years ago.
5) Self-Perception. I know that it can be hard to admit, but our homes are extensions of ourselves. We maintain them, decorate them, spend long hours in them, and ultimately, they become reflections of who we are. If your current home serves at least in part as a status symbol, you may want to rethink moving into a humbler dwelling. While a lot of people are bucking the convention that money can buy happiness, it’s fair to say that our egos can be intertwined with our living space.
6) Routines. This is an important question to ask when assessing any potential move. What impact will your new home have on your lifestyle? Whether it is a question of your children changing schools, having to shop regularly at a new supermarket, or a change in space for entertaining, a move affects many of our established routines.
If you have thought through the benefits and drawbacks of moving to a smaller home and it is something that you would be interested to explore, please contact my team and me. We will be happy to talk you through the process of finding the home that is the right size for you.
Homes For Sale in Shrewsbury MA- 19-21 Sias Avenue
Just Listed by Thrive Realtors!
Open House Sunday 9/10/17 11:00-1:00pm
Calling all fans of the classic American bungalow: we may have found your match. This home simply commands a presence on its incredible corner lot, with a porch and huge deck overlooking the big, flat yard. The new Lakeway Commons is just a short walk away from this tight-knit neighborhood. You’ll be able to roll out of bed and stroll over to Starbucks for your morning Joe. A Whole Foods and Burtons Grill will be pretty much in your backyard. But back to the house, which has been in the same family for the past 55+ years. Step inside to find beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, original moldings with some great wood grain, unusual grillwork set into the brick fireplace, a handsome staircase, and a flexible floor plan that allows you to maximize the interior space. Upstairs are three good-size bedrooms with ample closets for the era. Screened-in patio and detached two-car garage. Come usher this quintessential American home into its next chapter, which is sure to be a love story. Showings start at Open House.
Call/Text Maribeth 508-641-9323 for more information
Homes For Sale in Shrewsbury MA- 11 Heatherwood Drive
Just Listed by Thrive Realtors!
Open House Sunday 9/10/17 12:30-2:30pm
Exceptionally well cared for Cape in coveted Saxon Woods! Freshly painted in soothing yet crisp colors inside AND out, this gem also has new Harvey 8-over-8 windows and new water heater. The foyer offers a teasing glimpse of the living room, flooded with natural light and graced with a granite fireplace. The heart of the floorpan is the dining room, with a lovely, lighted built-in cabinet and views of the great yard. Those gorgeous hardwood floors can be found in every room, including the kitchen, where you’ll find granite counters and cherry cabinets. There’s a first floor bedroom, plus a great full bath: glass shower, pedestal sink, timeless floor tile and beadboard. Three bedrooms and the second full bath are upstairs. Got stuff? No problem. This house has plenty of places to put it. Deck or patio? No need to choose: this home has both. The spacious breezeway can easily accommodate a drop zone as well as a pleasant sitting area. Partially finished LL w/ fireplace, two-car garage Showings start at Open House.
Call/Text Maribeth 508-641-9323 for more information
Homes For Sale in Shrewsbury MA- 19 Floral Street
Just Listed by Thrive Realtors!
Open House Sunday 7/23/17 12-2pm
Love the idea of living in a neighborhood, but still want some privacy? This is the place for you. Tucked away from the road, this classic & pretty American Four Square is perched on a knoll overlooking the neighborhood that grew up around it. Once an active farm with a history dating to the turn of the century, the home retains much original charm, but has the updates you’re looking for. The white kitchen has granite & SS appliances, while the bathroom has an on–trend square sink and tiled floor & walls. On the old house side of things, you’ll find an oh-so-pretty stained glass window, five-panel doors w/ lovely doorknobs, amazing hardwoods, a window seat, and an unusual (and useful!) built-in linen closet upstairs. A recent addition offers a great place for the family to hang out, overlooking the lovely, serene deck/pool area. The guinite pool is ready for you to make a splash! Floral St elementary school is just around the corner. Easy access to Rte. 9 & great shopping. Really nice! Showings start at Open House.