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Posted by St. Martin Team on 1/15/2021

This Condo in Westford, MA recently sold for $517,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by St. Martin Team - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


124 Westview Drive, Westford, MA 01886

Condo

$489,000
Price
$517,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Sun-splashed and spacious! This “Wachusett” end unit town home boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths and a 3-car garage (a rare find at Hildreth Heights!). The open floor plan features a dining/living room with a gas fireplace, soaring ceilings & skylights. The kitchen has plenty of cabinets, counterspace, plus a pantry. The sunroom, rebuilt in 2018, opens to a private deck. Single-floor living possible with laundry, master bed/bathroom, and guest room with full bath all on the main level. The second floor has a large bedroom and private bath, plus a loft space with built in shelving – a perfect home office. The lower level is split between a huge two-car garage and a partially finished basement, providing lots of space for storage, gym, workshop, or finish it to add even more living area. New roof and skylights! Exterior ramp for accessibility. Close to town center, golfing, skiing, Cornerstone Square & the Point for shopping & dining, easy highway access & Westford's award-winning schools!






Tags: Westford   Real Estate   01886   Condo  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by St. Martin Team on 1/14/2021

Many sellers aren’t sure how to give a positive spin to their small backyard. We imagine that most homeowners want a large expanse of green with various types of trees and maybe even room for a vegetable garden.

However, there are ways to make a small yard a good thing. After all, less yard means less grass to mow and water and worry over when drought hits.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on making your tiny yard appealing to buyers.

Decorate wisely

Making an area seem more spacious is often a matter of smart decorating. Just like you can make a room appear bigger with bright colors and mirrors, you can make a yard appear bigger with proper landscaping and outdoor furniture.

When it comes to patio furniture, keep it simple. You don’t need a massive set of furniture in a small yard, and filling your yard up with chairs will make it feel crowded.

Choose a few well-placed decorations for your yard, and keep it simple.

Container gardening

A good way to make a small yard feel more in touch with nature is to plant in containers. Sticking to a central theme with your plants will give the yard a sense of continuity and simplicity that will make it feel welcoming.

Container gardening is also a good option for people who live in arid areas prone to drought. You can choose drought resistant plants that are easy to maintain.

Landscaping is key

You know how a cluttered and messy bedroom feels small and unwelcoming? The same is true for a cluttered and unkempt backyard. Cutting the grass and trimming the trees and hedges will go a long way. However, also remember to not use your backyard as a storage space. Tools and equipment that aren’t put away will make the yard feel even smaller than it already is.

Set a focal point

Small backyards don’t need a lot of features and amenities. One key area is enough to satisfy the eye. Rather than choosing several small decorations, stick to one thing. Whether it’s a small box garden, a fireplace, or a well-placed tree, drawing the eye is one way to distract from the size of the space.

Small is a style

The last important thing to keep in mind is that houses with small backyards are usually found in locations where small backyards are expected. You wouldn’t dream of finding a large backyard behind a class brownstone in Brooklyn, and as a result, the small backyards of those builds have taken on a charm of their own.

If you aren’t sure about how to incorporate landscaping and decorations in your tiny backyard, look up some inspiration online for urban backyards that match the style of your home. This will attract buyers who are already looking for something that your home already has--character.





Posted by St. Martin Team on 1/8/2021

This Condo in Westford, MA recently sold for $395,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by St. Martin Team - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


24 Highland Rd, Westford, MA 01886

Condo

$409,900
Price
$395,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Move-in ready townhome at the highly-sought-after Village at Stone Ridge 55+ community. The main level features a fully-applianced kitchen with tile flooring, gas stove, recessed lighting & a light-filled dining area, a formal living room w/hardwood floor, corner gas fireplace & sliders to exterior deck, first-floor master bedroom w/large closet & private bath, and an additional half bath w/pedestal sink & washer/dryer. The second floor offers another bedroom & full bath, plus two rooms of finished/unfinished storage space. The spacious, unfinished, walk-out lower level provides lots of extra storage space, or opportunity for customizing a future family room, game room, home theater, or whatever suits you. 1-car garage, central AC, and BRAND NEW CARPETING IN BEDROOMS, STAIRS & SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY. Lots to enjoy at this active community; club house with great room, kitchen and fitness room, walking trails, and easy access to restaurants, commuter routes and tax-free shopping in NH






Tags: Westford   Real Estate   01886   Condo  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by St. Martin Team on 1/7/2021

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A fireplace is a cozy addition for a home that can add aesthetic value as well as warmth to your space. Whether you’re building new, retrofitting, or shopping for the perfect home there are options for most situations. You’ll find many design options as you start to shop but the initial consideration should be to determine a fuel source.

Wood fireplace

Wood-burning fireplaces offer the crackle of the fire, the fragrance of pitch, and the soft glow of coals. For some, there's nothing better than a perfectly lit wood fire. But along with the cozy flames and the perfect scent come some considerations. 

Potential for smoke: If the flue does not open correctly or if there is a blockage within the chimney, you may find smoke coming into your room instead of out the flue.

Chimney maintenance: The wood you burn and the temperature of your fire determines how clean your chimney stays. At least annually, have your chimney professional swept to remove the buildup of creosote that can cause house fires.

Ashes: You will need a plan for disposing of the ashes once the fire is out.

Natural gas

A fireplace that burns natural gas can either be open or closed. An open hearth appears to be the same as a wood-burning fireplace and requires a chimney. These are called "vented" fireplaces. You can easily convert a wood-burning fireplace to a vented gas fireplace if you have access to a gas line. 

An enclosed gas fireplace is a “ventless” unit. These require more intensive construction but are great to give you the “look” of an open fire without access to the flames. These can either operate on natural gas or propane.

Gel system

A gel fireplace doesn't require specialized installation. Canned gel burns in a special unit that does not need ventilation. Often available in modern, minimalist designs, these fireplaces do not need access to gas lines or electricity. They can be installed anywhere on any wall.

Electric

Outside of the gel unit, the most effortless option to incorporate is an electric fireplace. Rather than flame, they use heated coils to provide warmth and a fan to project the air into the room. They often include flickering lights and simulated flames. Electric fireplaces require no vents and can install anywhere within proximity to an electrical outlet.

No matter which fireplace you select, take care to install it properly and operate it by the manufacturer's instructions. If a fireplace is an important feature to you, make sure your real estate agent knows it's on your "must-have" list.





Posted by St. Martin Team on 12/24/2020

When you budget to buy a home, you sit down, do the math, and try to estimate what all of your monthly costs will be. There are so many monthly costs that come with being a homeowner that can make the whole process complicated. Sure, you have taken the standard costs into account like home insurance, property taxes, and even utilities. But there are a few out-of-the-box costs that you’ll need to consider for your house hunt.


Flood Or Other Natural Disaster Insurance


Natural disasters are costly and devastating. Many homeowners who live in areas that are affected by natural disasters like floods and earthquakes often opt for additional coverage for their homes. Premiums for earthquake and flood insurance often end up being very high. As a natural disaster strikes, these premiums can go up even more. If you live in one of the high-risk areas for natural disasters, you’ll want to check with your insurance agent ahead of time to plan for the additional costs that these special kinds of insurance will incur.


Water Costs During A Drought


There are many areas across the US that suffer drought conditions from time to time. Your water bill can skyrocket during these times. It’s best to continue conserving water and watch your bill closely in order to try and save some costs. There’s not a whole lot you can do otherwise to control your bill. You’ll need to stay prepared with some extra cash on hand in case of these emergencies and know that costs can rise due to different environmental conditions.  


Tax Hikes And Special Assessments 


As a homeowner, you’ll need to prepare for different kinds of assessments and tax increases. If your condominium complex needs significant repairs then you’ll probably end up paying an assessment to help offset the costs. This is what comes with belonging to a homeowner’s association. 


You can’t prevent that the town is building a brand new school that requires a tax increase, nor can you prevent roof damage on one of the buildings in your complex. Financially, this is a hidden cost of homeownership that you should be prepared for. 


Unexpected Maintenance Costs And Home Furnishings


Once you move into a home, you’ll need to prepare for the unexpected. The dishwasher may need to be replaced. The roof may need repair. The walls may need some paint. 


When you buy a home you may also need a bunch of things to furnish the home. These could include dishes, pots and pans, sofas, beds, and more. You don’t want to leave your new home completely empty! You also don’t want to be without vital appliances like an oven or a sink for too long if they are outdated or in disrepair. This is why it’s a good idea to have extra money on hand to deal with any of these costs.


The best rule of thumb to follow when buying a home is to always be prepared with a but of extra cash on hand to avoid major issues down the road.           








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