Our real estate assistant, Q the Jack Russell puppy (lower left), is thoroughly entranced by the luscious pears a considerate neighbor has placed near the entrance to Goose Cove Reservoir. It’s uplifting to experience this simple and kind gesture! #whyweloveCapeAnn
This unique downtown property offered attributes that were particularly attractive to our client, a healthcare safety company offering state-of-the-art pharmaco-vigilance services for the pharmaceutical industry. 6 Park Street features a dazzling 1889 Victorian that was thoughtfully updated to support both residential and business purposes on a rare mixed-use 1-acre lot. After negotiating a very favorable agreement, we were able to help the company’s principals reach a comfort level that their planned usage would be allowed in Topsfield by coordinating meetings with the building inspector and their local attorney during the home inspection period. We wish them great success in their venture!
Ensconced on a private cul-de-sac adjacent to the Rockport Golf Club, this well-kept, intelligently designed 3 bedroom home offers a luminous open-concept floor plan that is ideal for larger gatherings as well as…
An unprecedented Seller’s Market is creating vicious bidding wars on the North Shore
It is a well-known fact that Buyers are routinely waiving contingencies in an anguished attempt to procure an accepted offer. With apologies to Edvard Munch, it is enough to make an eager buyer SCREAM!
Waiving your right to a home inspection is a big risk, especially if you’re buying an older home or foreclosure or any property you plan to flip or rent out to others. Without an inspection, it’s impossible to know what problems lie within a home — or, more importantly, how much time and money those problems will take to fix.
When you don’t have that information, there’s no way to know you’re making a smart deal. What if you find wiring issues when tearing out the walls? What if your future renter finds black mold? Will you be liable for their medical bills? You’re taking a huge risk when you can’t fully assess a property before buying it.
If you’re considering waiving this contingency, you’ll want to think about:
- The home itself: How old is it? Who were the previous owners? How well-kept does it look, both inside and out?
- Your budget: Do you have the resources to address a big issue if it crops up?
- Your team: How confident are you in your contractors if something serious arises? Do you also have a good attorney on your side in case there are legal issues?
Before you opt to waive your inspection contingency we always advise that you bring in your most trusted contractor or knowledgeable advisor to view the home with you. Do they see any glaring issues? Any signs that indicate a deeper problem may be present? Don’t be afraid to walk the property several times to be sure. Additionally, always use an experienced professional Realtor that will be able to point out potential pitfalls.
Look very closely at the seller’s disclosures you receive. If there has been a lot of work done on the home, it may be a red flag that bigger issues exist on the property. Ask your Realtor to search the public record and procure the deed of the property in order to report any potential concerns before making your offer.
This Village home received an immense reception when offered in October of 2020!
Offered for $995,000
Zillow Zestimate Range $947,000 – $1,050,000.
Red Fin estimated value: $1,011,114
The Kristal Pooler Team showed it 110 times in one week
The Kristal Pooler Team received 16 offers
Closed for the price of $1,295,000!
Sold on December 8th 2020! Nestled in lush woodlands at the end of a long private drive, this distinctive, architect-designed contemporary home on nearly 5 acres offers unsurpassed privacy yet is convenient to excellent public and private schools, highway, shopping, and commuter rail. The flowing open-concept floor plan and a plethora of skylights, windows, glass doors, and vaulted ceilings create a serene luminous atmosphere. This remarkable home offers superb spaces for everyday living, working from home, extended families, and those considering aging in place possibilities. Three wood-burning fireplaces! The wood deck invites your barbecue grill and is perfect for evening star gazing under light pollution-free skies.
This well-tailored brick Tudor Revival was built circa 1920. It enjoys the unique aspect of having frontage on freshwater Niles Pond as well as frontage on a deeded sandy beach on Gloucester’s Outer Harbor. Now lovingly referred to as ‘Swan Cottage’, the current owner purchased this signature property in 2006 and proceeded to enhance its legacy with a series of spectacular additions and renovations. The 2+ acre lot includes a 3-room granite cottage, manicured grounds, and a formal rose garden. A brilliant array of well-established border gardens and thoughtfully designed plantings dot the broad lawn and granite outcroppings of this magical estate.
The Moorings at 3 Norton’s Point
One of the highest public residential sales on the North Shore this decade!
The Kristal Pooler Team is thrilled to have helped our clients purchase this landmark property! 3 Norton’s Point is situated on approximately 3 acres and enjoys 450 feet of shoreline at the mouth of Manchester Harbor.
The circa 1883 shingle-style residence was designed by renowned architect Arthur Little. In 2002, it was extensively reconstructed by the noted builder, Tom Silva and his crew from the TV show ‘This Old House’ The renovation went on for 10 months and 26 episodes!
The open Atlantic beckons! The breathtaking view (mid-December) of Tuck’s Point’s iconic gazebo and the islands.
The Spacious Boat House has a great fireplace!
A grass-covered causeway leads to the boathouse and deep water dock
3 Norton’s Point was offered at $9,750,00. Our clients offer of $8,650,00. was accepted in August of 2019 and closed on December 16th, 2019. This is one of the highest public residential sales in Manchester’s history. The new owners are delighted to re-plant their North Shore roots with the acquisition of this magnificent maritime Pied a Terre!
Listed for $450K / Sold for $553K!
This home was listed for $450K on July 29th, 2019. It was an estate sale with a mandate to get the highest price possible. It sold for $553K . For the first two weeks of August, we showed the property to over 40 qualified buyers (there were no open houses per request of the estate) and entertained multiple offers. The market spoke as offers shot up and contingencies melted away.
One of the first things that people say when we meet them is “You always represent such special houses”!
We must confess that our hearts lean toward unique homes and the people who love these uncommon homes. We delight in marketing homes that have ‘intangible’ value. The value that comes from privacy, layout, patina, sunlight, views, prevailing breezes, gardens, trees, fireplaces, and yes, sometimes quirkiness! We will sing the praises of homes that don’t rely solely on the latest amenities and finishes to tell their stories. We love selling homes that have a sense of timelessness and place.
No matter how many homes someone has owned or how analytical they are, the heart always speaks first. Buyers purchase homes that feel right. Buyers want to see themselves swimming in the quarry, relaxing by the fire with a good book, creating masterful culinary delights or perhaps, a grilled cheese sandwich, in the kitchen. They can feel how it will be to have coffee on the deck, watch the birds, or take a relaxed stroll through the neighborhood.
The funny thing is that often the homeowner had the same feelings when they first saw their house. It is a privilege to watch a seller describe their home, their yard, their neighborhood and their memories of living there. Most unique homes are not perfect, but time and again, we see buyers falling in love with a house not despite the quirkiness but because of it. Knowing the idiosyncrasies of homes that we sell and the clients we represent allows us to find the perfect buyer and in doing so, obtain the best price.
When we put a buyer, a seller, and a home together, we know that we are participating in a kind of alchemy. Our clients sense it too. It’s a win-win!
SOLD SUMMER 2019! When we want to experience the most inspirational ocean sunsets and refreshing sea breezes on Cape Ann, we head to Gloucester’s historic village of Lanesville. We love to walk on Lanes Cove’s newly reconstructed breakwater and drink in the magic! We are honored to be marketing the ‘Pancoast House’, a circa 1845 Cottage named after the renowned artist, Morris Hall Pancoast, who once lived and painted there. Sited directly above the cove, it is the kind of place I imagine a budding novelist escaping to on languid summer retreats. Or perhaps a plugged-in urbanite seeking a restorative getaway from the hectic pace of city life. Live your special dream here.
The Pancoast house is being offered for sale: Click Here to learn more.
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SOLD OCTOBER 2019! Wilderness Farm is an opportunity to craft your rendition of the perfect equestrian home. The complex includes a 4 bedroom main house, separate 2800sf studio with guest quarters, a 4 stall barn, and an indoor riding ring, all on acres of fenced paddock and lawn. The lot includes an adjacent 8.8-acre undeveloped parcel for privacy and further equestrian use. Wilderness farm abuts and enjoys DIRECT private access to the 525
“Be still my beating heart for it has been captured by 2 Walker Road, Manchester!”
A porte-cochere (something not often seen on the North Shore and defined as a doorway to a building or courtyard, “often very grand” through which vehicles can enter from the street) and columned portico are clues to what lies ahead in this one-of-a-kind brick residence built in 1926.
The yard is fully fenced and boasts a heated pool, landscaped gardens, and specimen plantings. A screened porch overlooks the yard. I look forward to seeing this yard in bloom, though I think that it will likely go under contract before that. There is also an architect-designed tree house that I opted not to tour!
The house offers five bedrooms, three full baths, and two half baths. The updates have all been tastefully done without spoiling any of the specialness that makes this home unique.
The details are swoon-worthy – fine millwork, paneled doors and hardware, crown molding, wainscoting, hardwood floors, radiators (which are so often removed in favor of baseboard heating) a stunning curved staircase leading to the second level, French doors, and two wood-burning fireplaces.
The layout is very livable. The kitchen has a center island, breakfast nook, and butler’s pantry. The baths have been updated, but not too updated. The mudroom and laundry room add functionality. There are suites on both floors that can be used as a master.
Walker Street is about a mile from the town center and close to Route 128.
I would love to show you this hidden jewel if you happen to fall in love with it in the way that I have. Call me (978-764-4506) and I will be glad to send you full details on the property.”
The property is listed by Hannah Barker and Nicole Monahan of Landvest for $1,625,000. Hannah and Nicole hosted a broker luncheon with sandwiches from Green Grocer of Ipswich.
Gathering Farm has long been a central component of the region’s equine history. Once part of a 100+ acre racing facility and breeding farm, it became the home of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) in the 1970s. Under the tutelage of world-renowned horseman and Olympic 3 Day Eventing coach, Jack LeGoff, and the ascension of world-class riders such as Tad Coffin, Mike Plum, Bruce Davidson and David O’Connor, Gathering Farm, along with nearby Ledyard Farm and Myopia Hunt Club, was at the epicenter of what has been termed the golden era for American equestrianism.
‘ Located in an estate neighborhood, this unique property offers the potential to design and build your custom equine abode or to possibly subdivide. ‘
True to its legacy, Gathering Farm continues to this day as a premier professional boarding and training facility on 17+ acres. Located in an estate neighborhood, this unique property offers the potential to design and build your custom equine abode or to possibly subdivide.
” If a house does not go under contract in ninety days does it mean that the market is weak?”
Real estate agents, buyers, sellers, and the media talk about ‘the market’ ad nauseam. The market is good. The market is bad. The market is strong. It is a buyers’ market. It is a sellers’ market. Demand is high. Prices are up. Prices are down.
Thankfully, we live in a part of the country where most of the houses are not ‘cookie-cutter’. We have relatively few subdivisions where the same home was built again and again with minor changes. It is easy to discuss the market when you are talking about a 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial with a two-car garage. It is a no brainer for agents and appraisers to estimate the sale value of these houses.
Many of the properties that we sell are unique. The house is unique. The location is unique. What is the market for these houses? If a house does not go under contract in ninety days does it mean that the market is weak? Does it mean that the house is overpriced? Or does it simply mean that the house is so unique that there is only a handful of potential buyers for that house every year? If the right buyer isn’t actively looking this month, will he/she be looking and ready to buy next month?
“As a broker of specialty properties, I am looking for that one buyer – not ten. Twenty people attending an open house and 300 Zillow views mean very little.”
Ron and I toured two Rockport houses yesterday – 25 Penryn Way and 5 Penzance Road. The houses are similar in many ways but feel very different. You could almost throw a stone from one of the houses and hit the other. Both houses are priced over $1,500,000. Both sellers have purchased another home and are motivated. Penryn is empty while the sellers are still living in Penzance. In 2019, only four houses sold over $1,500,000 in Rockport through the MLS (multiple listing service). There are five houses presently on the market over the 1.5 mark including 25 Penryn and 5 Penzance.
” It will be interesting to see how buyers react to these two houses as 2020 unrolls. Which home will sell first and for how much?”
5 Penzance Road was fully renovated by the present owners who purchased it in 2000. The house has 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 1 half bath. There is 4000 square feet of living space not counting the partially finished lower level where there is an office and workout areas. The views are lovely, and the house feels very much in keeping with today’s way of living. The main living area is open and designed with a casual feeling that is very inviting. The lot is 21,356 square feet. The list price of this house is $1,895,000. The house is assessed at $1,335,500 (land $461,200 building $874,300). It is listed by Lux Realty North Shore. The listing agent is Lynda Hemeon who is also one of the co-owners.
25 Penryn Way has a different history. It has been on the market with Julie Gamble Smith of Engel & Volkers By the Sea since 2016. The original price was $2,895,000 and the present list price is $2,100,000. The assessed value is $2,586,000 (land $578,500 building $2,007,500). The house has over 7000 square feet of living area and sits on 40,280. Penryn sits closer to the water and offers more privacy than Penzance Road. For all of its size, Penryn only has 3 bedrooms. It has 4 full baths and 3 half baths. I was surprised to see that it was built in 1999 because it felt like it was built in the ’80s or early 90s.
It will be interesting to see how buyers react to these two houses as 2020 unrolls. Which home will sell first and for how much? There is a $205,000 difference in price between the two houses, yet a $1,250,00 difference in assessed value. What are buyers looking for in 2020? Are they looking for size or are they looking for convenience? Are they looking for a good deal? I am sure that I will be revisiting these two properties as the year progresses. Stay tuned for up to date news on these and other homes and as always, if you want to look at these homes, other homes, or are contemplating selling, I can be reached at 978-764-4506 or email@example.com.
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