We were honored to work with a young family from Brooklyn NY this year. They have North Shore roots and their goal was to find a reasonably priced home in Manchester-by-the-Sea in 2019. Their plan was to find and purchase the home and rent it for a few years while remaining in NYC to run the charter school they founded. As educators, one reason they targeted Manchester was the high rating of the Manchester Essex Regional School District. They have a baby daughter. When it is time for her to enroll, they will be in their Manchester Home. The circa 1980 home is set back and above a side street. It is a prefabricated home built by the well-known company, Acorn Homes, in Concord MA. They are working hard this July and August, to spruce up the property and offer it to the rental market come Fall. We know they will have a fabulous outcome!
Our seller clients took our advice and invested in a full home preparation and staging initiative. Within 10 days we presented multiple offers, all above the asking price. It was listed at $499K and the market pushed it to $520K selling price.
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.
Our listing in Hamilton MA, Wilderness Farm, abuts over 500 acres of perpetually preserved land. Sweeping big sky vistas and distant ocean views in every direction! With direct access and a private gate to the reservation. living at 467 Sagamore Street in Hamilton is like having a 500-acre personal playground! The bell you will hear in the video is Roxy’s special collar…
One recent morning, on one of my daily trips over the Andrew Piatt Bridge. I sensed a new open feeling, a bigger sky, one might say. The sensation was palpable. That is when I noticed that the long-obscured 2+ acre lot at the rear of the White-Ellery House was being completely cleared by Windover Construction. After a quick Google inquiry, I was delighted to find out that this was the beginning of Cape Ann Museum’s creation of the new White-Ellery Campus. The site includes the White-Ellery House (c. 1710) and Barn (c.1740) and the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c. 1740). These historic properties will be connected by green space to a new, state-of-the-art collection storage facility and exhibition space. Vibrant and forward-thinking institutions such as Cape Ann Museum give our community an enduring and meaningful legacy of greatness.
It is a new day and we are with a new company, Churchill Properties! We are thrilled that you are here! Our new site will develop and blossom with the Spring market. We will be opining about The North Shore and Cape Ann with a strong emphasis on residential real estate and all its fascinating components.
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 acre Sagamore Hill Conservation Area with scenic equestrian trails! Ensconced in the heart of horse country, Wilderness Farm is a short trailer ride to Crane Beach, Appleton Farm, Groton House, Myopia Schooling Field, and Bradley Palmer State Park and more! ALSO OFFERED at $1,395,000 WITHOUT 60 CANDLEWOOD on apprx 5.1 ACRES. ASK KRISTAL or RON