Perched up on a hill, this gorgeous, open plan single level home is a popular plan among our home buyers.

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It’s deceiving from the front because it really doesn’t look like it has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, does it? But it’s got that and so much more! The basement alone is GIGANTIC and perfect for a game room, recreation room or even a bowling alley! Add to it the standard features of all of our homes: granite counters, hard wood and tile flooring, central air conditioning, gas fireplace and town water/sewer and you’ve got yourself quite the perfect house!

Interested in learning more about our Magnolia plan? Click here or visit us at the model home to tour this beautiful home.

 

 

 

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Cleaning oil stains on your driveway…gonna need to remember this! Check out this site for some other great tips!

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It’s that time of year again! Time to start sprucing up our outdoors and getting our homes into ship-shape so they have some great curb appeal. Especially if we are selling a home, we need to make sure that the outsides of our homes are as pristine and eye-pleasing as the inside is! Better Homes and Gardens always has some really great tips and projects to increase the curb appeal of your property.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the BHG.com website here for more curb appeal ideas!

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Looking for some new ideas and decorating tips to brighten up your fireplace mantle? The DIY Network has some excellent suggestions and ideas to go from blah to Wow!

http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/decorating-ideas-for-fireplace-mantels-and-walls/pictures/page-2.html

 

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Our popular “Linden” model comes complete with 2 full baths, granite kitchen and baths, 2 large bedrooms and an extra large basement perfect for finishing! Prices start in the $350s for this lovely home.

 

Home sales along Interstate 495 have surged in the past year, with towns from Plainville to Ayer seeing a big jump in the number of properties changing hands.

While prices along the highway have yet to recover from the beating they took during the recession, brokers say the brisk sales may mean home values are poised for a turnaround as well.

“We are seeing the market really pick up and gain some steam,” said Thomas Skahen, co-owner and founder of Littleton-based PrimeTime Communities, which tracks new development in the suburban housing market. “We are going to see price increases again — there is not a lot of inventory.”

Home sales through November 2012 were up in more than 15 communities along the I-495 corridor, compared with the same period in 2011, according to The Warren Group.

Medway, Hopkinton, and Northborough were among the towns that experienced the sharpest rise in home sales, the Boston-based real estate publisher and data firm reported.

“I am seeing a huge burst of activity,” said Risa Bell, a lead agent for MetroWest at Redfin, an online real estate brokerage.

An improving economy and rising home prices are helping to fuel a real estate comeback out on I-495, according to some observers.

From Burlington to Newton, communities along the Route 128 corridor have seen prices rise steadily over the past few years, despite a sluggish market in other parts of the state. In fact, some towns in the Route 128 area are nearing or have even surpassed the price records set during the real estate boom of the mid-2000s, real estate records show.

That has some home buyers now looking farther west for more affordable prices in Medway and other towns along I-495.

Paul Yorkis, broker-owner of Patriot Real Estate in Medway, said he is seeing a mix of buyers looking for homes along 495. Some are transplants from other states coming to take jobs in the Boston area’s fast-growing life sciences sector, while others are first-time buyers looking to leap into the market and take advantage of rock-bottom mortgage rates while they last.

“As 128 gets saturated with sales and when inventory gets low and prices start getting very high, that is when buyers start saying, ‘What can I get farther west?’ ” Yorkis said. “Over time, that works its way out to 495.”

From Burlington to Newton, communities along the Route 128 corridor have seen prices rise steadily over the past few years, despite a sluggish market in other parts of the state. In fact, some towns in the Route 128 area are nearing or have even surpassed the price records set during the real estate boom of the mid-2000s, real estate records show.

That has some home buyers now looking farther west for more affordable prices in Medway and other towns along I-495.

Paul Yorkis, broker-owner of Patriot Real Estate in Medway, said he is seeing a mix of buyers looking for homes along 495. Some are transplants from other states coming to take jobs in the Boston area’s fast-growing life sciences sector, while others are first-time buyers looking to leap into the market and take advantage of rock-bottom mortgage rates while they last.

“As 128 gets saturated with sales and when inventory gets low and prices start getting very high, that is when buyers start saying, ‘What can I get farther west?’ ” Yorkis said. “Over time, that works its way out to 495.”

It’s a big change from two years ago, when buyers were hard to find along I-495.

A number of towns have seen sales soar over the past year, with Hopkinton (37.5 percent), Medway (46.9 percent), Northborough (44.9 percent), and Wrentham (43 percent) leading the way, according to year-to-date sales numbers compiled by The Warren Group as of November.

Others, like Ayer (20 percent), Milford (16.7 percent), Plainville (24 percent), Bellingham (8.4 percent), and Franklin (5.7 percent), also saw significant increases, the firm reports.

What was until this week an unusually mild January has also helped maintain sales during what typically would be a slow winter market, real estate brokers report.

Yorkis is preparing to put three homes on the market, including a large, $729,000 Colonial in Medway. It is an unusual burst of activity for mid-January, he notes.

And if the weather becomes mild again, that could potentially lead to an early start to a spring sales market that usually doesn’t begin until February or March, said Alex Coon, market manager for the Boston area office of Redfin.

“If we start really seeing volume in listings over the next two weeks, we can say the spring market started in January,” Coon said.

However, home prices along the I-495 corridor, with a few exceptions, have yet to turn around, with some towns seeing significant declines in 2012, even as overall sales shot through the roof.

Hopkinton saw a 3 percent price increase, to $535,000, to go along with its big jump in sales, Warren Group records showed.

Other towns were not so fortunate. Medway saw prices fall 4.8 percent, to $313,000, while prices in Franklin dipped 4.1 percent to $350,000, Warren Group numbers show.

Still, those still slumping prices could be poised for a turnaround over the coming year, with the 495 area experiencing a shortage of inventory similar to what is being seen closer to Boston, said Yorkis and others.

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