Wine Crate Shelf

Once you finish off that crate of wine, reuse it as stylish shelving in the bathroom (or ask your local wine shop for an old wine crate to use). The wood crate will add a rustic style to your loo — and create an open shelving solution for bath salts, big bottles of shampoo or even a pretty vase of fresh market flowers.

Mounting tips: On the bottom of the crate, drill two holes in the middle of each side. Use a level to make sure it’s sitting straight and mark where the holes are on the wall. Drill in the anchors using the markers as a guide. Add screws to mount the crate into the wall. Design by Kate Antoske

Interested in seeing more? Check out the HGTV post here.


Massachusetts single-family home sales rose 38 percent in November, the largest year-over-year percentage increase this year and the 11th consecutive month of gains, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman.

The median price of single-family homes rose almost 2 percent to $275,000 in November, up from $270,000 a year earlier.

November single-family home sales increased to 4,539 from 3,290 during the same month last year. This is the best November for sales since 2005, when there were 4,553 sales statewide. So far this year, 43,652 sales have been recorded, a 22 percent increase from 35,718 sales during the same period in 2011.

“We’re winding down a pretty strong year of real estate in Massachusetts. It looks like sales will be the highest since 2006,” said The Warren Group CEO Timothy M. Warren Jr. “We’re also seeing median prices start to creep up, another positive sign of a healthy market recovery.”

The median price for homes sold January through November was $288,000, down 0.35 percent from $289,000 in the prior year. Meanwhile, both single-family homes and condominiums in the Bay State had the same median price in November: $275,000.

“The popularity of condominiums as an alternative to apartment living has increased their pricing more than single-family homes. Last month we saw the unusual statistic that they have exactly the same median price,” Warren added.

Condominium sales in Massachusetts also increased in November, rising 33 percent from a year earlier. A total of 1,635 condos sold last month, up from 1,232 in November 2011. Year-to-date condo sales are up 27 percent, increasing to 17,765 from 13,971 a year earlier.

The median condo price in November jumped more than 7 percent. The median selling price was $275,000, up from $255,950 a year earlier. The year-to-date median price of condos in the Bay State is $276,000, up 2 percent from $270,000 a year ago.



We just dropped our model home price to $425,000! That’s over $40,000 in upgrades… FREE!!! Want to see the inside of this beauty? Click here: Tour Our Model Home

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Unheard of, especially in this market. The lucky buyer of this gorgeous 4 bedroom home will get all these upgrades and SAVE A TON OF MONEY:

ALTHEA II BASE PRICE                                                           $409,900

Heated 4 Season Room ($25,000)
Vaulted Ceiling with Skylights ($2,000)
Upgraded Kitchen Sink Faucet ($110)
Whirlpool Counter Depth Refrigerator ($1,900) 
Hardwood Floors in Living Room ($1,400)
Sconces ($300)
Bead board in Powder Room ($300)
Upgraded Faucet in Powder Room ($70)
Master Bedroom Recessed Light ($120)
Master Bedroom Upgraded Shower Trim ($155)
Glass Shower Door ($1,200)
Satin Nickel Doorknobs Throughout ($700)
Second Floor Bathroom Shower Trim Upgrade ($155)
Extra Post Light ($275)
Extra Carriage Light at Front Door ($50)
Additional Landscaping ($3,500)
Finished Basement ($15,000)
Irrigation System ($4,000)                                     

MODEL HOME WITH ALL UPGRADES                                   $466,135.00

Interested in learning more? Stop in or give us a call to learn more about this real estate bargain! It can’t possibly last that long on the market at this price!!!

The leaves are changing and fall is in the air! It’s our favorite time of year up here at Pingry Hill. Nothing like a crisp morning, colorful mums and a nice cup of hot coffee to make you feel like a true New Englander.

Have you started your leaf peeping yet? Well, grab a pumpkin spice latté from Starbucks and take a ride up to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. Simply breathtaking scenery and lovely walking trails with a restaurant that has some of the most delicious food around. Make a day of it on one of these beautiful weekends. And stop by and see us too… we’ve got some pretty leaves and trees up here on the hill that are worth the trip alone (along with checking out some of our gorgeous homes!)

Fruitlands also has an incredible art program for children on Thursdays from 10-11. Click here for more information.