An anniversary visit

 

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Julianne and Alex’s search for a new home spanned the better part of a pregnancy and a good chunk of Hayden’s infancy. Having explored Belmont, Lexington, Cambridge, Winchester, Arlington, Melrose, they eventually landed in Boston’s Jamaica Plain– an unexpected twist!

“Leaving Cambridge was hard. We felt really connected to our neighborhood and to the City itself after living there, in the same neighborhood, for 9 years. With all the ups and downs in the home buying process, I think we felt like we would settle in a place that was one of many we could see ourselves in. After the first visit to the house on Furnival Road, we knew we were meant to live here, and we haven’t looked back. JP is an amazing community and the City of Boston as a lot of amazing municipal services that were not even on our radar. We are much more connected to the City than we could have expected.”

Like many young couples, Julianne and Alex were transitioning from their first home, a condo in a more urban setting, to a single-family home in a quieter neighborhood where they hoped to lay roots. “When we lived in Cambridge, we felt like stewards of our condo, protecting its value for our sale and for the next owner. This really feels like our house and we have been making decisions that make the house more ours – adding the fireplace, adding funky cabinets in the kitchen, filling the pond with stones to make it more kid friendly – these are all changes we’ve made just for us.”

Julianne and Alex were able to buy their home at the asking price and without competition after the property spent a couple of weeks on the market. (Truthfully, we were surprised we got so lucky. The house is on a darling side street, and is as cute as a button with a great back yard!) In 2015, single family homes in JP sold for an average of just 1% over the asking price. As of November 2016, they are selling for even closer to the asking price.

If you are interested in finding your perfect spot in JP, please be in touch. I would be honored to support you!

The view to Saint Mark’s Church

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog, Communities to Consider, Home Inspection | No Comments

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Saint Mark’s Church was converted into loft-like condominiums in the 1980s. It stands in interesting contrast to its next door neighbor 70/80 Park Street, a mid-century high rise condominium association, and the location of my client’s home inspection last week.

I love showing and selling property in Brookline. If you are interested in seeing, selling, or buying property in Brookline, please be in touch!

Big love for Jamaica Plain

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in Blog, Communities to Consider, Happy Endings | No Comments

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When I met Jen and Adam, they were newlyweds searching for a home where they would start their life and a family together. The competition and rising prices in Somerville and Cambridge were discouraging, so we added Jamaica Plain (JP) to the search. Jen and Adam were inspired by the gentler price points, the gorgeous green spaces, and the great neighborhood feeling that JP offers, and had an accepted offer in no time!

They’ve been in their home for nearly two years now, and when I visited a couple months back, they took me on a tour of the gorgeous improvements they’ve made– including the world’s sweetest nursery. Jen and Adam love their easy commute, the mix of suburban and city living, and how easily they can walk to Centre Street for good eats. JP was the right choice for them!

JP has experienced the same rising prices as other areas of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. The average sale price of condos was 9% higher in 2015 than in 2014 when Jen and Adam closed. (Based on sold data from the Multiple Listing Service.) More condos were sold in 2015 than in 2014 (34, to be exact), but at a price per square foot 13% higher.

Don’t be discouraged!  Patience, a strategic plan, and my support as your buyer agent will help get you closer to dreamy walks through the Arboretum and picnics by the pond. Please reach out. I’m here to help!

 

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