Bee lucky!! The WFEE Trivia Bee is tonight, Wednesday February 12th at Winchester Town Hall. Come down from 7pm to cheer on the Sothe-bees team of Katie Tully, Mariette Scheele and I-Ching Scott, who are competing against other local business teams for the trivia crown. It's all for a great cause - the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence (WFEE) raises funds to support students and teachers in the Winchester Public Schools. We couldn't be prouder to be their Business Partner.
Over the past 10 years there has been a lot of change in the Winchester MA housing market. We took some time at the beginning of the new decade to look back and review the changes since 2010.
From 2010 - 2019 the average sales price of a single-family home has increased 62%, and the days on market is down 40%. Homes are moving faster and selling for more. The market has also grown - the number of homes sold increased by 22% and overall $ sales volume was up a staggering 97% in the past 10 years.
The housing composition in Winchester has also changed. Although the number of single-family homes has grown slightly, the biggest change has been in the number of condos in town. There are also fewer multi-family homes in Winchester than there were in 2010 -12% fewer in fact.
Another difference is the price range of homes in town. In 2010, 63% of homes sold were in the $500,000 to $1m price bracket, but by 2019 50% of homes sold were priced between $1M and $2M. And the percentage of homes sold over $2M increased from 1% in 2010 to 21% by the end of the decade.
So the market has certainly changed, but what does that mean for you? Let one of our experienced agents guide you through the figures and work out what it all means for your particular situation. For well over a decade we have remained your trusted, full-service agency with experienced, ethical professionals who are ready to serve you. Get in touch to find out the value of your home in today's market.
We've made it through January and so far winter has been kind to us! Who knows what weather February will bring, but it does bring a whole bunch of fun events and one extra day to enjoy them! Here are some you shouldn't miss, including a Valentine Festival in Medford, a sing-a-log in Arlington and bingo with a twist in Winchester!
Feb 8th and 9th - Chocolate Festival, Lexington
Feb 12th - WFEE Trivia Bee, Winchester
Feb 14th - Musical Bingo, Winchester
Feb 17th - 23rd - The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long, Arlington
Feb 19th - 23rd - Disney on Ice, Boston
Feb 19th - Climate and Wildlife Watch, Middlesex Fells
Feb 21st - 23rd - New England Home Show, Boston
Feb 29th - Taste of Carnival, Cambridge
Feb 29th - Sugaring Off Tours, Topsfield
The milder than usual weather has sparked a surge in real estate activity, and there are already many active buyers looking for homes. If you are thinking of making a move, get in touch to find out what your home is worth today.
Have a wonderful month!
The Winton Club's 100th cabaret opens soon, and tickets are selling fast. The theme of this year's show is Uncorked, and it promises to be a fantastic evening of music and entertainment. The cast and crew of local volunteers have been rehearsing for weeks and are pulling out all the stops for the centenary show. All proceeds from this annual event go to the Winton Club, a non-profit women's organization that exclusively supports the Winchester Hospital. We are proud to once again be a Production Partner and support this wonderful Winchester tradition. We hope to see you at the opening show on Tuesday January 28th - purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment!
Imagine the possibilities! If you are looking for space and privacy with the quality and convenience of new construction then this is the home for you. 63 North Street in Groton MA is a beautiful colonial situated on a private lot that abuts conservation land, with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Built by a prominent local builder, this home, due for completion in Spring 2020, gives buyers the opportunity to custom design their own finishes.
These photos have been virtually staged to show some of the options for furnishing and living in this home. Using the exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty app Curate, buyers can easily see how different decor styles and arrangements would work in each room. It allows potential buyers to truly visualize themselves in the home – make sure you download the app to your phone before touring this property.
The first floor offers generous and thoughtfully arranged living space. A highlight is the spacious kitchen which will feature a 7ft+ island with seating plus a breakfast area, and opens onto a large family room with stunning cathedral ceiling. This room also has sliders leading out onto the deck overlooking the private back yard and the conservation land beyond.
The second floor has a master bedroom with a large walk-in closet and a master bath, and 3 additional bedrooms. There is also potential to add further finished space in the bedroom.
Close to the Dunstable line for good access to commuting routes, this home also benefits from the excellent schools that Groton enjoys, including schools in the popular Groton -Dunstable Public School District as well as the Nashoba Valley Technical High School and two well-renowned Prep Schools – Groton School and Lawrence Academy. Groton is also home to over 100 miles of walking trails to explore the beautiful surroundings.
December can be a busy month in real estate as people try to close out the year. 2019 was no exception - across almost all local towns the number of sales was up, homes continued to move quickly and sales prices increased year over year.
In Winchester there was a huge increase in the number of homes sold compared to last December. Prices were up and homes were spending fewer days on market.
Arlington followed a similar pattern, with prices up, days to offer down and more properties sold than the previous year.
Melrose also had a fast moving market, with an average of only 16 days from listing to accepted offer. There was also a jump in the number of homes sold, although prices dipped slightly year over year.
House prices continued to rise year over year in Medford, possibly fueled by fewer homes on the market than the previous year.
Woburn also saw a dip in the number of listings sold compared to last December, and at the same time the days to offer and days on market shortened dramatically, perhaps because of the lack of housing stock available.
What does all of that mean for your 2020 plans? Talk to one of our experienced agents to get a more in-depth analysis of the current market and how it affects your situation.
Hello January and Happy New Year! Kick-start 2020 with some of these fabulous events around our towns this month. From fells walks to free days at the zoo, magic shows and magnificent cabarets, there's a lot to keep you entertained. Click on each name for full details.
January 7th - 19th - Cats, Boston Opera House
January 8th - Shin Lim, Chevalier Theater Medford
January 11th - Winter Forest Explorations at the Fells, Medford
January 11th - Bob the Magic Guy presents..., Regent Theatre, Arlington
January 11th - Black Bear Birthday Party, Stone Zoo
January 19th - MLK Day of Service, Winchester
January 20th - Free Admission on MLK Jr Day, Stone Zoo
January 24th - 26th - 11th Annual Taste of Chocolate Festival, Harvard Square
January 26th - February 2nd - Frozen Jr, Greater Boston Stage Company
January 28th - February 1st - The Winton Club’s 100th Cabaret
The start of a new year can mean new beginnings. If one of your New Year's Resolutions was around house buying or selling, get in touch for a complimentary market analysis.
Enjoy the first month of this new decade!
This stunning 6-bedroom, 5-bath home with approx. 6125 sq. ft. of living space offers extraordinary comfort for the entire family, and the details throughout are absolutely exquisite. The sun-filled main level showcases a grand two-story foyer and multiple living spaces to relax, work or play.
The gorgeous high-end kitchen is a home chef’s dream! Double ovens, 6-burner gas range, separate prep sink and additional wet-bar are all designed to make preparing meals a joy not a chore. Guests can sit comfortably at the oversized island or at one of the two dining areas alongside the kitchen – plenty of room for even the largest of gatherings!
A large family room with fireplace, gracious living and dining rooms, separate sitting room, an office space, and guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom complete the first floor.
The second level includes a fabulous master suite with a gas fireplace and generous closet space. The luxurious ensuite bathroom features a soaking tub, striking tile, dual sinks and a jetted shower.
There are an additional 3 bedroom and 2 bathrooms on this floor plus a laundry room.
The lower level is truly versatile, with space for an exercise room, playroom and media room, plus a bedroom and full bath. Further potential comes with +900 sq.ft. of unfinished space on the top floor. There's also a 3-car garage and a terrific level back yard.
Dean Road is a dead-end road in close proximity to the Middlesex Fells, with convenient access to major highways connecting to Boston and north. The home is located in the popular Muraco Elementary School district, recognized by the state for its outstanding 2019 MCAS achievement.
This home offers an amazing opportunity to own a brand new construction in one of Arlington’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Morningside is close to the border with Winchester with its two commuter rail stations, and within easy reach of Arlington center and bus routes to Alewife, Porter Square and Cambridge.
This home is filled with sunlight and offers tree-top and seasonal lake views. Inside you’ll find high ceilings, dark hardwood floors, and light-filled open spaces. The main level boasts an open kitchen with large island, shaker-style cabinets, high-efficiency appliances, and stunning lighting. Dining and living areas lead off the kitchen for comfortable and convenient entertaining.
A huge family room occupies the back of the house with a stunning stone fireplace and sliding doors out to the spacious deck. There’s a further room, ideal as an office, a half bath, and an entry area with custom-built seating and shelving.
Upstairs in this home are five bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master offers a large walk-in closet and luxury master bathroom with a large shower. There’s also a ton of storage options in the attic and the basement. A 2-car oversized garage completes the long list of in-demand features this home enjoys.
Already wondering what to do with the tree once the decorations come down? Scout Troop 507 Winchester can help! Their annual tree pick up* for Winchester residents is SATURDAY JANUARY 4TH - but you need to register by MONDAY, DEC 30TH to make sure your tree gets collected! Find them at the Transfer Station in Winchester on Saturday, December 21st and 28th or register and pay online here.
*please remove cat and any decorations before leaving tree out for collection
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