Archives for November 2011

What was going on in Newton Yesterday??

As I was driving down Commonwealth in the morning about 5 policemen on motorcycles, sirens blaring, were leading the way for 2 Peter Pan buses full of people.  I looked up at the bus – didn’t seem to be tricked out for rock stars or the like.    Then later on in the day, as I was going down Centre Street, 3 motorcycle police – again with the sirens going, were paving the way for a non-descript maroon minivan.   I am definitely curious – no sporting events in Newton that I know of, no rock concerts….can’t see why they would be riding 2 buses full of convicts through town.   Going to check with my friend Jeff, head of the auxiliary police – bet he’ll know!  But if anyone can enlighten, please do!

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Newton Broker Tour Rundown for Nov 10th

Well I didn’t get to see too much Thursday – it’s tough to tour homes in the rain.  But I did get to see 3 houses on the same street!  5, 16 and 75 Esty Farm Road in Oak Hill Park.  10 Esty Farm recently went under agreement, so that was 4 houses on the same street on the market at the same time.  Not sure what’s up with that???  I’ve mentioned to many of you that Newton is the kind of town where people buy a house then stay forever, so you would think the street (built in the late 1950s) is turning over as the original owners age.  But these homes were all last bought: one in the 80s, two in the 90s and one in 2002.  So maybe just a massive coincidence.

Of these three:

  • 5 Esty Farm Road
  • $699K
  • 3bed, 2.5 bath
  • Assessed at $682K

(Had another bedroom in the lower level)

  • 16 Esty Farm Road
  • $719K
  • 3 bed, 2.5 bath
  • Assessed at $542K

  • 75 Esty Farm Road
  • $849K
  • 5 bed, 2.5 bath
  • Assessment $871K

in my opinion, 16 Esty Farm Road is the best value.  It was in great condition, has A/C, newer kitchen and baths, etc.  Really in move-in condition from what I could see.  Yet priced way below #75.  Just goes to show that the town assessments really don’t mean that much.  The difference in the assessed value of the two was not reflected in size, condition, etc.  #5 was not bad, particularly inside, but not on par with the other two.  The one that went under agreement  (#10) was really nice, great curb appeal and great condition.

I also got to see:

 2075 Beacon

  1. $549K
  2. 1727sf
  3. 3bed, 1,5 bath
  4. 2-Car Garage

At this price, seems like a great value, but it does have a drawback that would take it off the shopping list of many buyers- it is right across the street from an assisted living facility, so the house basically looks out onto their parking lot.  It is also close enough to Washington Street that you can hear the traffic. 

Let’s see if I can get to more next week!

Ok, so I know this is Not Real Estate Related…..

 But a Thank You to all the Vets who risk their lives so we can enjoy freedom. 

Outback is having a free bloomin Onion and beverage for Vets who eat there today!

Hearings on Newton Post Office Closings

Officials from the US Postal Service will hold two Town Hall style meetings at City Hall this month to discuss potential branch closings in Newton.

On Nov. 9, Postmaster General James Holland led a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session regarding branches in Upper Falls, West Newton and Boston College.

Officials will discuss potential closings of the Nonantum and Lower Falls branches on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

The meeting, at the City Hall Memorial at 1000 Commonwealth Ave., will start at 6 p.m.

Read more: U.S. Post office holding meetings on potential branch closings in Newton – Newton, Massachusetts – Newton TAB

Century 21 Commonwealth
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Veteran’s Day Celebration in Newton

This Friday, the city of Newton will celebrate Veterans Day with a special event honoring the men and women who have served our country in uniform. All residents are invited to join us at 11 a.m. this Friday, Nov. 11. The ceremony will be held at the American Legion, Post #440, located at 295 California St. A collation will be held at the conclusion of the ceremony. For more information please contact the Veterans Service Officer, John M. MacGillivray, at 617-796-1092 or

Century 21 Commonwealth
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This Old House Stars

My clients – Tracy and Bernard on “This Old House”!!! They did an AMAZING job on their kitchen. You should have seen the before!!!  Check out the video here.

Century 21 Commonwealth
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Seller Testimonial – Newton Highlands

Michelle, thank you for all the help through the sale of my mom’s home at 20 Oak Terrace.  I know it was not easy with each sibling having their own attorney and opinions on how to handle the sale.  But you sold it fast and were a joy to work with.  You were always there with answers to all our questions.  You made a difficult process easier for everyone. 

Beth Doherty