House Tour 2014!

Just in time for the holidays!  Support the Andover Historical Society by participating in this year's house tour!  Highlights include an 18th century home and barn near the center plus your ticket also allows you to visit the Tree Time display of Christmas Trees.

Sounds like a great way to kick of a lovely week-end!  I will be acting as a Tour Guide at gorgoeus 1 Shadow Lane with my RE/MAX Leading Edge colleague Ray Durling.  

 

 Grab your tickets at andoverhistorical.org to have fun and support year round preservation programs!

Martin's Pond- Terrific Family Resource

Located just off of North Main Street on the West side - Martin's Pond and Clarke Park are popular community resources for North Reading.    The shallow pond was formed 11,000 years ago by a glacier and encompasses 92 acres of fresh water and the deepest point is just about 7 feet.

Clarke Park sits on the shore of the pond and features a playground and a beach and hosts numerous communtiies activities throughout the year including the Haunted Halloween Playground and a Bass Fishing Tournment.

While Martin's Pond is a "back yard" for some 100 homes, all North Reading residents can easily enjoy year roud fun wiht friends and neighbors ranging from picnicing, volleyball, fishing and ice fishing, canoeing, musical events.

For the latest happenings at the park check out the following:

http://www.martinspond.org

https://www.facebook.com/MartinsPond/info

 



6 Warning Signs you may be in Meth House (Courtesy of National Assoc of Realtors)

Luckily Meth Labs haven't been too common in the Readings and the Andovers - but reading about the growth of this criminal activity in areas like Somerville and Falmouth makes me wonder about some of those "cat pee" homes that I have had the unfortunate opportunity to visit.  

Enduring contamination from meth creation or marijuana production can pose serious health concerns for future residents and require expensive clean-up,  or suffer serious property devaluation and be tainted in the market for years.

6 Warning Signs of Meth Contamination

1. Eyes or throat burning when entering the property.

2. Chemical stains on toilets and bathtubs.

3. Large number of lithium batteries, particularly those that have been stripped.

4. Propane tanks with fittings that have turned blue.

5. Strong smell of urine or unusual chemical smells like ether, ammonia, or acetone.

6. Trash filled with a large amount of products lage paint thinner, lighter fluid, drain cleners, and cold tablet dispensers.

 

If you have concerns about a home there are Meth testing kits available to order from on-line sites for less than $50.

Million Dollar Reading!

Long known for excellent schools, small town feel and a central location near Logan Airport and commuter routes, Reading has recently joined the ranks of North Shore town boasting homes for sale in excess of $1 million dollars.

Currently - buildable lots wth or without existing homes are attracting 8, 10 or more offers,  often cash,  and somtimes wildly in excess of listing prices as deeper pocketed builders target Reading for their next projects.  So far these upscale projects have been concentrated on the North and West sides of Town - but values and homes sizes are also rising in areas like Van Norden where residents enjoy easy access to the Birch meadow area.  Birchmeadow is home to Reading Memorial high School, Coolidge Middles School and Birch Meadow Elementary school, The YMCAand also hosts Reading Town Day and multiple sporting events throughout the year.

The North End of Reading has seen consistent housing upgrades since the opening of Wood End Elementary School in the Early 2000's and is mostly zoned for half acre lots which can generally support larger 3500-4500 sq foot homes with attached garages.

Correspondingly, lot prices have been rising dramatically from just about $300,000 a year ago to a recent high of $390,000 for a 1 acre lot on Curtis Street.  That builder is reportedly expected to be constructing a $1million dollar spec home which will eclipse the neighbors - but is not out of line for other gracious West Side homes.

Currently there are two Million plus properties available on Dividence Road with direct access to Wood End School and one home in the Woburn Street Historic District.  (See link below.)    Opportunities are under development on other North Side properties as well.  Key differences in this area abutting acres of Town Forest include access to natural gas and proximity to wetlands which requires adherence to Aquifer District rules and sometimes a very creative approach to be successful.

http://www.herrickhometeam.com/Properties/PropSearchResults.php?&QueryID=539b18b94aa05

Properties under $1million are also selling well with 4 homes in the $800-$1million price range having closed in 2014 and a half dozen Under Agreement.

 

This SOLD HerrickHomeTeam listing is destined to be transformed into a Million Dollar Spec Home in 2014.

Reading Library Hosts Family Event "The Big Read Kick off" March 28th", 7pm!

Thanks to suppoert from the National Endowment for the Arts - RPL is proudly kicking off "The Big Read" program on March 28th at the high school field house!  This unique event is prefectly timed to showcase how important the library is as a community resource as Reading voters head to the polls on April 1st to approve a much needed and much anticipated renovation project!

"Be a part of something BIG!

Enjoy literature, the arts, and community in celebration of our Big Read title: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. 

•    Classical Indian Dance Performance by the Triveni School of Dance 
•    Children’s Crafts
•    Henna Artists
•    Appetizers from the Ambassador Indian Restaurant
Pick up your copy of The Namesake and a full calendar of BIG events!

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest.

Friday, March 28

7:00PM-8:30PM
Reading Memorial High Performing Arts Center

http://www.readingpl.org/save-the-date-for-the-big-read-kick-off/

Happy Home Sellers in Lynnfield see Median Prices Rising!

All real estate is local and right now is a good time to be a local seller.   Lynnfield has certainly rebounded from the dark days of the housing crisis and remains very desirable for families and other homebuyers looking for a great schools and a low key lifestyle North of Boston.    We've calculated the median price for you for 3 time periods in the accompanying chart.