Blog :: 2015

Welcome to our blog! Here you will find posts about can't miss properties, local events, and more! Here at Maple and Main Realty we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the Northampton area. Feel free to leave a comment, we would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us

Clean That Roof!

As realtors, we can all confirm that condition of the roof of a house is a hot bed issue for home buyers. Maintaining the life of your roof is important for protecting your investment, whether you plan to stay put in your house for good, or whether you intend to sell at some point in the future. Living in the Northampton MA area, our homes go through many types of wear and tear with the changes in season. From the potential for ice dams in winter (and roof leaks), to the potential for algae growth in humid weather, or on shaded areas of your roof.

The following article from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, written by Angie Hicks of "Angie's List" - addresses the issue of algae growth on your roof, and how to remove it. Good stuff!

 

By ANGIE HICKS


You may have the most attractive landscaping, beautiful windows and charming mailbox, but black streaks running down your roof can ruin your home’s curb appeal.

What causes those dark marks, and what can be done to eradicate them?

Roof experts who are highly rated by members of Angie’s List say the source is an algae called Gloeocapsa magma. And depending on the age and condition of your roof, cleaning may be the most cost-effective solution, since it’s about 5 to 10 percent of the price of a roof replacement, which can be as much as $10,000.

Algae-caused marking isn’t preventable but can be removed, though not always permanently. The algae survive through photosynthesis and by feeding on limestone filler used in asphalt shingles.

Black marks became a problem about 20 years ago, when manufacturers began adding limestone granules to add weight to material used to coat shingles.

Roof experts tell our researchers that though other components are being added to shingles to hinder algae growth, they still get calls to deal with black marks on relatively new roofs. They say that while shingle manufacturers offer products treated with copper or zinc to inhibit algae growth, their effect wears down over time.

Most black streaks form on the northern slopes of roofs, where it’s darker and wetter - ideal for algae growth. 

Areas of the country with low humidity have fewer instances of roof streaks, while the problem is relatively common in the Southeast, where it’s more humid and warm. 

The algae appear blue-green when the organisms form an outer coating to protect themselves from ultraviolet rays. Algae turn black when it decays.

While the dark streaks are unsightly, experts tell our team that the greatest danger to the roof is from moisture retention or root damage that algae and other life forms can cause. Also, algae and fungus can grow together to form lichen, the roots of which can wrap around and feed on the granules covering the shingles. Once established, lichen is not easily removed. Even if it dries out, it can come back to life with the next rain. Scrubbing or power washing lichen will only cause more damage.

Before determining whether having your roof cleaned is the right option, be sure you have a sense of your roof’s age and condition, and compare costs accordingly. 

A cleaning can cost around $200 to $1,500, depending on the size of the roof, its pitch and height.

When hiring a company to clean your roof, consider this advice, gathered by our research team, which talked to multiple highly rated roofing experts:

? Make sure the cleaners don’t use high-pressure washing systems, which can remove granules coating shingles, and lower their life expectancy.

? Ask what kind of cleaning solution the company uses. One highly rated roofing expert said he uses a chlorine-based chemical wash with a soaping agent. Also, make sure the company has a plan for preventing possible damage to your home or landscaping from runoff. That same roofing expert said he has one worker apply the cleaner while another saturates nearby areas with water to prevent damage.

? Ask how long the cleaning method should keep the roof algae-free. A range of two to five years is normal.

As with hiring any contractor, ask family and friends for references or check online consumer reviews from a trusted source, get several bids, seek and contact references, and confirm liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

And then, prepare to once again enjoy how your home looks without those dark ugly roof streaks.

Angie Hicks is the founder of Angie’s List, a resource for local consumer reviews on everything from home repair to health care.

 

Where to Put Your Food When you Move!

Do you ever open your cabinets and wonder how the wide array of arcane canned goods found it's way into your pantry? We seem to collect way more food than we could ever hope to eat as time progresses. Every time my husband and I have moved house, and we have moved quite a few times (given that I am a realtor), we have a party where every guest is expected to take some food items with them when they leave. Even our most recent move from Northampton MA to nearby Florence MA included the requisite "take what you can carry" party. It's a great way to make sure that food does not go to waste. My husband sent me a link to this fantastic blog by MoveForHunger.com about what to do with your non-perishable foods when you move! What a great resource. It sounds as if we need to put a bug in the ear of our local moving companies to make sure they provide this invaluable service!

Read on here for more information!

MoveForHunger.org Fights Food Waste on Moving Day

 
Move For Hunger has rescued over 4 million pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste. (Image: Move For Hunger)

Move For Hunger has rescued over 4 million pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste. (Image: Move For Hunger)

Traveling through India with a ripped bag and worn out shoes was the first time my perception of waste was challenged. I was thrilled to toss away my holey shoes until the handiwork of thrifty street entrepreneurs caught my attention. They presented another option. For a few rupees, I handed over my soon to be garbage and stood agape as new soles were cobbled and special stitches woven to make my shoes firm and my bag as reliable as ever.

Dan's shoes were restored to as good as new and saved from winding up in the trash

Dan’s shoes were restored to as good as new and saved from winding up in the trash (Image: Dan Ratner)

With a few simple (yet adept) movements my potential trash became a renewed source of value. My perspective was shifted, and so began my upward spiral into the anti-waste movement – with a particularly passionate focus on minimizing food waste.

My Experience With Food Waste Led Me to Move For Hunger

As Director of Operations, I have seen first hand the impact that a shift in perspective paired with a simple solution can create. Move For Hunger is a hunger relief non-profit organization that partners with movers, realtors, and relocation professionals to collect unwanted non-perishable food during a move, and deliver it directly to a local food bank. We provide support to encourage our socially responsible partners to make food collection part of their normal business process.

Here’s How It Works:

Step 1 – Mover is hired for a residential move or a company relocation

Step 2 – During the moving process, the Mover gives the client personalized Move For Hunger materials to educate client about the local need and how to become part of the solution

Step 3 – Client gives the mover any unopened, non-perishable food that would otherwise be wasted

Step 4 – Mover delivers the donated food to a local food bank

Step 5 – Move For Hunger shares & reports the awesome work done by the company and the positive impact made within the community

With this simple three step process, the hard work is taken out of donating food (Image: Move For Hunger)

With this simple three step process, the hard work is taken out of donating food (Image: Move For Hunger)

Move For Hunger transforms moving day into an opportunity to reduce food waste and feed the hungry. During the relocation process, customers that would otherwise toss food away are now encouraged to simply put it aside and have it donated to a local food bank.

Since its start 5 years ago, Move For Hunger has rescued over 4,300,000 pounds of nonperishable food. This success is due to our partnership with over 600 Movers, thousands of Realtors, and major relocation professionals spanning all 50 states and Canada. It’s a noteworthy feat I’m always more than ready to brag about.

Move For Hunger Enables People to Make a Difference

Many people want to help, they just don’t know why or how (and with the how, the simpler the better). The Move For Hunger process is a simple addition to something that already exists. Educating the client on a problem then giving them the tools to make a difference makes the process simple and easy. We’ve seen this with a variety of large (and small) scale initiatives across the country. Once it becomes apparent that people struggling to have food on their table can be helped in a direct and simple way, more hunger fighting opportunities begin to spring forth.

Here are a few events that epitomize the Move For Hunger perspective shift:

Mergenthaler Mover’s : Montana Fill-A-Truck Campaign

Mergenthaler’s began as an actively engaged awesome Move For Hunger mover. However, they didn’t stop there. They decided to take Montana by storm by hosting the largest food drive Fill-A-Truck in the state and have been going strong since 2013! A Fill-A-Truck is when a truck is parked outside of a grocery store with the goal of filling it with food to donate locally. They filled 4 trucks with donated food and were able to collect over 15,000 pounds of food for families during the holiday season!

Real Estate Fall Food Fight

With our home base in Asbury Park, NJ it only makes sense to rile up a bit of good spirited competition among our socially inclined partners. The Real Estate Fall Food Fight was a one month event that vied our Real Estate partners against one another to collect $500 and 500 lbs of food. Our Real Estate Program is focused on education and awareness as realtors educate their clients about the local need and then encourage them to donate during the move.  Another example that reminding the client how an easy shift in actions (to donate not discard) can spark massive change.

The Move For Hunger team make it easy for your unwanted food to get to a local food bank

The Move For Hunger team make it easy for your unwanted food to get to a local food bank (Image: Move For Hunger)

Birthday Cans Instead of Birthday Candles

Xavier, a passionate high school student, has donated his birthday for the past 5 years to raise food for his community. A major benefit of having an incredible fleet of socially responsible movers is that they are willing to donate their time to help support food drives. Move For Hunger can drop off collection boxes before the event, pick-up the donations after the event, take them to a food bank and report back the total amount that was collected. We do all the heavy lifting – and we’re thrilled when individuals and companies take advantage of this to become Hunger Fighting Heroes in their communities!

Get Involved & Start Your Own Food Drive or Fundraising Event

What makes each of these events so powerful is that they encourage a company or an individual to have a perspective shift. Viewing cans as nothing more than added weight to discard is instead transformed into an opportunity to provide valuable nutrition for a neighbor in need. The shift can lead to more food donations (which we love) or even permeate into other walks of life. A company may transform its culture by adding food drives and community engagement as part of their primary success metrics. An individual may be more apt to help knowing that you don’t have to solve the whole problem to make a tremendous difference.

This Change of View Opens Our Eyes to the Value of the Resources Around Us

Simple examples like being more mindful while food shopping, fixing your zipper rather than throwing away your jacket, even squeezing a few extra uses out of your toothpaste tube, are all benefits that come from a shifted perspective. As long as we can continue to find new ways to share that value with others, we’ll make our lives (not to mention the world) brighter and more remarkable. Please share your suggestions on how to add a simple step to a process to add value and benefit others.

Do you know any movers, realtors, runners, or friends that want to get involved? Check us out and become a part of the Move For Hunger Team!

Posting Guideline – Opinions expressed are solely those of the contributors and implies no endorsement by WeHateToWaste. Stories published on WeHateToWaste.com are intended to prompt productive conversations about practical solutions for preventing waste.

 

Ikea Closet Transformation

As realtors, we wind up wearing many hats. We joke that we can play a range of roles from realtor, friend, matchmaker, interior designer and therapist to marriage counselor. With a process as emotionally charged as buying or selling a home, we need to be able to be empathic listeners, advisors (when solicited), and fonts of information about whom to call about which question or issue.

I spent an hour with a long standing client the other day, looking at a charming house from 1790. We were fantasizing about the many ways she could take a charmingly awkward space, and transform it into a usable space for her, without losing the charm of the era which drew her to the house in the first place. There are few things I find as enticing as a great "before and after" design story in a magazine or design blog.  Or, even better, to see a home transformed by talented designer, architect or builder.

I was perusing the Apartment Therapy blog today, and came across a fun story about the transformation of an awkward space into an attractive and functional closet, on an Ikea budget nonetheless! I felt compelled to share it here on our blog.

 

 

Before & After: IKEA to the Rescue for a Sloped-Ceiling Closet

 

Master bedroom closet with sloped ceiling, before renovation

Brit realizes she's lucky to have decent-sized closets in her 1924 Seattle home, but the walk-in closet in the master still felt tiny and cramped because of the very sloped ceiling. She really wanted to retain the old house charm but to bring the organization into this century.

 

Wow, that is one stunning space. Here's how it all came together.

 

Renovated master bedroom walk-in closet with sloped ceiling

From Brit:

We decided to use two layers of storage - one for off-season clothes in the deepest part of the eaves and the other for in-season clothes hanging in front. We hacked some Ikea Besta bookcases to create all of our built-in storage. We also added shiny white beadboard on the wall, ceiling, and slope to unify the space and to keep with the time period. To make the closet even brighter, we painted the original wood floors white and added a multi-colored kilim rug. To give the room more depth and drama, we updated the window trim and painted it shiny black. Now the space is much more functional while retaining much of the 1920s character.

See more at House Updated.

 

Thank you Brit!

 

Comments

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              • ella johnson on

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                • ella johnson on

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                    • Helen Robert on

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                      • caldin on

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                        • caldin on

                          Hello everybody am caldin anya, from germany This is a testimony i want to make.I was an HIV positive for 8 years taking anti retrovirus.As i was reading online some 5 months ago i saw a testimony on cure of HIV.I decided to give a try.Now as am telling you am very negative tested 4 times in 5 months after finishing mu cure.The cure is a pure herbs from Africa shipped to me through DHL.My cure took about 4 to 7 days.Dear brothers and sisters if you are out there,please the cure is out and rush to have yours.If you are interested,email the researcher using ehigraceherbalhivcure@gmail. com, or visit his websites http://ehigraceherbalhivcure.webs.com I will encourage every person who come across this mail to cure yourself if you are positive.THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ehi. HERPES, WITCH CRAFT PROBLEM, HIV/AIDS. CANCER. ALS .NEED YOUR EX BACK, PERFECT CHARM, NEED A BABY, you can also call or whatsapp [+2348071635034]
                          • caldin on

                            Hello everybody am caldin anya, from germany This is a testimony i want to make.I was an HIV positive for 8 years taking anti retrovirus.As i was reading online some 5 months ago i saw a testimony on cure of HIV.I decided to give a try.Now as am telling you am very negative tested 4 times in 5 months after finishing mu cure.The cure is a pure herbs from Africa shipped to me through DHL.My cure took about 4 to 7 days.Dear brothers and sisters if you are out there,please the cure is out and rush to have yours.If you are interested,email the researcher using ehigraceherbalhivcure@gmail. com, or visit his websites http://ehigraceherbalhivcure.webs.com I will encourage every person who come across this mail to cure yourself if you are positive.THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ehi. HERPES, WITCH CRAFT PROBLEM, HIV/AIDS. CANCER. ALS .NEED YOUR EX BACK, PERFECT CHARM, NEED A BABY, you can also call or whatsapp [+2348071635034]
                            • caldin on

                              Hello everybody am caldin anya, from germany This is a testimony i want to make.I was an HIV positive for 8 years taking anti retrovirus.As i was reading online some 5 months ago i saw a testimony on cure of HIV.I decided to give a try.Now as am telling you am very negative tested 4 times in 5 months after finishing mu cure.The cure is a pure herbs from Africa shipped to me through DHL.My cure took about 4 to 7 days.Dear brothers and sisters if you are out there,please the cure is out and rush to have yours.If you are interested,email the researcher using ehigraceherbalhivcure@gmail. com, or visit his websites http://ehigraceherbalhivcure.webs.com I will encourage every person who come across this mail to cure yourself if you are positive.THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ehi. HERPES, WITCH CRAFT PROBLEM, HIV/AIDS. CANCER. ALS .NEED YOUR EX BACK, PERFECT CHARM, NEED A BABY, you can also call or whatsapp [+2348071635034]
                              • lucy anu on

                                HELLO EVERYONE, i don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for HIV, i have been HIV+ since last three years with my boyfriend but today i am happy that i am HIV_ with herbal medicine of DR OBHIOTOR the great healer,i was browsing the internet searching for help when i came across a testimony shared by someone on how DR OBHIOTOR cure his HIV i was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all DR OBHIOTOR brought a smile to my face with his herbal medicine. i am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more contact him now: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com or call his number +2347064851317
                                • Flora on

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                                  • lucy anu on

                                    HELLO EVERYONE, i don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for HIV, i have been HIV+ since last three years with my boyfriend but today i am happy that i am HIV_ with herbal medicine of DR OBHIOTOR the great healer,i was browsing the internet searching for help when i came across a testimony shared by someone on how DR OBHIOTOR cure his HIV i was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all DR OBHIOTOR brought a smile to my face with his herbal medicine. i am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more contact him now: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com or call his number +2347064851317
                                    • lucy anu on

                                      HELLO EVERYONE, i don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for HIV, i have been HIV+ since last three years with my boyfriend but today i am happy that i am HIV_ with herbal medicine of DR OBHIOTOR the great healer,i was browsing the internet searching for help when i came across a testimony shared by someone on how DR OBHIOTOR cure his HIV i was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all DR OBHIOTOR brought a smile to my face with his herbal medicine. i am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more contact him now: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com or call his number +2347064851317........
                                      • Sarah Robinson on

                                        I've had HEPATITIS B problem over 4 years. I tried everything, of course I went to the doctor. about a hundred times, and though about my Family, I know my Family will face a serious problem when I’m gone, I lost hope and I wept all day, but one day I was surfing the internet I found Dr.Suku contact number. I called him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. Thank God, now everything is fine, I’m cured by Dr. Suku herbal medicine, I’m very thankful to Dr. Suku and very happy with my hubby and family.his email greatsukusolutiontemple@hotmail.com or contact his hot line:+2348074839242 so any type of disease HIV/AIDS,CANCER, ALS, Hepatitis C, PCV.. HERPES,through his via email;greatsukusolutiontemple@hotmail.com his website http://greatsukusolutiont.wix.com/dr-suku
                                        • Sarah Robinson on

                                          I've had HEPATITIS B problem over 4 years. I tried everything, of course I went to the doctor. about a hundred times, and though about my Family, I know my Family will face a serious problem when I’m gone, I lost hope and I wept all day, but one day I was surfing the internet I found Dr.Suku contact number. I called him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. Thank God, now everything is fine, I’m cured by Dr. Suku herbal medicine, I’m very thankful to Dr. Suku and very happy with my hubby and family.his email greatsukusolutiontemple@hotmail.com or contact his hot line:+2348074839242 so any type of disease HIV/AIDS,CANCER, ALS, Hepatitis C, PCV.. HERPES,through his via email;greatsukusolutiontemple@hotmail.com his website http://greatsukusolutiont.wix.com/dr-suku
                                          • ellis on

                                            i am Ellis, a survivor (cancer). i am not so good at testimonies but i must testify about my encounter with DR. EHIS. no one introduced me to this man, i saw a testimony by a lady who was cured of ALS and i was astounded. seeing his email address on the post, i contacted him and on we went. after so much has been done, i was a bit skeptical at first until i went for chemo and was told by the doctor that the growth is no longer there. This man's wonderment cleared my doubt and he has given me testimony for life. i am forever grateful to him because if it had not been for him,, i might not have seen the b light of this day. here is his email address thebrotherhoodtemple@gmail.com
                                            • ellis on

                                              i am Ellis, a survivor (cancer). i am not so good at testimonies but i must testify about my encounter with DR. EHIS. no one introduced me to this man, i saw a testimony by a lady who was cured of ALS and i was astounded. seeing his email address on the post, i contacted him and on we went. after so much has been done, i was a bit skeptical at first until i went for chemo and was told by the doctor that the growth is no longer there. This man's wonderment cleared my doubt and he has given me testimony for life. i am forever grateful to him because if it had not been for him,, i might not have seen the b light of this day. here is his email address thebrotherhoodtemple@gmail.com

                                              End of Summer Events in the Northampton Area

                                              Here we are in the final weeks of summer in the Pioneer Valley - it seems to be going by quickly! The weather has been lovely and it has been a great summer so far. There are still some highlights to look forward to in August and September here in Northampton and the surrounding areas.

                                              1. Tuesday, August 25th from 4-9:30 p.m. is our 25th Annual Transperformance presented by the Northampton Arts Council and held at Look Park. A fantastic events where local bands and performers cover songs based on a specific theme - this year the theme is "Look at the Movies".

                                               

                                              2. August 27th - 30th is the 147th Annual Cummington Fair, in Cummington, MA. A traditional country fair with animals, shows, rides, great food all  nestled on the beautiful Cummington Fairgrounds.

                                               

                                              3. The Three County Fair in Northampton is held annually over Labor Day weekend, September 4 - 7th. This is a much larger fair than the Cummington fair, held at the Fairgrounds in Northampton.

                                               

                                              4. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket MA in happening through August 30th, 2015.


                                              For more information about summer events and festivals, check out this list at masslive.com

                                               

                                              Thinking Ahead to Fall

                                              It has been a beautiful summer, much needed after the winter that wouldn't end. I'd like to be more zen, have more of a "be here, now" attitude and continue to enjoy these summer moments, however, as realtors, we tend to be thinking ahead much of the time. In winter, we often meet with sellers to advise them about prepping their homes for the selling season in the spring. In summer, we may be speaking to them about gearing up for the upswing that tends to happen in the fall market. In addition to this, as Northampton residents, here in the heart of New England with its' many seasonal changes, we need to think ahead with preparing our homes for the colder seasons. To that end, I happened upon this helpful piece on the Apartment Therapy website today that I thought I would share with our readers here.

                                               

                                              10 Things to Get Done Before Labor Day

                                               
                                               

                                              Esther and Brandon's personality-filled home

                                               

                                              This is a public service announcement: The Halloween stuff is already out at craft stores. And I'm not sure how fall came to have a mascot, but I know that autumn is on its way when I hear people start talking about how much they miss pumpkin spice. While there are still several weeks left to enjoy the summer, it might be a good time to start thinking about the tasks you need to get done before cool weather really sets in.

                                              1. Clean the Grill

                                              After all those summer parties are over, give your outdoor cooker a deep clean before putting it up for the season. And you might want to think about getting a grill cover if you don't have one already.

                                              2. Paint, If You Plan To

                                              If there are any indoor painting projects on your docket, tackle them now while the weather's warm enough to keep your windows open for ventilation.

                                              3. Wash Windows and Glass Doors

                                              Summer comes with a lot of grime. Give all the glass around your place a good wipe down as fall creeps in.

                                              4. Clean and Repair Your Outdoor Space

                                              Take mental notes of any pressing tasks that need to happen on the balcony or around the backyard, then get going on them while there's still plenty of daylight and good weather.

                                              5. Check for Leaks Around Windows or Doors

                                              You'll want to inspect these areas for air drafts before the crisp fall air comes breezing in. Then install weather stripping as needed.

                                              6. Vacuum the Vents

                                              Clean built-up dust from vents, room fans, baseboard heaters, dryer vents and the range hood.

                                              7. Test Your Heater

                                              Don't get caught in a freeze with a broken heating system. HVAC repair professionals are notoriously busy towards the end of the calendar year, so get a jump on it and check now to see if your home is ready for heating.

                                              Great Listing Near Downtown Northampton!

                                              As you leave downtown Northampton, just a couple of miles outside of town, off of Florence Road, you will find Maple Ridge Road. This development is a hidden gem. Each unique homes sits on a spacious wooded lot, surrounded by nature yet close to everything that Northampton has to offer.  

                                              The spring market got off to a slow start this year, on the heels of a long, cold winter. And while many houses have come and gone this spring and summer, there are a number of great properties still available. We wanted to direct attention back to our listing at 88 Maple Ridge Road. Listed at $655,000, this spacious home has all the bells and whistles that one could hope for.

                                              "Gracious, multi-generational property situated on a beautifully landscaped corner lot is set in the quiet, desirable Maple Ridge neighborhood. Impeccably built and in great condition, this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home includes an accessory 1 br apt. Central air, smart thermostats, elegantly updated chef's kitchen with Wolf Dual Fuel Range, Zephyr Hood and stainless steel appliances, custom cherry cabinets, huge walk-in pantry and large granite topped center island, that overlooks the dining area. French pocket doors off the kitchen open to the cathedral beamed ceiling family room with built-ins, fireplace and slider out to the screened porch. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout 1st floor. 1/2 bath w/laundry and large living room complete the 1st floor. Master br with en-suite bath and 3 more generous br's + full bath up, including a Jacuzzi tub. Fully finished basement.Sunny 1 br apartment w/separate entrance,perfect for in-laws, au-pair, an additional office or income. 3 bay garage"

                                              Contact Julie Held to schedule a showing of this wonderful home.

                                               

                                              Front of house

                                              Fantastic cook's kitchen

                                              Family room with fireplace, next to screen porch

                                              Great Listing Near Downtown Northampton!

                                              As you leave downtown Northampton, just a couple of miles outside of town, off of Florence Road, you will find Maple Ridge Road. This development is a hidden gem. Each unique homes sits on a spacious wooded lot, surrounded by nature yet close to everything that Northampton has to offer.  

                                              The spring market got off to a slow start this year, on the heels of a long, cold winter. And while many houses have come and gone this spring and summer, there are a number of great properties still available. We wanted to direct attention back to our listing at 88 Maple Ridge Road. Listed at $655,000, this spacious home has all the bells and whistles that one could hope for.

                                              "Gracious, multi-generational property situated on a beautifully landscaped corner lot is set in the quiet, desirable Maple Ridge neighborhood. Impeccably built and in great condition, this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home includes an accessory 1 br apt. Central air, smart thermostats, elegantly updated chef's kitchen with Wolf Dual Fuel Range, Zephyr Hood and stainless steel appliances, custom cherry cabinets, huge walk-in pantry and large granite topped center island, that overlooks the dining area. French pocket doors off the kitchen open to the cathedral beamed ceiling family room with built-ins, fireplace and slider out to the screened porch. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout 1st floor. 1/2 bath w/laundry and large living room complete the 1st floor. Master br with en-suite bath and 3 more generous br's + full bath up, including a Jacuzzi tub. Fully finished basement.Sunny 1 br apartment w/separate entrance,perfect for in-laws, au-pair, an additional office or income. 3 bay garage"

                                              Contact Julie Held to schedule a showing of this wonderful home.

                                               

                                              Front of house

                                              Fantastic cook's kitchen

                                              Family room with fireplace, next to screen porch

                                              43 Fair Street in Northampton MA

                                              At the end of a picturesque road abutting the fairgrounds at 43 Fair Street in downtown Northampton MA, sits this lovely and fully renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse. Situated on a peaceful half acre lot, partially enclosed with a fence - this house has charm, character, views and every modern convenience. Enjoy your coffee on the front porch in the morning, host a barbeque in the yard in the afternoon, cuddle up by the pellet stove in winter, relax in the clawfoot tub in the downstairs bath, cool off on hot summer days in the central air conditioning, and walk to town anytime the mood strikes.

                                              The current owners purchased in the house in 2006. It had been fully renovated at that time, including replacement windows, brand new heating and electrical systems, newly created open floor plan, full insulation, updated kitchen and baths, vinyl siding added to the exterior, etc. Since their purchase, they have maintained the slate roof, replaced the dishwasher, added central air conditioning, added bead board to the downstairs bath, repainted and had the property professionally landscaped. They have added an invisible fence for their dogs, which they are happy to leave behind for the new owners.

                                              Offered at $350,000, feel free to swing by the open house tomorrow, July 11th, from 12-2 pm hosted by Laura Scott, or call to schedule a private showing.

                                               

                                               

                                              Living room, with pellet stove and built in bookshelves

                                              Kitchen and dining room

                                              Master bedroom, with seating area

                                              Second bedroom, with built in bookshelves

                                              Spacious yard, with invisible fence.

                                               

                                               

                                               

                                              43 Fair Street in Northampton MA

                                              At the end of a picturesque road abutting the fairgrounds at 43 Fair Street in downtown Northampton MA, sits this lovely and fully renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse. Situated on a peaceful half acre lot, partially enclosed with a fence - this house has charm, character, views and every modern convenience. Enjoy your coffee on the front porch in the morning, host a barbeque in the yard in the afternoon, cuddle up by the pellet stove in winter, relax in the clawfoot tub in the downstairs bath, cool off on hot summer days in the central air conditioning, and walk to town anytime the mood strikes.

                                              The current owners purchased in the house in 2006. It had been fully renovated at that time, including replacement windows, brand new heating and electrical systems, newly created open floor plan, full insulation, updated kitchen and baths, vinyl siding added to the exterior, etc. Since their purchase, they have maintained the slate roof, replaced the dishwasher, added central air conditioning, added bead board to the downstairs bath, repainted and had the property professionally landscaped. They have added an invisible fence for their dogs, which they are happy to leave behind for the new owners.

                                              Offered at $350,000, feel free to swing by the open house tomorrow, July 11th, from 12-2 pm hosted by Laura Scott, or call to schedule a private showing.

                                              Living room, with pellet stove and built in bookshelves

                                              Kitchen and dining room

                                              Master bedroom, with seating area

                                              Second bedroom, with built in bookshelves

                                              Spacious yard, with invisible fence.

                                               

                                               

                                              43 Fair Street in Northampton MA

                                              At the end of a picturesque road abutting the fairgrounds at 43 Fair Street in downtown Northampton MA, sits this lovely and fully renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse. Situated on a peaceful half acre lot, partially enclosed with a fence - this house has charm, character, views and every modern convenience. Enjoy your coffee on the front porch in the morning, host a barbeque in the yard in the afternoon, cuddle up by the pellet stove in winter, relax in the clawfoot tub in the downstairs bath, cool off on hot summer days in the central air conditioning, and walk to town anytime the mood strikes.

                                              The current owners purchased in the house in 2006. It had been fully renovated at that time, including replacement windows, brand new heating and electrical systems, newly created open floor plan, full insulation, updated kitchen and baths, vinyl siding added to the exterior, etc. Since their purchase, they have maintained the slate roof, replaced the dishwasher, added central air conditioning, added bead board to the downstairs bath, repainted and had the property professionally landscaped. They have added an invisible fence for their dogs, which they are happy to leave behind for the new owners.

                                              Offered at $350,000, feel free to swing by the open house tomorrow, July 11th, from 12-2 pm hosted by Laura Scott, or call to schedule a private showing.

                                              Living room, with pellet stove and built in bookshelves

                                              Kitchen and dining room

                                              Master bedroom, with seating area

                                              Second bedroom, with built in bookshelves

                                              Spacious yard, with invisible fence.