Dear Somerville…

Real estate is all about transition and change. We move, sometimes by necessity and sometimes by choice, in times of celebration (new relationships, growing families) and in times of loss (relationships changing, lives ending). The thing I love most about working in real estate is helping people through these transitions. I pride myself on always being there – knowledgeable, capable, and calm – a guide through a process that, even under the best circumstances, can be complicated and stressful. It’s been an honor to stand by so many of you as you celebrate, and as you say goodbye.

This spring, after twelve years of living and working in Somerville and helping others, through real estate, with life’s big transitions, I was in the midst of my own happy life changes. And while I’ve been quiet on this blog for many months, this post has been on my mind for some time:

To my dear City of Somerville, your maze of one-way streets and community gardens (Morse Kelley!), your 311 updates and festivals (so many festivals), your newly converted factories and flocked-wallpaper Victorians, thank you for being such a wonderful home to me for twelve years. I started off as the new kid on the block – a 26 year-old moving into a 3-family at the end of a dead-end street, a home that had been in the same family for 50 years. My older, more established neighbors were wary. Why had we converted the building into condos? (“I wish I could afford the whole property, Mary,” I explained.) How many cars did I have? Would I take my trash to the curb and, more importantly, bring the barrels back in the same day? And when it snowed, would I shovel? Then, with time, I became one of the older residents on the street. I told the new kids moving in every September where they could (and couldn’t) park, I closed trash bins and brought them in from the curb when they had been left out, blocking driveways. And I shoveled. I called 311 when our Terrace was plowed in, and I shoveled some more – in front of my own steps and on the sidewalk for my older neighbors. In Somerville, I became an experienced homeowner, I developed a business, and I got involved in civic life, joining advisory groups and committees, spending long hours in the evening at City Hall or in elementary school auditoriums, with other engaged, passionate citizens. Somerville was great to me.

To my Somerville people, all the dedicated, creative, smart, and funny folks I met, became friends with, and worked with, who care so deeply for their city, thank you for taking me in and teaching me so much. From you, I learned about civic engagement (Young Somerville Advisory Group), historic preservation (Historic Preservation Commission), zoning laws (Zoning Advisory Group), small business development (Somerville Local First), and the messy, frustrating, exhilarating process of trying to tackle some of the most contentious issues facing Somerville today, like affordable housing (Sustainable Neighborhoods Working Group). You are all an inspiration. I feel honored to have shared such a vibrant time in Somerville with you, and I continue to admire your work now from afar.

This spring, I moved from Somerville to Los Angeles. “LA?!” you might wonder. I’m a New Englander after all – and a two-time Illuminations Tour Trolley Leader no less! Well, dear readers, sometimes a choice in life is just so clear that it doesn’t even feel like a choice. And the next steps are so exciting that moving doesn’t feel like an ending, but a chapter of a much larger, more expansive, story. When I fell in love with a man who lives in Los Angeles, I never had any doubt about what I would do next. I packed up my condo, shipped my stuff west, and drove cross-country to live in a 600 SF cabin on a hillside overlooking a canyon a few miles outside of Downtown LA.

And as for the real estate business I built, the relationships I formed, and the specialized knowledge I compiled over years in the ‘Ville – I’ve carried it all with me, and it continues to evolve. While I no longer live in Somerville, I still work as a real estate consultant – advising clients, following the market, and making local referrals. And my approach to real estate – part historian, part urban planner – has informed how I’ve learned my new city, my new home. LA is truly a city of neighborhoods, an exciting, incongruous constellation of diverse places and people. While New England and Southern California don’t have a lot in common (on the surface), my approach to living – honed in Somerville from years of working in residential real estate and engaging in civic life – has remained the same: connect with your neighbors, walk as much as you can (even in LA!), and learn the history of a place to understand its current complexities. These truths, for me, are constant, no matter where you call home.

New Listing: 20 Foskett Street #1, Somerville

Located on one of Somerville’s most beloved streets, this spacious Victorian radiates elegance and warmth. Details include soaring high ceilings, oversized bay windows allowing for great natural light, ceiling medallions, pocket doors, beautiful hardwood floors, built-ins, and trim. All this paired with an exquisitely renovated kitchen with custom cabinetry, soapstone countertops, high-end appliances (Jenn Air stove, refrigerator, and microwave and Miele dishwasher), a farmer’s sink, and an inviting center island with great storage. An ample foyer, two large bedrooms, a study (that could be turned into a second bath), and a charming full bath complete the interior space. Outdoor space includes an exclusive use wrap-around side porch and beautiful shared front and back yards with perimeter perennial plantings and raised vegetable beds. Laundry and ample storage in the basement. One off-street parking space. Don’t miss this truly lovely home near the heart of Davis Square and the Red Line T.

20 Foskett Street #1, Somerville $589,000

Open House Sunday 11/15 12:00 – 1:30 PM

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Somerville Local First HARVEST FEST 2015!

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Hi Friends,

Here’s a non-real estate, Somerville announcement for you! As you may have heard, Somerville Local First (where I serve on the board), is holding its annual fundraiser and tasting event, Harvest Fest, on Saturday, October 17 at the Arts at the Armory. This is one of the best events of the year—you get a taste from a bunch of Somerville’s best restaurants and get to sample some of the best in local brews from around New England. All for only $35!

I’m writing to encourage you to come out to support Somerville Local First while having fun with friends new and old. In addition to the usual delicious food and beer tastings, we’ll have games set up to keep you entertained and we have an excellent lineup of local musicians set to perform. This is the major annual fundraiser for the organization, and filling the room is vital for our financial success over the coming year. Think of this as the easiest donation you could make–support SLF and have an amazing time with your friends.

You can purchase your tickets here.

Hope to see you there and thank you for your support!

P.S. Somerville Local First is also seeking volunteers for Harvest Fest in a variety of roles. Donate your skills and time and you’ll get to attend this awesome event for free. Check out what opportunities are available!

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New Listing: 9 Gilson Terrace #3, Somerville

Happy Fall Market, dear readers! I’m thrilled to announce my new listing at 9 Gilson Terrace #3 in Somerville. This gorgeous, top-floor condominium is in an ideal location: a secluded cul-de-sac steps from Porter Square. (And I know it’s great because I also own a unit in this building!) This home is the perfect blend of warm, classic details and sleek, modern finishes. Five spacious rooms with hardwood floors, including two ample bedrooms; a bay-windowed South-facing living room leading into a dining room with built-in china hutch; a contemporary bathroom; an updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances including a brand new high-BTU gas range; and a large pantry with second sink, additional counter space, storage, and in-unit laundry. Also features central A/C, high-efficiency windows, huge front closet, basement storage unit, and roof rights. All this plus dinners on your own private porch with tree-top views. Parking on Gilson Terrace is for residents only. Enjoy everything this vibrant neighborhood has to offer, then retreat to your light-filled, peaceful home.

$525,000

Open Houses Saturday and Sunday 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

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New Listing: Single-Family Home in West Somerville!

I’m pleased to announce my new listing at 48 Victoria Street in Somerville! Located on a one-way, tree-lined street in West Somerville, under a mile to Davis Square, this home has it all: a classic floor plan with ample-sized rooms, high ceilings and hardwood floors, an inviting front porch, a private south-facing back yard with a grape arbor and patio, and a driveway with off-street parking. The first floor features an entry foyer, bay-windowed living room open to dining room, a large eat-in kitchen and a three-season porch with access to the back yard. The second floor has three bedrooms, a full bath, and a large closet at the top of the stairs. The third floor offers two more finished (unheated) rooms, currently configured as a fourth bedroom and study. Laundry, storage, and a 3/4 bath in the basement. Close to shops/restaurants in Teele Square, and the Red Line T in Davis Square. $669,000.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to make a single-family in Somerville your own!

Open Houses Saturday and Sunday 8/15 and 8/16 12:00 – 1:30 each day. Showings by appointment.

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New Listing: 133 Atlantic Road, Gloucester!

Happy Summer!

And what better place to enjoy all that summer has to offer than on Cape Ann in Gloucester? I love going to Gloucester year round, but it’s especially great in the summertime (and it’s less than an hour from Somerville). Gloucester has beautiful beaches (Good Harbor and Wingaersheek), great restaurants (Short and Main and Duckworth’s Bistro), natural beauty (Halibut Point and Dogtown), arts and culture (the Cape Ann Museum and Harborwalk) and a sweet downtown with great shops (Mystery Train Records and Bananas). There are so many places to explore and enjoy – these are just a few! (While you’re there don’t miss the scones at Alexandra’s, the fisherman’s platter at The Causeway, or coffee at the Lone Gull…)

This summer, I have the pleasure of announcing my gorgeous new listing at 133 Atlantic Road, Gloucester. (Full disclosure: I’m related to the sellers!) Here are the details:

Enjoy spectacular ocean views from this stunning, custom-built waterfront Victorian. Sited prominently on the Back Shore, this elegant residence was built for entertaining. The expansive first floor has 9+’ ceilings, an exquisite granite fireplace, seven sets of french doors that open out onto a wrap-around porch, a spacious dining area, a family room and a true chef’s kitchen with professional appliances, two sinks, two dishwashers, ample custom cabinets and prep space. The second floor master suite features a two-story glass cupola with ocean and sky views, an impressive custom walk-in closet and four piece master bath. The three additional bedrooms all boast ocean and golf course views. Three full baths and one half bath. The second floor library has a tray ceiling, a custom fireplace with gas stove, bay windows and ocean views. Take in all of the Back Shore from your 550SF roof deck. An attached two-car garage and extensive storage in the basement and attic complete this offering.

Join us for an open house Sunday, August 2nd from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. 

We’re just a mile from Good Harbor Beach and the weather on Sunday is supposed to be perfect! For more listing details, click here. I’m pleased to be listing this home with John and Cindy Farrell of Coldwell Banker on the North Shore.

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New Listing: Central Hill, Somerville!

Central Hill, Somerville – also know as “the neighborhood near Highland Kitchen” – is a great part of Somerville that just keeps getting better. Have you been to Sarma yet? Or see the construction that they’re doing around the future Green Line T Station at Gilman Square? Perhaps you’ve walked from Highland Ave down School Street and into Union Square (Gracie’s ice cream, anyone?).

My new listing at 115 Highland Ave #17 is conveniently located in the heart of Central Hill. It’s a renovated 2-bedroom just .6 miles to Union Square with garage parking! This smartly configured condo with a modern layout features an open-plan living room/dining room, renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, a renovated tile bath, and two good-sized bedrooms with ample closet space. Part of a mid-sized association with laundry in the building, private storage, a large common patio, and private outdoor space.

Listing Price: $449,000

Open Houses: Saturday 6/20 and 6/21 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM each day. Come by and say hi!

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New Listing: Bay State Ave!

Okay, folks. I fall in love with neighborhoods and properties on a daily basis. It’s part of why I love my job. And I mean it when I say that this place – 92 Bay State Avenue #1 in Somerville – is special. Sitting prominently on the corner of Bay State Avenue and Foskett Street, in a beloved neighborhood close to Davis Square and Ball Square, 92 Bay State #1 is a gem.

Come visit the open houses this Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 – 1:30 PM both days. Then stay in the neighborhood for PorchFest, or walk to Davis and grab a coffee.

What’s not to love? An amazing location. A private, exclusive-use fenced-in yard. High ceilings and hardwood floors. Two spacious bedrooms with great closet space. A bay-windowed living room and bay windowed-dining room with pocket doors and French Doors. Central A/C. A renovated kitchen with direct access to your private yard. A renovated bath. A laundry room. Excellent basement storage. Oh, and an off-street parking space.

List price is $579,000. See you this weekend!

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New Listing: Harvard Square!

It’s officially spring in Cambridge! The sun is out and open houses are busy.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of showing my new listing at 56 Concord Ave #1, Cambridge. Located just outside of Harvard Square, with 7 south-facing windows that overlook a common patio, garden, and lawn area and an off-street parking space, this is a special Cambridge place.

56 Concord Ave #1 has soaring high ceilings in the living room and bedrooms, its own private entrance, 2 bedrooms plus a study, an updated kitchen and bath, and a gas fireplace. It’s part of a 30-unit condo association in a 1920s Harlow brick building on the corner of Buckingham and Concord.

Living Area: 964 square feet

Listing Price: $499,000

I’m showing 56 Concord Ave #1 by appointment with offers, if any, due by Tuesday 4/21 at 3 PM.

Happy Spring! 

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New Listing: Cambridgeport!

Walking distance to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and the Charles River – not to mention close proximity to Central Square and the Red Line T – this renovated top-floor condo has a lot to offer in a great location!

There are currently only five two-bedroom condos on the market in Cambridge between $400,000 – $500,000. Lack of inventory continues to drive this segment of the Cambridge condo market.

293-295 River Street #3R, Cambridge

List Price: $445,000

Living Area: 812 square feet

Features include: hardwood floors, a renovated granite/stainless steel kitchen, a renovated tile bath, two bedrooms including a master bedroom with box bay window, skylights, in-unit laundry, a private porch and additional storage in the basement.

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