AND-that’s a wrap! Wow 2018 was an amazing year! We met so many marvelous homes and the people they let live with them (Laughy face). We cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store!
In case you missed the full summary of the 2018 Favorite Listings here they are ranked first to last. Sad you missed one of these beauties?! Let us know! We are in touch with plenty more sellers that are thinking of taking the plunge in 2019 including ones that will only sell off market. Want to see your house on this list for next year?? Give us a shout so we can fall in love with your home next!
Buying or Selling or both-we know that we would love to be the ones to help you #LoveWhereYouLive.
Happy New Year!
The Umina Group
#1 Antique Stunner Framingham Center
Pulling in the circled drive flanked with stately brick entrance posts, the large farmer’s porch of 169 Pleasant caught my gaze. I had driven by this home hundreds of times and yet somehow never focused on the details, like how badly I wanted to sit in one of the rocking chairs with a mint julep! Upon entering the mahogany vestibule, I could feel the history and love in the walls. Built in 1868, this house was rich with detail, character and charm and was once the main home for many acres of farmland before the land was subdivided in the 1980’s. I felt like I was literally in a chapter in a book and the events and parties of yesteryear were suddenly palpable. The home had been through several renovations over its time, the most recent one being a $50k master bath that was still sparkling. The family selling the home was hoping to get closer to family by moving a little further west. But, the decision was not made lightly. They had brought home their babies to this home and sunk a lot of time and resources into making it theirs. This house was so special and they knew it would be hard to find something to fill what would be a tall order. Personally, I think my favorite detail was the second staircase directly from the bedrooms (and historically servant’s quarters) down to the kitchen. I am a sucker for the home with 2 staircases. Between the grand staircase, the formal parlor, the vestibule, farmer’s porch, detailed sunroom AND 2 story barn with limitless potential-choosing one personal favorite was next to impossible. Her new family was attracted to the history as well and they have relocated from the mid-west to continue to care for this gorgeous home! Sold: $630k, July 2018, 1 offer
#2 Backyard Oasis
Image titleAs is a common story in Framingham, this family bought 4 Francine thinking it would be a 2 year home before they moved to their slightly more expensive hometown. However, the town, and all it had to offer, drew the family in and next thing they knew this was their long time home of 30+ years. While they made many improvements to the inside including a kitchen remodel and family room addition, one of the things they decided early on would be a major value add to their family was an in ground pool. From here it blossomed into fountains and rock gardens flowing into the pool, built in seating, an amazing resort bar fit for Jimmy Buffet himself and lastly a covered outdoor kitchen with access to every kitchen need that could come up. The impressive hard scaping allowed for multiple party tables to keep guests comfortable, some parties of which, I was told, ran well into the hours of the morning with music and dancing and lots of splashing. It is no surprise that this backyard oasis is what drove it’s new family to make the best offer. Sold $577k, September 2018, 3 offers
#3 Stately Brick Charmer
Image title15 York Road with her Mediterranean architectural front porch, punched tin kitchen ceiling, butler’s pantry and walk up attic felt like the perfect place to call home. Urban, but not too urban. Suburban, but not too suburban. Anyone who has been to Belmont, Massachusettts knows it is renown for their schools, but also its overall appeal of a town. The town center one might argue is one of the most quintessential in all of Massachusetts. With several top notch playgrounds sprinkled about, access to Boston in a jiff by car of various modes of public transportation, and minutes to the area’s best hospitals, private schools and universities it makes settling into Belmont one of the easiest decisions you can make. That is of course if you have the finances to back it up. According to recent data Belmont is the 8thth most expensive community on the Massachusetts mainland behind Boston, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Cambridge, Dover and Lexington. Sold $975k, April 2018, 4 offers
#4 Mountain Feel Sudbury
Image titleOne of the main reasons I know I fell in love with 41 Philemon Whale is because of how much the owners loved 41 Philemon Whale. Pride of ownership BEAMED. Having spent over 20 years in the home they had also done their fair share of renovating as well giving just about everything a face lift. The home was comfortable, warm and there was plenty of space for any family party. The family room had the feel of being in the mountains streaming sunshine and with balcony access leading to large wrap around deck and screened porch all overlooking the level and green pastural back yard. Perched at the end of the Philemon Whale cul de sac, it was the perfect location for bike riding and basketball hoops. Sold $735k, June 2018, 3 offers
#5 Quintessential Cape
Just from the outside you can see this is everything a cape should be! Often when we are working with first time home buyers they want something with character but find many of the houses are similar in metrowest. If they do find a cape or a different style of home it is maybe lacking some of the space or appointments they need, like a dining room, a finishable basement, or a 3rdbedroom. 39 Whittemore had it all AND an affordable price tag. 2 full baths, a finished basement, dining room, 3 beds, new kitchen with granite, a separate family room space, adorable screened in porch leading to new trex deck AND quite possibly my favorite part – bubbling brook way off in the distance offering soothing sounds while sipping coffee on the porch. Sold $459k, December 2018, 8 offers