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22 Hillcroft Road, Jamaica Plain, MA – Sunday Open House, 6/25, 2pm – 3:30pm

Gracious Tudor set on one of JP’s premier streets with a cul-de-sac! 8 Rooms full of beautiful original details including natural gumwood, hardwood floors and many windows: Foyer, large Living Room, formal Dining Room, gorgeous renovated Kitchen, powder room, 4-season Sunroom and screened porch. 2nd floor offers 3 Bedrooms and tile Bath. Lower level hosts den/exercise room, generous full bath, large bright laundry/utility room and direct walk-out. Many updates and 2 car garage. Professionally landscaped gardens and grounds feature mature trees and shrubs, and generous plantings clustered around a bluestone patio create a lush oasis. Across the street from the Arnold Arboretum and proximity to Jamaica Pond and Jamaica Plain’s best shops and sought-after restaurants. Everything you have been looking for.

Offered Exclusively at $1,100,000.

 

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309 Poplar Street, Roslindale, MA – Sunday Open House, 6/25, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Charming and well maintained, this early Colonial-Revival with Victorian flair is set
on one of the prettiest corners in Roslindale. 7 Rooms include 3 Bedrooms/1.5
Baths and feature original details including bay windows, hardwood floors,
wainscoting, and artisan-crafted woodwork in the Foyer, Living Room and gracious
Dining Room. A spacious updated eat-in Kitchen boasts cherry cabinetry and
Brazilian granite counters. The 2nd floor hosts an office with built-ins and sleeping
quarters. Wake to song birds perched in the beautiful Kousa dogwood, in this large
verdant landscaped lot with lovely private stone patio. Amenities include central
air conditioning, updated systems and plenty of off-street parking. Neighborhood
proximity to Roslindale Village’s sought-after shops & restaurants, and the Arnold
Arboretum. An urban oasis!

Offered Exclusively at $625,000

 

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What is a Home Energy Audit?

Cervone, Deegan & Associates knows that there are always small things you can always do to conserve your home’s energy like turning off lights when not in the room or taking shorter showers. However, how do you know exactly how energy efficient your home is on its own? That is where an energy audit can help. These will tell you just that as well as which improvements are recommended to boost your home’s efficiency to the next level.

How an energy audit can help buyers
Energy audit or efficiency details are not typically stated in a typical online listing, however sometimes these documents can be posted in MLS so that agents have access to share with buyer clients. If not, you can request these audits during a home inspection. These can be more of a true read of efficiency as you cannot always rely on average bills from the previous owner as everyone uses energy differently.

Home energy score
Some companies like local utility companies will do energy audits for customers in general, yet the one rating that is becoming increasingly popular is the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score. This has slowly become a standardized process for measuring efficiency.

Other audit types
Most other companies will do a more “visual” inspection of your home. This includes things like checking for window types, gaps in seals or entryways, insulation in attics as well as type of lightbulbs that are being used. These recommendations are typically more general.

What the auditor looks for
These audits typically take a one to two hours. Inspectors will measure windows and floor space for insulation. In addition, they add in age of HVAC systems, water heaters and the overall condition of ductwork. This is all gets entered into a system that will calculate a rating between 1 and 10. A 10 rating is within the top 10% in energy efficiency, 5 is average and 1 is consuming more energy than 85% of homes in the United States. These reports will also offer recommendations for what the homeowner can do to improve efficiency, which mostly have to do with adding insulation. The reports will also offer estimated dollar figures in the way of cost saving per year should you increase your overall score.

How much does an audit cost?
It will depend on the size of the home, but you can plan around $150 to $250. This can be sometimes less if rolled into a home inspection package. Some utility companies offer their visual inspections in exchange for locking into a program.

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6 Project Ideas to Enhance Your Yard

Cervone, Deegan & Associates knows while you want to enhance your landscaping, you will also want to be cost effective and environmentally conscious. While you may think having a green lawn is a safe bet for an attractive yard, it can be a bit plain. Try considering any of the following ideas to add color and drama while you actually could save money and time.

Rain Garden
A rain garden is great as it adds aesthetic interest to your landscaping while offering a low maintenance feature. Rain gardens typically include a depression in the ground that is then filled with various plants such as colorful, deep-rooted plants along with stone and river rock hardscaping. This design helps channel and retain water.

Natural Habitat
Homeowners as a whole have smartened up over the past years and are no longer trying to force non-native plants into their landscaping. Nowadays adding other natural or native elements is becoming more popular. This includes birdbaths, coverage for insects and animals to help camouflage them or even a birdhouse for shelter.

Shrink your Lawn
More and more homeowners are replacing their larger, thirsty lawns for alternatives that don’t need much hydration and are more drought friendly. Adding in some hardscapes, low maintenance ground cover or succulents can be great ideas. These changes can reduce money and time spent on your yard maintenance while providing some exciting focal points.

Add Edible Plantings
When planting in your garden, why not consider adding in a vegetable garden. These plants will add more character to your landscaping while providing you with food and herbs. In addition, many vegetables and herbs produce pretty foliage and flowers too.

Add a Fire Pit for Gathering
Don’t forget, during warmer weather months, your outdoor space becomes an extension of your interior square footage. Try adding a firepit to your backyard for those relaxing evenings. Push the shoulder seasons too as you stay warm while toasting up some s’mores!

Add Yard Lighting
Solar powered lighting has come a long way and is a great idea for adding some interest into your yard. Light up a walkway, patio or even spotlight your plantings with these efficient lights. Your home can really shine at night with character as the illumination also adds function.

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58 Weld Hill Street #1- NEW Virtual Tour and Open-House 06/18 12-1PM

 

Modern conveniences abound in this 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bath duplex condominium tucked away on a small side-street just up the hill from revitalizing Forest Hills. From the Foyer, light from the glass sliders and windows draws you into the oversized Living Room with gas fireplace and deck, easily accommodating multiple uses. Downstairs, the Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, stone countertops and wood cabinetry opens onto the Dining Room with adjacent half Bath with laundry. The Master Suite is the ultimate in privacy with full tile Bathroom and walk-in closet. Two sunlit Bedrooms and a full tile Bath offer flexibility for family and work. Off-street parking, central air-conditioning, recessed lighting and bay windows are just some of the other features. Come experience the comfort and pleasures of Weld Hill Street.

Listed at $749,000.00