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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/21/2019


11 Hubbard Drive, Granby, MA 01033

Single-Family

$339,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
This light and bright executive ranch will surely impress! South facing on almost an acre for optimal solar use!! Enjoy this energy efficient 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with many special features. The cozy living room with stone fireplace enjoys seasonal views to the north. The open floor plan kitchen/dining, great for entertaining, opens to the expansive rear wrap around deck! The master bedroom with full bath and walk in closet, another bedroom and full bath complete the main level. The lower level with newer laminate flooring and lighting has additional square footage including a large family room with fire place, two bedrooms, full bath and separate laundry room. This level also walks out to the rear yard. Nearby hiking trails, close to the Five College area, minutes to UMass, Mt Holyoke or shops and restaurants or Springfield's new attractions! A lovely home with energy efficient solar panels, ask about benefits! Private but close to everything!
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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/21/2019

Magazine styled homes are gorgeous but they’re not quite practical. Especially when you’ve got little ones running about. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a stylish home. I’ve got a few tricks for you to today to integrate kid-friendly decor with a grown up touch. 

When house shopping keep those with open floor plans at the top of your list. Open floor plans help your family to stay social and connected with each other. It’s also a whole lot easier to keep your eye on your little ones in the living room while you’re making dinner. Additionally, an eat-in kitchen creates a welcoming atmosphere for older kids to hang out around after school while eating snacks or working on homework.

When it comes to furnishing your new home opt for furniture that doubles as storage to tuck away toys. This helps to keep a tidy home while maintaining a welcoming room for children to pull out a few toys and spend time with the family. If you choose to have wall to wall carpeting be sure to choose one designed to withstand heavy traffic. Alternatively, for a statement rug using an outdoor carpet inside adds visual interest and makes for easy cleaning.

Furnishings in heavy duty fabrics like microfiber, acrylics or distressed leather can withstand messes and frequent cleaning. For existing furniture, slip covers are another way to protect sofas while being able to easily wash messes from kiddos and pets. Round shaped tables eliminate sharp corners and the bumps and bruises they create.

It may be tempting to choose dark colors to hide inevitable messes and stains however it’s best to opt for mid-tone colors to keep a bright, welcoming room. Add pops of color with pillow covers in lighter colors. Pillow covers are ideal since not only can they easily be swapped out to give a room a fresh new look but they can also easily be cleaned by throwing them in the wash.

Install shelves that allow books to be propped up with their covers viewable. Children will be more likely to grab them to read and they will also double as an evolving art display in your home. Another great way to add child-friendly art is to frame the paintings and drawings your children bring home. You’ll have a unique one of a kind piece to rival Pollock and Rothko.

A guest bedroom with one or two bunk beds will make your home the sleepover favorite among your child’s friends. You’ll maximize space and provide a much more comfortable sleeping space than a sleeping bag on the floor. Storing snacks in baskets and see through jars out in the open makes it easy for kids to grab and go throughout the day. You’ll have peace of mind visitors aren’t going hungry while creating a welcoming, homey space for all.

When decorating most put their own taste and style first. However, when raising a family the difference between a house and a home is that everyone living under its roof feels at comfortable in its space. Creating a family friendly home doesn’t mean sacrificing style but it does mean a few tweaks that bring everyone closer together.  





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/14/2019

Living green is sustainable living. It’s a lifestyle in which individuals endeavor to reduce the number of natural resources used and the amount of waste created to benefit the earth. It aims to promote a lifestyle that is eco-friendly through various means such as energy consumption, transportation alternatives, and waste management. To go-green, individuals usually must change their whole outlook as it pertains to the earth and how their choices affect it. As trendy as it has become, it takes more than a couple of changes to really be considered living green. Sustainable-living is a big commitment.Green living makes one live healthfully. It saves money and also the environment. It is essential to live green in order to save the earth from human excess. But homeowners don’t always know which ideas to follow for green living. Here are some ideas you can incorporate into your home.

Green living ideas

The main idea of living green is to reduce the waste discarded from your home. Now, many companies are taking steps to reduce their packaging. This is a good idea to follow for living green. Another idea to follow is to reuse durable containers and products. Bring reusable bags to the grocery store. Buy products in glass containers that can be recycled or repurposed in your home.

The other major ideas for living green are:

  • Love the planet. Using organic products and cosmetics is a way to lead a green life. Use hormone-free dairy products and try to buy these products in glass bottles, because glass is reusable.
  • Grow plants or trees that give off oxygen.
  • Avoid plastic containers unless they are reusable.
  • Recycle. If your city or waste removal support recycling, do your best to follow their guidelines. If there are no recycling centers available in your area, reduce your waste, and upcycle items you no longer use to someone else.

Why choose green living?

Health: There are many health benefits. Green transportation such as biking or walking gives a person exercise and reduces pollution—living-green includes buying local, which gives individuals fresher options. Organically-grown produce reduces the number of chemicals and pesticides in food.

Finances: Using natural, renewable resources like natural light instead of electricity or filtered water in reusable containers instead of bottled water costs less. Buying local supports neighborhood vendors and helps the community while cutting out the expense of transportation. Lower utility bills too, with solar and wind technology.

Future: Prepare for the future by saving it. By using renewable resources, cutting waste, and reducing pollution, the future of the earth can be secured for later generations.

It is a responsibility to live green and to make the globe green. If you’re looking for a certified green-living property, consult your local realtor for options.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/13/2019


10 Summer Street, Amherst, MA 01002

North Amherst

Single-Family

$354,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
It is a great time to be in the Mill District! This lovely home will charm you the minute you enter! The renovated kitchen provides an open floor plan to the dining room/living room combining for easy entertaining. The French doors in the dining area exit to the rear deck. The expansive family room / guest space / home office, with full bath provide additional living area on the main level with exit to the spacious yard. Currently used as a first floor Master bedroom but you decide! Three generous bedrooms on the second floor enjoy the large bath with claw foot tub and separate shower. Hardwood, bamboo and parquet floors. The large fenced corner lot with abundant perennials provides two deck areas and patio for outdoor activities. This lovingly maintained home is in a prime location, a short walk to Puffers Pond, Atkins and all the exciting developments in the Mill District and only minutes to UMass and Amherst Center! Showings start @ open house on Sunday 3/17, 1pm to 3pm.
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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/13/2019


10 Summer Street, Amherst, MA 01002

North Amherst

Single-Family

$354,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
It is a great time to be in the Mill District! This lovely home will charm you the minute you enter! The renovated kitchen provides an open floor plan to the dining room/living room combining for easy entertaining. The French doors in the dining area exit to the rear deck. The expansive family room / guest space / home office, with full bath provide additional living area on the main level with exit to the spacious yard. Currently used as a first floor Master bedroom but you decide! Three generous bedrooms on the second floor enjoy the large bath with claw foot tub and separate shower. Hardwood, bamboo and parquet floors. The large fenced corner lot with abundant perennials provides two deck areas and patio for outdoor activities. This lovingly maintained home is in a prime location, a short walk to Puffers Pond, Atkins and all the exciting developments in the Mill District and only minutes to UMass and Amherst Center! Showings start @ open house on Sunday 3/17, 1pm to 3pm.
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