Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/18/2019

If you donít have a dedicated playroom space in your home, you may feel as though toys and children have taken over. Toys, games, stuffed animals, coloring books, and crayons may be all over the house if children donít have their own space to play. 


It doesnít have to be this way. There are a few options that you can use to let your kids have their space, and the adults have theirs. You donít need to move just to find a home that has an area for kids to play. Read on for some ideas to help you stay stylish yet kid-friendly in your home.    


Versatile Furniture


Buying furniture that has a couple of purposes can be handy when you have kids. A coffee table with storage drawers can turn into a great place to store board games. An ottoman that has a storage component built in is a fantastic place to fantastic place to keep stuffed animals or action figures. When you have kids, finding ways to keep your style but allow children to play freely can be done easily with these types of furniture.   


Turn An Ordinary Shed Into A Magical Place


No matter what part of the country you live in, you can buy a small outdoor storage shed and turn it into a playroom. You can install portable heaters or fans in the shed for comfort. This space can become your childís playroom detached from the house with all the comforts of home. You might even consider a treehouse, but that may afford slightly less storage or possibilities than a storage shed.    


Use The Corner Of A Room


Kids donít have to take up the whole of a room. Consider giving little ones a corner of a room dedicated to their stuff. A small chair with a bookshelf and a few baskets of toys is all they need for a play space without fuss. Depending on the size of the room, you can even put a toy chest there for the playroom effect without the space.   


Use Baskets


Baskets are the next best things to furniture that has hidden storage. Baskets look pretty, and the contents are colorful, fun toys. Thereís not too much wrong with this solution! You can even give the dog a basket for his toys.   


Find Ways To Incorporate Kids Into The Rooms Of Your Home


You can get creative when it comes to living with children. Chalkboard walls. Tiny furniture and more items are available to make your kids comfortable yet creative and keep your home stylish. Consider a chalkboard wall that allows kids to change their artwork on the daily.

With a little creativity, your kids can feel at home without a playroom and without taking over the whole house.  




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/15/2019

This Condo in Lexington, MA recently sold for $282,000. This Mid-Rise style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


1475 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420

Condo

$281,000
Price
$282,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
One Bedroom unit in the historic Lexington brick former school. An 8 minute walk to Lexington Center. Two MBTA buses stop directly in front (#62 & #76) to the MBTA Alewife Red Line Station. Minuteman Bikeway adjacent in rear. Parking in rear. Access to All Lexington has to offer: Munroe Center for the Arts-5 minute walk. Center shops (Starbucks, Peets, CVS, Movie Theatre etc) are an 8 minute walk. Lexington Recreation Area (swimming, tennis, track) -20 minute walk. Stop and Shop-19 minute walk. Easy access to Routes 2 and 95(128). Ample parking in rear. This is a below market unit.Muzzey High is a Limited Equity Condominium. To maintain affordablity, Lexington set prices below market & capped appreciation at 5%/year. An unusual opportunity to live in one of Massachusett's richest, beautiful, convenient towns with low carrying costs. Price is approximate. Final price to be determined by Lexington. Income Limits are % of max sale price: aprox. 58.3% for 1p 66.7% for 2. No asset limits






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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/11/2019

If thereís one room in the house most people long to be high end, itís the bathroom. A room of relaxation and rest. The one place everyone can find time to themselves within, even if itís two minutes. The bathroom is our sanctuary. And you donít need to break the bank to create a luxe environment. 

Frame a flat bathroom mirror with molding for a classic and one-of-a-kind look. Detailed millwork is synonymous with an upscale home because more time and effort has been put into the fine details. Pick a style of molding that matches your unique preferences and a wood stain or paint color to match the rest of your decor.

A new shower head isnít immediately visible so itís not a style upgrade. However, itís an upscale lifestyle upgrade to be certain. A rain shower head provides a steady, even flow of water while covering more surface space.

Update the light fixture(s) in your bathroom to change the aesthetics and light quality. There are many sleek, minimalist vanity light fixtures on the market if you are looking to keep up with trends. For a dramatic change look for sconce shapes that differ from those already installed. If you have bell-shaped sconces look for a square or rectangular option. If you have bulbs try ovaluar or sleek coned shape sconce.

Install matching metal finishings from the faucet to drawer pulls. Sometimes as we update our homes feature by feature mismatched hardware happens. Take the opportunity to create a cohesive harmony throughout the room by matching knobs, faucets and light fixture finishes. Knobs being the most budget friendly and easiest to swap, try to match these to your existing hardware and not the other way around.

A new coat of paint can make the world of difference in any room. Bathrooms seem to seldom get the same playful attention to color as other rooms do. And a color from years past can dramatically date a room despite more classic pieces within it. Donít be afraid to make a bold statement with a pop of color. Or cover up tired blue walls with a neutral shade for a high-end look.

Invest in a towel warmer for a luxe after-bathing experience. With many styles to choose from youíll be sure to find one in a style that fits your current decor without a problem. Towel warmers come as drawers or as a rack. Racks either install on the wall or come as a stand-alone piece. All three options can utilize an outlet without having to be installed as a part of your electrical work like a light fixture would.

One surprising way to upgrade your bathroom is with plants. Look for varieties that thrive off of humidity to create a lush, paradise. Plants have a soothing effect and will have your bathroom feeling like a true oasis. If you donít have a natural green thumb consult an expert at your local gardening center to find those that will do best in the lighting and air conditions of your bathroom.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/8/2019

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $1,120,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


81 Hancock Street, Lexington, MA 02420

North Lexington

Single-Family

$1,174,900
Price
$1,120,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Situated in prestigious North Lexington, this pristine 4 bed/3.5 bath gem boasts the ideal marriage of modern updates and classic colonial charm. Sunlight fills this welcoming home and highlights the gleaming hardwood floors. The main level features newer windows and a renovated half bath. In the heart of this home you will find an open-concept kitchen/family room overlooking the private backyard and patio. The dining room opens directly to the private deck, perfect for al fresco dining. The living room leads to the sun-drenched office, offering the perfect nook for reading or working in peace. The master suite features oversized windows that provide tranquil views of the backyard, a cathedral ceiling, renovated bathroom, walk-in closet plus your own deck. Three additional bedrooms and a new bath complete the second floor. Topping it off, you will love the main-level laundry room, walk-up attic (expansion potential!), spacious garage, and access to Lexington Center/Minuteman Trail.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/4/2019

A "lowball" homebuying proposal is unlikely to do you any favors, particularly if you want to acquire your dream residence as quickly as possible. In fact, after you submit a lowball offer, it may be only a matter of time before you receive a "No" from a home seller.

When it comes to buying a house, it helps to prepare a competitive offer. That way, you can increase the likelihood of getting a seller to accept your home offer and speed up the homebuying journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you avoid the risk of submitting a lowball offer on your dream residence.

1. Analyze the Housing Market

Are you searching for a house in a buyer's or seller's market? Are homes selling quickly in the current real estate market? And are houses selling at, above or below their initial asking prices? These are just some of the questions that homebuyers need to consider as they assess the real estate sector.

With a diligent approach to buying a house, a homebuyer can become a real estate market expert. This buyer can assess a wide assortment of housing market data, and by doing so, gain the insights that he or she needs to submit a competitive offer on any residence.

2. Understand a Home's Condition

A home purchase is one of the biggest transactions that an individual will complete over the course of his or her lifetime. As such, the decision to submit an offer on a house should not be taken lightly.

To make the best-possible choice, it helps to look at all of the available information about a residence. You should review a home listing closely and attend a home showing. In many instances, it may be beneficial to check out a house a few times to get an up-close look at it before you submit an offer.

The condition of a home will play a major role in how much you are willing to offer to acquire a residence. Therefore, you should learn as much as possible about a house's condition. And if you feel comfortable with a home, you should be ready to submit an offer that will match a seller's expectations.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Hiring a real estate agent generally is a good idea, particularly for a homebuyer who wants to reduce the risk of submitting a lowball offer on a house. A real estate agent can help a homebuyer prepare a competitive offer, as well as ensure that a buyer can enjoy a seamless home transaction.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will allocate the necessary time and resources to help you analyze a house. He or she will even offer homebuying recommendations and teach you everything you need to know about the homebuying cycle.

Avoid the temptation to submit a lowball offer on a house Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can submit a competitive proposal to acquire your dream residence.




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