Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/2/2018

Architecturally speaking, many home buyers have very definite ideas about their preferred house style.

Whether it stems from a sense of practicality or positive childhood memories, few house hunters are "on the fence" when it comes to the number of stories their ideal house should have.

Perhaps you're one of those people who grew up in a two-story house and wouldn't feel right sleeping down the hall from the kitchen and family room. Some people just prefer their sleeping quarters to be on the second floor!

Although it's a matter of personal preference, there are certain practical aspects to buying a ranch-style or traditional rambler house.

Less stair climbing: While this is an advantage that seniors typically value the most, stairs can be a burden anyone -- especially when you're lugging suitcases, boxes of books, or that heavy new futon you wanted to put in the guest room.

You can probably also recall countless evenings when exhaustion set it, and the last thing you felt like doing was climbing a long, winding staircase to get to your bedroom. (Okay, well maybe it's not "winding," but you get the idea!)

Then, of course, there are those times when you haven't been to the gym in a few months -- make that years -- and your home treadmill has turned into more of a clothes rack than an exercise machine! Although going up and down stairs a few times a day can help counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, sometimes stairs can feel like they're more trouble than they're worth! That would definitely be the case if you have any physical conditions or health problems which make climbing stairs painful or medically unsafe. (Your physician can provide helpful advice on the latter.)

Home maintenance: If you hate getting up on tall ladders to paint your house or clean your rain gutters, owning a one-story home is a solution. Since home maintenance and repairs can often end up costing a bundle, it may make sense to consider doing your own exterior house painting. Although it's time consuming, messy, and sometimes a bit strenuous, painting your own house can potentially save you thousands of dollars in labor costs. Naturally, you'll still need to buy your own paint, brushes, rollers, and other supplies, but the amount of money you can save on labor is substantial.

Personal safety: If there's a fire or other emergency and you need to quickly evacuate your home in the middle of the night, a first-floor window can be safer and less scary than having to exit your house though a second-story window. While this type of dire situation is unlikely and will hopefully never happen to you, it's one of many factors to consider when comparing and contrasting ranch-style homes with other architectural styles.

If you do opt for a two-story (or three-story) architectural style, such as a colonial, craftsman, Tudor, Victorian, or farm house, it's especially important to have a fire escape ladder on hand, as well as a working knowledge of its proper use.





Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 6/28/2018

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $790,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


6 Melrose Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$799,000
Price
$790,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Move-in ready Ranch style home with open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen. Enjoy living on a peaceful side street in a great neighborhood setting. The current owners have made many valuable upgrades during their ownership including: conversion to a high-efficiency gas heating system, gas hot water heater, kitchen cabinets, granite counters with peninsula, stainless steel appliances, exterior siding, roof and much more! Enjoy the outdoors surrounded by Great Meadows, Arlington reservoir and Rindge Park. Easy access to shopping, restaurants, Trader Joe's, bike path, public transportation, and Route 2. Be moved in before summer and start enjoying all the wonderful amenities that are offered in historic Lexington.

Similar Properties





Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 6/25/2018

Whether you're looking for your first house, a vacation home, or a retirement condo, there's always an element of excitement in finding a new place you can call your own!

Although buying and selling real estate can be stressful, especially if you've never done it before, being prepared and knowing what to expect can help keep things on an even keel.

Similar to planning a vacation or a cross-country trip, you'll want to avoid missed connections, frustrating delays, and wasted time. When it comes to buying a home, a little research, planning, and expert advice can go a long way toward ensuring a smooth journey. Here are a few specifics:

Check your credit score: Your credit rating has a major impact on your ability to successfully apply for a mortgage and be offered a relatively low interest rate. Knowing your credit rating can help you understand your options, avoid unexpected surprises, and take action to correct errors in your credit report or improve your credit profile.

Prepare a wish list: One of the keys to getting what you want in a new home is to clarify and prioritize the features that matter the most to you. Your checklist can include everything from lot size and architectural style to the reputation of the school district and proximity to stores. Some house hunters also place a high value on features like a fireplace, screened-in porch, and an open floor plan.

Find a good real estate agent: A buyers' agent can provide you with an immense amount of help in finding properties for sale that meet your specifications. They can also provide assistance, advice, and guidance on the many steps involved in going from loan applicant to new home owner. An experienced agent can also negotiate the best possible deal, in terms of price, seller concessions, and other advantages.

Meet with mortgage lenders: A crucial step in preparing to become a homeowner is understanding the mortgage application process, knowing how much banks would be willing to lend you, and determining an affordable price range. Meeting with lenders is also the first step to comparing interest rates and choosing a financial institution that would best suit your needs. Here's a helpful tip from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "Getting a preapproval letter helps you show sellers that you are a serious buyer – but it doesn’t commit you to a lender."

When it comes to searching for and buying a house, probably the best advice anyone could give you is "stay the course!" Let's face it: It's easy to give up, get discouraged, or settle for a home that's less than what you really want. However, when you adopt a "stay the course" mindset, you'll do a better job of staying motivated, focused, and well organized until you find just the right home for you, your family, and your future!





Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 6/22/2018


17 Tower Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Single-Family

$2,200,000
Price

16
Rooms
6
Beds
5/1
Full/Half Baths
Spectacular Colonial with a contemporary flair beautifully sited on a half acre plus lot offers four gracious levels of living. Well proportioned rooms and custom architectural details include oversized windows, paneled walls, oak flooring with mahogany inlays, tray ceilings and more. The heart of the home is the open-concept chef's kitchen with center island, spacious casual dining area, and impressive cathedral family room--all oriented to capture beautiful views of the lush well-established gardens, expansive patio and waterfall. Handsome library/home office offers a wall of cherry built-ins and triple windows allowing the sun to cast a warm glow. Stunning master bedroom and spa bath with Jacuzzi tub and separate steam shower with bench seat. The finished third floor is the perfect spot for a nanny or extended stay guests, while the lower level provides space for a media room and playroom with plush new wall-to-wall carpeting. Located in Lexington's coveted Follen Hill neighborhood.
Open House
Sunday
June 24 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 17 Tower Road, Lexington, MA 02421    Get Directions

Similar Properties





Categories: Price Change  


Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 6/21/2018

Inviting Hip Roof Colonial offers sunny open-concept formal living and dining room with charming bow window and period built-in china cabinet. A warm and inviting family room is just steps off the kitchen and provides access to the private fenced yard with raised flower bed and space to play. The entire interior and exterior of the home has been freshly painted a soft, tranquil palette of beautiful colors. 2017 Navien gas heating system, newer windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings on both levels and decorative stain glass window are a few of the home's highlights. Sited on a corner lot with the driveway and garage located on Fottler Avenue which is a dead-end street. Enjoy the outdoors as you're surrounded by the Minuteman Bike Path, Great Meadows, Arlington reservoir and Rindge Park. Walk to Trader Joe’s in less than 10 minutes. Steps to public transportation. Close to Rte 2. Be all settled in this summer and start enjoying all the wonderful amenities in historic Lexington.

More Info on this Property | New Listing Alerts