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What is a Contemporary House Style?

What is a Contemporary House Style?

Even though they are not “contemporary” to anyone who is living in the 21st century, the name contemporary most often represents the mid-century modern house style that can be found in small pockets throughout Metrowest. In my opinion, they look best when they come with commanding views such as when sited on hilltops or near the water.

Perhaps the most famous of all contemporary homes is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and his famous “Falling Waters” house in western Pennsylvania.  There are no homes designed by him in Metrowest, but there are quite a few that show inspiration from his use of native materials, combining inside and outside spaces into one and design simplicity.

Builders and buyers liked the clean lines and contemporary styling and the great use of space associated with these multi-level homes, and built them here primarily in the 1960’s and 1970’s although they are still built today. There is no exact defining set of elements, almost all of these homes are architect-designed and can range from minimalist to deconstructionist to Bauhaus to A-Frame styles

Some of the common characteristics are: garage placement on the front of the home to cut building costs: shallow, pitched roofs that often extend from a higher level down over the lower level: simple, linear rooms that are cost effective to build and often attempt to “bring nature inside”; windows that are very large and sometimes trapezoidal following the roof pitch in gables; and exterior finishes that are a mix of natural materials like wood, brick, or rock combined with Texture-111 and cedar board-and-batten vertical siding.

Because split-levels, raised ranches and multi-levels are sometimes considered less desirable than many other house styles, realtors often label those three styles as a “contemporary”. So a word to the wise, if you find a contemporary on the listing services or one of the real estate portals and it’s living area is less than 2000 square feet, it probably has some kind of feature that with a little hyperbole could be considered to make it a contemporary, but it’s usually a split.

Contemporary homes appeal to a limited buyer pool in Metrowest (unlike colonials) so because of this their market value is usually lower than similarly sized more traditional house styles. Also because the pool of buyers is smaller their time on market is usually longer. However, if you like them (and I do), there is a diverse assortment of terrific contemporaries available in the Metrowest market.

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For some great examples of Contemporary Style Homes click on the above Pinterest link

 

 

What is Average House Size in Greater Metrowest Boston Towns?

What is Average House Size in Greater Metrowest Boston Towns?

As most people know, real estate is not a liquid asset.  In order to convert it to cash you have to put it up for sale and find a buyer who is willing to buy it, which can take an unpredictable amount of time and effort. If you want to have your home as easy to sell as possible, my best advice, which I have followed in several of my own home acquisitions, is this:  When you buy a house in the average size for the town in which it is located it will always sell. 

So here’s a list of average house sizes for homes that have sold from January 1, 2014 to today for towns in the greater Metrowest Boston area.

They are listed from small to large.

  • Maynard   (1,715 sf)
  • Framingham   (1,945 sf)
  • Hudson   (2,005 sf)
  • Marlborough   (2,041 sf)
  • Ashland   (2,117 sf)
  • Northborough   (2,174 sf)
  • Natick   (2,182 sf)
  • Stow   (2,576 sf)
  • Acton   (2,609 sf)
  • Wayland   (2,730 sf)
  • Needham   (2,850 sf)
  • Southborough   (2,919 sf)
  • Sudbury   (3,112 sf)
  • Boxborough   (3,270 sf)
  • Concord   (3,298 sf)
  • Wellesley   (3,340 sf)
  • Lincoln    (3,512 sf)
  • Weston    (4,405 sf)
Backyard Chickens … in Sudbury?

Backyard Chickens … in Sudbury?

You’ve moved to the suburbs to have some land, lots of house, and great quality of life. You’ve started a vegetable garden and have enjoyed the puttering and the fresh produce. Now you’re thinking of getting a few chickens so that you can feed them an excellent diet and have fresh eggs of your own. You’re not alone, it seems to be that this hobby is growing exponentially in popularity over the last year. In Sudbury, you’ll have to know a few things before you buy the chicks.

 

FAQ  for those thinking of raising backyard chickens in Sudbury:

  1. Is an Annual Animal Permit Required? yes, a special permit is required, issued by the Zoning Board of Appeals, cost is $100 first year, $50 annual renewal
  2. Is a Building Permit for the Coop Required? not if the coop is less than 120 s.f. footprint
  3. Is there an Annual Board of Health Inspection Required? yes
  4. Are Roosters Permitted? no
  5. Are there Lot Size Limitations? no
  6. What are the Coop Setbacks from Property Lines? There is a 5′ min distance from lot lines.
  7. Are there Manure Pile Storage Limitations? This would be dictated by the conditions of the special permit
  8. Is there a specific section of the Zoning Bylaws that I can read regarding this? see Sudbury Zoning Bylaw Section 2313/6200
  9. Is there an Agricultural Commission or Committee that I can join? yes email: agricultural@sudbury.ma.us
  10. Is there an Agricultural Group that I can contact to get help/info/advice? yes, Sudbury Grange No. 121 Pomona No. 16 , Meetings: 1st & 3rd Wednesday 8 pm, Grange Hall 326 Concord Rd (beside Town Hall), Contact: Brenda Chamberlain 508-429-5458
  11. How do I contact the Board of Health? 978 443-2209 x1379 email: health@sudbury.ma.us
  12. How do I contact the Zoning Board of Appeals? 978-639-3387 email: pcd@sudbury.ma.us
  13. How do I contact the Building Inspector? (978) 443-2209, x1361  email: building@sudbury.ma.us)
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