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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)
Reader Email Questions … Any Places to Walk Near Framingham?

Reader Email Questions … Any Places to Walk Near Framingham?

Here are a few of my favorites:

Calahan State Park, Millwood St., Framingham 508 653-9641
According to the town website, Callahan State Park is a 820-acre day use area located in Northwest Framingham. Callahan has seven miles of marked trails and is used for activities including fishing, hiking, horseback riding (horses not provided) and cross-country skiing. Within the park are nearly 100 acres of open fields, 70 acres of which are currently under an agricultural lease.

Cochituate state park,  Park Entrance: 43 Commonwealth Rd. Natick, Ma 508 653-9641
According to the town website, Cochituate State Park is a popular regional day use park featuring water based recreational opportunities including boating, swimming, windsurfing, and fishing on its three large lakes. Picnicking, swimming, and boat launching are limited to the main area of the park on the middle lake and boaters can gain access to the other lakes through channels under roadways. Jet skis are not allowed on the lake. On summer weekends and some holidays, this park may reach maximum day-use parking capacity and be temporarily closed until sufficient parking is available. If you arrive at the park and find it closed, you can visit Places to Go for information on other nearby DCR recreational opportunities.  For capacity closure updates, follow us on Twitter at @MassDCR or call the DCR at 617.626.4973.

Garden in the Woods … New England Wildflower Society, 180 Hemenway Road • Framingham, MA 01701-2699 • T 508.877.7630 • F 508.877.3658 •

According to their website: Only 21 miles from Boston, Garden in the Woods is a magical spot unlike any other botanic garden. Its sharp, glacier-made ridges spill into narrow valleys. Two miles of meandering paths lead through a towering canopy of trees to a pond, a wooded bog, numerous springs, and an ever-flowing brook. Set among 45 acres, this living museum contains 1,500 kinds of native New England plants, including more than 113 rare and endangered species, displayed in naturalistic settings. For families looking to teach their children about the natural world, for adults who can’t decide between a stroll in the garden and a walk in the woods, and for anyone curious about the diversity of New England’s wild flowers and woody plants, Garden in the Woods offers a unique experience in a tranquil and beautiful setting.

Many native plants are available for purchase at the Garden Shop, which also offers snacks and a selection of gifts for gardeners.

The Garden is seasonal and will reopen in mid-April. The Garden Shop will remain open until December 20.

Farm Pond Park, Located between Dudley Road and Farm Pond, Farm Pond Park is maintained by the Framingham Parks and Recreation Department. The park offers scenic views of the pond and its swans and walking trails. There is a newly-installed playground at the end of the park, across the street from the baseball diamond. At the other end is Peace Park.

Saxonville Beach, Saxonville Beach is one of three public beaches maintained and staffed by the Framingham Parks and Recreation Department. The beach is accessed by following a winding paved path downhill from the parking lot. This seasonal beach is open from late June to mid-August. It is staffed by trained lifeguards and swimming is allowed in designated areas only. Cookouts are prohibited, but picnics are allowed. Day passes and seasonal tags are available for residents and non-residents.

Ramp Up Your Curb Appeal and Sell, Sell, Sell

Ramp Up Your Curb Appeal and Sell, Sell, Sell

When you’re preparing your house for sale, remember the importance of first impressions. There’s an old saw in any business that says “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”, and in real estate it’s an absolute given.  Buyers can be turned-on and turned-off by the strangest things … more than half the houses I’ve sold are sold when the buyers get out of their cars. So stand across the street from your house and imagine yourself pulling-up and seeing the house for the very first time. What do you see?

Here are some easy things you can do to ramp-up your curb appeal.

Outside

* Sweep front walkway

* Remove newspapers, bikes and toys

* Park extra cars away from the property

* Trim back the shrubs

* Apply fresh, clean paint throughout

* Clean windows and window coverings throughout

* Keep pet areas clean

* Keep plumbing and all appliances in working order

* Maintain all sealant (window, tub, shower, sink, etc.) in good condition

* Make sure roof and gutters are in good condition

* Mow the lawn more frequently and plant flowers

Inside

* Clean until the Kitchen and bathrooms shine

* GIve a quick once-over with the vacuum, carpets look cleaner

* Place fresh flowers in the main room

* Put everyday dishes away and set a formal dining room display for decoration

* Make beds and put all clothes away

* Enhance the spaciousness of each room

* Open drapes and turn on lights for a brighter feel

* Straighten closets

* Minimize live house plants … keep only the most beautiful/favorites

* Put away all silk flowers and fake plants

 * Put toys away

* Turn off television

* Play soft music on the radio/stereo

* Keep pets out of the way and pet areas clean and odor-free – place cat litter boxes in out-of-the-way places and refresh the litter often

* Secure jewelry, cash, prescription medication and other valuables

Important Reminders:

1. Potential buyers always feel more comfortable if the owners are not present.

2. If people knock on your door to see your property, refer them to your real estate professional for an appointment. Never let them in.

3. Leave a number where you can be reached with your agent if you are leaving town, even for a weekend. Keep your cell phone on and forward your house phone to it.

In closing, The Appearance of Overall Excellent Condition = Buyer Offers

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