Blog :: 09-2014

New listing in Wellesley: Gracious center-chimney Colonial

512 65 bristol spring

WELLESLEY - Gracious center-chimney 5 bedroom colonial with welcoming foyer flanked by beautifully proportioned living room and dining room featuring lovely classic details. Sun-splashed family-centered country kitchen and family room. Special fireplaced lower level finished with vintage mahogany paneling. Screened porch and deck overlook fabulous yard landscaped for active play and privacy. Perfectly sited on 3/4 acre Cliff Estates property just a short walk to Upham School.  EXCLUSIVE $1,449,000 Contact us for a showing today!

Four Open Houses in Wellesley and Natick on Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21

250 7-1 wabanSat. & Sun. 1-2:30

7 Waban St., U1 Wellesley $599,000 REPRICED

5 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath Detached

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250 88 hopkinsonOH SUN., 12-2

88 Hopkinson Street Wellesley $1,779,000 NEW PRICE

12 room, 4 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial

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250 84 hopkinsonOH SUN., 12-2

84 Hopkinson Street Wellesley $1,775,000 NEW PRICE

11 room, 5 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial

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250 13 hopewell farm 2-ExteriorOH Sun., 1-2:30

13 Hopewell Farm Road Natick $699,000

7 room, 3 bed, 3f 1h bath Townhouse

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New listing in Wellesley: Brilliantly renovated Victorian in great location

512 23 chestnut

WELLESLEY - Magnificent stone work and a romantic wrap-around front porch welcome you to this brilliantly restored 5 bedroom Victorian gracefully set in one of the finest locations in town. High ceilings, huge windows, and shiny wood floors abound in this vintage masterpiece. Sunny, beautifully crafted kitchen with island and large eat-in area makes for the perfect gathering spot. Spill right out to level play yard and large patio surrounded by lush, mature landscaping for wonderful family entertaining space. A tree swing and playhouse finish off this hidden oasis. Four full floors of inviting living spaces including finished play room and bath in lower level. All systems updated. Spectacular stone work winds to detached oversized garage off charming Garden Place. Walk to Hills train and shops. Sprague School District. A truly special property not to be missed! EXCLUSIVE $1,795,000 Contact us for a showing today!

Seven open houses in Wellesley, Sherborn, Needham and Natick for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14

250 28 Longfellow RoadOH Sat. 12-2, Sun. 1-3

29 Longfellow Road Needham $860,000

7 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Cape

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 250 2 sawyer june 2014OH Sun. 12-1:30

2 Sawyer Road Wellesley $2,650,000

13 room, 5 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial

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250 1-29 bristolOH Sun. 12-1:30

29 Bristol Road Wellesley $1,575,000

11 room, 6 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial

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250 53 bancroftOH Sun. 12-1:30

53 Bancroft Road Wellesley $799,000 NEW LISTING

10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial

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250 41 alba with black doorOH Sun. 12-2

41 Alba Road Wellesley $1,269,000

9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial

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250 1-1 Cider Hill Lane Sherborn MA-large-048-Exterior-1500x998-72dpiOH Sun. 1-2:30

1 Cider Hill Lane Sherborn $1,150,000

9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial

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250 13 hopewell farm 2-ExteriorOH Sun., 1-2:30

13 Hopewell Farm Road Natick $699,000

7 room, 3 bed, 3f 1h bath Townhouse

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New listing in Wellesley: Incredible value in this 1930's colonial

512 53 bancroft

WELLESLEY - Incredible value awaits in this charming 1930's colonial boasting close to 3,000sqft on three floors! 10 spacious rooms with high ceilings including 4+ bedrooms, an elegant living and dining room, warm and light-filled family room, eat-in-kitchen with updated appliances and private office on third floor. The master bedroom is complete with fireplace, private bath and plenty of closet space. Perfect yard with brick patio nestled in popular Wellesley Hills neighborhood and convenient to commuter rail and Hills shopping. EXCLUSIVE $799,000 Contact us for a showing today!

New listing in Natick: Beautifully renovated Hopewell Farm townhouse

512 13 hopewell farm 2-Exterior

NATICK - Beautifully renovated in 2012, this ground level townhouse has a new white and stainless kitchen with generous dining area, a master bedroom suite complete with a customized walk in closet and new marble bath with shower and tub, a living room with a fireplace, dining room and a solarium overlooking a beautiful meadow and conservation land. Level two has a new bath and generous bedroom and level three is a bedroom with a full bath. This property has new windows, new gas heating and central air, 2 and 1/2 new baths, new kitchen, gleaming hardwoods and private outdoor terrace for your Spring, Summer and Fall enjoyment. EXCLUSIVE $699,000 Contact us for a showing today!

New listing in Needham: Renovated Cape

512 29 longfellow new

NEEDHAM - Absolutely delightful expanded Cape recently renovated to add modern freshness and ease of style to an American Classic! Crisp, white eat-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances, butcher block island and sparkling hardwood floors. Gracious front-to-back living room with fireplace and custom built-ins. Bright formal dining room with corner cabinet. Inviting step-down family room leads to outdoor deck overlooking sun-dappled fenced-in yard. This home offers 3 spacious bedrooms including a generous master with nursery or future master bath. A finished playroom on the lower level provides plenty of space for games and fun. Brimming with architectural details, gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings and expansive windows to reflect light-washed interiors throughout! Ideally sited on a quiet ended way in a favorite family neighborhood. A short walk to shops, restaurants, schools and train. EXCLUSIVE $860,000 Contact us for a showing today!

New listing in Wellesley: Classic brick Cliff Estates colonial

512 1a-34 arnold1

WELLESLEY - This classic 1930's brick front colonial is replete with gracious lines, high ceilings and well-proportioned rooms. Sun-splashed living room with fireplace and beautiful views of private backyard. Formal dining room with two corner cupboards and coveted private screened porch for reading and dining. Updated kitchen. 5 bedrooms and 3 baths on the second floor including en suite guest quarters. Spectacular architecturally designed walk-out lower level with brick floor and wall of glass bringing the outside in. Two car attached garage. This lovingly maintained home is sited on a winding tree-lined street in the heart of Cliff Estates. Step into elegance!  EXCLUSIVE $1,495,000 Contact us for a showing today!

Protect your investment with maintenance and insurance

doorFor many people, their real estate is their largest single investment. Just like any other financial investment, it needs attention and tending in order to maintain and grow its value. Protecting your real estate investment is a combination of both maintenance and insurance.

You were required to purchase home insurance when you closed on your house but a majority of homeowners neglect to review their insurance policy over time. It is important to make sure that your insurance policy fully covers the current replacement cost of your home. At a bare minimum, that means your policy should include an inflation guard. Remodeling, renovating, landscaping, hardscaping and significant interior decorating projects are all reasons to amend your policy to cover value of your home and its contents to protect against a fire, explosion, storm, flood or falling objects.

Regular inspection and maintenance of your home protects the value of your house, prevents damage that can cost you money and increases your general enjoyment of the property. Inexpensive fixes can quickly turn into costly repairs if not identified and addressed promptly.

On a seasonal, or at least annual, basis homeowners should check the structures, systems and envelope of their house:

  • Roof: Examine for missing shingles, damage, cracks, soft spots and expanding seams.
  • Gutters: Clean and inspect.
  • Attic and Basement: Check for signs of pests, animals, leaks or water damage.
  • Chimney: Clean and inspect.
  • HVAC Systems: Clean vents and duct work. Replace filters. Inspect for cracks, leaks, efficiency, condensation and drainage problems.
  • Dryer Ducts: Clean.
  • Exterior Siding and Facia: Check for signs of wear, rot and pests.
  • Foundation: Inspect for cracks and signs of pests.
  • Doors and Windows: Inspect caulking and check for gaps.
  • Trees: Trim branches away from your home. Remove dead trees.

You can make the inspections and repairs for many of these areas yourself. Items like chimneys and HVAC systems should be inspected by a specialist. HVAC and gad companies offer maintenance contracts which will ensure inspections and repairs happen on a regular basis. Alternatively, consider hiring a maintenance company or building contractor to conduct all of the inspections year-to-year.

Managing your real estate investment with the same attention you apply to all of your other financial investments will ensure that its value continues to work toward the benefit of you and your family. Rutledge Properties has dependable, timely referrals for all the trades. Contact us if you need a recommendation for any type of house specialist or a maintenance company.