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Posted by Joyce Torelli on 4/18/2018

???Robert Frost's poem, Mending Wall, poses an interesting question about whether "good fences make good neighbors."

On one hand, there are several advantages to having your property surrounded by a fence, especially if you or your neighbors have dogs or small children running around.

If you happen to have a vegetable garden or fruit trees in your backyard, a well-constructed fence can also help keep out ravenous deer, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and other wildlife.

There's no doubt that fences can serve a variety of useful purposes, ranging from privacy and safety to wildlife control and home security. While it can be beneficial to mark off your property boundaries and keep your backyard private, a question to consider is whether a large fence -- especially a new one -- sends the wrong message to your neighbors.  Striking the perfect balance between privacy and friendly neighbor relations can be tricky at times, but there are compelling reasons to stay on good terms.

  1. Security reasons: If you take the time to chat with your neighbors every now and then, they'll have more of a tendency to keep an eye on your property when you're on vacation or just away for the day -- especially if you ask them.  People tend to be more helpful, observant, and protective of others with whom they share a bond or have a sense of community. In contrast to that, if they don't even know your name and haven't exchanged more than a few words with you in years, they'll be less inclined to pay attention to who's on your property and whether they belong there or not.
  2. Sharing resources: Keeping the lines of communication open with your neighbors is beneficial on many levels. When you have a friendly, ongoing relationship, you won't feel reluctant to ask them for help when your car battery's dead and you're running late for work. Trusted neighbors can also provide you with valuable information, such the names of dependable home improvement contractors or how to arrange a free pickup of household clutter that you want to donate to the Salvation Army.
  3. Quality of life: When you're regularly greeted by friendly neighbors, your neighborhood will feel like more of a welcoming and upbeat place to live. It may be necessary for you to set the example or make the first move, but once a friendly atmosphere has been created in a neighborhood, it's relatively easy to keep it going.

So while you may not want your neighbors to get in the habit of stopping by your home to chew the fat, every day, it can be worth your while to greet them by name, offer help whenever possible, and be the kind of good neighbor you'd like them to be. Setting a positive example may be all that's needed to establish a cooperative relationship and possibly even a life-long friendship. And, if all else fails, keep in mind the words of Benjamin Franklin: "Love thy neighbor, but don't pull down your hedge!"





Posted by Joyce Torelli on 4/14/2018

This Condo in Groton, MA recently sold for $490,000. This Detached style home was sold by Joyce Torelli - ERA Key Realty Services - Distinctive Group.


7 Olivia Way, Groton, MA 01450

Condo

$494,900
Price
$490,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
THIS IS NOT AGE RESTRICTED**GPS DIRECTIONS: 449 Nashua Rd, Groton, MA**Beautiful new construction on a brand new cul de sac of 10 brand new homes located in the highly desired town of Groton. This 3 bd, 2.5 bath home features a wonderful open concept 1st floor layout, modern kitchen w/36" cabinets, SS appliances, kitchen island, & granite counter tops. There is a separate eating area that opens up to the fire placed (gas) living room. The beautiful formal dining room offers plenty of natural light & wainscoting. Hardwood flooring throughout 1st floor (including stairs to second floor) & tiled laundry area. The 2nd floor offers 3 large bedrooms, a full bath and a large master suite with 2 walk in closets & separate master bath which features a double vanity w/his & her sinks. All of this situated on almost a beautiful cul de sac lot. Central Air, town water, town sewer, & so much more-what more could you ask for? Construction is complete!!

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Tags: Real Estate   Condo   Groton   01450  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Joyce Torelli on 4/14/2018

This Single-Family in Groton, MA recently sold for $490,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Joyce Torelli - ERA Key Realty Services - Distinctive Group.


7 Olivia Way, Groton, MA 01450

Single-Family

$494,900
Price
$490,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
THIS HOME IS NOT AGE RESTRICTED!**GPS DIRECTIONS: 449 Nashua Rd, Groton, MA**Beautiful new construction on a brand new cul de sac of 10 brand new homes located in the highly desired town of Groton. This 3 bd, 2.5 bath home features a wonderful open concept 1st floor layout, modern kitchen w/36" cabinets, SS appliances, kitchen island, & granite counter tops. There is a separate eating area that opens up to the fire placed (gas) living room. The beautiful formal dining room offers plenty of natural light & wainscoting. Hardwood flooring throughout 1st floor (including stairs to second floor) & tiled laundry area. The 2nd floor offers 3 large bedrooms, a full bath and a large master suite with 2 walk in closets & separate master bath which features a double vanity w/his & her sinks. All of this situated on almost a beautiful cul de sac lot. Central Air, town water, town sewer, & so much more-what more could you ask for? Construction is complete!

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Posted by Joyce Torelli on 4/4/2018

When moving one of the room most families dread packing the most is their child’s. Overflowing toy boxes, stuff crammed under the beds, and who know’s what in the closet. It’s an epic task to take on, usually with just as much cleaning needed as packing. But with a move comes a new room and a clean slate. 

Here are my top tips to keeping an organized child’s room (and for longer than 2 hours):

The most important step is to downscale the amount of stuff your child has. Toys are usually the number one culprit when it comes to a child’s clutter. Plan a day to have a massive clean sweep with your child where you work together what toys stay and which need to go. The more you can clean out the less you’ll have to move and the easier it will be to organize at the new house.

As you decide what stays think about the different categories the remaining toys fall into it. Which does your child reach for the most? Do they like to play with trains and action figures at the same time but just legos by themselves? Asking yourself these questions will help you to create organizational categories that make sense to your child.

Once you have some categories decided on, think about how to organize them. What systems do you already have in place and how do they work for your child? One of the biggest stumbling blocks families face in maintaining an organized home with children is a lack of understanding for how much a child can handle.

Keeping things simple with baskets and buckets toys can be placed in can make a huge difference in how tidy a room stays. Zippered, closed, sectioned or stacked containers, especially for young children, are harder to manage. Paired with piles of toys a child can become quickly overwhelmed at cleanup time.

By cutting down on the number of toys your child has, organizing them in a way that makes sense to how your child plays with them and opting for open containers sets your child up for cleaning success. The simpler you can make it the easier it is for them to take on the task. Pairing this setup with learning habits like cleaning up one set of toys before moving on to another will keep your child’s room tidy for months, and even years, to come.

And the biggest secret to avoid clutter from building up again? Before each birthday, holiday or gift receiving event go through your child’s toy collection and clean out what they no longer use to make room for new toys. If you want to go even further, encourage friends and family to gift your child experiences instead of material goods for celebrations.




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Posted by Joyce Torelli on 3/31/2018

This Multi-Family in Marlborough, MA recently sold for $330,000. This style home was sold by Joyce Torelli - ERA Key Realty Services - Distinctive Group.


15 Crescent Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

Multi-Family

$324,900
Price
$330,000
Sale Price

2
Units
1,931
Approx. GLA
INVESTOR FRIENDLY! Do not miss your opportunity to see this very well kept and updated 2 Family! Has Tenants both Flrs. 1ST FLR: Spacious Liv.Rm., Light, White & Bright Kitchen with Gas Range, Refrigerator & Blt.In Microwave, 2 Br's(1 with Long Walk-In Closet!, Office being used as 3rd BR, Full Bath, & 3-Season Back Porch. 2ND FLR.- Light/Bright, spacious rooms with Living Room, White Appl. Kitchen, 2 Bedrooms, Deck, & Walk-Up attic off closet area for extra storage! PAST UPDATES: Some roofing, Interior Painting, Flooring/Carpeting, Thermopane Windows, Buderas Boiler & Hot Water Storage Tank, 100 Amp. C.B. Panels. Parking for 4. Great locale for Rt.495/20 access, walk to downtown! APEX Entertainment Ctr., AMSA Charter School, Public Beach with Boating/Swimming, & Recreational area. See Disclosure below. PRE-APPROVED BUYERS only and/or PROOF OF FUNDS. SEE SHOWING INSTRUCTIONS. 24Hr. Advance Notice on certain days/times.

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