This Newbury estate has a secret. Walk through its antique iron gates, and you’ll find yourself standing in the middle of a stone sculpture garden positioned around a rustic fire pit. The listing agent, Dolores Person of William Raveis Real Estate, said she’s never seen anything like this “secret garden” before. Person said the home was originally a barn. Its listing identifies it as a Colonial “with a nod to the Georgian period.” Its front door, flanked by stately white columns, leads into an expansive foyer with an impressive staircase. The 5,734-square-foot home at 16 Green St. is just off the town green, but hidden from passersby. It was converted in 1938 but “reimagined” by a local builder in 2008. “It’s kind of unique in that it’s an antique exterior, but the interior is all brand-new,” Person said. Juxtaposed against the estate’s grand staircase, elegant finishes, and a screened porch (it dates to the … [Read more...] about Luxury Home of Week: For $3M, newbury estate with hidden garden
The dormered cone on the end of this stone and wood home is the first sign that this Southborough contemporary is visually arresting inside and out. 44 Sears Road impresses with its towering ceilings, wood beams, stone work, curvy walls and stairs, and playful window designs. Built in 1993, the 17-room home offers four bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and 7,916 square feet of space. Built on 7.2 acres on a cul-de-sac, the property has hit the market for $1,990,000. Features of the main level include a sunken living room, a dining room, two family rooms (one is for adults; the children’s space has a craft area), a kitchen with a breakfast bar and nook, a library with custom cabinetry, and a laundry setup. The sleeping quarters are upstairs. Each bedroom has an en-suite bath. The master is also outfitted with a sitting area, while one of the secondary bedrooms is a two-room suite. On the home’s lower level, there are exercise and game rooms, a wet bar, a wine cellar, and a workshop. This … [Read more...] about Curvy Southborough mansion with an indoor pool for $1.9M
Abigail DesVergnes -- Boston Globe correspondent August 20, 2019 7:00 am The only way to get to this private getaway in Glocester, R.I., is a causeway. A former bed and breakfast, Blueberry Pointe on the Lake has hit the market for $899,900. It looks out onto the 185-acre Smith and Sayles Reservoir. The property consists of an 1,848-square-foot Colonial and two 500-square-foot-plus cottages on 2.25 acres abutting Hopkins Woodland Town Forest. Listing agent Carol LaRiviere of Keller Williams calls the property at 115 Sand Dam Road “a private peninsula.’’ A wraparound porch is the highlight of the two-bedroom, two-bath main home, with its panoramic views of the water. The lake is also visible from the living room, thanks to large windows and sliders to the porch. Features like a second-floor library and wood ceilings bring a sense of “warmth’’ and “tranquility’’ to the lake home, according to LaRiviere. The updated kitchen and … [Read more...] about Private island with 3 homes hits the market for $899,900 in R.I.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Housing Administration is changing regulations to make it easier for more first-time condo buyers to receive mortgages. The federal agency released new guidelines Wednesday for the types of mortgages it will insure at condominiums. Just 6.5 percent of the 150,000 condominium developments in the United States were previously eligible for FHA-backed mortgages. But the FHA will start backing mortgages for individual units and will have greater flexibility to react to changes in market conditions. Brian Montgomery, the FHA commissioner and acting deputy secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department, said the changes would make it easier for first-time buyers, retirees, and minorities to become homeowners. Unlike conventional mortgages that require 20 percent down, the FHA backs loans that require 3.5 percent down payments. As regulations tightened after the housing crash, the number of FHA mortgages for condos fell from 72,900 in 2010 to … [Read more...] about FHA changes rules to back more condo mortgages
Megan Turchi -- Realestate.boston.com correspondent August 14, 2019 11:44 am Once you find your dream home, we can offer advice on how to hire a mover. But in the meantime, we found 12 open houses to check out this weekend — from a two-bedroom condo in Mashpee in a complex with a pool for $209,900 to a new Concord single-family on nearly an acre for $2,299,000. Check them out: Under $500,000 $259,9002 bedrooms, 1 full bath1,130 square feet0.31-acre lotOpen house: Saturday, August 17, from noon to 2 p.m. *** $469,9003 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath1,707 square feet0.18-acre lotOpen house: Saturday, August 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. *** $459,0001 bedroom, 1 full bath541 square feetOpen house: Sunday, August 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. *** $209,9002 bedrooms, 2 full baths1,080 square feetOpen house: Sunday, August 18, from noon to 2 p.m. $500,000 to $1 million $750,0003 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath2,510 square feet0.39-acre lotOpen house: Sunday, August 18, from 2 … [Read more...] about 12 must-see open houses in Greater Boston (Aug. 17-18)