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Needham, Wellesley, Dover Market Report - 12/29/07 09:18 PM
Although the year has not officially ended I believe that we can get a real picture of the single family home sales for these communities in the infamous year of 2007. Comparison follows the report for each town from the previous year and same time period. The figures are taken from Multiple Listing Service for this area which is H3MLS. All of these communities are in Norfolk County. All are a generally strong luxury market. All have terrific amenities in what are offered for town services and near to the city of Boston, MA. Explanation of the these headings: SP:LP ratio = Sales (0 comments)
Needham - "It's a Nice place to Live" - 12/22/07 03:32 PM
Below are actual quotes for "why" "It's a nice place to live." Something we regularly hear from residents of Needham. "There are so many willing volunteers in town politics, religious activities, helping one's "fellow man.""Our superb local theatre group.""Our own Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham Campus with ICU and Emergency Room.""Creative Council on Aging.""The town serves all religions." "The YMCA is really great.""It is wonderful to have an active Historical Society.""Our Community Council does so much for people, i.e., The Food Pantry.""The trains to Boston and buses to Newton are so convenient.""Route 128/95, which is a major highway with direct accessibility to (0 comments)
Needham Market Report - 12/22/07 09:15 AM
Needham Market Report as of 12/22/07 It is very customary for the market to slow up in this holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Years so there are no surprises but there is activity. The report does not reflect the 10 homes temporarily withdrawn and that there were 5 homes canceled. What has changed this year over last year is that the luxury market is still very strong. This was not the case last year. Only 1 property that was price in the luxury price range expired in the last month. Pat Baker, Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Needham, MA Expert also selling (0 comments)
1 or 2 week vacation rental Buena Vista, FL - 12/21/07 09:55 PM
Starwood Vistana Lock out Floating Vacation Week sleeps 8 or 2 weeks - sleeps 4. It would be great if someone could use our timeshare week. I have described it below. This could be any time in 2008. This is our timeshare and the week is whatever someone would like. We can choose any week. We are unable to go this year but would like to rent for our cost $950 (for one week) and same for 2 week vacation sleeping 4. It is 7 nights in Buena Vista, FL Vistana is a lovely resort. You choose the week/weeks you would like (0 comments)
Needham Event. - 12/18/07 11:37 AM
NYN '08 New Year's Needham '08....Special Celebration Events Performances and Activities First time ever by the efforts and planning of many. Celebrating art, music, dance and magic! Monday, December 31, 2007 - Events for all ages from Noon to 10:00 PM Brought to us by NeedArts/Needham Cultural Council & by the generosity of the following sponsors: NStar, Roches Bros., Sudbury Farms, RCN, Wingate of Needham, Isis Maternity, Needham Bank, Life Banking Dedham Savings, Louise Condon Realty, Inc., Brookline Bank, Citizens Bank, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Middlesex Savings, Polaroid Matching Gift Fund, Prudential Prime Properties. Buttons can be purchased at Park & Recreation Department, Selectmen's Office, (2 comments)
December 26th Fire -10 kids - 2 trailors - 12/17/07 11:00 PM
After reading the post on one our own Melissa Grant - ActiveRain member who just had a fire I remembered my friend Penny. It must have been about 20 years ago. I remember how Penny was after the fire. Thank God everyone got out but all the emotions a person goes through when you are struck like this. The day after Christmas the heating system in their home caused a fire. At the time there were j10 children at home. They had just celebrated Christmas and so all their presents were lost. The good news is that their home was rebuilt (10 comments)
Dover Market Report - 12/15/07 10:36 AM
Dover Market Report for past month Yearly Report to follow next week. (0 comments)
"I haven't gotten over the shock!" - 12/14/07 05:36 PM
That is what Anne Leonard of Needham, MA said when 25 members of the Irish Village Soccer Club did over her roof. You may remember I wrote about this woman who have come on some really bad times and her home was in need of much repair. The worst thing about her house was the leaking roof. The men as you can from the picture below did work on the roof. They will have one more Saturday to finish the work they have started. *see Homeless in Needham blog The Irish Village Soccer Club actually raised $4,000. The owner was able to (4 comments)
Nativity Returns to Sherborn, MA 15 minutes from Needham, MA Just 15 minutes from Needham on Route 16. Re: The Downing Family Nativity on December 22 & 23. I need to correct the performance times. They are actually at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm . This is now the 30th year that they have been doing this presentation. It started as a way to teach a foster child about the true meaning of Christmas. The cast includes chilren, teens, and parents from Sherborn and the surrounding towns. The part of baby jesus is central to the performance. This part is (3 comments)
Neeham Events - 12/08/07 05:56 PM
Just had to tell you about an event that is not to miss in the Needham area. It is actually in Sherborn which is about 15 minutes from Needham. It is at a residence that is very large both inside and out. The family has traditionally performing annually for many years. The do a multi-media performance of that first Christmas when Christ was born. This is complete with a cast of hundreds. My grandchildren have been in several times. They have been drummer boys, shepherds and angels. It is a special time that will touch your heart. They have animals including (0 comments)
Needham Event - 12/04/07 10:01 PM
Not far from Needham, about 35 minutes is one of the best musicals I have seen. The musical is "Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol" back by popular request. The location is: The Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA The dates are: December 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 I personally have gone numerous times because I take various friends and family. It is great if you can plan to come early and see how pretty Concord is at Christmas. The tickets are available in advance or you can go to the website: www.newlifefinearts.org The talent, the costumes, the (3 comments)
Westwood Market Report - 12/03/07 07:00 PM
Westwood Market Report - from 11/3/07 - 12/3/07 CNN and money magazine ranked Westwood 13th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. It is one of the wealthiest towns in Massachusetts. One of the great things about this town is the schools, the easy access to major highways. It is another town that was once part of Dedham and split away. It is bordered by Needham, Dover, Walpole, Norwood, Canton, Dedham. Westwood has a beautiful new High School. A very pretty town and well laid out. Pat Baker, Realtor, Needham and surrounding towns of Wellesley,Weston, Westwood, (0 comments)
Holliston Market Report - 12/03/07 06:43 PM
Holliston Market Report - From 11/3/07 to 12/3/07 Holliston is the picture of New England. As you drive through town you see many historical homes. In the center of town is the Fiske Store which a a wonderful place for crafts, kids toys and collectibles, penny candy. Just across the street is the a great market which has been there for years. My favorite spot in Holliston is Lake Winthrop. It is this serene lake, It takes me back to going to New Hampshire in the summer with family and friends. Among the wonderful things about Holliston is the school system. Absolutely (0 comments)
Sherborn Market Report - 12/03/07 11:55 AM
Sherborn Market Report from 9/3/07 - 12/3/07 Sherborn is home to the Sherborn Inn which has been completely renovated. If you haven't been there it is great. The tavern is great for quick bite and the main dining is just elegant. We went to a lovely wedding there last January and it was superb. Sherborn is a small semi-rural community. There is a full time Police Department and an on call volunteer Fire Department and rescue squad. Sherborn is bordered by Framingham, Natick, Dover, Ashland, Holliston, Millis, Medfield. Sherborn shares with Dover the high ranking public schools. This is a very picturesque (0 comments)
Natick Market Report - 12/03/07 11:34 AM
Natick Market Report - Includes South Natick 11/3/07 - 12/3/07 Natick is on the Charles and Concord Riverbank. The land was granted to John Eliot as a plantation for his praying indians. The Eliot Church is in the South Natick center which is very picturesque with a lovely waterfall just behind the Library. There are many restaurants, plenty of shopping especially in the new mall in Natick on Route 9. Great for convenience with major highways close by and commuter rail to Boston. Pat Baker, Realtor, Needham and surrounding towns of Wellesley,Weston, Dover, Dedham, Natick, So. Natick, Holliston, Newton visit our website: (0 comments)
Dover Market Report - 12/03/07 11:09 AM
Dover Market Report for the 3 month period 9/3/07 -12/03/07 Dover is almost Needham to us who have lived here forever it seems but it is just 3 miles to the line from our home. A beautiful, affluent community but yet close to major highways. Dover was part of the original town of Dedham and established in the Springfield Parish of Dedham. Dover has great schools and town services. On my website link below there is information to link to for schools. Dover is bordered by Westwood, Needham, Medfield, Sherborn, Natick, Walpole, and Wellesley. It is just 16 miles to Boston. Here is (0 comments)
Weston Market Report - 12/03/07 10:52 AM
Market Report of Weston from 11/3/07 to 12/3/07 Weston is an affluent suburban community with 60 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, playgrounds, ball fields, golf courses and cross-country skiing areas. Weston is home to Regis College, Weston is close to major highways,has the commuter rail, bus, and not a very long ride to the airport. Weston represents some of the most luxurious design homes in Massachusetts as well being a quiet well kept community. More information in future blogs. Pat Baker, Realtor, Needham and surrounding towns of Wellesley,Weston, Dover, Dedham, Natick, So. Natick, Holliston, Newton visit our website: www.patannbaker.com *Visit our website - There (0 comments)
Wellesley Market Report - 12/03/07 10:24 AM
Wellesley Market Report for from 11/3/07 to 12/3/07 Wellesley- a beautiful community close to Boston with rich history, fine colleges: Babson College, Wellesley College, Mass Bay Community College, fabulous golf course, private schools and near to Framingham Keefe Tech vocational school and Lexington's Minuteman. There is absolutely wonderful shopping in Wellesley and dining. The newest building in town is the Wellesley Library which simply stupendous. The layout of the town is just so inviting. The schools are terrific. There is more I can in another blog but for now here is the market report. Pat Baker, Realtor, Needham and surrounding towns of (0 comments)
Needham Market Report - 12/03/07 09:52 AM
Needham Market 11/3/07 to 12/3/07 Please note the last column in this report. This is the ratio of the original price vs the selling price. Please note: The 8 properties at the top off the report under $50,000 are rentals. There is more bang for your buck in Needham with the services provided, the schools are outstandng, the convenience in Needham's transportation and proximity to major highways. Needham is close to Boston by car or public transportation. Needham is close to great shoppping, starting with the shops in Wellesley, new shops in Natick, Framingham, & Burlington. Pat Baker, Realtor, Needham and surrounding towns of (0 comments)
I have been elfed - 12/02/07 09:42 PM
December 2nd. Snow is falling. We might have 3 inches. It is to be expected so I thought I would dress for the occasion. It is my favorite season of the year, except for the cold. If only it snow without the cold it would be perfect. http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1144597752
This blog was written by: Pat Baker, Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Needham, Wellesley, Dover, Weston, Westwood, Holliston, Natick, South Natick, and Newton. Visit my website: www.patannbaker.com (3 comments)
The Little Drummer Boy - 12/02/07 08:46 AM
Christmas Eve 1958 - Picture an 11 year old lying in bed in a tiny ranch in Stoneham, MA. I was normally a pretty sound sleeper but not Christmas Eve. I had wanted a record player for Christmas and that year "Little Drummer Boy" and The Chipmunk Song record came out. I could hear my parents playing the record and I was too excited to sleep at point for the night. Then I had to pretend that I didn't know. It was really the best Christmas I can remember. My family did not have much money and this was a big (10 comments)
Needham - Bradley Estate - 12/01/07 09:58 PM
We know it as the Bradley Estate. This property along with many acres was given to the Town of Needham for its useby the former owner many years ago. Lots of weddings have been held here. There are presently Rangers who take care of the property and prepare it for events. It is a another place I like to come to get away from the noise and just read or relax in the beauty of the country side. There are walking trails and in the summer there is a day camp across the road from this building. It appears that this (1 comments)
Olin College of Engineering - 12/01/07 05:05 PM
We are a college town now. Olin College of Engineering is located on Great Plain Avenue. It actually backs up to Babson College, Wellesley, MA The original administration building is where my husband's uncle lived and raised his family. Where the college sits they kept horses back in the 30's and 40's. Just kind of neat to see this beautiful campus and know the history of the land. (0 comments)
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