Centers And Squares
Welcome to Centers and Squares
As a Cambridge real estate agent, the city squares of Cambridge, Somerville and Medford and the town centers of Arlington, Watertown and Belmont, Massachusetts are my home turf. And as a lifelong New Englander who’s lived within twenty miles of Boston most of my life, I can introduce you to other nearby towns as we search for your new home. If you’re planning to sell your home in Cambridge, MA or nearby you’ll find plenty of info about the home selling process here too. Questions? Send me an email or call me at 617-504-1737.
- Starting Out - Medford
- Power Couple - Lincoln
- Moving Up - Natick
- Growing Family - Winchester
- Empty Nester - Newburyport
Historic Homeowner membership with Historic New England. It's one of several special interest membership categories and comes with a long list of member benefits. One that was invaluable for me was a historic paint color consultation done for my house by Historic New England's Sally Zimmerman. Never would I have been able to choose those colors myself. One of my favorite Historic Homeowner member benefits is the opportunity to tour vintage houses with fellow members and Historic New England staff. It's a super opportunity to see very interesting privately owned houses and to get a close-up look at architectural details and restoration work - completed or in progress. There's nothing like seeing the houses first-hand in the company of fellow old house enthusiasts and old house experts.
Last Fall, as a Historic Homeowner member, I had the opportunity to visit the Alanson Tucker House in Derry, NH, pictured above. It was an unforgettable experience. The house was built for Tucker, a successful merchant, in 1816 and the setting and the house retain an amazing amount of original detail. The owner, a Historic Homeowner member, is in the midst of a years-long painstaking restoration. It's truly a case of a perfect match between house and homeowner. The owner's deep knowledge of historic architecture means that he can read the telling details in the house that others might miss and can peel back layers added over the decades to reveal the house as it was almost 200 years ago. The last two weekends I've toured two more properties with fellow Historic Homeowner members - one in Boston and one in Cambridge. Both of the houses are protected by preservation easements held by Historic New England. Across from the Boston Common we visited the headquarters of the American Meteorological Society on Beacon Street, pictured below. 45 Beacon Street is the third house in Boston that architect Charles Bulfinch designed for Harrison Gray Otis. Built in 1806 it is here that the Otis family lived the longest. The first Harrison Gray Otis house on Cambridge Street is the headquarters for Historic New England. The second, on Mount Vernon Street is a private home and Beacon Hill's only freestanding single family. Our tour was fascinating on many levels - the house is extraordinary, we learned much about Otis, one of Boston's early developers, and as the daughter of a lifelong weather buff I appreciated all of the weather-related tidbits too. Last weekend Historic Homeowner members were invited to tour a house built in North Cambridge in 1853 and restored by its long-time owner. The house is a blend of Greek Revival and Italianate styles and we toured it from top to bottom. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the architectural details up close with all sorts of insights shared by the homeowner and by Sally Zimmerman from Historic New England. My notes from our visit are filled with the names of companies and artisans who do quality restoration work of all sorts. This coming weekend we're off to see another house in the stewardship easement program. It's a very early house in Brookline, built in 1683. Don't think that your house isn't old enough for you to benefit from a Historic Homeowner membership. The program welcomes homeowners with more recently built vintage homes and previous member tours have featured mid-century modern houses. If you want to do right by your old house the Historic Homeowner program is an invaluable resource - and great fun too for old house enthusiasts.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Showings will take place at open houses this coming weekend on Saturday, Dec. 7 th from 11:30 to 1:00 and Sunday, Dec. 8th from noon to 1:30. Liz Bolton, ReMax Destiny, Cambridge 617-504-1737.
Audubon Shop. It's one of my not-to-be missed stops every year about this time. There are gifts for people of all ages from wonderful children's toys to housewares, accessories, jewelry, garden items, bird feeders, binoculars, and all sorts of beautiful and intriguing items. Why settle for run of the mill when you can instead buy something lovely and unexpected? The book section is particularly rich with loads of books about animals, birds, nature, the landscape, etc. Many have a local or New England emphasis. You can also count on finding very nice boxed Christmas cards here. As part of my shopping at the Audubon shop I renew my parents' Massachusetts Audubon Society membership. It comes with a subscription to their excellent magazine, Sanctuary, and all sorts of benefits including 10% off in the Audubon Shop. So skip the mall and head to the Audubon Shop this month. You'll be able to make real headway on your shopping list and contribute to a great cause at the same time. The Audubon Shop at Drumlin Farm is located on Route 117 in Lincoln, MA. The address is 208 South Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. The store is open 10 am to 5 pm and is closed on Mondays except for Monday holidays.
Over the river, and through the wood To grandfather's house we go; The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river, and through the wood, To Grandfather's house away! We would not stop for doll or top, for 'tis Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood— oh, how the wind does blow! It stings the toes and bites the nose as over the ground we go.
Over the river, and through the wood— and straight through the barnyard gate, We seem to go extremely slow, it is so hard to wait!
Over the river, and through the wood— When Grandmother sees us come, She will say, "O, dear, the children are here, bring a pie for everyone."
Over the river, and through the wood— now Grandmother's cap I spy! Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!The river was the Mystic River and grandfather and grandmother's house stands to this day at 114 South Street in Medford looking out at the river. The house that Child refers to is a smaller, modest portion that now serves as an ell to the large, imposing Greek Revival house that was added in 1839. Grandmother and Grandfather's house is now for sale according to a postcard I received recently. It is listed with Hammond for $975,000. Wherever you're celebrating today - enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving.
list of candidates that links to their interviews, statements, websites, etc. It's well worth checking out before Election Day. It's too easy to walk into the voting booth knowing little about many of the candidates. Since Cambridge residents can vote for more than one candidate, we've got more homework to do than many voters. Cambridge uses a system of proportional representation for both the City Council and the School Committee voting. You rank your choices with your vote for your number one candidate your most valuable choice. Even your number two choice matters. You have to wonder, with this many candidates, if your third or fourth place vote might matter more this year. And last, in case you missed it, here's a link to the Boston Globe article about the 11-year-old campaign manager for one of the Cambridge School Committee candidates. Love this!