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      Blog :: 05-2015

      Calling all Village people

      Village Hill New Construction Home in Northampton MA

      With the last phase of building at Village Hill underway, this weekend is a great time to check out some of the homes there. An open house will be held at the Flats, 74 Village Hill Road, from noon to 2 Sunday.

      Village Hill, just a few minutes walk or drive from Smith College and downtown Northampton, is a great example of "new urbanism," with planned neighborhoods, a range of single family homes, duplexes, townhome, and apartments, and a few businesses at the front of the development. On the site of the former Northampton State Hospital, Village Hill is also a terrific example of thoughtful and well executed revitalization.

      It's also an exceptional neighborhood that offers the best of community life. Housing options incorporate green design and energy efficiency, whether LEED or Energy Star certified. With views of the Mill River, Mount Tom, and the Holyoke range, you're still just a short walk from downtown Northampton's terrific restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions. If you are looking for real estate in Northampton, this communityis a great option.

      The Flats is a classic Arts & Crafts style building offering one-level living, with two units per floor for a total of six units. A central elevator runs from the underground garage up to the top floor.

      Built by Wright Builders, these solidly constructed, energy efficient homes offer great views from three sides, with lots of light and ventilation, along with plenty of other features including:

      ·         High efficiency heat and AC

      ·         Gas cooking with direct ventilation

      ·         Raised ceilings

      ·         Energy Star 3.0 compliance and LEED certification

      ·         Private balconies or patios

      Construction on a second Flats building just across from the first one has already begun; five of the six units there are available, with one already spoken for. Just three units are currently available at 74 Village Hill.

      Wright Builders is also constructing three single family homes that will function as condominiums up on Ford Crossing - likely a Victorian, a bungalow, and a Cratsman-style home. Other opportunities include a townhome to be built near Beech Tree Park, and a duplex next to the Flats. A single-level condo built by Pecoy Builders is still available on Musante Drive. But properties are going fast, so consider checking out the Flats and while you're there, take a walk around the neighborhood. It's lovely.

      For more information about Village Hill, email Alyx Akers or give her a call at 413-320-6405.

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        Cool Ranch: With the right dressing, your ranch-style home will be worth some green

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        Ranch style home in NorthamptonFull disclosure: my dream has been to start a company called “Cool Ranch” that does nothing but convert old, tired ranch houses into contemporary, design-forward homes. The problem is, what I’d like to do to most houses, few people could afford, and those that can want something bigger. That said, updating your ranch to be more contemporary, design-forward home doesn’t require a complete renovation.

        Ranch homes offer a variety of benefits as a design: most have no second floor so bedrooms are on the same floor as the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room. Ranch homes tend to be 1,500 square feet or less, so they are cheaper to own in terms of heating and cooling, and maintenance.


        Ranch Style Home on Deerfield Drive, Northampton, MAGoggins Real Estate, like many of the local agencies, has some terrific ranch-style homes for sale --  this one at 135 Deerfield Drive is a perfect example. They also tend to be more inexpensive (just check GogginsRealEstate.com and you’ll find 90% of the houses at around $200K are Ranch-style homes). So they are ideal for first-time home buyers, or empty-nesters looking to downsize.


        And since they are relatively affordable housing, if you budget correctly, you could update the look of your home and turn it into the house of your dreams.

         

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        5 ideas for updating your Ranch:

        1. Convert the entrance from Ranch to Craftsman style

        2. Add an amazing deck

        3. Plant some colorful shrubs and trees

        4. Change up your color scheme

        5. Shed some new light on your house

         

        These are just a few ideas to get you started. Interested in finding a ranch to call your own? Text, email, or call me! 

        Sam@gogginsrealestate.com

        413-923-8336

         

        Sam Mead is a licensed agent with Goggins Real Estate