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By Amy Mullen | Agent in Marlborough, MA
  • Exclusive opportunity! Come visit this ISLAND in SHREWSBURY

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Shrewsbury, Celebrity Homes in Shrewsbury, Property Q&A in Shrewsbury  |  April 20, 2012 3:51 AM  |  936 views  |  No comments

    28Open on Thursday, April 26th at 11:30am to 1:30pm this unique and stunning property can be viewed!  Come visit 1 Sargents’ Island in Shrewsbury!  Did you know Shrewsbury had an island?

    This 4.27 acre island in Flint Pond is accessed by a dedicated year-round causeway and features nearly 2000 feet of shoreline.  Stunning lake views, wildlife, privacy and freedom!  Currently zoned residential with a single family home in the center this property offers so many possibilities.  Close to major commuting routes but yet seemingly far away from the busy day.  Imagine ending your highway commute and minutes later grabbing your fishing pole and stepping on to your boat.  It’s a vacation at the end of every weekday.

    Stop in – tell your friends – think of the possibilities with this unique piece of property!  How many islands are for sale in Shrewsbury?  Just ONE!

    MapQuest or navigator: Use “104 Creeper Hill Rd North Grafton”.  Directly across the street will be the gated causeway entrance.  Drive is 3/4 mile.   Thursday, April 26th 11:30am to 1:30pm – lunch included 1 Sargents’ Island Shrewsbury, MA  01545 MLS:  71362794 
  • Open House - TODAY!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Whitinsville  |  March 24, 2012 3:58 AM  |  684 views  |  1 comment

    Please stop in this beautiful colonial in Northbridge today between 1pm and 4pm to enjoy a special open house event with our very own Pampered Chef Consultant!

    Leslie will be showing us how to truly enjoy a kitchen with our families with some of their newest recipes and cookware.  This house has a HUGE kitchen with a wet bar and slider doors to the back deck that over look a very pretty yard!

    Priced well and ready to go this is a private sale – not a short sale – so no messy bank paperwork and a quick close!

    179 Rocky Road
    Northbridge MA
    1pm to 4pm

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  • Pampered Open House Party in Northbridge!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Whitinsville, Design & Decor in Whitinsville  |  March 17, 2012 5:19 PM  |  847 views  |  1 comment

    Pampered Open House Party!

    1_northbridge, ma cul-de-sac colonial

    Please join us for a special open house event in this beautiful colonial in Northbridge.  On the market and ready to go this home offers a fabulous great room, expansive kitchen, hardwoods, fireplace, back deck and master suite.  Leslie Houssan from Pampered Chef will be demonstrating some of her new products!


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    Leslie will be making Grilled Chicken Penne Al Fresco pasta, with a light tomato wine sauce topped with fresh Basil and Parmesan, in the Pampered Chef “Magic Pot” which is a quick and healthy family meal .  She will show how easily this can be done—quick to make and quick to clean up so that you can enjoy more time with your family!


    Recipes, demonstrations and an open house tour!  What could be better?  Bring a friend, stop in and enjoy!

    Saturday, March 24th, 1 to 4 pm

    179 Rocky Road Northbridge

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  • The 5 Coolest Space Heaters on the Planet

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Worcester County, Design & Decor in Worcester County  |  March 11, 2012 5:37 AM  |  1,557 views  |  1 comment

    Space heaters used to be clunky plugins that squatted on the floor and scared the fluff off your cat. No more — these 5 space heaters are totally cool.

    1. Radiant heating

    cool-space-heaters-radiant-bathroom_551735ead510dd02b31837705c00f37c_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85This radiant heat panel — the mirror and towel bar on the left — is so integrated into this bathroom that you may not even notice it.   Image: Warmly Yours

    You’ve probably heard of radiant heating for floors, created by snaking heating tubes or cables under floors. But that’s not the only application for this efficient, quiet method of heating. Manufacturers now produce radiant panels for walls, ceilings, and other locations.

    Radiant heat, also known as infrared radiant heat, is especially efficient, heating solid objects such as chairs and people without heating the air. The warming effect of radiant heat is practically instantaneous, and solid objects store the heat and stay warm even after the system switches off.

    (Forced-air heating does the opposite, heating the air first, which then eventually warms people and surfaces. When a forced-air system shuts off, temperatures fall rapidly.)

    Radiant panels come in many sizes, from a couple of square feet to 30 square feet and larger. Because no heat is lost in air ducts (there aren’t any), radiant panels are especially energy efficient, and the use of supplemental radiant panels to selectively heat rooms helps reduce annual energy costs by 10% to 30%.

    Manufacturers make panels for nearly every situation. Baseboard panels are ideal under desks or window seats. Cove panels fit at an angle at the top of the wall, and ceiling panels attach nearly flush against ceilings. Panels can be painted to blend in with room colors.To heat an 11-by-11-foot room, you’ll pay about $150 for a 2-by-2-foot, free-standing, plug-in panel; $150-$250 for a hard-wired, 47-by-6-inch cove ceiling panel with a wall-mounted thermostat. A licensed electrician to wire a panel and install the thermostat control adds another $200-$300.

    2. Artistic space heating

    cool-space-heaters-artistic_93de7a7fa6eaea04145c703daef51d48_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85Finding the best heating solution for a specific situation is a fine art — sometimes literally. A thin-film, infrared radiant panel made by Prestyl USA hangs on a wall and looks just like artwork, custom-printed with a design or photo you submit.

    “We just need a digital high-pixel image that you have the rights to,” says the president, Thom Morrow. “So no Seattle Seahawks logos. But a portrait of the family, fine. Or dog or horse or the old family farm.”

    These plug-in art panels project out from the wall just 1½ inches. Inside is a carbon-based material that absorbs energy when current passes through. The panel then releases the energy as infrared light waves.

    An artistic panel isn’t cheap, but you can take into account what you might spend on equivalent artwork. Prestyl’s plain 2-by-2-foot panel, suitable for an 8-by-10-foot room, costs $352, plus $180 if you want an image, or a total of $6.65 per square foot of living space.

    3. Off-peak heating systems

    cool-space-heaters-off-peak_5b188b86b45fb256d095d37bd00b24e6_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85If you heat with electricity and live where electrical rates are lower at off-peak hours, an electrical thermal storage heater could save you money.

    This kind of heater consists of a well-insulated shell filled with ceramic bricks that efficiently absorb and store heat. The bricks heat up during hours when power rates are low, then release the heat, using a blower, when the rate rises, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

    Al Takle, national sales manager for Steffes Corp., says the units only make sense where rates dip for part of the day. Where’s that? He listed:

    • Arizona
    • Colorado
    • Indiana
    • Maine
    • Minnesota
    • New Jersey
    • New Mexico
    • Pennsylvania
    • Wisconsin
    • Wyoming

    Thermal storage heaters sit on the floor and are about 12 inches deep, 24 inches high, and 30 to 60 inches long. They require only a little clearance on sides and the top, so you can easily build them into bookcases or window seats. Costs range from $1,200 (for a small bedroom or office) to $2,200 (for a 1,000-square-foot, open living room and kitchen space), or $2-$12 per square foot of living area.

    4. Ductless heat pump

    cool-space-heaters-mini-split_c2bc8d8156b123f16a49069ce38ec043_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85If you’re looking to retrofit an older home that doesn’t have ductwork, or you’re adding on and tying into your existing HVAC system is problematic, a ductless heat pump could be the answer.

    Developed in Japan 30 years ago, many heating contractors in the U.S. are just now learning about this option, also known as a mini-split. There are only two main components: an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor air handler, which is typically installed high on an outside wall.

    A small tube delivers conditioned air directly to the room. Because there’s no long expanse of ductwork, ductless heat pumps operate up to 50% more efficiently than traditional forced-air systems.

    The installed price is around $5,000 for equipment that handles 1,100 square feet, or $5.45 per square foot of living space. Many power companies offer rebate incentives, sometimes for as much as $1,500, to customers who switch from other kinds of electrical heating.

    5. The Dyson Hot fan heater

    cool-space-heaters-dyson_83bfa8b21a739ebbd7bc797b16f80e5b_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85For a floor-model space heater that’s out of this world, look to Dyson — the company that seems to delight in reinventing ordinary household items.

    The Dyson Hot fan heater looks like a space creature that never got around to developing a face. It generates heat like any other electrical-resistance heater, but there’s no visible whirling fan, so you don’t have to worry about whether a curious kid will stick in a finger to see what happens.

    Even though you don’t see a fan, the heater does blow out a steady stream of warm air. The heater pushes air over its curved surfaces to increase output, much the same way an airplane wing accelerates air flow. The fan head oscillates, and you can tilt the device to direct the air flow.

    The Hot fan costs $400 and is suitable for small to medium-size rooms, or about $4 per square foot of living space for a 10-by-10-foot room.

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  • MORE houses added to the open for this Sunday in Holden! WOW!

    Posted Under: General Area in Holden, Home Buying in Holden, In My Neighborhood in Holden  |  March 8, 2012 6:09 PM  |  941 views  |  1 comment

    Holdin Open HoldenYep…Holden is officially OPEN this coming Sunday!  Please take a look at one or some of the SIXTEEN houses that will be open this coming Sunday (3/11) in Holden.  There is something to fit everyone’s taste and budget and the weather is going to be beautiful!  Come to Holden…grab a coffee a Dunks on your way into town and then take a tour!

    If you would like more information about any of these listings, just let me know.  All houses open 1 to 3pm unless noted otherwise:

    46 Acorn Drive

    4 Birch Hill (1:30 to 3)

    238 Fisher Rd

    89 Fox Hill

    2 Greenbriar Lane (12 to 2)

    37 Heather Circle

    225 Highland Street

    84 Homestead (11:30 to 1)

    67 Laurel Lane

    823 Main Street (11am to 1pm)

    1565 Main Street

    476 Manning Street

    769 Mason Rd

    96 Nelson Street (12pm to 2pm)

    395 Salisbury Street (12pm to 2pm)

    12 Tanya Drive

  • Updated Holdin’ Open Holden!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Holden, In My Neighborhood in Holden, Property Q&A in Holden  |  March 6, 2012 7:06 PM  |  1,001 views  |  2 comments

    We’ve added MORE homes to the list!  Check out some of these great houses this Sunday in Holden as we’re holdin’ open Holden!  Need more information…let me know!

    46 Acorn Drive

    4 Birch Hill (1:30 to 3)

    238 Fisher Rd

    89 Fox Hill

    2 Greenbriar Lane (12 to 2)

    37 Heather Circle

    225 Highland Street

    84 Homestead (11:30 to 1)

    67 Laurel Lane

    823 Main Street (11am to 1pm)

    1565 Main Street

    476 Manning Street

    769 Mason Rd

    12 Tanya Drive

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  • Holden’ Open Holden! This Sunday – take a drive to Holden and preview any or all 12 listings!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Holden, Home Buying in Holden, Home Selling in Holden  |  March 5, 2012 7:57 PM  |  938 views  |  1 comment

    holdenThis coming Sunday HOLDEN IS OPEN!!!  We are holding 12 listings open in Holden on 3/11!

    According to Neighborhood Scout, “Holden is the 108th largest community in Massachusetts and has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

    In addition, Holden is home to many people who could be described as “urban sophisticates”. Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. “Urban sophisticates” is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call ‘urbaneness’. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

    Because of many things, Holden is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties”

    So come see for yourself!  All listings are open 1pm to 3pm unless noted:

    46 Acorn Drive

    238 Fisher Rd

    89 Fox Hill

    2 Greenbriar Lane (12 to 2)

    37 Heather Circle

    225 Highland Street

    67 Laurel Lane

    823 Main Street (11am to 1pm)

    1565 Main Street 

    476 Manning Street

    769 Mason Rd

    12 Tanya Drive


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