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  • Kiteboarding & Windsurfing on Cape Cod

    Posted Under: General Area in Osterville, Home Selling in Osterville, In My Neighborhood in Osterville  |  June 12, 2012 5:03 AM  |  1,219 views  |  8 comments

    In an effort to broaden the scope of maritime heritage, Cape Cod Maritime Museum’s summer exhibit encompasses the exhilarating world of Kite Boarding & Wind Surfing. Catch the Wind: Kite Boarding & Wind Surfing on Cape Cod features video footage of the world speed sailing record-holder, Rob Douglas of Martha’s Vineyard, who captured his win via kite sailing in 2009, clocking in at 55.65 knots!
    Catch the Wind narrates part of the ever-evolving story of Cape Cod’s maritime recreation sports, through inspiring photographs and historic & contemporary artifacts including boards & sails. The exhibit will also show evidence of the early beginnings of wind surfing on Cape Cod, and the fast-growing world of kite boarding in the new millennium.
    Catch the Wind opens on Tuesday, May 22nd and runs thru Sunday, September 23rd.

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  • New Ownership for the Osterville Cheese Shop changes to Wianno Green Cafe!!

    Transformed from the"Osterville Cheese Shop,"the new Wianno Green Café is a quaint deli boasts it is big on flavor.

    Whether you're hoping for breakfast goodies take to work or delicious, gourmet sandwiches to take to the beach, you'll find it on the menu here. The shop also has a cozy dining room for those who would like to eat in.

    Nathanael Cote, 29, purchased the Wianno Green Cafe in April. 

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    Tell us! What do you think about the new look, food and owner in the comments and listing page?

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  • June 9th Saturday 11-1 Open House ~20 Crystal Ridge Cotuit

    Posted Under: General Area in Osterville, Home Buying in Osterville, Home Selling in Osterville  |  June 9, 2012 5:40 AM  |  201 views  |  3 comments
    OPEN HOUSE -JUNE 9th FROM 11-1 IN COTUIT~ Waterford Hills Estates!
     Well maintained Bayside built Custom Contemporary Cape w/almost 3000 sq ft of luxurious living.Beautifully appointed open floor plan. Impressive 4 bedroom & 3 bathrooms w/wood floors & offers 1st floor living. Designed & built for comfort & modern-day family living. Step into the dramatic grand foyer & ahead is the heart of this fine home w/bright large kitchen w/center island & dining area which leads out to a large deck. Through the French doors you enter the living room which opens into the formal dining room. Spacious family room w/cathedral ceilings, fireplace & slider to large deck overlooking private yard. 1st flr bedroom w/full bathroom. Upstairs offers front to back master bedroom suite w/sitting area,walk in closet w/slider to balcony. Plus 2 more bedrooms.2 car garage, A/C & irrigation Gazebo, and new title V for 4 bedrooms & more....


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  • Save money this summer when cooling down!!

    Posted Under: General Area in Osterville, Quality of Life in Osterville, In My Neighborhood in Osterville  |  June 4, 2012 4:10 AM  |  204 views  |  9 comments

    Of course, summer cooling bills can still amount to more than one hundred dollars a month. The Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program estimates that the average household's spends $2,100 on energy annually, with as much as half of that going toward heating and cooling. Exact costs can vary widely depending on where you live, the size of your home and how efficiently you cool it. "One of the best ways that homeowners can make an impact on their energy bills is to make smart decisions about their heating and cooling equipment," says Jonathan Passe, manager of the Energy Star Residential Branch

     

    A few fast maneuvers could put extra cash in your pocket, and cut bills by 20% or more. Here's how:

    Sign up for utility rewards
    More utilities are offering reward programs that offer cash back and other deals in exchange for cutting your energy bills. Specifically on the cooling front, some trade cash for giving them the ability to cycle off your air conditioning for short periods of time during peak-demand days. Midwest and Mid-Atlantic utility Dominion, for example, offers $40. Just keep in mind that signing up could mean the house gets a little warmer at some points during the day.

     

    Rethink the thermostat
    Energy Star estimates even older programmable models can save $180 a year if homeowners set them to allow warmer temps when they are at work or asleep. But manufacturers and even cable companies are introducing smarter models that could increase the savings potential. They let users adjust the home temperature from afar using a smartphone, or even set it so the air-conditioning won't kick in until the system can tell (by your phone's proximity) that you're heading home. The catch: many smart thermostats run $200 and up, negating savings for the first year.

     

    Clean up a/c units
    Dust and dirt hinder air flow, forcing the air conditioner to work harder. Change filters at least once every three months; ideally, monthly. It's also important to clear leaves and other debris from around outside condensers, which can similarly block flow will help.

     

    Weigh upgrading
    Replacing an older air-conditioner with one that's Energy-Star-rated could cut bills by 30%. Just make sure it's the right size for the space -- a too-powerful unit wastes energy. This time of year, there are plenty of sales on units, and utility companies may have rebates on air conditioners. Although many central air units tend to decline in efficiency after 10 to 12 years, there's no hard-and-fast rule on when a unit should be replaced. "It depends on how much use that system has had and whether it's getting the job done.

     

    Seal in cold air
    Air leaks around windows, doorframes and other areas can pad energy bills and invest in some caulk and weather-stripping to plug up drafts, and consider adding insulation to the attic.
    For a window air-conditioner, use inexpensive foam insulation kit to create a tighter seal and keep cold air from escaping around the accordion sides and window sash, she says. In all, Energy Star estimates a properly insulated; sealed home can knock as much as 20% off your bill.

     

    Reduce home heat loads
    Heat getting into the house means your system has to work to cool that load. Keep it out, and you might not need to turn on the a/c at all, or at as low a temperature. Outside, trees and awnings can block sun from hitting the home directly. Inside, closing curtains during the day can also keep out heating sunshine. It's also smart to use heat-generating appliances such as ovens and clothes dryers only during the early morning and evening, when it's generally cooler.

     

    Use a fan
    Turning on a fan can be cooling enough to justify setting the a/c to let the room get two degrees warmer. That's a combination that can shave 14% off your bill. But don't leave the fan on when you leave a room. A ceiling fan cools you, your body. It doesn't actually cool the living space. Leaving it on will eat into energy savings. I hope these tips save you some money!

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    Kriss 508-648-0013  or Scott  508-360-1771
        View all cape cod homes for Sale & Sold visit: 
    www.CapeHomesUnlimited.com

      Visit Stevens & Manley Blog

  • Make Your Small Closet Big

    Posted Under: General Area in Osterville, Home Selling in Osterville, In My Neighborhood in Osterville  |  March 1, 2012 4:49 AM  |  231 views  |  No comments

    Go with baskets
    Wicker baskets are an inspired storage solution that will corral your small items and organize your larger ones. They’ll streamline your shelves and liberate your floor space, too. If you don’t remember the color of the carpet in your closet and your shelves are prone to occasional accessory avalanches, baskets will save the day.

    Organize
    You knew this part was inevitable: having to pull everything out, sort it into piles and put stuff into some logical order. Organization will help you maximize a small closet by encouraging you to keep like items together.

    Shoe Storage
    Over the door, on the floor, on hangers or under the bed, shoe racks can be lifesavers. Properly stored shoes will look better longer and you won’t be wasting time with one shoe in your hand and the other, well, who knows where.

    Specialized hangers
    When you use creative hanger solutions, like tiered hangers that let you stack clothes conveniently, you can sometimes double or even triple your useful space.

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  • How to change a Room

    Posted Under: Financing in Osterville, Home Insurance in Osterville, Credit Score in Osterville  |  September 10, 2011 4:24 AM  |  397 views  |  5 comments

    Three Quick and Easy Ways to Change a Room Without Painting

    By Stevens&Manley RE On September 9, 2011 · Leave a Comment

    It is great to have a room renovation every once in a while but painting and changing the look of a room can be costly and time consuming. Here are three quick and simple ways to change the look of your room without busting the budget.

    1. Window Treatments are one of the quickest, simplest and most affordable ways to change the whole look and feel of a room. If you prefer to take the focus away from the windows, choose neutral colors, and a simple style. If would like to create a dramatic look and emphasize the view, choose more color or a bolder style in the window treatments. A layered look with sheers or a top treatment.
    2. Lighting can definitely add color. A simple solution would be to add colored bulbs to some of your light fixtures. Incandescent lighting can also add more warmth, and accent lighting can highlight an area of the room. Transform a room’s mood with dimmers, uplights, and sheer textile lampshades. Wall sconces, floor lamps and even candles can also change the look of a room.
    3. Artwork can change the look without busting the budget. Artwork can be from a local gallery, children’s drawings or just what you already have hanging around the house. Choose pieces that showcase intense colors but also work well with the existing pieces in your room. Try moving your current artwork around. Photos, vases, and other collectibles can give new life to a room. Group them in sets of three or five for an instant eye-catching display.

    The possibilities are endless. You can infuse a lot of color into any room without once having to pry open a paint can or spend a fortune. Have fun!

 
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