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Brendan S., Home Buyer in Boston, MA

Carriage Houses, not too far from Boston?

Asked by Brendan S., Boston, MA Thu Mar 8, 2012

Wow, what a great resource this website is... very knowledgeable people here. Thank you in advance!

So i run a photography business and at the moment, I'm trying to locate a house which also has a carriage house behind the main residence. There of course is a stipulation... it can't be far from downtown Boston. Define far = 20 minutes or less without traffic.

I grew up in Boston and know it very well, one of the only neighborhoods with Carriage Houses is LowerMills section of Dorchester. There is one property currently for sale 2004 Dorchester Ave. Not interested in that property.

How realistic am I in hoping to find another residence with a Carriage House within my define distance from the city? I need at least a 25x25ft space with a minimum of 15' ceilings. Are there alternatives to a CH that I'm overlooking?

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Brendan, This adorable converted C1870's farmhouse just recently came on the market and it has an 1,100 sqre foot barn, and it's located in Boston! Seems perfect, plus the price is right:
http://territory.com/mlspin/71367794/36-williams-ave-hyde-pa…

Hope that helps!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 17, 2012
Hi Brendan!

Yes, there are definitely options not too far from Boston but you might pay the price depending on location. Any idea what your budget might be? Also 20 minutes outside of Boston limits you to very dense areas (smaller yards that don't allow for second dwellings .. again, price permitting)

Here are some options that I chose by hand. I had to search using all sorts of key words since the MLS system that agents use to advertise their listings do not have criteria for second dwellings.There are a couple interesting options here all chosen without knowing your budget.
1) The Brookline house if you want a more city-like feel: It has an attached garage that you could perhaps convert into a separate space and use as your studio. The price is amazing for where it's located but looks like it needs some renovating; 2) The Weston house w/ a carriage house on the property for affordable price tag (for Weston at least), downside it's located on a busy street; 3) Gorgeous home in Belmont with a carriage house on property that needs to be finished. Higher price tag but has been on the market for a while so perhaps you could get a good deal. It is also currently configured as a 2 family but maybe that would be a good thing for a while so you could rent out one aptmnt to help with the higher mortgage payment and convert to a single later; 4) Stunning Greek revival on busy street in Lexington that has a carriage house also available for sep purchase; 5) I give this one 5 stars but again you will have to pay the price: Amazing Winchester home with tons of architectural flare and a 1500 sqre ft carriage house; 6) High price tag but gorgeous home in Wellesley with barn; 7) Framingham, a little farther commute but not bad, plus price is right and it has carriage house (busy road); 8) Roslindale colonial with barn/garage that needs reno's, great commute; and 9) Another Weston home on Corwood drive, 3 acres plus a barn/shed, higher price.

There is also one other place in Wellesley (00 (&402) Worcester Street), busy street, nice price with a barn. With your criteria you will need to sacrifice something so just keep that in mind.

Here is the link to all the listings:
http://goo.gl/xDPsa

Concord and Carlisle are also gorgeous places to live and there are some options out there with barns/carriage houses:
http://goo.gl/k4yU3

Another great opp in Melrose but it just went Under Agreement. You never know the deal could fall apart. The house needs updating:
http://territory.com/mlspin/71074542/64-bellevue-avenue-melr…

Like you mentioned, another great option would be a house with land to build your own carriage house/studio. Just remember you will need to do more upfront due diligence before purchase to confirm it's a build-able lot.

I hope that helps!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
Brendan,

Why not let an experienced realtor identify the properties and neighborhoods for you?! Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations to realtors they like... and make some phone calls.

And if you should decide to extend that 20 minutes to 2 hours, I have several properties here in the Berkshires to show you!

Good luck in your search.

Tom Lynch
Associate Broker, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut
Berkshire Property Agents
12 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
http://www.berkshirepropertyagents.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 8, 2012
I should mention that i'm looking for a single family home with 2000sq ft or more itself, before the CH even comes into the picture. I currently reside in a large loft condo in downtown Boston which fits criteria, but i'm finding trouble locating something that fits my needs in a house. Perhaps i should consider a house with a bit more land, and build a structure on that land?

Anything else i'm missing?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 8, 2012
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