Massachusetts

Autumn Holiday Decor Tips

Decorating as the weather gets cooler is all about seeping in the warmth that remains. New colors emerge, nature presents new elements for us to enjoy, the warmth of our friends and family become even more prevalent, and a throw blanket always helps too! Here are the trends we’re observing this autumn that might help bring some festivity to your daily life.

Elements from Nature

As the leaves change colors, we often get the urge to change things, too. Think warm red, orange, and brown around your home. If you’re not DIY inclined, these are easy to incorporate in accent features.  

Looking forward to Thanksgiving, pulling natural elements into your dining room table brings the feel of autumn directly to you. Acorns, pinecones, and even scattered branches can draw a rustic element into your décor. Just be sure to do your research first and preserve your materials so you don’t also add some pests to your home!

Pumpkins

When it comes to fall, pumpkins are everywhere! We can’t emphasize their influence enough… glass pumpkins, painted pumpkins, pumpkins covered in fabric or washi tape, natural pumpkins, the list goes on in the décor category. Not only is this a simple add in to your space, but it also leaves opportunity for you to engage in the creation of your aesthetic. As a bonus for those who like to mix it up each year, if you purchase the right kind, these decorative pieces are even compostable!

Farmhouse

Taking a note from the farmhouse style dried stalks, hay, and wreathes are a great addition to fall decorations that bring the outdoors in yet again. Antiques and rustic pieces are great swaps for daily use or as accent pieces and provide a nice day trip to second hand, consignment, and antique shops to discover your own personal style. Incorporate some marigolds and mums and you’re ready for a fall festival in your own home!

A local favorite for décor and gifts in Concord, MA, called Nestings is featured in the image above.

For more, visit our Fall Decorations board on Pinterest.

Five Quick Back to School Tips

Back to school is a time full of excitement and anticipation! As with any new season, there is also a lot of adjustment. Here are some quick tips to make your back to school season a breeze. 

Create a Homework Caddy

We’re all familiar with the idea of a cut-out space designated for homework and task completion. For those with kids who like to mix it up, a homework caddy provides the perfect middle ground. The materials are the same, but the location can change to add new focus and light to the subject matter. Fill a basket with this year’s requirements and get to work!

Plan Go-To Lunches

We know it’s great to mix it up but having some go-to lunches to pack in a snap helps on those days when time seems to get away from us! Healthy non-perishables that can be quickly added to your reusable containers are perfect. Humus, crackers, cut up veggies, some boiled eggs, and grab-and-go fruit are all quick and easy solutions, too.

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

Life gets busy fast! To make sure everyone is on the same page, work together and plan how you’ll keep a schedule maintained. There are so many solutions to get this done that you’re sure to find one that works for you, from online calendars, to white boards, to good old physical calendars, there’s a planner for us all.

Take Care of You

Setting a small ritual for yourself can help get each day off to a great start. Quick face mask? Walk the dog before the kids get up? Even a short breathing exercise if you have a couple of minutes can help ease tension and re-focus for the day ahead.

Outsource

When things pile up and you need a second set of hands, you can always outsource! There are automated systems for so much, delivery for everything under the sun, sitters for your kids and pets, and professionals for maintenance and advice on your home.

No matter the task, you’ve got this back to school season covered!

Bringing Your Interests Home: Finding the Right Space is Key

Heading for the home stretch of summer can mean a lot of things, but it should never mean the end of the fun! For car aficionados the summer and fall months are golden, filled with car events all over.

This coming weekend alone there are Chevelle and El Caminos to see in Westford, the Sons of Italy Car Show in Wilmington, the New Marlborough Classic Car Show, the Whitinsville Cars in The Park, and the Road Devils Boston Massacre in East Bridgewater!

When you’re looking to bring your interests home however, finding the right space is key.

If you or a loved one are a tinkerer or a well-skilled craftsman, you are surely aware that not all hobbies are odorless or quiet. That’s where the builder of 15 Charles Street, Bedford, MA one of our recently listed new construction properties, says his garage stands out from the competition. In fact, he highlights this as a selling-point for the garages he built there, “For the car community, a big advantage is having the garage detached from the house.”

For the car community, a big advantage is having the garage detached from the house.

The garage at 15 Charles Street not only allows for car enthusiasts to enjoy their interests, but also provide space that could be used for snowmobiles, boats, or tools for tradesmen. Ample loft space allows for storage of additional tools and items that are necessary for winter or summer hobbies such as skis, snowboards, beach gear, and more. The epoxy floor allows durability for all types of work, and the heated office space just off the garage adds an opportunity for tranquility when the problem just won’t be fixed!

To search all of our listings with garage space click here. For more details on this weekend’s events click here.

Annual Bedford Free Summer Walkabout and Concert

This Thursday, July 12th is the third annual Free Summer Walkabout and Concert in Bedford, Massachusetts! This year the popular Party Band will play the concert, with the walkabout beginning at 6PM and running until 8:30PM.

The event is sponsored by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce alongside Recreation, Economic Development, and Healthy Bedford.

Barrett | Sotheby’s International Realty is a Bedford Chamber of Commerce partner and will provide the DIY tie-dye!

Take a look at the map for information on the full location of the event, and visit the Bedford, MA site to learn about all of the participating companies.

Celebrating Home and Community this Fourth of July

There are few things we love as much as home, community, and celebrations!

What better way to spend time than to celebrate our history in our communities, then? We’ve compiled our local events in one quick list for you!

Concord, Massachusetts

Join locals for the annual Picnic-in-the-Park on July 4th at Emerson Field (90 Stow Street). The event starts at 10 am and includes a parade and a concert band.

Lexington, Massachusetts

The Lexington Lion’s Club puts on the annual Fourth of July Carnival at Hastings Park from July 4th through July 7th. The celebration includes fireworks on July 5th at 9:30 pm at the Lexington High School Baseball Field (Worthen Road).

Lincoln, Massachusetts

Lincoln celebrates with a run, bike parade, reading of the Declaration of Independence, grand parade, cook-out, swim, and fireworks! Fireworks occur at 9:45 pm at Codman Field (1 Ballfield Road), but a schedule for all activities can be found here.

Boston, Massachusetts

Independence Day celebrations in Boston begin with Boston Harborfest, an event already in motion! The festival goes through July 4th and includes historical reenactments, cruises, and food-specific events.

Adjacent to Harborfest is The Boston Pops Firework Spectacular. There is a concert on the evening of July 3rd to begin the festivities and another on July 4th, beginning at 8 pm with fireworks to conclude the celebration at 10:30 pm.

If you like the sound of that, but not the commute, many of our own Bedford agents head to Arlington to watch the Firework Spectacular from Robbins Farm Park.

Enjoy the celebrations! 

Barrett Sotheby's International Realty Announces Ranking in RISMedia's 30th Annual Power Broker Report


Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce its ranking as the No. 538 real estate firm in the U.S. in sales volume, according to RISMedia’s 30th Annual Power Broker Report in which the top 1,000 brokerages are recognized. Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty reported a total sales volume of $408,019,006 in 2017, representing 635 closed residential transactions. This ranking has placed Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty 200 spaces above their 2016 ranking.

John Featherson, President and CEO of RISMedia said of the report, "The firms represented are the nation's most elite brokerage firms serving literally millions of consumers with their real estate needs. Even up against extremely scarce supply, Power Brokers posted remarkable sales. With the economy expanding and home prices on a tear, they're charging forward and leveraging the opportunities. We applaud their commitment to homeownership and congratulate them on their Power Broker standing."

The Top 1,000 2018 Power Brokers collectively earned more than $1.3 billion in sales volume and more than 3.7 million transactions in 2017 and encompass more than 478,000 agents and over 8,370 offices.

Lexington Kicks Off Summer Events!

The heat of the summer is here. On its tail, the social scene for the summer is heating up as well! 

This summer we’ll be noting events in our local towns as they come up. There is so much to enjoy here, we can’t miss out!

This weekend Lexington kicks off the festivities with The Eighth Annual Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival. This event begin on Friday, June 1st and runs until Sunday, June 3rd. General admission costs $5, proceeds of which will benefit LABBB Collaborative.

Gate Hours, per the event website:

Friday, June 1st | 4 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 2nd | 11 am – 7 pm

Sunday, June 3rd | 12 – 4 pm

Who will be cookin’ up a good time? The line-up is as follows: Messy Mike’s BBQ, Chicken on the Road, Meat @ Slim’s, The Smoke Shop, and Boston BBQ.

Of course, there will be more fun than just the food! Music and local breweries will also be participating… but don’t take our word for it. We’re just sharing the plans. Check out the full event details on the event website here.

Close Up Series: The Inn at Hastings Park

In our most recent episode of the Close Up Series, Realtor® Jacqueline Potdevin visited the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, MA.

Owner Trisha Pérez Kennealy described her fascination with the history of Lexington, sparked by her long-term experience as a resident here. She purchased the property in 2010 and brings all things American into the space. From American craftsmanship in furniture throughout the rooms to local Summer Farm Dinners in the restaurant, American history is at the heart of the Inn.

To learn more about the Inn at Hastings Park visit in-person at 2027 Massachusetts Avenue or on social media at:

Facebook: Inn at Hastings Park
Twitter: @InnHastingsPark
Instagram: @innhastingspark

Check out this episode and all of the archives on our Close Up Series page!

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Close Up In Our Community Series

When you think of Real Estate, what do you think of? The search for the perfect property? The right number of beds and baths?An updated kitchen and a fenced in yard?  It’s always great to find that place that you can see yourself in, but that’s not all there is to it.

We know your search is about more than finding a house; it’s about finding a community. At Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, our mission is to help you find both, the perfect home in the ideal community.

We have always showcased properties to help you find your house, now we are exposing you to some of the local businesses in our vibrant area, so you can get a flavor for what makes our towns so special and how committed the local businesses are to serving their communities.

Through the Close Up In Our Community video series, our agents take you with them to visit some of their favorite local places. Check out our Close Up Series page, you may find a new favorite place right in your neighborhood!

Toys for Tots Generous Donations!

 

Anna Travias and Rosina Harlem, Realtors® at Barrett | Sotheby's International Realty have been collecting donations for Toys for Tots for years. Travias and Harlem have collected donations for the past two years at Barrett | Sotheby's International Realty, but both have histories of collecting prior to joining together, here! They have worked together on the effort together for four years total.

Travias collected in her previous career for over fifteen years. The same is true for Harlem.

When asked why she was drawn to the cause, Travias said, "I think it's a great cause. I don't think any child should not have anything to open on Christmas."

Harlem shared similar sentiments stating, "All children should have a good holiday," and "I'm just really into the giving of the season!"

Toys can be donated at any of the Barrett | Sotheby's International Realty locations until December 15th. 

Prior to becoming part of the team here, Harlem worked with a colleague at another firm to collect toys. Each year, the same family contributed a generous load of gifts. The deliveries, Harlem says, have continued.

Last year, we highlighted the family on the blog. As their family grows, so do their donations, and so does the legacy of this wonderful story and tradition. Below is the story of Sylvester (Ziggy) Barbato, and his family! 

 

Sylvester (Ziggy) Barbato grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts, as a member of a first-generation Italian American family. One of nine children, he grew up knowing that Christmas mornings would be sparse, with no presents to open, and certainly no toys.

When he started a family of his own, he was determined to make Christmas merry for his kids. With five children to provide for, Mr. Barbato had to work multiple jobs to support his family and make sure they had toys to play with on Christmas morning. He shared his story with his children of a Christmas without the gifts, and taught them that there are always families in need "especially around the holidays."

His children heard his message and hoped to continue the same tradition and merriment that their father provided for them. Each year, the whole family gathers together to share their Christmas cheer with others. Mr. Barbato gives his children money to bring their children to the toy store where they all pick out gifts for Toys For Tots. On Christmas Day, the family shares in the happiness of knowing that kids, who otherwise may not have been able to open gifts on Christmas morning, are sharing in their joy, just as Mr. Barbato has always hoped.

On behalf of Barrett | Sotheby's International Realty, thank you to the Barbato family, for your generous donations.

To donate to Toys for Tots this holiday season, visit any of the five Barrett | Sotheby's International Realty locations by December, 15th, or visit Toys For Tots online.