Kathy Craig - ERA Key Realty Services


This stunning young colonial located on a cul de sac has so much to offer! The two story foyer welcomes you with lots of natural light. First floor has gleaming hardwood floors, office (being used as a play room), living room and dining room with open concept. But wait until you see the gorgeous kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, lots of cabinets, the perfect sized island and eat in area. Your spacious and cozy family room with fireplace is perfect for gatherings of family and friends. The second floor has three good size bedrooms, a full bath and laundry. The master bedroom with cathedral ceilings has a huge walk in closet and a master bath with a tile shower. Basement has great storage or perfect for you to finish. Backyard patio is the place for cookouts and relaxing. All this and you have great highway access. Your new home is waiting for you at 650 Shining Rock!

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650 Shining Rock Dr, Northbridge, MA 01534

Single-Family

$539,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This stunning young colonial located on a cul de sac has so much to offer! The two story foyer welcomes you with lots of natural light. First floor has gleaming hardwood floors, office (being used as a play room), living room and dining room with open concept. But wait until you see the gorgeous kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, lots of cabinets, the perfect sized island and eat in area. Your spacious and cozy family room with fireplace is perfect for gatherings of family and friends. The second floor has three good size bedrooms, a full bath and laundry. The master bedroom with cathedral ceilings has a huge walk in closet and a master bath with a tile shower. Basement has great storage or perfect for you to finish. Backyard patio is the place for cookouts and relaxing. All this and you have great highway access. Your new home is waiting for you at 650 Shining Rock!
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This Condo in Arlington, MA recently sold for $388,000. This Low-Rise style home was sold by Kathy Craig - ERA Key Realty Services.


1 Watermill Place, Arlington, MA 02476

Condo

$385,000
Price
$388,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Ideally located in the heart of "The Heights" you'll find this lovely & spacious,1 bedroom condo in the highly coveted Watermill Building. A bright & open-concept floor plan will welcome you home. Special features include a fully applianced kitchen, versatile dining area & nicely proportioned living room - all accentuated by brand new windows & HW floors. The master bedroom features an en-suite bath & fantastic closet space. An add'l closet, half bath & in-unit laundry complete this gem. All of this + exclusive use (oversized) covered parking spot next to the entry door + add'l storage! What a serene location to relax & listen to babbling brook, enjoy the landscaping or stroll on the bikepath! Lots of shops & restaurants are just steps away as is the 77 bus to Cambridge/Alewife T to Boston! Loads of building improvements including roof '15, windows/doors '19 & recently repointed brick exterior. A lobby "where everybody knows your name" makes for an immediate friendly community feeling!




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Although there are a lot of things to consider when searching for just the right house that meets your needs, the size of your next kitchen and its practicality are important things to keep in mind. If you enjoy hosting dinner parties and family gatherings, a large kitchen with plenty of seating room and counter space is highly desirable.

In addition to the fact that you need space to prepare and serve food, you may also need room to put out snacks, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages. If your objective is to serve meals "buffet style" or "family style," then you'll also want to line up the necessary supplies, such as plates, napkins, utensils, cups, and condiments.

While a large, open kitchen is not absolutely essential to the success of a dinner party or holiday gathering, it does provide convenience, food serving options, and more mingling space. If you end up buying a home with a narrow galley kitchen, then you'll have to rely more on adjoining rooms for entertaining guests and serving food.

On a day-to-day basis, spacious eat-in kitchens are usually much more practical for busy families, too. Otherwise, space is at a premium and family members may find themselves bumping into each other as they prepare meals, wash cookware, or put away dishes. As you can imagine (or have experienced first-hand), a claustrophobic kitchen does not lend itself to family harmony! On the other hand, having a place where family members can comfortably sit across from each other at meal time lends itself to open communication and, hopefully, better family relations.

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Whether your kitchen requirements include stainless steel appliances, a quartz or granite island with a gas stove, or just plenty of room for a large kitchen table and chairs, your real estate agent will work with you to find the home that best matches your needs, lifestyle, and budget.




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