Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Friday, December 4, 2015

Have I Got A Deal For You

Well, we did it.  We bought a new home in Sturbridge.  After a number of years of searching the local area for the right home that checked all of our boxes we finally found what we were looking for right here in town.  We are beyond happy.  No only did we find a home we like, but we found it in town.

When we found what was to become our new home last spring, and we needed to make a decision on whether to go for it before we sold our home on Brookfield Road, or wait.   If we went on the side of caution, and waited to sell then the house we found would surely be sold in the interim.  After years of searching we went for it.  We put our Brookfield Road home on the market, and committed to the new house.

Talk about living on the edge.

We closed in early November, and moved into our new house shortly after.  The Brookfield Road house is on the market as I write this.  We set the price only $12,000.00 more than we paid for it in 2006.  We invested much more than that amount in the house during our time there, but we understood the way of the real estate market since had moved in back in 2006.  It hasn't been pretty during that time, but over the past couple of years things are looking so much better..

When we bought the home in 2006, it offered everything we wanted, and had the potential to give us so much more, and did.  It had a new roof put on just prior to us buying, as well as new electrical.  We added to the list over time.  We hired a contractor to tear out the upstairs bathroom, and put in a new, modern bath.  it came out so nice.  I was inspired, and  did the same to the first floor powder room.   Everything we did in the house we did for us, but also we did to help when it came time to sell.  One has to keep that in mind, and not choose designs that are too individual.

Since we put the house on the market we have lowered the asking price a few times, most recently last week.  Our plan is to encourage a buyer to stop by, take a look , and make an offer.  We're easy, and are willing to entertain offers.  We aren't out to make a killing in the market.  We are just looking for the next caretakers of this wonderful older home.

It will sell.  I'm not worried.  Yet.  The house offers so much more than most in the same price range in our area.

Today, I am going to use the power of this blog to further promote our house for sale.  It's kinda neat having the ability to reach a few more folks that may be looking, or know someone that may be looking.  If you are interested, or know someone, click the "share" button, or the email envelope below,  and send it off to them.  You can always send me a note to

One more thing, if you do refer someone that you feel would love our home, and they buy it, we would not only be thankful, but also pay a finders fee.  That is only right.

Getting paid for a job well done is always a good thing.

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