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This Single-Family in Winchester, MA recently sold for $1,264,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Anne Spry - Waterfield Sotheby's International Realty.

5 Willowdale Rd, Winchester, MA 01890


Sale Price

This extraordinary home, w/ enhancements by Royal Barry Wills Ass., exudes craftsmanship. The mahogany kitchen features a beautiful wooden island & handmade pocket plantation shutters which blend seamlessly with the cabinets. Pocket glass doors in the kitchen offer privacy or can open to the family & dining rm areas, which feature an extensive wall of windows. The family rm will wow you with the custom built cherry entertainment center with copper paneling & ebony inlays. No detail was spared with the addition of radiant heated floors in the kitchen, dining, family rm & bathroom. Foyer has built in seat and ipe hdwd floors. Closets abound in the private wing of the home- 3 bdrms & a full bath. The oversized 2 car garage leads to a 2nd mudroom area, newly renovated media room & an exercise room, which includes laundry & 2nd full bath. The private yard, designed by Zen Associates, will amaze you with its expansive patio & 2nd tier of grassy yard that will provide hours of entertainment.

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Whether you need to hang bath towels in the bathroom or hand towels in the kitchen, a towel rack is an awesome thing to have around. And it is even better if made custom to suit your tastes and elevate the look of your home. For even more brownie points, you can make the towel rack yourself — and all it takes is some old picture frames and a little bit of elbow grease. Ready to start this fun project? Follow these seven easy steps.

1. Gather Your Tools & Materials

To create your custom towel rack, you will need:

  • 7 Old picture frames in various sizes
  • 1/2-inch screws
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood filler
  • Plastic wall anchors
  • Paint and brushes
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Old newspaper
  • Hanger
  • 2. Mock Up Your Design

    Working on the ground, mock up the design for your picture frame towel rack. Start with the largest frame in the center, as that will be used to secure the completed towel rack to the wall. You should have the frames overlap enough that you can secure each one together using two screws.

    3. Screw the Frames Together

    After finalizing your custom design, use your drill to create pilot holes for your screws. Then, screw the frames together, one by one, being careful to avoid cracking the wood. Cover the tops of the screws with wood filler, creating a seamless surface.

    4. Sand & Paint the Frames

    With the frames assembled, sand down the exterior surfaces to scuff up the finish. This will help the paint stick to the surface. Then, put down newspaper and place your frames on top. Use your paintbrushes to apply a new coat of paint in your desired color. Allow the initial coat to dry for four hours, then repeat. Allow the second coat to fully dry overnight, though 24 hours is better.

    5. Add a Hanger to the Back

    Unless your central picture frame already has a hanger, you will need to add one to the back to create a solid mounting point. If your towel rack is a bit on the large side, consider using two mounting points to give it enough strength when the extra weight of the towels are added.  

    6. Mount the Rack on the Wall

    Put the towel rack against the wall to find your preferred installation point. Remember to account for the length of the towels when they are folded over the bottom edges of the frames. Then, drill a hole, or two if you have dual hangers, in the wall, big enough for the plastic anchor.

    Use the handle of your screwdriver to tap the plastic anchor into the holes you just made. Then, add a screw to each plastic anchor and secure them almost all the way down with your screwdriver. With those in place, you can then hang the towel rack from the screws in the wall.

    7. Add Towels & Enjoy

    After securing your towel rack to the wall, you just hang your towels to complete this project. You can then go about your business, secure in the knowledge that you always have a towel close at hand when you need one.

    This Single-Family in Medford, MA recently sold for $719,600. This Cape style home was sold by Anne Spry - Waterfield Sotheby's International Realty.

    34 Rock Hill Street, Medford, MA 02155


    Sale Price

    Looking for a great place? This tastefully updated home has character & space. Its proximity to West Medford Sq., Medford Sq., Rte 93 and transportation add to its value. With two bedrooms and a full bath on each floor, this home offers versatility and a flexible floor plan. On the first floor, curl up next to the fireplace in the beamed ceiling living room, or grab some snacks through the convenient passthrough window into the updated kitchen—perfect for entertaining guests! The 2nd floor will amaze you with its spacious, skylit, private master bedroom with walk-in closet and recessed lighting, and updated bath with jacuzzi, double vanity, and skylight. Central a/c. Spacious and private outdoor space includes patio, large deck, and yard. The bonus unheated lower level with beamed ceiling makes for a great getaway spot with lots of space and storage room. Offers due Mon, 2/22 by 10am - valid until 2/23 8pm as one pdf (sellers are 16 hours ahead of EST)

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    If your house is on the market or you're preparing to put it up for sale, you probably feel like you have 101 things to do!

    Fortunately, the list is much smaller than that and you can enlist the help of a real estate agent to handle many of the details.

    To increase your chances for a fast sale, your agent will offer you suggestions on ways to enhance the eye appeal and curb appeal of your home. Although many of the things they point out may seem minor and superficial, the cumulative effect they'll have on the marketability of your home could be significant.

    Minor flaws will be noticed by potential buyers and could easily give them the impression that your home hasn't been updated, properly maintained, and well taken care of. While that may not be true, remember that presentation is everything. And, if I may slip in one more old, but true cliché: "You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression!" That is as true in real estate sales as it is in making sure you're breath is fresh!

    With that in mind, here's a list of some of the relatively inexpensive improvements you can make that will help you favorably impress prospective home buyers.

    • There are a lot of cheap or relatively inexpensive repairs you can make, such as repairing and painting over damaged walls, oiling squeaky hinges, and replacing cracked windows and bathroom tiles. Toilets that run and faucets that leak are other examples of minor problems that can make a bad impression on potential buyers.
    • Lighting, both natural and artificial, sets the mood in a room and can have an impact on how people perceive your home. It's usually advisable to let in as much natural light as possible and increase the wattage of lightbulbs in dark rooms and hallways. On the other hand, harsh lightening can also make an unfavorable impression, so it's necessary to find the perfect balance between glaring and dreary lighting. Most real estate agents are attuned to minor (or major) changes that need to be made to elements like lighting, décor, and furniture arrangement.
    • Avoid the appearance of clutter, disorganization, and chaos in any part of your home! This would apply to everything from closets and cabinets to counter-tops, desks, and bedroom dressers. If your basement or attic is a "disaster area," that could reflect negatively on you and the attractiveness of your home. A good, general rule-of-thumb for controlling clutter is "less is more."
    • Be prepared to do at least a little painting and a lot of cleaning to prepare your house for successful showings. A certain amount of landscaping and lawn care is also necessary, with tasks such as mowing, pruning, and weeding at the top of the list.
    Although there are a lot of things to keep in mind when staging and preparing your home for a fast sale, the best way to start out is with a list of priorities and the advice of a seasoned real estate agent.

    329 Highland Ave, Winchester, MA 01890



    Full/Half Baths
    This beautiful First Period style Colonial home has a rich history to match its idyllic charm. 1 of 3 homes built by Derby & Robinson ca. 1906 for a group of Mount Holyoke friends, it has kept its historic presence w/o losing modernity. The "winter" living rm exudes comfort w/ its orig. beamed ceiling, broad hearth, & wide plank oak floor. With its granite countertops & cherry inlay cabinets, the kitchen offers efficiency w/o sacrificing luxury. Step down into the breakfast rm, overlooking the patio w/ pull down projector screen & "summer" family rm w/ white beamed cathedral ceiling. On the 2nd floor, the master bedrm sports the orig. architecture w/ painted beams, 4 closets & en-suite bath, w/ 2 add'l bedrms & family bathrm down the hall. The 3rd floor has 2 more bedrms & clawfoot tub bathrm. Hangout or exercise in the finished lower level w/ ½ bath & closet-sized wine cellar in potentia. Gardeners rejoice, as the fenced in backyard offers space for planting, playing & relaxing alike.
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