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Welcome to the Historic Homes news page. Here, you’ll find information and articles that feature properties we’re listing or ones we’ve helped sell. You’ll also find resources we believe might be helpful when buying or selling your home.

The Historic Homes Family
We at Historic Homes talk often about our “added value approach” and our willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty for our clients. Our drive and dedication is certainly a product of our passion for all things real estate but also stems from the fact that we, as a team, are family, both literally and figuratively.

Happy 4th of July!
July 4th is already at our doorsteps!  We at Historic Homes want to wish everyone a safe and wonderful fun-filled summer. Meanwhile, are you thinking about selling in the fall?  Here are some things to think about…

A Newton Manse vs. a Vineyard Jewel
Boston Magazine July 2017
Home & Property section highlights this urban expanded contemporary offering suburban tranquility.

Hot Property: Unique Home Belies its Split Entry Origin
Boston Herald
This unique and desirable home is ideally located on a quiet street on West Newton Hill, near Brae Burn Country Club. With a modern and open floor plan, the house rests impressively on over 16,000 square foot corner lot.

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During the winter of 2014-2015, the Boston area received record amounts of snowfall which created in ice dams like we at Historic Homes had never seen before.

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A recent buyer came to us for help, hoping to find an older home for purchase. They were willing to undergo renovations if necessary.

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A man contacted us for advice recently, having been approached by an abutter to see if he might be interested in purchasing their property before it went on the market. Our team studied both plot plans and realized that, if our client purchased the neighboring home, he could carve out a driveway easement that would allow himself access to a quieter street and possibly add $500,000 in value to his existing property.

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We recently listed a modest, single-level home in need of renovations that had a very large unfinished attic space. We saw great potential in that unfinished space, when redesigned, to add significant value to the home.

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Our team loves a challenge, and we faced a unique one when homeowners recently approached us after struggling to sell their Chestnut Hill residence. They’d contracted with a national RE firm who’d listed their home for over 2 years with not a single offer.

Historic Homes Launches New Website
Press Release; February 2, 2016 | PDF Download
New website delivers a content rich experience that drives engagement, interaction, and social sharing as well as fueling maximum awareness and reach for each of the properties Historic Homes represents. Responsive design is sophisticated and uncluttered, and is optimized for iPad and mobile devices.

Tour this $12M Brookline estate, the priciest home sold so far this year in Greater Boston
Boston Business Journal
The $11.8 million sale of a 9,517-square-foot, 4.1-acre Brookline estate was Greater Boston’s largest residential transaction of the first three months of 2015.

Waban house features two patios, home theater
The Boston Globe
This part of Waban is so wooded and quiet that only a map reveals how close to Interstate 95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike it really is. And that’s where this slate-roofed English country manor can be found.

Well-kept, stately Georgian retains its period details
Boston Business Journal (subscription required)
The Brookline neighborhood that this stately Georgian house is located in is exquisite, replete with architecturally diverse mansions, stately, century-old trees and meticulously landscaped lawns.

Super Logo Bowl: The Design History of the Patriots and Seahawks
Fast Company
The Patriots designed a new logo in 1979. That design was created by Micéal Chamberlain, the Patriots’ marketing manager.

The Untold Story Behind the Patriots Logo
ESPN
Fourteen years before Flying Elvis made his debut in 1993, the Patriots were already considering a very similar logo character. Let’s call him Proto-Elvis. We have to look at Proto-Elvis’ backstory. And to do that, we need to check in with a guy named Micéal Chamberlain, who was the Patriots’ marketing director back in 1979.

Biggest Winners, Losers in the Home Pricing Game
boston.com
The difference between the biggest winners and losers when it comes to home prices across Massachusetts can be summed up in a single word: jobs.

Antique homes face growing threat from hot real estate market
The Boston Globe
Dover, Brookline, Northborough, and Weston are among the area communities where residents and town officials have sought to preserve historic properties, and are trying to find creative ways to sell, move, or repurpose the homes.

Voices
The Boston Sunday Globe
Home buyers today seek and want family rooms that connect to the kitchen, mudrooms, and playrooms. If these spaces cannot be achieved within the existing footprint, which in most cases they cannot, it requires adding additional space.

Home Improvement Pays Off; Regardless of State of Market, Remodeling Helps Resale
The Wall Street Journal
Home-improvement dollars should first go toward jobs that make your pad more livable, if not lovable. These improvements may not boost resale value, but good luck selling the house at market value without them.