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Living with the Millionaires, Newton MA

7 miles from downtown Boston
7 miles from downtown Boston

Living with the Millionaires, Newton MA.  The Boston Globe ran some articles yesterday in their regional sections showing where all the Millionaires live.  As is typical of the Globe, while their statistics shown were most likely accurate, they missed showing any median, a more important statistic.  So Newton which is a larger town in population than Weston or Wellesley shows more millionaires, but that does not mean the average person in Newton is wealthier than those in Cohassett, or Westwood, or Weston or Boston’s Back Bay.

Newton has around 85,000 residents.  It is a town made up of 13 villages with each village having it’s own distinct center and culture.  They meld together perfectly, but they retain their individual flavors. The most desired ares for the

Boston Globe Art Work
Boston Globe Art Work

millionaires are three, Farlow Hill, West Newton Hill and Chestnut Hill.  114 Shornecliffe Road is in Newton Corner, right on the edge of Newton Center and sits atop Farlow Hill. The street grows more luxurious as it goes up. 114 Shornecliffe is near the top of the hill and this beautiful and elegant Classical Revival house sits above the rest.  Out the third floor windows you see well south into neighboring towns in the distance.  The windows are large unlike new construction windows and well insulated.

Upgrades to these older homes come in varieties of technology. This particular home is upgraded with new technologies like the Smart House system for running your utilities and media as well as a 3 car garage, not common with these older homes.  Newton does have a great deal of millionaires and many of them live on this street, but you certainly won’t ever feel left out. This is a truly open community with a great deal of culture, diversity and range of professions. It is an inclusive community.  Newton is readying for a 57 event Arts Festival during the entire month of May.  The Newton Festival of the Arts is a collection of talent and diversity. It is truly wonderful Living with the Millionaires, Newton MA

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The Milkmans son a path to your home Larry Lawfer

The Milkmans son a path to your home Larry Lawfer

The Milkmans son a path to your home Larry Lawfer. Lawfer grew up in Doylestown, Pa back in the days when people didn’t have need to lock their doors. A time when your neighbors left their keys in their cars. The term joy ride was created at that time, we were sure. The cars, built like tanks then (American Steel, Pittsburgh probably) and never a fatality that I remember. I digress. I had the privilege to join my father in his job, he was a home delivery milkman.  2 AM is when we woke and it is dark then. We went to the farm to pick up the truck bundled against the cold and me asking way to many questions along the way. Once the truck was loaded we would meet other early morning or late shift working dads at Ed’s Diner. I would get my hair mussed. here big and strong hands as they smiled at my Dad without acknowledging me, “Got your helper with your today.” This always sounded somewhat conspiratorial to me. It is a memory.

The Milkmans son a path to your home Larry Lawfer

On the route my job was to go into the kitchen, open the refrigerator, figure out if they needed milk, butter or cottage cheese then  race back to the truck, tell my Dad who’d make note, and then I would race back into the home making sure I was quiet and respectful, didn’t wake anyone and pet the pet if there was a pet. I always took that time.  These were different times then and the thought of leaving our houses open all night so that someone could serve your needs is well gone, but back then it was magical to me. And it is why I am a Realtor® now.

I went into Colonials, Farm Houses, Tudor’s and Contemporaries.  I saw neat houses, messy houses and made friends with the pets who lived there. I loved knowing my neighbor’s and the lives they lead inside their homes. I loved speaking to a Mom or Dad who was up at those wee hours and knowing I was helping lighten their load and doing my part.  Not much has changed about that over the years. As a Realtor® I do much of the same work. I must know the homes and the people who live within is said and I know it involve so much more.

The Milkmans son a path to your home Larry Lawfer

When I meet with you, I get to know your love of home and place and all the varied reasons you must sell. I understand when and what you must buy from a technical and logistical way,  before I know your needs and wants when you must buy. It’s all about you.  Matching your needs and wants to the place is the story to be told and shared. There is an intimacy to this process that demands respect and discretion. We have a job to do and we need to get in and out in the most efficient manner to move on to the next home. I learned this as a home delivery milkman’s son from Doylestown, PA. My Dad is gone now more than a year, and I still think of those days. It is all about your needs and your wants. I guess all my life I have been headed in this direction but I feel blessed to be able to share The Milkman’s son path to your home. Larry Lawfer

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Museum Quality Dedham Contemporary

375-Westfiled-Dedham
375-Westfiled-Dedham

Museum Quality Dedham Contemporary houses are different than the regular Colonial or Federal style homes you find everywhere in Dedham.  Dedham, MA is a community just south and west of Boston and the original and ongoing county seat of Norfolk County. Dedham and Dedham real estate has a rich history dating back to the earliest days of settlement in Massachusetts.  While it may not have the cache of neighboring towns like Newton, Wellesley and Weston but because of this a prudent shopper of real estate will know their money will go further in Dedham.  Dedham is centrally located to most of the prime private schools in our area.  Nobles, St Sebastian’s, Dedham Country Day School are very close, while Milton Academy, Belmont Hill, Roxbury Latin, Dexter, Southfield and BB&N are also not too far.

375-Westfiled-Dedham
375-Westfiled-Dedham

Getting into Boston or stealing away from the city is easy from Dedham.  Major highways and secret passageways have been traveled by Dedham commuters for years with ease.  375 Westfield Street is a 4446 square foot contemporary home that is nestled into the ledge overlooking Weld Pond.  It’s ample and well lit walls are perfect for hanging great art and family photographs.  The many unique rooms provide individual space for a mix of fine art and the light entering the house throughout the day baths the home in in a beautiful glow.

375-Westfiled-Dedham
375-Westfiled-Dedham

A running waterfall gently soothes your mind while a coy pond connects you further to the nature that surrounds you on Westfield Street.  This street in Precinct 1 in Dedham is special. It is a cul-de-sac and is often a place where you meet your neighbors walking their dogs or just enjoying the nature that abounds in this special section of Dedham.  While the architecture of all contemporary homes is unique, in that it can be any style, this one is very open with rooms that surprise and delight you with their views of the nature all around you. Stop by this weekend to preview this Museum Quality Dedham Contemporary