Title /blog/category/greenfield/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:12:40 -0500 Why Smaller Homes are Making a Big Impression https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/12/16/why-smaller-homes-are-making-a-big-impression/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Greenrivercommons.jpeg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 155px;">A survey done recently by Houzz, a home remodeling and design website, showed that more and more homeowners prefer small houses, 1,000 feet or less. Often the smallest home in the neighborhood, these homes are relaxed and easy to keep clean, according to the owners. &nbsp;</p> <p>However, these homeowners use certain tactics to utilize their space and make their home still feel open. One method is having a lot of natural light. Another way to make the space feel less constricted is having an open floor plan, and expanding the living space to the exterior, as well.</p> <p>In line with this trend, I am proud to be a part of a new project in Greenfield, Green River Commons (pictured right). Construction of these seven sustainable, ground level townhouses began in early November, just steps from downtown Greenfield. These low-cost condominiums are designed to be energy-efficient with LED lighting, roofs to support solar panels, energy star appliances, and more. They also have sensible floor plans that utilize the smaller space to maximize comfort.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/contact-us/" target="_blank">Contact me</a> today to learn more about these new affordable, sustainable homes or visit <a href="http://www.greenrivercommons.com/home.html" target="_blank">GreenRiverCommons.com</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.houzz.com/photo/108092060-2017-us-houzz-small-homes-trends" target="_blank">View the survey here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community House For Sale Contemporary Pioneer Valley Green Living Business Opportunity Area Updates Smart Home buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass First Time Home Buyer Low Maintenance Single Level Living Greenfield condominium Real Estate News Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:12:40 -0500 Benefits of Listing Your Home During The Winter https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/23/benefits-of-listing-your-home-during-the-winter/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/snow.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 259px; height: 194px;">Your home is still listed for sale. You might be&nbsp;thinking it is best to take it off the market and re-list in the spring. However&nbsp;if you are serious about selling, rethink removing it from the market for the following 4 reasons.</p> <p>1.&nbsp; If you remove your home from the market, you will have less completion on the market place, which means buyers will have less to pick from.&nbsp;You actually might sell at a higher&nbsp;price in the winter&nbsp;than if you wait until spring when you&#39;ll&nbsp;have greater competition.</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winter months are the best time for buyers to make a purchase.&nbsp;They normally have more time to look around before the spring, when&nbsp;life gets busy with&nbsp;kids&nbsp;getting out of school and summer vacations being planned.</p> <p>3.&nbsp; Buyers want to already be in their new home in winter so they can enjoy the start of the spring and summer season.</p> <p>4.&nbsp; Bad weather is no longer an issue for buyers&nbsp;like it used&nbsp;to be in the past, traveling to view different homes.&nbsp;Nine out of ten homebuyers search for their homes online at their workplaces, on their smart phones, and from the comfort of their homes after dark.</p> <p>I have sold many of my listings during the winter. My sellers were glad they listened to my advice about keeping their homes on the market.&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t let the winter season discourage you from trying to sell your home.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Winter Selling!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> House For Sale Holiday Hampshire County Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Greenfield Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:11:43 -0500 Shop Local this Small Business Saturday in Western Massachusetts https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/22/shop-local-this-small-business-saturday-in-western-massachusetts/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/shop%20small.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 200px;">Living in Western Massachusetts, we are surrounded by tons of small, <strong>locally-owned businesses</strong>. It is easy to regularly <strong>shop local</strong> and support small businesses. However, this Saturday, November 25, is a particularly special time to visit these stores, since it is <a href="https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-initiatives/small-business-saturday" target="_blank">Small Business Saturday</a>, a national shopping holiday. You can finish all of your <strong>holiday shopping</strong>, while supporting our local economy.</p> <h3>Here a few stores that I highly recommend for Small Business Saturday:</h3> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/WilsonsDepartmentStore/" target="_blank">Wilson&rsquo;s Department Store</a>: Wilson&rsquo;s has been a fixture on Main Street in downtown Greenfield for over 125 years. It is one of few family-owned department stores left in the country and boasts 4 floors of name-brand merchandise.</p> <p><a href="https://greenfieldfarmerscoop.com/" target="_blank">Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange</a>: Located on High Street in Greenfield, the Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange sells thousands of products for the home, farm, garden, pets, and more. Over 800 farmers comprise the co-op, which is almost 100 years old!</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Shelburne-Farm-Garden-283827791676515/" target="_blank">Shelburne Farm &amp; Garden</a>: Shelburne Farm &amp; Garden is another great store for finding home, garden, and pet supplies. It is located on the Mohawk Trail/Route 2, close to the village of Shelburne Falls. Check out their end of fall specials and other deals for the holiday season.</p> <p><a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-outlet-store-greenfield" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/downtown%20greenfield.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 269px;">The Outlet Store</a>: The Outlet Store on Chapman Street in Greenfield is the go-to spot for work shirts, boots, Carhartt brand clothing, and other heavy duty outdoor and work attire. It&rsquo;s a small store with friendly staff who will help you find anything you&rsquo;re looking for. Plus, the prices are very reasonable.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/salmonfallsgallery1/" target="_blank">Salmon Falls Gallery</a>: Up on the hill, overlooking Shelburne Falls and the Deerfield River, Salmon Falls Gallery represents over 100 local artists. Owned by local glassblower, Josh Simpson, the gallery has rotating exhibits, so there is always something new to see. You will be sure to find something special for a loved one or yourself, since there is such a wide range of art; woodwork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and more.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ShelburneArtsCooperative/?hc_ref=ARTvYZ24-euKMaDv4K6a31UqqoGG3lrJd6kBUn8LEDafkohs8D9cDgw3jMRWETy-72s" target="_blank">Shelburne Arts Co-op</a>: The Shelburne Arts Co-op is another great source of fine crafts and art in Shelburne Falls. The Co-op has been owned and operated by local artists since 1998, who are ready to help you find something special.</p> <p>To find more local small businesses in the area, type in your location on the <a href="https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/maps/near=Greenfield,MA,01301/cl=42.587915,-72.59941040000001?linknav=us-open-shopsmall-globalheader-map&amp;lang=en-US" target="_blank">Shop Small Map</a>. Happy shopping!</p> Holiday Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Shelburne Falls northampton Greenfield Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:11:56 -0500 Colrain Artists Open Their Doors This Weekend! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/09/colrain-artists-open-their-doors-this-weekend/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/ruby-rice.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; width: 150px; height: 220px; float: left;">Colrain, Massachusetts is a beautiful town in northern Franklin County, just below the Vermont line. The town draws many artists who seek inspiration from its natural beauty. There are so many artists, in fact that each year they all come together to host Crafts of Colrain Open Studio Tour. Grab a map and a friend and take a tour around Colrain this Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12.</p> <p>18 artisans will open their doors to showcase their art and offer live viewings of their processes. Their crafts include woodwork, fiber art, metalwork, painting, pottery, and more. One particular artist whose work I always enjoy is Ruby Rice. She creates visionary healing arts ranging from pillows to wall hangings to notecards and more. Her sanctuary and gallery has the feel of a chapel and is meant to comfort and make guests feel at home.</p> <p>For more information and to download a free map and schedule, visit <a href="http://www.craftsofcolrain.com" target="_blank">www.craftsofcolrain.com.</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/crafts%20of%20colrain.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 111px;"></p> Recreation Getaway Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Farm Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Shelburne Falls fair Greenfield Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:11:16 -0500 Franklin County CiderDays Coming This Weekend! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/01/franklin-county-ciderdays-coming-this-weekend/ <p>Fall in New England is such a favored time of year; the bright colors of the foliage, a chill in the air, and of course, all things apple. Every fall on the first full weekend in November, I look forward to CiderDays, a Franklin County celebration of apples. Many of the events are free and range from workshops to talks to tastings to festivals with music and more. This weekend, November 3-5 marks the 23<sup>rd</sup> Annual CiderDays.</p> <p>Here are a few events happening this weekend that caught my attention:</p> <p>On Friday from 6:30-8:00 pm, the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center will host &ldquo;How to Taste Hard Cider.&rdquo; Learn from cider educators Eric West and Nicole Leibon of Farnum Hill Ciders the thought process behind tasting and evaluating cider. Then, be guided through a tasting of various cider styles. The cost is $30/ticket and includes light hors d&#39;oeuvre.</p> <p>On Saturday, the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center will host free workshops, talks and tastings from beginner through advanced for cider makers, home orchardists and cider aficionados.</p> <p>Then, on Sunday from 2:30-3:30 pm at the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield, learn how to make Spanish style cider (Sidra) from cidermakers Scott Heath (Tilted Shed, CA), Ryan Burk (Angry Orchard, NY), John Reynolds (Black Duck Cidery, NY), cidermaker/restauranteur Sam Fix (ANXO, Washington DC), and beverage director Brian Rutzen (The Northman, Chicago, IL). Join moderator Darlene Hayes for discussion and samples. Tickets are $30.</p> <p>Plus, I am very excited about this year&rsquo;s Cider Salon &mdash; the world&#39;s longest-running hard cider tasting. This year, the Salons will be held in a large tent in Unity Park, on the Connecticut River in Turners Falls, with more than 90 individual cider brands from across North America and Europe. There will be two sessions &mdash; 3:30 - 5:00 and 5:45 - 7:15. Tickets are $30 per session.</p> <p>For more information, to purchase tickets, and to download the full schedule, visit <a href="http://ciderdays.org/" target="_blank">ciderdays.org</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/cdhomeimage2017.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 368px;"></p> Recreation Community Ashfield Fall Festival Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Farm Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Buckland Shelburne Falls agriculture fair Greenfield Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:04:17 -0400 Don't Miss The Great Falls Festival (Pumpkinfest)! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/10/20/don-t-miss-the-great-falls-festival-pumpkinfest/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Great%20Falls%20Festival.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;">On Saturday, October 21, 2017 the Great Falls Festival will fill Avenue A in Turners Falls from 2-9 pm. Formerly known as Pumpkinfest, the event organizers decided to change the name of the event to pay tribute to the village&rsquo;s pre-colonial era name, the falls on the Connecticut River, and of course, the season.</p> <p>The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for food and craft vendors who will set up booths along the street, or for tickets for the beer tent.</p> <p>Show your Halloween spirit by wearing your costume and bring your own carved pumpkin to display. You can also decorate your own pumpkin for free from 2 to 6 pm.</p> <p>Remember to bring your dancing shoes! There will be live music all event-long on either of the two music stages. Musical acts include Blue Prints of the Heart, Honey Badger, and Jimmy Just Quit, to name a few. Check out the live performances by the North County Line Dancers, Zumba Dancers, Fire Dancers, and more.</p> <p>Easily avoid the hassle of parking near the event. There will be a free shuttle from Turners Falls High School from 2 to 10 pm.</p> <p>For more information on the Great Falls Festival and a full schedule of events, go to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/greatfallsfestival/" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/greatfallsfestival</a>.</p> Recreation Pumpkinfest Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass fair Greenfield Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:23:06 -0400 Completely Renovated Antique Cape for Sale in Colrain, Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/10/19/completely-renovated-antique-cape-for-sale-in-colrain-mass/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/christian%20hill%20road.jpeg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;"><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72231485/82-christian-hill-road-colrain-ma/">82 Christian Hill Road, Colrain, MA</a></p> <p>Completely renovated in 2016, this charming antique Cape is the perfect home for those who appreciate the old, but desire modern conveniences. Sun-filled rooms with an open concept design create a warm and welcoming environment in every New England season. Fabulous kitchen features Silestone countertops, center island, and original pine flooring. The kitchen opens to a large dining and living area that showcases the colonial fireplace and hearth, beamed ceilings and reclaimed pine floor. You will luxuriate in a master suite that&nbsp;has exposed posts and beams, skylights, a large full custom bath and walk-in closet. The second upstairs bedroom also has exposed beams and a skylight. The first floor features a third bedroom/den, full custom bathroom, laundry/pantry, large entry and attached insulated and heated garage. It is sited on 3.7 acres on both sides of the road and close to Cook State Forest. Near Shelburne Falls, Berkshire Resort, Harriman Reservoir, outdoor recreation abounds.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72231485/82-christian-hill-road-colrain-ma/"> View the full listing!</a></p> <p>Contact me today for a tour at 413-768-9848 or Wanda@WandaMooney.com.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/christianhill%20kitchen.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 175px; height: 132px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Christian%20Hill%20living%20room.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 175px; height: 131px;"><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72231485/82-christian-hill-road-colrain-ma/"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/christian%20hill%20bedroom.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 175px; height: 131px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/christian%20hill%20porch.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 175px; height: 131px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/christian%20hill%20yard.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 175px; height: 131px;"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> House For Sale Post and Beam Pioneer Valley buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass acreage Antique Home For Sale Shelburne Falls Greenfield Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:10:22 -0400 Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center Brings Good Music and Good Times to Greenfield, MA https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/09/25/hawks-and-reed-performing-arts-center-brings-good-music-and-good-times-to-greenfield-ma/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/hawksandreed.png" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; width: 200px; height: 200px; float: right;">Greenfield, the capital of Franklin County, is a vibrant arts community. With this year&rsquo;s addition of Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center, this statement has become even truer. Owned by Steven Goldsher, this popular new business is a restaurant, bar, and concert and event venue all in one. Locals and visitors alike have been drawn to this spot, located in the Arts Block building on the corner of Main St and Court Square in downtown Greenfield, for a full night out. You can come for a delicious meal and then stay for a night of dancing in the ballroom to a live band, or head downstairs to The Wheelhouse, the speak-easy style bar.</p> <p>In its short life so far, Hawks and Reed has hosted some incredible artists. Lee &ldquo;Scratch&rdquo; Perry, ranked one of the 100 greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004, and Subatomic Sound System performed with The Alchemystics for its grand re-opening in May. Past acts have included artists of styles ranging from Latin big band, to electronic, to swing, and everything in between. Some acts you won&rsquo;t want to miss coming up this weekend include The Dead Collective on Saturday, September 30, and The Joe Belmont Experience on Sunday, October 1.</p> <p>To stay updated on events and happenings at Hawks and Reed, visit their website, <a href="https://www.hawksandreed.com/" target="_blank">HawksandReed.com</a>, or follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HawksAndReed/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Recreation Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:18:30 -0400 Kick Off Fall at the Old Deerfield Fall Arts & Crafts Festival https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/09/17/kick-off-fall-at-the-old-deerfield-fall-arts-crafts-festival/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2017-Fall-Festival-Cover-4.jpg" style="width: 273px; height: 318px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" class="featured">Looking for something fun to do for the first weekend of fall? <a href="https://deerfield-craft.org/index.php/fall" target="_blank">The Old Deerfield Fall Arts and Crafts Festival</a> is taking place this Saturday, September 23 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. Held on the grounds surrounding Memorial Hall Museum, this festival features crafts of various mediums, including woodworking, jewelry, apparel, glass, and pottery. <a href="https://deerfield-craft.org/index.php/fall-crafter-listings" target="_blank">Over 140 vendors</a> from all over the region will be present, each offering their own handmade creations.</p> <p>Browsing and shopping won&rsquo;t be the only activities to do there. <a href="https://deerfield-craft.org/index.php/special-performances" target="_blank">Live music</a> will fill the air on Saturday with back-to-back performances under the food tent. On Sunday, make puppets with Caravan Puppets and enjoy live puppet shows. Plus, all weekend long at the Children&rsquo;s Activity Area, take part in free dinosaur-themed crafting activities.</p> <p>The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association organizes the Old Deerfield Arts and Crafts Festival and provides the free craft activities. For more information on this wonderful event, visit <a href="https://deerfield-craft.org/index.php/fall" target="_blank">Deerfield-craft.org</a>. There you will find details on parking and shuttles, vendor listings, and you can even download a printable map. See you there rain or shine!</p> Recreation Fall Festival Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass fair Greenfield Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:09:00 -0400 Comfortable Home With Commercially-Zoned Garage/Workshop For Sale in Shelburne, Mass! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/09/13/comfortable-home-with-commercially-zoned-garage-workshop-for-sale-in-shelburne-mass/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/photo1.jpeg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 225px;">If you are looking for a comfortable living environment along with a fabulous garage/workshop that is located in a highly visible area to operate your home based business, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. It comes with an oversized heated 2 car garage/shop with a 12 x 30 addition that is ideal for any type of a shop, studio space, or hobbyist! The home is move in ready with a good size kitchen, opening dining and living area, newly finished sitting room, 2 bedrooms and an updated full bathroom. If you love to garden and prefer to start from seed, there is a growing room located in the basement area. In addition this home has a newer heating system, newer roof and there is a large back deck that overlooks a pond and backyard. It comes with 4 acres and there is plenty of room for gardens. This property is also zoned commercial and is centrally located on the Mohawk Trail and less than 10 minutes to Shelburne Falls or Greenfield. Call today for details! 413-768-9848</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72216876/1063-mohawk-trail-shelburne-ma-01370/" target="_blank">View the full listing!</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> House For Sale Pioneer Valley Commercial buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass woods acreage land Shelburne Falls Greenfield Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:09:44 -0400