Pioneer Valley

Escape the Cold at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory South DeerfieldDuring this time of year, in the middle of winter in New England, the cold can start to get to me a little bit. When that happens, I like to escape to an oasis from the cold in South Deerfield, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. The conservatory is 8,000 square-feet and houses nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies. The butterflies can flutter among various tropical plants and flowers and small ponds which hold Japanese Carp, or Koi fish. If you’re lucky, a butterfly might even land on you! The best part is: they keep the conservatory at tropical temperatures, so you can enjoy the warmth, even when it’s wintry weather outside.

Magic Wings also has a gift shop to purchase some butterfly souvenirs, outdoor gardens for the warmer weather, and a food court. They offer the option to host events in their facilities, as well, such as weddings, birthday parties, meetings, or other private parties.

Magic Wings is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. The cost of admission is $16.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 17. They also offer discounts for seniors and students. So if you need an escape from winter without taking a flight, just drive to Magic Wings in South Deerfield.

Click here to check out their website. 

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Year End Real Estate Market Update of Single Family Homes in the Pioneer Valley Region

Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 8.5% and median price up 3.4% in 2018 compared to 2017. The sales were up in both Hampshire and Hampden County and median price up in Hampden County but down in Hampshire County. 

The average days on market was down 12.8% from 78 days in 2017 compared to 68 days in 2018. Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) were down 1.2% from 6076 listings pending in 2917 to 6,004 in 2018.  

The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get Outside This Winter in Franklin County

We still have a few months until Spring, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay cooped up inside the house until then! Break through the cabin fever and head out to these local gems in Franklin County for outdoor adventuring in the snow.

Berkshire East

Berkshire East Mountain Resort has activities year round. But in the winter, it is the best local mountain, located right in Charlemont, MA! It is a great beginner mountain but has trails for those more advanced as well. They offer lessons for snowboarding and skiing and have high quality equipment rentals. You can also take a fun ride on a tube at their snow tubing park. Afterwards, warm up inside the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill for some good food and drinks.

Stump Sprouts

If sometimes you prefer a slower pace through the snow, then head over to Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center, just up the road from Berkshire East in Hawley, MA. There you can cross country ski or snowshoe with beautiful expansive views of rural northwestern Massachusetts.

Northfield Mountain

For more great cross country adventuring with different views, check out Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area. Located on Route 63 in Northfield, they have 25 miles of trails groomed for classical and freestyle skiing. There, you can rent skis and snowshoesand take a lesson with a ski instructor. They also have trailside warming huts and a cozy base area yurt. Visit them Wednesday through Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm.

 

Visit shelburnefalls.com or franklincc.org for more ideas on how to stay active this winter!

 

Business Highlight: Spruced Up

Naturally Cleaning, Organizing, and Decluttering Your Spaces!

Where are you located? 
We are based out of Shelburne Falls, MA.

When did you open? 
We started on November 1, 2018.

What inspired you to start this business? 
We both have felt the impact of clearing physical space and becoming intentional in how we are organizing our homes. It has had a positive effect on our well-being and inspired us to start our business with the desire to bring this quality and effect to other’s homes and spaces. We believe that a clean and tidy home has the power to bring physical wellness, clarity of mind and productivity to one’s life.

What is your mission? 
To support health and wellness in others through natural cleaning, decluttering and organizing spaces.

What goods or services do you offer?
We offer: general cleaning; deep cleaning; decluttering and purging of items; organizing spaces; preparing for guests; arranging spaces for optimal flow, function and aesthetic.

What is your favorite service that you offer? Why? 
Our favorite service that we offer is decluttering and purging followed by organizing. We love this because it opens space up and allows for improvement of physical and mental health, free-time, relationships, productivity, and a healthier home. Removing extra “stuff” from one’s space allows for there to be a higher likelihood that the space will stay tidy. General and routine cleaning feels great to come home to, and if one invests in going further with decluttering and organizing, it lays the foundation for maintaining a happier and healthier home.

Do you have any special events or promotions coming up? 
We do not at the moment, but Stay Tuned in the future!

Is there anything else you would like to share with readers about your business? 
We have a wide skill set. If there’s something you need but is not listed, let us know! We can probably help you out!

Hours of operation:
We operate Monday through Friday during day-time hours, and sometimes on the weekends.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/spruceduphilltowns/

Check out one of their recent jobs- Before and After!

  

 

Attention Air Bnb Hosts: New Short Term Rental Laws in Massachusetts

If you are currently listing part or all of your home on Air Bnb or are considering renting out a space in your home for short term periods, you’ll want to pay close attention to the new short term rental laws in Massachusetts. These new laws will require all short term rentals to be registered in a database with the state. The law also imposes a 5.7% hotel room tax to all short term rentals. Plus, towns and cities can choose to add an additional tax of up to 6% (6.5% in Boston) and a 3% community impact fee. Concerning the matter of insurance, people renting out a room will need to have at least $1 million in liability insurance.

When do these laws go into effect?
The state-level laws are already in effect, but towns and cities will have the option to create their own restrictions around short-term rentals.

How is a short-term rental defined in this law?
These new short term rental laws apply to all rentals for a period of 31 days or less, but does not apply to properties rented less than 14 days out of the year. Ordinary tenancies, such as an annual lease or tenancy-at-will, are not affected by this bill.

How does this law apply to rentals already booked for 2019?
Any 2019 rental booked before December 31, 2018 is exempted from the short term rental law.

Be sure to check with your city or town to see if they will implement any further restrictions on short term rentals.

Click here for more information. 
 

November Real Estate Market Report Pioneer Valley

Franklin County sales were down 23.2% and the median price up 8.1% in November, 2018 compared to November, 2017.  The sales were up in both Hampshire and Hampden County. 

Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 14.9% from 1,800 single family homes for sale at the end of November, 2017 to 1,531 at the end of November, 2018.  

The average days on market is down 13.1% from 79 days in November, 2017 to 69 days in November, 2018. Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are down 8.0% from 464 in November, 2017 to 427 in November, 2018.

The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Colonial in Desirable Area of Shelburne For Sale by Wanda

 

Historic c.1799 Colonial located in one of Shelburne's most desirable areas is known as the Theophilus Packard homestead, the site of the resolution to create Amherst College. Extensive renovations have been done to this antique treasure incorporating the modern style of today while preserving the period details of yesteryear. Original features remain including 5 fireplaces, handcrafted woodwork, wide pine floors, and writings on a hidden wall dating back to the 1860's. A fabulous family room was added along with a new kitchen creating an open floor plan and sunlit spacious living space. This 10 room, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home also has newer windows, updated plumbing and electrical, and a finished third floor studio space. The stunning 3.7 acres has mature maples, lovely flowers, and beautiful views of the hills beyond. The heated saltwater in-ground pool and deck/patio area is perfect for outdoor relaxation. Conveniently located less than 10 min. to I-91 and 30 min to Northampton.

Contact Wanda today for a viewing! 413-768-9848 or Wanda@wandamooney.com 

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Serene, Private, Underground Contemporary for Sale in Hawley

Experience a serene and private underground living on a 83 acre setting with long range 3 state views and beautiful open preserved farm land. The seller worked closely with earth sheltered home designers known as Formworks Building, Inc. who are featured on Underground Living DIY Network. This safe haven is quality built incorporating local materials and unique details you must see in person to appreciate. The sheltered environment is energy efficient and fully insulated with solar panels and an outside wood boiler.  

It has a welcoming interior with gorgeous cook’s kitchen that is open to the sunlit dining and living area with 22ft ceiling and a gas fireplace. The spacious first floor master suite has a beautiful full bath with tiled walk-in shower. The second floor has a bedroom, half bath and sitting area with exterior access. The bonus is the third level sun room where you can sit back and enjoy the surrounding views as wildlife abounds. In addition there is a propane boiler, radiant floor heat, attached 2 car garage with storage and an amazing front porch! 

For those who need shop space or storage the 26 x 40 Morton Building is fabulous. It has high ceilings, concrete floor and heated. 

Click here for more information!

Or contact Wanda today at wanda@wandamooney.com or 413-768-9848.

This unique home is truly one of a kind and one you would love to call home!

October Real Estate Market Report for Pioneer Valley

Franklin County sales were up 18.9% and the median price up 21.7% in October, 2018 compared to September, 2017.  The sales were down in Hampden County but up in Hampshire County.   

Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 17.1 percent from 2,045 single family listings at the end of October, 2017 to 1,696 single family listings at the end of October, 2018.  

The average days on market are down slightly by 0.7% from 65 days in October, 2017 to 64 days in October, 2018. Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are up 18.3 from 507 in October, 2017 to 600 in October, 2018.

The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonlight Magic Kicks of the Holiday Season in Style in Shelburne Falls

This Friday, many shoppers will head to corporate stores across the country for Black Friday shopping. However, here in Franklin County, we like to do things differently by supporting our local businesses and kicking off the holiday season in style with Moonlight Magic.

This annual event known across the region will take place in the beautiful village of Shelburne Falls. The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association has worked together with local businesses to put on this magnificent event. The village has already been beautifully decorated with holiday lights and garlands spiraling up the lamp posts along with pole tags with sponsors’ names showing their support. On the eve of Moonlight Magic, luminaria will line the streets directing event goers to various points of interest throughout the village.

Moonlight Magic is also one of the few times of the year where Bridge Street and Deerfield Ave will be shut down to traffic, allowing pedestrians to wander the streets, browsing vendor tents and businesses, which will stay open later for the event. Soon after sunset, the Parade of Lights will make its way down Conway Street, over the Iron Bridge and down Bridge Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be part of the parade, greeting shoppers and then ending at the Mason’s Lodge, for visits and photos. Throughout the event, there will also be various performances, including one of my favorites, the Ageless Waves of Rhythm, Shelburne Senior Center’s drumming group.

Moonlight Magic starts at 4 pm, giving you plenty of time to sleep in the day after Thanksgiving! Visit shelburnefalls.com for more information or pick up an event brochure the day of to find out what’s happening around the village.