Wanda Mooney

Pioneer Valley

Inspiration For Your Garden This Spring

Get Your Garden Started

Western Mass Garden Flowers New EnglandMarch is the time of year to start planning your garden and to get ready for spring! When planning your garden, it’s a good idea to first select some plants that will thrive in your yard. Check out this list of North American plants for New England gardens, by the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment at UMass Amherst. If you’re considering planting a vegetable garden this year, the Center also has some great tips here. Another great resource I’ve found, is on gardenia.net, which has a list of perennials for New England gardens based on moisture of soil, amount of sun, and time of year.

Local Garden Shows

For more garden inspiration, check out some local garden shows happening this month in Western Mass. The Western Mass Home & Garden Show will be at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield on March 26-29. View the list of vendors and happenings at the show on their website. This is a great event for families to attend together since there will be a designated Kids’ area with creative activities, a live butterfly display, a koi fish pond, and more! 

Smith College will run their annual Spring Bulb Show from March 7-22 at the Lyman Conservatory. View a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips. The show’s hours are 10 am to 4 pm daily, and until 8 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Click here for more information. 

Mount Holyoke will host their Spring Flower Show as well on March 7. For 49 years, the college has hosted this show which displays thousands of colorful and fragrant blooms. View an assortment of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more. Plus this year there will be a special art installment by four Mount Holyoke College art studio majors. The show’s hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, click here

Wanda's Favorite Restaurants in Franklin County

Here in Franklin County, we are lucky to have a variety of special restaurants offering delicious food. These restaurants are owned by locals and use locally sourced ingredients, as well. You can expect the vibe at these places to be true to The Valley and that the food will always be fresh and of the season. While the list of wonderful places to eat in Franklin County goes on and on, here are a few that really stand out to me as exceptional restaurants in our area. (Photo right: The Farm Table at Kringle Candle, Bernardston)

The Blue Rock Restaurant and Bar, Shelburne Falls

Located below Salmon Falls Gallery and overlooking the Deerfield River, the Blue Rock is a must-eat restaurant in Shelburne Falls. It offers a variety of seasonal dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world, as well as some staple dishes loved by their frequent visitors, such as the Roasted Cauliflower Head and the PB and Jam Burger! Visit them Thursdays through Mondays for dinner only or online at thebluerockrestaurant.com.

Gypsy Apple Bistro, Shelburne Falls

Eating at the Gypsy Apple is a very unique and special experience. Located on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, it is a small French Restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. The menu is short but sweet with incredible options that are always changing and the service is warm and inviting, being run by a husband and wife team, Amy and Michelangelo. They are open for dinner only Thursdays through Sundays. View their menu at gypsyapplebistro.com.

Hope and Olive restaurant greenfield massachusettsHope & Olive, Greenfield

Hope & Olive is easy to locate— it’s in the name! Located on the corner of Hope and Olive Streets in downtown Greenfield, it is an everyday, special restaurant owned by siblings Jim, Maggie, and Evelyn. The place is known for their creative cocktails, unique, seasonal dishes, and cozy atmosphere. Head over there for Lunch, Dinner, or Brunch. Also, every first Monday of the month, Hope & Olive hosts Free Soup and Games Night as a fundraiser for various local non-profit organizations. View their menu and events at hopeandolive.com.

The Farm Table at Kringle Candle, Bernardston

Up in quaint Bernardston at Kringle Candle, you’ll find The Farm Table, a restaurant housed in a restored farmhouse which was originally built around 1800. I especially love The Farm Table for its ambience with open hearth ovens, fireplaces, and outdoor seating on the deck. Their gourmet pub-style menu has a lot of wonderful options including brick oven pizzas, charcuterie boards, and a variety of large and small plates. Check them out online at kringlefarmtable.com.

Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria, Greenfield

From the folks who brought us all the delicious food at Hope & Olive, Magpie is a wood-fired pizzeria, also located in downtown Greenfield. Just like their other operation, Magpie Pizza has amazing cocktails and a very inviting atmosphere. The menu offers a variety of creative pizzas baked in their wood-fired oven, as well as other Italian-style dishes like the antipasto plate, Seafood Fra Diavolo, and Frazzioletti Crepes. Find them at 21 Bank Row, Greenfield and online at magpiepizza.com.

West End Pub, Shelburne Falls

West end pub Shelburne falls massachusetts bridge of flowersAt the end of the Bridge of Flowers, overlooking the Deerfield River, lies a historic red building which houses the West End Pub. You can hang out at the bar area or dine in the closed porch overlooking the river. The kitchen offers casual pub-style food, such as sandwiches, burgers, salads, and larger dishes. The bar has a variety of local draft beers and cocktails. Check out their menu online and visit them in the beautiful village of Shelburne Falls.

 

The People’s Pint, Greenfield

For freshly brewed beer and delicious food with locally sourced ingredients, head to The People’s Pint on Federal Street in Greenfield. Their mission is to provide fresh drinks and tasty food, using organic, local ingredients wherever possible and leaving minimal waste behind. The menu features dishes that are true to what’s in season and on any given night, the will only fill one trash bag of waste. All of the leftover food is composted and the remaining grains are sent to farm pigs and goats in Gill. Read more about their mission and check out what’s on tap on their website, peoplespint.com.  

 

Fabulous Antique Cape For Sale in Bernardston, Massachusetts

Cape for sale Massachusetts DiGeorge Builders has done it again. The transformation of this fabulous antique Cape is one you have to see in person to appreciate the quality workmanship and design. It is renovated top to bottom while keeping that old time charm you are looking for. The spacious, bright and sunny rooms enhanced by the beautiful wood floors makes this home a keeper. You will love cooking in the beautiful new kitchen that is open to the dining area and complete with attractive cabinetry and large center island. The first floor has a family room with fireplace and painted shiplap walls, living room, office or den, full bath and laundry room. The original curved staircase leads you to 4 bedrooms and a full bath. The builder is now completing the studio apartment that is located on the second floor of the oversized attached two car garage. Renovations include new wiring, plumbing, fully insulated, 30 year roof, windows and more! Convenient in-town location near Kringle Candle and I-91.

135 South Street, Bernardston, MA

Listed by Wanda Mooney of Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS

View the full listing here!

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2019 Year End Real Estate Market Update of Single Family Homes in the Pioneer Valley Region

Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were up 4.1% and median price up 7.7% in 2019 compared to 2018. The sales were up in Hampden County and down in Hampshire County. Median price was up in both Hampden and Hampshire Counties. 

The average days on market was down 2.7% from 68 days in 2018 compared to 66 days in 2019. Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 4.8% from 5,867 listings pending in 2018 to 6,149 in 2019.  

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

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November 2019 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in the Pioneer Valley

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The average days on market was up 1.8% from 69 average number of days in November 2018 compared to 70 days in November 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 20.3% from 384 listings pending in November 2018 to 462 listings pending sale in November 2019.

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October 2019 Pioneer Valley Sales Report of Single Family Homes

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The average days on market was down 15.7% from 65 average number of days in October 2018 compared to 54 days in October 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 4.4% from 523 listings pending in October 2018 to 546 listings pending sale in October 2019.

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September 2019 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in the Pioneer Valley

Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 12.7% and median price up 15% in September 2019 compared to September 2018. The sales were up 3.3% in Hampden County and 33% in Hampshire County. Median price was up in both Hampden and Hampshire Counties. 

The average days on market was down 15.6% from 65 average number of days in September 2018 compared to 55 days in September 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 38% from 432 listings pending in September 2018 to 596 listings pending sale in September 2019.

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Attractive Contemporary Style Cape For Sale in Conway

Many expensive updates have been done to this solid built and attractive contemporary style cape. It is a great buy and ready for immediate occupancy. It comes with a new septic system, deck, roof, heating system, carpeting, lighting, bathrooms, kitchen and more!! It has a sunny and charming interior with exposed beams, lots of windows and hardwood floors. The fabulous new kitchen features granite countertop, center island, breakfast nook, radiant heat, tile floors and patio doors to a patio. In addition there is a dining area, living room with patio doors to a new large deck, first floor bedroom, half bath and laundry room. The second floor has two very large bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and one with skylights, full bath and a sitting area. It has an attached 1 car garage with storage, stone wall and walkway, and a picturesque yard. Easy stroll to the town center, library and recreation area, near the Conway swimming pond, not far from the Elementary School and 10 min. to I-91.

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Listed by Wanda Mooney of Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS

Contact Wanda today for more information and for a viewing - Wanda@WandaMooney.com or (413)768-9848.

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July 2019 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in Pioneer Valley

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The average days on market was down 4.7% from 56 average number of days in July 2018 compared to 53 days in July 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 18.2% from 578 listings pending in July 2018 to 683 listings pending sale in July 2019.

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June 2019 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in Pioneer Valley

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The average days on market was down 5.7% from 58 average number of days in June 2018 compared to 55 days in June 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 7% from 627 listings pending in June 2018 to 671 listings pending sale in June 2019.

This information is provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

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