Title /blog/category/western-mass/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:03:11 -0400 Charming Two Family Home With Views of Deerfield River For Sale in Shelburne Falls https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/21/charming-2-family-home-with-views-of-deerfield-river-for-sale-in-shelburne-falls/ <form action="https://maps.google.com/maps" method="get" target="_blank"> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/front%20of%20house1.jpeg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;">Come take a look at this well maintained and charming 2 family home with views of the Deerfield River and Village of Shelburne Falls. It is an easy walk to downtown where you have access to the many benefits this wonderful village has to offer. There are fabulous restaurants and cafes, pharmacy, library, banks, two markets, artisan galleries and the famous Bridge of Flowers and glacial potholes. This home is perfect for a owner occupy, potential vacation rental or home based business. The first floor has a large kitchen with breakfast bar, living room, full bathroom, 2 bedrooms, and mudroom. The second floor has a kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms, and full bath. In addition it has gas heat, wood floors, and separate utilities. There is a fabulous front porch and patio in the backyard that is ideal for BBQ&#39;s. The sellers have renovated the apartments and made several updates since they took ownership in 2004.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72292330/26-conway-street-buckland-ma-01370/"> View the full listing!</a></p> <p>Contact Wanda today for details or to set up a showing appointment: (413) 768-9848 or Wanda@WandaMooney.com.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/kitchen%201.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 154px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/living%20room1.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 147px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bedroom1.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 158px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bathroom1.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 267px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/deck1.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 150px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/view%20from%20porch.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 150px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </form> House For Sale Pioneer Valley buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Buckland Shelburne Falls Multi Family Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:03:11 -0400 Solid Built Cape Style Home For Sale in Heath https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/21/solid-built-cape-style-home-for-sale-in-heath/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Front%20House%20Heath.jpg" style="float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">Solid built Cape style home situated on 15 acres with a large front deck that overlooks seasonal hillside views! Whether you are looking for a starter home or getaway place this is ready for you to move in and enjoy just in time for the summer season. It has a great floor plan with room for expansion. There is a good size kitchen that is open to the dining and living area, 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath. There is a spacious walk up attic that could easily be finished for additional living space. In addition there is a a full walk out basement that is perfect for storage or workshop, hardwood floors, propane heat, and cedar siding. Located near plenty of popular recreational activities including Berkshire East Ski Resort, white water rafting, fly fishing, mountain bike trails, and so much more. It is near Shelburne Falls, 1/2 hour to Mount Snow, and not far from the Berkshires.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72291396/85-number-9-road-heath-ma/"> View the full listing!</a></p> <p>Call&nbsp;Wanda today for details and to set up a showing appointment at 413-768-9848</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Living%20Room%20Heath.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 159px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/kitchen.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 159px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Dining%20%26%20Living%20Heath.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 159px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/View%20Deck%20Heath.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 159px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/yard.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 150px;"></p> Getaway House For Sale Pioneer Valley buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass First Time Home Buyer Shelburne Falls Single Level Living Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:03:15 -0400 Davenport Maple Farm Restaurant Opens for the Season https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/12/davenport-maple-farm-restaurant-opens-for-the-season/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/28616406_10159983906990655_2189781219069882926_o.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 169px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">It&rsquo;s March! For New Englanders, this means sugaring season is upon us. One of my personal favorite places to visit in Franklin County for delicious maple syrup is <a href="http://www.davenportmaple.com/index.php/home" target="_blank">Davenport Maple Farm Restaurant.</a> I highly recommend taking a scenic drive there&nbsp;on the weekends to enjoy their homemade breakfast or lunch.</p> <h3>Fresh Maple Syrup</h3> <p>When you visit the restaurant, you can see the sap evaporation process first hand. Their sap comes from over 3,500 taps on their property. Once the sap is made into maple syrup, they use the syrup to make maple spread, maple covered nuts, maple sugar candies, maple lollipops, maple granulated sugar, and more. Of course you can also buy the pure maple syrup to take home or sit down for breakfast and enjoy it atop pancakes, waffles, or french toast.</p> <h3>Family-Owned and Operated</h3> <p>The farm dates back 200 years and has been in the Davenport family since 1913. Davenport Maple Farm was founded by Russell and Martha Davenport.&nbsp; Today the farm is run by Norm and Lisa Davenport and their daughter Meagan and her husband Nate own and operate&nbsp;the restaurant business.&nbsp;</p> <p>Located down scenic Tower Road in Shelburne, the restaurant is now open every Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 3 pm through the end of April. So head over to Shelburne soon for delicious Davenport Maple Syrup.</p> <p>Check out their <a href="http://www.davenportmaple.com/index.php/home" target="_blank">website</a>&nbsp;or follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DavenportMaple/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>!</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/28515267_10159996865775655_649655037070773601_o.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; float: left; margin: 10px;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/28423425_10159994239615655_2979142199093512572_o.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; margin: 10px; float: left;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Shelburne Falls Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:54:42 -0400 Greenspace CoWork Brings a Collaborative Work Environment to Downtown Greenfield https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/07/greenspace-cowork-brings-a-collaborative-work-environment-to-downtown-greenfield/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/greenspaceCowork.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 300px;">Recently, I had the opportunity to tour <a href="https://greenspacecowork.spaces.nexudus.com/en" target="_blank">Greenspace CoWork</a>, Greenfield&rsquo;s first co-working space. I was very impressed with the style and feel of this space, one which seems to me would allow someone to focus and work all day. Located on the third floor of <a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/09/25/hawks-and-reed-performing-arts-center-brings-good-music-and-good-times-to-greenfield-ma/" target="_blank">Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center</a> in downtown Greenfield, Greenspace offers memberships for use of their open work environment, free WiFi, and free coffee. Its members are people in a variety of careers, who desire a secure place to work independently, while having the ability to interact with other professionals and meet with clients in a presentable space.</p> <p>Jeremy Goldsher and Jeff Sauser opened the space in February of this year, with open tables, couches, and a kitchenette. They kept the industrial style of the building, preserving the 170-year old wood floors and brick walls, and adding decor that embellishes that style. Goldsher and Sauser received a $100,000 collaborative Workspace Program grant from Mass Development, which they will use to add a conference room, private office pods, and soundproof phone booths.</p> <p>So if you are looking to get out of your home office or that crowded coffee shop and into a clean, quiet, open space, then take a free tour of Greenspace CoWork. Memberships cost $150 a month, or $125 a month with a 6-month commitment. You can also purchase a one-day membership whenever you want for only $20. Visit their website for more information: <a href="https://greenspacecowork.spaces.nexudus.com/en" target="_blank">greenspacecowork.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Pioneer Valley Green Living Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:10:32 -0500 39th Annual Pottery Seconds and More Sale https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/02/26/39th-annual-pottery-seconds-and-more-sale/ <p>This Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd, check out the 39th Annual Pottery Seconds and More Sale! Purchase beautiful, hand-crafted items at low prices. Meet the talented artists behind the pottery. Enjoy performances by Artspace Strings for Kids students. Plus, you could win a door prize donated by one of the artists!</p> <p>The Pottery Seconds and More Sale, which supports Artspace Community Arts Center&rsquo;s programs will be held at the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons, 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA. Entry is $2 on Friday and free on Saturday.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.artspacegreenfield.com" target="_blank">www.artspacegreenfield.com</a> for more information!</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/23172693_1135733796529282_7897051427678682412_n.jpg" style="float: left; width: 500px; height: 188px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Artspace</strong></p> <p>Artspace&rsquo;s mission is to encourage and nurture the appreciation of and participation in the arts by offering programs and instruction, and by advocating the importance of the arts in education and in the community.</p> Community Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:02:25 -0500 All-Inclusive, Affordable Fitness Center Opens in Greenfield https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/02/05/all-inclusive-affordable-fitness-center-opens-in-greenfield/ <h3><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2018-01-15_10.43.34.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;" class="featured">Common Ground Fitness Center</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s a new fitness center in Greenfield that opened up at the beginning of the year! Locally owned by Eric and Hannah Mosher, the gym is called Common Ground and occupies the space that was formerly ACD Women&rsquo;s Fitness, a gym that was just for women. The Moshers are taking a different approach to the center. They want the space to be all-inclusive, an environment where everyone feels comfortable to exercise and be healthy. Hence, they chose the name Common Ground.</p> <h3>Classes and More</h3> <p>Common Ground offers a variety of classes, plus personal training ,and exercise equipment. Their classes range from PiYo which is a combination of pilates and yoga, TRX, Boxing, Zumba, and more. Eric also teaches a class called Basic, where he draws on his experiences as an Army Sergeant to push his students to their limits. They plan to add spinning classes and P90X in the near future.</p> <h3>Affordable Rates</h3> <p>Another way that Common Ground allows its center to be all-inclusive, is by offering affordable rates. Eric and Hannah want to offer the lowest rates possible so that their clients feel financially comfortable. In this way, they believe they can make a difference health-wise in the community by making their fitness center accessible to all. On top of their low membership rates, they also offer low drop-in rates for non-members who want to occasionally come in.</p> <p>So if you are looking for a quality, all-inclusive, affordable gym in Greenfield, stop by Eric and Hannah&rsquo;s fitness center on High Street or check out their website, <a href="http://www.commongroundfitness.com" target="_blank">www.commongroundfitness.com</a>. Common Ground Fitness is just what our community needs to start off a healthy new year.</p> Area Updates Franklin County Western Mass Greenfield Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:02:21 -0500 K9 Keg Pull at the Greenfield Winter Carnival | February 2nd - 4th https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/02/01/greenfield-winter-carnival-february-2nd-4th/ <p>The 96th Annual&nbsp;<a href="https://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/wintercarnival.html" target="_blank">Greenfield Winter Carnival</a>&nbsp;is happening this weekend with fun&nbsp;events scheduled for the entire family. Here are just some of the events to look forward to, but check their website or Facebook page for a full listing of events.</p> <p>Starting on Friday, browse the various&nbsp;live ice carvings on display throughout&nbsp;Downtown Greenfield. Then, vote for your favorite sculpture at the ballot box on Town Common. At 7:00 pm, look towards the sky for a fireworks show, being shot from Poet&#39;s Seat Tower.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Saturday at 10 am, runners will line up for the Sleigh Bell Run, a 4 mile scenic road race. Then at 2 pm, the bicyclists will come out for the Fatbike Group Ride, led by the local bike shop, Bicycle World.</p> <p>On Sunday, enjoy Breakfast with Olaf at The 99 Restaurant. Then work off your meal with a Snowshoeing Trek, meeting at Highland Park at 10 am.&nbsp;</p> <p>Other events for the Winter Carnival&nbsp;will include&nbsp;youth basketball games, an art exhibit, face painting, photography contest, dancing, parade of lights,&nbsp;and so much more.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Greenfield Winter Carnival Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont Realtors" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Millie_edited-1.jpg" style="float: right; width: 175px; height: 265px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;">You will especially not want to miss the popular K9 Keg Pull starting Sunday at 1:00. Dogs of all sizes will be racing to pull&nbsp;kegs (empty ones, of course) across the finish line.&nbsp;The agents at Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont will be&nbsp;handing out this attractive bandana (photo left) being modeled by Millie!&nbsp;Stop by to say hello and pick one up for your furry friend.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ongoing events throughout the weekend will include sledding, outdoor ice skating, snowman village, snow sculpture contest, and marshmallow toasting by the warming fire.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/wintercarnival.html" target="_blank">Click here for more information about this weekend&#39;s events.</a></p> <p><img alt="Greenfield Winter Carnival February 2-4" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2018_WinterCarnival_Flyer.jpg" style="float: left; width: 400px; height: 618px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Recreation Community Pioneer Valley Area Updates coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Greenfield Thu, 01 Feb 2018 01:01:25 -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 16:12:40 -0500 Get Ready for the Holidays With These Festive Events in Franklin County, MA https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/12/06/get-ready-for-the-holidays-with-these-festive-events-in-franklin-county-massachusetts/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/specialday%20in%20northfield.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 400px;">With the <strong>holidays</strong> being right around the corner, all of the towns in <strong>Franklin County</strong> are lighting up with holiday festivities and cheer. This weekend in particular, two seasonal events are happening: <strong>JingleFest in Downtown Greenfield</strong> and <strong>A Special Day in Northfield</strong>. Support your local community and enjoy either or both of these festive events.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>JingleFest | Greenfield, MA</h3> <p>On Friday, December 8, the Greenfield Business Association and downtown merchants of Greenfield are hosting JingleFest from 5 to 8 pm. The theme for this year&rsquo;s event is &ldquo;Light the Way,&rdquo; as festival goers will enter a totally lit up downtown. There will be tons of kid-friendly activities such as holiday crafts, a Children&rsquo;s Holiday Parade, and visits with Santa Claus at Wilson&rsquo;s Department Store.</p> <p>Also during JingleFest, GreenFields Market will sell hot chocolates for just 25 cents and luminarias will be lit throughout Main St. Plus, businesses will compete for the best-decorated display window, voted on by shoppers themselves. All voters will be entered into a drawing for a free shopping spree.</p> <p>Of course, our local passionate art community will be represented at JingleFest, with the reveal of several art displays in storefront windows. Local artists created these works to beautify Main Street for all the shoppers and celebrate the holidays. New this year is the Greenfield Holiday Pop-Up Market, thanks to Yankee Candle, which will be filled with local artisans, music, food, and libations.</p> <p>For more information on JingleFest, visit their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/181729822383295/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>12th Annual A Special Day in Northfield |&nbsp;Northfield, MA</h3> <p>Since you can never have too much holiday fun, the next day, Saturday, December 9, head over to Northfield for their 12th Annual A Special Day in Northfield: Olde Fashioned Holiday Celebration. &nbsp;Happening from 10 am &ldquo;through the evening&rdquo;, this event is produced and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Northfield and the Northfield Area Tourism &amp; Business Association. Blue and white snowflakes, signs and holiday wreaths on utility poles will guide people to event locations.</p> <p>There are several new events this year such as dinner at Cameron&rsquo;s Winery, the Friday eve before A Special Day and the strolling players from the Pioneer Valley Regional High School Band. Also new this year is the Buxton Christmas Barn with fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, and accessories and the Indoor Farmers and Craft Market downstairs at the First Parish Church.</p> <p>A Special Day will also boast a ton of kid-friendly activities. Mim&rsquo;s Market is offering free gingerbread people decorating plus live music by Phil Watson and Friends on the Porch. Kids can also make winter-themed crafts at Dickinson Memorial Library and pine cone bird feeders at Kidder &amp; Co. Other special events will include horse-drawn wagon rides, live theater, WHAI Radio Personality Nick Danjer, and even a bonfire at Northfield Golf Club.</p> <p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Come%20and%20Enjoy%20Our%20Tenth%20Annual%20Holiday%20Celebration.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the full event schedule.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Holiday Season, everyone!</p> <p>Photo: Getting Ready for Santa at Centennial House Bed &amp; Breakfast</p> Holiday Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass fair Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:12:00 -0500 Benefits of Listing Your Home During The Winter https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/24/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 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:11:43 -0500