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The Natick Realtor.

Ed Hughes | http://www.efhughes.com | 617-875-4132
453 Harvard Road, Bolton, MA
Large Family Room waiting for Pool Table and 60″ TV
4BR/2+1BA Single Family House
offered at $550,000
Year Built 1970
Sq Footage 4,148
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking 4 Car garage
Lot Size 43,560 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month


Large Family Home *Foyer with built in planter & slate floor * Hardwood floors in most rooms * Huge windows in everyroom to bring nature inside * Large Eat In Kitchen with plenty of cabinets, counters & access to deck & garage * Living Room with Stone & granite Fireplace and access to the deck * Large, Bright Family Room Ready for a Pool Table and 60″ TV * 4 bedrooms w/cathedral ceilings, 3 with ceilings fans, 2 with access to the 2nd floor deck * The Master has a sitting area, large walk in closet, HUGE Bath with jacuzzzi, multi head shower, double sinks, 3 closets * Beautiful wooded acre * Call Ed at 617-875-4132 for a Showing, this is a house you do not want to miss out on

•Lot Size: 43560
•Type: Single Family Residential for Sale
•Floors: Two or More Stories
•Parking/Garage: 3+
•Bedrooms: 4
•Baths: 2
•Half Baths: 1
•Square Feet: 4100
•Year Built: 1970

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– Central heat – Fireplace – High/Vaulted ceiling
– Walk-in closet – Hardwood floor – Tile floor
– Family room – Living room – Office/Den
– Dining room – Breakfast nook – Dishwasher
– Refrigerator – Stove/Oven – Microwave
– Granite countertop – Washer – Dryer
– Laundry area – inside – Balcony, Deck, or Patio – Yard
– Jacuzzi/Whirlpool


– Large 3/4 bay garage great for car buffs
– Garage space would make an excellent workshop
– New 4 Bedroom Septic System
– New Landscaping being installed

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Contact info:
Ed Hughes
For sale by agent/broker

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TXT RMX44 to 88000 for 83 Woodland Street, South Natick

TXT RMX45 to 88000 for 453 Harvard Road, Bolton MA

TXT RMX46 to 88000 for 108 Union Street, Natick

By Mary Louise Schumacher

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010–(MCT)–There is something bewitching about a tiny house.

The mere idea conjures all kinds of things: desires for solitude and escape, romantic notions of Thoreau’s pond-side perch, even memories of childhood fairy tales.

By their nature, they are places of retreat and simplicity. You can’t take much with you. You’ve got to make choices. And you’d better be comfortable in your own company.

While architectural bravado tends to grab headlines, some of the most extraordinary architecture being made in the world today is small, adventurous structures, transitory buildings that take little from the Earth and give more than seems possible in return.

At their best, these pocked-sized projects, sometimes called “micro architecture,” do more than set standards for sustainable practices. They challenge the way we live.

One such project is the EDGE, or Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment, designed by a small Stevens Point, Wis., firm, Revelations Architects. The abode is so bitty, in fact, that it doesn’t qualify as an actual house in much of Wisconsin, where 750 or 800 square feet of floor space is required.

Set on a bluff on the northernmost tip of our state, overlooking Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior, the EDGE is a beautiful, modernist box. It is more akin to a lovingly crafted cabinet or piece of furniture than a house, really.

It is a remarkably concise and articulate structure made to make a point — that we can live better and greener lives in gorgeous, small spaces.

This is a theory that seemed worth testing. So, my significant other, Ken Hanson, and I went up to Bayfield to stay in this prototype for a would-be green and glorious life.

While the largely prefabricated, modular home was recently recognized by AIA Wisconsin, the state’s society of the American Institute of Architects, few people have actually stayed in it. We’d be the first, other than the architects and a few friends.

I wondered what it would be like for us to live in such tight quarters. Would we be better to each other? Could I bring my favorite hair dryer? Would we survive without Wi-Fi?

“I hope it shows you something you didn’t know about yourself,” said principal architect Bill Yudchitz, who met us in Bayfield.

Ken and I live in a century-old house that’s been tastefully sliced into condos in Milwaukee’s historic Water Tower neighborhood. It’s a lot of space for two, particularly since Ken’s son left for college. I’ve got my study. Ken’s got a band room. We’ve got loads of shelves for books.

I’ve lived in some pretty Lilliputian places, including a converted nun’s cell in Hoboken, N.J.; a dinky flat on 14th St. in Manhattan; and a wee L-shaped studio in Milwaukee. I loved the sense of control that came with contained spaces. But that was years ago, when my life was more unsettled. Since then, my life and my possessions have fanned out and dug in.

Our drive northward served as a buffer of sorts. Dropping in and out of cell phone range, forced to rely on actual maps, we were gently weaned from our iPhones.

We drove up the driveway, flanked by tall grasses, to the little hutch, not much larger than an RV. It had the style and smarts of the international language of modernism, the stuff of big cities, of steel and glass. But it had a Japanese lightness and North Woods earnestness to it, too.

A rainscreen of white oak, simple slats that run horizontally around the exterior, took on a warm, honey hue in the high sun. A solitary window punctuated the side of the house with a tiny rectangle. Above, the house was topped with a dramatic, butterfly roof, a touch of Atomic Age playfulness.

But it was when we came around to the front that we experienced the real triumph — a cube of light and space, a place to be.

The long sides of the house are dominated by glass windows and doors that make the building’s mid-section transparent. These glassy squares frame views down to the bay and out to the forest, from inside and out. Inside, the walls of glass define a cube-like, central space. It’s a grand room, despite its size.

It’s also where the EDGE departs from other micro projects, many of which just take the strategies of old ’70s campers, with interlocking spaces and tucked-away tables and sleeping berths, to new levels.

Instead of complex spaces, fit together like Jenga game pieces, Yudchitz designed a singular space and singular furniture, which can redefine the room. Made of high-grade birch plywood, the modular furniture can be transformed from a seating area to a dining set to a bed in a few simple — if physical — moves.

That craftsmanship extends to every aspect of the interior, where everything was machine cut within two-thousandths of an inch. The EDGE celebrates plywood, a renewable resource that both honors natural wood grain and the machine-made aspects of the material. Doors and windows are framed in the subtly striped, smooth end grain. Box joints, hidden by most construction, are exposed, revealing how the place was made and adding a distinctive design element.

The prefab ends of the house, added onto the main room like a pair of brackets, contain everything else the house needs: a bathroom, a kitchen, sleeping lofts, storage and book shelves. A wall of milky white Plexiglas turns an entire wall into a lantern when the bathroom light is on. And, while one has to crouch into the lofts, even a tall man can stand and get dressed on the landings.

I love that there is space for books and art. That there was so little of it made me consider Yudchitz’s choices carefully. This raises a real challenge. To truly live in a place like the EDGE, everything, the furnishings and objects, would have to be chosen and designed. You’d not only have to resist buying new things, you’d have to deny yourself cherished possessions.

I thought about the things I have around me at home, the handmade valentine my grandfather made for my grandmother, the painting of the Santa Ynez mountains near where I grew up — and the books!

On the one hand, I truly love the idea of having a limited number of objects around. It could focus my relationship with things in a new way, I think. On the other hand, I can’t imagine shedding so much either. If I could keep only the most treasured things tucked away somewhere and rotate a limited number of them into my living space, I think I could live with that.

We slept well on a hot night. The narrow structure and open windows offered lots of natural ventilation. We woke to a muffled trumpet sound, a buck that bounded into view, framed perfectly in the picture window, looking right at us and blowing hard through his nostrils. It was startling and magical — a metaphor for this wake-up call of an experience, I suppose.

When we were ready to go, we pulled the giant louvered doors closed, shutting the house up like a box. The doors have the light, visual effect of Japanese screens but seem to weigh as much as a Japanese car, a reminder that a house is fueled, in part, by sweat.

There are a few contradictions in the design of the EDGE. First, while it makes the case for downsizing, it’s likely to appeal to many as a vacation home rather than a new way of living. Second, while it has many green features, it’s created for a large parcel of land. The EDGE doesn’t address the need for humans to occupy less of the planet, though it’s possible some of the design ideas may translate to urban settings.

Still, the experience of staying at the EDGE has remained large in my mind. In the end, this petite home asks a monumental question: What do we truly need to be happy? More than that, it suggests that it may be a lot less than we imagine.

(c) 2010, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Metrowest Car Show

Date: 8/22/2010
Address: Event will be at the Ashland High School, 65 East Union Street, Ashland, MA.
Location: Ashland, MA
Hours: 11 AM to 3 PM
Cost/Cover: Children under 10 admitted free – all others $5.00
Web Page: http://www.metrowestcarshow.com
Contact Info: Ashland Lyons 508 881 4305

Details: Ashland Lions Club is hosting the MetroWest Car Show on Sunday, August 22nd from 11 AM to 3 PM. Muscle, antique, street rods, and customs will be ready for you to vote on as your fan favorite. The will be music, games, and fun for all ages. FireFlys has been selected as the food vendor so finger lickin’ food and drinks will be available for purchase.

If you have a vehicle you wish to enter registration and fees may be found on the website listed below.


Event is on: One day only
Audience: All Welcome
Category: Charity, Fundraisers, Good Causes and Non-profit
Sponsored By: Ashland Lyons Club

By Paige Tepping

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2010–When selling your home, the goal is to sell it quickly for the highest price while investing as little as possible in renovations. With a limited budget and a little effort, you can greatly increase your home’s appeal by focusing on what prospective buyers can see on their first visit. The experts at BuyOwner.com offer the following recommendations for preparing a house for sale and staging it for showings.

Tip #1: Refresh the exterior
First impressions count when it comes to selling a home. Most buyers won’t even leave their car if they don’t find the exterior appealing. The best ways to improve your home’s exterior include:
-Repairing and/or replacing trims, shutters, gutters, shingles, mailboxes, window screens, walkways and the driveway.
-Painting siding, trim and shutters and lamp and mailbox posts.
-Pressure washing vinyl siding, roofs, walkways and the driveway.
-Washing windows.

Tip #2: Spruce up the lawn and landscape
Home buyers associate the condition of your lawn and landscaping with the condition of your home’s interior. By improving the outside, you affect buyers’ impression of the entire property. The best ways to enhance the yard include:
-Mowing and edging the lawn.
-Seeding, fertilizing and weeding the lawn.
-Keeping up with regular lawn maintenance by frequent watering.
-Trimming and/or removing overgrown trees, shrubs and hedges.
-Weeding and mulching plant beds.
-Planting colorful seasonal flowers in existing plant beds.
-Removing trash, especially along fences and underneath hedges.
-Sweeping and weeding the street curb along your property.

Tip #3: Create an inviting entrance
The front door to your home should invite buyers to enter. The best ways to improve your entry include:
-Painting the front door in a glossy, cheerful color that complements the exterior.
-Cleaning, polishing and/or replacing the door knocker, locks and handles.
-Repairing and/or replacing the screen door, the doorbell, porch lights and house numbers.
-Placing a new welcome mat and a group of seasonal potted plants and flowers by the entry.

Tip #4: Reduce clutter and furniture
A buyer cannot envision living in your home without seeing it. A home filled with clutter or even too much furniture distracts buyers from seeing how they can utilize the space your home offers. If you have limited storage space, you may want to consider renting a temporary storage unit to place items you wish to keep. The best ways to declutter your home include:
-Holding a garage sale to prepare for your move, getting rid of unnecessary items.
-Removing clutter such as books, magazines, toys, tools, supplies and unused items from counter tops, open shelves, storage closets, the garage and basements.
-Storing out-of-season clothing and shoes out of sight to make bedroom closets seem roomier.
-Removing any visibly damaged furniture.
-Organizing bookshelves, closets, cabinets and pantries. Buyers will inspect everything.
-Putting away your personal photographs, unless they showcase the home. Let buyers see themselves in your home.
-De-personalize rooms as much as you can.

Tip #5: Clean, clean, clean

The cleanliness of your home also influences a buyer’s perception of its condition. The appearance of the kitchen and bathrooms will play a considerable role in a buyer’s decision process, so pay particular attention to these areas. The best ways to improve these areas include:
-Cleaning windows, fixtures, hardware, ceiling fans, vent covers and appliances.
-Cleaning carpets, area rugs and draperies.
-Cleaning inside the refrigerator, the stove and all cabinets.
-Removing stains from carpets, floors, counters, sinks, baths, tile, walls and grout.
-Eliminating house odors, especially if you have pets.
-Considering air fresheners or potpourri.

Tip #6: Make minor repairs
The small stuff does count, especially with first-time home buyers. Without dismissing the importance of repairing major items such as a leaky roof or plumbing, you do not need to spend money on replacing these items. Instead, focus on the minor repairs that will make your home visually appealing. The best ways to improve your home include:
-Repairing ceilings and wall cracks.
-Repairing faucets, banisters, handrails, cabinets, drawers, doors, floors and tile.
-Caulking and grouting tubs, showers, sinks and tile.
-Adding fresh paint to ceilings, walls, trim, doors and cabinets.
-Tightening door handles, drawer pulls, light switches and electrical plates.
-Lubricating door hinges and locks.

Tip #7: Showcase the kitchen
The heart of any home is the kitchen. If you are going to spend any money on renovations, this is the one area where you will see the greatest return. Even with a modest budget, focusing on a few key areas can make a great difference in getting the asking price for your property. The best ways to showcase the kitchen include:
-Replacing cabinet doors and hardware.
-Installing under-cabinet lighting.
-Replacing light fixtures.
-Replacing outdated shelving with pantry and cabinet organizers to maximize space.
-Baking cookies or cupcakes for a showing, to create a homey smell.

Tip #8: Stage furniture
Furniture placement can enhance the space of your home while giving buyers an idea of how to best utilize the space with their own belongings. Take some time to rethink how different areas in your house could be used. Some ideas to think about include:
-Moving couches and chairs away from walls in your sitting and family rooms to create cozy conversational groups.
-Creating a reading corner in the master bedroom.
-Clearing an empty room to set up a reading space.
-Turning an awkward space into a home office.
-Setting the dining room table with your best china.
-Set wine glasses in front of the fireplace or next to a Jacuzzi tub.

Tip #9: Light up the house
Create a sense of openness and cheerfulness in your home through its lighting. To improve the lighting try:
-Opening shades and drapes to let the sunshine warm and brighten rooms.
-Installing brighter light bulbs in rooms that tend to be dark.
-Adding additional lamps for ambient lighting.
-Turning on all the lights for a showing.

Tip #10: Add fresh touches
You can easily add color and style to your home by adding fresh touches throughout. Some ideas to consider include:
-Placing fresh floral arrangements in the entry and master bedroom.
-Placing bowls of bright-colored fruit in the family room and the kitchen.
-Filling an empty corner with a potted leafy plant.
-Setting new hand soap in the bathrooms.
-Displaying fresh towels near sinks.