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Family history and geneology research has become more popular with sites like Ancestry.com and television shows like Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are? But have you ever considered researching the history of your house? Here in Ipswich there are 59 First Period homes (1626-1725), more than any other town in the nation! Ipswich is even in the Smithsonian Museum of American History!

Everything from careful observation of design elements and craftsmanship, construction details, nails, paint colors, molding and muntin profiles to town records, county archives, historic societies, your state preservation officer (every state has one), maps and recorded instruments from the Registry of Deeds can all give you clues.  Thanks to This Old House Magazine we have a great list of tips and ideas on how to uncover history of your home or, what's within YOUR walls! 

Home Sale History in the Making!

Home sale history in the making! Highest price ever paid for a LA residence, and you won't believe what comes with it! 

The sale of the Playboy Mansion to next door neighbor Daren Metropoulos has closed for $100 million, said a spokesperson for Mr. Metropoulos. According to public records it is the highest price ever paid for a Los Angeles residence.

The roughly 5-acre Holmby Hills estate was listed in January for $200 million. As part of the deal...read on for Wall Street Journal's inside story on what comes with the sale.

Fireworks Displays and Celebrations North of Boston & Beyond

North of Boston FULL TOWN celebration list including parades, illuminations, concerts, fireworks, etc. Be sure to verify before heading out.

NORTH OF BOSTON

Fireworks - Local

Amesbury (July 3) — Woodsom Farm – 223 Lions Mouth Road, at 9 

Beverly Farms (July 4) — off West Beach, 103 West Street, at 9:15 

Gloucester (July 3) — Fort Area, Stage Fort Park, 1 Hough Avenue, at 8:30 

Haverhill (July 3) — Riverside Park, 162 Lincoln Avenue, at 9:15 

Lynn (July 3)  -- Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd. at 9:00

Manchester (July 3) — Manchester, off Singing Beach, Beach Street, at 9:15 

Nahant (July 4) -- Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road at 9

Salem (July 4) — Derby Wharf, Derby Street, at 9:00

Salisbury (July 2) -- Salisbury Beach 10:15

Swampscott (July 4) -- Swampscott pier near kings beach at 9:00

Town Celebration:

Acton – Independence Day Celebration

Amesbury - Amesbury Days

Burlington – Parade for the 4th of July

Chelmsford - Independence Day Celebration

Concord – Picnic in the Park

Concord – Declaring Independence

Danvers – Back Bay Parade

Danvers – Highlands Horribles Parade

Dracut – Concert & Fireworks

Gloucester – Independence Day Horribles Parade and Fireworks

Lexington – Annual Fourth of July Events

Lincoln – Red, White & Blue Dance

Lincoln – Independence Day Celebration

Lowell – Lowell Fireworks 2016 and Independence Day Celebrations

Manchester  – Independence Day Parade

Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination

Pepperell – Fourth of July

Rockport  – Independence Day Celebration

Salem – Fireworks Spectacular from Bakers Island Light

Salisbury Beach – July 4th Celebration

Sudbury – Annual Fourth of July Parade

Wilmington – Fun on the Fourth

Fireworks displays by town...

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Acton 7/2/2016 9:25 PM Behind Nara Park – 25 Ledge Rock Way (No Rain Date)
Andover 6/3/2016 8:00 PM O’Brien Field (Parcel 7) – Merrimack College (Rain TBA)
Andover 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Andover H.S. – 80 Shawsheen Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Attleboro 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Parking lot at Cyril Brennan Middle School – Rathburn Willard Drive (Rain Date 7/5/2016 )
Auburn 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Pappas Recreation Complex – 203 Pakachoag St. (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Ayer 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Pirone Park – 36 Bligh Street (Rain Date 7/3/2016)

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Bellingham 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Bellingham H.S. – 60 Blackstone Field (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Beverly 8/7/2016 9:00pm Lynch Park (Beverly Homecoming Days finale)
Boston 7/4/2016 8:30pm Pops Concert – 10:30pm Fireworks Hatch Shell Esplanade
Braintree – 6/25/2016 Braintree High School Soldiers Salute at 9:30pm & Fireworks at 10:00pm
Bridgewater 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Legion Field – 200 South Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Burlington 8/6/2016 9:00pm as a part of Celebrate Burlington

C
Canton 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Irish Cultural Ctr. – 200 New Boston Rd
Chicopee 6/25/2016 9:30 PM Szot Park – Front Street (Rain Date 6/26/2016)

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Dalton 6/3/2016 10:00 PM Legion Grounds – E. Deming Street (No Rain Date)
Dalton 6/4/2016 10:00 PM Legion Grounds – E. Deming Street (No Rain Date)
Dighton 6/4/2016 10:00 PM Rear of Dighton Town Hall – 979 Somerset Ave. (Rain 6/5/2016)
Dracut 6/30/2016 9:00 PM Dracut H.S. – 1560 Lakeview Ave. (Rain Date 9/1/2016)

E
East Harwich 7/4/2016 9:15 PM 3 Barges off Wequassett Inn – On Pleasant Bay (Rain 7/5/2016)
Edgartown 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Edgartown Harbor – Oak Bluffs Ave. (Rain 7/5/2016)

F
Fitchburg 6/19/2016 10:00 PM Coolidge Park Baseball Field/1000 John Fitch Highway (No Rain Date)
Freetown 7/3/2016 8:00 PM Hathaway Park – Carleys Way (Rain Date 7/9/2016)

G
Gloucester 7/3/2016 9:30 PM – Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor
Greenfield 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Poet’s Seat Tower – Mountain Road (Rain Date 7/3/2016)

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Halifax 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Halifax Elementary School Field – Plymouth Street (Rain 7/9/2016)
Hanover 6/25/2016 at Dusk for Hanover Days
Harvard 7/1/2016 9:15 PM Fruitlands Museum – 102 Prospect Hill Road (Rain Date 7/8/2016)
Haverhill 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Riverside Park – 162 Lincoln Avenue (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Hingham 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Button Island – Hingham Harbor – 3 Otis Street (Rain 7/3/2016)
Holyoke 7/1/2016 9:15 PM MacKenzie Stadium – 500 Beech St. (No Rain Date)
Holyoke 7/22/2016 9:15 PM MacKenzie Stadium – 500 Beech St. (No Rain Date)
Hull 6/18/2016 9:30 PM Barge off Nantasket Beach – 109-125 Main Street (Rain 6/19/2016)

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Leominster 6/11/2016 9:30 PM Doyle Field – Parking lot next to tennis courts – 115 Priest Street (Rain Date 6/12/2016)
Lexington 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Lexington H.S. Baseball Field – Worthen Road (Rain 7/5/2016)
Lincoln 7/4/2016 Music & BBQ at 7:30pm, with fireworks at 9:15pm ($20/parking)
Lynn 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd. (Rain Date 7/6/2016)

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Manchester 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge 300 yards off Singing Beach – Beach Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Marblehead 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Barge in the Harbor – Commercial Street Wharf (Rain 7/5/2016)
Mashpee 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Mashpee H.S. – 500 Old Barnstable Rd (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Methuen 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Merrimack River – Riverside Drive (Rain Date 7/8/2016)
Middleborough 7/3/2016 10:00 PM Battis Field – Pierce playground – Jackson Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Millbury 7/3/2016 9:45 PM Lot behind True Value – Howe Avenue (Rain Date 7/4/2016)
Milton 6/25/2016 9:45 PM 2 Barges in Neponset River – 1 Granite (Rain Date 6/26/2016)
Monson 6/25/2016 9:15 PM Quarry Hill School – 43 Margaret St. (Rain Date 6/26/2016)

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Nahant 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Nantasket Beach (Barge) 6/19/2016 – 109-125 Main Street
Needham 7/3/2016 ~9:00 PM (at dark)
Newton 7/4/2016 9:00pm at Halloran Field & Sports Complex Albemarle Rd.
New Bedford 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Barge in New Bedford Harbor – 7 Fish Island (Rain 7/5/2016)
New Bedford 7/9/2016 9:15 PM Walsh Athletic Fields – 328 Parker St. (No Rain Date)
North Andover 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Hayes Stadium – 495 Main Street (Rain Date 7/9/2016 )
North Reading 7/2/2016 8:00 PM Ipswich River Park – 8 Central Street (7/3 OR 7/4)
Northampton 6/25/2016 9:15 PM Look Park Gazebo/Look Park Service Road (Rain 6/26/2016)
Northbridge 7/1/2016 9:00 PM Lasell Field – 171 Linwood Avenue (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Norton 6/18/2016 9:00 PM Norton High School – 66 West Main St. (Rain Date 6/25/2016)

O
Oakham 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Lake Dean – 203 Bechan Rd. (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Orleans 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Barge off Rock Harbor Beach – Bay View Drive (Rain 7/3/2016)

P
Pepperell 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Nissitissit Middle School – Chase Ave. (No Rain Date)
Pittsfield 6/10/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 6/18/2016)
Pittsfield 6/2/2016 9:30 PM,Pittsfield Cemetery Property 05 Wahconah Street (Rain 6/4/2016)
Pittsfield 6/24/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/16/2016)
Pittsfield 7/22/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/30/2016)
Pittsfield 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/6/2016)
Pittsfield 7/8/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/16/2016)
Provincetown 7/4/2016 9:00 PM MacMillan Pier (Rain Date 7/5/2016)

Q
Quincy 6/11/2016 at 9:30pm. Flag Day celebration at Pageant Field, Merrymount Park
Quincy/Weymouth 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge off Wessagusset Beach – 555 South Street (Quincy) – Wessagusset Road (Weymouth) (Rain 7/5/2016)

R
Randolph 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Randolph H.S. baseball field – 70 Memorial Parkway (Rain 7/5/2016)
Reading 6/11/2016 9:00 PM Baseball field at Reading High School – 62 Oakland Road (Rain Date 9/3/2016)
Rutland 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Behind DPW Garage – 17 Pommogussett Road (Rain 7/5/2016)

S
Salem 7/4/2016 ~9:15pm at Derby Wharf
Salisbury 7/2/2016 10:15pm (as well as each summer Saturday preceded by a free concert)
Sharon 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Lake Massapoag – 50 Beach Street (Rain Date 7/10/2016)
Somerville 6/30/2016 9:15 PM Trum Field – Franey Road (Rain Date 7/7/2016)
South Hadley 7/3/2016 9:30 PM 100 Mosier Street (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
South Yarmouth 6/24/2016 8:00 PM South Middle Beach – South Shore Dr. (Rain Date 6/26/2016)
Stoughton 7/3/2016 9:30 PM West School Athletic Complex – Pearl Street (Rain 7/8/2016)
Swampscott 7/4/2916 ~9:00pm Swampscott pier near kings beach

T
Taunton 7/1/2016 9:00 PM Hopewell Park – 15 Hamilton Street (No Rain Date)

W
Waltham 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Leary Field – 19 Athletic Field Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016) (Concert & festivities begin at 7:30pm)
Walpole 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Joe Morgan Memorial Field – 220 School Street (Rain 7/6/2016)
Ware 6/25/2016 9:00 PM Grenville Park – 79 Church Street (Rain Date 6/26/2016)
Westfield 7/2/2016 9:15 PM South Middle School Field – 30 W. Silver Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Westford 6/25/2016 9:15 PM Barge on Long Sought-For Pond – Downs Rd. (Rain Date 6/26/2016)
Weymouth 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge off Wessagusset Beach – 555 South Street (Quincy) – Wessagusset Road (Weymouth) (Rain 7/5/2016)
Winchester 6/4/2016 9:00 PM Manchester Field – 458 Main Street 6/5/2016
Woburn 6/18/2016 10:00 PM DPW Yard off N. Warren St. – North Warren Street (No Rain Date)
Worcester 7/1/2016 9:30 PM East Park, Shrewsbury Street

Fireworks displays by date:

July 1, 2016

Auburn 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Pappas Recreation Complex – 203 Pakachoag St. (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Brockton 7/1/2016 10:45PM at the Brockton Fair
Harvard 7/1/2016 9:15 PM Fruitlands Museum – 102 Prospect Hill Road (Rain Date 7/8/2016) 
Holyoke 7/1/2016 9:15 PM MacKenzie Stadium – 500 Beech St. (No Rain Date) 
Mashpee 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Mashpee H.S. – 500 Old Barnstable Rd (Rain Date 7/2/2016) 
Northbridge 7/1/2016 9:00 PM Lasell Field – 171 Linwood Avenue (Rain Date 7/8/2016) 
Oakham 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Lake Dean – 203 Bechan Rd. (Rain Date 7/2/2016) 
Taunton 7/1/2016 9:00 PM Hopewell Park – 15 Hamilton Street (No Rain Date) 
Webster 7/1/2016 at 9:00 PM at Memorial park
Worcester POSTPONED UNTIL 7/2/2016 9:30 PM East Park, Shrewsbury Street 

July 2, 2016

Acton 7/2/2016 9:25 PM Behind Nara Park – 25 Ledge Rock Way (No Rain Date) 
Ayer 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Pirone Park – 36 Bligh Street (Rain Date 7/3/2016) 
Boston Harbor 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Long Wharf (Boston Harborfest) 
Greenfield 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Poet’s Seat Tower – Mountain Road (Rain Date 7/3/2016) 
Halifax 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Halifax Elementary School Field – Plymouth Street (Rain 7/9/2016)
Hingham 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Button Island – Hingham Harbor – 3 Otis Street (Rain 7/3/2016) 
Lexington 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Lexington H.S. Baseball Field – Worthen Road (Rain 7/5/2016)
Methuen 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Merrimack River – Riverside Drive (Rain 7/8/2016)
North Reading 7/2/2016 8:00 PM Ipswich River Park – 8 Central Street (Rain 7/3 OR 7/4) 
Orleans 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Barge off Rock Harbor Beach – Bay View Drive (Rain 7/3/2016)
Pepperell 7/2/2016 9:30 PM on the Field behind Varnum Brook (No Rain Date)
Salisbury 7/2/2016 10:15pm (as well as each summer Saturday preceded by a free concert)
Westfield 7/2/2016 9:15 PM South Middle School Field – 30 W. Silver Street (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Worcester 7/2/2016 9:30 PM East Park, Shrewsbury Street (POSTPONED FROM 7/1)

July 3, 2016

Amesbury 7/3/2016 9:15PM at Woodsom Farm on Lion's Mouth Road
Andover 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Andover H.S. – 80 Shawsheen Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016) 
Attleboro 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Parking lot at Cyril Brennan Middle School (Rain Date 7/5/2016 )
Brockton 7/3/2016 10:45PM at the Brockton Fair
East Harwich 7/3/2016 9:15 PM 1 Barge in Pleasant Bay – On Pleasant Bay 
Freetown 7/3/2016 8:00 PM Hathaway Park – Carleys Way (Rain Date 7/9/2016) 
Gloucester 7/3/2016 9:30 PM - Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor 
Haverhill 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Riverside Park – 162 Lincoln Avenue (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Lynn 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd. (Rain Date 7/6/2016) 
Manchester 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge 300 yards off Singing Beach – Beach Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Middleborough 7/3/2016 10:00 PM Battis Field – Pierce playground – Jackson Street (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Milford 7/3/2016 10:00pm (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Millbury 7/3/2016 9:45 PM Lot behind True Value – Howe Avenue (Rain 7/4/2016)
Needham 7/3/2016 ~9:00 PM (at dark) 
North Andover 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Hayes Stadium – 495 Main Street (Rain Date 7/9/2016)
Randolph 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Randolph H.S. baseball field – 70 Memorial Parkway (Rain 7/5/2016)
Rutland 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Behind DPW Garage – 17 Pommogussett Road (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Sharon 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Lake Massapoag – 50 Beach Street (Rain Date 7/10/2016)
Somerville 6/30/2016 9:00pm at Trum Field 
South Hadley 7/3/2016 9:30 PM 100 Mosier Street (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Stoughton 7/3/2016 9:30 PM West School Athletic Complex – Pearl Street (Rain 7/8/2016)
Walpole 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Joe Morgan Memorial Field – 220 School Street (Rain 7/6/2016)
Weymouth/Quincy 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge off Wessagusset Beach – 555 South Street (Quincy) – Wessagusset Road (Weymouth) (Rain 7/5/2016)
Winthrop 7/3/2016 9:15pm, Coughlin Park, Point Shirley

July 4, 2016

Arlington 7/4/2016 (Big screen viewing of Boston Pops Concert & Fireworks) 6pm; 8:30pm Concert viewing & 10:30pm fireworks viewing
Bellingham 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Bellingham H.S. – 60 Blackstone Field (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Boston 7/4/2016 8:30pm Pops Concert - 10:30pm Fireworks Hatch Shell Esplanade
Bridgewater 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Legion Field – 200 South Street 7/5/2016 
Brockton 7/4/2016 10:45PM at the Brockton Fair
Canton 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Irish Cultural Ctr. – 200 New Boston Rd 
East Harwich 7/4/2016 9:15 PM 3 Barges off Wequassett Inn – On Pleasant Bay (Rain 7/5/2016)
Edgartown 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Edgartown Harbor – Oak Bluffs Ave. (Rain 7/5/2016)
Hampton Beach, NH 7/4/2016 9:30 PM
Lincoln 7/4/2016 Music & BBQ at 7:30pm, with fireworks at 9:15pm ($20 parking)
Lowell 7/4/2016 ~9:00PM at LeLacheur Park (gates open at 7pm - admission is free)
Marblehead 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Barge in the Harbor – Commercial Street Wharf (Rain 7/5/2016)
Millbury 7/4/2016 9:45 PM Lot behind True Value – Howe Avenue (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Nahant 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Newton 7/4/2016 9:00pm at Halloran Field & Sports Complex Albemarle Rd.
New Bedford 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Barge in New Bedford Harbor – 7 Fish Island (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Pittsfield 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/6/2016)
Provincetown 7/4/2016 9:00 PM MacMillan Pier (Rain Date 7/5/2016) 
Plymouth 7/4/2016 ~9:00-9:15PM Plymouth Waterfront
Salem 7/4/2016 ~9:15pm at Derby Wharf 
Salisbury 7/4/2016 10:15pm (as well as each summer Saturday preceded by a free concert)
Springfield 7/4/2016 9:30pm Riverfront Park (next to Memorial Bridge). Concert @7pm. 
Swampscott 7/4/2916 ~9:00pm Swampscott pier near kings beach
Wakefield 7/4/2016 9:30PM 
Waltham 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Leary Field – 19 Athletic Field Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016) (Concert & festivities begin at 7:30pm)

Traveling? Here are some suggestions from OnlyInYourState for what they think are extra spectacular. MassVacation breaks it down by region, which I find pretty handy. Northshore Magazine says these are the best fireworks displays.

 

 

 

Ipswich's Favorite Home Art & Building Contest 2016

Ipswich's Got Talent! This year's contest was a success! The masterpieces began coming through the door and again, we couldn't believe our eyes. One mom came by and said, "The prizes are so generous, I'm just curious, why do you do this?" That got me thinking. Why do we do this? It's a LOT of work. Who else sponsors a community event with free entry, no strings attached, all for the kids, that highlights creativity, and allows us to put their masterpieces on display and give something back to the kids/our community? We do. Because we love it. Because community matters to us. Check out the art show movie of all the masterpieces!

Kathy Dagle Newly Licensed in New Hampshire

Kathy's extensive background in real estate began back in 2000. Her diverse experience, having sold real estate in Florida, Massachusetts and now being licensed in New Hampshire, allows her to understand a broad client base and meet the needs of many.

Kathy is thrilled to now be able to extend her reach on behalf of her clients. Inventory, being brisk and somewhat limited here on the North Shore means more buyers will be casting a wider net in their home search. Kathy is ready to assist them should they decide to call New Hampshire home. Looking for a fantastic agent, who will work in your best interest? Learn more about Kathy Dagle! Clients hold Kathy in the highest regard. Read Kathy's testimonials here!

Noel Marecka Joins Windhill!

Noel Marecka began her Real Estate Career in 2008, putting close to a decade of real estate experience under her belt.  Experience with high-end homes, closing short sales in under 3 months , and everything in between, she has a broad and diverse understanding and market expertise. This industry is the perfect pairing for Noel as she loves to meet new people, educate them on the housing market and explore new properties and realistic potential with her clients. She has an "above and beyond" attitude with all her clients and enjoys being there to hold their hand and guide them from start to finish. She prides herself on superior communication so that even the bumpiest transactions can feel seamless and comprehensible to the buyer or seller.

A North Shore Native, Noel was born, raised and currently resides in Ipswich. She grew up in the beautiful seaside town and parted for only a few years from its salty beach air for a college education in Western Mass. This North Shore native is an expert on the area with her extensive knowledge of the school systems, current local political agendas, economic housing trends, period antique homes and distressed properties as well as local area amenities on the North Shore and beyond.

Real Estate is not just a career choice for Noel, but a passion for people and helping them achieve their overall homeownership dreams and needs.

Noel can be reached direct at 978-223-0906