Just Listed! 2 Heatherside Lane, Ipswich, MA

Open House - Saturday March 24, 11:00am-1:00pm. Just listed in Ipswich, MA! 2 Heatherside Lane! Single level living in a beautiful country setting. Sellers are mindful of the important details of home ownership. Improvements include; roof replacement, vinyl siding, pellet stove insert with generator, blown-in insulation and solar panels. Hardwood floors throughout with the exception of the kitchen. Heatherside Lane is off of Lakeman's Lane and a short ride to Crane Beach, where you gain access for a $20.00 annual sticker as an Ipswich resident! Click here for full details on 2 Heatherside Lane, Ipswich MA  For a virtual tour of 2 Heatherside Lane, Ipswich, MA click here.

Mass Housing Announces New Down Payment Program

Over the years there have been many down payment programs rolled out by by cities and towns that offered similar down payment assistance and guidelines; however, the funding was often limited and would run out quickly. This plan seems a bit more robust on the surface. The Boston Globe shares details on the new Mass Housing Down Payment Program here and it looks like "eastern Massachusetts" (Essex County?) falls into the median income guideline of $103,400 or less. What's your take? Have questions? Give us a call. We have seven preferred mortgage lenders who are willing to help you understand the mortgage process


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Feelin' Groovy About this Mid-Century Modern Home for Sale in Ipswich, MA

"Midcentury modern homes never go out of style." We agree! Here's the 10 Best Mid-Century Modern Homes of 2017 according to Lauren Ro of but they haven't seen our 'cherry' listing in Ipswich, MA yet! It's FAR OUT! Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, and George Nelson along with Knoll, Room and Board, Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware have all become synonymous with everything mid-century modern. The clean lines, organic curves and geometric forms are unique to the style. Here's your rare opportunity to live the mid century modern dream! Call for a private showing 978-356-8922. Take the full mid-century modern tour of this unique and inspirational home for sale in Ipswich, MA

Barbara Halliday Joins Windhill Realty!

Barbara is an Ipswich native, who returned to her hometown roots several years ago after raising her family. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from North Shore Community College and followed that up with the completion of the real estate licensing exam. Barbara’s background includes extensive experience in the education and human services field. She enjoyed many years working with autistic children and managing programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Her kind nature and proven passion for helping people combined with her professional style makes Barbara a Real Estate Advisor you can depend on.

Barbara enjoys free time with friends and family, including her four children and two grandchildren, and you might see her around town photographing landscapes and wildlife, visiting local beaches, kayaking area rivers and lakes, backyard gardening; she also likes to travel to destinations near and far. We are so excited to have Barbara on our team!

Barbara is prepared to assist you with all your real estate needs and can be reached at  603-706-8400

Windhill Builders Wins BEST OF HOUZZ 2018

Best of Houzz 2018 Windhill BuildersWindhill Builders wins Best of Houzz 2018! Read the full article in the Ipswich Chronicle here! That's 5 years running! Check out the Windhill Builders Portfolio. Read the reviews here! Follow the Windhill Builders facebook page for active projects in the field and the amazing final reveals.


Selling Your North of Boston Home in 2018 ? Spring, Summer or Fall? When is Best?

Is the window of opportunity for Sellers really narrowing? I've read multiple articles pointing to that idea but I'm on the fence. Is there truth to this or is the intent to drive the severely lacking inventory? Regardless, if you're thinking 2018 is the year you make a move, buying or selling or both, I want you to have as much information as possible. Timing is everything in this business. Chatting with one of our preferred lenders the other day, Susan Dick of Fairway Mortgage, I learned that rates are gently climbing and the trend suggests it will continue. 

Predictions say inventory will remain tight this Spring but that things will change by fall. Read the full article from and 5 reasons it'll pay to sell your home early in 2018. I'm still on the fence about what the future holds but I can tell you for certain, right now is a great time for sellers to sell. The bidding wars are not a myth here on the North Shore, North of Boston. Get referrals from family & friends. Ask around. Find a trusted agent who works in the communities you have your heart set on. Our agents have been servicing Essex County and the North Shore for 30+ years. The testimonials speak volumes! Take a look!


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Team Windhill Donates Desserts and Packs Up Holiday Meal Baskets for The Open Door

Every holiday season team Windhill gets together and decides where to spread the cheer. We knew we couldn't go a year without decorating and donating a tree to the Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm that benefits the Ipswich Humane Group. I heard the funds raised at The Tree Jubilee cover their entire vet bill for the year! It's been fun watching the event grow over the years.

We've also been proud faithful supporters of the Ipswich Food Pantry for 13 years! The Open Door recently took over the Ipswich Food Pantry and we heard about their holiday meal basket program. We noticed the estimated 140 families who register to receive these "baskets" wouldn't receive any kind of dessert! And what's a holiday without one? So we got permission and went to work. Team Windhill shopped, lugged, organized, stuffed, wrapped, tied and stacked dessert for every family including Lindt chocolates and pound cake with a holiday card wrapped beautifully.  Luke and Jen from The Open Door were excited to see us coming with all 140 dessert gifts and remarked on how beautiful they were (she made us take a picture with them!). We wanted to do more! They allowed us to be the first volunteer team to assemble at the Ipswich location and after about 30 minutes in action, they called us "the dream team"!  280 bags in total were packed with all the fixings for a holiday dinner, in just over an hour. But still, we wanted more! So we unloaded a very packed van into the pantry building where the shelves would be stocked with tons (and our backs will tell you) TONS of donated food including fresh vegetables, juices, cereals, canned goods, etc. My lessons for today? Great things are accomplished when a group of like-minded, caring people come together for a common goal. Also, there's more good than bad in our world, if you just look.


Delivery Day! Loading up all the donations and the dessert packages.

And the holiday meal bag assembly begins!


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Full Time RV Living vs. Homeownership

downsizing north of boston north shore real estateThe roads less travelled...thinking about full-time RV living? Imagine yourself downsizing, purging, selling it all and hitting the road? Here's an interesting perspective on which costs more, full-time RV living or home living by Cindy Belt. Here in the Northeast, more specifically the North Shore, the average home cost is double what this article quotes, which suggests RV living would be overall, less expensive, but there's more to consider that just the dollar. Here's 21 questions everyone asks about living in an RV by Heath Padgett. Either way, we are here to help you sort it out. Whether you're dreaming of going mobile and retiring on the road or just simplifying life and downsizing from the empty nest, we can provide you with the accurate sales data and current real estate market conditions & trends to prepare you. Happy trails!