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Best Apple Picking on the North Shore & Beyond


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Best Sledding on the North Shore

Rumor has it, these are some of the best sledding spots on the North Shore!

Woodsom Farm - Amesbury

New England Sports Park - Amesbury

Ward Reservation - Andover

Lynch Park - Beverly

Beverly Golf and Tennis Club - Beverly

Endicott Park - Danvers

Stavros Reservation - Essex

Stage Fort Park - Gloucester

Bass Rocks Golf Club - Gloucester

Veasey Park - Groveland

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate - Ipswich

Cable Gardens Hill - Ipswich

Gannon Municipal Golf Course - Lynn

Essex County Club - Manchester

Seaside Park - Marblehead

Gatchell Playground - Marblehead

Ould Newbury Golf Club - Newbury

Maudslay State Park - Newburyport

Bartlet Mall - Newburyport

March's Hill - Newburyport

Brooksby Farm - Peabody

Evans Field - Rockport

Mack Park - Salem

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - South Hamilton

Jackson Park - Swampscott

Phillips Park - Swampscott

Wheatland Hill - Topsfield

Wenham Country Club - Wenham


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Buying Vs. Renting North of Boston

When does owning your home become cheaper than renting? There are plenty of pros and cons both ways but if we look at cost only, the gap continues to narrow, particuarly here in Boston, MA and North of Boston. Try this handy Rent Vs. Buy Calculator from to help you decide. Have questions about neighborhoods, schools, community services, home values, etc.? Speak with an experienced professional who knows the area! We do! 978-356-8922  

Municipal Restrictions on Short-Term Home Rentals? Coming Soon to a Town Near You?

TONIGHT the Town of Lynnfield, MA will hold a Town Meeting that will, if passed, affect the rights of its property owners. 

Take a look at Article 6 on Lynnfield's Town Warrant. This language would prohibit owners of single family homes from renting out THEIR PROPERTY, if the rental period is 30 days or less. No doubt what prompted the panic was the Lynnfield fatal shooting at a sprawling mansion earlier this year.

I can certainly see a homeowner's initial reaction being, "Why should anyone be able to dictate what I can and cannot do with my property?" However, there seems to be more to the story when you dig deeper. Sure, we have Little Neck, Great Neck, and Plum Island which come to my mind immediately; and all the weekly and seasonal short-term rentals that allow many of those owners to afford their slice of paradise. Many of my personal best vacations were the weekly rentals of beach-front and lake-side homes. Are vacationers ruining the fabric of the neighborhoods? One of the biggest opponents of Airbnb says exactly that about how Airbnb is hurting the neighborhoods of NYC. His (some say hypocritical) position is that it forces would-be long-term renters out for the astronomically high rents short-term renters are willing to pay. He does make a point there.

What do you think? 


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Oldest Historic Towns in Massachusetts

 It's no wonder, every time I travel, I find myself comparing the landscape, architecture, and feel to home. New England is bursting with charm, history, age, and most of all, roots; and that includes the people. Generations of folks rooted in their hometown right down to the family owned hardware store or donut shop where the 100-year-old floor boards creak and first-names are commonplace, create an energy, a vibe; it's palpable. Historic towns with historic homes and endless history will always be home to me. What town has more First Period homes than any other in the nation? That same town is on permenant exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. You know the one! Where are the oldest towns in Massachusetts?


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Real Estate Buzz

Swarming open house activity the past 3 weekends, multiple offers, bidding wars and sign-in sheets overflowing. I also noticed quite a few "back on market" listings this morning. So if you thought it was gone, you might want to check again. Are you thinking of selling? NOW is the time! The simple rule of supply and demand puts Sellers in a prime position right now. Buyers...make sure you are pre-approved for your mortgage if you want to be able to compete. Looking for a lender who can help you with a pre-approval? Here's our list of preferred providers who have a proven track record. Looking for an agent to represent your best interests, one you can trust, who will be your confidante, advocate and will negotiate on your behalf? The best team of real estate agents North of Boston is right here!

Here's What it Costs for a Family of Four to Live in Ipswich, MA

The Economic Policy Institute released its 2015 family budget calculator which measures the income a family needs for a modest living. Ipswich falls under the "Boston/Cambridge/Quincy, MA Metro Area". In fact, most North Shore towns seem to fall under this category. Five kids? No kids? Single adult? Live in Lynn, Manchester by the Sea, Winthrop, Marblehead? Here's the calculator, PLAY


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    I think the amount for taxes is a little light. That implies a house assessed at about $315K or so. Family of 4 is probably going to need a larger home.

    Top 99 High Schools in Massachusetts

    Here is a look at Massachusetts' best high schools, according to Do you agree? Do you feel your town was left out? Let us know in the comments section below.

    1. Dover-Sherborn Regional High School, Dover
    2. Westwood High School
    3. Lexington High School
    4. Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School, Marlborough
    5. Brookline High School
    6. Boston Latin School
    7. Weston High School
    8. Wellesley Senior High School
    9. Westford Academy
    10. Wayland High School
    11. Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
    12. Hopkinton High School
    13. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury
    14. Newton North High School, Newtonville
    15. Sharon High School
    16. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
    17. Bedford High School
    18. Belmont High School
    19. Longmeadow High School
    20. Nauset Regional High School, North Eastham
    21. The Bromfield School, Harvard
    22. Newton South High School
    23. Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough
    24. Hingham High School
    25. Manchester Essex Regional High School, Manchester
    26. Sturgis Charter Public School, Hyannis
    27. Lenox Memorial High School
    28. Westborough High School
    29. Cohasset Middle/High School
    30. Duxbury High School
    31. Medfield Senior High School
    32. Amherst Regional High School
    33. Concord Carlisle High School,
    34. Masconomet Regional High School, Topsfield
    35. Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, South Hamilton
    36. Norwell High School
    37. Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, Devens
    38. Milton High School
    39. Marthas Vineyard Regional High School
    40. Oliver Ames High School, North Easton
    41. Marblehead High School
    42. Needham High School
    43. Lynnfield High School
    44. Natick High School
    45. Tahanto Regional High School, Boylston
    46. Littleton High School
    47. Braintree High School
    48. Shrewsbury Senior High School
    49. Ashland High School
    50. Holliston High School
    51. Reading Memorial High School
    52. Burlington High School
    53. Nashoba Regional High Schoolm Bolton
    54. Groton Dunstable Regional High School, Groton
    55. Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington
    56. Northampton High School
    57. Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham
    58. Andover High School
    59. Frontier Regional School, South Deerfield
    60. Barnstable High School, Hyannis
    61. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Upton
    62. Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, Worcester
    63. O'Bryant School of Math & Science,Roxbury
    64. Community Charter School of Cambridge
    65. Winchester High School
    66. Foxborough Regional Charter School
    67. North Andover High School
    68. Boston Latin Academy
    69. Grafton High School
    70. Rockport High School
    71. Foxborough High School
    72. Newburyport High School
    73. Scituate High School
    74. Wachusett Regional High School, Holden
    75. Medway High School
    76. Ipswich High School
    77. Georgetown Middle/High School
    78. Harwich High School
    79. Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, Hyde Park
    80. Hanover High School
    81. Hudson High School
    82. Oakmont Regional High School, Ashburnham
    83. Salem Academy Charter School
    84. Boston Preparatory Charter Public School
    85. Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown
    86. Nantucket High School
    87. Beverly High School
    88. Old Rochester Regional High School, Mattapoisett
    89. Franklin High School
    90. Tantasqua Regional Senior High School, Fiskdale
    91. Danvers High School
    92. Swampscott High School
    93. Silver Lake Regional High School, Kingston
    94. Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Billerica
    95. Nipmuc Regional High School, Upton
    96. North Quincy High School
    97. West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School
    98. Malden High School
    99. Framingham High School


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