Blog :: 04-2012

"Film Crew Spotted In Downtown Ipswich"

"ROLLING!" the director kept shouting. It took 3 box trucks, 1 van, rolling refreshments, directors chairs, make-up artist, 1 famous actor, police detail, at least 25 people, 2 extras, lots of heavy camera equipment all for a few seconds of footage for a national AT&T commercial. It was amazing. Hopefully we will be seeing our building on national television! Keep an eye out! Here's a few pics:

 

 

April Newsletter! Just Released!

Bidding Wars?  Standing-room-only Town Meetings?  Boston buyer who just purchased on the North Shore - goes public for the Boston Globe - what it's like to be a buyer in today's market...and it isn't pretty. Northshore Magazine runs slick article on the history of Ipswich -access to my FREE electronic subscription.  Get it all right here!

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It's Getting Hot in Here!

There have been a couple of stories in the Ipswich Chronicle, read Hot Debate on Ipswich Stove Regs, over the last few months devoted to one resident's attempt to seek approval for an outdoor hydronic heater.  For those of you unaware, outdoor hydronic heaters (OHHs) are wood burning stoves that heat an entire home year round, including supplying the hot water to the home. They are installed outside of the residence on a pad.  The wood fire heats water that surrounds the unit and the heated water is then circulated into the home to come into contact with the pipes that heat the home. The stoves operate year round and obviously require the homeowner to have access to a steady supply of wood. While the technology has existed for years, they are not common in eastern Massachusetts. They are typically found in more forested areas of the state.

For the Ipswich resident attempting to get his approval, the battle has been ongoing for nearly a year.  After several months before the Zoning Board of Appeals (the regulatory authority), the Board granted approval in November, 2011.  However, neighbors objecting to the stove have sought assistance from the Board of Health, asking the Board to enact a local setback regulation stricter than the one promulgated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The matter is currently before the Board for consideration.

The point of interest for the Ipswich community at large should not be the fear that OHHs will overrun the town. They are expensive to install, require strict maintenance and a year round supply of wood. The few that have been installed in Ipswich are mostly in agricultural settings. There are several at Appleton Farms and an OHH heats the main retail building at Russell Orchards. The owners of these properties are following the ongoing discussions by the Board of Health with as much interest as the private homeowner who triggered the Board's review. The local farming properties have been allowed to continue to operate their OHHs while the private resident has not been permitted to operate his OHH since last April.

The real issue for the community is whether the Board of Health will enact a regulation that sets a different setback standard for the local farming properties than for private residences.  If the Board pursues such a course, it will likely be sued for enacting a discriminatory regulation. I imagine there will be a follow up in the Ipswich Chronicle as the Board is expected to decide shortly how to address this "hot topic."

What's your take on OHHs?

Richard M. Kallman Law Office ofRichard M. Kallman 4 South Main Street, Suite 11 Ipswich,MA01938 (978) 356-2934 X15 (978) 356-9663 Fax rich@kallmanlaw.com

Real Estate Transfers - Topsfield, MA - March 2012

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
68 Ipswich Rd, Topsfield, MA 3 1 $319,000 $280,000
72 Washington St, Topsfield,   MA 3 2.5 $459,900 $455,000
18 Howlett St, Topsfield, MA 4 2.5 $549,900 $535,000
14 Evergreen Ln, Topsfield,   MA 4 2.5 $785,000 $780,000
26 Coppermine Rd, Topsfield,   MA 4 3.5 $799,900 $650,000
83 Asbury St, Topsfield, MA 8 5+2 $2,950,000 $2,500,000
29-43 Cross St, Topsfield, MA 5 6+2 $6,900,000 $4,400,000

 

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Real Estate Transfers - Rowley, MA - March 2012

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
61 Main St, Rowley, MA 3 1 $199,000 $193,000
140 Daniels Rd, Rowley, MA 4 1.5 $244,200 $255,000
251 Haverhill St, Rowley, MA 3 2 $259,900 $265,000
566 Main St, Rowley, MA 3 2 $275,000 $286,000
88 Main St, Rowley, MA 3 1.5 $349,900 $330,000
48 Central St, Rowley, MA 4 2 $369,000 $369,000
141 Hillside St, Rowley, MA 4 2.5 $434,900 $425,000
98 Trowbridge Cir, Rowley, MA 4 2.5 $484,900 $460,000
62 Saunders Ln, Rowley, MA 4 2.5 $529,900 $517,500
Condominium
870 Haverhill St. #4A,   Rowley, MA 1 1 $49,900 $54,900

 

 

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Real Estate Transfers - Hamilton, MA - March 2012

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
123 Highland St, Hamilton, MA 3 2 $394,500 $391,500
27 Walnut St, Hamilton, MA 4 1.5 $537,500 $537,500
61 Alan Rd, Hamilton, MA 4 3 $549,000 $530,000
14 Gail Ave, Hamilton, MA 5 6+2 $3,495,000 $2,950,000

 

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Real Estate Transfers - Danvers, MA - March 2012

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
11 Jersey Ln, Danvers, MA 3 1 $209,900 $194,000
12 Folly Hill Dr, Danvers, MA 3 1 $219,900 $210,000
30 Central Ave, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $299,000 $290,500
31 Putnam Ln, Danvers, MA 3 2 $349,900 $337,500
70 Nichols St, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $374,900 $364,500
3 Locksley Rd, Danvers, MA 3 2.5 $389,900 $371,500
6 Agawam Ave, Danvers, MA 4 2 $419,000 $410,000
14 Greenleaf Dr, Danvers, MA 3 2 $429,900 $420,000
153 Summer St, Danvers, MA 4 2.5 $459,900 $445,000
3 Buttonwood Ln, Danvers, MA 4 3.5 $547,900 $530,000
1 Moore Cir, Danvers, MA 3 2.5 $574,888 $550,000
8 Christian Ln, Danvers, MA 4 2+2 $599,900 $575,000
8 Sharons Way, Danvers, MA 4 3.5 $675,000 $700,000
Condominium
57 Sylvan St 3A, Danvers, MA 1 1 $99,990 $97,000
40 Collin St #B, Danvers, MA 2 1.5 $259,900 $244,000
41 Abington Rd, Danvers, MA 3 2.5 $339,000 $323,000
MultiFamily
178 Maple St, Danvers, MA 3 Unit $299,000 $250,000
2 Water St, Danvers, MA 4 Unit $495,000 $470,000

 

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Real Estate Transfers - Wenham, MA - March 2012

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
67 Topsfield Rd, Wenham, MA 4 2.5 $299,000 $285,000
217 Larch Row, Topsfield, MA 4 2 $524,900 $475,000
5 Princemere Ln, Topsfield,   MA 5 3.5 $649,000 $625,000
5 Main Dr, Wenham, MA 5 4.5 $1,075,000 $1,075,000
Condominium
8 Wallis Dr, Wenham, MA 3 2.5 $589,000 $570,000

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Real Estate Transfers - Ipswich, MA - March 2012

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family
26 Town Farm Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 1 $199,900 $198,900
352 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 1.5 $249,000 $225,000
14 Bayview Rd, Ipswich, MA 2 1 $299,900 $291,900
7 Newbury Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 2 $330,000 $300,000
45 East St, Ipswich, MA 3 1.5 $339,000 $325,000
45 Town Farm Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 2 $379,500 $355,000
181 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 3 $469,000 $469,000
7 Mill Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 2 $489,000 $465,000
56 Newmarch St, Ipswich, MA 2 1 $525,000 $450,000
88 County Rd, Ipswich, MA 4 2.5 $699,000 $650,000
161 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 4 2.5 $1,195,000 $1,050,000
Condominium
13 Mount Pleasant St #1,   Ipswich, MA 2 1 $84,900 $91,500
16 Appleton Pk H3, Ipswich,   MA 2 1 $85,000 $70,000
202 Lilac Meadows, Ipswich,   MA 3 1.5 $224,900 $215,000
117 High St #19, Ipswich, MA 2 1.5 $225,000 $175,000
57 River Pt Dr #29, Ipswich,   MA 2 2.5 $339,900 $339,900
MultiFamily
111 Central St, Ipswich, MA 3 Unit $216,500 $190,000

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.