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We know that location matters when you’re trying to find the right home to buy, but why?  First, buying a home you like in a location that matches your needs is a sign of a solid, long-term investment. Finding the right home isn’t always the answer to your property search woes. Many times, finding a house that needs a little TLC in the right neighborhood can give you a better return on your investment than finding a move-in ready house in the wrong neighborhood. You want to think in terms of finding a home that will be easy to sell if you so choose to sell it. Most importantly, you want to feel comfortable in your home and in your surroundings. What are the signs of a good location? Below, you’ll find the most important things you should look for when searching for a home. 


Safe Neighborhood


Everyone wants a safe neighborhood, and you certainly know a sketchy neighborhood when you drive through it, but what denotes a neighborhood as “safe”? First, if you see people up and walking around a place, you know it’s a good start to finding a safe neighborhood. People who are outside, interacting with one another give a neighborhood a community feel. You will feel like your neighbors have your back in a neighborhood like this. 


Quality Schools


the better the school district is, the higher the property values in the area are. If you don’t have kids, this may not be much of an issue for you. However, if you’re thinking that you may want to sell your home anytime in the future, keep in mind that a less than reputable school district can really dip into property values. 


You Can Easily Access The Things You Need


If you can access the shops, restaurants, and other conveniences easily from your neighborhood, that’s the sign of a good location. No one wants to have to drive 45 minutes in order to get to the grocery store. Many people who are looking for homes like to be in or very close to the action and have easy access to the things they need. Think in terms of convenience when it comes to location. 


A View And Nature


A home with a view is always a sign of a great location. whether you’re near the water or near the mountains, it’s nice to have something scenic and peaceful near your home to enjoy. Property values near the water are also always a bit higher than those further inland.


Transportation    


Access to public transportation is key in many neighborhoods. You want to be able to easily get to and from where you need to go without waiting around. If the area is more suburban or rural, access to freeways and main roads is key. Adding precious time to your commutes is never pleasant. Many times location and commute times come down to a simple matter of balance and planning when searching for a property.        



131 Rocky Hill Road, Hadley, MA 01035

Single-Family

$459,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Wonderful location in Hadley. Close to all area amenities, schools, and UMass. Beautifully maintained 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with landscaped yard, new deck, stone walkway, and large 2 car garage. Inside on the main floor you will find a wonderful open plan, spacious kitchen with granite counters, cherry cabinets, and a peninsula, perfect for entertaining and cooking, dining area with slider out to the new deck, living room with a cathedral ceiling and fireplace, 1st floor master bedroom with full bath/whirlpool tub, stand up shower and walk in closet, a half bath in the hall, and family room with custom built in bookshelves. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, a full bath, laundry, and plenty of closet space. The walk out basement is partially finished equipped with den, full bath, utility/storage space, and workshop. Natural Gas. Central AC. An excellent opportunity to own a spacious yet practical property in Hadley with low taxes. Come see it today!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses




Moving into a new home can be an overwhelming time. You’ll be trying to match what you already have with new pieces, meticulously decorating the blank canvas that is your new space. Every task that you complete, you do to make your home your own. 


One part of decorating your home that you’ll definitely want to take your time with is that of choosing artwork for the walls. You don’t just want to take any piece of art to fill up the blank spaces. Choosing artwork should take some thought and time. Below, you’ll find tips on picking the right artwork for all the rooms of your home. 


Use What Inspires You


The artwork in your home should remind you of what you love and jog your creativity and motivation. A picture or piece of art can bring you peace and joy just by viewing it. That’s why you wouldn’t want to put just anything on your walls. You’ll be looking at whatever kinds of pictures and statues that you put up each day, so make sure that it’s not something that bores you!


Art Is More Than A Museum


When the word “art” is mentioned, it’s more than being about paintings or classic versus contemporary. Art can be a photograph that you have taken or a small figurine that you bought while on vacation. These are the things that bring you joy after all! The bottom line is that artwork in your home doesn’t need to be fancy, it just has to represent you.


Take The Time To Shop


You may be tired of shopping after looking for the perfect sofa or bedroom set for your new home, but the shopping should continue. It’s best to take your time and not make impulse buys when it comes to buying artwork. Consider where a picture will go before you purchase it to place in your home.    


Know The Focal Points In Your Home


It’s much easier to choose artwork if you know where the focal points are in each room of the house. A room with a fireplace, for example, should have the fireplace as the center of attention. Any art that is placed in the room is complementary to that main piece.     


Go With Your Theme


If you have a theme going throughout your home, you’ll want to find art to match. A western sunset might not match too well with your mid-century modern styled dining room.


The key to finding artwork and decor for your home is to know what you like. Knowing the scheme and makeup in each room is a great start to decorating right.   

  



305 Strong Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$379,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Close to town, with a rural feel, this multi-level home is unique with surprising space. Inviting, well cared for, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has wood floors, natural light and woodwork throughout. The spacious ½ acre lot offers privacy to enjoy the outdoors, perennial gardens, deck and large attached 2 car garage. On the main level a front entry to the living room with fireplace, dining room and kitchen complete the circle. A short walk to the upper level is a large master bedroom, attached full bath and two additional bedrooms. The kitchen overlooks the backyard and lower level family room, includes a woodstove, tiled floor and deck access. A separate entrance, adjacent mudroom and half bath complete this level. The basement is a bonus, finished for extra space and storage. Andersen windows, newer roof with gutter guards, rebuilt chimneys, whole house fan. There is much to appreciate and enjoy about this home and the location!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Land

$32,000
Price
$27,500
Sale Price

0.93
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Lovely .93 acre lot in South Amherst on desirable road. Close to schools, Atkins Farm, town, UMass, Hampshire College, hiking, and area amenities. Convenient location with town water and sewer. Potential views of the Holyoke range. Survey available with potential building options. Looking for an affordable lot and minimalist living? Bring your building plans and get started!






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