Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/18/2019

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Free admission will be available at the Museum entrance on Monday, January 21 on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission includes access to the entire Museum, including special exhibitions. To ensure everyone's experience at the Museum is pleasant, entry is timed every 30 minutes, beginning at 11 am, with the last entry at 4 pm.

Due to capacity regulations, the Museum may only admit a specific number of visitors at once. For your safety and the safety of the collection, visitors may be asked to wait in line to enter. For the safety of the collection, we cannot accommodate groups of 8 or more on days of free admission.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum experience is best suited for children ages seven and older.





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/18/2019


8 Waterford Circle, Dighton, MA 02715

Single-Family

$499,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
House beautiful! Step inside this stunning, newer custom-designed home situated in Dighton's premier neighborhood, Stoney Ridge Estates, minutes to all highway routes to Providence & Boston (Routes 24, 138 & 44 & I-195). This young home is loaded with amenities and shows in impeccable condition. Some of the many features include a designer kitchen w/granite counters/island/stainless steel appliances/tile backsplash, a spacious living room w/gas fireplace, a vaulted family room w/custom bookshelves, a large dining room w/attractive wainscoting, hardwood/tile flooring, a master suite with luxurious master bath with dual vanity/custom cabinetry and walk-in tiled shower, a finished lower level ideal for the "extended" family member with home office and bonus room, recessed and overhead lighting, natural gas heat, central air, town water, and a maintenance-free exterior, all situated on manicured grounds with professional landscape with irrigation. A must see!
Open House
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Categories: Price Change  


Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/16/2019


622 Foundry Street, Easton, MA 02375

South Easton

Single-Family

$559,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
House beautiful! Step inside this pristine home located minutes to all highway access routes (I-495 & Routes 24, 123, & 138) & a short drive to the area commuter rail to Boston. Some of the many features of this meticulously-maintained home include a gorgeous custom kitchen/granite counters/tile backsplash/stainless steel appliances/island w/breakfast area leading to a new 14' x 14' deck w/private rear yard, a large family room w/wood fireplace, a formal dining room, many custom built-ins, all remodeled baths to include a stunning master bath w/glass enclosed tile shower & Jacuzzi, a partially finished remodeled lower level w/full windows/walkout w/new slider leading to a private patio, new garage doors, a new heating exhaust fan assembly, a new hybrid indirect hot water heater, two new central a/c condensers, a new privacy fence, irrigation, alarm, town water, natural gas heat, & plenty of storage...a must see! Stop by our first viewing on Saturday, 1/19 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Open House
Saturday
January 19 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
"Stunning" is the perfect description of this immaculate home!!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 622 Foundry Street, Easton, MA 02375    Get Directions

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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/16/2019

Are your clothes clingy in all the wrong ways this winter? Are allergies worse than usual? Kids taking far too much pleasure in zapping each other with a well-placed static electricity discharge? A dry house is probably to blame. During the winter months, low humidity becomes an issue in many homes, leading to these problems and others, including nosebleeds, dry skin and increased susceptibility to colds and flus.

Although humidifiers are often an easy fix, they can be costly to purchase and running them day and night can send an already high winter energy bill soaring even higher. I’m forgoing the expense of a humidifier this year as I explore other solutions.

Before investing in an expensive humidifier to resolve dry air concerns, consider these green and low-effort strategies for adding moisture to the air in your home.

Get houseplants. Transpiration is the process by which moisture evaporates from the leaves and stems of plants, adding much needed humidity to the air in your home. A dry home can be tough on houseplants as the battle for humidity wages, so be sure to keep them well watered.


Vases in sunny places. Place water-filled vases on sunny window sills. The sunshine will slowly evaporate the water, releasing moisture into the air. 


Stovetop cooking. Increase your stovetop cooking to take advantage of incidental moisture release. Switching to a tea kettle instead of relying on the microwave to heat your morning cup goes a long way.


Leave the door open when showering. When taking a nice, steamy shower, leaving the door open is an easy way to add a little extra moisture to the air in surrounding areas. If baths are more your bag, don’t drain the tub when you get out. Instead, wait for the water to cool first to take advantage of the residual heat to add a little humidity to the air.


Bowls of water on registers. This is probably the most effective of these humidity-boosting tips. Place metal or ceramic bowls full of water on heat registers or radiators to push humidity into the air. You may be surprised by how much water is released during cold months when the furnace is going full tilt. 


Clothes drying racks. Use a rack to dry clothes at room temperature instead of tossing them in the dryer. It takes a little longer, but the moisture released into the house by drying clothes is an effective way to give the humidity in your home a much needed boost.





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/15/2019

Sustainable landscaping, while often called “green” on labels and in the media, usually comes in a variety of other colors. The idea behind dry-scaping or xeriscaping is to use less water, conserve and protect local wildlife, promote the local environment and use less energy. That doesn't mean you're stuck with the desert look though. Most environments support a wide variety of plants, so just think about what grows naturally in your area. Before you get started on updating your home from a high-water consumption—though beautiful—green lawn to modern eco-friendly desert-scaping, dry-scaping or xeriscaping in a variety of reds, blacks, blues, and browns (and some green too) it's essential to plan. 

Who is going to Use it?

Think about who uses your existing lawn or patio. Do the kids play on it? What about BBQs with outdoor games? It’s important to ensure that your new dry-scaping features serve similar purposes, or you could end up with useless outdoor space, which is not good at all. Stay away from harsh gravel for kids play areas, and try something like recycled tire rubber, mulch, or sand for softer landings and fewer skinned knees. Use paving stones to create paths and borders around local flora you don’t want visitors to walk through and combine it with various gravels for a stylish look.

Where Should Each Part Go?

When setting up your new yard, think about what elements you currently have, and how shade, sun, natural water, and wind fit into your yard. Pay attention to how the ground slopes, using the lowest points for plants since water pools there. Keep any existing trees and other local flora and include additional shade tolerant plants around them. Anywhere wind is likely to blow away your ground covering, go with heavier ground cover such as rocks, paving stones, or plants that are anchored in by the roots.

What Should You Use? 

In addition to natural ground coverings such as rock, mulch, and paving stones, try alternative recycled materials to add some color to your landscape. Recycled tires make soft, brightly colored additions for play areas; recycled concrete and brick can be used in retaining walls and rock gardens; even glass gets recycled and tumbled into colorful "mulch" which is excellent for adding designs to pathways or as borders to raised rock gardens and flower beds. Ask at your local gardening shop, find an eco-certified landscaping company or just search the internet to find out what plants are best to use in your area for water and soil conservation. Double check their water usage requirements, and if they need a boost in the driest seasons, try installing a drip-irrigation system that adds water in a slow and controlled manner which helps reduce waste caused by overwatering. 

How to take care of it?

There is no lawn to mow all the time, so it should be easy, right? Yes and no. Keep an eye on your new xeriscape to ensure it doesn't become a bed full of weeds that quickly get out of control. Before using any old weed killer, check to make sure the herbicide works within the environment and may safely be used around children and animals. As a preventative measure, try covering the ground underneath any gravel, mulch, or stones with water-permeable landscaping fabric. The larger rocks or ground coverings will hold it down, but for lighter materials use garden staples for extra security. Never, ever use plastic underneath your gravel or mulch. It will collect water, slide around and eventually end up in a landfill, which is what you've tried to avoid in the first place. 

Whether you want to know if your current property value will increase with xeriscaping or want your agent to choose homes with “green" landscaping just ask! Your real estate agent will happily assist you.







JoAnn M. Drabble