Sally Malsch, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePRO, SRS
Five College REALTORS ® | 413-519-4465 | [email protected]


Posted by Sally Malsch on 8/14/2019

Looking for the perfect place to call home? Is your vision of home that iconic white-picket fence ranch in the suburbs? Or, do you love the walkability of an urban neighborhood? Do you dream of a large backyard with room to host the neighborhood barbecue? How about being near to great schools? Extensive libraries or museums? Sports facilities? A neighborhood park? A nearby school?

Every year, various rankings for cities make it into the new: Best Cities to Live in America; Where to Life; Best Places to Live; Best Small Towns; Best Cities for Millennials; Top Ten Cities for [insert demographic here]. 

Investigate before you head across town … or across the country. 
The perfect location for someone else may not be the perfect home for you. Before chasing someone else’s dream, consider these factors that might better inform your home search:

Think about what’s important for you.
Do you value more space, better schools, a larger home? Or, does being near family and long-time friends give you a sense of “home,” of belonging? Do you want to be nearer work, so the commute is shorter, giving more time for “life”? These are not new questions. Families have moved from cities to the suburbs and back again for decades.

Consider what you might be giving up.
Moving to the city might mean access to cultural events, restaurants, a short commute, while the suburbs might offer that large home with a yard, or the perfect school. In either event, a move might take you away from friends, or give you the opportunity to make new ones.

Is it Family Friendly?

The criteria researchers use to determining a location's "family friendliness" include:

- Job market
- Commuter times and delays
- Crime rates
- School rankings
- Median household income
- Cost of living index
- Home affordability
- The percentage of homeownership

Different cities rank differently in each category in different years, so don’t just rely on the most recent reports to determine where you might want to live. Check back over the past few years and look for trends … Are the schools improving? Is there more dedicated greenspace? Has public transportation improved? Are the demographics change?

If you have school-age children, don’t just look at the elementary schools. In no time at all, your starry-eyed first-grader will be approaching graduation. It’s not all about academics either. Children need exposure to other opportunities and extra-curricular activities as well.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking of starting a family, you also need to check out hospital maternity suites (or birthing alternatives), daycare facilities, toddler playgrounds and opportunities for young parents to gather.

Of course, none of the lists, rankings, and surveys matter if the commute from your job is so long that you’ll miss out on all your kids’ ballgames and activities.

The perfect place for you to call home and to raise a family might be a new place where you’re sharing a new adventure together … but it might just be the neighborhood you know best and have already called “home.”

No matter what you determine, utilizing an expert real estate professional can match you up with the perfect place you, and your family will make into the home you’re looking for. 





Posted by Sally Malsch on 8/13/2019


561 Station Rd, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This much loved & well maintained, Dutch Colonial with walk-out basement is sited on .76 acre corner lot with distant views of the Holyoke Range. Other locational perks: closeby Rail Trail & 10 min. to Amherst Center. 2850 sq. ft. comprise on main floor, both formal living room with fireplace & dining room with views to the south; remodeled, large, eat-in kitchen with cherry cabinetry & fireplace; bedroom & 3/4 bath. 3 season, enclosed porch extends dining area off the kitchen for warmer days & enjoys both views & slider access to backyard & 2 car garage. Two very spacious bedrooms with full bath occupy 2nd floor. Re-modeled in 1990's, basement walk-out features fully windowed, family room with the 3rd fireplace, as well as office and half bath. Separate entry to this space is a real bonus both for a home office & yard activities. Other amenities include: oak & tile floors; built-in bookcases in dining room; some newer, double hung windows & storage area extending above 2 car garage.
Open House
Sunday
August 18 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
South East St. to Station Rd, property across from Amherst Woods
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 561 Station Rd, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 8/12/2019


51 Morgan Cir, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$319,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Looking for a well maintained Cape near the popular, Cushman general store in North Amherst and 10 minutes to U MASS or Amherst Center? Welcome to your new home on Morgan Circle. 1725 square feet comprise on the main floor: slate entry, living room with fireplace & dining area, a formal dining room or study, an, eat-in kitchen with half bath. The kitchen has its own side entry from the 84 finished square foot, enclosed /porch with built-in storage. This space, accessed either from the yard or from the attached, one car garage, serves as a mudroom as well. The second floor features 3 bedrooms and a full tub/shower bathroom, Enjoy several recently re-finished pine floors. The walk-out basement has a finished, family room/study of 96 SF, plus laundry and mechanicals.. Recent upgrades include: a new ejection pump to city sewer on the street; radon mitigation system, water proofing of the concrete walls, electrical work, power washing, etc.
Open House
Saturday
August 17 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Pine St. to Hitching Post by Cushman Store, right onto Morgan Circle, house on the right
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 51 Morgan Cir, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 8/12/2019


85 Pine Grove, Amherst, MA 01002

Condo

$214,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Buyers, do not miss this one! Pristine, two bedroom, 1.5 bath, Post & Beam townhouse with one car garage is available in Ice Pond Woods complex, 10 minutes to Amherst Center and 15 to UMASS. First condo complex to have gas heat beside central air. This unit touts top notch wood stove as well. Owners delight in unique features: spacious 1390 SF on two levels, Post & Beam structure, banks of windows, high ceilings, closet & cabinet built-ins. Delight in center stairway, illuminated by natural light from abundant windows. 1.5 bathroom set-up like a Jack and Jill: each bedroom accesses separate, upgraded half bath & shares tiled tub/shower in middle. Enjoy a garage with floor of storage area above each bay. This unit has the advantage of a nice, wood deck in a very private area where you can sit and enjoy the natural environs. Hiking trails and the bike path are not far. Enjoy convenient living in a tranquil setting offering independent living in a desirable community.
Open House
Saturday
August 17 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Belchertown Rd to Old Farm, left onto Pine Grove, unit in back of complex
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Location: 85 Pine Grove, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions






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Posted by Sally Malsch on 8/12/2019


51 Morgan Cir, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$319,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Looking for a well maintained Cape near the popular, Cushman general store in North Amherst and 10 minutes to U MASS or Amherst Center? Welcome to your new home on Morgan Circle. 1725 square feet comprise on the main floor: slate entry, living room with fireplace & dining area, a formal dining room or study, an, eat-in kitchen with half bath. The kitchen has its own side entry from the 84 finished square foot, enclosed /porch with built-in storage. This space, accessed either from the yard or from the attached, one car garage, serves as a mudroom as well. The second floor features 3 bedrooms and a full tub/shower bathroom, Enjoy several recently re-finished pine floors. The walk-out basement has a finished, family room/study of 96 SF, plus laundry and mechanicals.. Recent upgrades include: a new ejection pump to city sewer on the street; radon mitigation system, water proofing of the concrete walls, electrical work, power washing, etc.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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