Duxbury, MA Real Estate News

By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Snug Harbor, Duxbury Snug Harbor is on Duxbury Bay in the center of Washington Street. The nearest cross street is Harrison Street. Washington Street runs along the north half of the shoreline in Duxbury from Powder Point to Hall's Corner. Bay Road runs along the southern half of the shoreline. Snug Harbor is a public focal point for local activity in Duxbury. Several popular shops make their home here, including the ever-popular French Memories bakery. On a warm day, there's nothing more pleasant than sitting on the deck with a scone and coffee.  The harbor itself, and the Duxbury Yacht Club, is just off Washington Street. The Duxbury golf course is on the other side of the street, off of Harrison Street. Older, traditional New England homes line the streets near Snug Harbor. In the pa...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Tinkertown, Duxbury Tinkertown is an area on the southwest side of Duxbury. The area runs along both sides of Elm Street and Tobey Garden, north of Tremont Street, from Tremont Street up to the Route 3 overpass. Tinkertown was established in 1757. Many tinkers and other tradesmen, especially those serving the shipbuilding trade, lived here in years past. In the past few years, homes in this neighborhood have sold for prices between about $300,000 to $600,000. The Duxbury public schools start with Chandler Elementary School, then the Alden School, Duxbury Middle School and Duxbury High School. The side streets off of Elm are very quiet. There's a big pond off of Island Creek. It's a wooded area, so it's very pleasant whether it's sunny, rainy or snowing! Like much of Duxbury, many of the...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Apple Hill Lane, Duxbury Apple Hill Lane is a cul-de-sac neighborhood on the west side of Duxbury, near the Chandler Elementary School.   In the past few years, homes in this neighborhood have sold for $495,000 to about $550,000. The Duxbury public schools start with Chandler Elementary School, then the Alden School, Duxbury Middle School and Duxbury High School. I lived here once, over ten years ago. It's really nice, quiet and friendly. It's surrounded by conservation land and edged with a big pond. Many of the residents are raising their families here, or have raised their children and still live here.I attach a 15-second video taken at the entrance to the cul-de-sac. The video's a bit blurry: you can't see that Apple Hill Lane is etched into the rock!     Contact me to sell your hom...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
High-priced Zip Codes have Low Inventories This is the story around the country, and here on the South Shore, it's also true.  Duxbury, where the average sale is over $600,000, is the only town in my service area of 13 towns where the number of sales is greater than the number of homes going on the market during the last few months.   Sellers seem to be thawing out a little, coming out of their deep freeze into a somewhat "warmer" market, but this month, June, is likely to be one of the busiest months for closed sales in Duxbury ever.  It's likely to be at least triple the number of sales in May.  That's drawing down the inventory to levels rarely seen here.   Wealthy ZIP Codes Starved for Mansions DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 Housing inventory in wealthy ZIP codes ...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Beach Stones   Beach Stones Contact me to sell your home or to arrange a private showing of any home for sale on the South Shore. View all the homes for sale on the South Shore of Massachusetts at South Shore homes for sale. I help people buy and sell homes in the Massachusetts South Shore communities along Route 3, including Bourne, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Hanover, Kingston, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth and Scituate, and help people relocate to new homes here and in other parts of Massachusetts, the United States and the world.
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society has created a blog chronicling Duxbury's soldiers' and civilians' experiences. Today's post, for June 14, begins: The second Union assault on Port Hudson, Louisiana took place 150 years ago today on June 14, 1863. It was, in hindsight, a hopeless and reckless assault for those Federal troops that attacked the forts and trenches outside one of the last Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi River. Among those Union troops were a significant number of Duxbury men. . . . Read more of this and other fascinating stories at the Duxbury in the Civil War blog.         Contact me to sell your home or to arrange a private showing of any home for sale on the South Shore. View all the homes for sale on...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
  2013 Statistics for Single Family Homes Sold by Top 3 Duxbury Offices   Office # Listings Sold or Pending Average Days on Mkt  # 1 COLDWELL BANKER 38 99 # 2  Raveis 21 145 # 3  Macdonald & Wood Sotheby’s 20 183   Firm 12 Month Dollar Volume in Sales   12 Month Single Family Transactions #1 COLDWELL BANKER $80,296,389 100 #2 Raveis $37,087,000 54 #3 Macdonald & Wood Sotheby’s $33,629,140 48   Since January 1st of this year, Coldwell Banker has sold more listings and in a shorter time than either of the next two competitors. We are proud to continue to be the #1 firm in sales in Duxbury.   Contact me to sell your home or to arrange a private showing of any home for sale in Duxbury. To view more properties like this one, go to Duxbury homes for sale.   Based on MLS PIN statistics for all...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Endangered Piping Plovers nest on Duxbury Beach - Beach closed to cars indefinitely 18 pairs of Piping Plovers have decided to make Duxbury Beach their home for the summer. Town government being what it is, the announcement that the birds' presence triggered state and Federal protection laws that are intended to limit human interaction with and damage to the Plovers and their habitat was handled in an inelegant, insensitive and blunderingly blunt fashion. Predictably, closing the beach for an indefinite time has created a human backlash of thunderstorm proportions. As the grandson of the woman who invented the Cape Cod National Seashore so that she, and all of us in her wake, could protect and enjoy birds, I am rather biased toward the birds' needs. Nevertheless, I do believe that a bit...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Duxbury home sales report for May, 2013 16 single-family homes sold in Duxbury in May.  The average LISTING price was $650,000.     (Average: total prices / number of homes) The median listing price was $520,000.     (Median: the home halfway down the list) The average SALES price was $616,000. The median sales price was $485,000. The average number of days on market was 73. The average price paid per square foot was $249. There are only 83 single-family homes on the market in Duxbury today. That's very low, and puts a premium on quality homes for sale. It's a bit more than 5 months of inventory, but 26 new properties came on the market in May. With 16 sales in May, that means there's more inventory now than there was at the beginning of of the month. For the past six months, major metr...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Summer in Duxbury, Massachusetts Places to go, eat and stay The Duxbury Beach FarFar's Danish Ice Cream Shop - 272 Saint George Street, Duxbury. (781) 934-5152 French Memories - Bakery. 459 Washington Street, Duxbury. (781) 934-9020 Bongi's Turkey Roast - 414 Kingstown Way, Duxbury. (781) 585-2392 Winsor House Inn - Dinner and rooms. 390 Washington Street, Duxbury. (781) 934-0991 Sun Tavern - Dinner restaurant. 500 Congress Street, Duxbury. (781) 837-1027 Milepost Tavern Restaurant - 581 Tremont St, Duxbury. (781) 934-6801 King Caesar House - 120 King Caesar Road, Duxbury. (781) 934-6106 Alden House Museum - , Duxbury. (781) 934-9092 Plimoth Plantation - Living History Park and attractions. 12 miles south at 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth. (508) 746-1622 There are so many fun things to do ...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
The Duxbury Council on Aging (COA) Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Duxbury Yacht Club! 11:30 Registration 1:00 Shotgun Start - Scramble format $150 per person includes greens fees, cart, lunch, reception and prizes! There will be prizes for: On the Green at Hole 3 Longest drive for men Longest drive for women, and the Hole-in-One Contest where the prize is a car Click here for an online golf course tour Post-Tournament Reception at the Duxbury Senior Center Reception, Silent Auction and Prizes Reception only for non-Players - $25 Call (781) 775-9871 for more information. The 18-hole course at the Duxbury Yacht Club in Duxbury, Massachusetts, features 6,408 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 71.4 with a slope rating of 131...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Summer in Duxbury, Massachusetts The biggest summer draw in Duxbury is the Duxbury Beach. Over six miles of barrier strand beach is accessible by the Gurnet Bridge from Duxbury, and from the north, arriving through Marshfield. Daily parking fee is $15, and parking stickers are available from the town for both residents and non-residents. Directions to Duxbury Beach:  Take Route 3 to exit 11, Duxbury. Take a right off the ramp and go straight onto Rt 139 past the Duxbury police station. At the fork in the road bear left and continue 2 miles. At the intersection, go straight and continue another 3 miles. Follow the large green highway sign on your right with an arrow pointing to Duxbury Beach to the right and continue to the end of the road. You are there! The Duxbury Recreation Departmen...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Here's a list of the Duxbury Houses of Worship, with website links where available. Baha'i Faith and bahai.org800-22 UNITE (800-228-6483) and 617-939-3479 Congregation Shirat Hayam185 Plain Street, Marshfield781-582-2700 First Baptist Church2 Tremont Street, Duxbury781-934-6095 First Church of Christ, Scientist243 Parks Street, Duxbury781-934-6434 and First Church of Christ, Scientist Reading Room 17 Standish St. 781-934-2960 First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist 842 Tremont Street, Duxbury781-934-6532 Holy Family Catholic Church601 Tremont Street, Duxbury781-934-5055 Journey Community of FaithTarkiln Community Center, Duxbury781-422-6042   New England Islamic Center470 South Street, Quincy617-479-8341 and 74 Chase Drive, Sharon781-784-0434 Pilgrim Church of DuxburyUnited Church o...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
The Tree of Knowledge monument, at a road intersection in Duxbury, commemorates the post riders meeting place in our town. Below what's legible, it says, "Duxbury Tricentenary 1937".  That is, the monument was erected on the occasion of Duxbury's 300th birthday, now more than 75 years ago. Tree of Knowledge monument Contact me to arrange a private showing of any home for sale in Duxbury. To view more properties like this one, go to this list of Duxbury Homes for sale.
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
For First-Time Home Buyers Week, from Coldwell Banker's blog: We Believe in First-Time Home Buyers According the National Association of Realtors, nearly a third of real estate home buyers this year will be entering the housing market for the first time. As a first-time buyer, you’ll soon find out that there’s so many roads that need to be navigated before moving into that first home. That’s why at Coldwell Banker Real Estate we’re dedicating this entire week to helping the first-time home buyer as they venture into the world of home ownership. Throughout the week on this blog as well as on the Coldwell Banker Facebook and Twitter profiles, we’ll only be sharing content that’s geared toward first time home buyers. While we’re producing all new content this week, the first-time home buye...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12, 2013 There are a lot of activities taking place this weekend on the South Shore!   Sheep Day / Earth Day at the Soule Homestead Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 46 Soule Street Middleborough MA 02346 (508) 947-6744 Demonstrations all day    Spinning    Sheep Shearing with Andy Rice    Wool Felting    Soule Basket Weaver Activities for Children  Washing Fleece  Carding  Spinning  Felting Wool  Crafts to Make   Plum Island Birding Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Instructor: Christine Turnbull - Moose Hill Sanctuary Director Audience: Adult Members: Adult $35.00 Nonmembers: Adult $40.00 Join us for a trip to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island where we will look for shorebirds, migrants and anything interesting we can find. Meet at Moose Hill and trave...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
  I offer you Thomas Dowd's photograph for Wordless Wednesday. If you missed my post about his work, please take a look here. This photo is an aerial view of the Bluefin Inlet, Powder Point and, in the background, the barrier sands of Duxbury Beach that protect the northern half of Duxbury Bay, Kingston Bay and Plymouth Bay. For more from Thomas Dowd, please visit Zenfolio.
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
Thomas Dowd, Photographer A lifelong resident of the South Shore, Thomas Dowd is a photographer who revels in the beauty of our smal corner of the planet. It shows in his vibrant, breathing portrayals of the landscape, whether his feet are on the ground or a thousand feet in the air. Remember dark rooms? Tom is glad that the days of developing his pictures in the darkness of a room filled with trays of chemicals is over. Now, like nearly every photographer, his vision, once it is captured on a digital canvas, takes shape in a photo editor. The results are spectacular. One of Tom's latest projects involves photographic collages of wet beach rocks. For the moment, you'll have to imagine the broad range and contrast of colors and textures that he has collected, arranged and photographed. W...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
The Duxbury Spring House Tour will be happening on Sunday, May 18, this year. This is a fabulous, fun event organized by the Duxbury Newcomer's Club and enjoyed by long-time residents as well as everyone else who participates. Tour begins at the Nathaniel Winsor Jr. House, 479 Washington Street in Duxbury at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.  Here's a Google map of the starting point that you can use to get directions.  You can Buy tickets online at the Duxbury Newcomers Club website, or in person at The Studio, Foodies, or Talbots in Snug Harbor. As further enticement, I copied a couple of blurbs and photos from the Duxbury Spring Tour's Facebook page, which you can visit here. "This grand, clapboard residence that graces one of Duxbury's historic high streets originally served as a ship b...
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By Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
(Brad MacKenzie)
13 homes sold in Duxbury during April, 2013. The houses that sold were on the market for an average of 63 days (see the column called DOM). The average sale price was over $581,000, which was 93% of the average last listing price and 92% of the average original listing price. Details about the particular homes sold are included in the table below. # Street Sold Px List Px Orig Px Assess DOM Sq. Ft. Px/SF Rm Br Ba Ha 82 King Caesar 2,055,000 2,395,000 2,395,000 1,478,500 179 2,898 709 10 3 2 1 372 Tremont 850,000 869,900 869,900 906,200 0 4,675 182 12 4 3 1 75 Elm St 840,000 899,000 899,000 765,500 42 3,168 265 8 3 3 1 11 The Marshes 757,500 800,000 800,000 732,900 18 3,450 220 9 4 3 0 2 Apple Hill Ln 495,000 499,900 499,900 361,500 19 2,142 231 9 4 2 0 295 Tremont Street 420,000 450,000...
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