Sturbridge, MA Real Estate News

By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
Looking for a 19th Century Independence Day celebration?  Come join us at Old Sturbridge Village for fun, fireworks and festivities.  General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for OSV members and kids 3 and under are free.  There will be sack races, river boat rides, pie eating contests, live music and more.  Fireworks start at dusk and seating will be open at 7:30PM.  You may bring picnic baskets or eat there, there will be plenty of food choices.  Beer and wine will be sold, but you may not bring in your own alcohol.  Come hear Senator Stephen M. Brewer read the Declaration of Independence.  I'm praying for sunshine...I'm sick of this rain!  Can't wait to see an awesome fireworks show with my kiddos!  Have a happy and safe 4th of July wherever you are celebrating! 
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Local Restaurants Join in for Concerts on the Common 2009 Weather permitting, the Thursday evening Concerts on the Common series in Sturbridge picks up this Thursday, July 2.  And this year, concert attendees will see a little something extra:  Several of the area's local restaurants have teamed up to offer picnic fare on the Common.  You may see offerings from B.T.'s Smokehouse, Sturbridge Coffee House, and Rovezzi's.  So, if you don't have time to pack a picnic, no problem.  You can purchase your dinner at the Concert. All concerts begin at 6:30 pm.  Be sure to bring a chair or blanket - something comfortable.  If the weather calls for rain, an alternate location will be announced. Here is the tentative line-up of entertainment for the 2009 Concerts: July 2, 2009     Nowhere Men (Beat...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
  As advertised in The Town Common by Jonathan Cook, Scott Hall is going to perform at the Sturbridge Coffee House at 479 Main Street on Saturday, June 27th from 7:00PM to about 9:00PM.  He will perform solo switching from guitar to piano and performing 20 original tunes.  Scott has a 12 year career as a keyboardist for a blue collar band called the Drunk Stuntmen, he has recently recorded a solo album titled Humor Me, has been featured in many setups including Scott Hall and The International Space Station, Scott Hall and the Setbacks and Scott Hall and the Best Performing Actors and is looking for a name for his newest endeavor.  James had the pleasure of meeting Scott a little while back and we're proud to share this event with you.  Check out Scott tonight at the Sturbridge Coffee H...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
For those of you looking for children's clothing, I encourage you to stop by the Children's Crossing store in Sturbridge, MA. Children's Crossing is a used clothing store.  The concept is simple.  If you have gently used, high quality children's clothing that you wish to sell, make an appointment to bring your goods to the store.  The owners will review your items and make you an offer on the pieces they want to purchase for their inventory.  You may take that amount as cash or as store credit. On the shopping end, Children's Crossing offers clothing from newborn up to kids size 12.  Today, they had a 10% off sale, and I found four pairs of pants for my 11-year-old for $18 and change.  One item was a brand-new pair of Land's End jeans.  A steal! The store also buys and sells children's...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Free Ice Cream! My son came home from school today asking that we go to Friendly's on Saturday.  From noon to 5 PM, the well-known ice cream store is holding its annual Free Ice Cream Day, and the Friendly's in Sturbridge is indeed participating.  Friendly's is offering a free single scoop of ice cream in a cone or dish.  Perfect for an after-baseball or softball treat. We've never attended this event, so I can not offer any tips on the best times to go, but the weather report looks perfect for an afternoon ice cream break.  Check the Friendly's web site to make sure your local Friendly's is offering this special to your community.   Enjoy!   - Kathryn Acciari, REALTOR® Sturbridge, Massachusetts Search for Homes    
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
167 Lake Road Sturbridge, MA  SOLD FOR $293,000 Congratulations to our buyers Julie and Steve on their new home purchase in Sturbridge, MA!  It was a pleasure working with you two to find the right home for you.  We look forward to keeping in touch with you (especially now that you're practically neighbors!).  Hope to hear from you soon! Sincerely, James and Kathleen CooperJCKC Realty
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
If you are in town this weekend and looking for something to do, here are some ideas for fun in beautiful Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Friday, May 22 1.  The most exciting event tonight is the boxing show put on by the Massachusetts State Police.  Boxers from Massachusetts, New York, Denver, and even the UK will be coming to town to compete.  The event will be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, starting at 7 PM.  2.  Waterfront dining.  This will be the perfect night to enjoy dinner and drinks at the outside bar on Cedar Lake at the Oxhead Tavern, Main Street/Route 20, next to the Sturbridge Host Hotel.  3.  Happy hour on the deck.  Don't miss happy hour on Admiral T.J. O'Brien's deck.  Stay for a fish fry, too. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - May 23, 24 and 25 1.  Wool Days at Old Sturbri...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Following is a copy of a post that I wrote on Newsotronic: It pains me to learn of the parking disagreement that has developed between Rovezzi's and Mass Motion Dance Academy.  As a teacher at Mass Motion, and a patron of Rovezzi's, I strongly believe that these two institutions are anchors in Sturbridge's business sector.  Mass Motion has served hundreds, if not thousands, of families for several decades, providing professional dance training and performing opportunities for children of all ages.   Rovezzi's offers our community a warm and jovial setting for its top-rate gourmet dining.  The secret to both businesses' success is, I believe, due to the high return rate of their happy customers. In the shadow of the financial issues involved, one factor that seems to have been overlooked...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
It's time to play ball!  Sturbridge Little League will hold its opening day activities on Sunday, May 3, 2009.  Events begin at 11:30 AM and go through 4:00 PM.  The fields at Burgess Elementary School have been cleaned up by many helpful parents and volunteers.  If you have a family member or friend playing in Little League this year, but sure to stop at the Burgess fields and have some fun with them. Baseball Fields at Burgess Elementary School   Submitted by: Kathryn Acciari - REALTOR® RE/MAX Innovations (508) 982-0686 cell More Sturbridge Info: askmeaboutsturbridge.com Sturbridge and Central MA Real Estate: sturbridgemahomes.com Blog:  kathrynsells Email:  kathrynacciari@remax.net      
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Signs of Spring in Sturbridge While the weekend temperatures rose to summer levels, it is still only the end of April.  We have just started to see nature peeking out from between the raindrops to add a splurge of color here and there.  Enjoy these photos of the first signs of spring in Sturbridge!  Daffodils at Burgess Elementary School   Baseball Fields    Spring Tulips   What other evidence have you noticed that spring has officially arrived in your area?  Feel free to leave a comment!   Kathryn Acciari - REALTOR® and Community Connector Visit my web site about Sturbridge:  askmeaboutsturbridge.com Search for home listings:  Sturbridgemahomes.com Read my blog:  Kathrynsells    
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
The Sturbridge market was a bit quiet in the first three months of the year.  We are, however, seeing more activity as spring begins.  Check back in early July for the report on the 2nd quarter of 2009. Sturbridge 1st Quarter 2009 Market Report  Home Type Number Sold Avg Price Number Pending Number Active Single Family 12 $229,200 9 82 Condo 2 $113,500 1 16 Multi Family 0 $0 0 3 Mobile Home 0 $0 0 8 Kathryn Acciari is a real estate agent based in Sturbridge and serving the towns of Central Massachusetts. She provides residential home buyers and sellers with honest, upfront real estate guidance and advice. You may reach her on her cell phone at (508) 982-0686. Web sites Askmeaboutsturbridge.com Sturbridgemahomes.com Blog kathrynsells.activerain.com
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
For those of you who miss the snow, here is a video I made of our snowstorm of March 2, 2009. We had over a foot of snow overnight, and another 3-4 inches later that day. This video was filmed at around 6 AM. No plow had been down the road yet, so I was able to make first tracks! All of that has melted now, of course, as spring starts to peek out around us. This was probably the last storm of the season. I hope you enjoy it.
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
  After five years of living in this neighborhood, the sunrise remains one of my greatest delights.  The early timing of dawn in the spring brings us not only longer days, but more spectacular colors and light each morning.  In this photo, the sun has just popped over the crest of the hills to the east of Sturbridge.  It's my pleasure to share this wonderful scene with you.     -Kathryn Acciari     Sunrise on Tannery Road, Sturbridge, MA Photo copyright 2009, Kathryn Acciari   If you are looking for more information about Sturbridge, MA, you can: 1.  Click on the links to the right to see more of my blog entries; or 2.  Visit my Sturbridge web site at:  http://www.askmeaboutsturbridge.com Kathryn Acciari is a REALTOR who lives in Sturbridge, MA.  She would love to answer your questions,...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
I love Sturbridge!  But I am biased.  As a resident I know what our lovely town has to offer.  In a moment of creativity, I went to the wordle.net web site and created a graphic to describe the things that I appreciate about Sturbridge.  Here it is:   What words do you use to describe Sturbridge?  I'd love to hear from you.    -Kathryn By the way, if you would like more information about Sturbridge, Massachusetts, visit my website at http://www.askmeaboutsturbridge.com The above graphic word cloud was created using the Wordle.net tools at www.wordle.net.  Licensed through Creative Commons:  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/  
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By Shannon Gilmore, CRS, Real Estate Sales Associate with Long and Foster
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
Well it is with great admiration and gratitude that I have the pleasure of wishing my Gram a happy 100th Birthday!  Not only has she survived the ups and downs of a century but she has done so with great humor and zest for life.  She is an independent lady who shares my love of horses, dogs,a stiff drink ,  a good joke, spelling, and Johnny Carson.  Happy Birthday Gram and God Bless! See you in the Spring... A Century of Memories  Article on Gram page 3          
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Here is a summary of the 2008 real estate market for the Tri-Community Area of Sturbridge, Southbridge, and Charlton, in Worcester County, Massachusetts: Town/Type 2007 Sales 2007 Avg Price 2008 Sales 2008 Avg Price Avg % Change Sturbridge SF 119 $339,684 80 $300,324 -12% Sturbridge Condo 19 $210,776 18 $199,433 -5% Southbridge SF 95 $211,058 95 $175,964 -17% Southbridge Condo 9 $125,821 9 $105,444 -16% Charlton SF 97 $301,808 73 $288,452 -4% Charlton Condo 17 $170,706 6 $165,183 -3% Please note that the source of this data is MLS PIN, the primary MLS used by Massachusetts real estate professionals. Transactions that were not recorded in MLS PIN in 2008 may not be accounted for in this report. As always, feel free to contact me if you have questions about this report or if you are in n...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
After the two snow storms the weekend of January 16, 2009, I went outside to capture some of the beautiful scenery on the street.  Below are a few photos of Tannery Road that I hope you will enjoy. Snow-Covered House and Pines You have to act quickly to snap photos of this pristine beauty.  When the land was first being cleared, the developer maintained many of the natural plantings on each lot.  This has resulted in a setting that is more natural than many other new neighborhoods.     Clearing the Snow The snow blowers were buzzing all afternoon as residents cleared their driveways and sidewalks.                       Street Lamps Even the streetlights were topped with fluff.  The original lamps were hand-crafted by an independent, local tinsmith, and when one is in need of repair, the...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Snow Days in Sturbridge, MA   We are having a wonderful old-fashioned winter here in New England.  This is the type of winter I remember from my childhood, and the type of season I have long been awaiting.  The kids have had several snow days from school already, and it looks like more storms are on the way.  Time for some outdoor fun! Here is my quick list of things to do and places to go that will help make winter more bearable: 1.  Sledding (or sliding).  There are two main areas where people sled around here.  First is at Burgess Elementary School.  Burgess has two hills.  The north hill is known for its progressive level of steepness.  One end of the hill is fairly short and mild, and the other end is for extreme speed lovers.  But there is a lesser-known hill past the south end of...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
4th of July in Sturbridge Massachusetts If the weather report stands, it looks to be a beautiful day!  Here are some ideas of events and activities in Sturbridge, MA: 1.  Take a hike at Westville Lake or Wells State Park. 2.  Go swimming and have a picnic at Streeter Beach. 3.  Canoe or kayak on the Quineboag River or other Sturbridge Waterways. 4.  Take in the hot dog eating contest (July 2 2010), at Hyland Orchard/Pioneer Brewing Company. 4.  Enjoy festivities and fireworks at Old Sturbridge Village 5.  Attend the parade and fun at the Feast and Fire on the town common (July 3, 2010). Happy 4th of July everyone!  
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
Currently there are 110 single family homes for sale in the town of Sturbridge.  The prices range from $84,000 to $685,000 with the average list price being $331,326 and the average days on market being 194.50.  13 homes are currently under contract (not included in the 110 homes still for sale).  32 homes have sold in Sturbridge in the past 6 months ranging in price from $135,000 to $534,750.  The average sale price was $338,828 and the average days on market was 137.28.  What does all of this mean for Sturbridge?  This means that only about 1/3 of the inventory has sold in 6 months and homes are still coming on the market much faster than they are selling.  This will still cause the values to be stable or lower than average, but making it a great time for buyers.  If you are thinking...
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