March Contracts: Doppelganger

2019-04-07 Hartford County Single Family Contracts in March 2019

Hartford County finished March with 911 single-family properties accepting bids. The total was within 1% of the March 2018 total, and on a year-to-date basis the County is about 0.4% ahead of 2018. The first quarter was amazingly similar to last year, which bodes well for the remainder of the year.

An important trend so far this spring was the decline in mortgage interest rates. Buyers were getting loans at about 4.5% at the beginning of the year. Now lenders are offering rates that are closer to 4.0%. It’s a modest difference, but one that buyers appreciate.

Another trend is that inventory levels continue to be on the low side. Right now there are about 2,149 homes available for buyers, representing 2.7 months of inventory. This is less that the 2,271 properties and 2.8 months of inventory at this point in 2018, and the 2,471 properties and 3.0 months of inventory in 2017.

We are entering the most active part of the spring real estate market. This is the time to begin marketing you home if you are interested in selling, and to begin scouting properties if you want to buy a new home. We are happy to help with either – or with both!

Here are the latest stats for individual towns in Hartford County.

2019-04-07 Hartford County Single Family Contracts in March 2019 by Town

37 Wells Road, Granby

37 Wells Road in Granby

37 Wells has been lovingly brought into the 21st century and compares very favorably to homes of any era. Fireplaces, wide-plank flooring, exposed posts and beams, and other historical details are skillfully incorporated into a comfortable and modern home.

The kitchen is a bright space that would fit right in on HGTV with stone counters, stainless appliances, apron sink, and island. The adjacent great room has a wood stove and space for both dining and seating areas. A living room, den (possible 4th bedroom), and an updated full bathroom complete the main level.

Upstairs includes an open landing that makes a quiet sitting area, a master with walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, and a full bathroom.

Windows and doors have been replaced, and heat is provided by an efficient Buderus boiler with multiple zones. A propane generator ensures that the home remains bright and warm no matter the weather.

On sunny days you’ll be drawn outside to the beautiful 1.9 acre property. Outside the kitchen is a brick patio in a fully fenced portion of the yard, with raised garden beds. Another part of the level grounds includes a variety of fruit trees.

The large barn is divided into different sections. Closest to the house is a secured and heated workshop area with a rebuilt loft. Parking for two cars makes up the next section, followed by more traditional barn space that was formerly allocated to chickens.

Don’t miss this amazing property – you will instantly know that you are home!

37 Wells Road is offered at $350,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call Amy at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details are available.

1 Arnold Drive, Bloomfield

1 Arnold Drive, Bloomfield

Looking for lots of space, a fantastic floor plan, and plenty of updates? 1 Arnold Drive is the place for you. This five bedroom, two and a half bath colonial is located on a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood and backs to the Wintonbury Land Trust, so privacy and natural habitats abound.

The first floor has so much to offer including an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets, granite counters, and eat-in space for a large table. There is an oversized family room with built-ins, a hearth with wood burning stove, and sliders leading to the backyard, paver patio, and deck. A formal living room and dining room are perfect entertaining spaces. Additionally, there is an office with another wood burning stove. The dedicated mudroom and laundry room provides abundant storage and connects to the 2-car attached garage. The first floor is completed with an updated powder room.

Upstairs, the oversized master bedroom features a remodeled en-suite bathroom with tile flooring and pretty tiled shower. Down the hall, there are four additional bedrooms and a full hallway bathroom.

The fenced backyard is level and perfect for gardening, grilling, play, or just relaxing on the deck and patio.
If you’re looking for space and minimal work in a lovely setting, come see your new home!

1 Arnold Drive is offered at $319,900. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call Amy at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details are available.

155-157 Beacon St, Hartford’s West End

155-157 Beacon St, Hartford's West End

155-157 Beacon Street is a West End brick multi-family looking for its next owner.

The floor plans of the first and second floors are similar, currently set up as 2 bedroom apartments with large living rooms, formal dining rooms, and a kitchen with pantry and laundry hook-ups. The bedrooms are both oversized, with a full bathroom between them, and the front-to-back center hall separating them from the living space. The units have hardwood floors throughout.

The top level is a four room apartment with one bedroom. It has full entrances at both the front and the rear, and private storage area at the top of the front stairs.

The building has four electrical meters, three gas services, three boilers, and three hot water heaters, so the tenants pay their own utilities. Most of the windows have been replaced. There is off-street parking at the rear of the lot.

This is a perfect property for an owner-occupant who wants to take over the available top level apartment, or an investor looking for positive cash flow. Rents for the first and second floor units are both $1,200, with the top floor previously renting for an additional $850.

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to own an income property in the West End!

155-157 Beacon Street is offered at $350,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call Amy at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details are available.

105 Girard Avenue, Hartford’s West End

105 Girard Ave - Hartford's West End

105 Girard has everything you would expect in a classic West End Victorian.

Set up from the street, a deep front porch is the perfect gathering place. Step through the entry vestibule into an open foyer, featuring a pretty turned staircase. High ceilings, hardwood floors, and French doors throughout frame the space.

The main level provides a formal living room with wood burning fireplace and a formal dining room with bay window. An office space is just off the dining room, separated by French doors. A den, located off the foyer, is an ideal informal TV room or play space.

The updated kitchen has ample storage and work areas. There are granite counters, an eat-in breakfast bar, and a useful pantry. The first floor is completed with a powder room and mudroom.

Upstairs, retire to a fantastic master bedroom suite featuring a generously sized bedroom, separate dressing room with plenty of closet space, and an attached master bathroom. The second floor has two additional large bedrooms which share a Jack & Jill bathroom.

The third floor offers another beautiful, huge space which can be used as a bedroom or family room. Two more bedrooms and a full bathroom complete the third floor.

Outside, the backyard is a peaceful retreat. There is a bluestone patio, formal flower beds, and greenspace.

The home has replacement windows, a newer roof, and a newer gas hot water heater.

Steps from UConn Law and Elizabeth Park, this is an ideal home for those who appreciate character and space.

105 Girard Avenue is offered at $350,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call Amy at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details are available.