550 Fern Street, West Hartford

550 Fern Street, West Hartford

550 Fern is a turnkey home with a family room addition off the back.

A landscaped front yard invites you to enter the traditional Colonial. The front-to-back living room is spacious, and includes a gas fireplace. The updated kitchen is open to the dining room, and features stainless appliances, stone counters, multiple pantry closets, and counter seating. A family room with built-in shelving connects the kitchen back around to the living room. The updated full bath on the main level allows the family room to easily be converted to in-law space.

There is a stone patio outside the kitchen that is perfect for a grill. Beyond the patio is a large, level yard with storage shed.

The three upstairs bedrooms are all a reasonable size. The full bath on the upper level was recently remodeled, and includes a Jacuzzi tub.

The home has newer vinyl siding, most of the windows have been replaced, and has many new doors. The high efficiency gas furnace also includes micro-filtration and humidification to cut down on allergies. Central air will keep you cool all summer long.

550 Fern is across the street from the Fernridge Park tennis courts, swimming pool and playground. West Hartford Center and all its dining and entertainment options are a short walk away. The convenient Fern Street bus line provides a green, and stress-free, alternative to driving to Downtown Hartford for work.

550 Fern Street is offered at $369,900. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing, visit the open house on Sunday 5/21/2017 from 1:00 to 3:00, or call Kyle at 860-655-2922 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.

28 North Quaker Lane, West Hartford

28 North Quaker

There’s lots to love about this charming Colonial, just a short walk to West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square.

A traditional full width porch welcomes you to the home. Inside, the freshly painted interior and hardwood floors set the stage. An oversized living room features a wood burning fireplace and built-in bookcases. The formal dining room has a corner hutch and connects to the kitchen. The kitchen features a large eat-in space, butler’s pantry, and direct access to the deck and backyard. A powder room completes the first floor.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a full bathroom and walk up access to the attic. There are three additional bedrooms, another full bathroom, and a heated sleeping porch.

The home has low maintenance vinyl siding, replacement windows, and a new hot water heater. There is also a 2-car detached garage.

28 North Quaker Lane is offered at $335,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing, visit the open house on Sunday 5/21/2017 from 1:00 to 3:00, or call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.

93 Lancaster Road, West Hartford

93 Lancaster Rd, West Hartford

Welcome to a charming Colonial that is centrally located in West Hartford, and is in the Bugbee school district.

The enclosed porch is an outdoor room with space for a table, seating, and even a swing. Inside, the foyer opens to a large living room with fireplace. Pass through a wide opening into the spacious dining room with built-in cabinet and chair rail. The kitchen includes eat-in space, newer appliances, and a comfortable layout for cooking. A powder room completes the main level.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features double closets. It opens directly to another small bedroom that could be a lovely nursery or office if the space is not needed as the fourth bedroom. Two more bedrooms and a full bath complete the second level.

A full staircase leads to the third floor, which is currently used for storage, but could be converted into something more. The lower level is divided into two areas, and has finishing potential.

The back deck, right off the kitchen, is a nice outdoor space overlooking the yard. The home has a two car garage, gas utilities, and replacement windows.

Walk to many of West Hartford’s top destinations from this convenient location. It’s a short stroll to the restaurants on Park Road and Farmington Avenue. Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center are both about a 15 minute walk, which is about how long it takes to drive, park, and then walk to your destination. There’s a great path through the Kingswood Oxford campus that means you can avoid the busy streets. Don’t miss this lovely home!

93 Lancaster Road is offered at $275,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing, visit the open house on Sunday 4/30/2017 from 1:00 to 3:00, or call Kyle at 860-655-2922 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.

25 South Highland St, West Hartford

25 South Highland

Lots of space and move-in condition make this 4-bedroom, 2.1-bathroom Colonial a perfect home.

Welcome your guests through the double door vestibule with tile floor and closet. Inside, the entry foyer is flanked by the formal living room with fireplace and dining room with French doors. The kitchen is fully renovated and features granite counters, stainless steel appliances and is open to the dining room. A bright, heated sunroom provides a nice space for an office, playroom or den. An updated powder room completes the first floor.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has double closets and a sitting area. There are three additional bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which was recently remodeled.

The basement is partially finished for a more casual living area. There is also great potential in the walk-up attic for more finished space, or just a nice storage spot.

The home offers gas heat and hot water, fresh paint, hardwood floors throughout, a level yard, and a 2-car detached garage.

25 South Highland Street is offered at $285,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing, or call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.

WH Real Estate News: Mar 2017

The West Hartford real estate market continued its strong start with 66 closed single-family sales in March. On a year-to-date basis, the 156 closed sales in the first quarter were the most since the height of the real estate boom in 2004.

West Hartford Sales by Month - March 2017

Growth in sales activity over the past 12 months has been broadly distributed through the Town’s many price points. Only two segments of the market showed a decrease in activity, but for very different reasons.

West Hartford Sales by Price - March 2017

The decrease in the number sales below $200,000 is a positive for property owners, as it shows the strength of the market. Demand is much higher than supply, and competition between buyers has caused values to increase to the point where homes that used to be worth just less than $200,000 are now worth slightly more.

The top end of the West Hartford market has a different dynamic, with the supply of homes outpacing demand. The $1,000,000+ market is never very active in Town, but the pace of seven figure sales has fallen over the past 12 months. What we’re seeing anecdotally is that buyers are not particularly interested in taking on large historic homes that need updating.

Inventory data shows the supply and demand dynamics of all the price points quite clearly. West Hartford has too few available listings at price points below $500,000. There is a reasonable number of listings between $500,000 and $700,000. Above $700,000 the market strongly favors buyers.

West Hartford Inventory - March 2017

At some point buyers will hopefully realize that there are good opportunities at the upper price points in West Hartford. The biggest opportunity continues to be for move-up buyers. They have the chance to sell their smaller home into a strong market, and buy their larger home in a weak market.

I’m always happy to talk about the local real estate markets, so feel free to reach out to me at any point.