24 Goodwin Circle, Hartford’s West End

24 Goodwin Cir

This attractive Harrison model end-unit at The Goodwin Estate, one of Hartford’s premier condo communities, offers it all.

The open floor plan on the first floor has wonderful flow for entertaining and everyday living. The combination living room and dining room features a gas fireplace and opens to a modern kitchen with mahogany-stained cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a custom tile backsplash and eat-in space. The living room offers access to a deck which backs to woods, providing privacy and tranquility. A powder room, foyer and access to the 2-car attached garage complete the first floor.

Upstairs a fantastic master suite awaits. This oversized retreat has a sitting area, walk-in closet, and a full bath with soaking tub, separate shower and double sinks. A lofted space with skylights provides a quiet office or workout area. Two good sized bedrooms and a full bath complete the second floor. All bedrooms have been upgraded with California Closet systems.

The lower level of the home is fully finished with a three-quarter bath and large family room with slider, which walk outs to a paver patio.

Mechanicals include gas heat, central air conditioning and a security system. There are several upgrades in this unit including 3.5-inch oak hardwood flooring, additional crown molding and baseboard trim, bonus recessed lighting, and 42-inch kitchen cabinets with roll-out shelves.

This community offers beautiful grounds, a clubhouse, swimming pool, exercise room and library. Welcome to carefree living!

24 Goodwin Circle has 3 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 3,142 sqft, and is offered for $479,000. 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 and a photo tour are available.

123 Farmington Chase Crescent, Farmington

123 Farmington Chase Crescent

This well maintained and updated townhouse at the popular Farmington Chase community is conveniently located near shopping, highways, and major area employers.

Inside, the first floor has an open floor plan. The kitchen is bright and offers plenty of storage and workspace. The kitchen connects to the dining room, which is open to the sunken living room. The living room features a fireplace and sliders to the outdoor space. There is also an updated powder room.

Upstairs, there are two bedrooms with ample closets and a full bathroom. Laundry is located on this level. There is also pull-down attic access, great for storage.

There is a private front patio, as well as large deck which backs to open space. Just beyond the open space is the pool, clubhouse, tennis and basketball courts, and playscape area.

The unit offers a new gas furnace, new AC, new roof, and a detached 1-car garage with new door.

123 Farmington Chase Crescent has 2 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, 1,317 sqft, and is offered for $176,000. 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 and a photo tour are available.

1777 Asylum Ave, West Hartford

1777 Asylum

Conveniently located between Bishops Corner and the Center, this classic colonial in the Morley elementary district is a great find.

The traditional floor plan has a formal living room with wood burning fireplace and a formal dining room with built-in corner hutch. The kitchen has plenty of counter and cabinet space, as well as an eat-in area. There is a 3-season porch overlooking the backyard. A powder room completes the first floor. Upstairs, there are three nicely sized bedrooms and a full bathroom.

A large, level, fenced backyard with an oversized paver patio is perfect for spending time outside. The home is freshly painted with hardwood floors, a new roof, gas heat and hot water, vinyl siding, and a 1-car attached garage.

1777 Asylum Ave has 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, 1,622 sqft, and is offered for $275,000. 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 and a photo tour are available.

69 Keene Place, Unionville

69 Keene

First time on the market! Here is a great opportunity to own a classic farmhouse in a quiet cul-de-sac location, yet so close to the amenities of Unionville Center and the Farmington rail-to-trail.

Set on well over an acre, the level lot offers mature trees, fruit trees, plenty of usable yard, a 3-bay barn/garage with attached chicken coop, and separate detached shed.

The charming farmhouse is waiting for its new owner to bring their finishing touches. A large, enclosed front porch is a lovely space for enjoying your serene setting. Inside, nicely sized living and dining rooms with hardwood floors lead to a kitchen with eat-in space. A powder room and additional enclosed porch complete the first floor.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and a full bathroom. The rear bedroom has access to a walk-up attic, perfect for additional storage space.

The home offers a newer roof, newer oil boiler and oil tank, replacement windows, and public water and sewer.

69 Keene Place has 3 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, 1,566 sqft, and is offered for $235,000. 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 and a photo tour are available.

Including Commute Time in the Home Search

Connecticut realtors recently upgraded the software we use to access our MLS database. The primary improvement was a modernization of the site that our clients use to browse property matches. There were some behind-the-scenes changes that impact agents, but nothing particularly noteworthy.

While testing out the new system, I found the feature that searches by “Drive Time.” It allows us to create a search to find properties within a certain commuting distance. Specifically, I set the destination, the arrival time, and the drive time, and the system creates a shape that includes all the places that I could leave from considering typical traffic at that time of the day.

For example, here is the shape it creates when I tell it I want to have a 15 minute commute and arrive at the intersection of Main and Pearl in Downtown Hartford by 8:30 AM.

15 Min at 830

Along the Interstate 84 corridor you’re okay from the Park Road exit in West Hartford all the way out to the 384 interchange in Manchester. The 291 interchange is the northern-most limit, and the Route 3 interchange is the southern-most limit. The shape is definitely organized around highway access, as the northwest quadrant of the map shows a surprisingly short distance is within 15 minutes along Albany Avenue (Route 44).

What if we choose an arrival time that is outside of rush hour, say 2:00 PM? Driving in the early afternoon allows much more of the region to reach Downtown Hartford within 15 minutes.

15 Min at 1400

I’m still skeptical of the non-highway routes. I regularly drive Downtown from the Albany Avenue area and think that the map understates how many homes are within 15 minutes, especially during non-rush hour times.

Despite my one concern, the Drive Time feature is an interesting tool to be able to use when defining search criteria for buyers. Commute time is important when considering where to live, and this gives us a way to estimate distances that correspond to times.