3 Burr Street, Unit A-2, West Hartford

3 Burr Street, West Hartford Center

Come see this nicely updated one bedroom, one bathroom end unit condo located in the heart of West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square.

The eat-in kitchen is renovated and features tile flooring and backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of storage space. A living room with electric fireplace opens to the kitchen. The bedroom has double closets and a fully remodeled bathroom.

The condo also comes with laundry in the unit, a reserved parking spot, low condo fees ($276/month), and plenty of guest parking.

Supremely convenient to restaurants, retail and grocery shopping, a movie theater, the Town library, highway access, and public transportation- the location can’t be beat.

3 Burr Street, Unit A-2 is offered at $155,000. 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.

Paying Attention to Your Surroundings

When you’re looking at a property, how much time do you spend outside looking at the surroundings? What are the adjacent properties? How do they look? Are you near a major road? Are there commercial or other non-residential parcels near you? Is there a farm or undeveloped land abutting or near the property?

When we view homes with buyers we try to spend some time evaluating the adjoining and nearby spaces. This isn’t necessarily to figure out if they’re going to have good neighbors or not. It’s to understand if there is the potential for change to the landscape around them.

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For example, a few months ago I was showing some clients property that abutted a farm. The listing agent took care to advertise that it was adjacent to the farm and used this as a selling feature because it was peaceful and scenic. But what if some day the farm isn’t a farm anymore? What if someday the farm land is sold? What does it become? Most likely residential usage, but that’s not always guaranteed. I pointed out to the buyers that the house we were looking at used to be part of the farm too, but at some point some of the farm land was sold to build this development. That could happen in the future and there could then be additional development that’s in the currently tranquil backyard.

We’ve seen some examples recently of local homeowners contesting development to open land that abuts or is near their residential developments. In West Hartford, residents are speaking out against the proposed sale of 9 acres of land by the American School for the Deaf (ASD) to a home builder. In this instance, people bought houses that backed to a non-residential use property. That non-residential use property has decided to change the use of their land. They would like to sell it to a developer. But what would have happened if ASD simply expanded on their own campus? What if they grew their school and built more buildings, parking lots or playing fields on their undeveloped property? The neighboring properties would have been impacted by that as well.

With a changing real estate landscape, we see these development conflicts come up all of the time. The West End of Hartford faced a similar development challenge in 2012 when the University of Hartford wanted to sell part of its campus to CREC for a new elementary school to be developed, which backed to residential development. I would expect a lot of back and forth between the Town of West Hartford and the University of Connecticut when UConn divests of its West Hartford campus in the upcoming months. What will become of that property, which is located in a residential area? How will that change the landscape for current property owners near the campus?

The point I’m trying to make here, and that we make when we’re showing buyers homes, is that what you see near here today may not be the same down the line. Some properties face more opportunities of a changing landscape than others. The change in landscape around you may actually help your property values. They aren’t always a negative. Think of what Blue Back Square has done to help West Hartford Center- there was a positive impact on residential property values in the Center because of it. That being said, it’s important to be aware of the possibility of change because not all change will be viewed as positive. Don’t just focus on the interior of a property, spend some time thinking about the outside and its surroundings.

19 Greenhurst Road, West Hartford

This move-in condition Colonial is in a great West Hartford Center location, a quick walk from all of the shops and restaurants in the Center and Blue Back Square.


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The formal living room is a nice size and has a wood burning fireplace. The dining room features a classic built-in cabinet and connects to the remodeled kitchen with eat-in space. There is a half bathroom on the first floor and the basement is partially finished.

Upstairs you’ll find a large master bedroom with walk-up attic access, two additional bedrooms and a neat and clean full bathroom.

Outside there is a large deck and the yard offers plenty of space for play, relaxing or gardening. Park your car in the 1-car garage.

The home features new windows, driveway and exterior paint.

19 Greenhurst Road is offered at $289,900. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing, stop by our open house Sunday 5/19 from 1:00pm-3:00pm or call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.

63 Van Buren Avenue, West Hartford

This charming English-style Colonial has a great West Hartford Center location and is in the Duffy/Sedgwick/Conard school district. The home offers a flexible floor plan with formal entertaining spaces, as well as casual family room areas for today’s living style.


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The double door entry vestibule opens to the formal living room which has a wood burning fireplace and French doors leading to a side porch. A formal dining room with a built-in hutch connects to the kitchen and first floor family room. The remodeled kitchen features eat-in space, granite counters, access to a wraparound deck, as well as the original butler’s pantry. The oversized family room with a wood burning fireplace is great space to relax. A powder room completes the first floor.

Upstairs the second floor has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. The third floor is a nicely finished room with plenty of storage space and could be used as an additional bedroom, office or media room.

Outside, the grounds are well landscaped. The open porch and a wraparound deck are perfect for outdoor entertaining.

The home has a newer roof, windows, driveway, updated electrical and an attached 2-car garage.

63 Van Buren Avenue is listed at $539,900. 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.

193 Milton Street, West Hartford

This neat and clean Colonial is a short walk to West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square, located in the Morley school district. The home offers 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom over 1,152 square feet.



The formal living room has a wood burning fireplace and built-in bookshelves. A formal dining room leads to the kitchen which has eat-in space and granite counters.

Upstairs there are two nicely sized bedrooms and a full bath.

A covered back porch leads to the level yard and paver patio.

This home has refinished hardwood floors, new windows, central air and a 1-car garage.

It’s a great condo alternative.

193 Milton Street is offered at $229,000. 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.