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Saturday, July 30, 2016



Scituate Massachusetts Heritage Days 

August 5 - 7   2016


 
Looking for fun in August? If you are on the South Shore of  Boston or heading that way you must not miss the Scituate Heritage Days! In it's 48th season Scituate Massachusetts has been hosting a delicious, entertaining, historic, educational and artistic 3 day extravaganza on Front Street in the charming harbor district of Scituate.
 
This year the Scituate Chamber of Commerce is bringing the "Heritage" back to Heritage Days. Each year there is food, crafts, music and entertainment and more, but this year there will be open houses at the historic sites that will beckon you back to the early days of this scenic coastal town. All of the historic sites are open and free during Heritage Days and the Chamber is providing free shuttle service to all of them. This year you can pick up a "passport" at Heritage Days and get it stamped at each historic site. You have one year to fill your passport so feel free to visit Scituate often. Once your passport is full you can turn it in for prizes!
 
You can climb Lawson Tower and gaze at the amazing view of Scituate. Millionaire Thomas W. Lawson ordered the construction of Lawson Tower (click on the link in purple to read more about Lawson Tower courtesy or Scituate Historic Society) as a complement to his new country estate, “Dreamwold,” at the beginning of the twentieth century. Local legend says that after the Scituate Water Company constructed its steel standpipe, Lawson’s wife Jeannie saw it and asked her husband to do something about the view out their back windows at Dreamwold Hall. Lawson then hired an architect to travel to Europe and research appropriate designs to cover up the standpipe. Recent research, though, suggests that Lawson knew of the water company’s plans well before the standpipe went up, and had plans in mind well in advance (Scituate Historic Society).
 
Visit the iconic and scenic Scituate Lighthouse (click on link in purple to read more about the lighthouse courtesy of the Scituate Historic Society). In the year 1810 the United States Congress voted $4000 to build a lighthouse at Scituate Harbor. The Light, of split granite blocks with a one and one half story house attached, was activated in 1811.
 
Be sure to visit The Bates House and The Stockbridge Grist Mill, The Mann Farmhouse and Museum and the Cudworth House and Barn. If that's not enough visit the Maritime and Mossing Museum - I'm not going to tell you what Mossing is, you will just have to visit the museum or click on the link and read about it!
 
As the Chamber of Commerce says, Scituate's Heritage Days has "Something For Everyone"!  Be sure to visit Scituate Heritage Days for updates to the schedule and a more in depth description of the food, fun and entertainment available!
 
Is there a better way to kick off this fabulous weekend than a pie/dessert social?? We don't think so...
 
 


Friday, July 29, 2016


Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc. Recaps Sales in the Massachusetts South Shore Real Estate Market - Homes Selling At or Above $1 Million.

Posted by David Drinkwater of Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc.

For the first six months of 2016, the Massachusetts South Shore Region has experienced an increase of 31% in the number of residential units (single family and condominium sales) selling at or above $1 Million as compared with the same period in 2015.  The eleven communities that comprises the South Shore region includes the towns of Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth and Scituate and collectively are “home” to approximately 200,000 residents.

For single family homes, the million dollar plus sales in the first half of 2016 (104 units) averaged $1,452,850 which is approximately 4% higher than the average sale price of $1,396,320 during the first six months in 2015 (77 units).  The average size of these homes has remained relatively unchanged between these two years – 4,209 sq ft in 2016 versus 4,226 sq ft in 2015.  The number of days on market has dropped in 2016 by 3 percent to 167 days from 173 days in 2015.  For the first six months of 2016, the highest sale posted was $4,800,000 and is located in Duxbury – this sale is 50% higher than the highest sale posted in the first half of 2015 at $3,200,000, which is located in Cohasset.

For condominium residences, the statistics show a slight decline in the averages.  The million dollar plus sales in the first half of 2016 (7 units) averaged $1,270,081 which is approximately 16% lower than the average sale price of $1,468,253 during the first six months in 2015 (8 units).  However, part of this decline can be explained in the decline in the average size – a decrease of 5% from 3,819 sq ft in 2015 to 3,644 sq ft in 2016.  The number of days on market has increased by 28% in 2016 with an average of 144 days in 2015 to an average of 200 days in 2016.  For the first six months of 2016, the highest sale posted was $1,575,000 and is located in Hingham – this sale is 20% lower than the highest sale posted in the first half of 2015 at $1,888,830, which is also located in Hingham.

Luxury Real Estate affiliate, Grand Gables Realty Group, Inc. brokered the South Shore region’s highest condominium sale of 2016 – the sale of 43 Clubhouse Drive in Hingham’s Black Rock Country Club community – bucking the trends and closing at the full listing price of $1,575,000 – from list date to close, the sale took 36 days.