Berkshire Decorating Ideas – The White Sofa

 

Coordinate With Dark Floors

Whether living in the Berkshires or anywhere.  A White Sofa is so versatile going with almost any color  scheme.  

Here Exemplified in this Elegant White on  White Room. Laura Marie Given has gathered some great photos for Casa Sugar of White Sofas in many different surroundings.   http://bit.ly/J8d0aJ

 

 

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Berkshire Real Estate – Searles Castle

 

 

 

Searles Castle in Great Barrington, Ma. is the Second Largest Property currently on the Market.

Not only did Great Barrington win as the Number 1 small town,

but it is also home to the 2nd largest property currently on the American Market.

 

Searles Hopkins Castle.  Measures 54,246 square feet, is a  seven-story mansion,

has 40 rooms, including 14 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, accented by 36 fireplaces.

 

Rob Baer wrote an interesting article about the 5 largest homes for sale, check out more on Searles plus the other 4 Houses.

http://curbed.com/archives/2012/04/20/the-five-largest-houses-currently-on-the-market-in-america.php

 

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Great Barrington #1 Small Town

I always new Great Barrington was a Great place to live!

The Town has been voted #1 Best Small Town in America.

What a positive article about Gret Barrington.

If your thinking about a Second Home in the country check out Great Barrington.  

We would be glad take you on a tour and show you some Special Properties

 

Great Barrington, MA  

 

1. Great Barrington, MA

Big-city smart meets New England natural in an art-rich mountain setting. 

 

You’ve got to slow down when Route 7 leaves behind the wide-open valley of the Housatonic River to enter Great Barrington. The road becomes

Railroad Street there, right of way to pedestrians stalled in the crosswalk trying to decide whether to have sushi or chimichangas for dinner.

Others carry yoga mats, bags of farmers market produce, books, CDs, double espressos and all the other stuff it’s hard to find in surrounding

Berkshire Mountain villages like Stockbridge and Lenox.

 

For the rest of the article:   http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-20-Best-Small-Towns-in-America.html?c=y&page=2&navigation=previous#IMAGES

 

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Berkshire Realtor – Dreaming Of The Beach

As a full time Berkshire, Ma resident and Real Estate Broker who lives in Great Barrington, Ma ,  this time of year i dream of the beach.  As you know  the Berkshires is the number 1 Summer Culture Capital of America,  and also offers endless Summer Outdoor Activities, but because of it's location in the western most  part of Massachusettes means it is not a coastal community. So i dream of summer beach houses.

 This months article in Architectural Digest captured my fancy.

Here is a link to the article  with some great  photos of a beach house on Folly Beach in South Carolina.

http://bit.ly/lIdVFR


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Berkshire Real Estate – Gardens & Garden Tours

For Berkshire Real Estate Call 413 717-0773One good thing about all the rain we have had this year in the Berkshires is that our gardens should be very lush.

I live in Great Barrington, Ma. and i can see from my own gardens that the blooms this season are full with what looks like rich color. As far as the effect on Berkshire Real Estate Sales, beautiful well maintained landscaping and gardens are eye candy. They help to create those magic words Curb Appeal.

For Berkshire  visitors, Second Home Owners and year round residents  the Lenox Garden Clubs annual tour " Hidden Treasures of The Berkshires" will be July 9th.

Six gardens will be open in Richmond & Stockbridge, Ma. http://www.lenoxgardenclub.net/gardenhousetour.html

If you live in a different part of the country or are traveling this summer the following article provides a comprehensive list of garden  tours throughout the country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/garden/28webtour.html?ref=realestate

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Berkshire Real Estate – Why A Second Home Here?

I routinely work with out of state buyers from NY, CT, NJ and FL. who are interested in purchasing Second Homes here in The Berkshires, Ma.  They want to have a home  in The Berkshires because it is  a four season area.


They like communities that have the cultural, and outdoor activities that Berkshire County offer.  In the spring and summer when they come to town they like the idea of having a lot of lakes to choose from for swimming, boating, fishing plus many trails for hiking, and cycling.


Culturally speaking The Berkshires, Ma. is known as the summer cultural center for Music, Theatre, Dance with Tanglewood, Barrington Stage, and Jacobs Pillow taking the lead of the many performing companies. Summers spent in The Berkshires taking in the fresh air, and awesome mountain views have been well known for over a century. Continue Reading

Berkshire Real Estate – Second Home Options

I was just reading about an interesting concept for Second Home Owners.  It is called 3RD HOME. A company that was created to fill the needs of  second home owners to find a safe, fun and trustworthy way to “expand” the use of their second homes.
Sometimes home owners are too busy to visit their vacation homes or simply want a different getaway experience. 3RD HOME provides a solution. Members’ second homes provide more access and value than they ever imagined.
3RD HOME members can reserve a second home any time – anywhere around the world. Home owners in different markets are linked on a single website. Members simply go online, browse, click and instantly reserve their vacations of a lifetime in a variety of settings around the globe. An interactive site allows members to set alerts and connect with other members to plan their getaways.

Website: http://www.3rdhome.com/

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Gov. Patrick & Berkshire County

 

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In this article Gov. Patrick talks about what it is about the Berkshires that he loves especially as compared to where

he grew up in Chicago. 

Looking forward to a weekend at his Berkshire County home in Richmond, Patrick said the key to his affinity for the

region can be found in his life story. "Berkshire County is the confluence for me of a number of different strands in my life,"

"I talk up the Berkshires every chance I get, Patrick said.

Click on the link for his full comments about why he loves the berkshires     http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_17895946
 
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Berkshire Real Estate – Pricing Tips For Sellers!

Pricing in today’s market is key. Buyers are not only looking at List Price but also at Assessed Value. When a house is first listed is the time that it generates the most excitement. So Pricing your house right from the get go will help you sell it more quickly, when buyer enthusiasm for your property is high.

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