Category Archives: Great Barrington, Ma

Berkshire Real Estate Market Report

Good News for the Berkshire Real Estate Market.  What follows is an up to date Market Report.


Sales are up 25% in residential sales.  Breaking it down Southern Berkshires up 24%,


Central Berkshire 23%, and 36% in Northern Berkshire.


Here is the full report by the Berkshire Country Board of Realtors.




Berkshire County Quarterly Market Watch Report



2012 Full Report

In 2012, Berkshire REALTORS managed a real estate market of over $314 million dollars in sales, up from $262 million transacted last year. Sales rose over 2011 rates in all parts of Berkshire County, with a total increase in residential market of 25%, of which there was a 23% increase in central Berkshires sales, 36% in northern Berkshire and 24% in Southern Berkshire. These signs of strong improvement mirror what we hear our Realtors reporting from the field.  Richmond sales set the record for the largest increase in sales for the county. Lenox, Lee, Lanesboro and Pittsfield showed strong gains this year.  Windsoralso showed strong gains.

Historically, the Berkshire real estate market peaked in 2005, with a gradual decrease in following years. Sales data indicates that 2009 was the bottom of the market, which was our lowest point in sales for the preceding 10+ years and following 3 years. The market turned with bump in sales in 2010, and again shows strength with solid growth in 2012. While our overall market peaked in 2005, the southern Berkshire residential market peaked in 2004, the northern Berkshire residential market peaked in 2005 and the central Berkshire in 2006. All markets saw the same increase in 2010 and 2012.

Despite slow growth from our low in 2009, prices continue to be more affordable and interest rates are at historical lows. The combination of these two things makes it very beneficial for people who are in the market to buy. Interest rates are expected to remain low through 2014 improving unemployment rates, favorable buying conditions, low interest rates, and slow but steadily growing confidence, 2013 has the elements for a positive year. Continue Reading

The Berkshires: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

27295_10151192976432003_811709630_nBusy day showing Berkshire Real Estate in this freezing weather.

Glad I was able to get driveways plowed and sanded. The

Mountain views were exquisite

Now thinking about a warm weather vacation.


Got A Question"

Ask Marlene:  413 717-0773

like us:

follow us:



Great Barrington Real Estate – Shopping

Joseph Nejaime, seen in his downtown Lenox store, is opening up the fourth Nejaime Wine Cellar 


A new addition to  Great Barrington, Ma. is the opening of a Nejamie's Wine & Liquors.

They have been a well established Spirits Store n Stockbridge & Lenox for many years

selling fine wines & cheeses.

Nejamie's is taking over the space currently occupied by Grapefinds in the 

Big Y Shopping Plaza.  Welcome Nejamie!


Got A Question


Ask Marlene  (413) 717-0773



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.


Got A Question?

Ask Marlene – (413) 717-0773


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

Great Barrington Ma. Things To do – Fiori Restaurant

Fiori was buzzing with Great Barrington and Surrounding area Supporters at the Grand Opening Party the other evening.  If the food is as good as the decor Fiori could become another second home owner favorite.

Great cocktails and appetizers were served.  Word has it that the food is delicious.  Authentic Northern Italian.

We were missing a great Italian restaurant in Great Barrington, Ma..  Can't wait to have dinner there – Good Luck to the Feldman Brothers.













Got A Question?

Ask Marlene  413 717-0773


Great Barrington, Ma. Things To Do – Golf

Great Barrington –  Wyantenuck Country Club is a favorite with both second home owners and full time residents. The club will be hosting the Massachusetts Golf Association’s premier amateur event from July 11-15. Wyantenuck  is very proud to be hosting an event of this magnitude. With the MGA’s big events seldom being held west of Worcester, this is a rare opportunity for area golfers to play in a big tournament close to home.

Got A Question?

Ask Marlene:  (413) 717-0773

Great Barrington Ma – Reconstruction of Main Street

The residents of Great Barrington, Ma. have voted 178 to 119 to continue to move forward  with improving a plan that calls for the reconstruction of Main Street in Great Barrington. There has been great opposition to the plan by some residents and business owners who are concerned about the traffic delays the construction will cause, and the fear that shoppers will develop new shopping patterns.

Got A Question?

Ask Marlene (413) 717-0773


Enhanced by Zemanta

Great Barrington Real Estate – New Condominium

Great Barrington, Ma. I took this photo this morning as the big Snow Storm hit the Berkshires.  It looks like a Winter Wonderland.

The photo is of one of the sold units at Maple Grove/ Great Barrington –  Stylish In-Town Living

This Great Barrington Condominium is in a great location,  tucked away and yet close to shopping, theater, golf, and fine dining.

Two more units are under construction.

Got A Question?

Ask Marlene  (413) 717-0773


Enhanced by Zemanta

Great Barrington – Breakfast Restaurant

This is one of  my favorite Great Barrington, Ma. breakfast places.  Not only is the food fresh, the service is friendly and responsive.  Martin’s is a Great Barrington institution for both locals and  Second Home Owners.  Eggs &  Pancakes go great with the  Berkshire Mountain View you see through the large front window that overlooks Railroad Street.  During the height of the summer season be prepared to wait to get a table, it is not uncommon to see people lining up to get into this cozy spot.

Got A Question?

Ask Marlene  (413) 717-0773


Enhanced by Zemanta