Antique Awaits its Owner

Wow… it has been almost a year since I posted about this wonderful home in Attleboro.  It was purchased in March of last year by an investor, but this home still needs an “Owner” to live there and love it!  With two train stations to choose from, easy access to route 95, spacious backyard, original charm abounding … this home truly could be an amazing find for anyone looking for a unique property in a convenient location.  And if you haven’t heard, Attleboro is absolutely taking off as a sought after community in real estate.   If you know of anyone who may be interested, just send along my information.  I’d love to share the joys of living in an antique surrounded by all of the conveniences you could ever want – I actually live that dream in my 1743 North Attleboro Colonial 🙂

My Post from January 2015:

1780 ColonialHave you ever seen a property on-line and just had to see it?

Last night I had a buyer ask me to find out a little more about a home built in 1780 before she packed up her kids and made the trek down here.

The property is currently vacant, bank-owned, winterized, and electric is turned off.  Normally that means a phone conversation or a few e-mails back and forth with another agent to get the “scoop”.  However, the antique lover in me just had to check out this Attleboro charmer myself so I grabbed a friend and a flashlight and off we went this morning.

First let’s get the negatives out of the way… it is on a main road (and really only about 20 feet off of the main road). Minimally (from what we could see) it needs plumbing updated, floors leveled, chimney(s) rebuilt, some electrical work,  kitchen & bath renovations, updated heating, and yard cleared.  BUT …

1780 Colonial1780 ColonialYou enter off of the back into a mudroom area with wood floors, this leads into a family room area across the back of the home complete with wide pine floors, beamed ceiling, and fireplace.  When facing the front of the house, to your left off of the family room is a small kitchen with wood cabinets which would be great opened up into the fireplaced family room.  In the back corner of the house to your right is a second set of stairs and a full bath.  There are two good sized rooms in the front of the home on the first level with the front entry in between.  Both of these rooms offer great built-ins, closets, wide pine floors,  fireplaces, and more charm!1780 Colonial 1780 Colonial

Upstairs follows a very similar layout… two large rooms in the front of the house each with a fireplace and then one large room across the back that has a small room (above the mudroom) off of it. A second floor laundry is in the back left corner (above the kitchen) and another full bath is in the back right corner (above the first floor bathroom).   The space and plumbing could be there to create a master suite out of the back of the second floor with walk-in closet and ensuite bath.  Plus you could still have two other bedrooms and a full bath.

But wait, there’s more… off of the second floor bath is a staircase to the third floor which appears to have had two other finished rooms at one time. On the third floor, it is clear, the chimney will need help (it has fallen in). The basement offers lots of usable space, tall ceilings, and cement floor.1780 Colonial 1780 Colonial

Set on a spacious almost half acre lot abutting a little stream, this Colonial rehab is clearly not for the average buyer …but if you love a home with a story, have vision & patience, and access to some cash (either in your account now or through a 203k loan program), the unique charm and space is there inside and out to keep the right buyer happy for years to come!

Listing courtesy of: Daniel Saffer, , Inc.

Let me know if this looks like a future home for you, I’d love to walk you through it.

And certainly let me know if you’d ever like me to preview a property
or schedule a showing for you.

I am just a call, text, or e-mail away…

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner!)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

respect, reputation, & referrals.
real estate for real people.

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between

 

History, Holidays, and Helping Others

Come kick off the holidays by helping to support a wonderful cause in a unique historic setting.  Join us for a Holiday Open House  to support the Christmas is for Kids organization and as well to enjoy a historic house tour, refreshments, live music, and great people.  We will be hosting his event at one of our favorite listings, The Col. Willard Blackinton House & Knobby Krafters located at 200 North Main Street in Attleboro.

200 N Main StHoliday Open House
Saturday, December 5th
11:00-12:30
200 N Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
(just steps from our Kensington Office)
 
 
Donations will be collected for the Christmas is for Kids Organization.
For 32 years, Christmas is for Kids has helped local families in need by providing new toys and clothes. Each of the nearly 1000 children helped annually is given bags of gifts customized just for them based on their wishlist. 150 volunteers work together with hundreds of donors to bring the magic together so that the holidays are bright for the children and less stressful for parents who are not financially able to provide gifts for their children. The program is run entirely by volunteers and 100% of donations to the program are used for gifts for the children.

200 N Main Knobby KraftersTake this opportunity to tour one of Attleboro’s Historic Gems! The Col. Willard Blackinton property proudly takes its place in the company of some of the finest historical homes in New England listed in the Massachusetts Historical Commission as well as the National Register of Historic Places. The property is currently
offered for sale $889K which includes the 200 N Main dining roomhome, warehouse, shuttle shop all on approximately 3.81 acres abutting the Bungay river and parks.

Love to have you join us!!  Can’t make it but would still like to drop off a donation or take a tour?  Let me know, we will gladly schedule a time to meet up.

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
real estate for real people.
Kensington - Jen McMorran

Classic 1910 Beauty with Contemporary Function

009-Living_Room-1421953-mlsThese pictures just say it all!
Stop by and see Anne at her
Open House Sunday 12-2. Or, give me a call/text 508-930-5259 and let’s set up a private showing. I’d love to show this charmer to you … A perfect blend of history, beauty, and function plus convenient location to Route 95, train, shopping, restaurants, and more!

Open House, Sunday 12-2
115 North Ave, Attleboro
4BR, 2BA Colonial
Fully Applianced
Value Range Priced $299,900-$334,900

Jen McMorran, Realtor   *  508-930-5259  *  jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * http://www.jenmcmorran.realtor

Field Trip Back in Time

1780 ColonialHave you ever seen a property on-line and just had to see it?

Last night I had a buyer ask me to find out a little more about a home built in 1780 before she packed up her kids and made the trek down here.

The property is currently vacant, bank-owned, winterized, and electric is turned off.  Normally that means a phone conversation or a few e-mails back and forth with another agent to get the “scoop”.  However, the antique lover in me just had to check out this Attleboro charmer myself so I grabbed a friend and a flashlight and off we went this morning.

First let’s get the negatives out of the way… it is on a main road (and really only about 20 feet off of the main road). Minimally (from what we could see) it needs plumbing updated, floors leveled, chimney(s) rebuilt, some electrical work,  kitchen & bath renovations, updated heating, and yard cleared.  BUT …

1780 Colonial1780 ColonialYou enter off of the back into a mudroom area with wood floors, this leads into a family room area across the back of the home complete with wide pine floors, beamed ceiling, and fireplace.  When facing the front of the house, to your left off of the family room is a small kitchen with wood cabinets which would be great opened up into the fireplaced family room.  In the back corner of the house to your right is a second set of stairs and a full bath.  There are two good sized rooms in the front of the home on the first level with the front entry in between.  Both of these rooms offer great built-ins, closets, wide pine floors,  fireplaces, and more charm!1780 Colonial 1780 Colonial

Upstairs follows a very similar layout… two large rooms in the front of the house each with a fireplace and then one large room across the back that has a small room (above the mudroom) off of it. A second floor laundry is in the back left corner (above the kitchen) and another full bath is in the back right corner (above the first floor bathroom).   The space and plumbing could be there to create a master suite out of the back of the second floor with walk-in closet and ensuite bath.  Plus you could still have two other bedrooms and a full bath.

But wait, there’s more… off of the second floor bath is a staircase to the third floor which appears to have had two other finished rooms at one time. On the third floor, it is clear, the chimney will need help (it has fallen in). The basement offers lots of usable space, tall ceilings, and cement floor.1780 Colonial 1780 Colonial

Set on a spacious almost half acre lot abutting a little stream, this Colonial rehab is clearly not for the average buyer …but if you love a home with a story, have vision & patience, and access to some cash (either in your account now or through a 203k loan program), the unique charm and space is there inside and out to keep the right buyer happy for years to come!

Listing courtesy of: Michael Solotke, Next Home Real Estate, Inc.

Let me know if this looks like a future home for you, I’d love to walk you through it.

And certainly let me know if you’d ever like me to preview a property
or schedule a showing for you.

I am just a call, text, or e-mail away…

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

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Revive your Kitchen Cabinets with Paint!

DIY Paint How To’s from my favorite Pro’s at This Old House

Repainted Cabinets This Old HouseIt is a dreary rainy morning here in North Attleboro.  I am definitely moving in slow motion as I clear up the remnants of the morning rush out the door to the school bus and I can not help but focus on my tired  kitchen cabinets in need of, well … “something”.   Reface, replace, repair???  I am definitely ready for something!  Coffee is brewing, kids’ breakfast bowls are away, and the last crumb has been wiped off the counter so it is on to This Old House for ideas 🙂   (My home is an antique colonial built in 1743 and my “home” growing up was an antique built in the 1830’s which is why I have always loved these guys, their magazine, and now their site.  BUT, this is a great site filled with “tried and true” advice for for any homeowner!)

I came across this article on how to paint your kitchen cabinets.  It is a very simple process just make sure you take time with each step – especially preparation!!   And of course,  at the end, accessorizing with new fun hardware can take them up to a how new level of style.  Below is the general overview section of the article.  Click here for the first step and then click “next” in the upper right hand corner to continue on step by step.

Table Illustration Kitchen Cabinet

Illustration: Gregory Nemec

Overview

Painting kitchen cabinets is, like any painting job, a simple task. But mastering the perfect glassy finish is all in the prep work. Before brush ever hits wood, there has to be a lot of time devoted to getting the surface ready to accept paint. That means properly cleaning, sanding, and priming every inch of the surface, or the finish color won’t stick well.

Cleaning is the most important step in the process. Years of greasy fingerprints and cooking splatters can leave a layer of grime that inhibits paint adhesion. You can remove most of the gunk with TSP substitute (a cleaner from DAP or Savogran) or a degreaser—the former if the cabinets are not too dirty, or the stronger degreaser if the grime is thick—but it may take a couple of passes. After that, you’ll need to rough up the surface with some 100-grit sandpaper to help the paint stick.

The primer you use can also make or break the finish. To get a glassy surface, you need to use a “high build” sandable primer, such as Eurolux from Fine Paints of Europe, to best fill the wood and even the surface. The sandable part of that equation is imperative, so that you can smooth the surface before painting on the finish coat. You may even need two coats of primer to completely fill the grain.

To keep the doors and drawers flat as the paint levels, make yourself a pronged drying rack by drilling screws up through several pieces of scrap wood. That way you can flip your work as soon as it’s dry to the touch. Also, screw cup hooks into the edges of doors and drawers so you can grab hold and move them without fingerprinting the paint; then hang them up for out-of-the-way drying.

The formula of finish paint you use contributes to the smooth look. Traditionally, painting cabinets for a high-traffic area such as a kitchen required using oil-based paints. However, working with oils can be messy, and the fumes are toxic. Fortunately, while latex paints will never quite self-level and flow as well as oils, they’re getting close. Latex formulas specified for cabinetry—labeled “100% acrylic”—will create an even, durable finish. And, in many cases, they’re also low in volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which make that noxious paint smell.

As long as you’re sprucing things up, consider changing the hardware or putting on a faux finish for that added wow factor.