Blog :: 06-2011

14 Seneca Road, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 14 Seneca Road, Winchester MA

14 Seneca Rd, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 14 Seneca Road, Winchester MA

Elegant newer construction on a side street and steps from Ambrose School. Enjoy every modern amenity, an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. The home features an eat-in-kitchen with granite countertops and high-end appliances, and opens to a sunny family room with a stone fireplace. There are sliding doors to beautiful patio and landscaped, fenced-in yard. This home also features a formal dining room with an adjacent wet bar, a master suite with fireplace and luxurious bath. There is also a huge lower level suite with a full bathroom, radiant heat, and an additional room with built-ins for media, play or exercise. The home also includes a mudroom and an attached two car garage.

14 Seneca Rd, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 14 Seneca Road, Winchester MA

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NEW: 33 Wildwood St, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 33 Wildwood Street, Winchester MA

33 Wildwood Street- exterior

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 33 Wildwood St, Winchester MA

Over the course of twenty five years, the family who lives in this house has painstakingly renovated this turn of the century Victorian. A well-known wood craftsman removed over half a century's worth of grime from the woodwork and brought the oak and mahogany back to life. Extensive interior improvements by top notch professionals revived the charm and beauty of this home. The exterior was also restored and renovated to show the fine details of this period home. The third floor was renovated for modern living and new baths were installed. In 2002, a designer kitchen and family room were completed. A well known landscape designer created gardens that bloom from April through October. A deck and patio were added as well. Ongoing projects over the years have made this beautiful home a labor of love and a treasure ready for its next owner.

Improvements and Amenities

Improvements and amenities in the home include:
  • Newer roof installed in 2002 features copper flashing, copper valleys and a copper drip edge
  • Newer kitchen renovated in 2002 includes custom granite countertops, hardwood floors, Bosch appliances, Franke sinks, GE refrigerator, 5 burner gas stove, two islands and a pantry
  • Larger capacity 330 gallon oil tank installed in 2003
  • New furnace installed in 2007
  • Five zones of heat across kitchen/family room, living room/dining room, second floor bedrooms, second floor office/bathroom and third floor
  • 200 amp electrical service

33 Wildwood Exterior Back

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 33 Wildwood St, Winchester MA

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Winchester High School Tennis STATE CHAMPIONS!

Call it what you will the Boston Herald calls it the Winchester Invitational, and the local paper refers to Winchester as Title Town. That makes it sound too easy. What we do know is that the Winchester High School boys and girls tennis teams know how to work hard and play hard. Being raised in a town that is steep in tennis tradition, both the boys and the girls teams have won numerous Division 2 State Championships, including the 2011 title this past week to add to the trophy case at Winchester High School. Shanahan Real Estate Group was lucky have both teams represented in our office, with Margo Boulanger's son Christian on the boys' team and Paula Sughrue's husband coaching the girls to victory.
Coach Paul Sughrue and Family

Paula Sughrue's family, including the victorious Coach Paul Sughrue

Hard Working Kids

This amazing group of kids have worked hard for those memories, many of them taking up the sport at 10 or 12 years old. They commit themselves at an early age, dropping other sports to focus on tennis with a personal coach and participating in many advanced level tennis programs around the area, often having to travel a bit after a long day at school to do so. Many participate in USTA League play which monopolizes most of their weekends in addition to having access to the Winchester Indoor Lawn and Tennis Center where they also can spend many hours training. Add this to their high school work load, and winning the State Championship is not as small a feat as the press would make it sound. Their dedication, and the support and sacrifices made by their families and other people in the town all back up their success in winning the Championship Trophy year after year. The most amazing accomplishment Is that these kids are just as devoted to their schoolwork as they are to their sport. Graduating from WHS tennis teams this year are a top notch group of boys and girls heading on to tackle other challenges and opportunities in their lives. Their individual stories are equally impressive: Christian Boulanger is heading off to Bowdoin College to major in Economics after training hard all summer in hopes of making the varsity tennis team. Abigail Shewalter is joining the US NAVY where she will play tennis while training to support her country. Alex Saich is going to Harvard University after taking an interim year to work on projects in China. Katy McKeough is going to Carnegie Mellon to study Physics. Alex Criss is going to Trinity College where she was recruited to play tennis. David Stringfellow is going to MIT to study engineering. Michael Lauretano is going to Endicott College where he will play on the varsity tennis team. Ryan Connolly was able to play two sports during high school and is a top soccer player. He was recruited to play soccer at Wheaton College. Ben Davis is doing a PG year to continue with two sports that hes passionate about: soccer and tennis while he decides which one hed rather pursue at the collegiate level.

The State Champions receive their trophies

WHS Boys Tennis receive their trophy. Go Sachems!
WHS girls tennis team

Paula Sughrue's family, including the victorious Coach Paul Sughrue

Contributed by Margo Boulanger and Paula Sughrue.

A Race to Remember in Winchester MA

A Race to Remember at Ginn Field in Winchester MA

A Race to Remember was held last Sunday in Winchester MA

Rebecca Brennan-Laird of Shanahan Real Estate Group runs A Race to Remember in Winchester MA

There was a great turnout for the Race to Remember at Ginn Field on Sunday morning. Despite the rain and cool temperatures, families came out to raise money to restore Ginn Field in Winchester, MA and to dedicate the Ginn Playground to the Stone-Mortimer family. Deborah Stone Souchat gave an emotional speech to the crowd before the race, thanking the town for their support over the past year. Representative Jason Lewis addressed the crowd before joining the runners in the race.
Rebecca Brennan-Laird participated in this weekend's A Race to Remember

A Race to Remember was held last Sunday in Winchester MA

The best part of the day was the kids fun run, where families lined the track and kids ran in age groups from start to finish. Every runner received a medal and the crowd went wild during every heat. The weather did not dampen the fun and camaraderie of this wonderful event. Mary Ellen Falvey and her team of volunteers put on a spectacular event and raised money for a very worthy cause in town. The Ginn Playground Restoration Project is a collaborative vision among Winchester, MA residents to rebuild Ginn Playground. In addition to having a safe, creative and state-of-the-art park for people of all ages, the goal is create a central playground that best represents everything Winchester has to offer to residents and visitors. Contributed by Rebecca Brennan-Laird

"So, how's the market in Winchester?"

So, hows the market?

Shanahan Real Estate Group- Sale Pending Sign

Another Property Under Agreement with Shanahan Real Estate Group

We get asked this question a lot, whether on a listing appointment, showing a house to buyers or even at the supermarket. We thought we would use this forum to answer this question, as well as others we hear from buyers, sellers and friends in the course of our day at Shanahan Real Estate Group. The answer to this question is not that simple and has been changing over the course of the year so far. Springtime is usually a very busy period for the real estate market, with lots of new listings and an equal number of eager buyers. This year, we have had a surprisingly low inventory of homes for sale in Winchester. You may have seen the article in The Winchester Star recently, titled Sellers Wanted. There are buyers who have been looking in town for a long time, and are just waiting for the right house. While our data shows continued activity across most price ranges, homes that are priced right and are in great condition are the ones that sell the fastest. When a buyer finds a home, they are hesitant, waiting to make sure that we have really hit bottom, as far as prices are concerned. As optimistic Realtors, we believe that we have seen the bottom of the market in Winchester and, while no one expects any dramatic increases in value, home prices remain steady. Our community has been fortunate to have weathered the recent economic times with property values holding steady, with single digit percentage changes in value from years past.

Looking forward

We expect to see our conservative real estate market continue, with reasonably priced homes that are in good condition selling quickly. Gone are the days where a buyer walks into a home and exclaims I love this house! Lets make an offer!. Buyers are much more cautious and educated in the local market, reviewing sales data with their agents and touring the home several times, before finalizing their decision. We encourage both buyers and sellers to have this level of education and comfort with the local real estate market. Our agents are educated on a continuing basis about OUR market- Winchester and our neighboring communities. While we are bombarded with real estate headlines and trends (often negative) , its important to remember the old saying: all real estate is local. The national real estate market is very different from that in Boston and Winchester is a totally different story altogether. Our agents know the market HERE and we are always happy to talk about it.

So, hows the market? Ask one of us- we know.

Town Day in Winchester

Winchester at its best this weekend

Our town was the quintessential New England village having a party. Shanahan Real Estate Group is always a part of this event and each year, we look forward to seeing all of our friends and neighbors as they make their way down Thompson Street. The morning started off with The Winchester Rotary Clubs annual Pancake Breakfast, which is always great. It is a really well run and organized event and fun for the whole family. We heard that they used up all of their pancake batter (several five-gallon drums of it!) by the time it was over! As usual, the town center was closed to traffic to allow visitors to roam the streets. People were shopping and eating everything from ice cream to fried dough to corn dogs. The petting zoo was a hit with the little kids, as were the trucks and FANs Kid Olympics on the Common.
At the Shanahan table

Our agents at the Shanahan Real Estate Group Table

Shanahan Real Estate Group Agents at Town Day

At right is a picture of some of our agents from the Shanahan Real Estate Group booth from Town Day. In the picture are Nicole Cordeiro, Paula Sughrue, Lulu Coakley and Karen Garrett. This year, we gave away water bottles and calendars. The calendars are always a big hit and highlight some of the most beautiful areas of town. We prepare it every year with seasonal photographs provided by Rich Shanahan. If you would like a calendar, please send us an email, call or come by the office. We have a few left and would love to share them! Some years, we all roast in extreme early summer heat and others have been rainy. This year, it was sunny and about 70 degrees- perfect!

Why buyers choose Winchester and why they stay

It seems that every weekend this spring has brought another event for us to enjoy. It truly is the season to see your neighbors and enjoy our town together. Its events like these that convince sellers to stay in Winchester when they need a larger home or when looking to downsize. This is also a day where potential buyers see our town and decide that Winchester is for them!