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New! 304 Main Street, Winchester MA

NEW! Shanahan Real Estate Group is proud to present 304 Main Street in Winchester.

Front of 304 Main St, Winchester

304 Main Street, Winchester MA

Enjoy a location where you can walk to schools, town center and both train stations. This adorable dutch colonial has been meticulously maintained and updated. It has an updated kitchen with granite center island with seating, formal dining room and living room and beautiful sunny family room. This home has a newer heating system, sprinkler system and great basement with a playroom as well as a wine cellar.

Kitchen at 304 Main St, Winchester MA

An updated kitchen with island seating and access to private deck.

If you are one of those buyers who have been looking for a beautiful home in Lincoln School district (or know buyers that are), this is the house to see this week! Showings start Thursday July 12th and a public open house is scheduled for Sunday July 15th. For more information, view the listing page. If you want to schedule a showing or have questions about the Winchester MA real estate market, call or email us.

Living Room at 304 Main St

Beautiful formal living room with french doors and fireplace at 304 Main St, Winchester.

House Hunters: The Winchester episode airs this week!

Roll out the red carpet! Shanahan Real Estate Group is going Hollywood this week!
House Hunters Square logo

House Hunters comes to Winchester this Friday!

On Friday night, HGTV's House Hunters is airing an episode about a couple looking for a home in Winchester, with Karen Garrett appearing as their real estate agent. The show follows the couple around as they look at three different houses. At the end of the episode, the buyers decide on the house that they will purchase. This spring, the production team came to town and filmed the episode with the buyers and Karen. It was a really fascinating process of producing the show and something totally new to Karen and the buyers. There is a really critical level of detail from scrutinizing the objects in the background to ensuring that background noise is consistent and not disruptive. In fact, each scene is filmed three different times to ensure that the producers get the right angle and focus. Imagine trying to film a scene in downtown Winchester on a weekday afternoon at 5pm: the evening train, cars going down Thompson St, airplanes overhead and even a mail bin being pushed down the brick sidewalk- all of these things slow down the filming process! It has been such a fun process and very exciting to be part of House Hunters. We haven't seen the final episode, so we are very much looking forward to seeing the finished product (Karen is a little anxious!). Look for more House Hunters fun this week on our site and on Facebook, and be sure to tune in on Friday night at 10PM on HGTV.
Film Crew for House Hunters

The awesome film crew for House Hunters. We finished shooting on this day at our Shanahan Real Estate Group office on Thompson St in Winchester.

Nationwide Open House Sunday: An Opportunity for Buyers

NAR OH Weekend 2012

Shanahan Real Estate Group will have open houses today from 1-3PM.

This weekend, Shanahan Real Estate Group is participating in Nationwide Open House Weekend. This is the third annual event, organized locally by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR).

About National Open House Weekend

Since its first year, Shanahan Real Estate Group has participated and coordinated all of our open houses to ensure that buyers had a very clear day and time to see as many of our listings as possible. While open houses are only one component to a successful marketing plan, most buyers utilize open houses as a first step in the home buying process.

From the Massachusetts Association of Realtors: "This third annual event gives buyers at all levels a stress-free way to see a wide range of homes for sale and learn more about home ownership. This includes learning about the buying process and the local real estate market to information on the local community. REALTORS are also a good source of information on housing issues at the local, state and federal levels that may impact current and future home owners. For sellers, the weekend will provide additional exposure of their homes to interested buyers."

Who goes to open houses?

68% of buyers in Massachusetts take advantage of visiting an open house as part of their home search process. Nationally, only 45% of buyers do. Home buyers in the northeastern United States visit open houses more frequently than any other region in the country. 94% of all buyers felt going to an open house was either very useful (56%) or somewhat useful (38%). 79% of sellers in Massachusetts used an open house to help market their home. Only 58% of sellers nationally used open houses. (The data is from the 2011 Massachusetts Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, compiled by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR)). Open Houses Today Our listings at 1 Ivy Circle, 12 Plymouth Rd, 161 Cambridge St, 98 Wildwood St and The Ledges Unit 57 will all be Open today (4/29) from 1-3PM. For more information and a list of all open houses in Winchester today, visit our website. And as always, there is a very friendly and knowledgable agent in our office ready to answer any questions that you might have about a specific property, the local market or about the process of buying a home in general. Stop in or call us anytime!

One Ivy Circle: A Colonial filled with tradition and renovations.

One Ivy Circle, Winchester

1 Ivy Circle, Winchester: A Colonial filled with tradition and renovations

Shanahan Real Estate Group and Paula Sughrue present 1 Ivy Circle, Winchester MA

The spring market is upon us and the inventory in Winchester is growing. New to the market is this gorgeous, meticulously maintained home nestled on a private cul-de-sac in the Flats. This spacious home boasts of a state of the art kitchen, master suite, first floor washer and dryer, finished basement and central air system. The bright eat in kitchen offers hardwood floors, granite countertops, recessed lighting and brand new stainless steel appliances. The living room includes two custom built-ins and a brick fireplace while the dining area offers classic styling accented by crisp wainscoting panels. The first-floor also offers a room off of the kitchen that could be used as a home office or den. The second floor offers four bedrooms, including a master suite with a walk-in closet. The finished lower level is ideal for family relaxation with a fireplace and brand new wall-to-wall carpeting. For relaxed outdoor living, this home also offers a brick patio with professional landscaping which includes a sprinkler system. This home is in move-in condition. Its walk to town and elementary school location contributes to its charm. Come see what this home has to offer!

Paula Russo Sughrue

1 Ivy Circle, Winchester: A Colonial filled with tradition and renovations

The Winton Club Cabaret is a Hit!

Shanahan Real Estate Group at The Winton Club Cabaret

Shanahan Real Estate Group at The Winton Club Cabaret

Shanahan Real Estate Groups Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Felicity Tuttle, & Mary Price contributed to this post about attending the Winton Club's Cabaret It's About Time! Each year, a group from the office attends this amazing show, which has continually been more successful than the last! We always love a fun night out and supporting a local, very worthy, cause.


Shanahan Real Estate Group attended the Thursday night performance of the Winton Club Cabaret It's About Time, and what a show it was! We were so impressed with the amazing talent in this show and felt that this was one of the best Cabaret shows ever put on by the Winton Club. The vocal talent, the music, the dancing, the costumes, the sets all made for a show to remember. It made us laugh, cry, & cheer we left with smiles on our faces and wonderful memories of a great night filled with amazing talent and great friends. Thank you, Winton Club, for all you do for this town, for the Winchester Hospital, and thank you for a great show! - Rebecca Brennan-Laird


A group of us from the office had a real treat attending Winton Club's Cabaret It's About Time! Of course the Tambos and the Drill Team were both as practiced and perfect as ever but there was so much more! Vivacious Beth Kennedy, tiny Wendy Smith, and the many dancers who give the show pace and zing were onstage again this year adding so much to so many numbers. Giovanna Ward and Debbie Chasse performed beautiful, lyrical pieces which displayed their depth and range so well. Ciro Faienza had us melting at our table. In their solo pieces, Eddie and Diane Rae showed us what a musical family is all about! Kevin brought great presence and tuneful projection to his roles, particularly that in the Finale from Les Miserables. Amy C. should not be able simultaneously to sing on key and kick as high as she did that was a major challenge which she acquitted with elegance. Patricia Williams displayed her lovely voice while her trio graced shimmering blue sequined tops which caught the lights. Two gals wonderfully showcased this year were Abbie Sawyer and Sarah Folk who each had several solos and were an absolute delight to hear every time. Anyone who missed It's About Time! should mark their calendars for Winton Club's 2013 Cabaret in late January/early February of 2013 you don't want to miss their production! - Felicity Tuttle


After an amazing night out, we look forward to Cabaret 2013! We were a very proud sponsor of this amazing show! A little about The Winton Club of Winchester - this non-profit organization donates all profits to to the Winchester Hospital. This dedicated & diverse group of women are committed to providing volunteer services and programs to benefit the Winchester Hospital. Last year, they donated over $125,000 to the hospital! Wow! I've been a member of The Winton Club since l982 and had the pleasure to assist with makeup, selling raffle tickets, and organizing donations for this more-than-worthy cause. We are all looking forward to Cabaret 2013! - Mary Price


Many thanks to our contributors! We will absolutely be looking forward to next year's show!

A Realtor Running for Charity

Shanahan Real Estate Group's Rebecca Brennan-Laird, is running the Boston Marathon on April 16th to raise money for arts and education. Below is a post from Rebecca explaining why she's running and which worthy cause she is supporting. Good Luck, Rebecca!

Shanahan Real Estate Group's Rebecca Brennan-Laird

Rebecca Brennan-Laird of Shanahan Real Estate Group

Happy New Year!
One of my goals for the New Year is to run the Boston Marathon on April 16th. To this end, Ive joined the Stoneham Theatre Marathon Team. We are running 26.2 miles to raise money for a cause close to my heart - arts and education.I have been involved with Stoneham Theatre from the beginning. The Theatre, recently named thefifth largest performing arts organization in Greater Boston, is a key community resource. I love thistheatre for the simple reason that it is close to home, affordable, and provides quality entertainmentand arts education. Its a gem and I hope that you will support it by supporting me.
 
I have a goal of raising $5,000 bymarathon day. I would greatly appreciate your help in reaching my
goal. Donations can be made on-line. If you would prefer to drop a check offat Shanahan Real Estate
Group I will see that it gets to the right place. Feel free to pass this along to anyoneelse you think might be interested I can use all the help I can get!
 
So if you see me running around Winchester wearingmy green Shanahan hat be sure to say hello! And if you find yourself in Boston on April 16th, come out and cheer me on!
 
Thanks,
Rebecca Brennan-Laird
 
PS Of course, all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Stoneham Theatre of Stoneham MA

Rebecca Brennan-Laird of Shanahan Real Estate Group

Online Donations Go towww.stonehamtheatre.org At the top, click on Support and then Marathon Click on Donate Now button Complete the form When asked Please Use My Donation For, select: Marathon Rebecca Brennan-Laird Please Note: You must select my name from this list for me to get credit for your donation. If attending a marathon fundraising event, select the appropriate event and please list my name in the In Honor Of section. Complete the Donor Information and Credit Card Information and you are all set!
 
Check Donations Make payable to Stoneham Theatre. Write Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Marathon 2012 on the check.
 
Thanks again!
 
 

A Buyer's Market or A Seller's Market? Absorption Rate as a Measure

Shanahan Real Estate Group's June O'Keefe Burt offers her perspective on the market today and how to use absorption rate as an indicator of buyer and seller activity. Thanks, June!

We at Shanahan Real Estate Group wish to personally extend our best wishes to you for 2012. On the business side, we thought it would prove helpful, if you are considering buying or selling a home in 2012, to present some data that will clearly show the state of the market in our area. Real Estate is governed by the law of supply and demand; as such it is helpful to put a metric in place to judge the level of sales activity. The ABSORPTION RATE compares how many homes are for sale (the supply) to how many homes sold that month (the demand). We can then determine how many months it would take for all the homes currently listed for sale to sell at the current pace of sales. A balanced market is one that has anywhere between 2-4 months of inventory. Anything over 4 would favor buyers (more selection) and anything less than 2 would favor sellers(less options for the buyers). The numbers for the last six months in Winchester single family sales indicate an absorption rate of 3 months. Taken independently, this number is an extremely positive statistic for Winchester single family sales. From a sellers standpoint, this indicates that there is a qualified buyer pool for a well -priced home for sale. From a buyers standpoint, it indicates a balanced activity level and alleviates concerns of overpaying for a home in our current market. We anticipate as the spring market gets rolling, there will be increased levels of inventory, however, as anyone who has purchased a home in any spring market will tell you, there is an increased buyer pool as well. Winchester continues to outperform the market, even in these uncertain times. Happy 2012!

June O'Keefe Burt of Shanahan Real Estate Group

June O'Keefe Burt of Shanahan Real Estate Group

Winchester Rotary Club and Chamber welcome new Town Manager

This week, Shanahan Real Estate Group's Rebecca Brennan-Laird attended the joint meeting of the Winchester Rotary Club and Winchester Chamber of Commerce. Below is Rebecca's post:

Today the Winchester Chamber of Commerce joined the Winchester Rotary Club for their weekly lunch meeting. It was a great opportunity to catch up with business owners and Rotary members in town. Our first speaker was Mary Ellen Lannon, Winchester's Town Clerk, who spoke about the census and redistricting and her term as acting Town Manager. Mary Ellen was followed by our new Town Manager, Richard Howard, who has been on the job for a total of seven days. Richard spoke about his background and experience and his enthusiasm for his new position in Winchester. It was great for us to meet him and for him to have the opportunity to meet so many business professionals in town. We look forward to working with him as he settles into his new position.

Winchester Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce welcome the new town manager

Pictured from left: Rebecca Brennan-Laird of Shanahan Real Estate Group (president-elect of Winchester Rotary Club), Mary Ellen Lannon (Winchester Town Clerk), Carla Suijkerbuijk (President Winchester Rotary Club) and Richard Howard (Winchester Town Manager)

New Year, Amazing new listing at 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester

This week, Shanahan Real Estate Group presents a new listing for sale at 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester MA. This beautifully renovated home is a model for effectively combining old-world character, modern amenities and even green technologies for energy conservation.

New listing at 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester.

Fabulous New Construction 1926 Dutch Colonial was completely gutted to the studs and totally re-built with an extensive new addition in 2011. This unique 2,882 square foot home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and every amenity imaginable. Fabulous child-friendly neighborhood is located within easy walking distance to top-rated Ambrose Elementary School, MBTA train service to Boston, and Winchester Center. Custom built with the character and quality of yesteryear, but everything is BRAND NEW.

Kitchen at 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester.

Unique Features of 1 Oneida Circle

  • Property sits on Registered Land (land boundaries and title guaranteed by the state)
  • Sited on a 6,400 square foot corner lot that feels much larger
  • Four bedrooms including large Master Suite with His & Hers walk-in closets
  • 2 baths with marble floors
  • Red oak hardwood floors throughout
  • Formal Living Room and Dining Room with wainscot & niche for China cabinet
  • Open concept floor plan with Kitchen, Breakfast Area, and Family Room with gas fireplace
  • Double slider from Breakfast Area to 12x 22 Deck and rear yard
  • First floor Office with an additional built-in Desk alcove in Kitchen
  • Finished Lower Level with Family Room, Mud/Laundry Room, and Exercise/Storage Room
  • Oversized 2 car Garage with Carriage House style garage doors and separate walking door
  • Pull-down stairs provide easy access to attic storage
Exterior of 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester MA

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester.

Green Features of 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester MA

  • Insulation
    • Closed-cell spray foam insulation installed in previously existing portion of house provides at least R-21 in the walls and R-38 in Attic rafters creating a fully conditioned space in Attic
    • R-21 Fiberglass insulation located in new portion of house with 2x6 walls
    • R-38 Fiberglass insulation located in ceiling of new portion of house
    • 1 rigid foam insulation installed under finished Lower Level floor
  • 96+% efficient American Standard HVAC Units in both Basement and conditioned Attic
  • Two 13 SEER Heil central air conditioning compressors
  • Two separate heating/cooling zones (1st Floor/Lower Level, and 2nd Floor)
  • Bradford White Energy Saver 75 gallon gas hot water heater
  • Energy Star-rated 7-day programmable thermostats in Family Room and Master Bedroom
  • Energy Star-rated Windows/Doors/Skylights
    • Andersen 400-Series windows with Low-E insulating glass and simulated true divided lights for architectural integrity
    • Velux skylight in Master Shower and Velux Sun Tunnel skylight in Master Bath
    • Jeld-Wen Front Entry Door and Garage Walking Door
    • Therma-Tru Side Porch Door
  • Energy Star-rated Bosch kitchen appliances with water-efficient dishwasher
  • Energy-efficient lighting
    • 55 LED recessed can lights (provide 65 watts of light each for 14.5 watts of usage)
    • LED under-cabinet lights in Kitchen
    • Fluorescent/CFL/Xenon lights in almost all other locations
  • Pilot-less Intellifire Heatilator gas fireplace
  • Conduit run from Attic to Lower Level Utility Room to facilitate future solar panel installation
  • Conduit run from Garage to Lower Level Utility Room to facilitate the installation of future electric car charging stations
  • Abundant natural lighting throughout minimizes need to use artificial lighting during daytime
  • Water-efficient Kohler Wellworth toilets use just 1.28 gallons of water per flush
  • Landscape Irrigation system uses water-efficient drip irrigation in planting beds. Rain sensor prevents unnecessary watering when not needed.
  • Lawn was winterized with Organic root-building fertilizer
This property presented by Nan Shanahan

Shanahan Real Estate Group presents 1 Oneida Circle, Winchester.