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Turkey Trot 2016

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - The Shanahan Group and Family Action Network are proud to announce The 6th Annual Turkey Trot for Kids!

On Thanksgiving morning, get bundled up in your hats and mittens to support a great cause. The Turkey Trot is back and better than ever! Children ages 3-9 are invited to the race to raise money for The Bridget Brigade. Coffee and cocoa will be served to help warm your bones and your spirit as we watch the little ones race, and rest assured everyone goes home a winner. Registration is only $5 per racer, and what a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving. A great opportunity to teach our little ones about supporting charities and a small way to show how thankful we are for our healthy rambunctious children.

The Bridget Brigade is a Winchester-based non-profit founded in the memory of Bridget Marie Dobbins, which raises funds to provide support to families from Massachusetts with a critically-ill child

You can register here or in person at The Shanahan Group offices at 552 Main Street in Winchester. Registration is also available the day of the event, at Lincoln School field beginning at 8 AM Thanksgiving morning.

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    Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group - Our Next Move

    Anyone who has spent a good amount of time at the right company knows full well that companies can definitely be like families. And so our family Better Homes and Gardens The Shanahan Group is moving from one phase of our life, to the next. 

    Here we sit in our starter home, when we first moved in, nearly ten years ago, our family was smaller. We fixed up our space and little by little, we made it our own. We’ve recently redone the floors and painted the walls again. Everyone who visits compliments us on what we’ve done with the place and how it really reflects who we are. We love our neighborhood and become an integral part of it. We’ve counseled, celebrated, negotiated, educated, and entertained from this space, and our family - our business - has continued to thrive as we’ve expanded well beyond Winchester real estate but always with downtown as our home base.

    But over the last few years, our family has grown and the space is a getting little tight. More windows would be great. We’d love a bigger kitchen. More room to be together, and more room to be apart, when we need a quiet space to work. And boy do we need more storage! 

     

    And so like all of our friends, clients, and our individual selves, we’re taking the next step! It’s time for our Move Up Home - maybe even our Forever Home - in the perfect location: about eight doors down from where we are now – there’s even a Starbucks across the street (okay, maybe that part’s a little dangerous). 

    So, we’ve called the painters, we’ve picked colors – wood tile here, new carpeting there. True admin space for Lynn, a real office for Karen, a training room for us all, conference rooms to be private, and big public spaces that will allow us to continue to do what we do best.

    We are unique in the industry. Culture, collaboration, and teamwork are paramount in everything we do. We like each other and we help each other in order to succeed. We work as a team, incorporating our individual talents to provide all our clients - our buyers and sellers, as well as co-brokers, lenders, attorneys, and the myriad other organizations we work with - industry leading experience, knowledge, and expertise. All helping you to achieve your next goal. 

    And maybe we’ll just add to our family, too.

    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group Family proudly announces our change of address to 552 Main Street, in the heart of Winchester MA.

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      1. Jan Byford Foley on

        Nan, Karen and the whole Team - Best of luck and best wishes to all of you in your new office! Can't wait to see it! Jan and Bob

        Paula Russo Sughrue's Run for Lovelane

        One of the many common interests that our agents share is a desire to give back to our communities and to make a difference. And we've all certainly learned that when we do, we really end up receiving so much more! We'd like to thank Paula Russo Sughrue for sharing a recent experience she had with a truly life changing organization:

        Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of joining 500 other runners in the 9th annual Susan McDaniel Run for Lovelane. This professionally timed race is challenging enough for elite runners but welcoming and enjoyable for families, walkers, and even strollers. The 5K race starts at the Weston Town Green and makes its way along the beautiful neighborhoods in Weston, Massachusetts with friendly homeowners along the way providing much-needed water to the runners.

        Paula Sughrue, her niece, Olivia, and Paula's daughter, Madeline.

        Lovelane provides high-quality, therapeutic horseback riding to achieve therapeutic gains to children with special needs. This fun and supportive environment has been an integral part of my niece, Olivia's amazing progress over the past eight years. She thoroughly enjoys her weekly horseback rides with the special attention from the licensed therapeutic riding instructors. Some other activities present a physical challenge to Olivia, but with horseback riding she's on top of the world and so proud of herself!  It's heartwarming for her family to know that she's experiencing this much joy.

        My children and I have been part of this wonderful fundraiser for the past 3 years. Olivia's team is named Team Trots and is pictured above. Her team grows each year. Her parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins all come out to show their support for her and this important program. Let me know if you want to join Team Trots next year. All are welcome!  The atmosphere of young and old Lovelane supporters is so inspiring. 

        Team Trots

        To learn more about Lovelane visit www.lovelane.org

        Welcome to Winchester's Rangeley Road

        Winchester MA Rangeley Road

        When you think of moving to Winchester, picture yourself in a home with room for everyone, where entertaining or just day-to-day living is almost effortless.  Think of big backyards for playing, gardening, or relaxing at the end of the day.  Envision picturesque strolls through tree-lined streets, past venerable, older homes to our Victorian downtown.  With our latest listing at 7 Rangeley Road, fantasy becomes reality. 

        Rangeley Park” as it was originally named, was a “romantically planned” residential park developed in 1875 by wealthy Boston lumber dealer, David Nelson Skillings.  The park was “widely praised as a model to be imitated, not only in Boston but nationally as well.”  Rangeley Park was known for its winding roads and open spaces and because of its central location within Winchester, it served the town as a public park and a residential community.[1]

        Today, the Rangeley neighborhood, just 2/10 mile from Winchester Center, retains much of its original character - winding roads, beautiful historic homes, and lovely landscapes at every turn.  This unique neighborhood continues to provide its residents with a suburban “park” feel, amidst a center-of-town location. Stroll down to Winchester’s coffee shops and browse the weekend farmer’s market on the Town Common.  Meet friends for dinner at one of our many quaint downtown restaurants.  Catch the train, where Boston is just an easy, 12-minute ride away.

        This sunny, 1936 colonial has seamlessly joined the best of the old with the new - hardwood floors and classic molding meet central AC, and a true cook's kitchen.  Relax by the fire in the formal living room.  Enjoy outdoor dining on the private back patio.  Play games in the fenced yard shaded by trees.  Entertain your guests in the open concept, gourmet kitchen.  Keep life organized in the tiled mudroom and attached 2-car garage.  There's space for everyone with four bedrooms, a sky-lit family room, and a finished lower level perfect for video games, home gym, or guests. 

        This amazing home has so much to offer, inside and out.  Don't take our word for it, VIRTUALLY TOUR 7 Rangeley Road before you join us for the open house on Sunday, June 5th from 12:00 - 2:00! Move right in and enjoy Winchester just outside your door!

         

        For more information or to schedule a private showing, please contact Louise Coakley, Listing Agent (mobile) 781-864-3455, (office) 781-729-9030, lulu.coakley@shanahanre.com

         

         

         

        [1] Rangeley, A Romantic Residential Park in Winchester, MA. By Maureen Meister

         

        The Shanahan Group and Rebuilding Together Boston

        Every day, we help our clients find their dream homes and sell longtime properties. And, let’s face it; we often do so in some pretty affluent suburbs around Greater Boston. On January 22, a team from our office will be taking a personal day from our jobs to help ensure one homeowner can stay in her home for the long haul.

        Last March, we learned that Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, under the guidance of our CEO Sherry Chris, had partnered with Rebuilding Together, a national organization that provides low-income homeowners with critical repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy-efficient upgrades. The mission of Rebuilding Together is to stabilize neighborhoods, preserve affordable housing, provide safe and secure housing, and reduce the risk of homelessness.

        Rebuilding Together

         

        After hearing about this partnership, we knew we wanted to get involved! After months of planning, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – The Shanahan Group is very proud to be an official sponsor of Rebuilding Together Boston, the local chapter of Rebuilding Together. Since 1991, Rebuilding Together Boston has completed over 350 renovation projects for a total value of over $6,500,000 -- at no cost to the homeowners, allowing those homeowners to stay in their homes, build equity, and improve their quality of life.

        As a team, we have raised $7,500 to date for this very worthy cause. And on our build day, we will gather up our hammers, paintbrushes, and spackle knives and head to Roxbury to do critical health and safety repairs for a woman who has owned her home for more than 10 years, and is currently unemployed.

        We want to give a very special thank you to our partner in this initiative, Shant Banosian of GuaranteedRate, who made an extremely generous donation and who will also be joining us on the day of the build. We could not have done this without him and his team. A second shout out to G&N Insurance of Southborough, MA who provided that final push that brought us to our fund-raising goal! Thank you, all!

        After the build, be on the lookout for a recap of the day complete with pictures and good memories. We’re sure there will be plenty of stories to tell!

        If you are interested in learning more about how you can support Rebuilding Together Boston, please click here or reach out directly to Caroline Staudt, who has spearheaded this project for our office.

        Thank you very much to Nan Shanahan who made this possible and to the agents who have dedicated their time, money, and (somewhat questionable) talents to this worthy cause: Caroline Staudt, Rebecca Brennan-Laird, Lulu Coakley, Christine Curtin, Karen Garrett, Melissa Perrone, Angela Pinette, Mary Price, Mary Savage, Dara Singleton, Kara Spelman, Paula Sughrue, Felicity Tuttle, and Stephanie Walsh.