As everyone knows, one of the main reasons home hunters look in Norwell, Massachusetts, is because of its schools.
As we often point out, it’s one of our main criteria when deciding to invest in a property. Good schools, or excellent as they are in Norwell, always tell you so much about the local community and real estate market; low crime, quality homes, good administration, and in a nutshell, family-friendly, as we like it!
Just like the nearby elementary school named after the first owner of the cabin @ 731R Grove St, Norwell, MA, William Gould Vinal (“Cap’n Vinal”), the local middle school is at approx 1 mile as the crow flies and 1.5 miles by car.
Ranking in the top 10% of all middle schools in Massachusetts, which is already a great state for schools, the Norwell Middle school has a teacher-student ratio of approx 12 to 1 and 512 students. They all score great in tests and above average.
It outranks nearby schools of nearby towns and most similar schools in Massachusetts and the country.
The school seems to offer great support and strongly facilitate the academic growth and development of all its students more than most other similar schools. It also offers lots of extra activities for further student improvement. That’s what parents like to hear…
If you have a family with middle school age children, now or soon, Norwell is definitely a great choice. The same choice when we invested in 731R Grove St, a very family-friendly home and great for student development and opportunities at all levels!
It’s obvious that a lot has changed during these years of pandemic, directly or indirectly, and the real estate market has been impacted as well and in many ways. One of them is obvious in the interior of homes.
The reduced opportunities to interact with society and nature like before, and the need to stay at home to abide by rules and guidelines or just out of fear, created a much stronger need for people to express their personality inside their homes.
The consequence is that the popular trend of white, sterile, flat, bright, straight line and minimal kitchens, and other areas in homes, is being replaced by designs that better incorporate some character, thus reflecting the personality of the homeowner.
Back are wood finish cabinets, black trim, appliances, knobs, furniture, arches and more; everything that allows some of the homeowners’ personality to transfuse into the interior design of their homes.
This new trend is evident, but not extreme; there is a need for accents of character, rather than an all-out design revolution that totally rejects minimalism. Balance between the previous minimal decor and more soul pleasing character through contrast, allows for the best of both trends. It’s a compromise that creates warmer homes with little touches of character to express the personality of homeowners.
Since life will not go back completely to what it was before the pandemic, these trends are here to stay for a while, like balanced design trends usually do.
Our Norwell home
At our Norwell home, a few weeks back, we decided to start renovations which include several updates.
We consulted with professionals, stagers, interior designers and decorators, and others, and eventually made choices that seem to embrace and almost anticipate, the above new trend.
Arches and curves around the house, less extreme kitchen design, with black appliances, matched with cherry wood cabinets, grey stone countertops and grey walls, light colored tiled floor, all complement the original oversized windows which let so much of the outdoors straight inside. Staging also compliments the trends with neutral grey colors and accents of black and touches of natural wood.
We are proud that we brought this beautiful home into 2022 by embracing the latest trends to achieve what nowadays buyers’ personalities are looking for.
This home is very family-friendly, open, but with private areas, well connected with nature and the beautiful surroundings, set back from the main street, but not isolated, accessible via a pretty driveway that loops around a pond.
Finally, a historic cabin on the lot completes the quest for character that in recent years had gone completely lost in extreme minimalism. Past trends were making homes more like houses than a pleasurable, cozy place to live, spend time with family, relax and now, with the latest increase of remote workers, work in comfort as well!
Our Norwell home was designed with the outside in mind. The idea of bringing inside the picturesque surroundings was a great way of enjoying nature from the comfort of your living area, preparing meals in the kitchen, even working in the office.
Whatever you’re doing in this home, you can almost always enjoy a beautiful view over the lawn, trees, garden, pond and lots of untouched and untouchable land.
This home boasts many oversized windows with the large, arched one above the front door, in one of the bedrooms. They are mostly casement windows, which allow for better ventilation and bring inside even more of the peaceful outside.
Bright, natural light is not lacking as the towering trees are beautiful, but set back far enough from the house to allow plenty of sunlight. All sides of the home have the opportunity of great views in all seasons.
The 2nd floor bathroom also enjoys a great window, but does not compromise privacy as it overlooks the back yard, where the lot extends to approx 310 ft from the house to the property line of dry land. Lots of surrounding vegetation contribute to creating a natural privacy screen, but still don’t give the feeling of being isolated.
When computers became a necessary tool in our daily lives, especially since the internet allows for so much to be done remotely, homeowners started dedicating rooms to office use like never before; homebuyers started looking for one in the homes they were purchasing and homesellers began highlighting office spaces in their homes as selling features. Agents, stagers, even tax advisors and all professionals in real estate, started focusing on rooms which were already set up as offices or could be converted easily to office use.
Multiple Office Spaces
In these last years of pandemic, home offices have become an absolute must have for many home buyers so much, that having multiple spaces is becoming an appealing feature.
Nobody really knows if it’s going to revert back to a market where one office space is going to be the popular choice or we will witness a new standard of multiple office spaces in the same home.
With many jobs having moved definitely to remote, even if many others will revert to “in presence”, the possibility offered by a home of having 2 or more office areas or rooms, is going to be an appealing feature.
Think about the surge of activity online, of availability of tools, apps, software that didn’t exist before and that will make it as easy as it has ever been to produce shows, organize meetings, publish content online. Many who were hesitant have now had their pandemic induced break-through and will continue their online efforts now that they now it works.
Our Norwell Home
We are lucky enough to have a home for sale in Norwell that does offer multiple spaces for multiple offices. One in particular not only works great as an office, but is very well located in the home to function as an office which can easily and conveniently have visitors, without the inconvenience of having to walk through the home.
1st Floor Office
The 1st floor office is accessible directly from the foyer, so visitors can walk right in, especially once pandemic guidelines and restrictions are lifted, that’s a significant advantage that preserves professionalism albeit in a home office environment.
It’s also nice that, with the present setup, the driveway can be easily monitored from the desk through the beautiful oversized windows. Visitors won’t surprise you. Being able to greet them in a timely way is always a great way to do business.
Professional Use of the Home
With plenty of parking space, it’s easy to see this home as a great place to use for professional reasons in a pleasant and efficient manner.
There’s a lot of new in this home, so much that agents who visited this home years ago before we took control of it, consistently said that it’s absolutely unrecognizable! One of the areas of intense renovation is the kitchen.
The kitchen enjoys a large space and it’s open to the main living area, only separated by the breakfast bar, while on the other side it flows into the mudroom and the laundry/1st floor bathroom area.
However, we thought that some upgrades would significantly improve the kitchen as for functionality and esthetics. A key decision was to replace the old and dull sink with a brand new, modern, distinctive double deep sink; critical for smooth dinner making, preparing food, washing dishes, filling pots, and a definite kitchen upgrade the sink itself already brings this kitchen to a higher, and more modern level of visual and practical appeal.
To complement the grey sink, a beautiful pull-down faucet with excellent flow was installed, after beautiful, sealed stone countertops all across the kitchen surfaces. Color choice to complement each other and create pleasurable contrast with the cherry cabinets also seemed logical.
Appliances and walls
Black appliances, just like the faucet and door knobs across the home, fit in nicely as well. The grey walls are a great match and tie-in with the rest of the first floor, helped by the tiled floor which flows uninterrupted from the side-mudroom to the foyer, all enhancing the great feeling of openness and easy flow that the open concept floorplan already offers.
The brightness allowed by the large and many windows make the kitchen area, with the breakfast bar, a great place to work, relax and entertain in style.