Elena Langlois - Compass Massachusetts, LLC



Posted by Elena Langlois on 1/14/2021

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Giving your space a much-needed makeover doesn't have to take a lot of time or money. Whether you want to recreate the space for a party, prepare for a sale, or simply make an old room look new, here's a solution for you. Use these tips to completely transform your room in just a day.

Update the Paint

Real estate agents often say that nothing makes potential buyers drunk quicker than a fresh coat of paint. It's intoxicating the way new paint provides an instant makeover to any space. Not only does it scream newness, it also keeps your walls protected from moisture and can improve the air quality of your home. So, if you want to redo a room or an entire house, grab the paint brush and get busy.

Focus on Decorative Storage Spaces

There's no rule that storage shelves must be used for storage. Instead, use them as a decorative centerpiece by establishing a theme or motif and carrying that through with well-chosen colors, textures, and accent pieces. Have a lot of clutter that needs a home? Consider decorative woven baskets to keep magazines, accessories, toys, and more tucked away while looking naturally beautiful.

Purchase Rugs

In the time it takes to place a rug, you can have a completely new atmosphere in any indoor or outdoor space. Rugs allow you to bring texture, color, or patterns into a room without overwhelming it. They can also serve as a focal point when placed correctly, or as a backdrop when something more subtle is preferred.

Switch Out the Pillows

Similar to rugs, pillows can really make a room pop at a fairly inexpensive price point. Mix textures and patterns to create a depth and layering effect on beds, benches, and couches. To create a palette that stuns, consider adding splashes of texture with feathered pillows, tassels, or ribbing. You also may want to choose bold colors combined with neutrals to add dimension to an otherwise flat area.

Power Wash Outdoors

A complete update of a deck or driveway can be accomplished easily with a thorough power wash. Doing so can make a home feel brand new. If time allows, consider restaining any wood panels and adding furniture to a deck, or replacing worn down rockery along a driveway.

Replace the Lighting

How you physically feel in a space often comes down to the lighting. Update your space with a dramatic lighting fixture or simplify and unify a room by choosing a neutral fixture. Effective design is about pairing lighting levels with the tasks being completed in that space. Think of a brightly lit kitchen island instead of a lamp in your reading space.

If you'd like more home decorating tips or want help with an upcoming move, feel free to reach out!




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 1/13/2021

This Single-Family in Newbury, MA recently sold for $1,260,000. This Greek Revival style home was sold by Elena Langlois - Compass Massachusetts, LLC.


273 High Road, Newbury, MA 01950

Single-Family

$1,175,000
Price
$1,260,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning Greek Revival built in 1846 shortly before the Civil War, located on Historic High Road steps to Old Town Hill & Parker River. This gem is a blend of historic and modern elegance. Spacious eat in kitchen w/ Italian slate counters, Wolf stove, Sub Zero built in frig & freezer drawers, Morso wood stove to warm the "eat in lounge". Open dining room with wainscoting, additional entertaining space with screen porch all with wide pine floorboards. Relax in the library where you travel back in time with Indian shutters that recess into the library walls, beehive oven & back to back fireplaces. 2nd floor boasts spacious master suite, 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Head up to the 3rd fl where modern greets you, builtin bed, media room 3/4 bath paneling of Burmese teak w aluminum spacer bars, radiant heat & hand dryer. Large barn with wood stove in 2nd floor workshop. All this on 2.4 acres of rolling lush lawn.This gem has been loved & meticulously maintained & improved by the current owners






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Posted by Elena Langlois on 1/7/2021


37 Cambridge St, Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$1,350,000
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
This contemporary colonial in desirable Winchester is simply beautiful! A 2005 addition transformed this traditional home into a show-stopping open floor plan with soaring walls of windows across the back of the home. Breathtaking views of majestic pine trees provide a natural canopy over a spacious deck with lovely gardens beyond. Long sight lines flow across a modern kitchen/dining area with 2 pantries, island, quartzite counters, & new stainless-steel appliances. A living room w/built-ins & mudroom w/ a one-car attached garage complete the first floor. The second-floor owner's suite features a dramatic vaulted ceiling, tall windows with treetop views, a study & walk-in closet. 3 additional large bedrooms, 2 full baths, laundry & an office complete this floor. Lower level is partially finished w/playroom, wet bar & full bath. Lots of flex-areas everywhere! Numerous amenities & critical updates-see attached. Great transportation access to Alewife & Boston. Ambrose Elementary.
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January 09 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Posted by Elena Langlois on 1/7/2021


37 Cambridge St, Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$1,350,000
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
This contemporary colonial in desirable Winchester is simply beautiful! A 2005 addition transformed this traditional home into a show-stopping open floor plan with soaring walls of windows across the back of the home. Breathtaking views of majestic pine trees provide a natural canopy over a spacious deck with lovely gardens beyond. Long sight lines flow across a modern kitchen/dining area with 2 pantries, island, quartzite counters, & new stainless-steel appliances. A living room w/built-ins & mudroom w/ a one-car attached garage complete the first floor. The second-floor owner's suite features a dramatic vaulted ceiling, tall windows with treetop views, a study & walk-in closet. 3 additional large bedrooms, 2 full baths, laundry & an office complete this floor. Lower level is partially finished w/playroom, wet bar & full bath. Lots of flex-areas everywhere! Numerous amenities & critical updates-see attached. Great transportation access to Alewife & Boston. Ambrose Elementary.
Open House
Saturday
January 09 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
More Open Houses
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Location: 37 Cambridge St, Winchester, MA 01890    Get Directions

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Posted by Elena Langlois on 1/7/2021


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Some leaks are obvious -- coming home to a soggy rug or soaked floor is a pretty good indicator that you have some plumbing trouble -- but others are more discreet and can lead to a costly water bill and home damage if you don't catch them. Mold and mildew can develop in days, so a slow or hidden leak can also lead to a health hazard. Use these tips to track down those less than obvious leaks and prevent damage to your home: 

  • Listen: If your toilets are constantly running, then you are using up water you are not getting any benefit from. Turn off all electronics and bathroom fan and listen -- you should not hear any running water. If you do, you should investigate further and repair the problem. Use the same technique to catch drips and leaks in other areas -- if you can see or hear a drip, it is wasting water and costing you money. 
  • Look at your bill: While your water bill likely varies every month, a sudden spike of 10% or more should be investigated, particularly if you know you haven't done anything different. If you repeatedly filled a kiddie pool or know you forgot and left the sprinklers on, then the higher than normal bill has a reasonable explanation, but if you didn't do anything out of the ordinary, you have a leak somewhere that needs to be tracked down. 
  • Take a walk: Walk around the yard around your sprinkler system -- if the ground is soggy and it has not rained (and you haven't been excessively watering) then you could have a bad sprinkler head. You should also check outside faucets and hoses for leaks for the same reason. 
  • Investigate odors: If your home suddenly smells moist and mildewy, you may have a leak somewhere. Check in all cabinets that house sinks and pipes, behind and around toilets and fixtures and around your washing machine and hot water heater. There should be no visible water, no mold and no moisture. If you spot any of these, you need to take further action. 
  • Head to the attic or basement: Both of these areas could house pipes or equipment you never see or think about, until they cause a problem. Make it a point to visually inspect these areas as part of a home maintenance routine. Ideally, schedule this when you test your fire alarms and swap out HVAC filters -- checking these areas takes just a minute, but can save you thousands in repair work if you spot a problem early. 

Make a quick visual inspection of your water heater, sprinkler system and under sink areas a part of your seasonal maintenance routines and you'll catch any moisture before it has a chance to permanently damage your home. 




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