Hampshire County Real Estate

Small Lots Big Design - How Good Design Enhances Small Lots in Northampton, MA

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In 2013 the City of Northampton hosted a “Small Lots, Big Design” competition. The purpose was to demonstrate how good design can enhance small lots throughout the city. 

Since the end of the competition, Bruce Volz, of Shop Development LLC has seen his project progress to the point where it is almost complete. 

Bruce is also the co-owner of VCA, custom builders of unique furniture and architectural millwork in Northampton. His passion is in the design and quality of the pieces his company produces. His clients are varied and can mostly be found in New York and California. So it goes to say that this Small Lots, Big Design project has been a labor of love for him. He has never been involved in the construction of buildings. He paid three firms to come up with a design that he could get behind. In the end he chose Jones Whitsett Architects, and construction began in the Spring of 2015. 

Within walking distance to downtown Northampton, each two story building is made up of two single story dwellings, an upper and a lower dwelling. Each is efficiently organized to provide homeowners a spacious two bedroom apartment, including an outdoor deck and covered parking. The dwellings are low maintenance. The construction exceptional. Standards include double glazed windows, air-source mini-split heating/cooling, solar hot water, and LED lighting.

Inside the homes is all Bruce. The wood used in the counter face is reclaimed wood from a barn that previously stood on the property. Same with the barn doors in the home. The counter tops are recycled paper and resin. The floors are natural ash and teak. The cabinets were made in his company, designed by his people, all excited to be a part of the process. The homes have a rustic but polished look. Every pain staking detail is Bruce.

These homes are truly a work of art. Three of the four homes have been sold. There is an open house this weekend (Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 1-3PM) so feel free to stop in and take a tour. Or for a private viewing, please call Dave Ryan of Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont at 413-977-9184 or visit ShopDevelopmentNoho.com for renderings, systems, and more information or http://bit.ly/2dBAyzU for more details.


Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.


Open Houses - Hampshire County, MA

CB OH SignColdwell Banker | Community Realtors are opening doors to home ownership. This weekend you are welcome to visit the following homes to consider as your next home purchase.

Hampshire & Hampden County Open Houses - September 6th & 7th, 2014

Open Saturday 1pm-3pm


Open Saturday 1:30pm-3pm


Open Sunday 12pm-2pm


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Open Sunday 10am-12pm


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Market Watch-Hampshire County, MA

Market WatchThe Real Estate Market in Hampshire County, Massachusetts continues to be active.  The graph below shows the market activity for the month of August 2014. 

The most active part of the single-family sale market is over $300,000 with the highest property sold costing $535,000.  Today, September 2nd there are 757 single-family homes for sale.  Call your Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTOR today to begin your home search.

Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Single Family Homes for Sale Aug. 2014: 757

Average Days on Market: 163 Average List Price: $341,385

Single Family Under Agreement: 97 Average Days on Market: 125 Average Price: $272,053 Median Price: $249,900

Single Family Homes Sold: 111 Average Days on Market: 106 Average Sale Price: $290,237 Median Sale Price $285,000 Highest Sale Price: $535,000 Lowest Sale Price: $69,500

Homes Sold Over $300,000: 48 Homes Sold in $200,000 Range: 41 Homes Sold Up to $199,900: 22








2014 Real Estate Tax Rate for Hampshire County

House TaxesReal Estate Tax Rates for Hampshire County, Massachusetts in 2014 are listed below.  The information was compiled from the state website (www.mass.gov).  This information is helpful when purchasing your new home to approximate the cost of your real estate taxes.

Locate the town in the list below that you want to know what your approximate taxes would be.  The rate is then calculated per $1,000 of valuation.  Example:  In the town of Amherst if you purchase a home for $300,000, multiply the cost x $20.97 per thousand  to equal $6,291.00.  Towns also vary with additional taxes fore services like a Fire District.

More information may also be obtained by going to the town website...... We have provided a link below for each town site.  Just click on the town you wish to review.


Hampshire County 2014

Property Tax Rates

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Market Watch in Hampshire County

Market WatchOn January 30th we completed the following research about the Hampshire County, Massachusetts real estate market.  Research was conducted through the Multiple Listing Service.   Single-family homes continue to sell throughout the county despite the cold weather.

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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog and the Multiple Listing Service make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.








Market Watch in Franklin & Hampshire Counties

 The Spring Real Estate Market appears active with almost no change in the statistics when compared to last year this time. The local MLSPIN information is also showing inventory is down slightly and it appears the prices may be increasing.

Franklin County
Hampshire County
April 2,2013-May 2, 2013
Single Family/Condo Homes Sold:
 *(Up 26.6%)  38
  *(Down 23.9%)   73
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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. 

Chesterfield, MA Hits Top 10 List

A recent Boston.com post ask the question "If you were to move to any Massachusetts community, where should you go?"  They analyzed and ranked each town's crime rate; including violent and property crime, the number of public transit options, the number of historical sites per resident, the percentage of acres that are "open space," and the number of grocery stores.

The town of Chesterfield ranked #3 on the list of Massachusetts communities to live in!

Here are a few places to see when you are in Chesterfield:  Bissbee Mill Museum, Chesterfield Gorge, and Highlands Community Initiative.  The town official website provides some great photos of a day gone buy and live in town today, check these out!

Here are a few properties Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS have listed for sale.  See more pictures and information by clicking on the photo or the link.

8 Antin Road, Chesterfield, MA

YEAR ROUND WATERFRONT LIVING! If you are looking for a waterfront home, whether for vacations or for year round living, this is one not to miss! Sitting on an oversized lot, this property has a lot to offer. Two bedrooms, large dining room, living room with fireplace, fully applianced kitchen, full bath, first floor laundry and three season porch. There is a nice detached one car garage with work area. New septic system, newer roof, nice yard and waterfront area.

72 Bray Road, Chesterfield, MA

This sweet waterfront year round lake house will charm you! Wake up to paradise right outside your window. Extensively renovated home includes new metal roof, windows, ceilings, flooring, insulation, furnace, electrical service, hot water heater, updated bath, all within the last 12 years apo. Freshly painted too, there is truly nothing to do here but move in. Live year round or sneak away on weekends. Realize your dream and enjoy l lake living!

432 Main Road, Chesterfield, MA

Chesterfield General Store

 Opportunity KNOCKS ! Here's a chance to own the ONLY store/restaurant in Chesterfield! A world of possibilities awaits! There has been an operating store in this spot for over 5 decades. Currently a combination Restaurant, Ice Cream, Deli, liquor, variety .The front part of the building has a deli and variety store. Restaurant and office are out back. Full Liquor license. 3800 sf of commercial space. Plenty of parking. Located right on route 143. High Visibility.