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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.


Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors Agent Phil Pless claims victory at the 4th Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

Over 160 participants and 113 volunteers made this year's 4th Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon the best yet. Hosted by Berkshire East Ski Area, racers could do the event solo in the Braveheart Laddie or Lassie category, or join with others in teams of 2-5. The race consists of a 4.5 mile trail run, an 18 mile four lap criterium bicycle leg, a 5 mile downstream paddle in the Deerfield River, a 2 mile obstacle course run and a climb to the top of Berkshire East and ski down to the finish. 


Phil had all positive things to say about this event:

"My team is The West County Old Stars. We regained our title in the 50+ 5 person team category. We beat last year's winner, Mighty Molitia, our friends and rival, The Zephyrs, and a new team this year, 4 Lesbians and a Guy in a Skirt. Overall winning team was Team Thunder. In the Under 19 category, Varsity M, from Mohawk, edged Tenacious Turtles from Amherst RHS.  Another thing that made it such a great event is how many of us know each other on various teams and have many friendly rivalries.  John McCarthy from Ludlow won the Braveheart Laddie, first male solo."


We're proud to be part of this great community event and are rooting for The West County Old Stars to continue their claim on the First Place title in the future! Way to go, Phil!

We're a proud sponsor.

We're a proud sponsor.

Phil Pless at the finish!

Phil Pless at the finish!

President's Award Recipients 2014

RAPV President's Awards 2014

RAPV President's Awards 2014

Congratulations to Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors award winners who attended last nights President's Award Event at the Hardley Farms Meeting House.

Award Winners: (1st Row) Phil Pless, Timothy Parker, Cathy Roberts, Wanda Mooney and Carol Bolduc.  (2nd Row) Marcia Brooks, Mike Packard, Christine Aubrey and Steve Oates.


Welcome Back Steve Oates!

Steve OatesWe are excited to have Steve back with us at Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors.

Steve started his real estate career with us in 2006 and left to take the Director of Sales position with another real estate company in 2011.  He has recently returned is happy to be back with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont where he will get back to doing what he loves, serving buyers and sellers as well as investors throughout Hampshire and Franklin County.

Steve grew up in Franklin County and has lived in Hampshire County where he managed a local restaurant. Steve also spent a few years out of state in restaurant management but missed the Valley, and knows this is home. His passion for the Valley brought him back and sparked his interest in a Real Estate Career.

Steve said, "Having local offices in Amherst, Deerfield, Northampton and Shelburne Falls, I will have the reach and resources to provide exceptional service throughout the Pioneer Valley".

Steve may be contacted at . . .

Phone:  (413) 325-3602   OR    Email:  steve@soates.com

Steve can be found in the Web at:  www.soates.com


Why We Love Western Massachusetts-The People

Stone buildingMarcia Brooks, agent with the Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors South Deerfield Office, offers a well shared opinion of the Pioneer Valley and why we love it here!

The Pioneer Valley is a hidden gem that has carefully and lovingly been polished over the past 40 years to reveal its' inner beauty.

SF Library

There is a wealth of resources to mine; Historic, Cultural, Recreational and Educational .....all available for the taking.

It is a preserved way of life that has been cherished for generations. Its' simplicity is both cultivated and progressive enough to stay on the cutting edge.

SuguringWe offer the original farm-to-table living.....which city dwellers relish.

While we might appear to be too far out in the country for some, we know otherwise.

It is an easy trek to Boston, New York, or points north and south whenever the mood strikes.But mostly, it is the people that live here--that bring it all together.  Whether it's festivals Winter Racethat celebrate the rivers, the hills, the libraries, the arts, the fruits of our labor,  or simply.....the four seasons.  It is a special way of life .... the spirit of a community and knowing your neighbor.

It is Americana at its best.

               -Marcia Brooks, 2014

2014 Company Award Winners

Realtor of the Year Don Mailloux Realtor of the Year
Don Mailloux

Realtor of the Year Don Mailloux

CONGRATULATIONS!  to Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont 2014 Award Winners.  Thank your for making us the #1 Real Estate Company in Franklin County for the 20th year in a row!

Team of the Year Mooney & Roberts Team of the Year
Mooney & Roberts

Team of the Year Mooney & Roberts

We have the Pioneer Valley covered with 4 convenient locations; South Deerfield, Shelburne Falls, Florence Northampton and Amherst, MA.  Contact one of our award winning agents today to see how Coldwell Banker delivers the most professional service available today.

Gold Award Winners:  Lisa Palumbo, Dave Ryan, Mike Packard, Phil Pless and Linda Webster.

Team Gold Award:  Gaylor & McGowan

Silver Award:  Carol Bolduc

Team Silver Award:  Paula & Rick Davitt

Bronze Award:  Maureen Borg, Gretchen O'Neil, Don Noble

Timothy Parker Inducted

Timothy Parker (310)701.6525

This morning, Timothy Parker was inducted into the National Association of REALTORS at the RAPV meeting held at the Summit View Meeting & Banquet House in Holyoke.  Tim has pledged to uphold the NAR Code of Ethics, voluntarily agreeing to abide by a Code based on professionalism and protection of the public.

Timothy Parker (310)701.6525

Tim grew up in Conway & Ashfield and has a vast knowledge of the Western Massachusetts area.  He worked in the Coast Guard and obtained a degree from the University of Massachusetts.  Upon returning to Ashfield with his wife, Erika, and their two children, he worked in the carpentry field obtaining a valuable understanding and plenty of experience in the building process.  He is now excited to be moving from building real estate to selling it.

Tim recently shared, "I have already begun to appreciate the dynamic nature of this job, and that is why I am working closely with Phil Pless, who has over 30 successful years of experience in the industry".  It is Tim's goal to assist buyers and sellers with their real estate needs throughout Western Massachusetts for many years to come.

Market Watch for Franklin & Hampshire Counties, MA

Today there are 444 single family homes on the real estate market for sale in Franklin County Massachusetts,  with a median list price of $234,950.

Some encouraging news to sellers is there was 51 sales over the last 30 days and homes have sold for 95% of their list price.

In Hampshire County, Massachusetts there are 712 single family homes for sale with an average days on market of 168 and a median price of $299,900.

The news to sellers in Hampshire county is similar as there was 130 sales over the last 30 days and homes have also sold for 95% of their list price.

Summer 2013 has been active for our home sellers and Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Agents are ready to assist you with the sale or purchase of your next home.

For a look at single-family homes in Franklin County-click HERE.

For a look at single-family homes in Hampshire County-click HERE.

To contact your Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTOR-click HERE


First Time Buyers Week

21 Bald Mountain Road, Bernardston

May 13th-17th is "First-Time Home Buyers Week and Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS has the tools and experience you need to purchase your fist home.  Feel free to download this Buyer Timeline Checklist to help you with an overall picture of the process you are about to embark.

21 Bald Mountain Road, Bernardston

Coldwell Banker Blue Matter is providing some great information for 1st-time buyers this week. Click on any topic to help gain the education needed to get through the home buying process.

1. What does it mean to be pre-approved for a mortgage    2.  The importance of interest rate      3. Taking the Leap    4. Hiring a Real Estate Professional    5. Tips to finding a home    6. Shopping Surprises    7. Home Inspections

21 Bald Mountain Road, Bernardston

Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont is a local real estate company with professional agents.  They all live, work, raise their families, shop and enjoy all the Pioneer Vally has to offer them AND you! Call one of our experienced agents today to start your journey of home ownership.