Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lexington, MA - Dentists offer Cash for Candy!

Yes, that's right! A few of our local dentists are encouraging our young children to turn in their stash of candy for CASH!

Dr. Thomas Puschak is offering to buy up to 5 pounds of candy from trick or treaters at $2.00 per pound.
Candy must be wrapped and unopened. Bring to Dr. Puschak's office at 175 Bedford Street, Suite 14, Lexington - and pick up some cool cash!

Dr. Fawn Rosenberg is offering $1.00 per pound plus she is giving glowing electric toothbrushes for those who are willing to ditch their stash of candy. Last year Dr. Rosenberg collected more than 1,500 pounds of candy. Bring your candy to Lexington Smile Studio at 922 Waltham Street, Suite 202, Lexington.

Theresa D'Antuono

Monday, October 25, 2010

Enjoy Halloween Fun in Lexington!

Living in Lexington MA brings a unique twist to the Halloween holiday! The town’s rich American history enhances the imagination about those who lived in Lexington years ago and adds a sense of mystery that is ideal for the festivities of this coming weekend. There are many fun ways to enjoy the costumes, candy and Casper’s, but I wanted to highlight a few that are special to Lexington!

This Thursday afternoon, October 28th, between 2-5 PM
come visit our neighborhood business to see what treates they have in store for you and your children! Bring your pre-school and elementary aged kids in their costumes to as many businesses as you can visit. What a great way for the kids to collect their Halloween bounty in a safe and fun way. Just follow the orange, black and white balloons!

The Lexington Depot is hosting the Old Burying Ground Walking Tour this Saturday from 6:30-7:30pm. You’ll take a lantern lit tour on foot through the graveyard and see Historic figures in Colonial dress rise from their graves and tell their stories! If you’re brave enough to take on this graveyard walk; you
’ll find the experience not only an ideal Halloween event, but also educational as well! Hear how the first settlers lived in Lexington and their bone-chilling tales of life gone by! For more information and to get your tickets, contact the Lexington Historical Society.

Another very unique event in Lexington involves helping children learn about taking care of their teeth while getting cash for their candy and reaching out to our troops! Sound interesting? This fun exchange takes place at the Lexington Smile Studio which has participated in the Halloween Candy Buy Back for the past nine years. Children are encouraged to bring their Halloween candy into the dentist where they will receive $1 per pound of candy! They’ll also be given a light-up toothbrush and other dental-care goodies!

Children learn the importance of enjoying limited sugar in order to care for their teeth. All of the candy that the office collects is then sent overseas to our troops who aren’t able to be with their children and family for the Halloween festivities. Letters to the troops can also be written by the children and included in the candy packages that are sent. This event, which takes place from November 1-20 at the Lexington Smile Studio, is a fun way to share the joys of trick-or-treating as well as learning great hygiene. Visit the Halloween Candy Buy Back website or the Lexington Smile Studio for more information!

If you are a current Lexington resident or are visiting Lexington this weekend; be sure to take advantage of these family-fun events! Lexington MA is an excellent place to live with its historic charm, strong sense of community and beautiful homes. If you’ve been considering buying a home in Lexington, but aren’t quite sure where to start; let me know! I’d enjoy answering any questions you may have about the Lexington Real Estate market and can show you any of the homes available in Lexington! Contact me today to get started! And have a safe and happy Halloween!

Theresa D'Antuono

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Lexington, MA - Buyers Want Cozy, Connected Kitchens

Kitchens and living rooms are combining to create a new look for kitchens.

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Realtor Magazine October 2010

The kitchen isn’t just for cooking. Today it’s used as a gathering place for families, a central work space, and an open area to pursue craft projects or entertain.

"Living room and family room activities are merging into the kitchen, and it’s changing how kitchens look," says Susan Serra, a home designer in Huntington, N.Y., who specializes in kitchens. "Particularly as homes are getting smaller, we’re using the kitchen for much more than we have in the past. Home owners want a more versatile floor plan."

The walls in kitchens started coming down in the 1980s and 1990s, Serra says. First to go were walls separating the kitchen from the dining room and now home owners are saying goodbye to walls between the kitchen and the living room. Kitchens also are being designed in a less utilitarian way with larger windows, fewer cabinets, and softer lighting.

What if your home doesn’t have these elements? There are simple things you can do to create that cozy, social feel that buyers are seeking.

Install a kitchen island. Kitchen islands not only have functional benefits but also provide space for entertaining, informal dining, and extra storage. If your home doesn’t have one, consider a portable island, which can range from a butcher block to a breakfast table with bar stools.

"Just make sure that the style you choose is consistent with your existing decor in the kitchen and the size is appropriate," says Ashley Whittenberger, founder and owner of Interiority Complex, a Texas–based staging and design company.

She recommends at least 3 feet between the island and walls so there’s plenty of space to move around. If the kitchen island is large, add chairs to show it can serve as an extra gathering place.

Look for comfy chairs. Skip the typical wooden stools for an upholstered bar stool with a back, recommends Whittenberger. Switch out traditional chairs around the kitchen table for wing chairs, a love seat, or even an upholstered bench.

Soften the light. Use accent lights and sconces, usually associated with a hallway or den, Serra says. Numerous small lamps also will create a softer effect. Whittenberger suggests hanging a chandelier or light fixture over the kitchen island.

Add storage. Buyers are always drawn to extra storage. Add a standalone cabinet, cupboard, buffet, or wall shelving. Stage cabinets with craft supplies to show that the space can serve many purposes.

Display quality pieces. Take the artwork you may have once reserved for the living room and display it in the kitchen. Accessorize shelves with collectibles or books.

Make sure the basics are strong. "If the bones of the kitchen aren’t strong, fix those first," Whittenberger says. "The condition of countertops, hardware, flooring, appliances, and cabinets aren’t going to be covered up by creating a cozy atmosphere."

Theresa D'Antuono

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Fair

Come and enjoy the Annual Fundraising Arts & Craft Fair!

100+ Artisans will have their work featured.

Proceeds to go to the support of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society and Scholarships for local art majors.


Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421

When: October 22, 23, 24th

Time: Friday and Saturday: 10AM to 5PM; Sunday 12PM to 5PM

Free admission!

Website: or 781-862-9696

Theresa D'Antuono
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lexington MA - FREE Guided Conservation Walk

Where: Paint Mine Conservation Area , Lexington, MA

Meet in Estabrook School parking lot off Grove Street

When: Saturday October 23rd

Time: 1:30 to 3:00.

Lots of intersting topics such as:

Which tree was used to make Native American baby formula?

Which trees helped colonists to tan hides and make ink?

Which trees are rare in Lexington and why are some found at the Paint Mine?

Leader: Fran Ludwig

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lexington, MA - Battle Green Visit

What A Day to Be In Lexington, Massachusetts!

Our Lexington Battle Green tour guides have been very busy with tourists telling them about our history.
Bright blue, sunny sky and perfect Fall temperatures welcomed some out of town guests today to our Lexington Battle Green.
The backdrop of the Lexington Battle Green is amazing. The Fall leaves are a blaze with color.

I took some quick photos today - hope you enjoy them!
Theresa D'Antuono

Monday, October 18, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lexington MA - Conservation Walk on Saturday

Take A Walk In The Woods And Enjoy the Fall Colors!

Katahdin Woods and Tophet Swamp Conservation areas.

There is a shallow stream to cross by walking on stones, so wear appropriate shoes.


Saturday, October 16thTime: 10AM -12PM (Rain date 10/17)

Where: 101 Hartwell Ave near gate across trail

Leader: Paul Knight

See diverse habitats such as marsh, streams, open field and forest edge, hawks, deer, raccoons, beavers and more!

There is a picnic table if you would like to pack a lunch.

Theresa D'Antuono

Monday, October 11, 2010

Enjoy the Sights and Tastes of Autumn in Lexington!

A vibrant backdrop of bold reds, oranges and golds enhance the fall season in Lexington MA! Visitors from across the US take time each Autumn to explore New England’s most stunning display. Those residing in Lexington are privileged to live in the middle of the main attraction, but there are many other ways that locals enjoy soaking in the fall season! Apple orchards and pumpkin patches abound and offer a fun and interactive way to enjoy the sights and tastes of this great time of year.

Lexington is home to one of the best farms where you can spend the day picking your favorite apples and searching for the perfect pumpkin to carve! The Wilson Farm, which was established in 1884, still carries the tradition of excellent produce, cheeses, breads and much more- all grown and baked right on the farm! The Wilson Farm also offers fun events throughout the year to highlight each season. Don’t miss Octobers’ full calendar of hayrides, costume and pumpkin carving contests and much more!

Wilson Farm
10 Pleasant St, Lexington Ma

Of course home owners in Lexington are partial to this historic farm right in their backyard, but there are many other places around Middlesex County in which to celebrate Fall! Below are a few favorites, but you can visit to view a complete list of Massachusetts farms.

Carver Hill Orchard
Brookside Ave, Stow MA
At Carver Hill Orchards, you can walk through the orchard with your family for an idyllic day in the country. But Carver Hill is more than a pick-your-own apple orchard; it is a family tradition, and an experience that your family will remember for a lifetime!

Belkin Family Lookout Farm
89 Pleasant Street South, South Natick MA
Belkin Family Lookout Farm is recognized as one of the oldest continuously working farms in the country! The land has been farmed since the mid-1600s when it was first deeded. Autumn apple–picking in its orchards has become a deep–rooted tradition for New England natives and visitors alike for over a century. It’s goal is to provide healthy, outdoor, family fun activity while maintaining the farm’s long-rooted history and importance within the community for years to come.

Honey Pot Hill Orchards
144 Sudbury Road, Stow MA
Honey Pot Hill Orchards, is a 200-acre family owned and operated farm since 1923. Now 100% retail with their apple shop, pick-your-own fruits, and family fun entertainment, all here for you and your family to come enjoy. You’re invited to come visit our orchards, pick-your-own apples and enjoy the beautiful countryside. Visit the apple shop and view the hundreds of old farm tools hanging from the walls. Honey Pot Hill Orchards looks forward to making your visit to the orchard enjoyable and full of great memories.

I hope you take advantage of all that the fall season in Lexington has to offer and that these suggestions spark some ideas for things to do this week! If you have any questions about Lexington and what life is like in this historic community; please let me know! Whether you’re visiting or are looking to move to Lexington, my goal is to help people feel at home in Lexington. If you haven’t started your Lexington home search yet; I would be happy to show you some of the available homes! I look forward to hearing from you!

Theresa D'Antuono

Monday, October 4, 2010

10 Tips for Selling Your Lexington Home this Fall!

Lexington MA is a wonderful place to call home, and those of you who currently live in Lexington you’re sure to agree! Yet sometimes life calls for a change of scene because of a job situation or other extenuating circumstances, in which case selling your Lexington home becomes imperative. So, how do you step into the Lexington Real Estate market and begin the home selling process? Below are 10 tips that will help you get your home ready and improve the chances for a stress free sale this fall!

1. Focus on curb appeal- Selling a Lexington home during the fall certainly comes with one advantage: The season's beautiful foliage can automatically make your home more attractive for showings. However, you still need to do your part to keep your home looking its best. Start by sprucing up your lawn: Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass.

2. Appeal to the senses- As the weather cools down in Lexington, make your home a warm, welcoming space where buyers will want to stick around. If you encourage them to stay awhile during showings, you give them more time to admire your home's best features.

3. Flaunt your fireplace- A warm, inviting fireplace is a great selling point as the weather gets cooler. Highlight this fall-friendly feature by arranging your furniture to make your fireplace a focal point. Place a mirror, artwork, vases or other tasteful decor on top of the mantel to make it even more prominent.

4. Update your listing photos- If your Lexington home has been listed since spring or summer, talk with your Lexington Real Estate agent about updating your home’s marketing with brand new fall shots. Pictures from the previous season make your listing seem dated.

5. Think like a buyer- Buyers have the mindset that fall sellers missed the boat and are desperate to unload their homes. After all, why didn't you sell in the spring when Lexington buyers were out in full force? Fall house hunters are looking for bargains in Lexington, so be prepared for lowball offers and non-serious buyers. Manage your expectations and negotiate accordingly, depending on your motivation.

6. Hire a reliable real estate professional- As if selling your home isn't stressful enough, you're probably preparing for the holidays during the fall also, and possibly helping the kids ease into a new school year. During this hectic season, you definitely want a great Lexington Real Estate agent to take some of the pressure of selling your home off your shoulders. If you are still searching for an agent; I’d love to help you sell your Lexington home!

7. Price it right- While spring is the busiest season for Lexington Real Estate sales, fall usually sees a small surge of buyers trying to find a bargain before the holidays. If you want to grab the attention of these deal-seeking Lexington house hunters, you need to price your home competitively -- possibly lower than comparable homes in your neighborhood. Setting your listing price just right could lead to a bidding war, resulting in a higher sales price for you. Work with your Lexington Real Estate agent to price your home correctly.

8. Watch your timing- Put your Lexington home on the market well in advance of looking for a new home. And don't place an offer on your next home until you have solid offers on the one you have to sell now. The last thing you want to do is juggle two mortgage payments.

9. Beware of TMI (too much information)- Buyers think fall sellers are in dire straits, so don't do anything to add to that perceived advantage and lower your potential selling price. For instance, if you are moving out of Lexington due to a job transfer, it's best not to offer up that information -- at the very least, downplay the urgency. While you are obligated to disclose everything about the property's condition, you aren't obligated to disclose your personal situation.

10. Be flexible-While fall isn't the hardest time to sell a home in Lexington, it's not the easiest either, so be willing to work with buyers to help your chances of making a quick sale. Offer to pay for closing costs or repairs, and be adaptable when it comes to showing your home and holding open houses. If you really need to sell your Lexington home, you need to accommodate buyers' busy schedules as well. This might mean opening your home to strangers on weeknights and weekends.

I hope these tips are helping as you think of selling your Lexington home! Again, if you do not have a Lexington Real Estate agent; I would love to talk with you! I have years of experience in the Lexington Real Estate market and can make this process as easy and stress free as possible! Contact me today and let’s get started!

Theresa D'Antuono