About a week ago I had the unique pleasure to look at home, and you might be reading this and going wait you are a real estate agent you get to see homes all the time and some might be unique. All of this is true, but it’s rare to be able to walk thru a home that sold less than one year ago and see the same property that wasn’t intended to go on the market a year later but does. About a year ago I received a call from an owner wanting to sell their home at 362 Tappan Street in Brookline MA. I live in Brookline and had walked by this home many times, but was unaware one that it was a single family. I walked in and met this owner who was fortunate to own this great home. The home dripped with original detail and had great space in every single room. It was a great home for a couple raising a family. The couple who owned the home clearly was past the time of raising a family so the amount of space was just too much for them. They listed the home $1,925,000 and it sold for $1,840,000.
The home wasn’t dated but it wasn’t clean and modern. It needed a facelift to get with the times but had seen some renovations over the years. This Six bedrooms 4 baths came with three parking spot and offered 5,400 square feet of living space. While walking through this home that was purchased in Sept of 2015 I wondered why is the person selling? The person who bought this couldn’t have bought this to just flip a year later? I spoke to the listing agent and she said the owner had all the plans in the world to live here, but her lifestyle plans changed he bought the home with the expectations her children would live there and her special someone would share the space with them and both those plans changed. The children ended up being in DC and the special someone faded away from being a reality. When I walked into the home you could tell the owner put love into this home. Every part of this home that they renovated you could tell love and thought went into it.
It was clear to me the owner did renovations with the idea they would enjoy them. Since I had seen the way the home was before I could really appreciate how the owner did things and I really do believe if a buyer knew what the place looked like they would accept the new price tag of the home. Here is a breakdown of the renovations that this seller did. If you have questions about the property or would like set up a showing please contact me.
Photo Courtesy of Coldwell Banker 2015
Here is a picture of the kitchen in 2015 and it was a very closed off kitchen Photo Courtesy of Coldwell Banker.
Here is the kitchen space one of two photos what new owner did to showcase the space.
Again Same Kitchen but they opened it up completely. This kitchen now looks out into the living room when before there was a wall. Both photos are courtesy of AGM McEvoy Realty.
You go upstairs and the bedrooms were also altered from prior owner and better closet space was given to the room here are some examples of the bedrooms All of these photos in a row are all courtesy of Colwell banker and again they all were great space, but what owner did to make these better you won’t believe just scroll down.
All of these photos in a row are all courtesy of Coldwell Banker and again they all were great space, but what owner did to make these better you won’t believe just scroll down.
The owner again kept most of the detail of the room, but freshen the paint up and changed out lighting and revamped storage space and again put a sitting area are just some the changes.
As one can see this is the same room but the slant in the wall is no longer there and closets were put in and the room just feels clean and modern. Photo courtesy of AGM McEvoy Realty.
This entire home was revamped. I do not have pictures of the basement and all the bathrooms that were revamped but here is what I can show so you can see this owner did a serious revamp and any buyer thinking they can offer a lowball offer in the offseason might want to rethink that thinking.
This bathroom was when Tappan Street was on market in 2015 with Coldwell Banker. keep in mind all 5 full bath and 2 half baths have all been revamped.
One of five full baths in this home photo AG McEvoy Realty.
The owner took one of the parking spots away and put outdoor space which home didn’t have. The home had 3 parking spots before and the owner took one away so outdoor space could we put in. Other features the home didn’t have but has now Heated Marble bathroom floors, extensively renovated in 2016 including new electrical and plumbing and HVAC. Doorbell intercom with cameras at the front and rear deck along with patio area. Hardwired 7 Cable Television. Five Zone heating and cooling, Nest System, Two parking spots along with Custom design garden in the front by Winston Gardens.
Here are Basic Stats about the home
5 Bed 5 full bath 2 half bath and 6 fireplaces
Built-in 1860 and renovated in 2016
Interior Square ft 6,025
Land square footage 2600 sq ft
Taxes with residential exemption $12,349
heat gas hydro air 5 zones
NEST Thermostat system
2 parking spots
If you would like more information about this property please contact me. This is a Unique is available for purchase 3,675,000.
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