Pie in the Sky

It’s that time of year again… Thanksgiving, which means family, turkey, football, and PIE! And while pie in itself is a wonderful thing, it can be doubly great if your pie comes from Pie in the Sky, Community Servings’ annual Thanksgiving “bake sale” supporting programs that deliver healthy, culturally- and medically-specific meals to over 1,300 of our Massachusetts neighbors battling cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, Lupus and other acute, life-threatening illnesses.

Last year, my office’s pie selling team sold more than 1000 pies — that’s more than $25,000 raised for Community Servings — and we hope to do it again (or more!) this year. And that’s where you come in…

Buy a Pie from Lara

How It Works

Over 150 of Greater Boston’s best chefs, restaurants, caterers and hotels donate their time & resources to bake up thousands of yummy pies.

A network of ~ 600 pie sellers volunteer their time to market and sell pies to their family, friends, colleagues, clients and neighbors.

Thousands of individuals order our $25 pies (apple, pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato & sugar-free apple) in advance of the holidays, and pick them up on the day before Thanksgiving from one of more than 80 pick-up locations around Greater Boston.

Each $25 pie sold provides a full week’s worth of healthy, delicious meals to a person too ill to shop an cook for themselves.

How You Can Help

Want to be a part of this amazing endeavor? Buy a pie today!

Not going to be around for Thanksgiving? Buy a pie for a Community Servings client, or just donate money to the cause!

Buy a Pie from Lara

In this market of super low inventory, I LOVE when I can bring multiple units to the market — this week, it’s three renovated condos in a new Somerville conversion that I’m co-listing with my colleague Natasha Burger. Details follow, and I invite you to come visit the open houses this weekend — Saturday, November 2 from 1 – 2 pm and Sunday, November 3 from 12 – 1 pm.

44 Radcliffe Road, Somerville

44 Radcliffe Road, Somerville

Three beautiful & spacious renovated condos in a great Somerville neighborhood! Units feature flowing layouts with large rooms, high ceilings, lots of windows, hardwood floors, modern kitchens with granite and stainless, and in-unit laundry. Flexible floorplans allow for use as three-bedroom units. Additional storage in the basement and parking available for purchase.

Unit 1 — 2 bedrooms + study, 1 bath, 1170 SF +/-, listed at $399,000
Download MLS listing for Unit 1 here.
Download floorplan for Unit 1 here.

Unit 2 — 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1016 SF +/-, listed at $389,000
(not yet on MLS)
Download floorplan for Unit 2 here.

Unit 3 — 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1060 SF +/-, listed at $395,000
Download MLS listing for Unit 3 here.
Download floorplan for Unit 3 here.

Conveniently located in the heart of the city near the library and City Hall, with easy access to Routes 28 and 93, Sullivan Station and just a half-mile to vibrant Union Square with its many cafés, restaurants, shops, farmers market and community festivals. And this neighborhood is poised for great things. Check out what’s on the docket…

Local celebrity restaurateurs Ana Sortun and Cassie Piuma, of Oleana and Sofra fame, just opened their new restaurant Sarma on the corner of Marshall and Pearl Streets, just down the street from 44 Radcliffe. The much-anticipated restaurant is a “friendly neighborhood mezze bar” drawing inspiration from Turkey and beyond.

And… The Gilman Square Station of the Green Line Extension will be right there too, with entrances on Medford and School Streets. “We aim to reestablish Gilman Square as a transit-focused civic, residential, and commercial location,” said Deborah Fennick, architect at Fennick & McCreadie Architecture, the firm that designed the station. Check out this rendering:

Gilman Square Station Rendering

12 Silvey Place, Somerville — 3-unit with 6 BRs, 3 baths, 3021 sf on a 2777 sf lot — listed for $949,900

A rare example of a multi-family that can immediately generate great rents without any necessary renovation! This Porter Square 3-family is in great shape, will be delivered with two of the three units vacant, and the third unit will be vacated by the end of the year. Current rents are below market value, which should be in the range of $2100 per unit. There is no off-street parking, but there is a great back yard.

There won’t be any open houses and all showings must be accompanied, so if you have any interest, please get in touch.

Download MLS listing for 12 Silvey Place here.
12 Silvey Place, Somerville
12 Silvey Place, Somerville

Listed by Karen Morgan of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Soooo many great technologies come out of our city that it’s hard to keep up. But today, I am very happy to share an amazing new email app for iPad created by my awesome boyfriend, Jim Caralis, and his co-founders at Cannonball.

If you’ve got an iPad and a Gmail account, Cannonball will give your inbox a makeover that is both visually appealing and also more manageable — it basically pulls all of your subscription-based messages (newsletters, daily deals, etc.) into an image-based sidebar on the right, freeing up the left-hand side of the screen for your more important mail, like this:

cannonball mail

The column sorting is automatic, but also customizable, so you get to choose where your messages land. And a really great feature is that all those “fluffy” messages on the right arrive already marked as read, so you’re not overwhelmed with a bazillion unread messages.

There are all kinds of other great features that you’ll discover once you start using Cannonall, which I highly recommend, and so do lots of others — it’s getting 5-star reviews in the app store and by the media — check out Mashable and TechCrunch coverage, for example.

Sold? If so, download Cannonball eMail for iPad (and please write a great review!)

And…

Congratulations to the whole Cannonball team — Jim Caralis, Raffaele Colella, Thibault Le Conte, Andrew Lai & Amy Wicks!

29 Lookout Road, Medford — 4 BR/2 ba, 2105 sf single family with parking for 2 cars — listed for $389,000

Another example of the great bang-for-your-buck you get with Medford single families… This super cute single family home is cozy inside, has a huge deck and yard outside, and is set in a lovely hillside neighborhood just outside The Fells. Definitely worth checking out — open houses both Sat & Sun 1 – 2:30 pm.

Download MLS listing for 29 Lookout Road, Medford here.
29LookoutRd_deck 29LookoutRd_LR

Listed by Sara Rosenfeld & Natasha Burger of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

On a fairly regular basis I find myself competing for a listing with a “discount” broker — one whose fee is 4% or so, as compared to the 5% that I, and most full-service agents in this market, charge.

What I share with my potential clients is that in my experience, these discount brokers simply take a few photos of the property (often REALLY bad ones), post the listing to MLS, throw a lockbox on the door so that they don’t have to actually accompany any showings and call it a day. And generally people understand that this is not an ideal strategy for selling their home, and appreciate the marketing and sales services that I offer. However, there have been a few times that I have lost listings to agents who offered a cut-rate fee and/or “bought” the listing by coming in with a ridiculously high list price instead of one that will realistically move the property in a reasonable timeframe.

So I was thrilled to discover Justin Rollo’s recent Boston.com piece looking at the financial implications of listing a property with a discount broker compared to a full-service agent. The results are no surprise to me, but the data is very interesting. I encourage anyone thinking of selling their home to read Justin’s article, “Is a Discount Broker Really a Bargain.”

Is a discount broker really a bargain?

Last week I featured 9 Radcliffe Unit 3 in Somerville as my property of the week and now I’m happy to give a little sneak peak of the other two units in this new conversion… they aren’t quite ready for pictures, so posting floorplans instead. These units are not yet listed on MLS, but they will be open for viewing at my open house this Sunday from 12 – 1 pm. Come see!

9 Radcliffe Road, Somerville

9 Radcliffe, Unit 1 — 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, ~ 850 SF +/- with parking — listed at $339,000

Other cool things about this unit: private entrance with spacious coat closet, soaring ceilings, gorgeous inlay detailing on floors, newly-renovated kitchen with Silestone counters and stainless Bosch appliances, modern bathroom, exclusive use of the backyard and an enclosed 3-season porch, brand new energy-efficient Navien combo boiler/HW heater
9RadU1floorplan

9 Radcliffe, Unit 2 — 1 bedroom + study, 1 bath, ~ 700 SF +/1 with two large private decks and parking — listed at $319,000

Other cool things about this unit: newly-renovated eat-in-kitchen with Silestone counters and stainless Bosch appliances, spacious modern bathroom, two huge private decks, brand new energy-efficient Navien combo boiler/HW heater
9RadU2_floorplan

And this neighborhood is poised for great things. Check out what’s on the docket…

Local celebrity restaurateurs Ana Sortun and Cassie Piuma, of Oleana and Sofra fame, are soon to open their new restaurant Sarma on the corner of Marshall and Pearl Streets, just around the corner from Radcliffe. The much-anticipated restaurant will be a “friendly neighborhood mezze bar” drawing inspiration from Turkey and beyond.

And… The Gilman Square Station of the Green Line Extension will be right there too, with entrances on Medford and School Streets. “We aim to reestablish Gilman Square as a transit-focused civic, residential, and commercial location,” said Deborah Fennick, architect at Fennick & McCreadie Architecture, the firm that designed the station. Check out this rendering:

Gilman Square Station Rendering