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The deck at your home is your outdoor oasis. It’s your place to party. It’s the place where guests gather. What can you do to ensure that your deck is ready for entertaining and comfortable enough for the whole family? We have some tips to help you through the sometimes tedious process of getting your outdoor space ready for entertaining. Buy Quality Outdoor Furniture The higher the quality of the outdoor furniture that you buy is, the longer it will last. Your outdoor furniture will look great and last more than one season when you make purchasing this furniture an investment. Create An Enclosure You can easily create a defined enclosure for a deck by using objects like large planters or ferns. If you stay away from boring lattice board, your deck will certainly be stylish! Also, you’ll create some natural privacy for your next outing on the deck. Don’t Fall Off The Edge If the edges of your deck aren’t clearly defined, you’ll definitely need to complete this task. Not having the edge of the deck defined with railings or planters is a safety hazard in the first place. Even a piece of cloth or drapery, hanging can help to define the edge of a deck. Just be sure that there’s railings on the other side of those cloth pieces to help keep everyone safe! Natural Transitions It’s important to create a natural sort of transition between your deck and your yard. The deck is an extension of the home, yet the beginning of your yard. Try creating a small garden near the end of the deck to make a clear transition into the yard area. A swing, statue, or a cute yard ornament can also do the trick for creating a transition in this case. Conversations Work Best In Circles The same principles that interior designers use in living rooms work when it comes to arranging outdoor seating. Putting your seating in a circle allows for all of your guests to feel included in a conversation when you’re hosting. This arrangement allows for an intimate gathering with guests. Cook Near The Action If you keep a grill on your deck, it’s a great idea to keep the grill near the action. This way, you can stay near your guests while you’re cooking without being pulled away from the fun or missing out on conversations that your friends are having. Light It Up One of the most important things you can do to improve your deck is that of placing lighting around the deck. Lighting allows you and your guests to use your deck into the night hours. Lighting is also an important safety feature for your deck. It’s important that deck lighting isn’t very bright though. You don’t want the entire neighborhood to be aware that you’re hanging out on your deck with a spotlight on you! These tips should help you to create a better deck and outdoor entertaining environment.

Moving to a new town can be overwhelming. We are creatures of habit and moving to a new home in a new town puts us totally out of our comfort zone overnight. Being uprooted from our communities and day to day routines can leave us feeling a little lost. If you plan to or recently have moved to a new town keep reading for some tips on how to feel at home in your new community. Introduce yourself. A great way to do this is by hosting a housewarming party and inviting new neighbors to attend alongside your family and friends. For the shy, taking a walk around the neighborhood and introducing yourself, if you happen to run into a neighbor, may feel like a more natural way to make your introductions. Explore the area. Whether it’s by car, bike, or foot get out there and discover your new neighborhood and town. Discover hidden gems and familiarize yourself with different routes you can use to get around. Shop local. Stop into the local restaurants and shops in your area. Becoming a regular at a spot to your particular liking can be a great way to become a part of the local community and even put you in a position to make some local friends. Play tourist. Get to know your new town by becoming familiar with the sites and places of note it is famous for. Check out the visitor center, community center and/or town hall for information on the attractions that make your town unique. Meetup. Hop online and browse the site Meetup.com for any groups in your local area that are interested in the same hobbies and/or activities as you. This is a great way to find your niche in your new community. If you are shy it is a great way to make friends in the area since you will have something in common with group members right off the bat. Go off the beaten path. Research where the local trails are in your area and pick a day to explore one. Being in nature is a great stress reliever, which is perfect after a big move. A lot of areas offer group walks along their trails which are a great way to meet other community members. Volunteer. Another great way to meet others in the community is by volunteering for local organizations. Not only will you be helping those in need within the community but you will be working side by side with others who enjoy helping as well. Read local. Pick up the local paper or join some of your area’s related Facebook pages to find out about events happening in your new town. Attending ones that pertain to your interests or even some that push your comfort zone will get you out and socializing with your fellow townspeople. While immersing yourself in the community of your new town can leave you feeling a little bit like the new kid in class, it doesn’t have to be quite so painful. With a little bravery and willingness to get out of the house, you will be sure to feel at home in your new community in no time.

This Condo in Acton, MA recently sold for $160,000. This Garden style home was sold by Home Sweet Home Team - ERA Key Realty Services.


23 Davis Rd., Acton, MA 01720

Condo

$163,000
Price
$160,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Cute as can be, desirably located, 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo! This unit features open concept kitchen/dining/living area and a balcony/deck to relax and enjoy the views. Master bedroom has a roomy closet, as does the hall. Kitchen has newer, stainless steel appliance including refrigerator, dishwasher and stove. Kitchen and bathroom have been updated over the years with tasteful finishes. Enjoy down time at the pool, tennis courts or walking trails. Close to Rt 2, 495 and Train. Very easy to show!




This light and bright, move-in ready, over-sized split-entry level home has been wonderfully maintained. The Open Concept living area is perfect for entertaining. It features beautiful hardwood floors in the Living Room, Dining Room and all three spacious bedrooms. The Kitchen has been updated with granite counter tops, a center island and plenty of cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The Living Room is bright and cheerful with a wood-burning fireplace and overlooks the Dining Room, which leads to sliding doors to the deck and backyard. Full bath on the main level and in the master bedroom. If you need extra space, there is limitless possibilities in the partially finished, walk-out lower level, complete with wood stove! Nice, level yard. Great commuter location, but situated on a dead end street. The Albert R. Retelle Reservation Conservation Land is at the end of the road with walking trails and plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy nature!

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56 Brundrett Avenue, Andover, MA 01810

Single-Family

$465,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This light and bright, move-in ready, over-sized split-entry level home has been wonderfully maintained. The Open Concept living area is perfect for entertaining. It features beautiful hardwood floors in the Living Room, Dining Room and all three spacious bedrooms. The Kitchen has been updated with granite counter tops, a center island and plenty of cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The Living Room is bright and cheerful with a wood-burning fireplace and overlooks the Dining Room, which leads to sliding doors to the deck and backyard. Full bath on the main level and in the master bedroom. If you need extra space, there is limitless possibilities in the partially finished, walk-out lower level, complete with wood stove! Nice, level yard. Great commuter location, but situated on a dead end street. The Albert R. Retelle Reservation Conservation Land is at the end of the road with walking trails and plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy nature!
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