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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 9/2/2019

Once meant only for elegant Victorian boudoirs, the slipper chair has come to its own as a design element for side chairs, cozy reading areas, even as a more stylish desk chair. So just what is a slipper chair?

Historic versus modern

In 18th-century European homes, the wide, low, armless chairs graced the rooms of ladies wearing heavy layers of petticoats, tightly laced corsets, and other constricting clothing. For a handmaid to reach their ladyís feet to put on a shoe or slipper became nearly impossible. So, the invention of the slipper chair was one of necessity, allowing ladiesí maids to help them don footwear.

In the 20th century, American designer Billy Baldwin brought the chair from the bedroom to the living room and now, variations on this iconic style appear in designs from the bedroom to the boardroom. Different from elaborately carved legs and tufted back, the modern versions are simple, unadorned pieces that play well with other furniture or work on their own to fill a quiet nook.

These days, slipper chairs come in all designs from tufted and buttoned to gusseted with bright piping to elaborately embroidered peplums. And, with a more masculine take on the modern look, some come with massive wooden platform bases or sleek metal legs.

Popular Versions

  • Turned and tufted: A throwback to the Victorian era, the tufted chair has extra padding and curved legs. More decorative than some, this chair fits well in a bedroom or reading nook.
  • Skirting the issue: Pleated skirts give a casual look to this low chair with box pleats being most common.
  • Tilted and low: An even squattier version of the slipper chair's already low profile, this chair leans toward the back slightly, offering up built-in relaxation. This adorable chair trimmed with piping, legs upholstered, fits in any room but is perfect for lazy days of book reading or enjoying a glass of wine.
  • Bold and buff: Chrome, wood, Lucite and other Mid-Century Modern elements bring these chairs into the office or study.
  • Casual and laid-back: The addition of rattan bases and indoor/outdoor fabric make island-inspired versions perfect for a sunroom or outdoor living area.

Whatever your version of the slipper chair, know its design is for modern living. Pair it with a comfy sofa or line up three sleek current versions instead of a couch for flexible seating. And if you have the ideal slipper chair but don't have the perfect place for it, maybe it's time that you find a new place, so check with your real estate professional to see that perfect home for your perfect chair.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 8/29/2019

This Single-Family in Walpole, MA recently sold for $730,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Robin V. Wish - Real Living Suburban Lifestyle Real Estate.


27 Beethoven Avenue, Walpole, MA 02081

Single-Family

$729,888
Price
$730,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Just in Time for the new school year. From the moment you arrive you will be taken with the grandeur of this picturesque residence nestled high atop the hill offering superior privacy overlooking sought after SYMPHONY PARK. This home is what dreams are made of... You can entertain to your hearts content with Open Concept Floor Plan. Expansive eat-in-kitchen with tasteful granite countertops, center island, polished new stainless steel appliances and nice back splash. Large family room with handsome stone fireplace and hardwood floors. Enjoy three season living in the lovely enclosed porch large enough to dine on those warm summer nights. Be the center of all family gatherings with the large dining room with ample space for everyone to spread out and enjoy. A true Master with ensuite bath, soaking tub and shower as well as enormous walk-in closet and storage. A 2nd floor BONUS room can be used as a Gym, Home Office or Family Room. Finished Lower Level, Fenced Yard and more...

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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 8/26/2019

Owning a second home or vacation home is the dream of many Americans hoping to retire in style. However, owning a second home can also be a huge financial asset and even an added form of income if youíre savvy with the rental process.

What stops most of us from buying a vacation home in our ideal getaway? The funding, of course. But, there are ways to plan ahead to ensure youíll be ready to take the plunge and purchase a second home when the time comes.

In todayís blog post, weíre going to be talking about the steps to buying a home away from home and give you some tip on how to accomplish this goal in the most financially-sensible way possible.

1.  Location is Key

When you buy a second home, you take on all the responsibilities of homeownership a second time. Since you wonít be around every day to tend to maintenance tasks and troubleshoot problems, you risk discovering costly repairs that could otherwise be avoided.

The most common issues to be concerned with are frozen pipes in northern climates, flooding in coastal areas, and problems like pests that can be found just about anywhere.

Depending on your budget, you might want a home you can drive out to on the weekends, meaning somewhere close by to your primary home. This option also makes it easier to stay up-to-date on home maintenance tasks before they become an issue.

2. Try before you buy

If your ideal vacation home is in an area youíre not totally familiar with, itís a good idea to visit the neighborhood, talk to the locals, and gain their perspective on the area before buying.

This trip will also give you a sense of what you can expect to spend each time you visit the home. And, if you plan on renting out the property when you arenít using it, youíll be able to gauge what a reasonable rent price is for the location.

3. Earning income from your vacation home

Making extra cash from a home that you get to use pretty much whenever you want. Sounds like a dream, right? It can be if done properly, but youíll need to ensure a few things before you can start earning income from your vacation property.

First, be aware that investment properties often require a larger down payment (typically 30%). Lenders also charge extra interest on homes that will be rented out.

Finally, there are local and state-level laws youíll need to adhere to. These laws are designed to protect your interests as well as the people who rent out your property, so make sure you use a standard rental agreement for your area.

4. Making an offer

Youíve been here before. Once youíve decided on a home, itís time to start crafting your offer and negotiating with the sellerís agent.

However, before you pick a number, do some research on all of the expenses youíll be paying on the house in question. Property taxes, homeowners association dues, utilities, and any other costs should be on your radar before determining if itís the right home for your budget.

Youíll also want to be aware of the stipulations of renting out a property you own. This includes reporting income from renting your home to the IRS.


Now that you know the steps youíll need to take to move toward your goal of buying a vacation home, youíll be better equipped to make decisions that are best for you and your familyís future.





Posted by Robin V. Wish on 8/22/2019

This Single-Family in Walpole, MA recently sold for $1,175,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Robin V. Wish - Real Living Suburban Lifestyle Real Estate.


87 Mill Brook Ave, Walpole, MA 02081

Walpole Heights

Single-Family

$1,175,000
Price
$1,175,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Stately custom built colonial located in North Walpole's High Oaks Estates. Designed to accommodate extended family with a flexible open floorplan. Chef's kitchen with High End Appliances, custom cabinetry, large center island and so much more. Dining room features hardwood flooring with mahogany inlay and ceiling detail. Family room centerpiece is a floor to ceiling stone, wood burning fireplace. Stately living room with gas fireplace, a half bath and a study completes the first floor. The second floor has a large master suite, guest bedroom with en-suite, 3 additional bedrooms, hall bathroom and laundry room. Enjoy your summers hanging out by the inground gunite heated swimming pool complete with a hot tub. Cabana features granite countertops, half bath and outdoor enclosed shower. Your back yard also abuts conservation land . Nothing more to do than move right in. Showings start at the open house Thursday 5/23 from 5-6:30.

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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 8/19/2019

Believe it or not, today may be the perfect day to kick off the home selling journey. If you list your residence, you may find dozens of potential buyers want to acquire your home. As a result, you could earn a significant profit from your house sale.

For those who are debating whether to embark on the house selling journey, there is no need to stress. In fact, there are several things you can do to evaluate your options and determine if now is the best time to list your home. These include:

1. Conduct a Home Inspection and Appraisal

A home inspection allows you to understand the current condition of your house. During an inspection, a property expert will examine your residence both inside and out. Then, he or she will provide you with an inspection report that outlines any underlying home issues.

Meanwhile, a home appraisal allows you to receive a valuation for your residence based on its current condition and the present state of the housing market. Once you have a property valuation, you may be better equipped than ever before to determine how to approach the home selling cycle.

2. Analyze the Local Housing Market

The local housing market may favor buyers or sellers. If you assess the local housing sector, you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market and plan accordingly.

In a buyer's market, there usually is an abundance of available homes and a shortage of buyers. Thus, if you decide to list your house in a buyer's market, you'll want to do everything possible to differentiate it from the competition.

On the other hand, a seller's market generally features a shortage of quality houses and an abundance of buyers. If you list your residence in a seller's market, you may receive lots of interest in your house as soon as it becomes available.

To distinguish a buyer's market from a seller's market, analyze the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town and find out how long these residences were available before they sold. If homes often are selling at or above their initial asking prices and stay available for just days, a seller's market may be in place. Or, if homes sell at prices below their initial listing prices or linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months, the current housing market likely favors buyers.

3. Get in Touch with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent can help you evaluate your home and determine if now is a good time to list your residence. He or she is happy to provide insights into the housing market and ensure you can make an informed home selling decision. Also, if you have any concerns or questions about selling your residence, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them.

Allocate time and resources to decide whether to list your home today. And if you ultimately decide to add your residence to the housing market, you may want to hire a real estate agent too.




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