HGTV's My First Place is looking for prospective first-time home buyahs willing to have a camera follow them around. Taping is this spring and summah in the Boston arear if yoah interested. Contact Ronica Harris at [email protected].
Home 'n' hearth
John Keith reports that 52 Piedmont St., which is now a single-family home, but which used to be the Napoleon Club, is up for sale. Yours for just $1.95 million.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled today that condo developments do not have to obey a state law that requires ownership of common areas to be equally split among all owners - provided the disparity is noted in the master deed and other condo documents signed by buyers.
The ruling comes in the case of 20 owners of condos in the second phase of a Falmouth project, who objected to master-deed provisions that essentially required them to pay more for maintenance of common areas than owners of the initial units and which gave the first-phase owners more of a say over major decisions affecting the entire project.
John Ford reports.
If you have a moment, please stop by my blog and wish MY WIFE a Happy Birthday. You can feel free to denigrate ME as much as you want. That may be incentive for some of you, and it would be in keeping with the spirit of the blog, so I won't mind :-)
The Boston Regional Challenge takes a look at transportation costs as a cost-of-living factor; basically concludes the farther out you live, the more you pay for transportation (darn cars). The site includes the complete report and a calculator into which you can type in your address and get basic figures (and then you can change some of the assumptions to more closely model your actual costs).
Cowbark reports she has to move out of her apartment in the Chocolate Factory soon:
I'm really really hoping we can find something new in the area, because there are a million things I will miss when we move away. ...
She then lists some of them.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports JP is one of the three communities in which NStar will swap in meters that let residents constantly monitor their electricity use - and alert them if they could save money by running their appliances at off-peak hours during certain times of the year.
The tiny little voice you hear calling out from downstairs in the middle of the night: Do you want to play with me?
John Ford reports one Beacon Hill house under agreement recently failed its home inspection because the granite counter tops in the kitchen were emitting more than the safe amount of radon.
Jenn Martinelli, late of Beacon Hill and Fenway, is learning to love her new digs in East Boston:
... In the Fenway and Beacon Hill there were always ambulances and police cars and fire engines screaming past. We're in a quiet residential neighborhood now and have heard no such thing.
Photos of a house being moved from one street to another in Wellesley.
Does anyone here know what this plant is?
Karen Wise explains why her entire family is now getting rabies shots, not that she knows for a fact that the bat that was flying around in her house was rabid, since her husband let it fly out, when, as they now know, you're supposed to trap it somehow and let Animal Control test it for rabies.
William provides the blow-by-blow for his neighbor's re-reroofing project, which he started today:
... Luckily I had a huge tarp to add to Josh's collection and the guys frantically started to cover up the house. This was no easy job. Check out the driving rain and the look of grit determination on Bill's face. They got it covered up in short time and now it looks like some of the houses from back home in the Ozark Mountains. ...
It seems that the local food movement has grown by leaps and bounds in and around Boston. More and more people are buying local produce and meat through CSA's and farmer's markets. This week on Radio Boston, we'll visit a young farmer in Western Massachusetts, and hear from the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture with the Obama Administration, Kathleen Merrigan, a longtime advocate for sustainable agriculture in New England. Tune in or comment at www.radioboston.org.
Ian and Lis have squirrels living in their walls - or maybe something else:
... "Listen," she said.
Adorable chirrups and purrs were coming from the walls.
"We've got a tribble infestation."