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Posted by John Colby on 11/10/2019

This Single-Family in Phillipston, MA recently sold for $180,000. This Cottage style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.


54 Spa Road, Phillipston, MA 01331

Single-Family

$188,500
Price
$180,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
This Saturday August 3rd Open House,..12 AM TO 3 PM... ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! EXTEND YOUR VACATION BY COMMUTING TO WORK FROM QUEEN LAKE. QUEEN LAKE IS ONLY 50,MINUTES FROM WORCESTER AND ABOUT 75 MINUTES TO BOSTON. Located on a wooded lot, a perfect seasonal one bedroom, one bathroom cottage to get away from it all is waiting for your personal touch. Enjoy the beautiful view of the almost undeveloped forested area on the Western side from inside the cottage, from the porch or from the lakefront area. Enjoy the excellent water quality while swimming to the nearby island. Enjoy boating, fishing . sailing and waterskiing this summer. There is a NEW 2000 gallon septic tight tank presently being installed by Seller for Title 5 Compliance.






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Posted by John Colby on 11/10/2019


92 Jasmine Rd, Orange, MA 01364

Single-Family

$574,500
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Motivated Sellers.Priced to Sell....Why wait any longer ? This 1000 feet of real Waterfront is impossible to match . 2.8 gorgeous acres on Private Access Packard Pond (a clean deep water pond) and a stunning property that you will be Proud to own ! The full featured home has been tastefully updated w / gleaming hardwood floors & fresh interior painting. Water views from nearly all rooms, 2 fireplaces & soaring cathedral ceilings make all 4 seasons magical. The living areas lead to Massive Exterior decks overlooking a fully recreational Waterfront with easy beach access and 2 docks. The 3 bay detached heated garage and additional space workshop built in 2004 has a stylish, modern & lightly used 1100 sq ft Private access apartment featuring an office, large bedroom, maple and Corian kitchen, dining area, living room, full bath & laundry hookups. Systems include 2 hard wired Generators , Lawn Irrigation, A/C and more ! Rent the apartment and cover approx $250,000 of mortgage servi
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Posted by John Colby on 11/10/2019

There are quite a lot of reasons why you should consider a tankless heater today. Apart from the fact that it is easy to maintain, it looks attractive, and it does not run out of hot water. Below are a variety of the reasons why you should upgrade to a tankless heater. 

It saves space 

The traditional heaters take up to 20 cubic feet of space, but the tankless heaters are sometimes smaller than a laptop, so they do not eat up space. So, one advantage of using a tankless unit is that it provides you with enough space in case you have something to hang or display. 

It saves electricity cost  

Tankless heaters come with self-modulating technology. When the sensors attain the minimum activation rate, the heater is activated. This unit is better than the traditional heater that keeps functioning even while you are not at home. Most tankless heaters have a standby mode feature that comes into play at idle hours when energy consumption low. 

Tankless units are more energy efficient 

A household that uses an energy star qualified tankless heater saves about $100 or more every year.  A home that required about 41 gallons of water on daily can save up to 34 percent energy with a tankless unit.

Easy maintenance 

Tank type units are challenging to maintain when compared with a tankless unit. You can de-scale a tankless system via its maintenance valve within an hour. When carrying out this maintenance, you have to shut off the water valve to disallow cold water from surging in.  To get your unit cleaned, get five gallons of undiluted white vinegar, you can also use a chemical for this purpose provided you are not drinking the water.  White vinegar is preferred to avoid contamination.  

Increased life span 

Tankless units are the best when it comes to durability. One reason why they last longer than traditional heaters is that they do not operate continuously for a long time. Many homes use this unit for an hour or two hours daily while the tank heater runs round the clock.

Also, there is a tendency of elements like calcium and magnesium piling up in a tank heater due to prolonged storage of hard water that contains these elements. The accumulation of this minerals may reduce the lifespan of a tank heater, making it last less than the tankless unit. 

Are you still contemplating whether to upgrade your tank heating system to a tankless unit? Consider the above reasons to know why a tankless unit is more helpful than the traditional heater. 





Posted by John Colby on 11/9/2019


23 Stonehaven Dr, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$455,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Architect designed & built in 1964, this home has been tastefully upgraded & offered w/2 additional building lots in Uptown Athol and is Privately located on 3.2 acres of open land on your own street. Quick access to Rt 2 and North Quabbin Commons shopping. Custom natural cherry and Corian kitchen w/42 Full Size Doors & Drawers, Breakfast area (overlooks huge low maintenance deck), Open Concept Family room w/fireplace. Gleaming hardwood floors and Elegant moldings in the Formal dining room, Spacious Living Room and 1st Floor Bedroom with Full Bath ! 2nd floor has Master bedroom Suite, Large California Walk in closet , Master Bath, 2 additional bedrooms w/full bath. Recreation room 28 ft x 24 ft over the 2.5 car garage. Recent Energy Efficient hydro air heating system ! Great drinking water too! Available at a lower price with approx 2 acres. Come and Take a look ! Home available immmediately.
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November 09 at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Posted by John Colby on 11/3/2019

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Smart home tech makes it easy to find information in an instant, turn on or off the television without getting up and even see who just rang your doorbell, but it can also help you be more energy efficient. Saving energy does more than just cut your electric bills, it allows you to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Incorporating one or more of these energy saving smart home tools into your own routine can help you save money, live comfortably and conserve energy, all at the same time. In most cases, simple upgrades or changes are all that is needed to make the switch to updated, convenient and eco-friendly home tech.

Smart Thermostat

Designed to automatically adjust your home’s temperature to your specified settings, a smart thermostat ensures you are not overpaying to heat or cool your home. Because you can set it and forget it, you can enter your preferred temperatures and not worry about constantly adjusting the thermostat to get comfortable or to try to cut your electric bill.

Smart thermostats help you save in other ways. If you need your home to be cozy and warm when you get home, but don’t want to pay to heat an empty house while you are at school or work, then you can use your smartphone to set the thermostat to the setting you want before you head home. You’ll arrive to a cozy house at the perfect temperature, but won’t have to pay for the home to stay warm all day.

Alexa, Siri and Google Home

No matter what smart home technology you have in place, a virtual assistant like Alexa makes it easy to make the most of your technology. Ask Alexa to dim the lights, control the security systems or even adjust the thermostat. Being able to interact with Alexa allows you to make immediate changes that let you use energy more wisely, without a lot of added effort.

Apps for Energy Saving

Your specific home setup could have some distinct energy benefits you are not aware of or taking advantage of. Install a smart phone app to let you know what you could be doing at home to conserve energy. Some track your existing use so you can identify your peak consumers of energy (are you doing too many loads of laundry or cooling the home while you are not even there). Others help you assess your current energy use and help you find additional savings.

Lighting and Smart Bulbs

Switching out conventional bulbs for smart versions takes only seconds, but can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home. Once you install smart bulbs, you’ll be able to control your lights from your phone, even when you are not at home. This allows you to turn off those forgotten lights or switch lights on just before you arrive home. Using smart bulbs you control from your phone also enhances your home security, because it is easy to turn lights off and on so it looks like someone is home.

Using one or more of these innovative smarthome devices for more than convenience can help you cut your energy consumption and lower your energy bills. You'll love the savings and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are doing your part for the environment. 







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