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New to the market and SO MUCH NEW TO SEE! Open Sunday!

ImageThis one is for YOU! Completely remodeled spacious home on the Worcester / Auburn line sits at the end of a dead end street offering a wonderful view! But wait until you see the inside! New hardwoods throughout the open main level that offers tons of natural light with the french door from the mudroom. BRAND NEW kitchen with granite and stainless steel! Additional pantry space! NEW first floor half bath with laundry! Upstairs you’ll find three full bedrooms with restored hardwoods and a NEW full bathroom. Master bedroom has a BONUS room through the restored french door. NO LACK OF SPACE HERE! Full dry walk-out basement, level back yard and vinyl siding. NEW roof, NEW electrical, NEW plumbing, NEW kitchen, NEW bathrooms! Easy highway access by 290 and Holy Cross! NOTHING TO DO BUT MOVE-IN! Come see this home and fall in love with it! Make it yours today!

Check out the video walk through!  Click here to view on youtube!


For more information and pictures or to schedule a showing:

Mullen Real Estate

Amy Mullen, Realtor CPA CDPE MBA

Ann Mullen, Realtor CBR, Buyer Specialist


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Spacious home for sale in Dudley!

April 23, 2018


Welcome to 7 Prospect Avenue in Dudley – this is NOT your typical ranch style home!  With over 1,400 square feet of living space this 3 bedroom home is a great choice for single level living if you are downsizing or just starting out. This home is a solid choice as it has been very well maintained and updated through out the years.  Spacious living room with hardwoods and bay window to relax in.  The eat in kitchen has a pantry, mud room and first floor laundry.  Three generously sized bedrooms with hardwoods and excellent closet space.  The walk up attic is ready to be finished for additional space or kept as storage.  The full basement also offers additional open square footage.  Enjoy this summer by the in-ground pool or in the 3 season porch!  Double fenced yard, detached garage and additional parking.  With all this home has to offer it will go quickly! Listed for $234,999!

Check out the full listing HERE!

Check out the 3D tour HERE!

New to the market in Worcester!

April 23, 2018


Excellent commercial investment opportunity! This expansive mixed-use building is in a prime location on Hamilton Street in Worcester.  Two store fronts and 3 fully rented residential units with parking make this a turnkey operation for your next investment.  The residential town house style units have gas heat and parking.  Each unit carries their own utilities.  City parking directly in front of the two store fronts.  Side yard on Almont Ave can be made into additional parking or a green space for tenants. Current rents are below market.  Don’t miss out on this! Listed for $689,999!  This property can be viewed by group showings only on Thursday 4/26 12pm to 2pm and Saturday 4/28 12pm to 2pm.  All and any offers are due on Monday 4/30 by 12pm.

Check out the full listing HERE!

Just listed on W. Main Street in Northborough!

April 21, 2018


Just listed! 190 W. Main Street, Unit 190 in Northborough! This 3 bed, 1.5 bath townhouse is listed for $279k by Benoit Mizner Simon & Co.

Just listed on Colburn Street in Northborough!

April 21, 2018


Just listed! 26 Colburn Street in Northborough! This 3 bed, 1.5 bath colonial is listed for $420k by Keller Williams.

Just listed on Pleasant Street in Northborough!

April 21, 2018


Just listed! 156 Pleasant Street in Northborough! This 4 bed, 2 bath colonial is listed for $350k by Coldwell Banker.

Just listed on Tannery Drive in Holden!

April 21, 2018


Just listed! 14 Tannery Drive in Holden! This 4 bed, 3.5 bath cape is listed for $349,900 by Jack Walker.

Just listed on Brattle Street in Holden!

April 21, 2018


Just listed! 49 Brattle Street in Holden! This 3 bed, 1.5 bath cape is listed for $229,900 by Janice Mitchell.

5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects!

April 20, 2018


No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades.

#1 Add Some (Tough) Edging:

It’s your yard — yours to do with as you wish. And while that’s great, that doesn’t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it up.

But, still, your landscaping could use a little something. Tell your grass who’s boss with edging that can stand up to even the crabbiest of all crabgrasses.

But don’t make the mistake that many homeowners make of buying the flexible plastic stuff, thinking it will be easier to install. It’ll look cheap and amateurish from day one.

Worse, it won’t last. And before you know it, you won’t be able to tell where your garden bed ends and your “lawn” begins.

Instead buy the more rigid, tough stuff in either fiberglass, aluminum, or steel.

Tips on installing edging:

  • Lay out a hose in the pattern you want.
  • Sprinkle flour or powdered chalk to mark the hose pattern.
  • Use a lawn edger (or spade) to make an incision for the edging.
  • Tap the edging into the incision with a rubber mallet.

The cost? Mostly your time, and up to $2.50 a square foot for the edging.But something easy.

Here are five totally doable projects that your budget will barely notice, but your neighbors definitely will:

#2 Create a Focal Point with a Berm:

A berm is a mound of gently sloping earth, often created to help with drainage. You can also build them to create “island beds,” a focal point of textures and colors that are so much more interesting than plain ol’ green grass.

Plus, they’ll give you privacy — and diffuse street noises. What’s not to like about that? Especially if you live in more urban areas.

For most yards, berms should max out at 2-feet high because of the space needed to properly build one.

They need a ratio of 4-6 feet of width for every foot of height. That’s at least 8 feet for a typical 2-foot high berm. So be sure you have the room, or decrease the height of your berm.

Popular berm plantings include:

  • Flowering bushes, such as azaleas
  • Evergreens, such as blue spruce
  • Perennials such as periwinkle
  • Tall, swaying prairie grasses
  • Lots of mulch to keep weeds away

Usually less than $300, depending on how big you make it, how much soil you need to buy to get to your desired height, and what plants you choose.

#3 Make a Flagstone Wall:

Aim to build a wall no more than 12 inches tall, and it becomes a super simple DIY project — no mortar needed at all!

How to build an easy flagstone wall:

  • Dig a trench a couple of inches deep and wide enough to accommodate the flagstones.
  • Fill with pea gravel and/or sand and tamp to make level.
  • Lay out the flagstones to see their shapes and sizes.
  • Stack the smaller stones first.
  • Save the largest, prettiest flagstones for the top layer.
  • Backfill with gravel.

Choose a stone of consistent thickness. Flagstone might be limestone, sandstone, shale — any rock that splits into slabs.

The cost? About $300 for stones and sand (a ton of 2-inch-thick stone is enough for a wall 10 feet long and 12 inches high).

#4 Install a Path with Flagstone or Gravel:

There’s something romantic, charming, and simply welcoming about a meandering pathway to your front door or back garden — which means it has super-huge impact when it comes to your home’s curb appeal.

You can use flagstone, pea gravel, decomposed or crushed granite, even poured concrete (although that’s not easy to DIY).

A few tips for building a pathway:

  • Allow 3 feet of width for clearance.
  • Create curves rather than straight lines for a pleasing effect.
  • Remove sod at least 3 to 4 inches deep to keep grass from coming back.
  • If you live in an area with heavy rains, opt for large, heavy stones.

The cost? Anywhere from a couple of hundred bucks to upwards of $500 depending on the material you use, with decomposed granite being the least expensive, and flagstone (also the easiest of the bunch to install) the costliest.

#5 Build a Tree Surround:

Installing a masonry surround for a tree is a two-fer project: It looks great, and it means you’ve got less to mow. Come to think of it, it’s a three-fer. It can work as extra seating when you have your lawn party, too!

All it takes is digging a circular trench, adding some sand, and installing brick, cement blocks, or stone. Just go for whatever look you like best.

The trickiest part is getting an even circle around the tree. Here’s how:

  • Tie a rope around the tree, making a loop big enough so that when you pull it taut against the tree, the outer edge of the loop is right where you want the surround to be.
  • Set your spade inside the loop with the handle plumb — straight up and down. Now, as you move around the tree, the loop of rope keeps the spade exactly the same distance from the base of the tree, creating a nice circle.

Then build the tree surround:

  • Dig out a circular trench about 8 inches deep and 6 inches wide.
  • Add a layer of sand.
  • Set bricks at an angle for a saw-tooth effect or lay them end-to-end.
  • Fill the surround with 2 to 3 inches of mulch.

The cost? Super cheap. You can do it for less than $25 with commonly-available pavers and stones.

Just listed on Janet Circle in Shrewsbury!

April 19, 2018


Just listed! 43 Janet Circle in Shrewsbury! This 3 bed, 2 bath cape is listed for $349,900 by Keller Williams.

Just listed on Brooklawn Parkway in Shrewsbury!

April 19, 2018


Just listed! 8 Brooklawn Parkway in Shrewsbury! This 2 bed, 1 bath cottage is listed for $279,900 by RE/MAX.