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Ice dams and roof snow loads

February 24, 2015

Here’s a piece the Boston Globe‘s home-improvement columnist and I did on WBUR’s Radio Boston, about what’s going on with houses in all this snow and what you can–and can’t–do about it. http://radioboston.wbur.org/2015/02/16/snow-home

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October House of the Month

October 24, 2014

On beautiful Sunset Pond in central Vermont’s Brookfield Village, this fully renovated 1895 house has 2500 sq. ft. of living space and a large deck, a big country kitchen, open-floor-plan living and dining areas, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a study/video room, and a large game room/den, with great light throughout.  The mechanicals have been recently […]

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House of the Week

September 12, 2014

My latest listing is in Medford: a classic folk Victorian on a quiet one-way street near Whole Foods and Tufts University, with proximity to I-93, commuter rail, and Davis Square, and private access to the Mystic River. The renovated kitchen opens to the dining area and a three-season sunroom; upstairs are two well-sized bedrooms, a study […]

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Renovation v. Remodel, Etc.

July 21, 2014

Here’s a good short interview I had with the editor of the Rhode Island Homes website. No one had ever asked me the difference between renovating and remodeling before! See our interview on Rhode Island Homes, a top site for Rhode Island real estate, Vermont homes for sale & Connecticut real estate: Keeping Your Home […]

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House of the Month–A Japanese Farmhouse for Sale

July 8, 2014

In Japan, minka, or “houses of the people,” are traditional countryside dwellings. Beautifully built and exhibiting the Japanese reverence for wood and honest design, they are also in danger as rural areas have emptied out over the decades. One, a c. 1850 home originally built for a wealthy farmer in the snow country of Fukui Prefecture, […]

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House of the Week

June 12, 2014

A nice house at a good price:  209 Maple Street, West Roxbury, MA. A sweet, sunny, beautifully maintained folk Victorian on a quiet street–6 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 2291 sq. ft., a lovely screened porch, and a 2-car garage, all for $649,000. Open houses Saturday, June 14, 1:30-2:30, and Sunday, June 15, 12-1. For more information, contact […]

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Spring consulting special

March 24, 2014

  A reminder to take advantage of my spring special–for the months of March and April, get half off my regular fee for the first two hours of consulting.  $150/hour for advice on anything to do with your house–current or future! Contact me at bruce@bruceirving.biz or 617-719-2196–and think spring!  

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Escapes of the Month

March 7, 2014

These three houses of the month, each for a different reason, signify escape to me. At the tail end of a long, pot-holed winter, it’s awfully tempting to think of heading out of the city. House 1 is a fully restored c.1810 farmstead surrounded by 7 acres in Pelham, Massachusetts, just a few miles outside […]

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Cambridge and surrounding towns market report–amazing stats

January 8, 2014

Here are some current stats on our local real estate market. Prices up, quick sales, and inventory at near-historic lows. In simple English, you are likely to sell your house or condo at a high price, at or over asking, fast. It’s a remarkable time for sellers. Any questions? Drop me a line!

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Modern -> Contemporary

October 28, 2013

This week’s houses span the short-but-sweet architectural timeline that began with the arrival of a German architect named Walter Gropius at Harvard in 1937. There he promoted a new kind of architecture, based on the Modernist tenets of the Bauhaus movement he’d founded in Germany. Functionality, a lack of ornament, and open space planning were […]

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