Inventories Decline, Market Heats Up, Brokers Unable to Return Calls. These are a few of the headlines found by those searching for a primary or secondary home.
Of course, much depends on the location of interest; nevertheless, the escape from cities and highly dense populated areas are driving consumers to the pristine farms, fields, and villages of the SouthCoast and coastal Rhode Island.
It’s no surprise to the local real estate market, that as soon as choice properties are listed, and before they make it to Multiple Listing Service (MLS), full-price offers stream into brokers, sometimes causing a bidding frenzy from buyers around the country.
The best homes with exceptional amenities are not always visited by potential buyers. At specific price points, those having a serious interest in moving to the region aren’t focused on the current condition of their purchase. Instead, they’re interested in a property’s potential after renovations and improvements.
The SouthCoast attracts a diverse group of travelers from all parts of the country, as well as the world.
Due to its remarkable shoreline, proximity to exceptional clean waterways, majestic farms, and a little-known secret—the Elizabeth Islands—many flock to the area for a more bohemian type of vacation.
If you are looking for a relaxed but unique and distinctive day trip, leaving you with the feeling of adventure, the island of Cuttyhunk is a delightful alternative to the hustle of the Vineyard, Nantucket, or Block Island.
Because of the unfortunate and untimely arrival of the Coronavirus, we have begun to learn about social distancing, physical isolation, and—quite possibly—the need to retreat to a safe and secure location.
By following these steps, one can significantly lower the chances of contracting the modern-day plague while also offering a quick and easy means for mitigating contaminants.
Caravans of New Yorkers are headed to the Hamptons, for the reasons above, simultaneously, we’ve noticed an uptick—or at the very least, an earlier than usual arrival of homeowners to the hidden summer enclaves of the SouthCoast.
The timing is interesting and gives rise to the question, are homeowners seeing the value of owning along the coastline because it offers unique protection from high-density areas? Perhaps.
This transition makes sense because if you live in a populated urban location, your risk factor quadruples. The majority of cities don’t allow for six feet of space around an individual, so heading to such a beautiful place to be able to live freely is not only desirable but a wise decision.
Having an exclusive compound to escape doesn’t have to be a response to a pandemic; it is useful and serves a multitude of purposes. Primarily, it is an ideal environment to relax and enjoy summers and holidays and the shoulder-seasons with family and friends. Plus, having easy access to Buzzards Bay and a long list of sailing destinations of the northeast, the harbor of Padanarama is the perfect home base.
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Yes, indeed, this exceptional Rochester estate is not for everyone; but it is, by all measurements, a rare find in a country setting—on 8.75 acres—for the right family.
With an impressive tree-lined entrance, the drive onto the property instinctively creates anticipation. Upon arrival, its circular drive to the entrance and views of solid old-growth, which wraps the perimeter at a distance, enhances the provenance of the compound. The property is more beautiful than words and images can describe; its sphere has hosted grand wedding receptions, exclusive charity events, and was chosen as a set for a motion picture.
If there was a curated collection of the most dramatic and intriguing residences located on the coast of New England, this month’s reviewed home—perched high above the Slocum River in South Dartmouth, would lead the coveted list of premier properties.
The house, gardens, and multitude of decks and patios sit on 2.64 acres, far from activity, and offers a fine example of design and placement among the area’s natural beauty. Elevated to unimaginable heights, its position atop the remains of a primordial glacier is unnoticed by those who pass at sea level roadways on each side of the river.
Once discovered, a breathtaking gasp follows due to its exquisite example of modern living, with copious entertaining options inside and out. Calling it picture-perfect is not enough, the location has no viable substitute.
Possessing a striking combination of inspiring land and seascapes, this marvelous listing rivals countless others found within the luxury category of exceptional homes.
With a combination of a scenic drive obscured from sight at its entrance and waterfront access, the expansive parking area adjacent to the lookout point boasts a designer quality aesthetic found outside as well as when the doors are opened to the open floor plan which marries form and function.
Having a comfortable contemporary style, the home’s spaciousness is distinguished by unobstructed views found through a generous bank of clear glass windows running the length along with the first-floor interior. Always bright and cheerful, regardless of the skies, there is a degree of opulence surrounding the estate, assuring owners and guests never tire of the sweeping panoramic views and simplicity of the surroundings.
The home shows well with a living room, dining room, and updated kitchen melding into an unobtrusive floor plan designed around sophisticated living.
With a master bedroom suite accented with an incredible luxury bath—like no other—there are also two additional bedrooms, and a guest bath also found on the first level.
Above these amenities is an indoor stairwell leading to an observation room that offers tantalizing views and absolute privacy. Spacious, yet cozy, it could be utilized as an office, additional bedroom, or an indoor entertainment area.
Well planned, the multi-tiered decks are fitted within the naturally sloping banks of the river, keeping with the outdoor beauty of the landscape.
A real model of superlative living, the property is surrounded by acres upon acres of old-growth, which is home to an abundance of wildlife. Still, the location is minutes from the state’s most beautiful beaches, active harbors, and quaint villages, offering fine dining and shopping.
Of particular interest, the home is found minutes from the renowned and recently renovated, Davoll’s General Store at historic Russells Mills Village.
An absolute treasure, this rare opportunity doesn’t often become available. Easily described as a perfect summer retreat or year-round residence, the chance to wake up each day and feel like you’re on top of the world is a feeling that is not only possible but probable, once you visit and fall in love with everything 760B Rock O’Dundee Road, South Dartmouth offers.
This one-of-a-kind property is represented by Anne Whiting of Anne Whiting Real Estate, 253 Elm Street, South Dartmouth, MA. Offered at $1,195,000, an appointment to view the listing can be arranged by calling Anne at 508.999.1010 or 508.789.0892 or email email@example.com.
Dr. Bridget A. Teboh is brilliant; she is a delightful person, a respected scholar, is committed to the study of women and gender, and the education of all students.
A full professor of History at UMass-Dartmouth, she holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, a B.A. (combined honors) in English and French from the University of Cameroon, Yaounde, and a DUEF, (Diplôme Universitaire d’Etudes Françaises) from Université Lyon III Jean Moulin in France.
Dr. Teboh is an expert in African History, African-American Women’s History, Women’s and Gender Studies, and related subjects. She is a two-time awarded scholar of the Carnegie ADFP, an editor and author of more than 30 works. Other achievements include; the presentation of 65 professional papers at national and international conferences and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs.
We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Teboh as the fall semester was winding down. She was charming, enlightening, and knowledgeable about an array of topics, always able to look beyond the noise of controversy and get to the heart of the subject.
It is our pleasure to share our conversation with such an amazing woman.
By Peet Nourjian
We’re delighted to present a work by Peet Nourjian, a poet and play writer, who once made his home on the SouthCoast, now living in coastal Rhode Island.
The poem tells a whimsical tale—with a touch of suspense, of childhood spirit, and the complexities of a holiday that has thankfully survived modern-day scrutiny.
The author leads readers from a peaceful country meadow, through the gaslit streets of historic New Bedford, ending at the darkened wharves which berth whaling vessels housing sailors and mysterious characters, reminiscent of those found in Melville’s writings.
Never quite knowing what his next prose has in store, Nourjian’s subtle incantations create a joyous journey of twists and turns, causing tender reflection and an outpouring of emotions.
Old South Coast Christmas reveals deep sentiments, causing personal reflection on a ‘gift’ which should be delivered to everyone, not only on Christmas Day but all year long.
We wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas!
Dinner takes on a variety of forms—a quick bite, party buffet, or getting together with family on a relaxing Sunday. There are also formal dinners when linen, China, and sterling silver are gathered and arranged for the best of friends, out-of-town guests, and clients, all of whom will enjoy and be impressed with your magnificent presentation and culinary talents.
In her essay, Setting the Table, author Evangeline Holland shares some startling facts about the progression of formal dinners, from the Middle Ages (500 AD, after the fall of the Roman Empire) to the turn of the 20th century.
It seems that sharing food in a communal setting was considered a sign of stature and significance. According to Holland’s research, “…the table setting included the Salt Cellar, which was the first thing to put on the table. The salt was far more than a condiment—to sit above the salt was to sit in the place of honor, and until the salt was put upon the table, no one could know which seat would be allotted to him or her.” During the same period, tables would hold massive displays of silver items, holding the poultry, meat, fish, and vegetables; and of course, loaves of bread.
What was missing from the tables of these early feasts were utensils, the very items we’re accustomed to finding as a dinner guest. We learn from Holland that; “Spoons and knives…were not furnished by a host, (and forks did not exist), but were brought by guests whose servants, so equipped, cut the meat and carved the food for each person. The guests also had no plates and few knives, but ate with their hands and threw the refuse on the floors. The cleanliness of the cloth, or Nappe, was of paramount importance and a matter of great pride.”
For some home and business owners, the idea of finishing their interior spaces comes down to a trip to a big-box store and grabbing the largest bucket of whatever color of paint is on sale. In these cases, when the spectrum of pigment and its effect on the human psyche is detached, a simple solution will satisfy an immediate need—but little else.
Those sensitive to how color interacts with emotions, know that the colors around us play an essential role in productivity at work and can determine a level of satisfaction with our lives at home. They acknowledge that lathering up the walls with whatever color a retailer is trying to unload—won’t do.
Color affects human emotion and rhythm; it can regulate behavior, like whether a person repeatedly hits the snooze button and is consistently late out of bed, determine the consumption of calories during a meal, even elevate feelings of optimism. Yes, the paint colors you surround yourself with are as important as the people you let into your lives.
With this understanding, there is a plethora of evidence indicating we are not static in our choices. As time passes, our tastes swing and moderate, often connected to a more significant movement across society. And while this sounds like the cusp of laboratory science, know that there are thousands of people who study color and make predictions on your choice of clothing, purchase of an automobile, and what color you decide to paint your walls. More remarkable is that this is all accomplished approximately a year in advance of when you make your selections.
Extraordinary, by any stretch of the imagination color is all around us, and we often don’t recognize its importance. It is a gift which deserves recognition and praise; and once you start to understand the concept, you’ll grow to appreciate its foundation in daily living.
One of the most significant barriers to starting a new painting project is a lack of knowledge. Often, a person who wants a new look for their home or business start with good intentions, only to realize they are clueless, (no fault of their own), as to where to begin, what the process entails; but, most importantly, what if they make a mistake in selecting colors? (We address this later).
Allow us to intervene.
This year—2019—the trend has been moving away from “browns” and in the direction of natural colors found in organic-based materials. Lighter stone tones, the warmth of unfinished reprocessed/reclaimed woods, hues of clear blue water; these colors and tints have been creeping into environments with little fanfare unless of course, you’re in the industry.
Color is related to our social identity and the mood of the nation. When there is conflict or uncertainty, people tend to search for comfort, and so their selections are safe and soft, they prefer light and soothing colors. With this, we have witnessed a rise in neutrals and what are referred to as relaxing colors. Grays, egg-shell, pale blue and green; even beverage tints are playing a role in our selections of interior paint.
In our search for professional advice, we sought out two SouthCoast interior designers and color experts. Each plays an important function at their place of employment, and while they have varying tastes, our guests share a common theme in how they approach their jobs of consulting businesses and homeowners.
We started our conversation at Wilmot’s Design Center in Middleboro, MA. Color specialist, Sue Benjamin, has been working with clients for well over 16 years on interior design projects, but in large, has focused on helping customers get a grasp on how the color of paint trends year to year, methods to complement existing surroundings, and assure their goals in creating a unique experience is satisfied.
An artist and antique collector, Sue has a broad interest in the old and the new and is keenly aware of how taste evolves.
With choices slowly changing—although steady enough to confuse consumers, Sue explained her approach when meeting a new customer. “My role is to guide them [clients] through the process. Some customers are apprehensive while others come into the shop—color chips in hand—and generally know what they want, but may need some guidance in matching shade or tint. What is important to me is that I learn the details of their project; is it paint, paint and wallpaper, or a complete remodeling of a room, a floor of a home, or the entire interior.”
With the housing market hot in many areas of Massachusetts, Sue told us about her clients. “I see younger people buying a first home, we have families building homes and seniors who are downsizing, and want a different look.”
Sue offers the following advice: start at one location if you have a big project, and try not to meet all objectives in a single swoop, but rather, walk in your front door and decide what you want that first impression to be. Once this has been decided she’ll help you move towards the next goal—it could be a dining room, open living room, or a small study you spend a great deal of time in and need to feel comfortable when working. By taking the job one small step at a time, the outcome is likely to turn out better because it allows the opportunity to digest each choice made along the way, then evaluate the progress.
When asked what the most difficult challenge is with a new customer, Sue laughed and said, “Sometimes a person will come in and be fearful—really worried—they’re afraid of making a mistake. My response is, ‘So what—its paint—we can do it over, don’t worry.’ I try to set them at ease and make the project fun while offering advice I’ve gathered over the years.”
Sue is very easy to speak with and puts real effort in creating trust between her and her clients. She told us about customers she has followed from home to home over many years. Like other professionals, when you find one you fit with, you want to stay with them.
Later in the day, we visited Wilmot’s Design Center in New Bedford. We met Veronica Colby, a youthful and vibrant woman who is part of a new crop of interior designers. With the enhancement of living and experiencing contemporary style and modern design as it unfolds, she has a refreshing look at how customer’s tastes are changing.
We learned that Veronica finds inspiration from her many years of working with color while advising customers and sharing knowledge with her colleagues.
Veronica explained her thesis on design. “I look for a combination of simplicity, balance, and color; and as far as color, I search for those naturally formed, warm, and rich; but, of course, the grays are still king.”
As an artist, Veronica is grounded in natural colors; it became evident that she is attracted to a wide array of taupe, most fitting with her interest in mid-century design—due to its minimalist values. “I like earth tones, umbers, and clay,” she commented.
What makes a big impression in the design area of the paint and décor store is the massive display—some 3600 choices—against the wall. When asked how clients view the rainbow of color, Veronica says, “It’s all visual—they want to see what they’re going to get.” She added, “To meet a client’s needs, you should learn what their end game is; to what level or type of energy are they trying to achieve?”
These insights are essential steps when meeting a customer’s goals so they can confidently decide to start their projects.
During our time together, we discussed how younger people are more discerning than previous generations. Today’s consumer expects more from their purchase, have good ideas of what they want, but sometimes need validation. According to Veronica, the role of the designer/colorist is to build confidence in a customer’s choices.
We learned that what differentiates the services offered by Sue and Veronica from other businesses of the same type is the one-hour complimentary consult offered at each retail location. And it isn’t to be confused with someone pulling out colors that match what you brought in and they have to sell. Contrary to this misinformation, each colorist is not afraid to make recommendations and help a customer explore new options that might become a gateway to a new and exciting look.
It was impressive to meet the two ladies, who we gave different—real-life—décor and paint design challenges. They each asked many questions, and confidently delivered sound solutions we hadn’t expected.
It was amazing that in each instance the consultant took the bait and began to recite a list of choices they knew would work for the project described; they also expanded the process to include floor and window coverings which would further complement the room we described—all of this with a moments notice. Because of their experience, they made what I viewed a difficult task, look easy.
The take away from this experience is that colors matter and that expert advice is a necessary component for achieving great results.
Now September is here, and the holidays are only a couple of months away, planning a project today will allow you plenty
of time to complete your home improvement efforts. There are steps to take to assure your satisfaction, so be sure to do your planning ahead of time so that once guests arrive, the only thing you’ll worry about is when to take the turkey from the oven.
To book a consult to discuss your next home improvement project contact either Wilmot location—full disclosure, Wilmot’s is a client of this publication and contributed to this article as a courtesy.
SOCO’s, (SouthCoast’s), regional summer multi-studio art exhibition and creative discovery-tour, will again exceed visitors and collector’s expectations when studio doors swing open to aficionados and the curious this month.
The well-known and widely anticipated, the Art drive, is an open-studio event—now in its 12th year of operation. This one-of-a-kind tour and viewing of how artists create and find inspiration was organically founded, and continues to be produced, by professional artists and talented markers in the Dartmouth and Westport areas.
Scheduled to span over three continuous days, (August 9, 10 & 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), the summer studio showcase will include artists, jewelers, photographers, wood and metal workers along with other professional creators who allow the public a peek into how and where the coastal region’s most talented artists perform their work.
Member artists of the Art drive contribute well beyond the sale of prestigious works of art, gifts, and collectibles; they also educate consumers in the process of creativity and involve the public in their inspiration and how to take that all-important first step. With demand for this type of art-programming, the group is committed to positively impact their local economy by drawing visitors and tourists to the towns, villages, and backroads that make this experience so appealing and well attended.
The juried studio tour, make the expedition an opportunity and experience for those interested in exploring what goes on behind the scenes. Artists will be creating and designing new pieces, or a whole collection of work that will likely be sold in New England’s finest galleries, if those who have first dibs on them hesitate.
The many locations where creators work is within the peaceful, yet dramatic settings of the picturesque coast. Sprinkled near the water, in meadows of the farms, or placed within the historic villages of Dartmouth and Westport, every stop becomes an enchanted journey.
An annual event for travelers and locals who claim that it is the perfect weekend to escape the usual retail experiences found along crowded main streets; it offers a different type of entertainment for everyone in the family.
Easily navigated, the 15-mile stretch of studios, beaches, boating, and eating, makes this three-day event a remarkable art-related vacation, whether it is for the day or the entire weekend.
This year the Art drive will include 31 artists working in all mediums. The Preview show will be held at the Dartmouth Cultural Center; 404 Elm Street, in South Dartmouth. With the new and improved Village of Padanaram, this event will surely be the best one of all.
For details and locations, contact the-art-drive.com.
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