This house was built for Israel Forster (1779-1863), shoreman, and wife Hannah Lee, in 1804. In the 1600s this lot was part of Standish's Orchard. It passed to the Lee family and in 1802 Jacob Hooper sold the “mowing land” to Israel Forster for $220.
J Barrett & Company is pleased to announce that Vice President and Realtor® Dan Bernal has re-joined the agency in the Cummings Center office.
I always thought gardening was the number one past time in America. A quick Google search disabused me of that fact. Baseball and reading come up Number One, depending on which site you look at. But gardening is still in the top ten. Driving around Cape Ann makes me believe that gardening is the number one past time in our little corner of the world.
Manchester-based interior designer Jennifer Coles has seen it all, and she’s here to answer your home design questions. This week she tackles peel and stick wallpaper, laminate flooring, and big moves on bedroom paints.
In 1837, Jonathan Hassam sold a house lot to mariner Samuel Forster Tappan. Tappan, however, built his late Federal style house earlier on the site in 1836, as documented on a wooden shingle uncovered during a 1987 renovation. The difference in timing of the sale and actual construction was not unusual among friends in those days.
Barrett & Company announced this week that Jennifer Maniaci has joined the agency in the Gloucester office as a sales associate.
With the spirit of universal mothering in mind, I offer you some good old fashioned design advice. (And don’t forget to eat your vegetables.)
I was visiting my daughter over the weekend—she’s at college in Providence. Seeing her apartment always reminds me of some of my own when I was her age and renting in Boston. It’s heady stuff – getting those early apartments. Oh, the possibilities, the promise, and the adrenalin surge of undeniable autonomy! But, holy moly, what we put up with.
J Barrett & Company announced this week it has named Felicia Trupiano, a veteran at the agency’s Gloucester office for 10 years, a vice president.
In 1881, Ida Agassiz Higginson bought the “old Forster homestead” and adjacent land to build the colonial-style house that currently stands at 131 Bridge Street, at the edge of what is now Winthrop Field. The house was built for Joseph Clarke, the horticulturist that Mrs. Higginson employed to lay out and manage the extensive gardens on Sunset Hill estate.
What are the bumps that happen with home decorating? Well, the most common is sticker shock as the estimates come in. I do what I can on this front, but the estimates are not under my control and austerity measures must at times be made. As your designer, I could grit my teeth and remain attached to my original idea and think of any other plan as a disappointing compromise. But then I would miss out on some of the interesting challenges that come along with reining your project in.
What a month March was for me. I lost a week to sickness - not COVID, but a ﬂu. Like I couldn’t lift my head from the pillow and slept 20 hours a day type of ﬂu. But when I ﬁnally felt better I seemed to view the world just a little bit differently. What does this have to do with homes, you may be asking? I’m really not sure yet, so you’ll have to just bear with me.
2020 was an unprecedented year for everyone, including the firm of OLSON LEWIS + Architects (OL+). In January of last year, John Harden joined the office as a principal. Setting aside normal expectations, John and OL+ navigated the path through the pandemic resulting in a successful year.
A clay pot is often the solution when we desire a container made of classic material, is durable, reasonably priced, and available in virtually every size and style. Clay pots have been around for a long time, and still serve us well. Some local history may be of interest.
In September 1725, John Lee Jr., Housewright, purchased a quarter acre of land in “Newport”. By year’s end he had erected a house. The Newport section of town was situated near Harbor and Bridge Streets. Records state the home was located on a property with apple trees. Lee Jr. apprenticed as a carpenter at the age of 12. Throughout his life he served as town constable, clerk, treasurer and selectman.
Backyarding is the new trend that’s emerged during the pandemic. Our backyards are where we eat, work, play, relax and socialize, and the green spaces around our homes have proven to be vibrant places for connection and vital to maintaining mental health.
Kathleen McHugh of Churchill Properties was recognized for her outstanding achievements in North Shore real estate. Her exceptional 2020 sales volume earned her the“Bronze Club Award.”
I will now confess, I am a little bit of the Angel of Death to many houseplants that have crossed the path of my interior design business. I know, I know. It’s almost like saying I kick puppies, right? But hear me out.
Quietly, nearly a year ago after a full renovation of its 2,000 sf space, a new real estate brokerage arrived on Central Street in Manchester, across the street from the Town Common and next door to Style Snoop. It would be the 24th location for Boston-based Gibson Sotheby’s, topping off its Cape Cod-to-Cape Ann footprint. But was it really new? Well, no, if you see the team that's heading up the office.
Philio Cushing of Churchill Properties was recognized last week for her outstanding achievements in North Shore real estate. Her exceptional 2020 sales volume earned the “International Premier Elite Award.”
So, there went Valentine's Day. And what are the chances of this almost divorced, hardworking, under-appreciated, mother of four being sparky about a holiday that truly only works for so few people in the universe? You're right. The chances are slim.
This historic red house which has been the Huss family home for the past 42 years, was built in 1725 by Samuel Lee, Jr., a local “housewright” who owned a large tract of land on what is now School Street.