Sally Malsch, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePRO, SRS
Five College REALTORS ® | 413-519-4465 | [email protected]


Posted by Sally Malsch on 5/7/2020

This Condo in Amherst, MA recently sold for $165,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ®.


170 E Hadley Road, Amherst, MA 01002

Condo

$165,000
Price
$165,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Buyers had a change of circumstances and we are back on the market and ready for a QUICK CLOSE! This is your opportunity to own this sweet two bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse at the Brook! Nicely maintained and move-in ready with great finished basement, offering additional living space. Kitchen is open with breakfast bar, newer stainless appliances and cheerful tiled backsplash. Laminate flooring in living room, ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room & basement. Private fenced in outdoor area with deck. Grow your tomatoes & herbs with easy access to grilling in Summer months. On the PVTA bus route "the brook" offers a beautiful in-ground pool, assigned parking and easy living. So convenient to shopping, schools and area colleges. Call today for your private showing!!

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Tags: Amherst   Real Estate   01002   Condo  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Sally Malsch on 5/6/2020

A home bar is one thing that most adults should have in their homes. Even if you’re not a drinker yourself, you should have something on hand to offer guests when they come over for an evening of food and conversation. You’ll need the right setup, the right tools, and the right recipes handy to have the perfect home bar. Whether you have a bar already or are looking to build your own, we have all the tips that you’ll need as a rookie bartender.  


The Essentials


You’ll need quite a few essentials in your home bar including but not limited to:


  • Glasses
  • Bitters
  • Bar tools
  • Recipe books
  • Spirits
  • Mixers
  • Garnishes

Find The Right Surface To Transform Into A Bar


You can easily transform any table, sideboard, or cart into a bar. If the vessel that you’re using has a drawer, that’s even better. You can keep all of your bottles, glasses, decanters, and openers in one convenient place. It’s not bad if you can’t fit all of your supplies in one place. Less used items can be stored in the pantry. 


You can even use a simple bookshelf to store all of your bar supplies. Transform any bookcase from “boring bookshelf” to home bar in no time. You can arrange the shelving by category, giving each shelf a purpose. You can keep spirits on one shelf, glasses on another shelf, tools on another, and recipe books on another shelf. 


Does Your Home Have An Actual Bar Built-In?


Many homes actually have bars built in, but people rarely use them because they feel inexperienced in using the bar tools of the trade. Whether you have a full wet bar or a simpler dry bar, keep all of the essentials there. You’ll need:


  • Bar towel
  • Trash can
  •  Glasses
  • Decanter
  • Bar spoon
  • Strainer
  • Shaker
  • Access to ice
  • Juice
  • Sodas
  • Juicer
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Jigger
  • Simple Syrup
  • Old fashioned glass
  • Peeler
  • Mesh strainer

Location Of The Bar


If you’re setting up a brand new bar, there’s a variety of places that you can put the bar. If you have space in the kitchen, you can add it to a corner right there. Other great places for your bar could be a den or a man cave. Wherever you’ll spend time hanging out with company is a good place to keep your bar. If you have children, you might even consider getting a locking cabinet system for your liquor. You don’t want little hands getting into what they’re not supposed to.  


Setting up your own home bar is something to be proud of. It will be quite the conversation piece when guests come over. You’ll be able to discuss your collection of liquors and see if friends have any recommendations as to what you might add to your selection of liquors. A home bar is an entertaining essential.





Posted by Sally Malsch on 5/5/2020


65 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

Multi-Family

$439,900
Price

2
Units
3,424
Approx. GLA
Winner for investor OR home owner occupied: versatile, value added, 3424 sq. ft. SF executive ranch with legal apartment OR two-family (5 bedroom, 3 baths) set apart on scenic, large, 1.93 acre lot abutting Fort River and across from Groff Park. Primo nexus of roads; take the PVTA at your doorstep north to Amherst Center and UMass or south to Atkins Country Market and Mt. Holyoke College. Easy drive west to Hadley shopping, or take close by bike path to Northampton. Besides 2 car garage, there are 9 off-street parking slots on asphalted driveway. Solar panels, transferrable to buyer, don the south facing roof in sunny, open yard and provide electricity and hot water. Gardeners will delight in planting in the verdant soil; children will feel the allure of the outside for play, while others will soak up sun on the deck and enjoy a summer barbecue. Life, as you like it…
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 5/5/2020


65 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
Winner: for home owner occupied OR investor: versatile, value added, 3424 sq. ft. SF executive ranch with legal apartment OR two-family (5 bedroom, 3 baths) set apart on scenic, large, 1.93 acre lot abutting Fort River and across from Groff Park. Primo nexus of roads; take the PVTA at your doorstep north to Amherst Center and UMass or south to Atkins Country Market and Mt. Holyoke College. Easy drive west to Hadley shopping, or take close by bike path to Northampton. Besides 2 car garage, there are 9 off-street parking slots on asphalted driveway. Solar panels, transferrable to buyer, don the south facing roof in sunny, open yard and provide electricity and hot water. Gardeners will delight in planting in the verdant soil; children will feel the allure of the outside for play, while others will soak up sun on the deck and enjoy a summer barbecue. Life, as you like it…
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Sally Malsch on 4/29/2020


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There's a lot of benefit to be had from increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home. Scientists have long linked natural daylight to improved mood and productivity. You just feel better when you regularly work or relax in a room filled with light from the sun. Sunlight helps regulate circadian rhythms, too, meaning you sleep better and feel more rested when you wake up. Increasing natural light sources in your home can also help lower your monthly utility bill and raise your home's resale value. Here's what we recommend.

Ditch the Heavy Drapes

Drapes made from heavy fabrics and liners may be nixing your natural light. Replace them with solar window films instead. Solar window films won't damage your windows, and they block up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays, while allowing natural light to stream through. You won't have to worry about fading carpets or upholstery, and solar window film also reflects the heat from the sun, so your space doesn't become an instant sauna. 

If privacy is a concern, install blinds or window shades that can be closed at night. You can even purchase frosted solar window films that provide privacy without darkening your room. 

Install a Skylight

If a small renovation project is in the budget, consider adding a skylight to a dark, gloomy room to bring it into the light. Skylights keep things private while increasing access to natural light. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to install a skylight runs around $1,500. That's a small price to pay for added light and ventilation in a dark room. Even better -- adding a professionally installed, energy-efficient skylight can increase your home's resale value. There may even be a tax credit available for homeowners who choose skylights that are solar powered. 

Use Reflective Wall Colors

Did you know many paints have an LVR? That's a light reflectance value, and the higher the number, the better the paint color is at reflecting light around your space. When you paint walls in a color that's highly reflective, (white has and LRV of 100. Black has an LRV of zero) your room appears brighter. So, even if your room has only one window, using a light paint color can help bounce that natural light into all the corners. 

If you're stuck feeling gloomy when you spend time in a dark den or bedroom, try letting a little light shine in. You might be amazed at how easy it is to transform a space from one you dread to one you highly desire. Use these three easy tricks, and you'll find out just how easy it is to lighten up a little.