Kim Walker Chin, MBA, REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Realty | Serving Cambridge, Somerville, Boston & Beyond
617.817.1593 | Kwalkerchin@gmail.com | Instagram: @kimwalkerchin | Facebook: /kimwalkerchin
Kim has a 6th sense for finding the right home or investment for her clients. She listens and pays close attention to her clients needs. Kim has a down to earth personality matched with intelligence. She will patiently guide you through the process of buying or selling your home or investment. She did her graduate undergraduate work in the area and has been a Cambridge resident since 1990.
Featured Property: Cambridge, MA
10 Rogers Street, Penthouse 2 | This one-of-a-kind, oversized, bi-level penthouse feels like a floating home above it all — a must-see with spectacular panoramic views of the Charles River and Boston Skyline! With two patios and every amenity, this is an incomparable indoor-outdoor entertainment experience. $3,200,000.
123 Brimbal Ave, Beverly, MA | 127 Eastern Ave, Gloucester, MA
49 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA | 169 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA 01982
1.833.MOVING.9 | www.churchillprop.com
Churchill Properties is a full service residential real estate firm offering excellence in brokerage services to Boston’s North Shore communities through our offices located in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Hamilton, Mass. We are members of the elite Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network including 4100 offices and 130,000 agents in 65 countries worldwide. Our unique marketing and sales program utilizes multiple media channels and promotional activities.
Featured Property: Hamilton, MA
489 Bay Road | Abutting Myopia Hunt Club, horse trails and champion golf! This exquisite property, with an impressive tree lined driveway, is set on 5+ acres of beautifully manicured grounds in the epicenter of horse country. Fully renovated in 2005 (to the studs) this spectacular Colonial Farmhouse has had two major additions, seamlessly added using reclaimed beams with the highest quality of craftsmanship. New custom tiled baths, wiring, plumbing, AC, radiant heat and windows are updated. A master bedroom suite was added to the first floor and enjoys walkout access to the bluestone terrace and gardens. The great room is gorgeous, with vaulted ceilings, massive exposed beams, a 2-story stone fireplace hearth, custom built-ins and a wall of glass streaming natural light all day long. There are 2 additional sitting rooms with beamed ceilings and fireplaces. Four spacious bedrooms are on the second level including a second master suite. The carriage house includes a 2-Bedroom apt & 2-car garage. $2,145,000
This gracious residence in Barnstable, Massachusetts (built in 2016 by Peter Boyle) has been meticulously designed by Ivan Bereznicki to capture sensational water and golf course views. It effortlessly blends the finest craftsmanship with luxurious amenities — all creating an idyllic seaside retreat.
“Showcasing commanding views, this home boasts dual frontage on sparkling North Bay and the renowned Wianno golf course, which is incredibly rare,” says listing agent Paul Grover of Robert Paul Properties.
The estate also boasts exquisite architectural finishes, lush meadows, and a private dock.
Inside, highlights include a state-of-the art kitchen with superb finishes, waterside fireplaced living room, paneled library with built-ins, splendid master suite, three handsome guest bedrooms with en suite baths, and serene vistas from nearly every richly appointed room.
The estate, listed for $7.95 million, is tucked away, yet close to village amenities — and is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. “This home evokes a relaxed coastal elegance that is simply stunning in every season,” says Grover.
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Unique Homes Online Exclusive
During the mid-year height of the Covid-19 pandemic, real estate agents comment on how the market stood, and in some cases prevailed, under enormous pressure.
This past Fall, luxury real estate agents from across the country spoke on Unique Homes’ first Zoom panel to discuss topics from the recent article “Space: The New Currency,” from Unique Homes Magazine’s recent Fall issue, written by Camilla McLaughlin. On this exclusive virtual panel, agents were able to discuss how the real estate markets of America endured (and continue to endure) through the turbulence that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused. Throughout the discussion, these experienced panelists spoke on the changes their area(s) have undergone and the how the pandemic has affected the homebuying process. We’ve highlighted some of our distinguished panelists and their unique experiences below.
Mauricio Umansky, Founder/CEO of The Agency
Los Angeles, CA
In the beginning of “Space: The New Currency,” Mauricio Umansky, Founder and CEO of The Agency, notes that in the midst of the pandemic, consumers who were staying at home also found themselves asking impactful questions regarding their homes and their futures: where am I sequestering versus where am I at home? What do I want my home to look like? What do I want my second home to look like?
As one of the opening speakers, Umansky adds that though many of these questions may not be answered right away, the pandemic proved to be a catalyst for many potential home buyers to start a dialogue with their local real estate agents. “Sequestering at home, stay in, shelter in place, whatever it is we want to call it, has caused a conversation that is equal amongst everybody, whether it’s politically driven, whether it’s answering ‘what do I want to do with my life?’ and understanding that we can now work and operate from anywhere.”
Courtney Hampson, Vice President of Marketing
Palmetto Bluff, SC
Palmetto Bluff is a community in coastal South Carolina that caters to a mix of primary and vacation homeowners. Courtney Hampson, Vice President of Marketing for Palmetto Bluff, says on the panel that at the beginning of the pandemic many residents were already staying in Palmetto Bluff due to Spring Break, and were mandated to stay due to the shutdown. Many stayed until May when the state began opening up again, and there were several instances where those who extended their stay ended up moving to Palmetto Bluff full time. About a particular couple from New York with young children, Hampson says “They literally walked down the street into our real estate office, went on our tour, looked at available homes, closed two days later, our fastest closing ever, and that was it. ‘This is where we are,’ they said, ‘This is the plan now.'”
During the panel Hampson also stated that the utilization of virual tours and showings became more widely utilized, so much that they had to include the option on their website right away on their website.” She also noted that in the midst of everything, they found that buyers were buying almost like they were suffering from FOMO, or a Fear of Missing Out. “[Clients] are booking their stay at the hotel first, and … they have almost a fear of missing out. They’re not waiting to get here to look at real estate — they’re doing that virtually, going under contract and seeing their property the first time they come to visit.”
Carrie Wells, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate
Though located on the opposite side of the United States, Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate in Aspen, Colorado experienced similar situations as Hampson had in South Carolina. March is typically the latter part of the state’s skiing season, but due to the pandemic the season was cut short, and those visiting found themselves sequestering in Aspen — and staying. She remarked that you can see this reflected in the school district alone, where 175 new students were admitted and a weight list was created for the Aspen Country Day School, Aspen’s main private school. She also noted that with the help of Matterport virtual tour technology many sales were able to happen, as clients wanted to be able to visit openings safely.
Wells remarked about her own experience with a New York family who stayed in Aspen until the summer. “He said, ‘I never realized that Aspen is so enjoyable in April and May,’ which are normally our off-season months. … People have experienced being here year-round, when they normally would not be here, and there’s so much to do other than downhill skiing that I think regardless of what happens with our winter, we’re still going to see our market continue to be strong.”
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
The title of the article “Space: The New Currency,” as well as the main point of discussion for the panel, was inspired by profound statement by Frank Aazami of Russ Lyon Sothebby’s International Realty. During the panel Aazami notes that when the pandemic began and people were sequestering, he noticed that areas that were previously difficult to sell beforehand, regions outside of Phoenix and Scottsdale such as Fountains Hills, Cave Creek, etc, were now like beacons that buyers were gravitating towards. Before there were no sales north of $3 million, but eventually there were closings reaching upwards of $4 and $6 million. The reasoning for this market change? Space!
In the article Aazami notes that from his region of Scottsdale, Arizona, his experience during the pandemic that no matter what buyers were generally looking for, a vacation home, relocation refuge, etc., the key point he saw was that consumers were looking for a safe haven, with plenty of space. Not only that, but consumers are also requesting specifics when it comes to this space in order to make their purchases personal and customized to their lifestyles, from multiple offices and indoor gyms to view decks and larger patios.
Chris Bernier, Churchill Properties
Boston’s North Shore, MA
Located just 30 minutes outside of Boston, Chris Bernier of Churchill Properties notes during the Zoom panel that despite the usual trends of buyers looking for smaller, more minimalistic style homes, space really is the new currency. He affirms that many buyers in his market are flocking toward the larger homes. These market shifts are no doubt due to the pandemic shifting priorities, and continues to show
James Torrance, Keller Williams Luxury International
Palm Beach, FL
James Torrance from Palm Beach, Florida has much to say about the pandemic has shifted Florida into more than just a retirement or snowbird refuge, seen in these clips from the Zoom discussion. He notes further that in fact a large wave of buyers from California and more specifically Chicago brought interest to the area and helped close several sales, a rarity in his area. What was also interesting that he notices are the importance of the private schools and districts in South Florida, as he mentions that many buyers were shopping around different homes once they had found a school system they liked, then picking from available homes nearby.
This, alongside his points about the importance of homes with multi-functional spaces such as guesthouses and just the overall outlook on how the market has shifted, highlight just how much action Florida has seen in the past several months due to Covid-19’s effect on real estate.
Roxann Taylor, Engel & Völkers Dallas Forth Worth
As an real estate agent with 40-plus years of selling experience, Roxann Taylor of Engel & Völkers Dallas Forth Worth was a fountain of wisdom toward the end of the virtual panel. She highlighted much of which was similar to what the other panelists had noted, including buyers prioritizing homes with large space as opposed to downsizing, putting houses on the market through a near fully-virtual process, and much more.
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Craftsmanship and design combine with state-of-the-art construction in this four-story home — built by Silva Brothers Construction and designed by Bechtel, Frank, Erickson architects — in one of Lexington, Massachusetts’ finest neighborhoods, Merriam Hill.
“It has an aura of grandness, impeccable taste, and a quality rare in newer homes,” says listing agent Lester Savage of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate, who is listing the property for $3.75 million. “In particular, the kitchen and family room have extraordinary warmth and intimacy, with a heart-of-the-home design.”
The lower level rooms include a play stage, wine grotto, media room and playroom.
“The home emits comfort with a south-facing eating area overlooking a tranquil, spacious yard and bluestone patio area,” says Savage.
The estate has easy access to Lexington Center, town conservation areas, and the Minuteman Bikeway.
Photo courtesy of Krissy Preble.
Sophistication abounds in this property, which has sweeping views over all of Plum Island sound and the Atlantic Ocean in Ipswich, Massachusetts. With this direct oceanfront property, you can step down to the beach into a boaters and swimmers paradise, which features a deep water channel for mooring.
Inside features include soaring columns, cathedral ceilings, a marble fireplace, Brazilian hardwood floors, Venetian tile kitchen countertops, and a tremendous amount of glass to enjoy the views and natural light.
The master bedroom suite has a private deck and tile bath with whirlpool tub overlooking the water.
The property is listed for $1.495 by Andrea Osbon of Churchill Properties. Escape from the city into your own sanctuary just 33 miles North of Boston.
This newly constructed shingle-style home on coveted Smith’s Point in Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts, is strategically set on 3-plus acres.
The property has been artfully designed to provide magnificent water views from all major rooms. The home is exceptionally well-appointed with soaring ceilings, crown moldings, wainscoting, and hardwood floors throughout. The sprawling entry way leads to an open floor plan that allows for sophisticated and comfortable entertaining — highlighted by an exquisitely appointed kitchen. The master suite has stunning views, a barrel ceiling, a luxurious marble bath/spa, dressing room, and sitting area for relaxed enjoyment.
Other amenities include a guest suite, service pantry, a three-story elevator and a heated three-car garage with an inclusive mud room. Plans for a dock have been started. The property, listed for $5.95 million by Anthony Bullock IV of Churchhill Properties, is a short walk to Singing Beach, one of the top ten beaches in the U.S., and to downtown.
Heather Stewart Kaznoski and Mary Stewart:
Offering Integrity, Trust and Consistent Communication
Representing home buyers and sellers in Marblehead, Massachusetts and the surrounding North Shore communities, Heather and Mary (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Agents) bring over 60-plus years of real estate experience.
They are trustworthy negotiators offering a high level of service, consistent communication, integrity and trust. Heather and Mary are well known in the real estate industry and have long-standing relationships — not only with loyal clients, but with fellow agents, attorneys, and lenders — which ensures that your sales transaction will have a successful and positive conclusion.
On 4.4 acres on a pristine hilltop in Beverly, Massachusetts, this stunning 6,000-square-foot Colonial revival is surrounded by manicured lawns, meadows, extensive gardens and stone patios.
The home features six bedrooms, three full and two half baths, four wood-burning fireplaces, and many Victorian-era architectural details, including detailed moldings and plaster ceiling medallions. Additionally, the wraparound covered porches are a perfect gathering spot overlooking the outdoor garden spaces
“This home is elegant, but not overly formal,” says Patricia White of Century 21 North East who is listing the property for $2.299 million. “It has a feel for a country estate with accessibility of a neighborhood home — perfect for a growing family.”
123 Brimbal Ave, Beverly, MA | 122 Main Street, Suite 4, Gloucester, MA | 49 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA | 169 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA 01982
1.833.MOVING.9 | www.churchillprop.com
Churchill Properties is a full service residential real estate firm offering excellence in brokerage services to Boston’s North Shore communities through our offices located in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Hamilton, Mass. We are members of the elite Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network including 4100 offices and 130,000 agents in 65 countries worldwide. Our unique marketing and sales program utilizes multiple media channels and promotional activities including: