Pricing Starter Homes on the South Shore

Comparing Starter Homes on the South Shore: Norwell, Hingham, Hanover, Scituate, Cohasset, and Marshfield

Looking at starter homes on the South Shore? The good news is that there are a lot of options from town to town depending on what must-haves are high on your list. Inventory quantities vary quite a bit from Cohasset to Marshfield, but all of these South Shore towns have options for buyers looking for a house in the under $300,000 price range.

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Norwell

starter homes on the south shoreThe current real estate market in Norwell offers eight homes under $300,000. This antique cape is a nice choice for a buyer looking to get into a move-in ready house in Norwell at a reasonable price. With three bedrooms and a nice yard just yards away from Cole Elementary School, this starter home on the South Shore has a lot to offer.

$289,900
147 High Street, Norwell
This home looks like something out of Better Homes and Garden! Pride of Ownership. Entertaining kitchen, 2 full baths on the first floor. Gleaming Hardwood floors, a large flat lot and plenty of room to entertain. A detached garage for car or storage. Some newer windows and much more!

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Hingham

starter homes on the south shoreHingham has a few 2-bedroom homes priced under $300,000. However if you’re in search of a 3-bedroom starter house in Hingham you’ll be looking at prices well into the $300k and $400k range. This Hingham starter home has great appeal. With 3 bedrooms and more than 1,500 square feet, it is a pleasing introduction to Hingham and to starter homes on the South Shore.

$385,000
11 Cliff Road, Hingham
Great Opportunity to Live in Hingham. Bright and Sunny 24×16 Fireplaced Living Room. Spacious eat-in Country Kitchen. Three Bedrooms and Two Full Baths. Beautiful Hardwood Floors. Wonderfull Neighborhood. Great Schools. Close to Weir River …Enjoy Fishing, Boating and Kayaking.

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Hanover

starter homes on the south shoreHanover has eight houses priced under $300,000, but buyers should be prepared to pay more than that for a floor plan over 1,500 square feet. This 2-bedroom cape is a buyer’s opportunity to get into Hanover for under $300k. The upstairs bedrooms are not finished so it will require some work for the new owner.

$290,000
80 King Street, Hanover
They don’t build them like this anymore. Unfinished up cape with lots of updating. 2 large bedrooms up are partially drywalled and an A dormer for roughed in bath. Live in Hanover at a reasonable price and finish the upstairs at your own pace.

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Scituate

starter homes on the south shoreScituate has a quite a few homes on the market priced under $300,000, varying from beach cottages to cape and ranches. This home in Scituate comes with a few surprising bonuses such as an in-ground pool, 3 bedrooms, and central air, and is priced well for first-time buyers. Hard to find starter homes on the South Shore with amenities at this price point.

$299,900
76 Country Way, Scituate
Welcome to this very special property! 7 rm, 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath split w/finished lower level on landscaped lot w/fenced-in in-ground pool & shed. C/Air, hardwoods, huge kitch, cathedral ceiling screened-in porch access by french doors off the kitch to the backyrd w/pool. Hooked up to town sewer, Anderson windows, quality workmanship throughout. Fresh paint inside&out, newly finished hrdwd floors, newer bathrms. Close to commuter rail & waterfront! Being sold as-is.

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Cohasset

starter homes on the south shoreThis house is one of two homes listed on the market under $300,000 in Cohasset. With 3 bedrooms and nearly one acre of land, it’s move-in ready for the buyer eager to get into Cohasset at an affordable price.

$295,000
143 Beechwood Street, Cohasset
Taken directly out of the pages of “Cottage Living”, this sunny and happy 7-room,3-bedroom,1-bath farmhouse is both charming and practical in a very convenient location close to shopping, transportation and even a pond for winter skating. Every room is light, bright and airy and the porch is the perfect venue for easy summer living, dining and entertaining. Set back from the road on nearly an acre of scenic land, this is the ideal Cohasset starter or retirement home in move-in condition!

Starter Homes on South Shore: Marshfield

starter homes on the south shoreMarshfield currently has a large inventory of starter homes on the South Shore with a selection of ranches and capes priced under $300,000. This neat cape is move-in ready with 3 bedrooms, a private yard, and family room with fireplace.

$259,000
305 Plain Street, Marshfield
Open floor plan welcomes you to this classic Cape that is conveniently located near the school complex, shopping and Rt 3. Set back off the street, this home offers large kitchen-dining area, family room with fireplace and sliders to deck overlooking private rear yard,. Living room/office could be 4th bedroom. Updated 1/2 bath on 1st level, 3 good size bedrooms and full bath are on second level. Full walk-out basement, great house for the money.

Seasonal Events This Weekend In Norwell

Norwell Set To Host Fairs, Rallies, Dinners, and More

The weekend before Thanksgiving can be busy, but there are some great activities going on in Norwell that you don’t want to miss. From homemade gifts to delicious meals, the weekend is packed with fun, family events around town.

First Parish Norwell To Host Old-Fashioned Holiday Fair

Start your holiday season with an Old-Fashioned Holiday Fair at First Parish Norwell from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011. A tradition for the parish, the fair features handmade items and themed gift baskets, as well as silent auctions items up for bid. Go bargain shopping upstairs at Grandma’s Attic or stop into the parlor to browse used books. There’s face painting for the kids as well as a Children’s Toy Shop downstairs. Bring your appetite, too. Besides the homemade cookies and cakes, a snack bar will be open all day with corn chowder, chicken pot pie, hotdogs, brownies, and more! For information, call 781-659-7122. Proceeds will benefit First Parish Norwell Unitarian, 24 River St., Norwell Center, at Route 123. The church is handicapped accessible.

Norwell Middle School Spaghetti Dinner

The 2nd Annual Norwell Middle School Spaghetti Dinner is being held Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Norwell Middle School Cafetorium. Come enjoy a delicious meal to benefit the NMS music students. Be entertained by the Norwell Middle and High School Jazz Bands, and enter raffles to win some fantastic prizes. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for staff, students, and seniors, $30 for families of five or more. For more information visit the NMS Spaghetti Dinner web page.

Pep Rally for Norwell Youth Football

Break out the school colors, Cole School Elementary is hosting a pep rally this Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All three Norwell Youth Football teams are competing in Super Bowls this weekend…what a feat! Congratulations to the kids for a tremendous season. Join the celebration as we commend them for their efforts and send them off to the Super Bowl with our well wishes. Super Bowl Sunday is this November 19, 2011 at Whitman-Hanson High School. Schooners play at 11:00 a.m., Whalers compete at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Clippers kicking off at 2:00 p.m. Follow Norwell Youth Football on their site or on Facebook.

Concert & Art at the James Library

Boston-based pianist Anna Volovitch is performing a free concert at the James James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West St., Norwell, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2011. Invited by Norwell pianist Dona Maher, Volovitch is currently preparing for Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition in December. The concert is open to the public and will feature the music of Bach, Mozart and Strauss. For more information about this concert, call 781-659-5865.

While at the James Library be sure to view the art on display by Norwell High School students. There are 41 pieces including digital photographs, drawings, and paintings which will be shown through the month of November.

New Athletic Team for Norwell High School: Girls Hockey

Norwell Starts Fundraising for Girls Hockey Program

Norwell High School has approved a new athletic team: Norwell Clippers Girls Ice Hockey. The Norwell High School Administration, with support of the Norwell Boosters and Norwell School Committee, both unanimously approved the formation of the team for the 2011-2012 season. Previously girls who wished to play ice hockey in Norwell joined the boys team.

Funds Needed for Norwell Clippers Girls Ice Hockey

The new team is responsible for raising $20,000 to cover expenses in year one, and has begun fundraising to support this mission. They are currently running a raffle: 400 tickets will be sold and one winner will win $10,000 – cash! Tickets are $50/each. Drawing will be Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at the Norwell High Thanksgiving Day game against Hanover. Please show your support for Norwell Girls Hockey! The Norwell Clippers Girl Ice Hockey Team is also accepting donations in any form. If you’d like to buy a ticket or make a donation please contact David DiMarinis at dimartinis@yahoo.com or Andrea MacDonald at fordmac@yahoo.com.

Nowell Clippers Leaf Raking Fundraiser

Over the next two weekends, the Norwell High School Girls Hockey Team will be raking leaves to raise money for their new program. The team is available for raking on November 19 and 20, as well as November 25 and 26. The suggested donation is $150 based on the size of the yard, and all proceeds support the new hockey program. To schedule a raking please contact John Quill at quilla9@comcast.net or 781-987-1515.

Big Week of Games for Norwell Football

Game Time for Norwell Football

Norwell High School Football and Norwell Youth Football have some big games on the line this week as they partake in super bowls and annual rivalry games.

Norwell Youth Football Heads to the Super Bowl

Congratulations to Norwell Youth Football. For the first time in recent memory the Schooners, Whalers, and Clippers are all in their respective Super Bowls this Sunday, November 20, 2011, against Abington. The games will be played at Whitman-Hanson High School with the Schooners kicking off at 11:00 a.m., the Clippers at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Whalers at 2:00 p.m. Cheer the teams! Good luck, players!

Thanksgiving Game for Norwell High

Norwell High School will compete in its annual rivalry, the Thanksgiving football game against neighboring Hanover High School. The team is rallying for a win. Start Thanksgiving by supporting the local team, go Clippers! Kick off is at 10 a.m. at Hanover High School.

Norwell Surveys Residents About Open Space

NorwellNorwell Residents Invited To Weigh In On Town Land

Norwell’s Open Space and Recreation Committee is looking for input from Norwell residents regarding open space and recreation issues. The committee is asking residents to complete an online survey based on their experience, interests, concerns and hopes for Norwell space.

The Norwell Open Space Plan

Massachusetts requires that all of its towns have approved open space plans before they can receive state funds for acquisition of land. To date, as a result of this process, Norwell has received $300k+ from the state, which has been used to acquire approximately 200 preserved acres of parks, open space and recreation areas in town. By completing the latest survey, Norwell residents will help plan the community’s future.

The Open Space Survey of Norwell

The current survey developed by the Norwell Open Space and Recreation Committee contains 25 questions. Residents are asked about their personal usage of town land, which lands they use most, for what types of activities, and the needs of those spaces, as well as their thoughts on the acquisition of more land. There is also opportunity for Norwell residents to write-in details and opinions. The committee is hoping to receive a large response from residents so that their plans truly reflect the needs and wants of Norwell.

Free Composting Workshop at Norwell Recycling Center

NorwellLearn More About Backyard Composting in Norwell

How would you like to improve your soil while getting rid of nearly half of your household garbage at the same time? Composting is the answer. See firsthand how simple it is to minimize your waste and enhance your soil from the local experts at the Norwell Recycling Center.

Free Composting Workshop Hosted by Norwell Recycling

The Norwell Recycling Committee is hosting a free composting workshop on Saturday, November 19th, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dress for the weather as the workshop will be held outside at the Norwell Recycling Center, 310 Main Street, Norwell, adjacent to the Norwell Middle School. And as an added perk, free coffee and donuts will be served!

The Science Behind Successful Composting in Norwell

Learn how to turn coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, yard waste and even paper towels into black gold that will transform your soil into rich, fertile earth. Ann McGovern of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will lead a workshop that will cover the basics of composting, different types of bins, indoor worm composting for apartment-dwellers, and how compost can eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your yard and garden.

Start Composting This Season in Norwell

Compost bins will be available for purchase for $53, and one lucky participant will receive a free bin during the event.  The workshop is free and open to Norwell residents as well as the public.

New Hire, More Needs at Norwell Public Library

NorwellNorwell Selectmen Show Support, Voice Concern

The Norwell Board of Selectmen voted in favor of the Norwell Public Library’s request to hire a new systems manager. However, the NPL is concerned that its current budget requires an override to continue delivering quality service to the community.

Vacated Position at Norwell Public Library

The systems position was recently vacated by a longtime employee, leaving staff without what Library Director, Rebecca Freer, calls her “right hand.” The systems manager works closely with the director, provides knowledge and trouble shooting expertise as it concerns technology and computers, and performs extraneous financial, personnel, and building maintenance duties daily.

Norwell Library New Hire is the Exception

While the vacated position created a need at Norwell Public Library, the town of Norwell is currently not filling vacated positions due to budget limitations. In addition, the Norwell Schools are currently operating without an IT employee, so there are unaddressed needs throughout town services. Norwell administrators are also currently reviewing the possibility of centralizing all town technology, eliminating the need for a systems manager.

Freer stressed the importance of this position to the Board of Selectmen on September 28, 2011 at a meeting, and requested that this particular position be filled. Selectmen voiced concern over the $40,000 position, as well as the possibility that the town of Norwell could be facing layoffs in the near future. The selectmen ultimately voted to allow the filling of the position. Applications and resumes are currently being accepted and under review.

Norwell Library’s Future

At a Norwell Board of Selectmen’s meeting on October 5, 2011, Freer gave an update on the filling of the position, and presented ongoing concern over the library’s ability to serve the community. Space continues to be an issue in the 1975 structure. Freer also noted that the number of patrons served has risen since 2009 when the town discussed the possibility of closing the Norwell branch and outsourcing services to Hanover. Freer suggests that an override is necessary to maintain adequate services for Norwell residents. But with several budgets in crisis in Norwell, the Board of Selectmen and Norwell residents must consider which areas of town spending should receive an increase. There’s more about the Norwell Library and its needs in the Norwell Mariner.

 

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Norwell Inventory Up – Sale Prices Easing

As shown in this graph, Norwell housing inventory has been steadily increasing over the last month, which is typical for this time of year. In comparison, sale prices have been easing a bit with price reductions on the top tier of homes common. February through March 2011 experienced continued downward price adjustments and values flattened out for the month of April. As inventory continues to climb, you can see the direct result in the May per square foot value decline. To put this in perspective, in February the median per square foot home value was approximately $253.00 and now it is about $248.00. This $5.00 per square foot price decline represents about $12,500 on a 2,500 square foot home. So every $1.00 decline in price per square foot values equals a $2,500.00 decline in your homes’ value. One of the major blunders of selling your home is pricing it too high in a buyer’s market. Make sure your Realtor is giving you hard evidence of apple-to-apple sales comparisons and get several price opinions from different agents. Pricing your home too high will only result in future price reductions and playing into the hands of a buyer’s market.  I call an ”overpriced home” the case of “the falling sword syndrom”. If you don’t price your home agressively accurate, you can lose tens of thousand of dollars by chasing the market downward.  Get several price opinions and even a certified appraisal, of which I provide to all my clients. If you need help or have questions, please call on me for answers.

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