Norwell Homes For Sale Priced Up To $500,000

Looking for Norwell homes for sale up to the $500,000 range? Take a look at these Norwell homes for sale and see if your dream home is closer than you think. If you see anything you would like to take a closer look at and tour, please call Realtor George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate 617-877-4839.

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Norwell Middle School Helps Those Without Power

While the power is back on for some Norwell residents, others still remain in the dark since Tropical Storm Irene brought down trees and power lines and destroyed utility systems. However the Norwell Middle School is opening its doors to offer residents the comfort of home. The Town of Norwell will make shower facilities available for Norwell residents at the Norwell Middle School starting Thursday, September 1, 2011 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Residents will need to provide their own shower supplies and towels as well as proof of residency. In addition, a dumpster will be available for residents to dispose of any spoiled food products at the Norwell Recycling Center as of Thursday September 1, 2011. The recycling yard will be open Thursday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For many days following Irene 95% of residents, businesses and municipal buildings in Norwell have been without electrical power. Critical infrastructures including the Norwell Police Station have been running off of generators, while Town Hall and Norwell Public Schools have been without power. More and more residents are coming back online as National Grid rebuilds a major feeder into Norwell from Scituate.

Homeowner Tips: Filing Claims from Irene

Days later and Norwell is still feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Irene. Along with massive power outages, Norwell residents are dealing with downed trees, flooded basements, and broken fences. But, what’s covered? Check with your insurance agent to find out exactly what your policy covers. For example flood insurance is typically not part of standard homeowner policies, so ask your agent about coverage for water damage. Here’s a quick checklist to help Norwell homeowners with property damage to rebuild and repair:

  1. Secure exposed areas of your home or structure with tarps to prevent further damage.
  2. Take photos of all visible damage (if safe to do so) prior to the clean up process. Use a camera or cell photo to collect images and/or video of the destruction. Documentation of the property damage to your home, vehicle or property is essential for the claim.
  3. Contact your insurance company immediately to file a claim. Have your policy number and information on-hand. Check to see if a deductible applies. In most cases an adjuster will be sent out to report on the property damage. Hold onto items that have been damaged or destroyed until the adjuster can note it in the report.
  4. Maintain a record and receipts for all items or expenditures that have occurred due to the damage, such as emergency supplies, restaurant receipts, hotel receipts, or temporary repairs.
  5. Start to collect repair estimates that detail material and labor costs from licensed contractors.

If you have questions about where to start feel free to contact me by email at George@capitalresidential.com or call/text me at 617.877.4839 . I keep a list of reputable contractors and would be happy to help you find the right fit for your repairs.

Norwell Slow to Recover from Irene

Thousands of Norwell residents lost power during Tropical Storm Irene, and remain without it, possibly until the end of the week. The storm’s strong wind gusts and inches of rainfall downed trees and powerlines across the South Shore including Norwell and Hingham, caused power outages and property damage for many residents.

Hingham’s power problems have been resolved, with just a handful of residents now without power. In Norwell those with power are among the minority. Thousands of Nstar and National Grid customers throughout the town including residents, businesses and even schools such as Cole elementary, are without electricity as crews work to remove trees entangled in power lines, restore electric systems, and rebuild transmission systems. Massive uprooted trees slung over roadways such as Summer Street have been removed, but the utilities caution that it will be several days before power is restored to Norwell.

In the meantime Norwell residents are dumping spoiled food from the fridge, visiting the gym for a warm shower and moving cautiously through major intersections such as the one at Route 53, High Street and Grove Street which is now manned by a 4-way stop sign. And Norwell residents are not alone in this power outage, as of Monday more than 147,000 National Grid customers in Norfolk and Plymouth Counties and 110,000 NStar customers on the South Shore, Cape Cod and in New Bedford were still without power.

On Monday, Matthew Keegan, Norwell Assistant Superintendent for the Norwell Public Schools, used the ConnectEd system to email and telephone residents to inform them that the Board of Selectmen and safety officials had met to discuss National Grid’s recovery plan which will take days to restore power fully to all Norwell residents.

Norwell’s Countdown To The School Year

We are just mere weeks away from Wednesday, September 7, the first day of school for Norwell Public Schools. Parents, students and teachers are preparing for the big day, the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Whether you’ve just moved into Norwell or have been in town for years, here are a few helpful links to make the transition easier.

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Starry Night in Norwell

Like to star gaze? Every August the Perseid Meteor showers light the night sky with a sparkling display of shooting stars. Enjoy the spectacular show at the South Shore Natural Science Center as they offer the family program, “Beneath the Starry Sky.” The program runs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the SSNSC on Jacobs Lane in Norwell, MA. There will be activities and educational sessions before heading out to the fields to enjoy the dazzling sky. The night wraps up with a campfire and s’mores for all. What an evening!  “Beneath the Starry Sky” costs $10 per person for members, $35 maximum per family. Non-members pay $13 per person with a maximum of $47 per family. The SSNSC recommends that children under 5 not attend. Pregistration is required. For more information and to pre-register, call South Shore Natural Science Center at (781) 659-2559 or visit the website.

Water Restrictions in Effect in Norwell

The heat has finally caught up to us this summer. Effective Thursday, July 21 there are restrictions on outdoor water use in Norwell. The Norwell Board of Water Commissioners is asking Norwell residents and businesses to conserve their daily water use by following these simple rules:

  • No outdoor watering by automated lawn irrigation systems, lawn sprinklers, soaker hoses or other unattended devices.  
  • Use of hand-held hoses to water gardens and shrub is permitted only during the hours of 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Watering pots are permitted anytime.
  • Filling of swimming pools is not permitted.  Topping off swimming pools to replace naturally evaporated water is permitted, with permission from the Water Dept.
  • Residents using a private well for lawn irrigation should place a prominently displayed sign near the street that reads, “PRIVATE WELL.”

New to Norwell? Five Essential Move-in Tips

Settling into a new house in Norwell? As you unpack those boxes and move in the furniture here are a few helpful points about Norwell to make you feel right at home. And if you’re in the process of looking to buy a house in this South Shore community, this information puts you ahead of the game when the time comes to make an offer on a house:

  1. Norwell’s Town Government
    Norwell’s 10,000 plus residents are governed by a Board of Selectmen. The three-member team includes Ellen Allen, John Mariano, and Gregg McBride. Members are elected for three-year terms and serve as the Chief Elected and Executive Officers of the Town. Appointed the by the Board of Selectmen, the Town Administrator, James Boudreau, runs the daily operations of Norwell. The Board of Selectmen conduct a weekly meeting, televised on Channel 10, every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Some tasks of the Board of Selectmen include presenting articles in Town Meeting Warrants, appointing members to official boards, and enforcing town by-laws.
  2. Norwell Public Schools
    Norwell Public Schools have an exceptional reputation for their high-ranking academics, stellar MCAS scores, and quality teachers and administration. Norwell is actively conducting a superintendent search to take over for Dr. Donald Beaudette when he retires in January 2012. A consultant hired by the school committee to help in the superintendent search made recommendations at the July 18 school committee meeting, and it appears the process is on schedule to hire and announce the new superintendent as early as January. Norwell Public Schools consist of two elementary schools, the Grace Farrar Cole School and the William Gould Vinal School for grades pre-k through five, the Norwell Middle School for grades six through eight, and the Norwell High School which graduated 158 students in June of 2011.
  3. Hornstra’s Dairy Farm
    Farm fresh milk and dairy products will come to you…and they don’t have to travel far. Hornstra’s Dairy Farm of Hingham purchased the 77-acre Loring Farm along Prospect Street in Norwell two years ago. Since then John Honstra has restored the dilapidated property including the original post-and-beam bank barn and the farm’s 1750s cape-style home. Hornstra even enlisted the help of Amish farm workers who traveled to New England last summer to rebuild portions of the barn and silos to store grain for the farm’s cows. Hornstra’s goal is to move the farm’s current dairy operation to Norwell where over 60 cows will produce about 500 gallons of milk per day. Hornstra currently serves over 15 communities on the South Shore delivering their distinct glass bottles of fresh milk as well as ice cream, eggs, and homemade pies. But Hornstra is offering more than good creamery to the area, it’s bringing the time-honored tradition of dairy farming back to Norwell…it’s a treat for all, young and old.
  4. Norwell Youth Sports
    Fall, winter, spring, summer, whatever the season it is a great time for youth sports in Norwell. Norwell Youth Soccer is open to girls and boys starting in kindergarten and runs through eigth grade. It’s a popular choice for the young kids especially because of the fun atmosphere, focus on sportsmanship, and opportunity to play with classmates. Norwell Youth Football offers play at various levels starting in second grade. They also feature a cheering squad for the same age group. Norwell Little League brings America’s favorite pasttime to kids here in Norwell. Boys and girls can start playing in kindergarten though their age requirement has a cut-off of April 30. In addition to the spring season, Norwell Little League has summer travel teams. Interest in Norwell Lacrosse has really increased in recent years. Open to girls and boys as young as kindergarten Norwell LAX is a great team sport for the kids. South Shore Seahawks is the league for young hockey enthusiasts in Norwell. With teams at all ages and levels, Seahawks Hockey makes for fun ice time.
  5. Norwell Recycles
    Norwell has weekly recycling along with curbside rubbish removal. Recycling bins are available for residents at the Board of Health office in Town Hall. Recycling bins are single-stream usage so there’s no need to sort paper, glass and cans. In addition Norwell’s Recycling Center is located in the Highway Dept. Yard behind Norwell Middle School and is open limited hours for disposal of larger, recyclable items. A vehicle sticker is required and can be obtained at the Board of Health office. Norwell also has a Recycling Committee comprised of appointed members who actively pursue opportunities to increase recycling in Norwell. These efforts include working with Norwell Public Schools, hosting town recycling events, and purchasing outdoor recycling bins. Norwell residents are reminded that the recycling bins located at the schools and sporting fields are emptied by volunteers, not town workers. The Recycling Committee members appreciate when residents follow “the carry in, carry out” philosophy to reduce the use of the bins and welcome the help of volunteers to empty bins.

Why Families Want To Own A Home

Owning a home is part of the American dream, right? At least for most people. Renting is an option during and right after college and even for retirees who spend a few months here and a few months there.  Also for the ultra-wealthy, renting is sometimes a better business decision. But for young families just starting out, owning a home means enjoying the lifestyle they want.

If you have children, it means providing them with the best education and surroundings. The South Shore including the towns of Norwell, Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate, Hanover and Marshfield offer just that. Great schools, nice neighborhoods, recreation, excellent sports and strong communities are what the South Shore is all about.  Owning a house is a place you can really call home and it is yours. You can do what you want with your home (within reason and per local by-laws). You can renovate your home, knock down walls and add-on if you want. You can put in an in-ground pool, put up a fence for security, add a sports court or even a winter-time ice rink. When you rent a home or an apartment, you can’t do anything to the space other than live in it and pay your landlord his or her retirement. You can’t update it and you certainly have to be careful about how loud you are.

As a renter, have you ever had a nightmare neighbor who walks around their hardwood floor apartment in what you would believe to be ”wooden clogs” and then sets off their smoke detector at 2 a.m. every Friday night? Hopefully I wasn’t the nightmare neighbor at some point, but I think I was in the majority of noise abiding tenants when I lived throughout Boston in my earlier days. I have a lot of rental apartment horror stories. The bottom line is that paying rent works for some people at certain points in their life. But as most young adults mature and start their own family, owning a home is the smart thing to do.

Even if you’re in the minority of those who believe the real estate market is not a good investment and we won’t see the kind of home appreciation we’ve seen in the last 100 years, you can’t argue that you are building equity as you pay off your mortgage and at a minimum you will get something in return for your monthly payments versus nothing when you rent. Also, at least currently, their are tax advantages to owning a home including the mortgage interest deduction and energy efficient deductions when you make certain updates to your home.

As we all know, price is a large piece of the puzzle and what you can afford to pay for monthly living expenses is a key factor in making the jump into home ownership. As a homeowner and a Realtor who serves buyers and sellers throughout the South Shore and Boston, I can attest that the best thing about owning a home is building memories, enjoying our property to its fullest potential and calling it “our home”. If you are just starting out by yourself or have a growing family and need a Realtor to help you find your first home or your dream home, please call me. I would love to help you achieve your real estate goals.

Summering In Historic Norwell

Not too long ago Norwell was the perfect summertime retreat. Just twenty miles south of Boston, Norwell offered a country setting away from the bustling city, a quiet landscape with acres of scenic walks and farm animals to appreciate. As we enjoy a beautiful season in Norwell, let’s take a look back at the old days of summer and the notable names that spent warm months in historic Norwell:

Louisa May Alcott
Author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott spent time in Norwell visiting her uncle in the summer during her childhood. Rev. Samuel May, the minister of First Parish Church during the early 1800s and an abolitionist, resided at May Elms Farm at 841 Main Street. Alcott, the writer of one of the most beloved children’s novels, enjoyed, and was perhaps inspired by the sweeping views of the estate’s meadows and pastures along Main Street, Norwell. It’s one of Norwell’s greatest ties to literature.

Henry Norwell
Perhaps the most notable name in Norwell’s history, the successful merchant and generous philanthropist Henry Norwell spent his summers in South Scituate. His yellow manor, The Norwell House, on aptly named Norwell Avenue offered beautiful gardens and meadows for walking, away from his business-life in Boston.

Thomas Gaffield
Another summer resident of Norwell and recognizable name around town is Thomas Gaffield of Brookline, MA. Though he spent his winters in the Boston area, he vacationed in South Scituate the location of his wife, Maria Turner’s family home. The Turner family was among the first to settle Scituate. Thomas Gaffield and his wife spent time at the Turner home at 761 Main Street. Later Gaffield donated 8 acres of land to be used as a family park, the area now known as Gaffield Park.

Jacob Lake Shores
In more recent years, Norwell offered summer cottage living with the development of Jacob Lake Shores in the area of Jacob’s Trail, Leigh Road, Doris Avenue and Douglas Avenue. Developed in the 1930s the small homes along Jacobs Pond offered country living and water views. Family picnics, wading in the water, and walks in the woods made this Norwell region an attractive destination for vacationers.

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