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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 2/15/2019

OPEN HOUSE SAT 2/9 AND SUN 2/10 FROM 12-2PM. Gorgeous townhouse with 2 bedrooms,1.5 bath is a great home to enjoy life in Newton. This end unit has hardwood throughout the main living area and lots of natural light. Open floor plan and wood burning fireplace in the living room make for a perfect space for entertaining. Two spacious bedrooms with generous closets. Bonus-upstairs laundry set stays. Plenty of storage space. Central air for those hot summer days! Enjoy the outdoors on the beautiful deck. Includes 2 garage parking spots. The 3 unit complex is a well maintained property with low condo fee. New air handler/AC/heat pump/compressor in August 2016. Close to the Mass Pike,Trader Joe's (2 blocks away), and many other area amenities! Easy walk to West Newton & Newtonville Commuter rail and shops. Offers to be submitted Monday, February 11 by 4pm.

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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 2/13/2019

Gorgeous and rare offering of renovated top floor unit in a modern brick building with elevator access. Enjoy 2 units that have been combined to offer over 1700 sq ft. with three-bedrooms and 2 full baths. Fabulous open floor plan and stunning kitchen makes this a perfect space for entertaining. Lots of natural light and wood floors throughout. Master bedroom features walk-in closet and en suite bathroom. In-unit laundry stays. Enjoy the outdoors on the two private balconies. There is also extra storage. Includes 2 covered parking spaces. Letter of full lead inspection compliance. Super location near restaurants, shopping and public transportation of both Harvard and Central Squares. Easy access to Harvard and MIT. Professionally managed.

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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 2/13/2019


345 Harvard St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Condo

$1,399,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Gorgeous and rare offering of renovated top floor unit in a modern brick building with elevator access. Enjoy 2 units that have been combined to offer over 1700 sq ft. with three-bedrooms and 2 full baths. Fabulous open floor plan and stunning kitchen makes this a perfect space for entertaining. Lots of natural light and wood floors throughout. Master bedroom features walk-in closet and en suite bathroom. In-unit laundry stays. Enjoy the outdoors on the two private balconies. There is also extra storage. Includes 2 covered parking spaces. Letter of full lead inspection compliance. Super location near restaurants, shopping and public transportation of both Harvard and Central Squares. Easy access to Harvard and MIT. Professionally managed.
Open House
Saturday
February 16 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SATURDAY SHOWING- come see this gorgeous top floor condo filled with natural light. Comes with TWO covered parking spaces. Modern brick building with elevator. Fabulous location walking distance to T, shops and restaurants.
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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 2/13/2019

Household recycling has become easier than ever. Many towns and cities offer free recycling pickup, and even private waste management companies are implementing recycling programs.

There are a number of advantages to recycling. It helps protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste and making it easier to reuse raw materials. But, recycling is also advantageous to homeowners who don’t want to pay hefty fees for trash pickup when they can often recycle for free.

One of the more difficult aspects of household recycling is the learning curve of actually learning what is and isn’t recyclable. Homeowners might think something is recyclable because it’s made from plastic, only to find out later that it’s a specific type of plastic that can’t be recycled. On the other hand, you might be throwing some items in the garbage, filling up your bin each week when you could be recycling it instead.

In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the lesser known items you could be recycling. We’ll also cover some items you shouldn’t throw in your recycling bin, and give you tips on how to tell which is which.

Things that shouldn’t find their way into your recycling bin

It’s easy to assume that just because something looks like paper, plastic, or glass, that it can be tossed into your recycling bin. However, that isn’t always the case. Look out for these items that may not be recyclable in your area.

  • Used paper food containers. Pizza boxes are one of the biggest culprits that end up in recycling bins when they shouldn’t be. Items like paper food containers, use paper towels, and paper plates are all soiled with grease and other food residue making them ineligible for recycling.

  • Those glossy drink cartons made from unknown materials. There’s a good chance that if you can’t find a recycling logo on it somewhere it can’t be recycled. However, a growing number of cities are accepting milk cartons, so be sure to check on the rules in your area.

  • Plastic shopping bags. Those flimsy bags that you get from the supermarket? You can’t recycle those. As a result, many cities and stores are encouraging the use of reusable shopping bags. If you forget your bags at home, however, fear not: many supermarkets now accept your used plastic bags to be recirculated.

So that eliminates a lot of common household waste from being recycled. However, there are plenty of items you might not be aware of that can be tossed into the recycling bin.

Lesser known recyclable items around the house

Even if something isn’t eligible for curbside recycling doesn’t mean you should just toss it into the trash. There are many items that you can drop off or donate. Here are just a few items that are likely sitting in your house right now:

  • Old cell phones and electronics. Our gadgets are becoming obsolete at an ever-increasing rate. That means many of us have a lot of old tech junk sitting in boxes in our basements. The good news is that several stores accept free drop-offs of old electronics for reuse and recycling.

  • Mattresses and furniture. Large items like mattresses and old furniture are a pain to get rid of. They’re also likely useful to someone out there. For mattresses and box springs, try contacting retailers to see if they reuse them for materials. Furniture that is still in usable condition can be placed on Craigslist or donated to a thrift store like Goodwill or Salvation Army.

  • Oil and ink. Run out of ink in your printer? Online retailers will often pay you for your old cartridges. Also, if you recently changed your oil, drop it off at an auto parts store to be recycling into other automotive materials.




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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 2/6/2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know AI (artificial intelligence) assistants are the new must-have tech gadget. They are quickly popping up in homes everywhere and making families lives so much easier.

Google Home with its Google Assistant has the deepest wealth of knowledge to pull from (ahem… Google Search) and can sync up with your existing Google account preferences. Which means you don’t have to worry about downloading extra apps, creating new accounts or recreating the content and information you already have elsewhere.  

To perform tasks Google Assistant uses pre-established “Home Commands” that trigger an action. To signal that you are speaking to the assistant you start your request with “Okay Google”. If you have an Android you might already be familiar with this process. Which is another tick on the pros column for Google Home for those who are keeping tally.

Get your itinerary by asking “Okay Google, what do I have planned next week” or “What do I have planned today”. Google Assistant will pull right from your Google Calendar and remind you of upcoming appointments, reminders, and events.

Set a timer when cooking by simply stating how long you need one to be set for. You can also set alarms by request. Change your morning alarm or set up daily reminders to take a medication or start dinner, for example.

Control your smart home devices with Google Home. The Assistant can raise or lower the temperature of your home if you have a smart thermostat. It can also turn lights and devices on or off to those hooked up to a smart outlet.

Of course, there is always the option to ask Google Assistant to play music, radio, podcasts or an audiobook. Perfect for to keep your mind busy during those deep cleaning days or when exercising at home.

Never forget anything again by asking the Assistant to remember things for you. It can be anything - to call your mother, pick up a birthday present to your nephew or know how long that sauce has been in the fridge. Then when you need to know you can simply ask for the Assistant to remind you.

Order pizza through Domino’s. Pizza on demand. Need I say more?

With face recognition capabilities Google Home hooked up with a smart doorbell can tell you who is at the door. The Nest Hello doorbell has a built-in camera to allow Google Assistant to recognize faces that you’ve configured it to remember.

Use IFTT, the automation app, If This Then That, to come up with your own commands. Use it to create commands that trigger an action of your choosing. You can add to your to-do list, iPhone calendar, and other apps. Ask for the Assistant to call your phone when it inevitably gets lost (probably between the couch cushions).




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