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4.25 acres in town near MCLA and Mass MOCA

 Spacious 4,082 sq. ft. home in desirable neighborhood on 4.25 acres with woodland pond. Wonderful barn with loft for livestock, workshop, etc…. Beautifully maintained yard & gardens, and elevated deck w/ awning.

There is a separate in-law/guest suite with kitchen, bathroom, private entrance and deck. Open kitchen & dining room. Living room w/ fireplace place & sliders to entertainment area w/ bar.  Three to four bedrooms/ 3 full baths.  Terrific Storage and plenty of opportunity for lower level space with overhead door access.  Complete this Picture with an oversized attached two car garage.  Click here to take a walking tour through this home.


Eat-in Kitchen/Dining Room: 13’ x 20’; Laminate Floor; Double Ovens; Dishwasher; Range Stove; Refrigerator; Formica Countertops; Oak Cabinets

Living Room: 16’ x 16’; Carpeted; Fireplace

Sun Room: 6’ x 16’; Sliders to Living Room; Wood Laminate Floor

Family Room: 16’ x 20’; Carpeted; Shared Fireplace w/ Living Room; Closet; Vaulted Ceiling; Access to Deck with Awning

Bedroom: 18’ x 20’; Carpeted; Closet

Bedroom: 14’ x 17’; Carpeted; Closet

Full Bath: 6’ x 10’; Vinyl Floor

Full Bath: 8’ x 12’; Vinyl Floor; Jacuzzi Tub



Loft: 11’ x 38’; Carpeted; Railing; Overlooking Family Room

In-law/Guest Space: 16’ x 32’; Includes Kitchen, Bath, Bedroom, Deck Access with Sliders, and Additional Access to Garage

Bedroom/Other: 10’ x 10’; Not Enclosed

BASEMENT: Full; Partially Finished; Overhead Door Access to Outside; Concrete Floor


BARN: Stone Floor; Loft; Electric; 2 Year Old – 40 Year Shingle Roof



Best Small Town in America Williamstown MA

The Best Small Town in America Williamstown MA

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Best Small Town in America Williamstown MA


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Everyone has their own favorite and usually it’s the town they grew up in or live in, or at least I hope many can feel that way about where they live.
For me, Williamstown MA is the best small town in America and I thought I’d write about why that is for me. I can imagine there are quite a few other Williamstown residents who probably share my view, at least on many of the points if not all.
First of all, I like the lack of traffic and Williamstown has none except when there’s something big going on like the Williams alumni parade or fall alumni homecoming. Even on those rare occasions a driver can drive the length of Main St. from the Library in the West to the Williamstown town line in the east is five minutes give or take and pass through just one traffic light which by the way, is more often than not, green as it changes only on demand.
I like the fact you can dine out at any one of about 15 different restaurants and almost never have to wait for a table, how great is that!
Williamstown MA has its own independent movie theater which shows a kaleidoscope of different films most of which never hit the big commercial theaters.
Another reason the town is my number one pick is thanks to Williams College. Awesome! Residents can attend athletic events, theater, use the college’s outstanding facilities like the pool, squash and tennis courts, gym for modest fees or audit courses. This is no ordinary town thanks to the college and Williams as is well known, is no ordinary college. Students are among the top in the nation. We don’t have the wild fraternity scene or crazy behavior that some university towns have to deal with but instead we host smart, hardworking, ambitious and outstanding students who for the most part are focused on their studies.
How about the scenery! Some of the best in the nation I wager. Any time of year it’s just beautiful here. No, we don’t have the Rockies and no we don’t have the Pacific but neither do we have a dense urban environment either. Here we enjoy plentiful natural beauty at our doorsteps while for those needing an urban escape the big cities are only a few hours away.
Our climate is terrific too. Yes we have winter and what a wonderful time of year that is when those who enjoy winter sports are in their glory and we can turn inwards in the winter and get lots of good reading done and enjoy time by the fire.
Spring and fall are spectacular seasons and of course summer, brief as it is, allows us time for gardening, boating, golf, tennis, outdoor cultural events, hiking and basking in the summer sun.

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The town is really clean. I like that. It’s not that there isn’t an occasional bit of litter around but by and large we’re so happy with the way our town looks that people will pick up trash and put it in its proper place. The water is clean, the air mostly clean (we can’t do much about what blows here from other parts of the country), our streets are clean and everyone keeps their properties looking really well kept.
Close to home for me is of course real estate and I can say that in this respect too, Williamstown is the best small town in America because it is “just right”. There is something that fits just about any budget and our values are near the mid-range in the nation. We are neither a rich nor a poor town but we have residents who fit in just about every point of the spectrum from quite wealthy to those who need and receive our support and help. Affordability has actually improved since the recession so housing here is again much more affordable. The town has committed to building more affordable housing because we try to make it possible for as many who would like to live here to be able to do so.
Call me unusual if you like but living where I do in this gorgeous valley and wonderful small town I don’t feel the urge or necessity of going away on vacation. There were years past when we did but more to take the children to see their grandparents. I traveled quite a bit as a younger person and have seen some wonderful places but I never found one I could say today that I’d rather live there. Having done my traveling I find I am blessed and quite content to enjoy the Berkshires in every season.
One more reason to consider Williamstown as the best town in America is the people. What a great bunch. Relatively open minded, committed to learning, committed to the quality of life here, interested in the arts, living a healthy life-style, showing consideration for others. We are not a fanatical bunch and we have a wide variety of interests and talents. Unlike a ski town for example where everyone is engaged in one way or another in that activity or a yachting community, Williamstown is home to a spectrum of different interests although I will acknowledge that education and learning are a prominent focus.
So there you have it, my short list of reasons why Williamstown is number one in my book (I hope everyone not fortunate enough to live here will write their own list about how they like their own town best) and while we don’t ever want to see it become over crowded we would welcome anyone else who cares to join us. It’s simply a great place to live!

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Welcome to our town.
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Mobile Home Williamstown MA

Good things do come in small packages and this Mobile Home Williamstown MA is proof of that fact.  If you have been searching high and low for affordable housing then this home is for you.  Own your own mobile home in Williamstown for less than the cost of renting.  Offering two bedrooms, full bath, dishwasher, dryer, washer, microwave, range/stove and refrigerator you can move right in as soon as the sale is closed.  The mobile home in Williamstown  is 2011 Champion 14′ x 70′.  The Pines Lodge lot rent is $281.76 per month.   This lot fee includes road maintenance, trash removal, water/sewer costs.    Catch this great offering in Williamstown before this mobile home is sold.  The price has been dropped and the interest on this offering will increase.

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Pines Lodge mobile home park-new 2011 Champion mobile home.

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Pines Lodge mobile home offers very affordable housing in comfort.

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Affordable housing in Williamstown MA at Pines Lodge

The Clark Art Institute Williamstown MA


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YouTube video of The Clark Art Tadao Ando Visitors Center. Click Here.

Clark Art Institute Williamstown MA will host a grand opening July 4, 2014. Thousands are expected in Williamstown to view this architectural delight and the collections.   The information that follows courtesy of The Clark Art Institute Web Page gives up a preview.

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Williamstown MA is home to one of the finest art collections in the country.

Join us this summer as the Clark opens its new Visitor Center, renovated galleries, and expanded campus.

Opening Day: July 4, 2014

Don’t miss a thing—keep informed by signing up for our e-newsletter or becoming a member

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect:

Visitor Center
– New building designed by Tadao Ando
– Spacious special exhibition galleries
– Unique dining and shopping opportunities
– Beautiful views of Stone Hill and the Clark’s campus

Museum Building
– Elegant renovated galleries
– Reinstallation of the permanent collection, including the return of the French paintings collection after a three-year international tour
– A fifteen percent increase in gallery space, including a new gallery for American art
– New public areas

Manton Research Center
– Increased access to the Clark’s diverse collection of prints, drawings, and photographs in the new Manton Study Center for Works on Paper
– A spacious public reading room,
– Bookstore and coffee bar with free wifi

– A three-tiered reflecting pool framing views of Stone Hill
– Outdoor terraces
– New and expanded walking trails

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A designer view of the Tadao Ando center at night.

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Photos from show us a preview of the center.

Berkshire Home for sale “The Gorge”

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New Ashford Rustic Retreat called “The Gorge”

Berkshire home for sale is a property with rustic ambience set on “The Gorge” actually a rushing stream.  This home borders a beautiful stream with dramatic rock walls and falls, here is your Berkshire County second home retreat, harking back to a simpler time. No fancy high end granite counters in the kitchen, no lavishly tiled baths with waterfall shower heads but instead the look and feel of a centuries old colonial post and beam three story house where we can easily imagine a writer quietly plying their trade just as easily as we can imagine a happy bunch of skiers coming up for wonderful winter weekends or a family making this their full time home. Enjoy gardening?

There is a place for that next to the stone terrace, enjoy fine dining, stroll a few hundred feet up the path to one of the Berkshires’ most renowned small and sophisticated restaurants, The Mill on The Floss. Low taxes and nearby to Williamstown, theatre, art, mountains, it is all here in the Berkshires and this can be your base.  This Berkshire home offers New England beauty and sturdy construction meant to last for generations.

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A second home in the Berkshires for the discerning buyer.

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Stone, wood and character make up this woodland retreat

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Williamstown MA home for sale near to Williams College and all the Berkshire Events.

This spotlessly fresh Williamstown MA home for sale is a 4 bedroom garrison colonial home with a 1 car attached garage has a most beautiful elevated setting amid a very attractively landscaped yard surrounded by mature trees. Views can be enjoyed of horses in a nearby field, mountains and Bridges Pond. Gleaming hardwood floors will delight, formal living and dining rooms will invite and the generous well equipped kitchen will excite (the taste buds that is).

Much care has been given this well-loved Williamstown home with significant updating in new heating system, new replacement windows throughout (increasing the energy efficiency)  and  a separate area for a home office or guest visits with a 3/4 bath and private entry.  The light and clean lower level is complete with multiple storage cabinetry, carpeted family room area, laundry and storage/workshop room.     The back yard has a new storage shed for your garden equipment and a wonderful possibility for a deck or patio in this private space. The location is a fifteen minute walk to Main St., Williams College, the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival  and all Williamstown has to offer.

First Floor

Kitchen: 11’6” x 14’, vinyl flooring, good –sized pantry

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Living Room:   12’ x 22’, hard wood floors

Dining Room: 10’6” x 11’9”, hardwood floors

Half Bath: 4’9” x’ 6’8”, vinyl flooring, granite-surfaced vanity

Office/ Guest space: 11’ x 24’, carpeted with 3/4 bath and plenty of dry upstairs storage; separate entrance.


Second Floor:

Master Bedroom: 11’5” x 16’, hard wood floor; double closet

2nd Bedroom: 11’2” x 11’10”, hardwood floor, double closet

3rd Bedroom: 8’7” x 11’4”, hardwood floor, double closet

4th Bedroom: 11’5” x 14’3”, hardwood floor, double closet

Full Bath: 6’8” x 7’10”, vanity with granite surface, ceramic tiled walls and surround


Lower Level/Basement:

Family Room: Carpeted with multiple cabinetry for storage

Laundry area: laminate floor; washer/dryer and vanity with sink

Utility/workshop area: completely updated boiler




Foundation: Poured Concrete YearBuilt:1968 TotalSq.Ft: 1856 plus finished lower level.
Floors:  hardwood, carpet, vinyl Siding: wood Driveway: Paved
Roof:  Asphalt/Fiberglass Windows: new double pane throughout w/argon gas
Water: City Sewer: City Heat: Baseboard HW; office/guest space-electric Hot water:  Oil, on demand
Zoning: Residential  Parcel Size: .52 Possession: At Closing
Assessment: $286,500. TaxYear: 2014 Taxes: $4117.
Insulation: R 50 insulation value in attic
Book: 1382 Page:482 Map: 117 Lot: 10
LeadPaint:  unk Smoke/CODetectors: Yes ExteriorLighting: Yes CableTV: Yes





Business for sale in Pittsfield MA Neighborhood Bar/Tavern

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Local tavern/bar for sale in Pittsfield MA. In business since 1990.

Business for sale in Pittsfield MA neighborhood bar and tavern located on Madison Ave.  This very well run Pittsfield bar business has enjoyed a peaceful reputation, steady growth and a loyal following over many years. Now after being in the same family for 24 years it’s time to pass along this excellent small business to new owners. Do you enjoy people? Would you like an extra source of income? Were you “downsized” or did you retire too early?  This just might be a great fit if you are responsible, gregarious, have savings set aside and are seeking a good income.

Seating for 80 in the bar and another 95 in the banquet room so this business and property will handle smaller or large crowds. The Pittsfield MA  building is in excellent condition, there is a very good fully equipped kitchen too which is not currently being used. On site street, on street and a close by off premises parking  lot means parking is plentiful so no issues with parking. In addition, in case you need a home too, there is also a house next door available.  The real estate and business including all the furnishing and equipment is offered for sale at $410,000 , the house at $85,000. For a confidential interview contact Paul Harsch, Harsch Associates, 413-458-5000

North Adams MA home for sale with high energy efficient heating newly installed

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Energy efficient newly installed heating system

North Adams MA residence for sale located near to MCLA.  Handsome house in North Adams MA with large open kitchen, lovely baths, upstairs laundry and sitting room, driveway and parking, nice yard with decks and terrace, wooded .89 acre, new high efficiency heat and hot water, views, great neighborhood, new vinyl siding, insulation, replacement windows, partly finished walk up attic, renovated slate roof, beautiful maple floors, wheelchair ramp.

Located in the historic and attractive North Adams Cherry Hill area and enjoying views over rooftops and mountains you’ll find a completely redone house with loads of room inside and outside an unusually large and usable parcel including level yard and wooded land behind. The street location is also easy, not one of those really steep hills and there is paved off street parking for as many 6 vehicles. The owners have made among many things the following major improvements: Brand new siding, 2 brand new high efficiency gas heating systems, new wiring, new window and door trim (to eliminate lead painted surfaces), new insulation and refinished the hardwood floors. The house also has a nearly new kitchen and all replacement insulated vinyl windows with screens. There are four bedrooms, updated full and ¾ bath, full basement and full third floor available for other uses. There are homes on  the market in North Adams for sale  but few with the advantages and benefits of this property and it’s priced really realistically as well.

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First Floor

Kitchen: 14′ x 14′; Refinished Maple Floor; Birch Cabinetry with Formica Countertop; Double Bowl Stainless Steel Sink; In-sinkerator Disposal; Door to Side Porch Entry; Door to 1st Floor Bedroom; Open to Dining Area; Microwave Included (Turntable not Functional)

Dining Area: 9′ x 16′; Maple Hardwood Floor; Hanging Light Fixture; Doorway into ¾ Bath; Open to Formal Living Room

3/4 Bath: 10’7″ x 11’10″; Ceramic Tile Floor and Shower Enclosure w/ Glass Walls; Pedestal Sink; Alcove for Shelving for Linens

Bedroom: 10’10” x 10’5″; Closet; Hard Maple Floor

Living Room: 13’4″x 14’2″; Maple Hardwood Floor; Door to Front Porch and Ramp Entry; Door to Formal Front Hall

Front Porch: 16′ x 7′; Very Nice Views;

West Formal Entry: 9’10” x 10’10″; Door to Small Side Entry Porch and Driveway; Staircase to 2nd Floor; Door to Basement


Second Floor

Laundry Room: 5’10” x 10’8″; Washer and Dryer Connections (no outside vent for dryer); Hardwood Floor

Living Area/Family Room: 17’8″ x 11’10″; Hardwood Floor; French Doors to Master Bedroom; Doorways to Hall and Full Bath

Master Bedroom: 13’4″ x 14’3″; Hardwood Floor; Very Nice Western Views; Door to Walk-in Master Closet

Master Closet: 6′ x 9′; with Built-in Shelving and Clothes Rods

Full Bath: Pedestal Sink Fiberglass Bathtub and Shower

Bedroom: 10’7″ x 10’6″; Blue; Wall-to-wall Carpet Over Hardwood; Two Closets

Bedroom: 8’11” x 11’7″; New Beige Wall-to-wall Carpet over Hardwood; Closet; Very Nice Western Views

Hallway: 44′ x 12′; Door to Outside 6’x12′ Deck; Stairs to Ground Level


Third Floor

Three Large Rooms; Fully Sheet Rocked and Insulated in Attic Ceiling with Blown-in Cellulose Insulation by CET; Bath with Fixtures (plumbing disconnected)



Full; Poured Concrete Floor; Stone Walls; Interior Access; Some slight dampness and potential for some water in extreme weather conditions (would advise dehumidifier). All New Wiring (one visible length of BX wiring is not live according to the owners); Two 100 Amp Circuit Breaker Panels; Two Brand New Gas Fired Weil-McLain Boilers and Hot Water Tanks; Heat is 2 Zone Baseboard Hot Water; Owners removed former asbestos insulation as well as the former interior oil tank.



Foundation: Stone , Poured Concrete Floor YearBuilt:1890 + Renovated TotalSq.Ft: 2076 per Assessor
Floors: Maple, Oak, Tile Siding: Brand New Vinyl Driveway: Paved
Roof: Slate (Chimneys were pointed & sealed on top.) Windows: Vinyl Clad Thermopane w/ Screens
Water: City Sewer: City Heat: Gas; Baseboard HW Hot water: Gas
Zoning: Residential Parcel Size: .4 and .485 acres Total: .885 ac Possession: At Closing
Assessment: $101,400 TaxYear: 2014 Taxes: $1,614.19 (Rate $15.92)
All interior woodwork including window and door frames has been replaced with brand-new wood trim but for one small section out of reach of children in the formal hallway.
Book: 1509 Page: 505 Map: 153 Lot: 119 & 120
LeadPaint: Smoke/CODetectors: Yes ExteriorLighting: Yes CableTV: Yes



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