Thursday, August 9, 2007

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Over the past 6-7 years about a dozen friends (myself included) have purchased homes on Early St. in Belmont as the houses have gone on the market. It's a nice street, just a 15-minute walk from the Downtown Mall and a 3-minute walk to Belmont Park. Most of the houses here were built in the 1920-30s as starter homes for millworkers at the Ix factory. The homes are on the small side compared to your typical Modern American McMansion, but they each have their charms. Mine, for instance, was outfitted with a fully-functional bomb shelter in the early 1960s (in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis) and it's fascinating crawling down there and seeing how people planned to live in the event of an atomic holocaust.

Anyhow, getting back to my point -- folks here on Early St. look out for each other, our kids play together, we have block parties, we share tools, there's talk of a community garden -- you get the idea. Just recently another house (two doors up from mine) went on the market. If you think you'd like to join in the Early St. fun, please check it out!

1401 Early St., listed for $199,000. Agent is Mary Newton of Keller Williams Realty. For more info., see the property's CAAR listing.


emory said...

Dear Dave- good luck on your quest for neighbors. Neighbors and neighborhood are a large part of what life is about.

If you run out of room for neighborly folk on Early Street, please send them over to Woolen Mills!
p.s.- some people have heard the woolen mills has zoning and smell problems. true that. we are working to rectify...

Sean Tubbs said...

My wife and I are looking for a house, but we're still a few months away from looking around in a serious manner. I'm glad to see that prices seem to have moderated quite a bit from the last time I was in a full-blown house search in 2003.