Alison Brown, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage President’s Elite, CRS, CBR

This Single-Family in Medfield, MA recently sold for $455,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Alison Brown - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westwood.

226 Causeway Street, Medfield, MA 02052


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
4 Bedroom colonial with 2.5 baths and 2 car garage very privately set off the street. Biking, Hiking, Walking, Canoeing and Fishing –all steps away from your door. The property abuts conservation land with access to Noon Hill, Shattuck Reservation and the Charles River. You will find hardwood flooring throughout this home. Upon entering the home, you will find a field stone fire placed family room with wood burning stove. The living room offers natural light with the large picture window and opens to a good-sized dining room and eat in kitchen. Relax on your screened in porch off the kitchen - enjoy your morning coffee or just sit and relax at the end of a busy day. All bedrooms are generously sized, and master has its own bathroom. A large 2 car garage is also directly off the family room. Those who live on this street love the feeling of privacy and woodlands out your back door. Great hiking trails in Noon Hill Reservation which can be accessed from your own back yard!

If you’re getting ready to buy a home, you know it will be one of the most significant purchases of your entire life. However, are you fully prepared for all of the expenses that buying a home will bring? You don’t want to buy a house to find out that you can’t afford it after all.

Many expenses go into buying a home that you can plan for ahead of time. Other costs aren’t as exact that you will need to add in your budget. Read on to learn more about many of the expenses that throw first-time home buyers for a loop. 

Closing Costs

Closing costs encompass a whole bunch of expenses that you’ll incur buying a home. These include:

  • Taxes
  • Application fees
  • Attorney fees
  • Title insurance
  • Reimbursements
  • Recording fees

No matter what the closing costs include, you should plan for these expenses to be about 2-5 percent of the price of your home. Costs can vary widely, but it’s good to have a bit of extra cash on hand.

Maintaining Your Home

While most homebuyers are prepared for the initial costs of buying a home, they don't know how much it costs to maintain a home. Each year, things will come up on your property that needs to be addressed continually. These tasks include:


Yard care


Pressure washing

These routine tasks are independent of other costs like replacing a stove or fixing a furnace. Homeowners need to be prepared for these expenses as well.


Taxes can increase or decrease for any given year. You can lookup taxes in the area where you’re planning to buy a home in order to prepare yourself. You should make sure that your property taxes are comparable with that of other homes in your area.


Utilities are what your home runs on. Depending on the climate you live in the number of utilities you pay can vary. Take into account these things:

  • Heat
  • Air conditioning
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Phone
  • Cable
  • Internet

Most neighborhoods have one or two choices for services, so you can ask people in the neighborhood what providers they [refer and how much their bills are each month.         


You’re required to have homeowner’s insurance when you get a mortgage. Even if you don’t take out a mortgage and pay cash for a home, it’s a wise decision to protect your investment. Estimate how much a yearly policy will cost you ahead of time. 

This insurance will protect your property from things like theft and fire. You can shop around for the best rates based on policies that suit your needs. It’s easy to price out policies online. See where you can save including discounts for security systems or multiple policy discounts. 

If you live in an area where floods or earthquakes are prevalent, you should be aware. You’ll find you need additional policies to cover damage in the event of these disasters. The most important thing about your homeowner’s insurance policy is that you check the details for all of the fine print.       

If your budget allows for it, hiring a good housekeeper is well worth the money. If you're like most professional couples, you probably already feel "maxed out" after you've put in 40 to 60 hours at your jobs . When you add parenting responsibilities into the mix, there's not too much time and energy left for cleaning the house! While certain basic house cleaning tasks are unavoidable on a daily basis, it's a relief to know that a paid house cleaner will be coming in to do a thorough job soon.

Finding a reliable housekeeper with whom you feel comfortable can be a bit of a challenge, but if you can get referrals from family, friends, and others you know, then your search should put you on the right track.

The Selection Process

Since the main reason you're hiring a cleaning person is to make your life easier, the last thing you want to deal with is dependability problems or substandard work. That's why it's important to get referrals from people you know and trust. It often pays to interview more than one prospective cleaning person because you want to find someone who is the best match for your budget and needs. When you have two or three prospects to choose from, you'll be in a better position to choose the one with the best attitude, top references, and the most agreeable personality.

Unless a cleaning person was referred to you by someone you know well, it's a good idea to request references and contact a couple of them before making any final decisions. Calling at least two of their current customers (or past bosses) should give you some helpful insights into their work habits, punctuality, and willingness to follow directions.

Although most customers will probably try to be complimentary, if you ask the right questions and look for "red flags" in their answers, you'll be surprised at what you can learn. While it may be too blunt to ask if their cleaning person is honest, a lot can be inferred from their responses to other questions. For example, if a housekeeper has been working for the same customer for several years and cleans their house while the costumer is at their office or other place of employment, then there's a good chance the cleaner does excellent (or at least satisfactory) work and can be trusted. One direct question that generally needs to be asked when talking with references is "Would you personally recommend this person?" Asking how their housekeeper responds to special requests, suggestions, or constructive criticism may also provide revealing answers.

When getting a quote from a cleaning person or house cleaning service, it's useful to get an itemized list of what chores or services would be covered in the price. There are two advantages to this. First of all, you'll be able to compare "apples to apples". Secondly, you'll be able to gauge your expectations to what was initially promised and agreed to. While there may be other issues to consider, like possible background checks and insurance coverages they carry, once you've found a house cleaner you like and trust, you've cleared the biggest hurdle in your search!

This Single-Family in Medfield, MA recently sold for $824,900. This Colonial style home was sold by Alison Brown - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westwood.

78 Bridge Street, Medfield, MA 02052


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Still time to get into Medfield's award winning schools! Home on the Charles River. Where you can sit.back and relax on your deck and watch the most beautiful sunsets in this impressive 5 bedroom home. Two car attached and a barn/2 car garage! The front entry has been remodeled with a beautiful reclaimed staircase and leads you to both the formal living/ dining area as well as the fire-placed family room. Nicely updated with beautiful details throughout including archways, baths which were renovated with European flair and in incredible master suite with cathedral ceiling, sitting area and over-sized master closet. The remodeled kitchen offers an open concept to the family room and offers beautiful views of the manicured expansive yard. All bedrooms are of ample size. Entertainment is easy in the lower level with the acid washed flooring open entertainment and play area. Current owner has used this level for a home office complete with wet bar and full bath.

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9 Creek Drive, Norfolk, MA 02056



Full/Half Baths
Spectacular 4 bedroom custom energy crafted colonial located in sought after Stop River Estates set on the Norfolk/Medfield Line. A grand foyer adjoins the elegant dining room and the formal living room with gas fireplace. An impressive sun-filled gourmet kitchen with large island has a gas cook top and spacious breakfast area which opens up with French doors to the over-sized deck as well as the cathedral ceiling fire-placed family room. You also have a first-floor laundry room as well as a spacious 3 car attached garage with 13 ft ceiling. All bedrooms are generously sized. The master suite has a Juliet balcony overlooking the beautiful grounds, walk-in closet as well as two additional closets and a beautiful master bath. One of the 4 bedrooms also opens to a balcony overlooking the family room! This home sits on 1.98 acres - with beautiful landscaping and an expansive back yard. You will also find a nice shed in the back as well. A great home to call your own!
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