NATICK — Buying a house is no easy task. Location, property size, potential repairs and number of rooms can all complicate a search for that perfect home — and preferably with a perfect price tag.
When that one day comes that a home buyer feels they’ve found the house they dreamed of, a hefty price tag can crush their hopes.
So too can a house that is selling for a reasonable price, but does not match the buyer’s criteria for a home of their dreams.
But bargains do exist — even in hot markets like Natick, where the median price for the sale of a single-family home rose another 8.5% through the first eight months of this year, to $732,500.
On Zillow, houses that show prices closer to that median price tend to offer more than 2,000 square feet of living space, as well as more bedrooms and bathrooms and needing little to no work.
“Once you get up above $600,000, you’re really looking for that four-bedroom (and) two-and-a-half bath style home,” said Realtor Matt Kelly, who has his own real estate business, Matt Kelly Homes, in Franklin.
We found three homes for sale in Natick that are listed at less than $500,000 on Zillow, a popular real estate online marketplace.
Now is a good time to buy, said Kelly.
“You’re starting to see the marketplace turn to a fall market, where a lot of people understand that (and) want to get it done before the holidays come in,” he said.
6 Ash St.
Listing Price: $425,000
Five hundred yards east of Lake Cochituate, this property is hidden on a quaint street in the shade of an umbrella of trees. With a total lot size of a quarter of an acre, the property can be a great opportunity for one who knows their way around a hammer.
Isa Dragone, listing agent of Lamacchia Realty, is convinced that the 1,071-square-foot building on the property is a teardown rather than a chance for renovation with issues like a failing septic tank. She says that the expected buyer will most likely be a builder or developer.
This has compelled the seller to slash the price by $24,100 on Sept. 27, and a further $49,900 on Oct. 3 to a total $75,000 from its original $500,000 price tag.
However, among silence and nature one can find it easy to daydream about repurposing a property that comes with ample space.
“The location is nice,” said Dragone. “It’s a nice-size lot in an area near the lake with little cottages.”
19 Garden Road
Listing price: $479,900
Located at the end of an inconspicuous neighborhood off West Central Street, this 1,344-square-foot home was built in 1988 and features a two-story building with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two parking spaces.
The listing promised an easy move-in as the house needs little to no work, with a crack in a bathroom tile pointed out as the only issue by Anne Fantasia of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. Not to mention the easy access from this location to the Massachusetts Turnpike, Rte. 9, Roche Brothers, Cole Recreation Center and Natick Center For the Arts.
“The bedrooms are large, the kitchen was recently painted and had granite countertops put in,” said Fantasia. “The house is a lot of space in good condition for the price.”
Recently listed under contract, the location provides an example for what bargains exist in Natick market.
With a price tag that’s $250,000 lower than Natick’s median single-family home price, this listing can induce daydreaming about waving kids off to school while drinking the morning coffee in front of the kitchen window.
40 Nouvelle Way Unit N742
Listing price: $465,000
In the housing market, $500,000 can get you something different than single-family houses in Natick if the buyer’s body-count allows it — condominium apartments.
Sure it may be a 796-square-foot condo, but it offers the comfort of a luxurious home –one that has the quality of an above-median single-house family house.
Built in 2008 and tailored for young professionals or retirees, this particular location houses one bedroom and two bathrooms. Once entering “you are flooded with lots of natural light from the large window overlooking the rooftop garden,” as described by the selling company Coldwell Banker Realty.
“I’ve never seen any amenities as nice as these,” says Tina Sachs, the listing agent. “(The) clubhouse, gym, game room, the exterior, cutting green and tables terraces — beautiful.”
For the right family size, Sachs thinks this is a sweet place to live in.
“(Good) for couples or retirees, or for young professionals” says Sachs. “It would really be good for one person, although two a couple could live in very nicely.”