In November, we pause and reflect on what we are grateful for, which is why this month, my article comes to you from a different place. Im not recommending staging, pre-market home inspections, or how to increase your curb appeal. As a Realtor and Greenfield Hill resident, I offer you my list of things to be grateful for.
- Buyers: Over the past year, 117 new homeowners chose to buy a home in our beloved community. Welcome to all new neighbors who value the Greenfield Hill lifestyle.
- Greenfield Hill Retail: A bustling shopping area located at Bronson and Hillside roads continues to evolve and fulfill the needs of our community. You can purchase a gift, flowers, clothing, wine, coffee, prepared foods. You can exercise, get the pets groomed and vaccinated, take care of banking needs, and have your clothing dry cleaned and tailored. You can enjoy fine dining and cooking lessons and on seasonal Saturdays, pick up farm fresh produce at the Farmers Market. Theres a lot going on here on the Hill!
- Nosey Neighbors at Open Houses: You werent expecting this one, but consider my point of view. I welcome neighbors to the open houses I host in Greenfield Hill. In fact, I often drop off an invitation requesting they stop by a half-hour before the public open house begins. Its a fact: Neighbors sell neighborhoods!
- Two-acre zoning: Over the past year, we have worked with more Fairfield residents that are yearning for a bit more elbowroom. I love my two acres, even if part of it is possibly wetlands. After living in New York City for nearly 20 years, I dont want to live an arms length from my neighbors. We sought solitude and the zoning in Greenfield Hill just works!
- The Annual Dogwood Festival: What would Greenfield Hills spring be without this milestone community event? Our dogwood trees welcome so many visitors to the rea and the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church community works tirelessly to raise funds that support charities serving people in need locally, nationally and internationally. Its a good thing all around!
- People and Pride: Greenfield Hill residents have such pride of ownership and it shows. When I drive buyers through our neighborhoods, they always comment on how beautiful the homes and properties are maintained. Its more than just appearances, the Greenfield Hill community is filled with so many welcoming people that make you feel right at home. See No. 4, neighbors sell neighborhoods!
- Homeowners and Open Houses: Public open houses are an integral part of selling a home. Many buyers do not drive around with Realtors for a first look; they attend open houses, narrow down their top choices and then view the homes again with their Realtor. Thank you homeowners for preparing and opening your homes to the buyersyour efforts never go unappreciated.
- Abundant Nature: Natures Playground weaves itself through our neighborhoods, providing us with trails to hike, trees to climb and the occasional creek to explore. We are fortunate to live in an area that provides us so many ways to unplug from our fast-paced lives. Brett Woods offers a vast 185 acres to explore and The Audubon Center on Burr Street shares is a 155-acre wildlife sanctuary.
- Service Providers: Whether its a window washer, chimney repairman, septic company, handyman, house cleaner, dog walker or home inspector, I am grateful for our service providers. The Vanderblue Team has you covered with our extensive network.
- Double Yellow Lines: You might be surprised by this one! We need to honor those double yellow lines by slowing down. Its a beautiful drive all year long and I hope vehicles can safely share space with the residents who cycle, jog and walk our beautiful tree-lined lanes and roads.
These are 10 reasons why I am grateful to work and live in Greenfield Hill.