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For $689,000, a farmhouse chic condo in Vermont’s ski country

82 Hill St., Stowe, Vt.

a house covered in snow: 82-hill-street-stowe-exterior

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Style: Condo

Year built: 2020

Square feet: 2,592

Beds: 3

Baths: 2 full, 1 half

Water/sewer: Public

Fee: $300 a month

Taxes: $10,440 (2020)

Gallery: Look inside a 130-year-old church in Vermont transformed into a modern, 5-bedroom home (Business Insider)

You can ski in Vermont, hike in Vermont, fish in Vermont, and kick back in a vacation home in Vermont that evokes another facet of the Green Mountain State’s identity: its farm country. There are no cows in this Stowe condo, but it sure looks like a farmhouse with its sharply angled roof and a welcoming front porch, which is covered by a sloping (and hence snow-shedding) roof.


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This unit is one of nine built or under construction at the Residences at Hill Street. Constructed in three-unit clusters, they have a saving grace that ensures a

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Condo Kitchen Reimagined – Fine Homebuilding

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The cabinets in this kitchen are painted Sherwin Williams Naval, a warm navy blue. The clients wanted something with warm undertones to play off the walnut wood tones.

Synopsis: In this urban condo, builder Nick Schiffer struck a balance between a modern look and a traditional aesthetic. Keeping two walls of cabinetry and appliances at the same height, with matching trim for the entire run, creates a cohesive space that ties the kitchen together. Because the home is a small, open loft, storage is particularly important, and Schiffer lists the different ways he went about creating additional space for everything from books to bottles to pots.

My company, NS Builders, teamed with Amy Lynn Interiors to revamp this one-bedroom condo in Boston’s Fort Point District. The old brick-and-beam building underwent a mediocre renovation in the 1990s, and we were hired to brighten it up and reconfigure the entire home,

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Condo Smarts: Strata insurance covers only original finishing

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It is always in the best interest of the sections and the leaseholders to review their sections bylaws and the nature of the section to determine if the sections require additional insurance coverage for claims that may impact directors and officer liability, general liability for the section or certain types of businesses, additional coverage for assets purchased or owned by the section, and to inform the leasehold tenants of their obligations to insure their personal assets and any leasehold improvements.

Strata corporations with sections created are often a complicated series of obligations and liabilities that require legal review of the general risks associated with the sections to determine if additional insurance coverage is required. Each section should consult an insurance broker with knowledge of strata corporations and sections, and review the sections bylaws as necessary to evaluate insurance needs.

Whether it is a strata with sections, a

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A new three-bedroom Somerville condo with a private deck

68 Newton St., Unit 2, Somerville

a kitchen with a sink and a mirror: 68-newton-street-somerville-kitchen

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Style: Condo

Year built: 1910; converted 2020

Square feet: 2,134

Beds: 3

Baths: 2 full, 1 half

Fee: To be determined

Taxes: To be determined

Sometimes a single element gives silent voice to the transformation undergone when a 110-year-old house is remade into two 21st-century condos. In this two-floor unit near Somerville’s Union Square, that role is played by a large square skylight that delivers natural light directly into the stairwell and the top-level family room.

It’s one of the many changes made during a down-to-the-studs renovation that also created a lower level with an open floor plan that one arrives at by walking up a flight of stairs with blackened steel railings, natural wood treads, and white walls with wainscoting and shiplap.

A double-door closet is perfectly stationed at the top of the stairs,

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Condo Life: Remodeling adds personal touch for condo living


Remodeling your home can either be a smooth transition or a rocky one, but knowing the specifics of remodeling a condominium is incredibly important, as homeowners have different hurdles to face.

In the 2018 report by, 10 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Renovating a Condo, the top item on the list is to consult your condo board well in advance. The reason for this is every condo building is different regarding rules and regulations about construction in the building. The condo HOA or board will then inform you of the basic guidelines for what can and can’t be done for renovations, it stated.

Addressed in the report as well are things to be aware of, such as newly constructed buildings may not yet have rules in place for renovations, and you have to be

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