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Fall Foliage Leaf Peeping
by johnnyGCMS on 

A passive New England activity that is as quintessential New England as The Ivy League, New England Patriots, and apple cider donuts.

We pose the case: why burn the petrol and log a couple hundred miles on your odometer heading up North. 

Save the fuel cost, the motel expense and reinvest the drive time into household chores and savings towards leaf peeping and a meal out north of Boston.

Some favorites include dinner out at Turner’s Seafood in Melrose, Ledger in Salem, or THE BEST breakfast sandwich at Crave Café in Beverly, or the PIG in Newburyport (Plum Island Grille).

Here is a list of a hidden-in-plain-site locations to soak in the foliage close to home:

1)  Slayton Tower – Melrose MA.  We hacked through the woods getting lost and hangry to find this place. But YOU can drive almost right to it. Set GPS for Mt. Hood Golf Course. At the clubhouse, turn RIGHT. Feels like you are heading to play 18 holes but press on through the parking lot. Drive until the gate. Park and follow the paved road to the tower. Benches. Open space to picnic.

2 Washington Tower – Cambridge MA. Mount Auburn Cemetery was inspired by Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and was itself an inspiration to cemetery designers, most notably at Abney Park in London. Mount Auburn Cemetery was designed largely by Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn with assistance from Jacob Bigelow and Alexander Wadsworth. Soak in why Fredrick Law Olmstead was working late at his office 150 years ago and what he had in mind for you in 2017 for his master design in viewable adjacent settings. I’m amazed at how many of my friends have peaked NH mountains but have overlooked this gem accessible by public transportation. 

3) Observation Towers – Newbury MA. This one will cost you. The gate fee for the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is $5*. Three miles of paved road leading to 3 miles of dirt road. Not for the acrophobic as it is an open tower with grated steps. Views that will impact you forever. 

*Web site is from 2014 – fairly confident that may have recently gone up.

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Plum Cove Beach, Gloucester MA
by goldcoast on 

Great, deep, cold-water beach on a hot day. Located on 

outer  Washington St. in the Bayview/Lanesville 

neighborhoods. Police do ticket in the lot across the street

so drop your crew and gear off, go park legally and jog, walk,

bike back to the beach.

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The best things on Nantucket are off the well traveled path, or hidden in plain sight
by goldcoast on 

If you are visiting the island of Nantucket, the over-sand tour to Great Point is a "must do". Visit to learn more about the schedule and shuttle from in -town. The lighthouse tour is a once-in-a-lifetime bonus.

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New Regulation Gives the Danvers Sewer Division the Authority to Inspect Properties Prior to a Real Estate Transfer, Sale or Closing
by goldcoast on 

Informative article from Danvers Patch related to transfers of any home and business located in Danvers MA.

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Shopping Local - Localnomics
by goldcoast on 

Danvers, Andover, Belmont, Concord, Melrose, Lynnfield, Natick


- A home that is acquired more efficiently will result in a  less operational costs. That converts to free time for the patio, to develop interests such as polo lessons  ( discovery of the best ice-cream in the county, finding the best hidden location to celebrate a sunset, setting up a tripod or easel, browsing an athenaeum (, volunteering ( or discovering a new museum (


- IF a meal tastes better because the ingredients are locally sourced THEN using a local mortgage company that pays local taxes, employs on-shore staff, and uses only local vendors will result  in a better home (financing experience).


- A piece of our profits go to support an extensive list of local charities – we also pay taxes at the municipal and state level which go directly back into schools, education and public safety.


- We are passionate about supporting small business and hiring locally owned and operated businesses, vendors and partners.

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Loan Limits (non Jumbo) for eastern Massachusetts
by goldcoast on 

 Essex County Mortgage Lending limits in MA

2017 Loan Limits (non Jumbo) for

Essex, Suffolk, Middlesex counties of

Massachusetts counties are as follows:
Single Family $598,000
Two Family $765,550
Three Family $925,350
Four Family $1,150,000
This limits are also referred to Agency Jumbo, High Balance and Super Conforming.

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Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod
by goldcoast on 

Steps Beach - Nantucket Island

The luxury real estate market is months ahead of the current trends. Rental bookings and purchase inquiries for the summer begin while we are still in winters white maelstrom.

Our services are represented by diverse backgrounds. Our clients turn to us for their first consult on anything “real estate”. Please consider Gold Coast Mortgage as your resource for the jumbo market in Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod. We can be reached by calling 978-922-4446.

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