5/31/2017: 40 Randlett just listed for $849k

40 Randlett is a 3 bed/2 bath colonial with 1,872 sq/ft. Open house Saturday & Sunday 1-2:30pm. Offers due Tuesday. 

Let me tell you guys a little story. Some of you have already heard this one. But I’m turning 40 this year and that’s what old people do — tell the same stories over and over.

When Management & I were looking to buy a house 8 years ago, I went to the see the house first. I called her when I got halfway down the street and said I’m not even at the house yet but we should buy it. She felt the same when she saw Randlett Park.

So if you’re reading this and thinking about buying 40 Randlett, here’s what you need to know:

This is a Day 1 street. When you’re moving in and boxes are everywhere and the kids are screaming and you & your spouse are saying stuff to each other like don’t even or some help would be nice, someone is gonna knock on your door. And their gonna ask if your kids would like to meet their kids and play.

Somebody else will knock on your door with dinner they made. They’ll bring you plastic silverware because there is no chance in hell you know which box the silverware is in. They’ll do this because they know your fridge is empty or possibly not even delivered yet. Because they know you’re tired and hungry and already had pizza 3 times this week.

Then I’ll knock and ask if you need help moving some heavy shit. Maybe tell you a little about my workouts and that everyone on the street has back issues, ‘cept me. And oh whoops I’ll have brought a six pack of cold Coors Light with me. Next thing you know we’re in the front yard going to Cold One City and watching all the kids play.

Did I actually help you move anything? That’s not really the point you guys. The point is you’re going to be part of our little community on Day 1.

5/26/2017: No takers for 136 Eliot

There has long been a tale that when God created the perfect street, there was Randlett Park.


Then a toot came out and there was Eliot Street.

136 Eliot

Look I don’t believe in tales from the olden times. But I will say this, there’s America’s Favorite Street (.com) and then there’s everybody else. 136 Eliot is a perfect example.

136 Eliot is a fully renovated 3 bed/3 bath with 2,822 sq/ft that came on the market 2 weeks ago for $1.180M.

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Nice house. But it’s on Eliot. If this was on Randlett it would have been sold yesterday for one possibly two million over asking.

Smart buyers know the difference. If (and when) a home comes on Randlett it will be gone in a weekend. Look at what a little flirt I’m being you guys about a possible sale on Randlett.  Can you even stand it?

5/23/2017: Gonna be a home for sale on Randlett Park

People always tell me “your street sounds like so much fun.” Um yeah it is you guys. Cause me and my friends make it fun. 

Play your cards right and you could be in this photo. And get to tell people that you too live on America’s Favorite Street (.com). 

So when this opportunity arises, you may want to think about what’s important to you. 

Like block parties. 

Or ice cream trucks. 

Or lemonade stands. 

Or pony rides. 

Or Halloween. 

Or backyard movies. 

Or Parktoberfest. 

Or pig roasts. 

Or happy hour with a bunch of male models. 

Or snow days. 

Or an investigative reporter that chases people asking where’s the money?!

Or bald eagles. 

If any of these are a yes, then you may just want to buy yourself a home on Randlett Park. 

5/18/2017: Power issues on Randlett

Several families on middle Randlett experiencing problems with flickering lights and appliances acting strangely. Power strip smoking, dishwasher not functioning, etc. One family had already had someone out from the town last week and found an open neutral (very dangerous!) that needed to be fixed.

Many houses on the street are on different transformers. If your power went out yesterday in the late afternoon then you are on one of the transformers that is affected. Eversource was out to look at the problem and shut the transformer off for a while so he could do some work. I don’t know what their diagnosis was or what the follow up will be. We are not on that transformer but Eversource is coming to check out ours because we have had flickering lights and appliance issues as well. But ever source thinks that our problem at 142 is a low voltage issue.

Long story short, if your lights are flickering recently or some of your appliances are acting strangely, you may want to call Eversource and have them come out to check on things. Eversource: 800 592-2000



5/11/2017: We have a situation at 42 Grant

42 Grant St is a cute house.

42 Grant

House came on the market April 4th for $749k. Went under agreement on April 13th.

On April 26th, the house came back on market. Sometimes stuff happens and deals fall apart.

On April 28th, however, we have a situation.


Yes we do.

April 28th the listing is temporarily withdrawn/ comes back on market/ is withdrawn again.

Yesterday the house came back on the market and they’re calling for offers… by April 10th at 5pm.

Um you guys I just looked at a calendar and April 10th already happened. Buyers can’t travel back in time. How is this situation gonna get resolved?

I’ll keep you posted.




5/8/2017: The latest on Knights of Columbus

Been a while since I blogged about the Knights of Columbus building on South Gate Park. 2 years ago a developer proposed knocking down the building and putting up 5 residential units with garage parking underneath. The neighborhood thought it was gonna look like a Motel 6 and shot it down at community meetings.

Um you guys? This is what a Motel 6 looks like.

Motel 6

And this is what the Knights of Columbus looks like.


I’d take the Motel 6 all day. Maybe they have a continental breakfast. Or late checkout. It’s better than this absolute horror show of a building. I mean if I’m a Newton Police detective investigating an abduction, the case starts here.

Thankfully, the city has approved interior demo and word on the street is there will be 3 new attached single family homes being built here. (I believe the laymans term is townhouses.) I’ll keep you guys posted.




5/5/2017: Newton conducts assessment of every street, Randlett fails

The city recently conducted an assessment to determine the condition of each street. They used StreetScan, a ground penetrating radar. (Don’t even ask you guys.) Streets were ranked from 0-100, 0 being worst 100 the best.

Randlett scored a 37.

As the mayor of Randlett, you might think I’m upset. I’m not. So we failed this test. Who cares. I’ve bombed dozens of tests. Ask Management. Or my parents. Or anyone at Mclean High School. Or Northeastern University.

math lady

Everyone knows the street is in rough shape. Don’t need StreetScan or some radar to tell us that. It was last paved in 1978. We’re getting re-paved in 2019.

So 37? IDGAF about no 37. It’s like Algebra 2 all over again.


5/4/2017: Update on Randlett tree planting

Update from the Tree Czar, Leah, on the new trees we’ll be planting on Randlett. Look at the use of italics and bold font. My god you guys.

As you probably gathered, we didn’t make the Spring planting cut.  It is, however, highly likely we are good to go for the fall!

I’ll be meeting with the program coordinator shortly to “walk the neighborhood”.

Now is the time to amend your household application, if needed 

If you have any adjustments to your previous application (e.g., you’re not interested/unavailable for November 18, you want fewer trees, you didn’t submit an app, etc.) please fill out the attached application and return it to me, or let me know you are opting out.  The deadline is May 25th so I can make the fall application deadline.

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates!

Training for Participants – Saturday morning, November 4, 2017.  

Current training volunteers include: Leah Daly, Pria Sarma, Joe Waters, and Jennifer Morgan.  Another 1-2 volunteers would be helpful to cover bases – please let me know if you are interested.

Planting Day – Saturday morning, November 18, 2017


5/3/2017: 491 Waltham just listed for $1.399M

491 Waltham is a 4 bed/2.5 bath townhouse with 4,500 sq/ft on the corner of Webster Street. Built in 2013 gang.

491 Waltham

Probably selling because every time you drive by you stare in the windows. If  you guys weren’t such a bunch of creepers, these folks probably wouldn’t have their home on the market.

Well I hope you’re happy. These folks are selling and now you get to see pics of the inside. So here you go.

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