CELEBRATE EASTON’S HISTORY — THROUGH PHOTOS AND DRAWINGS — THIS WEEKEND AT THE PREMIER PROPERTIES OFFICE ON MAIN STREET IN NORTH EASTON

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April 20, 2017

Premier Properties celebrates its 30th year in business in 2017.

We operate offices in North Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Premier Properties primarily services a geographic region that takes in and extends across Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands, and throughout the Metropolitan Boston area.

Donahue Hall at Stonehill College; formerly the home of Frederick Lothrop Ames (photo by Eric Lothrop)

Donahue Hall at Stonehill College; formerly the home of Frederick Lothrop Ames (photo by Eric Lothrop)

Our 40 licensed brokers are highly knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed to delivering personalized and customized service on every on every purchase and sale.

Premier Properties professionalism and values are fundamental to why children of our first customers become our customers.

We also honor a responsibility to give to and be productively engaged in the communities in which do business.

Our brokers and the people who work for our business partners live in and are active in these communities.

In keeping with honoring this responsibility, Premier Properties is delighted to host and co-sponsor a cultural event that will be held this weekend.

The event is Easton Then and Now — An Art Exhibit to Honor Our Hometown History Through a Contemporary Lens.

Downtown North Easton, 1960s.

Downtown North Easton, 1960s. O’Connor’s News Store was located on the property where is now The Farmer’s Daughter

Easton Then and Now will be held at the Premier Properties North Easton office at 99 Main Street.

On Saturday, the exhibit will be open from 3 to 8 pm, with wine and cheese offered.   On Sunday, the exhibit runs open from 10 am to 2 pm, with coffee, tea, and danish.

Admission is free.

Presenters of the event are Easton residents Amy McMannis, who launched and administers the highly popular Easton Stories Facebook Page; Pam Foley, also a Premier Properties broker; and Eric Lothrop, a professional photographer.

Photo by Pam Foley of arch at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.

Photo by Pam Foley of arch at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.

Featured in the exhibit will be historic photos from Easton’s past, photos of recent vintage taken by Pam Foley and Eric Lothrop, and drawings by Pam.

Back on December 29, we posted in this space about Pam’s drawings and photography, with samples of her excellent work.  Please click here to be taken to the post.

Sponsoring the event along with Premier Properties are The Farmer’s Daughter restaurant and the soon-to-be-open The Township restaurant, both located on Main Street in North Easton; and Keel Vodka.      

Morse Factory in South Easton (circa: 1908)

Morse Factory in South Easton (circa: 1908)

“Easton is a special place, with special people, and Premier Properties is privileged to do business here and serve the town’s residents,” said Lenny Altieri, co-owner and co-founder of Premier Properties.  “We are honored to help celebrate the history of the town through this photography exhibit.”

It will be a lot of fun — Easton Then and Now.

Premier Properties hopes you stop by.   

IN PRAISE OF THE TRADES – AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS

 

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March 31, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full-service commercial and residential real estate firm that in 2017 is celebrating its 30th year in business.

We have offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

The primary geographic area in which we do business is one that stretches from Metropolitan Boston and through the South Shore and across Cape Cod and the Islands.

Our 40 licensed brokers are highly knowledgeable, highly focused, and provide every client with the highest level of personalized support and customer service.

This past week and into next week has been,  and will be,  a busy and anxious, and joyous, and disappointing time across America for high school seniors awaiting … and opening … letters from college and university admissions departments.

An exciting and wonderful and enriching next step awaits those going on to college.

As well, of course, there are high school seniors – the best and most noble of our citizenry – who will soon be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Others will be entering the police and fire academies – and will become our first responders.

Others will directly enter the work force.

And, you know, there are others – and we at Premier Properties wanted to do a call out for these students – who will enter the trades, and learn trades skills, and apprentice.

In that we at Premier Properties are in the business of selling and buying houses and commercial buildings, we know first-hand the value and importance – to our society, to our economy, to our way of life – of one sector of trades: the building trades.

We know first-hand the value and importance of framers, carpenters, electricians, masons, plumbers, HVAC techs, welders, plasterers, painters, carpet layers, insulation installers, landscapers … and more.

And as we know this value, and this importance, we recognize the shortage of skilled tradespeople in America – and that it results in a slowing of economic growth and overall loss of potential.

There has been a lack of emphasis across education in our nation in the trades and in developing tradespeople.

Vocational and technical schools need more support.

It would be a good idea to reinstitute … or grow existing … metal and wood shop programs in junior high and high school.

Apprenticeship programs should be expanded.

Please click here to be taken to a story, titled, “Why 5 Million Apprenticeships Will Make America Great Again,” by Nicholas Wyman, published in the March 21 issue of Forbes.

Yes, the title of the story is takeoff of Pres. Donald Trump’s campaign message, but the story which advocates for apprenticeships and vocational education, is one that advances a cause that Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, should get behind.

Because, for sure, and without a doubt, America needs to continue to be nation of builders, of those who construct, who craft – and of those who make things work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREMIER PROPERTIES GIVES A CALL OUT TO ITS STANDOUT WOMEN BROKERS – AND TO THE REMARKABLE, MULTI-ACCOMPLISHED BLANCHE AMES

Blanche Ames, debutante photo, late 1890s (image credit: New York Social Diary)

Blanche Ames, debutante photo, late 1890s (image credit: New York Social Diary)


 

March 8, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full-service residential and commercial real estate company.

We have offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Premier Properties launched 30 years ago with an office at Whistlestop Plaza in Easton, on Rte. 123, near Five Corners.

Borderland Mansion (image credit: John J. Ventresco)

Borderland Mansion (image credit: John J. Ventresco)

It speaks to the way that Premier Properties conducts business that we now are helping, with their house hunting and house purchases, the sons and daughters of our first customers.

Premier Properties takes the occasion of today, International Women’s Day, to note that the strong majority – about 85 percent – of our 40 licensed brokers are women.

We are proud of this fact.

And, in fact, if you click here and here and here you will be taken to posts on this blog which feature Premier Properties women brokers.

As well, please click here to be taken to a post, on this blog, about the first woman to found a town in America.

We will keep this energy and love going in heralding today, here, a most remarkable woman, one who made her home in Easton for many years.

Blanche Ames (1878-1969) is the woman — a whirlwind of brains, creativity, energy, strong work ethic, fortitude, virtue, and courage.

Blanche Ames was a renowned and powerful advocate for women’s rights, with this work focused on winning women the vote, and access to birth control.

Ms. Ames was also accomplished as an architect, painter, illustrator, cartoonist, and inventor.

Born Blanche Ames, in Lowell, she was a member of a distinguished and wealthy family.

She was president of her class at Smith College, graduating in 1899.

In 1900, she married botanist Oakes Ames (no relation) — a globally renowned expert on orchids — also a member of a family of American aristocracy.

Blanche Ames took on the name Blanche Ames Ames.

Blanche Ames knew something about real estate and property.

In fact, in 1908 – displeased with the work of an architect she and her husband had hired to design a home (with a key stipulation given to the architect that the home be fireproof) on the couple’s 1,200-acre estate in Easton called Borderland – Blanche Ames fired the architect and designed the property herself.

Following is an excerpt from a page of a section titled, Where Women Made History, from the National Park Service website, which discusses the role of Blanche Ames in the construction of the Borderland mansion (completed in 1910) and surrounding grounds, and Ms. Ames’s contributions to the interior space of the Ames Mansion:

“ … Blanche took over the design and construction management of the mansion and hired the Concrete Engineering Company to draw plans according to her specifications. She also calculated the engineering measurements for the causeways and dams built on the ponds surrounding the mansion. Once the mansion was completed, Blanche set up a full-size studio on the third floor of the house and maintained a workshop in which she and her brother, Adelbert Ames, developed a scientific color system for mixing paints.”

Yes, for sure, Blanche Ames was an exceptional and inspiring woman.

And, just as certainly, her work and legacy and energy continue.

In fact, a component of Blanche Ames’s work, her legacy, and her energy can be found and accessed by all, at her former estate, which since 1971 has been owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and operated as Borderland State Park.

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Please click here to be taken to a story published on November 5, 2013 – at the New York Social Diary website, and written by John Foreman – about the Borderland mansion, which includes a series of photos of the property, and also interesting information on Blanche Ames. 

THOUGHTS OF SPRING AND GARDENING – FIVE HERBS THAT ARE EASY TO GROW

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Mint leaves (NDTV Convergence)

February 27, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full-service commercial and residential real estate firm that has been in business for 30 years.

We primarily, but not exclusively, work across a geographic region that takes in Metropolitan Boston, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and the Islands.

We have offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Our 40 licensed brokers cooperatively and as a team.  They care deeply about their vocation, and are motivated and driven to provide optimum service and guidance on every purchase and sale.

Chive stocks and flowers (image credit: Only Foods)

Chive stocks and flowers (image credit: Only Foods)

Our brokers continuously educate themselves on changes in the real estate industry, and on matters and issues of government policy that affect real estate.

There are reasons that Premier Properties now works with the sons of daughters of early clients, helping the new generation purchase homes.

We are on the cusp of March, and without yet setting the clock ahead when 6 pm comes around there is still light.

The earth is stirring.  Already crocuses and daffodils have peeked through the dirt and snow.

Spring arrives in these parts this year at 6:29 in the morning on March 20.

Gardening enthusiasts and dedicated hobbyists are getting itchy and raring to till and prepare and plant and cultivate.

Let’s say, though, that you don’t have much of history or success in gardening – and while you do enjoy, somewhat, trying to grow plants, you are not passionate about the practice.

For those who are more dabblers in gardening, Premier Properties suggests, in today’s post, five herbs to plant in Southern New England climes that don’t require a lot of work and tendering in order for them to flourish.

As for just what is an herb, it is defined as a plant of which the flowers and seeds are more commonly used as flavoring and for medicinal and therapeutic properties, as compared against vegetables which are cooked and eaten in larger and more substantive measure.

Here are those suggestions for easy-to-grow plants to start in spring once the danger of frost has passed:

Mint (Mentha longifolia) is an herb that is hearty and will spread fast.  Of course it has many uses in cooking.  Mint is the oldest and most commonly grown herb worldwide.  Purchase seedlings in early spring and plant in shady area with rich soil.  It will take off.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) is a perennial member of the onion family, or Allium genus.  Plant sees in sun or partial shade, and keep the ground moist until the plants are established. They will prosper and expand their footprint. Chive stalks and flowers are delicious.

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a perennial short shrub that has a long culinary and medicinal history.  This herb, while easy to grow, does require a bit of attention in order thrive best.  Please click here to be taken to an article, published at The Spruce, and written by Marie Ianotti, on how to successfully grow sage.

Cilantro, also called coriander (Coriandrum sativum), is a type of parsley.  Now, here’s the thing with cilantro – it seems to be one of those herbs that imparts a taste to food the type of which has fervent fans and those can’t stand it.   Please click here to be taken to a page at Gardener’s Supply Company website where is provided information on growing cilantro.

As described in the opening paragraph at the Wikipedia entry about thyme, the plant is an evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris. Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum.  If you click here you will be taken to a page at herbgardening.com where is explained how grow thyme.

Soon, at this blog, we will post about some vegetables that are easy to grow outdoors in Southern New England.

EXTRAORDINARY PROPERTIES THAT ARE GIFTS OF LOVE

Boldt Castle (image credit:  Thousand Islands Bridge Authority| Boldt Castle)

Boldt Castle (image credit: Thousand Islands Bridge Authority| Boldt Castle)

February 14, 2017

Last Valentine’s Day, Premier Properties posted in this space about a famous gift of love, the Taj Mahal, and what may have been a gift of love … that is if it ever existed: Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Please click here to be taken to the post.

The Ballroom in Boldt Castle (image credit: Thousand Islands Bridge Authority | Boldt Castle)

The Ballroom in Boldt Castle (image credit: Thousand Islands Bridge Authority | Boldt Castle)

Premier Properties is in its 30th year in business, and in that time, as we have grown and solidified our reputation as a trusted full-service residential and commercial real estate firm, we have had the tremendous privilege in working with and supporting individuals and families in the sale and purchase of land, buildings, and homes.

And it has been our tremendous privilege to experience the extraordinary love and devotion and commitment that is fundamental to and the foundation of buying a home or a business property.

For Valentine’s Day 2017, we felt it appropriate – and that visitors to this blog would find of interest and entertaining – discussion of more historic and grand real estate gifts of love.

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The Entry Arch to Boldt Castle (image credit: Thousand Islands Bridge Authority | Boldt Castle)

Now, mind you, Premier Properties doesn’t think for a moment that any of these historic and grand gifts we herald are borne of any higher love than are the purchases we have been a part of through the years.

But the grand, the extravagant, makes for a good read, for sure.

Actually, the first property we feature is one of love and heartbreak.

In 1900, construction began on Boldt Castle on Heart Island (yes, shaped like a heart), one island among the 1,864 island that form the gorgeous 1000 Islands archipelago that stretches across the St. Lawrence River and bestrides the U.S. and Canada.

The castle was commissioned by George Charles Boldt, the hotel magnate, for his wife Louise.  Comprising 11 buildings, the castle was modeled on the Victorian and medieval palaces of Europe.

Tragically, nine months prior to the intended day – Valentine’s Day 1905 – Mr. Boldt was to present the castle to Louise, she died at the age of 41.

Charles Boldt, in emotional anguish, ended construction on the castle.  After his wife’s death, he did not return to the island.

After 73 years of vacancy, a period in which weather and occasional vandalism contributed to deterioration of complex, the property was acquired (for $1)  by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, under the agreement that all revenue created in use of the buildings and grounds would go toward their renovation and rehabbing.

Today, Boldt Castle is a hugely popular tourist and special events destination.

Of more recent gifts-of-love vintage we refer to the apartment that United Kingdom business tycoon Raj Kundra gave his Bollywood star wife, Shilpa Shetty.

Burj Khalifa Tower (image credit: 2016 Emaar PJSC)

Burj Khalifa Tower (image credit: 2016 Emaar PJSC)

Yes, an apartment – one incredible apartment.   You see, this apartment comprises the entire 19th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and tallest free-standing structure.

Opened in January 2010, the Burj Khalifa is 2,717 feet from base to tip.  It has 163 floors, above ground, with the top floor at a height of 1,918 feet, and an observation deck at 1,823 feet.

Big building – tall building – the Burj Khalifa.

Of course, and we repeat, true love – the gifts of true love – are not measured in the currency of money.

We do though like to look, and gawk a bit, at castles and high luxury.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

THOSE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – AND THEIR NOTEWORTHY CONNECTION TO PREMIER PROPERTIES, AND TO EASTON

(image credit: New England Patriots)

(image credit: New England Patriots)

January 31, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full-service residential and commercial real estate firm that in 2017 is celebrating 30 years in business.

We operate offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Our 40 licensed agents care deeply about the business of real estate, and about providing every customer … on every purchase, on every sale … with personalized service.

Premier Properties works as a family – and also as a team.

And we like to win for our clients.

So permit us to feel a bit of a kinship with the New England Patriots, the most successful professional football franchise on earth.

Yes …yes … yes … of course it is wholly relevant that Premier Properties territory is also New England Patriots territory.

We know that … and we feel that.

Premier Properties has helped members of the New England Patriots buy and sell homes.

As for those Patriots, here is a bit of history  on the team that is tied directly to Easton where, again, one of our offices is located – and where we began doing business, in 1987.

Okay, the New England Patriots franchise was founded as the Boston Patriots, one of the original eight teams that, in 1959, launched the American Football League, and which played their inaugural season in 1960.

There were 10 businessmen who purchased the founding Boston Patriots franchise.

Those 10 were Billy Sullivan, Joseph Sullivan, George L. Sargent, L. Edgar Turner, Daniel F. Marr, Dean Boylan, Paul Sonnabend, Edward McMann, Dom DiMaggio … and … a native and resident of Easton:  John Ames Jr.

Mr. Ames, an attorney, graduated from Harvard College and University of Virginia Law School.

Among the many accomplishments of Mr. Ames was serving as special assistant to Winthrop Aldrich when Mr. Aldrich was Ambassador to the Court of St. James.  Mr. Ames also served on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council.

While the American Football League (AFL) immediately became a rival to the established National Football League (NFL), in its ability to sign top college talent, it was not considered on par, early on, with the overall quality of play of the NFL.

In 1970, the AFL was merged into the NFL.

From the start of the Patriots (Pats) franchise, through the 1960s, through the 1970 season, the team did not have a stadium to call its own.  It played at Harvard Stadium, Nickerson Field, Fenway Park, and Alumni Field.

Ground was broken in September of 1970, in Foxborough, MA, for the Pats’ first home – Schaefer Stadium.

As the Patriots prepared to play their first season, the 1971 campaign, in Schaefer Stadium, the club changed its name to the Bay State Patriots.  The NFL nixed that name, and the team said it would be called the New England Patriots, a name which met with the favor of the league.

For sure, there have been many lean years in the 56 that that the Pats have been playing football.

Then, again, there have been many great years … the greatest of years – like the extraordinary run ongoing.

We know that … and we feel that.

GO PATS!!

 

 

SHORT SALE: A FAR BETTER OPTION THAN FORECLOSURE – FOR BORROWER AND LENDER

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January 17, 2016

Premier Properties is a full service residential and commercial real estate firm that in 2017 celebrates 30 years in business.

Our 40 licensed brokers are highly knowledgeable about the industry, and are fully and deeply committed to providing every client optimum and customized … and personalized … service on each purchase and sale.

Our primary, but not exclusive, geographic area in which we do business encompasses Boston, Metropolitan Boston South, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and the Islands.  Premier Properties has offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

We have expertise – and a demonstrated track record of success – across the spectrum of real estate

Just one area, among many, in which Premier Properties delivers value and advantage is in “short sales.”

A short sale is when the amount owed on a property is more than the amount that the sale of the property will generate – and the lender and borrower agree to sell the property at a moderate loss to the lender.

“A short sale is preferable to a foreclosure on a home – for both a borrower and lender,” said Ronnie Pagliarini, a broker with Premier Properties for 24 years. “Foreclosures can be a lengthy and highly expensive procedure for borrowers and lenders.

“Premier Properties has been able to work effectively with many people who are in financial distress and are not able to make mortgage payments, and the bank which holds the mortgage.”

Ronnie said that at present there is not a high rate of short sales, but six years ago the market was busy in short sales.

“Of course, it is a difficult situation, for the borrower and for the mortgage holder, but … again … a short sale is a better than defaulting on the loan.  People responsible for paying the mortgage don’t want this, and the bank doesn’t want that, either.

“As well, what usually results in a short sale is that the lender agrees not to seek any more money from the borrower than that which comes from the sale.

“And a short sale on the borrower’s credit history is not nearly as negative a mark as is a foreclosure – and allows people to more quickly, if they want, to build up their credit and resources to again purchase a home.”

 

PREMIER PROPERTIES LOOKS WITH HOPE AND OPTIMISM TO 2017, THE YEAR WE CELEBRATE 30 YEARS IN BUSINESSS

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December 31, 2016

Here in this space, Premier Properties makes frequent mention of the year we were founded  – 1987.

And, yes, that means the coming year is the 30th year we will have had the privilege and the honor of serving the people of Metropolitan Boston, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and the Islands.

It is important that we highlight this information, for it attests to our values, the excellence of our service, and the faith and confidence that people and families place in us.

Today we work with and represent the sons and daughters of our first customers.

On the cusp of a new 2017, as Premier Properties enters its third decade, this legacy is quite naturally top of mind to us.

Premier Properties believes strongly in the importance of home ownership to strong communities, strong families, and financial security.

In our efforts to assist and support people in achieving a major aspect, a major component, of the American Dream, we always keep in mind the best interest of our client, and always seek to explore and develop the best purchase or sale opportunity for that particular client.


Sure, we know, almost hackneyed and trite – the customer service and business sentiments of integrity, honesty, and personalized and customized service. Yet, for sure, at Premier Properties we abide by the operating ethos of integrity, honesty, and personalized and customized service.

Premier Properties knows that a highly financially profitable business can be built only on, and exercising, the right values and virtues.

Premier Properties has been here through the ups and downs of the economy – through the broad ups and downs of the real estate market – and we have grown and prospered over the writ of that time.

America has just been through a tumultuous and disruptive political campaign season. It was a season of tumult and disruption felt across political leanings and parties, and among liberals, conservatives, and moderates.

It didn’t matter whom you voted for, you probably felt it.

Perhaps there is an extra quotient of unease in the land. Premier Properties understands, though, that America is going to be just fine.

Oh, sure, it will take lots of hard work, and lots of sacrifice, to continue to advance toward the ideals on which we were founded, yet have not achieved. We say this fully recognizing that the United States is far and away the greatest nation on earth.

As 2017 begins, Premier Properties holds such confidence, and such sunlit optimism, for many reasons – among them what our experience as a business, and as member of community, has instructed and taught us.

Premier Properties looks forward to 2017, and to another 30 years, and beyond.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

THE ART OF PREMIER PROPERTIES BROKER PAM FOLEY

Former Congregational Church on Main Street in North Easton; photographed by Pam Foley in early December 2016

Former Congregational Church on Main Street in North Easton; photographed by Pam Foley in early December 2016

December 29, 2016

Premier Properties is a leading full service residential and commercial real estate firm which works with and represents buyers and sellers throughout Metropolitan Boston, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and the Islands.

Launched in 1987, Premier Properties operates offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard, and has a team of 40 highly talented and committed brokers.

Premier Properties broker, and artist, Pam Foley

Premier Properties broker, and artist, Pam Foley

Premier Properties is a company that fosters and supports a family atmosphere; our brokers work cooperatively with, and support, one another.

A major reason and factor in the success of Premier Properties is that we are care deeply about the communities in which we work, and the people who live in those communities.

Our brokers are interested in and seek to learn about those communities – their history, culture, economies, school systems, businesses, geography, architecture, conservation land … and more.

Premier Properties brokers enjoy telling the stories of these communities.

Consider one of our ace brokers Pam Foley, who has been with Premier Properties for three years now.

Pam is a native of Marblehead, and has lived in Easton for 20 years.  Single, she is the mother of two children, both graduates of Oliver Ames High School.

Pastel and charcoal drawing, by Pam Foley, of former Morse Car Factory in South Easton

Pastel and charcoal drawing, by Pam Foley, of former Morse Car Factory in South Easton

Pam is also a gifted and busy artist, who works in a variety of mediums, including photography, charcoal, pastels, graphite, ceramics, and sculpture.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Tufts University.

“It was a unique and fun and interesting program – one that combined study at Tufts and the Museum of Fine Arts,” said Pam.  “I did academic studies at Tufts, and took art courses at the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts.  At the Museum School, I focused on ceramics and sculpture, and also took courses in photography.”

Pam’s photography and drawings of places in Easton have received considerable attention and praise.  Her work has been displayed at physical locations in the town – and also online at her Facebook page, and the Easton Stories Facebook page.

Pam Foley photo of menorah in front of Ames Free Library, December 2016

Pam Foley photo of menorah in front of Ames Free Library, December 2016

“Ilike to photograph and draw specific parts of larger structures.  Easton has so many wonderful and interesting buildings and houses, and such historic and beautiful architecture.  There is so much to photograph and to draw.”

Pam Foley commends and acclaims the photography of other local artists that can be found online at Easton Stories and other places.

“Monica Hurley Lawson, and Eric Lothrop, and David Wallace, they all shoot beautiful photos of Easton that they share on the web.”

Pam Foley’s and Ms. Hurley Lawson’s art will be featured on the walls of Shovel Town Brewery, which is scheduled to open next month, and which will occupy space at 50 Oliver Street in North Easton Village.

Drawing, in charcoal and pastel, of door at Old Colony Railroad Station in North Easton; by Pam Foley

Drawing, in charcoal and pastel, of door at Old Colony Railroad Station in North Easton; by Pam Foley

Pam, Monica Hurley Lawson, and Eric Lothrop are also collaborating on the creation of an exhibit of their art.

Pam feels fortunate to be able to combine her vocation and avocation.

“I very much like working for Premier Properties, and working with and for people and businesses in Easton and the surrounding area.  My art is fulfilling, it helps me in my job, and it allows me to share and give to the community.”

THE GENIUS OF THE IGLOO – A COLD WEATHER PROPERTY, FOR SURE

Inuit designed and constructed igloo (image credit: PBS)

Inuit designed and constructed igloo (image credit: PBS)

December 26, 2016

Premier Properties is a leading full-service residential and commercial real estate company which does business primarily, but not exclusively, across a geographic region that includes Boston, Metropolitan Boston South, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and the Islands.

We have been in business for close to 30 years, having launched in 1987.

Premier Properties is an enterprise which functions as a team and family, and our 40 licensed and highly knowledgeable realtors work cooperatively with and support one another. This operating dynamic affords our customers a wide breadth of experience, efficiency, and know-how.  

Inuit family inside igloo (image credit:  Britannica)

Inuit family inside igloo (image credit: Britannica)

Our blog is a place where we discuss many topics and issues related to real estate – including those that are unusual and offbeat and peculiar. Then, again, what may seem unusual, offbeat, and peculiar to us in Southeastern New England is orthodox and mainstream and conventional in other regions.

Like, for example, and it is fitting to post about this subject today with winter arriving last week, and January, the historically coldest month of year around here, shortly up ahead.

We are talking about the igloo. The igloo is a property of brilliant design and functionality for some of the coldest places on earth.

When we think igloo we think Eskimo, the indigenous people who live way up North. It is an appropriate connection.

There are two Eskimo peoples – the Inuit, who occupy Northern Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, and the Yupik, who live in parts of Alaska and Eastern Siberia.

The Inuit are the primary users of the igloo.

Yet, and this is contrary to popular understanding, the main type of house for Inuits is not the igloo, but abodes that have whale or wood frames, and that are covered in seal skins and earth.

Igloos are temporary snow and ice structures that Inuit build and occupy during winter hunting excursions. A group of hunters typically build more than one igloo, and place the igloos near each other.

Made almost totally from cut blocks of snow, the igloo is constructed in a catenoid shape which ensures that the blocks support one another and secure the physical integrity of the structure.

Snow works as an insulator.  As evidence, consider that in weather with outdoor conditions at minus 49 degrees Fahrenheit, the indoor-temperature of an igloo, heated only by human bodies, can be as high as 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

A neat component of igloos is that heat from lamps or small hearths within the structure will cause light melting of the interior wall, which will freeze and harden into ice when the fires are extinguished – a process that strengthens the physical integrity of the igloo.

Please click here to be taken to a Wikipedia entry on the igloo where you can learn more about this most interesting and smart shelter.

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Now, of course, the Inuit igloo has inspired the shape of houses, and other types of buildings, made from materials that are not frozen water.

Premier Properties submits that one of the most unusual igloo-like buildings is the massive Igloo Hotel, a property built – but not completed – in the 1970s, about 180 miles north of Anchorage, along George Banks Highway, the route which runs up to Denali National Park. 

Igloo Hotel

Igloo Hotel

The hotel is still sitting there, and is for sale for $300,000. It will probably take at least $1.5 million to make the place livable and up to code. 

Please click here to be taken to a story at Gizmodo, written by Sarah Zhang, to learn more about the property – that mighty big igloo of a property.