11 Ivaloo Street, Somerville 02143

Dynamite location! Unusually large townhouse on a pretty tree-lined street near Union, Porter, Inman, Kendall and Harvard Sqs. Be wonderfully surprised by the vast expanse of space on the 2d level with the open living/dining/kitchen, high ceilings and light-flooded interior from oversized windows. Kitchen with SS appliances, granite counters and a long raised bar, has a clear view through French doors to the private deck. A 1/2 bath completes this floor. First level has 2 bedrooms, a full bath, in-unit laundry room with storage, and provides direct access into the townhouse via your own door. The 3d/top floor suite features the main bedroom with window seat and cathedral ceiling, walk-in closet, office with private deck, bathroom with double vanity and sinks, bathtub with shower, walk-in shower. Private outside space on every level, central AC, phenomenal closet space, common entry to use the 2 elevators, 2 side-by-side garage spaces, bike storage. Easy access to Red Line/Green-to-be in Union Sq.

Home Tips of the Month from Bonny Lamb

 

Turns out that the healthiest squash—chock full of vitamins—is yellow/summer squash, according to On Health a publication by Consumer Reports. And if you like pumpkin seeds, also good for you, bake the seeds of acorn squash and other types of squash that have larger seeds.

 
 

The commercial spray cans of Pam, Canola oil, etc., all contain silicone. To avoid the chemical, add your oil of choice to one of the many styles of spray containers available for purchase.

 
 

Google says the batteries on Black & Decker dust busters can be replaced;  but I had no success finding a replacement. Hoover has a much more versatile product in a sleeker, more practical style, at a higher price, of course ($139.99 plus tax at Target)—don’t know if the battery is replaceable. With a 3-year warranty, the One PWR “dust chaser” has small attachments and promises to have twice the suction power of the usual dust buster. It takes up less space, even with the little attachments.

 
 

Approximately 90% of street noise gets into your house through the windows, let alone all of the cold air that gets into the house through windows, too. Check the insulation around the glazing; have better hardware installed. Storm windows are powerful insulators and often better than new double-glazed. Your interior will be more peaceful, especially if you live on a busier street, and you’ll be warmer during these frigid winter months.

 
 

Another reminder about English ivy, an invasive species that strangles and kills trees, like this one in West Cambridge. It’s our local kudzu, all too evident in Cambridge, Belmont and Somerville, taking over gardens and climbing trees. At the beginning of the climb, the roots can be pulled from the trees; once securely attached to the tree or wedged within the interstices of the trunk, the thick stem at the bottom of the tree needs to be sawed to destroy the vines.

 

61 Dudley Street, Medford 02155

This captivating 1890 Victorian beauty with storybook curb appeal will win your hearts. Oversized windows, high ceilings with medallions, light-flooded interior and generously sized rooms lend themselves to a living standard that encompasses both elegance and homey relaxation. The open living room and dining room are splendid. The expansive eat-in-kitchen with tri-level island and bar and windows overlooking the enchanting yard is spectacular, featuring a Thermador 6-burner gas cooktop and vented hood, Sub-Zero refrigerator, larger double ovens, dw, disposal and mudroom off the kitchen. A family room/library, office and full bath complete the 1st floor. 2d floor: a dreamy main bedroom; 2 bedrooms, a playroom and a 4-piece spa-like bathroom with radiant heat. 3d floor has an office, guest room, attic. The fenced yard serves as your own private resort for “kids” of all ages; the clubhouse has a sleeping loft. Full basement; well-maintained; side-by-side pkg. Logan Park around the block..