The Fetching Fox Hill Farm in Westwood, MA

The real estate listings in Westwood show that some beautiful historic properties are on the market right now. Here's another gem from the early 1700s known as Fox Hill Farm.


Fox Hill Street in Westwood has some gorgeous homes on it, and this one is no exception. As charming as the house is, it's the land that I find myself taken with. It is summer, after all, so my mind is in outdoor entertainment mode. Every stone patio looks like the perfect place to set up a grill and sip a cold beverage, and every lawn looks like the perfect place to run around with the dog, play frisbee, and enjoy the sunshine. This property has room to do all of that and more!


This view certainly illustrates the romantic locale. The gravel path leads to an 8-stall horse barn situated behind the house.


I love the weathered shingles on the barn's exterior and the brick wall that continues along the terrace. Can you imagine hosting a Kentucky Derby party here? I'm already planning it in my head.


The moss between the flagstones makes me feel like this place should be in the English countryside!


This arched gateway appears to be formed by old trees, perfectly framing the view of the apple orchard.


These photos were obviously taken during different seasons, but look how lush the orchard is in the warmer months.  


The inside of the house is expansive. The early American-style fireplace in the dining room has an extra-deep hearth.


There are many other instances of exposed brick throughout the house, along with several fireplaces. The fireplace in the room below is tiny, but the brick surround and angled door make up for in character what the fireplace lacks in size.


This house looks like a fabulous place to throw a summer soirée or two. Just add a few sets of string lights around the terrace, scatter around some potted flowers, stock the bar, and send out the invites. I doubt many people would decline the chance to relax in this idyllic setting!

To see more photos of the home and to learn more about the property, visit the listing. All photos shown here are from the listing.

A Renovated 1720 Home in Westwood, MA

While driving home over the weekend, I noticed that one of my favorite houses in the area has a for sale sign in its front yard.

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I've been curious about this house for a while because, as mentioned in the listing, it had been undergoing renovations for a long time (the listing says two years, which means construction would have started around summer 2016—that feels like forever ago).

A quick look at Google Maps shows that the previous exterior was nothing special, so as the new exterior started to take form and the black and white color scheme debuted, this property grabbed my attention.

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The black-framed windows are a striking detail on the historic-looking facade. I love the dark frames, as well as the black trim, and the impact of these design elements on this home's curb appeal is significant. It's bold, but had white frames and trim been used, the exterior would have blended in a little too much. Framing everything in black makes this home look special and sets it apart from its surroundings.

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The grounds of this property are just as picturesque as the house. The private backyard has some great spaces for entertaining. I could easily eat dinner out here every night, and then I'd roast s'mores over that firepit! Wouldn't you feel like you're on vacation every day if you lived here?

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The interior of the house has some lovely details, such as the wainscoting on the kitchen ceiling.

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The family room has an unusual treatment on the walls. From the photo, it looks like wood with a light gray wash. I'd love to get a better look at it in person. I appreciate the rustic touch, and with the gray wash, it adds some coastal charm to the space.

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I'm so glad to finally have had a chance to see how the inside of this house looks! After months and months of admiring the exterior as I drive by, my curiosity about the interior has been satisfied.

You can view more photos of the home and learn more about the property by visiting the listing. All photos shown here are from the listing.