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So far Christine Bates has created 15 blog entries.

Money does grow on trees

For every month’s real estate feature I try to find a topic that I want to learn more about whether it’s flood maps, taxes, or real estate markets. This month’s inspiration came from my experience as a real estate agent when a buyer was advised to have a 100-year-old maple tree removed before buying a […]

2020-03-25T21:41:01-04:00March 25th, 2020|

Forester to Arborist

How did your appreciation for nature begin?
I grew up hunting and fishing in the woods in central Pennsylvania. As an Explorer Scout I planted white pine seedlings – sixty years later they are a 60 feet tall wind screen, oxygen producer, and erosion manager. When I was 14, I purchased my first tree identification book. […]

2020-04-01T14:03:47-04:00March 25th, 2020|

Housing for the Birds

Reflecting on a subject for an article dealing with real estate and animals, I realized that the same considerations humans have when selecting a home are also true in the avian world – security, construction, location, room layout, finishes, etc. The realtors’ view that there is always the right client for a house applies to […]

2020-03-03T11:20:53-05:00February 29th, 2020|

In Focus

On a weekday morning before a luxury product shoot at her studio in Salisbury, CT, on Salmon Kill Road, I talked with Sarah Blodgett about her lifetime career as a commercial photographer and her […]

2020-02-29T16:25:01-05:00February 29th, 2020|

Buying and Selling Inns and Bed & Breakfast

Hasn’t everyone thought of running a countryside inn or a bed & breakfast? How you would transform a historic building with your own chic style, visit with interesting guests, and serve elegant breakfasts? I wondered if this was ever more than a fleeting daydream and whether it could make economic sense. I decided to investigate […]

2020-02-12T10:06:29-05:00February 1st, 2020|


After the weekend guests had enjoyed breakfast with fresh eggs from the hens in back of The Egremont Village Inn, I learned about this family’s seven year-long effort to revive live music in the old Curtis Barn in Egremont, MA, and burnish a historic inn in the Berkshires.

Whose idea was it to buy an inn in […]
2020-04-01T14:04:34-04:00February 1st, 2020|

The Second Time Around

Fascinating, individualistic people live here which makes for exceptional second hand, previously owned, vintage, boutique stores each with their own slant on fashion and mix of new and old. You will always find something interesting in these shops or perhaps you have a pair of Gucci shoes or a cocktail dress that needs a new […]

2020-01-28T14:14:30-05:00January 9th, 2020|

45 Years in Real Estate

There are many real estate offices that dot our region. But have you ever thought about what it takes to not just start, but to also run a real estate firm? This month we caught up with David Bain of Bain Real Estate, based out of Kent and Sharon, CT.

When did you start your real estate […]

2020-01-28T14:19:04-05:00December 9th, 2019|


While Stacey Moore of Moore & More Printing ate her dinner in front of her computer screen and oversaw a printing job, we talked about Adopt-A-Family, a charity that she has run for almost 25 years. You know the saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy […]

2019-10-23T18:43:14-04:00November 1st, 2019|

5 Generations of Antiques Dealers

Montage Antiques of “antiques row” (as we affectionately refer to it here at Main Street Magazine) in Millerton, NY, is a true family affair.

When did you open in Millerton?

We opened our store four and a half years ago, and this summer we bought the building. We find the […]

2019-10-23T18:31:57-04:00October 3rd, 2019|