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May 16, 2018

Yoleni's! - Featured Business of the Month!

This month I want to introduce you to Yoleni's! Recently opened only a week ago! This is a super unique restaurant, deli and mini-grocery store that serves only quality, healthy, organic and mainly "unprocessed" foods and delicacies all imported directly from Greece! Whether you're looking to grab a quick healthy lunch or arrive for dinner and be welcomed by a server after 4:30pm they have so much to offer! Soon to be introducing live music for the dinner crowd and even a Sunday brunch!

I had the wonderful opportunity to have lunch here the other day and had their tasty, crispy roasted potatoes, grilled veggies, fresh feta cheese, and freshly marinated octopus! It was all so tender and delicious. If you're looking for a healthy, original, cultural experience this is the place! I was even able to leave with fresh cashew and macadamia nuts, after having a huge selection to choose from!

Come and enjoy a great selection of foods made with organic Greek and Mediterranean recipes!

You can visit them at 292 Westminster St right in Downtown Providence located in the historic Tilden Thurber building at corner of Westminster St and Mathweson St. Very classy and exquisite 2 level restaurant with seating areas upstairs as well! You are guaranteed to have a very pleasant experience here as well as enjoy some great, quality food that you can't find anywhere else!

I hope you can visit here some day, and let me know how you like it!

 

292 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903
401-500-1127
7am - 10pm Sunday-Saturday
www.Yolenis.com

 

May 9, 2018

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Posted in Buying
May 4, 2018

NEW LISTING! 1340 Hope Rd, Cranston, RI 02831 - $559k


OPEN HOUSE: Come view this amazing home this Sunday from 1pm to 3:00pm!
     
Listed at $559,000 



1340 Hope Rd, Cranston, RI 02831
Elegant center-hall Colonial offers best of both worlds location being tucked away in the most serene location surrounded by gorgeous nature views at every point, but yet still a short enough commute to major highways and shopping! This home built in 1991 boasts 4BR's, 3.5 Baths, 2 separate Living Rooms, marble Fireplace, formal Dining Room, huge Finished Basement, Central Air, Hardwoods & Crown Molding throughout first floor, Granite, Stainless Appliances, upgraded Alarm System, absolutely stunning Yard, entertainer's delight complete with 2 Decks, Fire Pit & Entertainment Area and other spacious play areas, large Shed, 3 Car Garage and Underground Sprinklers upgraded to 9 zones! Recent updates include: young $10k Tankless Boiler, all newer Appliances, new carpeting in MBR, a renovated MBath, newer Hardwoods Living Room, newer Retaining Wall with fresh new plantings, newer Fire Pit/Entertainment Area constructed, young Garage Doors and Openers. This home is packed with so many goodies you need to come take a look TODAY!!

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Joe DeChristofaro

Executive Realty
401-837-1976 - c
joe@joedechristofaro.com

Posted in Listings
May 1, 2018

SOLD! 1 West Exchange St, #2106, Providence, RI - $970k

Congratulations to my buyers on the successful purchase of their new condo!
It was a pleasure working with both of you!

       

    

1 West Exchange St, Unit #2106, Providence, RI 02903

$970,000

Every square inch of this impeccably remodeled Residence defines Understated Elegance, with not one detail overlooked. Custom renovation and design throughout...from re-configuring the entryway walls, to the perfect window treatments and built-in cabinetry. The kitchen features a stunning waterfall edge Quartzite countertop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, 4-burner Wolf cooktop and hood, and plumbed Miele coffee system. The master bath boasts honey onyx counters, marble floors and shower, double sinks and stone tile work. Well thought out California closets to maximize storage space; in-unit laundry; Juliet balcony. This luxurious condo also includes a 24-hour, full-service concierge staff and is located in the most high-end building in Providence. Situated on the sought-after southeast corner, Residence 2106 offers views of beautiful College Hill, the financial district, downtown and beyond. Convenient indoor access to the Omni Hotel, Providence Place Mall, restaurants, movies, concerts and sporting events. Walking distance to Federal Hill, downtown, theaters and more!

If you also need help buying or selling in the Greater Providence area, give me a call! I would love the opportunity to help you as well!

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Presented to you by:
Joe DeChristofaro
Executive Realty
401-837-1976 - c
joe@joedechristofaro.com

 

Posted in Sold Listings
April 17, 2018

SOLD! 45 Pearl Ave, North Providence, RI 02904 - $337.5k

Congratulations to my seller Steve on the successful sale of his home! It was a pleasure working with you! Sold for $337,500!
       

45 Pearl Ave, North Providence, RI 02904

If you also need help buying or selling I would love to help you as well. Please don't hesitate to call me on my cell at 401-837-1976. Thank you!

Young Colonial with 3 Large Bedrooms in mint condition! Kitchen features Stainless, Granite, Hardwoods. Dining Room with pocket French Doors leading to open foyer, Spacious Living Room, Master Bedroom with elegant Master Bath offering dual sinks, stylish spa-tub and separate shower unit. Super efficient heat & hot water costs! Many other amenities such as Central Air, Central Vac, Electric Fireplace, Separate Laundry Room, Slider leading to Deck and large Yard, huge Basement with 11' ceilings and walk-out, great for someone who needs a lot of storage or design a classy entertainment room! Also potential for home business or possible in-law... and already plumbed for a 3rd Bath! This home also includes 2 driveways. Make this lovely home your home today! Call TODAY!!

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Joe DeChristofaro
Executive Realty
401-837-1976 - c
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Posted in Sold Listings
April 13, 2018

Your Weekend Must-Do's in RI


From springtime festivities, and more...

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April 13: Join AS220 at the Blackbox Theater in Providence for their third consecutive year in this dance recital completely choreographed by Bill Evans. 

April 13-14: Have a night of laughs in East Providence with Comedy Central’s Tony Hinchcliffe, host of the well-known Kill Tony Podcast, at The Comedy Connection.

April 13-15: Trade Pop-Up in Providence's Fox Point presents “Crown HD,” featuring photographs, clothing, and art created by a student-owned, high school company. 

April 13-15: A new exhibit at the Jamestown Arts Center becomes Con/Textile/Ized, where you can view the different ways that textiles are used. 

April 13-15: Spring is in the air in Bristol with Blithewold Mansions’ Gateway to Spring, with over 50,000 daffodils blooming and able for visitors to explore. 

April 14: Want something completely unextraordinary? Come to An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life with Steve Martin and Martin Short at PPAC. 

April 14: Hop on board a Save The Bay Seal Watch Tour, departing from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, and spot some of the ocean's cutest creatures in their natural habitat. 

April 14-22: Get ready for a ‘bloomin’ fun time in the City by the Sea, during the 5th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival. Celebrate spring festivities all week with 866,500 daffodils ready to burst forth across the city. 

 

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Posted in Events
April 13, 2018

Now Hiring in Providence!

Now Hiring

An influx of new tech companies setting up shop in the city means hundreds of jobs – and a place for Providence on the innovation map

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It took David Osborne, the CEO of corporate wellness giant Virgin Pulse, about a month to fall for Providence. Osborne says he wasn’t even considering keeping an office in the city when Virgin Pulse acquired local tech startup Shape Up in early 2016, but he knew he wanted to move away from the company’s headquarters in Framingham. Boston was the obvious choice.

Then he sat down with Governor Gina Raimondo. Osborne recalls being impressed by the due diligence the governor and her staff showed during their very first meeting. It was a sales pitch wrapped in statistics. They rattled off facts and figures about how affordable the state was compared to its peers and quickly arranged follow-up meetings with education and business leaders to make the case that Providence was more attractive than people thought.
Not long after those initial meetings, Osborne agreed to open a new office and create nearly 300 jobs in the city. That was just the start. In November, he announced that Virgin Pulse would move its global headquarters into two floors inside the Providence Journal building on Fountain Street. The company already has 145 employees working downtown, with the promise of reaching its hiring goal by 2021.

“I’ve called it Silicon Valley at 20-something dollars a square foot,” Osborne says.

Rhode Island is still a long way from finding itself on the same pedestal as the San Francisco area or Boston, but Virgin Pulse, GE Digital, and Johnson & Johnson are among nearly a dozen tech-centric companies that have been wooed to the state over the last three years thanks to a combination of Raimondo’s relentless advocacy, generous incentives, and the realization that Providence’s colleges and universities offer an abundance of talent that rivals nearly any city in the country.

Even as critics on both the left and right chastise her administration for being too willing to offer millions of dollars in tax credits to bring new companies to the state, Raimondo insists the results don’t lie. After the state was one of the first in and the last out of the Great Recession, she says the influx of new businesses has finally given it the economic spark that’s been missing.

So how has Rhode Island gone from being labeled the “country’s worst job market” by the website FiveThirtyEight the summer before Raimondo 
took office to a state that has successfully recruited 11 tech companies to create more than 1,100 jobs in such a short period of time?

It started with a game plan. Even before she took office in 2015, Raimondo and Stefan Pryor, a fellow Yale Law graduate who she tapped to become the state’s first commerce secretary, had a hunch that tech ventures might be worth pursuing. With so many colleges in close proximity to downtown, they reasoned, companies would not have trouble finding talent.

But Pryor recalls being shocked to learn “Rhode Island was nowhere to be found” at the various conventions and trade shows that city and state officials from around the country attend to recruit companies. They weren’t starting with a long list of leads or a state with a strong reputation.

The two went to work lobbying state lawmakers to approve a suite of economic tools in Raimondo’s first budget, including the Rebuild Rhode Island tax credit for real estate development, the Qualified Jobs Incentive tax credit that provides a credit of up to $7,500 a year for each new job created in certain sectors, and a $25 million package for the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission to use to attract new businesses. Lawmakers also helped fund Pryor’s business development team, which includes five employees whose jobs largely focus on bringing new companies to the state.

Raimondo has also never been shy about digging into her thick rolodex to connect with friends she’s made over the years at Harvard, Oxford, and Yale as well as in the venture capital world. During a 25-minute interview on a Friday in January, she casually mentioned calling a friend from graduate school who now heads up North American sales at Apple as well as a recent dinner meeting with Osborne from Virgin Pulse before making a note to call a top official at health tech company Philips the following Monday.

Raimondo says she makes several calls to companies every week, often making the case that Boston and Cambridge are too expensive while trying to convince executives that Providence has more to offer than they think. Asked if her friend, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker, ever objects to her taking swipes at his state, she says he understands she’s running the “scrappy up-and-coming state and they’re overflowing.”

“My basic theory is when you come here, you will fall in love,” she says. “I just have to get you here.”

So far, Raimondo appears to be onto something. She says heavy investments in education, from a plan to offer computer science courses in every public school to better training programs at the Community College of Rhode Island, have put the state in a position of strength when negotiations with new companies begin.

When eMoney Advisor announced plans to bring 100 jobs to Providence last August, the company’s CEO described being excited to tap into the state’s “extensive network of talent.” Ravi Kumar, the president of India-based Infosys, singled out CCRI as one of the top reasons he decided to create 500 jobs and build a design and innovation hub in Providence late last year.

Chris Drumgoole, the chief technology officer at GE, says he can feel the “excitement and energy” in Providence every time he visits the company’s downtown office. Eventually GE Digital will have 100 employees in the city. He says he’s heard nothing but rave reviews for Providence from his employees, saying they especially love the food scene.

Announcements that multiple tech companies were coming to the city following GE’s decision have only made him more bullish about Rhode Island, he says, and having a lot of software developers in the same area will create an ecosystem where people from different companies can learn from one another.

Osborne, from Virgin Pulse, says he enjoys being at the ground level of Rhode Island’s resurgence. He likes being able to check in directly with Raimondo or have a quick phone call with the presidents of Brown or RISD. “I would love to have 20 more companies come in,” he says.

Drumgoole and Osborne were also quick to point out that while the subsidies Raimondo offered played a role in their decisions to come to Providence, they were more interested in what the state was doing to build a qualified workforce.

“In a vacuum alone, incentives won’t do it,” Drumgoole says. “All the money in the world is not worth bad talent.”

As former governor Lincoln Chafee sees it, the subsidies awarded to new companies are too steep. GE Digital, for example, is eligible for $4.6 million in tax credits if it creates 100 jobs by next year. Virgin Pulse could qualify for more than $6 million in tax credits and job training incentives if it follows through on hiring 292 employees by 2021. And the Infosys deal could provide the company with $10 million in credits if it creates 500 jobs in the coming years.

Chafee, who has said he is considering challenging Raimondo in a Democratic primary later this year, frequently points to a 2012 New York Times report that was critical of cities and states awarding more than $80 billion a year in subsidies to companies. A follow-up editorial in the Times called the practice a “race to the bottom.”

Chafee says he supports helping companies with sewers or roads, but he believes that the subsidies undermine the stability of the tax base.
“The politician gets the so-called cranes in the air, but how is it going to benefit the community?” Chafee says. “It creates an unfairness to the companies that have been here, paying their taxes.”

Brandon Bell, the chairman of the state Republican Party, says he agrees with Chafee. Rhode Island should focus on lowering taxes, he says, suggesting that the state look to Massachusetts and New Hampshire as examples of better business climates.

“We support lower taxes for all, not special deals for some,” Bell said.

For her part, Raimondo acknowledges that the incentives aren’t ideal. But she views them as necessary to remain competitive. She says that Rhode Island’s economic tools are modeled off of similar programs in New York and Massachusetts.

“I hear the criticism and I get it,” Raimondo says. “Except every other state does it and if we don’t, like we hadn’t for so long, we just get left behind. And other people get the good jobs and we don’t and our people get nothing.”

For now, Raimondo maintains she’s comfortable doing whatever it takes to create jobs in the state. She points to the state’s unemployment rate, which peaked at 11.3 percent in 2010 and was 4.4 percent in December, as evidence that her strategy is working. But she and Pryor say they still see room for growth. They want to train more Rhode Islanders for tech jobs and they want more companies to take a chance on the state.

And the executives who Raimondo has already won over say Rhode Island is on the right track. Drumgoole, from GE, says that state officials should spend even more time exposing what they’ve already done so companies can learn about what Rhode Island has to offer.

“You’ve got a good momentum going,” Drumgoole says. “Don’t take it for granted.”

Dan McGowan covers Providence for WPRI.com. He can be reached at dmcgowan@wpri.com.

Posted in Events, News
March 29, 2018

Spring into Lawn and Garden Care

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GardenIf cooler weather has you longing for sunny days outdoors, take heart. Once spring rolls around, you can safely begin the annual cleanup to prepare your yard for months of warm-weather enjoyment. 

Start with the lawn. Look for bald spots where grass has grown sparsely and needs reseeding, or uneven areas that may need to be filled and leveled. Use a thatching rake to remove dead roots and grass. Break up the soil in bare spots to create an environment that will be hospitable to new seed. Add lawn soil to level the surface. Then you're ready to over-seed or spot seed, depending on your lawn's needs. 

Your garden and flower beds are next. Begin by clearing away any debris like leaves and other matter that piled up during months of neglect. Gently turn the soil and work in fresh fertilizer. Before your plants and flowers are in full-growth mode is the ideal time to make repairs. Check edging for any damage, replace rotted woodwork and complete any other maintenance tasks. 

The warmer months may still seem far away, but getting some of your lawn and garden care underway now can make those warmer, sunny days feel closer in no time.
Posted in Neat Ideas
March 15, 2018

Your Lucky Guide to St. Patrick's Day in RI

Get in the Irish spirit with these wicked fun festivities

Posted Delivered by Hey Rhody

 

March 17: The Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off from Newport City Hall at 11am

March 17: The Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off from Newport City Hall at 11am
COURTESY OF THE NEWPORT ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

Party on St. Patty's Day in Providence:  

March 17: Watch an RI tradition as the Providence Police Pipes and Drums perform their statewide tour with nearly 20 law enforcement professionals, dressed in full St. Patty’s Day regalia. Beginning at 3 pm, this year’s tour stops include Bradley Café in Providence,  the Thirsty Beaver in Smithfield, Whiskey Republic in Providence, Crossroads Pub in Warren, and Judge Roy Bean Saloon in Bristol, and ending at the Dublin Rose in Seekonk, MA.

March 17: Celebrate all day at The Rosendale's St. Patrick's Day Block Party with Irish food, drinks, dancing, and kick off the night with live music by the Togas Brothers Irish Band and Triad. 55 Union Street

March 17: Get wicked festive at The Whiskey Republic starting with live music by Tama Girard that morning, a performance by the Providence Pipes & Drums later that evening, followed by the AC/DC Tribute band Dirty Deeds at 9pm, topped off with music by DJ Dolo. 15 Bridge St.

March 17: Get in the St. Patty's Day spirit at McBride's Pub, opening 8am with a breakfast buffet, followed by live music from "The Exiles" Irish session that afternoon. 161 Wayland Ave. 

March 18: Expect to be rocked – by bagpipes – at The Red Hot Chili Pipers at The Vets. This nine-piece Scottish band, hailed as “AC/DC meets the poet Robert Burns,” plays their signature “bagrock” versions of Scottish classics and classic rock. The Vets Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts 

 

Get in the Irish Spirit in South County: 

March 17: Step up your St. Patty's Day at Tapped Apple Winery with Celticity; an all-female Celtic music trio including Sylvie Harris, Megan Sweeney, and Phred Mileski. 37 High St, Westerly

March 17: Get a taste of Ireland at the Mews Tavern with corned beef sliders all day, a corn beef dinner starting at 4pm, green ‘Gansetts, Guinness, Smithwicks, specialty cocktails, and Magners Cider. 456 Main Street, Wakefield

 

March 17: Watch the 4th Annual Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade at Ocean Mist with fun costumes, floats, and live music from the The Ocean Mistics from 2-5pm, followed by Steve Smith and the Nakeds at 6pm. 895 Matunuck Beach Rd., Matunuck; Parade begins at 5pm.

March 18: Dive into the St. Patrick's Day festivities on Sunday with the Jamestown St. Patty's Day Splash. Jump into Narragansett Bay at East Ferry, Jamestown, followed by live music, fire pits, paddle board races, and a food truck. East Ferry Landing, Conanicus Ave., Jamestown; Plunge begins at 10am. 

 

St. Patty's Parading in Newport: 

March 16: Celebrate the eve of St. Patrick's Day at Midtown Oyster Bar with Irish fare like corned beef sandwiches, Newport Storm locally brewed beer, live music from Newport's Ancient Order of Hibernian's Mens Singers and Pipes & Drums, and more at this family friendly event. 345 Thames Street

March 17: Watch the 62nd Annual Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade and enjoy two festive hours getting in the Irish sprit with pipe bands, marching bands, fife & drum corps, clown units, local state police and fire units, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and much more festive St. Patty's Day fun. Beginning 11am at Newport City Hall 

March 17: Enjoy live entertainment at Dockside's St. Patrick's Day Parade Party on Waites Wharf with music all day by Never in Vegas, 7 Day Weekend, and a variety of live DJ's. 1 Waites Wharf 

March 17: Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day at the Newport Blues Cafe with an all-day line-up sure to (sham)rock your socks off, including Felix Brown, Dirty Deeds AC/DC Experience, Fast Times 80's Music, and Darik and the Funbags! 286 Thames Street

 

Spend St. Patty's Day in the East Bay:

March 16: Laugh it up on St. Patty's Day Eve with the comedic murder mystery dinner theater, "Murder At The Irish Wake!" at Dewolf Tavern, while enjoying a four course meal. 259 Thames St., Bristol

March 17: Live it up on St. Patrick's Day at Judge Roy Bean Salon with live music, food, drinks, and lots of fun to be had on both floors. 1 State St., Bristol 

March 17: Hear some celtic tunes from the Pat McGee Band at Bluewater Grill's St. Patty's Day Party, while enjoying Guiness and Irish fare. 32 Barton Ave., Barrington

Posted in Events
March 8, 2018

Selling Your Home?

Selling Your Home? 

Selling your home is all about knowing the local housing market. Pricing your home correctly is crucial to maximizing the highest selling price possible. As an area expert, I can help determine what direction the market is trending, so you can make the right choices when it comes to selling your home to get the highest price possible.


Accurate pricing is key to get as many people as possible to tour and make offers on your home, especially when you first list your home.  There’s a current pool of buyers waiting for new listings to hit the market, which is why accurate pricing and staging your home properly is crucial.  

Things to Think About When Selling Your Home

Once we’ve determined a list price, I can give you advice about the little things that you can do to stage your home to get you the highest possible price. You’d be surprised by the simple measures you can take to dress up your home to attract more qualified buyers. 

We have a marketing plan that is designed to get maximum exposure to the buyers that are currently looking. Through pricing, staging, accessibility and visibility, both online and offline, I am confident we will successfully sell your home to help you achieve your goals. 

Curious about what’s happening in your neighborhood? You can create your very own Market Report to instantly view Active, Pending and Sold listings in your neighborhood.

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Posted in Selling