Dianne Lombardi and Jill Hogan Homes for sale in Waltham MA, Newton MA,Watertown MA


Who doesn’t want to find that perfect eclectic wood piece to complete their design? Selecting vintage wood furniture is both a pursuit and an art. Among the myriad pieces that look similar, how can you tell what is vintage and what is a reproduction?

Learn the art

To tell a counterfeit study the real. Know what the real thing truly looks like before you head out to those antique dealers, flea markets, and vintage shops. Go online and look at how the wood should appear, what the hardware looks like, and those other telltale details you'll find in older wood furniture. Then, follow these guidelines:

  • Don't just take the dealer's word for it. Get way down on your hands and knees and look under that table for marks, stamps, or signatures. Sometimes all you're looking for is a date. But remember, just because an item lacks a date or stamp doesn't mean it isn't vintage, so go on to the next guideline as well.
  • Assess the wood’s age. As it ages, wood darkens and sometimes warps. If the items spent time outdoors, you should see weathering.
  • Finishes develop fine cracks and darken or turn yellow or amber over time. If the former owner or dealer refinished the piece, the dealer might be able to tell you when.
  • Joints in older furniture typically use dovetails, pins, or dowel construction as a sign that a cabinetmaker built it rather than a factory mass-production.
  • Older hardware loses its shine and gains a patina. Drawer pulls often have a post and nut construction, and authentic vintage furniture shows signs of wear and even grime and dust around the pulls and hardware.

Pursue the object

  • New and shiny might look pretty, but refinishing can diminish the furniture’s value on the vintage or antique market. This caveat includes the trend of chalk paint to create the shabby chic and farmhouse looks. Nevertheless, if the piece is what you want, its value is in its ability to fit your design.
  • Trust yourself. If the piece looks new, it probably is. If you genuinely want vintage, keep looking until you find it. If the piece fits what you want, buy it and don’t worry about its age.
  • Haggle. Buy it if you like it, just don't overpay for it. Don't lowball a dealer, but feel free to make an offer more in keeping with your budget or with similar pieces you've seen elsewhere or online.

If you're looking for a home to display your wood pieces, ask your local real estate professional to show you homes in your neighborhood.


Tucked away on a quiet tree lined side street, this extremely loved ranch style home is brimming with charm & character. Meticulously maintained & conveniently located in Waltham's highly desirable MacArthur School District. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, preferred gas heat, & central air! Relax in the oversized living room & enjoy the sunlight from its two picture windows or simply unwind by the gorgeous custom fireplace. Updated modern tile eat in kitchen, full bath, & two spacious bedrooms w/deep lit closets. Upgrades include; Newer Windows, Roof, Heating System, Central A/C & Vinyl Siding. Lower level boasts a large open concept finished family room w/extra storage, wood-stove, laundry area, & an amazingly retro 70's Bar! Partially Fenced in Yard, Storage Shed & Patio Area. Ample parking in the double driveway on the corner lot. Close to all Major Routes, Parks, Restaurants, Shopping & Public Transportation. Showings begin @ the Broker Open 9/13 at Noon.

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174 Seminole Ave, Waltham, MA 02451

Lakeview

Single-Family

$489,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Tucked away on a quiet tree lined side street, this extremely loved ranch style home is brimming with charm & character. Meticulously maintained & conveniently located in Waltham's highly desirable MacArthur School District. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, preferred gas heat, & central air! Relax in the oversized living room & enjoy the sunlight from its two picture windows or simply unwind by the gorgeous custom fireplace. Updated modern tile eat in kitchen, full bath, & two spacious bedrooms w/deep lit closets. Upgrades include; Newer Windows, Roof, Heating System, Central A/C & Vinyl Siding. Lower level boasts a large open concept finished family room w/extra storage, wood-stove, laundry area, & an amazingly retro 70's Bar! Partially Fenced in Yard, Storage Shed & Patio Area. Ample parking in the double driveway on the corner lot. Close to all Major Routes, Parks, Restaurants, Shopping & Public Transportation. Showings begin @ the Broker Open 9/13 at Noon.
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174 Seminole Ave, Waltham, MA 02451

Lakeview

Single-Family

$489,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Tucked away on a quiet tree lined side street, this extremely loved ranch style home is brimming with charm & character. Meticulously maintained & conveniently located in Waltham's highly desirable MacArthur School District. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, preferred gas heat, & central air! Relax in the oversized living room & enjoy the sunlight from its two picture windows or simply unwind by the gorgeous custom fireplace. Updated modern tile eat in kitchen, full bath, & two spacious bedrooms w/deep lit closets. Upgrades include; Newer Windows, Roof, Heating System, Central A/C & Vinyl Siding. Lower level boasts a large open concept finished family room w/extra storage, wood-stove, laundry area, & an amazingly retro 70's Bar! Partially Fenced in Yard, Storage Shed & Patio Area. Ample parking in the double driveway on the corner lot. Close to all Major Routes, Parks, Restaurants, Shopping & Public Transportation. Showings begin @ the Broker Open 9/13 at Noon.
Open House
Saturday
September 14 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 174 Seminole Ave, Waltham, MA 02451    Get Directions

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This Single-Family in Waltham, MA recently sold for $570,000. This Cape style home was sold by Team Jill Hogan and Di Lombardi - Lamacchia Realty, Inc..


380 Weston St, Waltham, MA 02453

Cedarwood

Single-Family

$574,900
Price
$570,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
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