Needham Sales by School District – 2015 Edition

When it comes to Needham real estate, elementary school district is as much a part of the conversation as bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage and renovations.  In most cases buyers want to know which school district a house is in before even getting to the other specifics about the property.  For buyers moving within Needham, this … Read more

Hawthorn Builders Editorial

In what might be considered an annual tradition, the discussion over new construction in Needham is again on the hot stove.  This includes letters to the Needham Times from concerned residents to what appears to be a concentrated push from local committee members to propose changes to the current zoning by-laws. While examining both the … Read more


Feedback from satisfied clients is always something we strive for at Hawthorn. Whether it be from a buyer who used one of our agents, or a family whose forever home was just completed; a job well done is always our goal.  That said, we wanted to take the time to share some wonderful feedback we received about Lynda Hughes, a Hawthorn Properties agent.

Dear Hawthorn,

My wife (Melissa) and I recently closed on our dream home in Natick with the help of Lynda Hughes.  After having previously worked with a horrible agent at one of your competitors, our experience with Lynda was completely refreshing.  She genuinely cared about helping our family settle down (Melissa and I have 2 little boys and 3 pets).  Our previous agent was simply interested in “closing a deal.”  Lynda, on the other hand, stayed in touch with us constantly throughout the process, made herself available at all hours and was simply great to work with.  She helped us weigh all of our options, provided her own recommendations and advice when we needed it.

I would absolutely recommend any of our friends who are in the market for a new home to Hawthorn Properties, based on our wonderful experience with Lynda.  In our opinion, she is the type of person who differentiates one real estate company from the others. We’re glad we found Lynda! 

We greatly appreciate clients who take the time to let us know how we are doing.  To read other testimonials, please visit our website or our Houzz profile.

Spotlight on 121 Charles River Street, Needham

HFront 6.23.14awthorn Builders is in the finish stages of a beautiful spec house, located on Charles River Street in the Newman school district of Needham.  This 5,000 sq. ft. home sits on a 20,000 square foot lot near the newly-renovated Walker-Gordon field.

The interior scope provides a spacious, open floor plan with kitchen overlooking both the family and dining room.  The kitchen area boasts gorgeous Carrera countertops, custom cabinets and striking tile.  Additionally, the house has all high-end, stainless steel appliances.  The three levels of finished living space include a finished attic with a full bath and bedroom, along with an additional space for either an office or lounge area.  The second floor hosts the four remaining bedrooms, laundry room and three baths. The master suite is a must see!

Further custom features include a tiled mudroom with built-ins, 3+ HVAC zones, professional landscaping with an irrigation system and patio, as well as a two car attached garage.  Rob Ticktin, of Hawthorn Builders, has been managing the construction of the Charles River project.  For Ticktin, his favorite element of this property is the over-sized lot.  “What really distinguishes this house from some of the others is the spacious lot size.  Not only is the house set-back from the road, but it abuts conservation land.”

 See the pictures below for an inside glimpse of this stunning new construction in Needham.  If you are interested in finding out more about the property on Charles River Street, or any other available projects, please contact Hawthorn Builders at 781-707-6564 or visit our website at

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Hawthorn Builders Construction Update

Our crews have been enjoying the great weather we’ve been having.  The lack of snow saves us clean up time and limits construction delays, which has helped us gain momentum on several of our current projects in Needham. We are close to buttoning up our new home at 41 Dawson Drive (pictured above), which will … Read more

Needham Market Update: Fall 2011

The Needham real estate market is showing some signs of slowing. Comparing MLS and public record sales data from 2010 to 2011 (for the first ten months each year), the average sales price was slightly up from approximately $803,000 to $813,000. However, the total market volume was down with 229 sales from January – October … Read more

Needham Market Update: Spring 2011

As we near July, the Spring market in Needham is coming to a close.  The housing market in Needham remains remarkably stable despite continuing problems throughout the national economy; MLS data from the beginning of March through mid June (of both 2010 and 2011) reveal steady conditions.  Comparing 2010 to 2011 data, the average sale price has gone up slightly to … Read more

Needham Builder: First Step in Construction – Demolition Permit

We have closed on our newest home in Needham at 41 Dawson Drive. The development of a custom, new construction home has begun; we have posted our latest set of designs on our developments page.  The first step in the building process, after the closing, is applying for the demolition permit.  Although it would seem to be logistically easier to run over … Read more