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House for Sale: Williamstown, Massachusetts

House for Sale: Williamstown, Massachusetts
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A moment later, we walked along with Kelly into his nearby bedroom, where we marveled at all his magnificent paintings stacked around and hanging in there. Kelly, you see, loves to paint, but he’s not just talented–he’s obviously very talented. His paintings are superb. He loves to listen to music there in his bedroom, too. His favorite singer? Carly Simon. Several years ago she heard about Kelly and invited him to one of her concerts at the Apollo Theater in Harlem; backstage, after the show, she sang his favorite song, “Coming Around Again,” just for him alone. “That was some incredible experience,” Ron remembers.

Yes, recently Ron and Deborah decided to put their unusual home on the market. They’re asking $495,000, although we had the feeling they’d be willing to negotiate. Why sell? To put it simply, Deborah needs even more space for her growing catering business, and now that their two older children no longer live at home, they need less living space. So they’ll likely acquire a nearby building just for the catering business and perhaps rent an apartment from the college for a while.

So here’s a rare opportunity to live in one of New England’s great college towns where so much goes on year-round–not to mention its proximity to the Tanglewood Music Festival and all the many other famous attractions of western Massachusetts. Just think: From this house you can walk to the world-renowned Clark Art Institute in 15 minutes, or much faster if you’re on one of Ron’s antique bicycles. (Maybe he’ll throw one of those in with the deal.) And do you suppose you’ll find some of Kelly’s paintings hanging in the Clark someday? We wouldn’t be surprised …

For details, contact Ron Gallagher, 45 Harrison Ave., Williamstown, MA 01267. 413-458-2213; debgalla5@ Williamstown was #4 among our “Top 25 Foliage Towns” in our Sept./Oct. 2010 issue./i>

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