Author Archives: Elizabeth Crampton

Craftsman Details at Ponybrook Lane!

Architectural details inside and out reflect Craftsman-inspired design at Ponybrook.

“Some the design features, such as the exterior stone columns, the windows with Prairie-style grills, the arts-and crafts wainscoting, and the staircase design, carry through every home in the development,” says Mark Barons, Principal of Barons Custom Homes. “I start from the natural stonework on the outside of the homes. The fieldstone details in the columns and retaining walls provide the inspiration for the interior colors in each home, which has its unique character,” says Meghan Garvey, interior Designer who worked hand in hand to make selections for Barons Custom Homes.

Ponybrook Lane Selling Fast! Three final homes now available!

Ponybrook Logo with Selling Final Phase Banner


We’re thrilled to announce that five of the eight properties at Lexington’s Ponybrook Lane are sold!

But we’ve saved three of the best opportunities for last so you still have the chance to join the delightful people moving into Lexington’s most luxurious and desirable Craftsman-inspired neighborhood.
9 Ponybrook –  This southwest facing home offers a soaring two story foyer and sits privately on the largest lot at the end of the cul-de-sac abutting conservation.  This spacious home has a May completion date and is listed for $1,679,000.
17 & 19 Ponybrook – These two 2,700sf townhomes are the renovated antique property, once philanthropist Josiah Willard Hayden’s own home. These smashing units boast 11′ soaring ceilings, two car Garages and the same stellar quality and designer finishes you’ve come to expect at Ponybrook. Please inquire for pricing.
All three homes present the chance to customize with Barons Custom Homes and their interior designer.  Contact your Realtor or call us now for details!


What are your top 3 favorite things to do in Lexington during the fall season?  

There’s nothing like the fall in New England, and Lexington offers so much to do and see!

blog_numbers1See the variety of pumpkins at Wilson Farm and ride through the fields on the Spooky Hayride.  I remember when their Haunted House was underground and truly horrifying fun!  Their Hayride is a gentler kind of fun and is the quintessential fall event. The spooky, not scary, Hayride, is fun for all ages with werewolves, ghouls and a headless horseman atop one of the giant animals sculpted from hay. It’s fun to get out onto the fields and see the farm from that vantage point, of course while indulging in one of their delicious Apple Cider donuts!  My advice is to try to get there on a weekday to avoid the long weekend lines!  Starts October 10th.  This year marks their 130th Harvest Celebration, so they have planned several events. You can view all of their events here:

Wilson Farms Fall 2014 Pumpkin Display


Wilson Farms Fall 2014 Halloween Haunted Ride

blog_numbers2Hike on the conservation trails. I was lucky enough to grow up on Cape Cod and in rural Connecticut, where yearound walks outside were beautiful and relaxing. While fairly urban when compared to the old Cape shore and the rolling hills of Connecticut’s Quiet corner, get off the track and you’ll get yourself into a mini vacation right in Lexington!  The town has 1,300 acres of conservation land, with over 50 miles of trails! Here you can view a map of all of the conservation areas with trail access. Below are some of my favorite spots:

Great Meadows, which is accessible from Waldorf School and the nursing home on Emerson Gardens Road, and Dunback Meadows, accessible from Bowman School, Clarke Middle School and Allen Street.


For the avid bikers, I recommend the Minuteman National Trail. As you get into Lincoln and continue on into Concord you’ll remember why you love New England so much!Willard’s Woods, accessible from Suzanne Road, North Street and Redcoat Lane, is especially known for dog walkers and it’s wide trails.

ACROSS Lexington is a network of pedestrian and bicycle routes linking many parts of the town.  You can find brochures and maps on the Town of Lexington’s website here:

Many paths are now strewn with beautiful foliage, and hearing the leaves crunch while enjoying the crimson color all around and the bright blue sky above, is such a treat. Don’t forget your sweater or field jacket!blog_numbers3

It’s always a blast to attend a Lexington High School football game, especially under the new lights! The lights on the field along with the new turf have opened up the LHS Minutemen to an exciting world where the once sparsely filled stands are now proving to be the place to be. When you go, you’ll enjoy easy parking, a well run concession stand and the Town Center Park on site as well.  Go Minutemen! You can keep an eye on the team’s schedule here.


Lexington Named 8th Safest City in US!

Ponybrook sits at the heart of Lexington, just named one of the country’s top 100 safest cities!

Ponybrook already offers a quintessential safe cul-de-sac setting.  But venturing out on foot, bike, or bus, you’ll love knowing that your children are just as safe exploring all the recreation and culture this wonderful New England town offers.

Lexington’s Academic Excellence

This is exciting!  Our own Jonas Clarke Middle School was one of just four schools in the country named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education.

We’re used to academic awards in Lexington, but it’s still nice to see Jonas Clarke also won this award in 1992-93 and Bridge Elementary won in 2010-11.  Our public schools are widely acclaimed as among the best – not just in the state or the country, but in the world.

When it comes to Clarke, I speak from experience.  Our older children are graduates of Clarke, and our youngest is a 7th grader.  We’ve seen that Clarke isn’t just an academic factory; it’s a caring place where students make friends, get involved in extracurricular activities and in the community, and get ready for high school.

Our schools – and not just Clarke – are also a good place for new families to connect to the community.  The schools and the myriad parent support organizations welcome all, and provide opportunities for new families to get involved and get connected to the community.



Jonas Clarke Middle School named National Blue Ribbon School!