It’s not often that I meet awesome neighbors. I’ve been selling real estate throughout the Greater Boston area since 1999 and I’ve met all types of neighbors. Most neighbors are annoyed by the inconvenience of traffic created by open houses and showings. Even more neighbors are annoyed by the pounding of hammers and the humming of saws any time construction or rehabilitation are involved. Dealing with neighbors can be a challenge.
So it’s with great pleasure that I get to introduce you to Richard and Grace Myatt. Richard and Grace have owned 54 Hollingsworth Street, Mattapan since October 10th, 1975. They’re coming up on their fortieth year of owning 54 Hollingsworth Street so they’ve seen plenty of changes along that part of Cummins Highway through the years.
I’ve been involved with a previously vacant lot, which now houses a brand new single family property, next door to Richard and Grace for a few years now through my work in helping the developer with the sale of the property. As I’ve said, I generally deal with annoyance and apathy when it comes to interacting with neighbors. Not this time! Grace has been a huge supporter throughout the construction process of 58 Hollingsworth Street.
Grace is excited that there won’t be an ugly lot filled with raccoons next to her home and she has been keeping a watchful eye over the development and the neighborhood since the beginning. She even gave me the neighborhood update when I bumped into her and Richard this afternoon. Grace is always cheery and positive. I’m not saying that that’s her attitude in relation to the development, I’m saying that that’s her demeanor in general. She once told me, as I was arriving to my Sunday open house, that she would’ve baked cookies if she had known that I would be hosting one that day. Did I believe her? Maybe. But it wasn’t her gesture that impressed me that day, it was her Carolina friendliness that really shone through in the moment.
Richard and Grace are retired. They’re usually seen puttering about their yard on nice days so that they can tend to their flowers and plants. Richard seems to like the shade of their front porch and I don’t blame him. I think that we all hope to have neighbors like Richard and Grace. They’re a rare commodity.