Boston, Mass. is a scenic, historic and exciting city, but urban living does not appeal to all; the South Shore, however, shares those same attributes but also boasts beautiful ocean homes and a breezy coastal lifestyle.

With years of knowledge and experience in the local market, Duxbury-based Macdonald & Wood Sotheby’s International Realty has been successful for three decades finding clients their ideal homes – ranging from large, oceanfront properties to historic homes – just 35 miles from Boston.

“We began our company about 30 years ago and we’ve been focused on the needs of homebuyers and sellers on the South Shore of Boston,” says broker-owner Donna Wood. “We were selected in the 1980s to become a part of the Sotheby’s affiliation and we’re very proud to be a part of that affiliation.”

A small company with only seven agents – all of whom are full-time professionals – Macdonald & Wood serves not only Duxbury, but all of the towns on the South Shore, including Scituate, Plymouth, Cohasset and Hanover.

“We were actually ranked No. 10 on the South Shore in 2013, which is pretty remarkable since there are only seven of us and I think there are well over 1,000 companies on the South Shore,” says Wood, who has worked in the real estate business for more than 40 years.

“The market here has been very active in 2014,” she adds. “It actually came back to life in about the second quarter of 2013 and carried us right through the summer, fall and even through the holiday season which is kind of unusual to have this much activity in the first quarter as we experienced in this year.”

Ocean homes have been popular with buyers in the South Shore market recently. “The high end has been especially busy, particularly those properties with either a water view or water frontage,” Wood says, citing a waterfront property that included a main house, a guest house, a pool and a pool house that sold for $5,750,000 at the beginning of May.

With years of collective experience, the agents at Macdonald and Wood genuinely care about their clients and properties. “We have a couple of special waterfront properties on the market now, one of which has been in the same family for four generations,” Wood says. “It’s kind of sad that it’s leaving the family, but that time has come for the fourth generation to pass on the keys to someone else.

“We are all full-time people who take our business very seriously,” Wood says. “The fact that I’ve been in the business for so long and at least two of my colleagues have been in the business for more than 20 years, I think speaks volumes about who we are and our willingness to really go the distance to provide the best service we can to all of our buyers and sellers.”

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