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Property Briefing

This property at 24 Dickinson St. in downtown Amherst was the third-highest property transfer in Hampshire County for the week ending Feb. 8.

This property at 24 Dickinson St. in downtown Amherst was the third-highest property transfer in Hampshire County for the week ending Feb. 8. Purchase photo reprints »

For the week ending Feb. 8, the sale of a former fraternity house in Amherst was the highest recorded property transaction in Hampshire and southern Franklin counties, followed by sales of properties in Middlefield and Amherst.

Scott F. Garrett of Fairfield, Conn. acquired the 778 North Pleasant St. building that formerly housed Delta Upsilon fraternity at the University of Massachusetts for $500,000 in a January foreclosure auction. The property had been owned by University of Massachusetts Alumni of Delta Upsilon Inc., which had fallen behind on mortgage payments to Garrett, who held the mortgage. The property is now home to the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.

The second-highest transaction, for $335,000, involved the sale of a home on approximately 102 acres in Middlefield. Leah R. Kunkel of Northampton transferred the property at 16 Skyline Trail to Melissa A. Bressette of South Lee. According to published reports, the 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath home was built circa 1800 and features cherry floors in about 1,716-square-feet of living space. The property also has a two-car detached garage. The third-highest property transfer occurred in downtown Amherst where Scandinavian Seminar transferred a mixed residential/commercial property at 24 Dickinson St. for $306,000 to two individuals. The non-profit group, which runs study abroad programs to Scandinavia, sold a one-third interest in the property to Barbara L. Hawley of New Salem and a two-thirds interest to James E.A. Lumley of Pelham, land records show. Built circa 1900, the house has five bedrooms and two bathrooms in about 2,056-square-feet of space. It is located on a .38-acre lot that includes a sizeable outbuilding. The property is assessed at $301,200, according to town records.

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