Buying Land In The Berkshires - What You Need To Know | BIRCH Properties Blog

Buying Land In The Berkshires - What You Need To Know | BIRCH Properties Blog

When it comes to buying land in the Berkshires, there are several key factors to consider to ensure a smooth and successful purchasing process.

The Berkshires, a picturesque region in western Massachusetts known for its natural beauty and cultural attractions, is a popular destination for those looking to invest in land for various purposes such as building a home, starting a farm, or simply enjoying the tranquility of nature.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, it's essential to do thorough research on the area before making any decisions. Understanding the local real estate market trends, zoning regulations, environmental considerations, and potential future developments can help you make an informed choice. With expert guidance you can short circuit this process.

A property like 15 Konkapot Rd, is a great (and rare) example of a highly desirable property available here in The Berkshires. Located in New Marlborough, this lot rests just east of the sunny, private homeowners association pool area and tennis courts, and is one of the last available lots in the Colgate Farms Home Owners Association.  

Notably, the land is ready-to-build saving expense and time in preparing the site. The property has been surveyed, the well has been drilled, a septic system for 4 bedrooms has already been installed, private driveway with conduits underground for power and fiber internet have already been installed.

It is rare to find a parcel cleared and prepared to this degree and an enormous cost-savings in sharing private pool and tennis with a small group of neighbors. Cost of construction for a gunite pool these days is quite high.

As a resident of the Colgate Farms community, you share two tennis courts, large swimming pool, and of course, the charming pool house with kitchen and dining area, changing rooms and both indoor and outdoor showers!


SECONDLY, typically conducting a site visit to land you are interested in is crucial to assess its topography, soil quality, access to utilities, and any other factors that may impact your plans for the property. Doing this with an agent who is well-versed in land development is essential. As a landscape designer and master planner, Selina Lamb offers deep insights on land purchases. 

CONTACT US DIRECTLY TO GET A COPY OF OUR LAND BUYER'S CHECKLIST. This useful tool can easily help you determine whether or not your dream of building can become a reality.

It's a serious financial bonus, when you purchase a 'ready to build' site like 15 Konkapot Rd. Each of those expensive, and time-consuming, tasks have already completed!



ADDITIONALLY... working with a local real estate agent who specializes in land sales in the Berkshires can provide invaluable insights and guidance throughout the buying process. They can help you identify suitable properties that meet your criteria, negotiate the best deal, guide you to best-of resources for development and construction.

LASTLY, working with a reputable real estate attorney to review the contract and closing documents adds a layer of protection and ensure a smooth closing process.

BIRCH Properties’ roots go far deeper than the tools and techniques we use to achieve our clients’ goals.

You'll be happy to know that aside from our exceptional team of experts on Berkshire County, BIRCH Properties has a dedicated Transaction Coordinator, Sidney, streamlining the process at every stage of the purchase, giving us more time to focus on your needs.

Though we’re tech-forward in temperament, we’re connectors at heart who work tirelessly to ensure that you can start the next growing season of your life on fertile soil.

Real estate, to us, is about the well-being of others. We understand the challenges of building a home and assist you with compassion and experience through every aspect of your decision. From start to finish and long after, we stand ready to serve, always with a positive, upbeat attitude and an in-depth consideration of your needs.

You’ll find in equal measure our unparalleled follow-through and attention to every detail, win-win negotiations, and deep analysis and perspective — all punctuated by a fun, relaxed style.

Buying or selling, you’ll benefit from our comprehensive knowledge of the Berkshires, expansive international network, and fierce dedication to your bottom line, making the process of buying land in the Berkshires a rewarding and successful experience.





To request more details about building your dream home at Konkapot Rd, or other parcels that have piqued your interest, contact

Selina Lamb

413-331-7483 | [email protected]


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Selina Lamb is a study in contrasts — analytical yet creative, fun yet serious-minded, easygoing yet a fierce marketer and negotiator. She synthesizes years of experience in Berkshires' real estate; a liberal arts education from Williams College; a successful career at top U.S. fashion houses; and experience founding a nationally recognized landscape design firm into a real estate consultancy that centers around client well-being. Repeats and referrals comprise 98% of her business, and review after review mentions her market knowledge, vast network, warm sense of humor, and presence in her clients’ lives long after the deal has closed.
As a real estate partner, Selina aims to make people feel at home during each moment of the transaction, whether they’re seeking residential, commercial, or land development opportunities. A longtime Berkshires resident, she works tirelessly to plug her buyers into the community, ensuring they have every professional and resource they need to create fulfilling lives here. In addition, she leverages her expansive global network and marketing expertise to get her sellers’ properties maximum views, visits, and offers. Her future-forward service features tech, design, analysis, and humanity in equal measure — making it highly personalized and undeniably modern.
Selina’s unique approach comes from the circuitous path that brought her to real estate and back to the Berkshires. After graduating from Williams, Selina held executive roles for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, and Polo Ralph Lauren. During that time, she would escape to her Berkshire house on weekends to find delight in her garden, which inspired her to earn a graduate degree in site planning and landscape design. She eventually let go of her New York City address permanently and founded her acclaimed landscape design firm, which has been featured by Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and HGTV.
Selina’s design experience makes her an expert in envisioning clear and practicable solutions for presenting properties to their very best advantage, from staging to photography and beyond. For buyers and sellers, her wide breadth of knowledge of local regulations and permitting processes make her an invaluable resource.
Beyond real estate, Selina serves on the Williams College Parents Fund Committee and co-chaired the Emma Willard School Parents Fund Committee. In addition to gardening, she enjoys painting, skiing, and playing tennis.

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