The mission of Alden Country Real Estate Services (ACRES) is to create a new business model for the practice of real estate in the Berkshires and beyond based on holistic and heuristic principles:

  • Holistic (adjective): Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
  • Heuristic (adjective): Enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves.
About Alden Country Real Estate Services


The vision of Alden Country Real Estate Services is to create a real estate business in harmony with the lands and environments that surround us; with respect to the communities in which we live; and in recognition that the needs of each customer are unique and worthy of honor and respect.


About Alden Country Real Estate Services

My guiding business principle is that for nearly every customer, whether a buyer or seller and at any price point, their real estate holdings are likely their most treasured and valuable asset. I consider it to be the highest honor and my greatest professional calling to provide the best possible guidance and management of every real estate transaction to the benefit of my customers and their property.

When it comes to how I envision my business, my motto is, “Bigger isn’t necessarily better, but better is always better”. Since I started selling real estate in 2005, the world of real estate has evolved and changed dramatically, both from within and from outside the industry itself. Despite all the financial ups and downs and technological changes I have witnessed, experienced, and embraced, the most consistent element has been the personal satisfaction I derive from establishing deep connections with my clients through their ever-changing and evolving real estate needs, and from having helped numerous customers through the life changes that come with any real estate transaction.

My abiding love for the natural beauty and wonder of our surroundings, respect for our local sustainable communities, and the human need that we all have for a place to call home motivates me to reflect these values in my business practices and to try to provide every customer an uplifting transactional and inter-personal experience.

Daniel Lenwood Alden

I am a lifelong native of the Berkshires with roots to the Pilgrim settlers of the original Massachusetts Bay Colony, a precursor to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. My family lineage is one of business and trades-people who built the backbone of many New England communities and traditions of  commerce, and I consider my role as a real estate broker to be in keeping with this tradition of service to my community and to the betterment of individuals of all cultural backgrounds and financial levels.

My wife and I live in Mill River, Massachusetts near the banks of the Konkapot River, the namesake of a Mohican Indian chief. As I built the house in which we live from the ground up and with the help of a dear friend and contractor, we both felt as if we were under the watchful eye of “The Chief”. Whenever a question arises about our property, I always ask myself, “What would the Chief like to see happen here?”

I strive to help each customer to find their own inner “Chief” in the home ownership experience and hope that my impact on our little corner of the world and every property-owner’s life that I touch has a positive and nurturing long-term effect.

When I’m not selling real estate (or sometimes in the midst of doing so) I enjoy hiking, motorcycling, reading, meditating, traveling, and soaking in as much art, culture, music, and big ideas as I can.