Arlington Ma Real Estate

New Look... Same Great Team!

The Home Advantage Team

In case you missed it, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team have a new look, some fresh color, and a new logo to reflect our personal, hands-on approach to real estate.

But you might find yourself wondering: Why, Steve? You’re already the #1 team in Arlington, why bother?

Good question. And one we thought some of you might have, so we’re going to tell you the story of our mission. 

Our Story: The Home Advantage Team.

Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago (say, about 30 years), it was just Steve and his real estate dream. After a lot of working, networking, weekend open houses and many sold signs later, Steve created a successful business that required him to hire people so he could focus on providing the best possible client service.

Along came Erika to help with buyers and developers, Mitzi, to help with transaction coordination, additional agents Annie, Tracy, and Mike, Kristen for marketing, Donna for property coordination, and Carolyn for content and social media development.

Today, the business is not the one person show of 30 years ago, but a well-oiled team that has evolved to list and sell more homes than any other team in Arlington.

Such an evolution requires some freshening up. Could you imagine if Steve used a profile picture from 1985? We can’t either. 

Steve McKenna: The Early Years in Real Estate

 

So we got together and brainstormed. 

The Home Advantage Team brainstorming session.

We talked about where the team has been, where it is now, and where we want it to go in the future. We drafted. We designed. We laughed.

The Home Advantage Team: Sometimes you just have to LOL.

We revised. And then we went for lunch because it was noon and we were hungry.

The Home Advantage Team: Lunch Break.

Many, many, (many) emails and iterations later, we have a collective visual for who we are, and what we represent.

*THE LOGO:

The Home Advantage Team: Logo

The hands in the shape of a home. We really wanted to show that we care for our clients, and beyond that, we are truly protectors of their best interests – whether it’s buying, selling, downsizing redesigning, or building. The hands in the shape of a home convey just that. Which naturally led us to…

THE TAGLINE:

The Home Advantage Team: Tag Line.

Your Home is in Our Hands. Quite literally. We take the aggravation, stress, thousands of tasks and to-do’s that go along with buying or selling a home and we handle it all.

*THE COLORS: 

The Home Advantage Team: Design Colors.

Our main color is a navy blue (#21455 if you’re a design nerd like us) and it represents us in the truest sense:  trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence. The green (#BDCC74 ) is tied to safety, freshness, and energy.

Our true colors, shining through.

**THE SELFIE

The Home Advantage Team: Selfie Pic.

Yes, we have a standard team picture (see below): five standing in back, four sitting in front – say cheese! But we’re just not a standard team. We’re more dynamic than that. We like to work hard and have fun. The selfie pic is us. Sure, you’ll see the traditional team pic in some of our materials, but the selfie says, ‘The Home Advantage Team.’

Speaking of ‘The Home Advantage Team,’ we all know there’s no ‘I’ in ‘Team’, you’ll also notice ‘Steve McKenna’ is not part of the official logo name. Whaaaaattt???

Back up the bus.

Fear not, friends and clients. Steve isn’t going anywhere. He is still the master of all things real estate, and still our fearless leader. But back to one of the reasons why we have gone through this exercise -  to emphasize the team

The Home Advantage Team: Team Pic.

We are always surprised when people don’t realize that whether you’re listing or just looking, you get the whole team - and all of the support staff - as part of the deal. All of that expertise, knowledge, and know-how, at no extra cost.

So that's where we are – full circle (also part of our theme, by the way). 

The Home Advantage Team: Just Sold postcard.

Personal, professional service has been the foundation of our business for more than 30 years – and will continue now, and in the future.

We hope you like it. 

 

Many thanks to our design and photography partners who helped us through this process.

*Design development and branding direction credit go to Anjehlina Marsh.

**Team photo credits go to Kristen Chalmers Photography.

 

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Happy fall! It is officially pumpkin latte and sweater season (according to the calendar, maybe not the weather). Grab your coffee and take a stroll to these open houses around town. You never know what home you might fall in love with!

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

52 Washington Street, U:B, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

23 Harvard Street, U:1 Arlington Heights

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week & Open House Schedule!

Listings listings, listings! We are in full fall swing, so don’t leave the house without a schedule of Arlington open houses – after you come visit us at Arlington Town Day of course. We’ll be at the Bowes Real Estate booth with lots of fun giveaways. See you there!

 

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington Heights

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

52 Washington Street, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

36 College Ave., Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

33 Newman Way, U:2, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

7 Greenwood Road, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

364 Gray Street, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

18 Harvard Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

 

Relax. It's Summer. We've Got you Covered.

Who wants to think about moving when it’s a beautiful beach day? This summer especially, you have to take advantage of the sunny warm days when you can.

So go! We insist.

When you have Steve McKenna and The Home Advantage Team for your real estate needs, you’re not just working with one real estate agent. You have a talented staff of professionals searching for homes on your behalf, processing the paperwork, facilitating negotiations, researching neighborhoods, promoting your home  - so you can dip your toes in the ocean or get a quick nine holes in before lunch.

We cover a broad market in the Greater Boston area, and we cater to the specific needs of our buyers and sellers – from Millennials to Boomers and everyone in between.

So go out and enjoy some local summer fun - check out Reservoir Beach in Arlington, Medford Boat Club, Walden Pond in Concord, Charles River in Watertown, or just relax in that hammock that's been calling your name since June.

Summer is fleeting, but we’re not.

As the #1 REALTOR® and #1 real estate team in Arlington Massachusetts for 30 years, we’ve got your real estate needs covered.

Photo by Monkey Business

 

Three Truths and a Lie - Annie Kelly

Just when you think you know someone...

You may THINK we’re just a real estate team, but there’s more to us than meets the eye.

In case you missed it, we called out Mike Pallotta and Tracy Wallace on their three truths and a lie, and now we're going to see if Annie Kelly can dupe us into believing hers.

Can you guess the lie?

I am Annie Kelly and …

 

… I kissed the Blarney Stone.

… I met my husband in London, England.

… I am a six-time Bocci champion.

… I have been white water kayaking and hiking in the Alps.

Ponder that over your coffee, make your best guess, and head over to Three Truths and a Lie for the answer!

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

The land of the free, and the home of the brave (buyers)! What better way to kick off a 4th of July summer weekend than by checking out these new listings - amazing new construction and a two-family with so much opportunity!

Heading out of town for the holiday weekend? Don’t worry - we’re kicking off the open houses TONIGHT! Come on by! 

50 Washington Street, Unit 2, Arlington

Open House:

Thursday, June 29th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 1st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

50 Washington Street, Unit 2, Arlington MA

Elusive Arlington new construction in a prime location! This modern 3-bed, 2-bath, 2-level condo has a glamorous European flair that fits right in with your stylish tastes and contemporary preferences. Open concept living is flexible to suit your needs, and the layout feels spacious and welcoming. The modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances has clean lines and has all of the latest features. Upstairs is the gorgeous master suite with a master bath that feels like you’re at the spa - double sinks, chic tile, glassed-shower, plus walk-in closets you can get lost in! There is in-unit laundry, tasteful landscaping, and a traditional red door that says ‘welcome home!’ Conveniently located in a quiet location, close proximity to Arlington Heights, Mass. Ave., public transportation, shops and restaurants. So easy to hop on the Minuteman Bikeway, it’s a cyclist’s playground just a few pedals away! This is an amazing home, once you see it you’ll want to make it your own! (MLS #72190588) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $789,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Mass. Ave.

 

89 Alpine Street, Arlington Heights

 Open House:

Thursday, June 29th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 1st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

First timers, multi-generational buyers, contractors, don't miss this terrific two-family home close to schools, parks, transportation, the bike trail and Arlington Heights! Family owned for many years, this home shows pride of ownership throughout. You will love the open layout, clever built-ins, garage and long term potential of this great home. First floor unit boasts front porch entryway, mudroom with closet, fire-placed living room open to dining room, 3 bedrooms and kitchen with pantry, plus easy access to the garden. Second floor unit includes a mudroom/foyer with stained glass window and closet, living room with fireplace open to dining room and kitchen with pantry, plus easy access to front and back decks. The three bedroom layout offers flexible space to create a separate office or den. Windows are replacement and all the appliances are included. This home offers a two car garage and a lovingly landscaped garden. Enjoy the summer in your new home!! (MLS# 72190608) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $739,000

What’s Nearby: Minuteman Bikeway, Arlington Heights shops & restaurants, Trader Joe’s Starbucks Mass. Ave.

 

50 Washington Street, Unit 1, Arlington 

Open House:

Thursday, June 29th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 1st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

50 Washington Street, Unit 2, Arlington MA

Sleek, stylish and sophisticated new construction, this is a contemporary home-lover’s dream! This 2-level, 2-bed, 2-bath condo makes a statement the minute you walk past the freshly landscaped pathway and through the welcoming red door. There is a streamlined kitchen with stainless steel appliances, modern cabinets, and naturally flows into a large open concept eating/living area. The posh master suite has amazing walk-in closet with built-ins that basically organize everything for you. Glossy hardwood floors, fresh bathrooms with subway tiles, the latest fixtures, lots of windows for natural light, plus brand new heating and A/C. You don’t have to do a thing but move right in! Conveniently located with close proximity to Mass Ave, Arlington Heights, public transportation, shops and restaurants. So easy to hop on the Minuteman Bikeway, it’s a cyclist’s playground just a few pedals away! This is your opportunity to own new construction in Arlington! (MLS# 72190572) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $719,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Mass. Ave.

Three Truths and a Lie - Tracy Wallace

Just when you think you know someone...

You may THINK we’re just a real estate team, but there’s more to us than meets the eye.

In case you missed it, we called out Mike Pallotta on his three truths and a lie, and now we're going to see what Tracy Wallace has to say for herself.

Can you guess the lie?

I am Tracy Wallace and I … Three Truths and a Lie!

... speak 3 languages fluently.

... hate Mac n’ Cheese.

... was a ski instructor in high school.

... have a Dad who was a professional wrestler.

 

Think it through and head over to Three Truths and a Lie for the answer!

 

 

Spotlight: Arlington and Woburn Homes of the Week!

Here they are! FOUR new listings buffed up to perfection and ready for YOU! Be sure to plug this Open House schedule into your device and change your lunch plans if you have to – you’re not going to want to miss these home buying opportunities!

95 Ronald Road, Arlington

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

89 Hibbert Street, U:89, Arlington Heights

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

51 Wyman Terrace, U:B, East Arlington    

Thursday, June 22nd, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

165 Burlington Street, Woburn

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

See the full listings for each of these homes below!

 

95 Ronald Road, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Have you been wishing for a Bungalow style home that offers beautiful craftsmanship and wonderful period detailing? Well this meticulous 3+ bedroom 2 bath home makes all of your wishes come true. There are charming details galore! The lovely enclosed front porch opens to a foyer & fireplaced living room w/ big bay window. Take note of the beautiful staircase with stained glass windows. Built-ins, detailed moldings, and hardwood floors – there is a pleasant surprise around every corner. The dining room is very spacious, and the kitchen has a great layout with lots of cabinet space. A cozy family room is open to the kitchen. This wonderful home has many updates and as a bonus, the garage has been converted into a magnificent home office! The basement is partially finished plus lots of storage & work area. A covered back deck overlooks a lush backyard w/ utility shed, and stone walls. A quick stroll to Stratton School, parks and bike path. They just don’t build them like this anymore! (MLS #72187004)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $799,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Stratton School.

 

89 Hibbert Street, U:89, Arlington Heights

Open House:

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Built in 2013 to accommodate today’s discerning buyer, this 3 bed 2 ½ bath townhouse has it all! With over 2000S/F it feels like a single family home. Open concept first floor has access to the deck and fenced-in yard. A beautifully appointed kitchen featuring GE appliances, granite counters and a large island is a show-stopper and heart of the home. Attention-grabbing chair rail, shadow boxes and crown molding are throughout the first floor. The second level offers 2 spacious bedrooms walk-in closets, laundry, and full bath. Third floor master OASIS is complete with fireplace, oversized walk-in closet, tiled master bath, jetted tub, and separate sinks. Gleaming hardwood floors, central air, closet space galore, and garage parking are added perks. Mass Ave, public transportation, Trader Joes and Starbucks® nearby give a truly urban feel. Sutherland Woods, Hibbert Park, and Minuteman Bikeway counter-balance with a laid-back suburban feel. This home has it all and is not to be missed! (MLS# 72187070) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $795,000

What’s Nearby: Minuteman Bikeway, Arlington Heights shops & restaurants, Trader Joe’s Starbucks, Sutherland Woods, Hibbert Park.

 

51 Wyman Terrace, U:B, East Arlington    

Open House:

Thursday, June 22nd, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location X3! Built in 1913 and renovated in 2005, get the best of old world charm, luxury living and a fantastic location in this 3-level, 3 bed, 2.5 bath townhouse. Welcome home and kick back on your farmer’s porch in style. Enjoy the quiet tree-lined street of East Arlington, or take a quick stroll to the bike path, Spy Pond, East Arlington or Arlington Center shops and restaurants! This home has all the bells and whistles - an open-concept first floor, gleaming hardwood floors, 9’ ceilings, crown moldings, and A/C. The designer kitchen is a gem with all maple cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs boasts a large master suite w/master bath and Whirlpool tub. There is a rear yard and private back deck with seasonal views of the breathtaking Spy Pond. This home is more than livable, the location is beyond lovable! This is the chance to live in East Arlington that you’ve been waiting for! (MLS# 72187057) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $699,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Spy Pond, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station.

 

165 Burlington Street, Woburn

Open House:

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Beautifully restored 1840’s farmhouse with all of the modern amenities. Rich in history and located on a corner lot that once held the Doherty General Store. Vestiges of its original use include large oak display counters, intact storefront facade, and the original walk in “ice box” which will convert easily to a wine cellar. The jawdropping kitchen has beamed cathedral ceilings, SS appliances, and concrete counters & opens to a spacious living room w/ Bose Surround Sound entertainment center (included). There are 3 large bedrooms, a first- floor master bedroom/office suite (you pick), and a gorgeous mudroom with built-ins and a cedar closet for seasonal storage. Out back you’ll find a shady private back yard, patio, organic gardens and two-car garage. Out front you have original stonewalls, planter boxes and a welcoming front porch. Ideal home for commuters, work-from-home or the modern expanded family. All of this with easy access to Rt. 95, Rt.3, Burlington Mall and Wayside Commons! (MLS # 72187092) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $579,000

What’s Nearby: Burlington Mall, Wayside Commons, Route 95 Route 3.  

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

New listings are popping up like peonies and the Arlington real estate market is looking strong for buyers and sellers. We have three NEW listings this weekend:

  • Is a great home with lots of updates in a fantastic neighborhood on your list? Look no further than 87 Stowecroft!
  • Looking for a little more space outside the city, but still want that easy commute? Check out 35 Rockmont!
  • Want one of the best locations in Arlington for an active lifestyle? 30 Hamilton will make you stand up and sing!

Check the open house schedules below, beginning tomorrow and going through Sunday!

87 Stowecroft Road, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lovely open concept Cape situated on a dead end street a short distance to the Bishop School, playground, and easy access to public transportation. Leave your car in the attached garage and hop on the bus to Alewife Station, Harvard Sq, or Lechmere. There’s much to love about this location & home including the many recent updates: new roof and gutters (2016), newer hot water heater (2015), newer windows (2012), freshly painted walls and refinished hardwood floors. The main level has an updated kitchen with granite counters and opens to the large dining room which creates an easy flow throughout the space. Kick back and relax in the living room with the gas fireplace or in the updated three-season porch overlooking the fenced in backyard. A first floor bedroom and full bath complete the main level. Upstairs has three good sized bedrooms and ½ bath. The partially finished basement awaits all your HGTV inspirations. This home is not to be missed! (MLS #72182675)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $679,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Alewife Station, Harvard Square, Lechmere, Bishop School.

 

35 Rockmont Road, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A Cape that you will love to come home to! Looking for a little more space outside the city, but still want that easy commute? This well-cared for 2 bed, 1 bath home is a picture perfect starter home or condo alternative. The landscaped walkway w/ pavers, slate and stone make a welcoming first impression. The 1st floor has a nice entryway, circular flow, with an eat-in kitchen, dining room, & living room w/ fireplace. There are hardwood floors throughout, French doors, & plenty of natural sunlight makes it feel warm and cozy. Enjoy the screened-in back porch on warm summer nights, admire your large backyard, mature trees – and stay protected from the bugs! Upstairs has two good-sized bedrooms both with built-in dresser cabinets, full bath, linen closet and storage. All of this and easy access to public transportation, the Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic Lakes, Arlington Center shops & restaurants, close to the Bishop School and Arlington High. Kick off summer by making this home yours! (MLS# 72182687) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What’s Nearby: Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic Lakes, Arlington Center shops & restaurants, close to the Bishop School and Arlington High.

 

30 Hamilton Road, U: 104, Arlington

  Friday, June 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Talk about Location! Location! Location! Look out the slider at Spy Pond-think sunsets, swans, & spectacular views. Hop on the Minuteman Bikeway to Arlington Center or East Arlington shops and restaurants. Walk or bike to Alewife Station in minutes! This 2 bed, 1 bath condo has a tastefully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and lots of cabinet space. The open concept allows for beautiful views of peaceful Spy Pond from the main living areas. Sliders open to a private deck which is great for sipping morning coffee or evening cocktails. There is nothing to do but enjoy the summer breeze. With in-building laundry, 1 parking space, and some additional storage this is a must see! A true Arlington gem – close to everything yet you have biking, kayaking, and natural beauty at your fingertips. Don’t miss this chance for easy, maintenance-free living where you can accommodate an active life-style and still enjoy all the benefits of homeownership in Arlington! (MLS# 72182715) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $459,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Spy Pond, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station.

 

Three Truths and a Lie - Mike Pallotta

Just when you think you know someone. You may THINK we’re just a real estate team, but there’s more to us than meets the eye.

Did you know one of us was a nightclub bouncer, one of us owned a ’68 Camaro, and one of us is a 6-time bocce champion?

You probably know this classic get-to-know-you icebreaker can reveal surprises about people you’ve known for years. Check out our ‘Three Truths and a Lie’ and you might be surprised by what you learn about The Home Advantage Team.

We’re going to kick it off with the new guy (in case you haven’t heard, we have a new addition to the Home Advantage Team – Mike Pallotta!). If the name sounds familiar, he is our own Mitzi’s son (not a lie). And truth be told, he is a great addition to the team.

Can you guess the lie?

I am Mike Pallotta and I …. Three Truths and a Lie

… am a certified Rescue SCUBA diver.

… lived in Bermuda for 3 months.

… am allergic to bees.

… used to have a scorpion as a pet.

Mull it over, make your best guess, and head over to Three Truths and a Lie for the answer!