Arlington MA

So What IS The Arlington Home Stroll?

If you're tired of trying to find a home in Arlington, we'll open your eyes to 20+ new homes coming soon at The Arlington Home Stroll on Sunday, 1/28 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Common Ground Arlington.

What exactly is The Arlington Home Stroll, you ask? Good question.

The Home Stroll is like a virtual walk through more than 20+ homes, townhomes and new construction that we have coming on the market. It is an exclusive opportunity to get the inside scoop on these new opportunities.

There are no physical open houses; rather we will have renderings, photos, floorplans, descriptions and in-depth info regarding the specific neighborhood for each of the homes. We'll have all of this information conveniently at one location (Common Ground, 319 Broadway, Arlington). So no need to bring an extra pair of walking shoes, just bring your real estate questions.

We will be addressing common questions home buyers face today, such as,

  • How do a sell and buy a home at the same time?
  • Can I find new construction in Arlington?
  • What mortgage options are right for me?

You’ve been waiting long enough. Now is the time to get the ball rolling, and kick off 2018 with a plan to find the home you’ve been looking for.

Contact us today to reserve your spot: 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com

The 2018 Arlington Home Stroll

Attention Arlington Condo Owners!

As a condominium owner in Arlington, you might be interested to know that, in 2017, condominium values in Arlington increased more than 8% over the previous year. As of January 12, 2018 there were ONLY TWO condominiums available for sale in the entire town!  This lack of inventory is unprecedented and has contributed to the increase in condominium values. 

What does this mean for you?

The very limited supply combined with high demand means, if you are thinking of selling, your timing is perfect.  Let us help you get moving!  Now is the time to capitalize on the current market condition, no one really knows how long this lack of inventory will last.

Contact us for a comprehensive market analysis to understand the value of your condominium and the current market conditions. There is no cost, no obligation, and all information is confidential. 

Join Us for the 2018 Arlington Home Stroll!

Looking to buy a house in Arlington? This is the time to get in the market - and this is the event to attend!

Do you have questions? (How do I buy? Can I buy & sell at the same time? How can I finance a home?) We have the answers.

Join us for a sneak preview and “stroll” through Arlington with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage team, including:

  • Single Families
  • Condominiums
  • Multi-Families, AND
  • 18+ New Construction Homes

We will take you on a tour of these fantastic homes, the neighborhoods, and we'll answer all your questions.

Contact us today to reserve your spot: 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com.

*This is an event for non-real estate professionals.*

When Did you Buy Your Arlington Home?

There’s nothing like a new year to remind us that time flies (whether you’re having fun or otherwise). 

In the blink of an eye, the kids grow up, trends shift, technology changes and it can leave you wondering why you still have a flip phone and a stroller in the garage when the kids are in college. 

Four decades and thousands of home buyers and sellers later, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team understand that time can sneak up on you.

Think about when you bought your Arlington home. Was it in the 1960s when the average home cost $19,482? Or the 1980s when the average mortgage rate was a whopping 17.16%?

If the New Year means a resolution to reassess your plans for the future, we can put you on the right path in no time.

Contact us today, and we can provide a free and confidential market analysis of your home to talk about your options, possibilities and a plan that’s right for you.

Here's to a Happy New Year!

Do You Remember When You Bought Your Arlington Home?

 

The Home Advantage Team Featured in The Patch as Part of Small Business Saturday

In case you missed it, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team were featured in the Arlington Patch as part of an ongoing series focusing on small business owners in the city.

See what Steve has to say about some of the best things about Arlington, what he sees as the biggest struggle, and where he sees Arlington in the future.

For the full article, click here.

*Note: our Small Business Saturday promotion is still happening! Hop over to our Facebook page and leave your name in the comment section of the Charlie Brown Christmas post and we'll leave two free tickets for you at the Regent

Will you do anything special or have any special promotions on Small Biz Saturday? 
As a real estate team (and a small business ourselves), we support our local Arlington businesses and organizations in a number of ways. We are a proud sponsor of the Regent Theater, and for Small Business Saturday we will be hosting a Facebook promotion. Anyone who likes our page on SMB will get 2 tickets to The Boston Children's Theater production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at the Regent on December 9 at 1 p.m. We have a limited supply, so will be on a first come first serve basis.

When did the business open?
Steve has been associated with Bowes Real Estate, Real Living for nearly 30 years and Bowes Real Estate has been a part of the community for over 70 years

What made you decide to go into this type of business? And why here? 
Steve is originally from Allston and believes that being sincere and honest are the key to success in any industry. But real estate in particular is a business where a positive attitude and strong work ethic goes far. Steve lives and works in Arlington, has a deep understanding of home values, neighborhood dynamics, schools and all the critical factors that come into play when making important real estate decisions.

What do you like best about it?
Arlington is a town unlike any other, and its mix of social and cultural capital have made it one of the most sought-after suburbs in Greater Boston. As a densely populated town that enjoys many benefits of being close to Boston and public transportation, it also has a thriving business community of its own that makes it vibrant place to live and work. Young working professionals move here from the city because it's more affordable yet still has that urban feel. Families move here because of the good schools and kid-friendly amenities. Downsizers move here because of the vibrant arts scene. As we like to say, come for the city-like vibe, stay for the family-like atmosphere.

Biggest struggle?
Right now inventory a big struggle. There are so many buyers who want to live in Arlington, but there are a limited number of homes available on the market. This isn't unique to Arlington, in general, housing availability in Greater Boston is relatively low. So if you live in Arlington and are thinking of selling, this is a great time. Buyers on the other hand need to be savvy about the real estate process so they are prepared when something does become available that suits their needs.

What do you see for the future?
I think Arlington will continue to grow and evolve, but its identity which has diversity and culture at its core will always be there. We have so many smart, talented people in town with great ideas and a vision to make the community a strong one – both now and in the future. 

Politics and business - how does it affect yours?
It doesn't, really. Buying or selling a home is such a personal endeavor. It does not really cross the realm into politics – unless you're talking interest rates. But even so, it generally stays under the political radar.

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Today is Bastille Day, so let us eat cake and visit some open houses! You will say ooh la la when you walk into these fantastic listings.

We have a great opportunity to get into the Arlington market, and two new construction condos that were built to impress.

Check out the times below and we’ll see you there! Au revoir!

 

9 Ryder Street, Unit 15, Arlington Heights

Open House:

Saturday, July 14th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For sale: 9 Ryder Street, U:15, Arlington MA

Looking to get into the Arlington market? Enter here! If convenience, location, and access to public transportation are high on your home-finding checklist, then this is the place for you! This bright and sunny 2-bed, 1 bath condo is in a low-rise condo complex with a functional layout for easy living. There is an updated open kitchen with plenty of cabinet space. The open concept living area is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. There are hardwood floors throughout, ample closet space, built-ins, A/C, assigned parking (space "N"), and common coin-operated laundry. The master bedroom is spacious and second bedroom is good-sized with ample closet space. Hop on the Minuteman Bikeway and make your way to Arlington Center or stroll Mass. Ave. to the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights. Also conveniently located near Rt 2, and is easily accessible to Rts 16, 3 and 128! This is a fantastic opportunity to own in Arlington! (MLS# 72197349) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $310,000

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

 

50 Washington Street, Unit 2, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, July 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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.

 

50 Washington Street, Unit 1, Arlington 

Open House:

Saturday, July 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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.

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Temps are chilly but East Arlington condos are hot! Come down to the open house at 59 Everett Street TODAY, 5/12 from 11am - 1pm or tomorrow 5/13, 11am - 1pm. See you there!

59 Everett Street, Unit 2, East Arlington

Open House:

Friday, May 12th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 13th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Picturesque 2 level condominium located on a lush corner lot in East Arlington. This unit boasts lots of natural light, gleaming hardwood floors, natural molding, and modern conveniences. A beautiful open family room greet you at the top of the stairs. There is a gas fireplace and mantel with beautiful detail in the woodwork. From there you enter the living room through the French doors or exit to the front porch. The dining room has a beautiful built-in china closet. Enter the kitchen and be wowed by the granite counters, stainless appliances, access to the knotty wood porch, and the 1/2 bath. Upstairs has 3 spacious bedrooms, the most interesting dual bathroom set up, and laundry. There is a patio, yard, garage parking, access to public transportation, and so much more! This is a great opportunity to move into Arlington and be settled for summer! (MLS # 72162912)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $739,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station, Mass. Ave.

The Best of the Best of the Best

We’ve been seeing a lot of rankings lately, and they shine a pretty nice light on our piece of the world.

First, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2017 "best high schools," Arlington High comes in at #12 out of 86 high schools in Massachusetts.

Then we learned that according to a Niche 2017 ranking of the "Best Places to Live" in Massachusetts, Arlington came in with an A+ at #29 out of 491.

And finally, according to a U.S. News and World Report ‘Best States’ ranking for 2017, Massachusetts earned the #1 spot.

So basically, calling Arlington home means you have one of the top High Schools in a town that’s one of the best in the state, in a state that’s the best in the country.

Proximity to some of the best universities in the world, innovative healthcare, and hospitals, all within a vibrant community with great schools, parks, shops and restaurants - it doesn't get much better than this.

If you want to make the best of the best of the best your home, too, then call the best of the best in real estate – Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage team has been Arlington’s  #1 real estate team for nearly thirty years! Our local expertise is your advantage in a competitive market.