Blog :: 09-2011

Your Arlington Open House Weekend Update

There are lots of great homes for sale in Arlington this week - single family, condo and multi-family options, oh my! Click your heels three times and you'll see why there's no place like your own home.



SINGLE FAMILY



Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

45 Alpine St.

6

3

1/1

Colonial

$469,900

66 Hutchinson Rd.

7

3

2/0

Ranch

$585,000

6 Pawnee Dr.

8

3

3/0

Ranch

$629,000

11 Lantern Ln.

8

4

2/1

Colonial

$829,000

35 Hutchinson Rd.

10

5

3/1

Colonial

$850,000


CONDO


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

16 Old Colony Ln. #3

3

1

1/0

Low-Rise

$164,900

24 Swan Pl. U:B

6

3

3/0

Half-Duplex

$499,900


MULTI-FAMILY


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

10 Magnolia St

18

3

3/0

3 Family

$699,000



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    Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 12 Highland Ave., Units A and B

    We have a home sharing the spotlight this week - 12 Highland Ave., Units A and B. Both units are in the Brackett school district and an easy walk to all the shops and restaurants Arlington has to offer. They each have gleaming hardwood floors, newer windows, central air, and extensive storage space. Enjoy the perennial gardens from the rear porch and park in your own private off-street spaces.


    Unit A is on the first floor with two bedrooms, one bath, and a bonus room in the basement. Unit B is on the second floor with four bedrooms including a master suite and two baths.


    What's Nearby: Public Transportation, Shopping, Park, Walk/Jog Trails, Bike Path, Brackett School, Minuteman Bikeway
    Address: 12 Highland Ave., Arlington, MA
    Unit A Listed: $375,000
    Unit B Listed: $495,000


    Contact me for additional details. 781.645.0505, steve@yourhomeforsale.com.

    Organizing 101

    Think about how many hours you have spent looking for your keys. How about the remote?  Or that thing you swear you put here but is no longer anywhere?
    Organization is one of those life skills that should be taught in college. It would certainly be more useful than, say, 'Intro to Beverage Management,' (which is a real college class by the way). Being organized is a building block for a more productive and efficient life - and let's face it, the less time you spend looking for your keys, the more time you have to practice your beverage management skills.
    Here's a video from Real Living with some quick and easy tips to get you on a path to a more organized life.

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      Your Arlington Open House Weekend Update

      Do some sight-seeing this weekend without leaving town! Check out these new listings and see what's hot in the Arlington market.



      SINGLE FAMILY



      Address

      Rooms

      Bed

      Bath

      Style

      Price

      126 Hemlock St.

      5

      2

      1/1

      Cape

      $380,000

      34 Brantwood Rd.

      6

      2

      2/0

      Colonial

      $698,000


      CONDO


      Address

      Rooms

      Bed

      Bath

      Style

      Price

      114 Pleasant St. #405

      3

      1

      1/0

      Mid-Rise

      $215,000

      1 School St. #208

      4

      1

      1/0

      Mid-Rise

      $299,900

      15 Exeter St. #15

      5

      2

      1/0

      2/3 Family

      $319,900

      12 Highland Ave. U:A

      6

      2

      1/0

      2/3 Family

      $375,000

      38 Lafayette #38

      7

      3

      2/0

      2/3 Family

      $439,000

      12 Highland Ave. U:B

      9

      4

      2/0

      2/3 Family

      $495,000


       

      MULTI-FAMILY


      Address

      Rooms

      Bed

      Bath

      Style

      Price

      64-66 Franklin St.

      18

      5

      2/2

      2 Family - Side by Side

      $689,000



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        Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 132 Warren Street, Unit B

        Move right in to this bright and spacious second-level condominium. Recently converted in 2006, this home is situated on a corner lot in close proximity to Arlington Center's well-known shops, restaurants and The Minuteman Bikeway.

        With high ceilings, hardwood floors, a fireplace and an open living room/kitchen area, this is a perfect home for entertaining friends and family. The kitchen is appointed with granite counters, maple cabinets, and GE appliances. A large bedroom and bath are on the main level, and a master suite with an office and a wonderful deck are located upstairs.

        This welcoming and pet-friendly condo comes with 2 parking spaces, air conditioning and storage.  Don't miss out on a great opportunity to live in Arlington!

        Ideal Buyers: Buyers looking for the best of both urban and suburban living.
        What's Nearby: Public Transportation, Shopping, Restaurants, Park, Walk/Jog Trails, Bike Path, Thompson School
        Address: 132 Warren Street, Unit B, Arlington, MA 
        Listed: $449,000
        Contact me for additional details. 781.645.0505, steve@yourhomeforsale.com.

        5 Important Factors to Consider When Buying a Home

        Clearly there are more than five factors to consider when buying a home. However, there are certain factors which weigh more heavily than others - and if you're looking to establish yourself in a strong community that is likely to give you a return on your investment, you'll want to think carefully about your criteria.
        The Boston Globe recently reported that some Massachusetts areas are experiencing a rise in home values. Despite the subprime crisis and the economic downturn, there are areas that appear resistant to real estate fluctuation.
        Included in its list of strong and growing real estate communities is Arlington. Time and again, Arlington has remained stable in the face of real estate challenges. But what makes a town desirable? What keeps it from getting dragged down in tough economic times? Whether it's Arlington, Brookline, Manchester, or Winchester, these factors have consistently resulted in strong community reputations:
        ·         Good school systems. Whether you have children or not, a good school system is often an accurate reflection of a town's investment and commitment to its community. If the schools are suffering, other services and amenities may start to slide as well.
        ·         Proximity to Boston or other large cities. Proximity to a city means access to arts, jobs, activities, entertainment and public transportation.
        ·         Proximity to universities. Not all growing areas are near Boston. Granby in Western Mass. enjoys similar benefits because of the influence of multiple universities nearby.
        ·         Proximity to a strong employment market. It's hard to pay your mortgage if you can't work. It's hard to work if there are few employment opportunities. Cities and universities offer a multitude of job opportunities, as opposed towns that are dependent on one or two major employers.
        Prioritizing the must-have features of a town is a good place to start when considering a new home. Once you decide on where you want to reside, you can begin chipping away at the qualities that are most important to you in a home.

        Weather or Not - Tips to Insulate your Home

        Temperatures are falling and it's time to start thinking about weatherizing your home for winter. There are quick and easy steps you can take now to stay ahead of the game - and there are longer-term weatherizing techniques which can have big savings in the long run.  
        For example, install a programmable thermostat, use caulking and weather stripping, insulate your pipes, or at the very least, listen to your mother and put on a sweater!
        In the meantime, here are some tips from Lowe's Home 101, with easy ways to make your home more energy efficient, presented by Real Living.

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          Your Arlington Open House Weekend Update

          Warm days + cool nights = happy house-hunting. There are fourteen new listings this week in Arlington. Grab a coffee, a paper and make plans to find your new home this weekend!



          SINGLE FAMILY



          Address

          Rooms

          Bed

          Bath

          Style

          Price

          351 Summer St.

          6

          3

          1/0

          Colonial

          $369,000

          60 Dothan St.

          6

          3

          1/0

          Ranch

          $389,900

          15 Buena Vista Rd.

          6

          2

          1/0

          Colonial

          $409,900

          9 Morton Rd.

          8

          3

          1/1

          Raised Ranch

          $515,000

          254 Florence Ave.

          8

          3

          2/0

          Cape

          $580,000


           

          CONDO


          Address

          Rooms

          Bed

          Bath

          Style

          Price

          9 Colonial Village Dr. #8

          3

          1

          1/0

          Other

          $90,000

          24A Prescott St. #5

          7

          3

          1/0

          2/3 Family

          $359,000

          81 Cleveland St. #1

          5

          2

          1/0

          2/3 Family

          $379,000

          64 Marathon St. #1

          6

          3

          1/0

          2/3 Family

          $379,900

          135 Pleasant St. U:21 (aka #7)

          5

          2

          1/0

          Mid-Rise

          $415,000


           

          MULTI-FAMILY


          Address

          Rooms

          Bed

          Bath

          Style

          Price

          72 Rawson Rd.

          11

          4

          2/0

          2 Family

          $474,900

          151-153 Westminster Ave.

          13

          5

          3/0

          2 Family - Up/Down

          $575,000

          53-55 Newland Rd.

          13

          5

          3/0

          2 Family

          $589,900

          30-32 Jason St.

          18

          8

          4/0

          2 Family - Side by Side

          $829,000



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            A-Town Celebrates

            Arlington has a lot to be proud of. History, community, economy, lakes, theater, restaurants, and a host of other reasons why we like to call this town home. Town Day is our day to celebrate what we love most about Arlington.
            There are more Town Day activities than you can shake a Spy Ponder hockey stick at, beginning Thursday night. Here's the gist of the activities from the Arlington Town Website to get you started:
            Town Night is Friday, September 16, 2011 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Spy Pond Field.
            Town Night offers entertainment, children's activities, food, and fireworks at Dusk!
            Town Day is Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            Town Day takes place on Massachusetts Ave. from Pleasant Street to Mill Street.
            There are booths offering craft exhibits, bake sales, educational displays, raffles, club membership information, games, food vendors, and/or other such "fair type" activities.
            Bowes Real Estate is a sponsor of town day and the YourHomeForSale Team will be there in full force, with reusable shopping bags for all of your goodies, and bottled water to wash down the fried dough. Plus, Bowes is sponsoring FREE pony rides behind the Robbins Library. Complimentary photos will be uploaded to the Bowes website, so be sure to check the homepage next week for a link to download and print your photos!
            The Bowes booth will be on the corner of Water Street and Massachusetts Ave., across from the library. Stop by to check out our listings and speak with our agents about all of your real estate needs. 
            Finally, you should check out this digital scavenger hunt sponsored by The Computer Café. It's a great concept and looks like a lot of fun. Plus, you'll feel oh-so tech savvy! Here's how:
            Go to The Computer Cafe Booth on Town Day with your smartphone, iPad2, or iPod Touch (camera). Scan the first QR Code and off you go. Each code will send you to the next. If you finish them all you will get a second chance in winning one of the two grand prizes.
            Enjoy the day, and don't forget to stop by and say hi!

            Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, Summer Hill Circle

            We showed you the 'BEFORE PHOTOS,' now check out the 'AFTER PHOTOS' at Summer Hill Circle!

            We have chronicled this new construction project in photos to show you step-by-step the care and attention to detail that go into building a new home. See how frames and concrete have been transformed into beautifully detailed structures.  

            An open first floor includes a fireplaced family room, living room, dining room, and kitchen appointed with gorgeous cabinets, custom island, granite counters and GE appliances. Walk up to the 2nd floor to find 2 beds, a full bath, laundry room and a master suite featuring a walk-in closet, and a master bath with custom shower. An open, bright and sunny 3rd floor gives you flexibility to make it what you like. Finish it off with a deck, garage parking, wonderful views and you have a great place to call home.

            We are featuring 2 Summer Hill Circle, Unit #1, but you'll find the following features in each of the four available attached homes:

            o          Open floor plans
            o          Spacious master suites with bath
            o          Three levels of living
            o          Gas fireplace
            o          3 bedrooms
            o          2 ½ baths
            o          Exceptional detailing
            o          2 car garage

            Summer Hill Circle is a Ruping Companies project. Headed by Gary H. Ruping, the Bedford, Mass.- based firm has earned a well-deserved reputation throughout Eastern Massachusetts for superior construction, service and customer satisfaction among home, apartment and condominium owners.

            Ideal Buyers: Great opportunity for buyers who like the amenities of a new home and convenience of low-maintenance living.

            What's Nearby: Public Transportation, Shopping, Park, Walk/Jog Trails, Bike Path, Stratton School

            Address: 2 Summer Hill Circle, Unit #1, Arlington, MA (next to 50 Washington Street)

            Listed: $719,000

            Contact me for additional details. 781.645.0505, steve@yourhomeforsale.com.