Blog :: 05-2013

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week: 12 Highland Ave., U:A

If you are sweating it out today, just picture the comforts of central air, a beautiful garden surrounding your home and a short walk to a top-rated Arlington Center restaurant. for dinner Because that's just what you'll get from our Spotlight Home of the Week!


 

There's no shortage of reasons to come hang out in Arlington this weekend - there's the Arlington Soapbox Derby, St. Athanasius Church's annual three-day Greek Festival, grand openings of Something Sweet Without Wheat and Anthony's East Side Deli, the Peirce School Spring Fair, and Arlington's Relay for Life.
 

Come for a visit, check out an open house and make Arlington your home!


 

A remarkable first floor condominium that is absolutely meticulous reflecting true pride of ownership! Offering magnificent sunlight, this bright and cheery two bedroom condo has a newer kitchen and bath, gleaming hardwood floors, newer windows, central air conditioning and lots of storage space. This is the perfect place to call home with a perennial garden, private parking, a terrific rear porch and an easy walk to all the fabulous shops and restaurants. There is a bonus room in the basement! (MLS #71533447)
 

 

Listed:$369,000
 

 

What's Nearby:Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway.
 


Scroll down to see other new listings in and around the area this weekend, and happy house hunting.


 

SINGLE FAMILY
 

 

Address
 
Rooms
 
Bed
 
Bath
 
Style
 
Price
 
39 Sunnyside Ave.
 
6
 
2
 
1f
 
Cottage
 
$325,000
 
3 Regis Rd.
 
6
 
3
 
1f
 
Cape
 
$439,900
 
314 Forest St.
 
7
 
4
 
1f
 
Bungalow
 
$489,000
 
109 Wright St.
 
8
 
5
 
3f
 
Colonial
 
$549,000
 
145 Newport St.
 
6
 
3
 
2f
 
Colonial
 
$599,000
 
104 Scituate St.
 
6
 
3
 
2f 1h
 
Colonial
 
$599,000
 
55 Venner Rd.
 
9
 
4
 
1f 1h
 
Raised Ranch
 
$640,000
 
176 Pleasant St.
 
9
 
4
 
3f
 
Colonial
 
$779,000
 


CONDO


 

Address
 
Rooms
 
Bed
 
Bath
 
Style
 
Price
 
17 Arizona Ter. U:11
 
3
 
1
 
1f
 
Garden
 
$159,000
 
7 Colonial Village Dr. U:10
 
4
 
1
 
1f
 
Mid-Rise
 
$168,000
 
49 Appleton St. U:11
 
3
 
1
 
1f
 
Other
 
$199,900
 
138 Madison Ave. U:2
 
5
 
2
 
1f
 
2/3 Family
 
$267,500
 
24 Prescott St. U:4
 
3
 
1
 
1f
 
Other
 
$269,900
 
128 Paul Revere Rd. U:3
 
4
 
2
 
1f
 
Other
 
$309,000
 
12 Highland Ave. U:A
 
6
 
2
 
1f
 
2/3 Family
 
$369,000
 
14 Wellington St. U:4
 
5
 
1
 
1f
 
Low-Rise
 
$389,900
 
7 Lewis Ave. U:7
 
7
 
2
 
1f
 
Townhouse
 
$449,900
 
144 Lake St. U:2
 
9
 
5
 
2f
 
2/3 Family
 
$549,000
 
25 Melrose St. U:1
 
7
 
3
 
2f
 
2/3 Family
 
$569,000
 
29 Harvard St. U:2
 
7
 
3
 
2f 1h
 
2/3 Family
 
$599,000
 
73 Medford St. U:73
 
7
 
3
 
2f 1h
 
Townhouse
 
$639,000
 
743A Mass. Ave. U:743A
 
6
 
3
 
2f 1h
 
Townhouse
 
$665,000
 

Spotlight: Remembering Those Who Have Served

Arlington has a rich history - after all, the official Uncle Sam called Arlington home - and there is no better place to remember those who have served our country than at the Arlington Memorial Day Parade. What looks to be a wet weekend should clear in time for the festivities on Monday at 9:30 a.m., leaving plenty of time for picnics and barbecues in the afternoon. But while you enjoy your day off, just remember to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country. In the meantime, check out the latest listings in and around the area this weekend, and, as always, happy house hunting.

 

 

Arlington's Other Battle Ground

We all know Arlington's history as a Revolutionary War battle ground, but it seems there's another kind of feud taking place on our streets - real estate bidding wars. If you didn't catch it, the Boston Heraldwrote an article, Bidding Duels Rife in Boston Suburbs. With an Arlington home as the focus, it's clear that we are on the front lines of the home selling action. Look closely at the sign in the picture and you'll see the Bowes Real Estate SOLD sign. As the listing agent for this property, I can tell you that SOLD signs are popping up everywhere, open houses are hopping, and just like 71 Bellington, Arlington homes are selling fast.    As you may already know, there are a few reasons for this significant uptick in real estate activity. First, interest rates have been the lowest in history, rents have been rising, inventory levels are still relatively low, and there is still a backlog of buyers that are getting off the fence and into the game. High demand and low supply is bound to cook up some competition. So what does this mean for buyers? I say, this is no time to wave the white flag. More and more homes are coming on the market every week. Attend as many open houses as you can. The more you see, the more confident you'll be in deciphering warning signs vs. potential, a money pit vs. a hidden gem. With proper preparation - review your credit scores, get a mortgage pre-approval, understand what you can afford, find a reliable and experienced agent - and most of all patience, you'll be ready when the perfect home comes along.

 

 

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week: 88 Paul Revere Road

The Boston.com real estate blog has an article on the s/f home vs. condo debate, and whether condos are perceived as 'hip' and single-family homes 'stuffy.' Hmm, we think that's like comparing apples to oranges while juggling pineapples. Luckily, Arlington has plenty of home options for the 'hip,' the 'stuffy' and everything in between.


Take some time to check out the new listings around town this weekend, including this great townhouse in Arlington Heights, and enjoy the fruits of your labor by finding a home that's just right for you.

This is a truly lovely and spacious townhouse with a fabulous open first floor plan. Bask in a charming living room with gas fireplace, custom crown molding and wainscoting, and follow it right into the spacious dining room. Enjoy entertaining with your gourmet-style kitchen with an oversized peninsula, stainless steel appliances, beautiful tile floor and sliders to a private patio. There are two spacious bedrooms and a full bath, plus a magnificent master bedroom suite with a private bath. The third floor has a terrific family room w/vaulted ceilings and a window seat. A must see! (MLS #71526760)


 

Listed:$599,000
 

 

What's Nearby:Dallin School, Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway.
 

 

Scroll down to see other new listings in and around the area this weekend, and happy house hunting.
 

 

SINGLE FAMILY
 

 

Address
 
Rooms
 
Bed
 
Bath
 
Style
 
Price
 
10 Day St.
 
5
 
2
 
1f
 
Ranch
 
$349,000
 
32 Newland Rd.
 
6
 
2
 
1f
 
Colonial
 
$449,000
 
2 Florence Terr.
 
6
 
2
 
1f 1h
 
Colonial
 
$525,000
 
241 Gray St.
 
8
 
4
 
1f 1h
 
Gambrel /Dutch
 
$585,000
 
20 Piedmont Ave.
 
6
 
3
 
1f 1h
 
Colonial
 
$585,000
 
334 Park Ave.
 
11
 
4
 
2f 1h
 
Colonial
 
$649,000
 
17 Park Circle
 
8
 
4
 
2f 1h
 
Colonial
 
$829,000
 

 

CONDO
 
Address
 
Rooms
 
Bed
 
Bath
 
Style
 
Price
 
2 Old Colony Ln. U:8
 
3
 
1
 
1f
 
Garden
 
$159,900
 
1 Arizona Ter. U:6
 
3
 
1
 
1f
 
Garden
 
$169,900
 
122 Decatur St. U:11
 
4
 
2
 
1f
 
Garden
 
$195,000
 
19 Dartmouth St. U:19
 
5
 
2
 
1f
 
2/3 Family
 
$349,000
 
11 Varnum St. U:3
 
4
 
2
 
1f
 
2/3 Family
 
$389,000
 
7 Bartlett Ave. U:2
 
6
 
3
 
1f
 
Townhouse
 
$410,000
 
10 Richardson Ave. U:1
 
6
 
3
 
1f 1h
 
Townhouse
 
$425,000
 
86 Newport St. U:86
 
6
 
3
 
1f
 
2/3 Family
 
$439,000
 
27 Harvard St. U:27
 
6
 
3
 
2f 1h
 
2/3 Family
 
$535,000
 
26 Lombard Rd. U:2
 
8
 
4
 
2f
 
2/3 Family
 
$550,000
 
40 Brattle St. U:16
 
6
 
3
 
3f 1h
 
Townhouse
 
$579,000
 
23 Russell Pl. U:23
 
6
 
3
 
2f 1h
 
Townhouse
 
$585,000
 
88 Paul Revere Rd. U:2
 
7
 
3
 
2f 1h
 
Townhouse
 
$599,000
 
152 Pleasant St. U:A
 
9
 
3
 
2f 2h
 
Townhouse
 
$839,000
 

 

MULTI-FAMILY
 

 

Address
 
Rooms
 
Bed
 
Bath
 
Style
 
Price
 
181 Summer St.
 
2 unit, 12 total
 
4
 

 

2 Family - 2 Units Up/Down
 
$550,000
 
122 Warren St.
 
2 unit, 8 total
 
4
 

 

2 Family - 2 Units Up/Down
 
$579,000
 
49-51 Mount Vernon St.
 
2 unit, 12 total
 
5
 

 

2 Family
 
$610,000
 
83 - 83A Lake St.
 
2 unit, 11 total
 
4
 

 

2 Family
 
$639,000
 

Spotlight: The Elusive Arlington Home

Available homes for sale in and around Arlington are still on the lower end of the inventory scale. But, where there is a challenge there is also an opportunity. It is a great time to take stock and truly understand what is on your must-have list, or where you might be willing to compromise.

Arlington homes for sale might feel like an elusive bunch right now, but if you're prepared, when the right house does come along a) you'll know it, and b) you'll be ready to make the right move.

In the meantime there are lots of activities in Arlington this weekend - you can join the Arlington Clean Team (ACT) for the first annual town-wide clean up event on May 11, 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Meet at the municipal parking lot on Mystic Street (Rt. 60) just north of Mass. Ave. (where the Farmer's Market takes place).

And of course, DON'T FORGET TO CALL YOUR MOTHER!

 

 

Wise Buys (and Smart Sells)

More and more people are coming out from their home-buying holding areas, ready to make a move this spring. But this is not the same market of one or two years ago, and emerging into this brave new world of real estate has some reeling.

So what makes a wise buy for smart-Mass. people looking for homes in the hopping Arlington area? Here are a few scenarios:
·       Buying the cheapest house on the nicest block (or town) and fixing it up. Assuming you have the time and means to do so.
·       Buying at the higher end of your budget if you a) plan to stay, or b) buy in an area known for real estate stability and appreciation.
·        Buying at the lower end of your budget if you a) plan to renovate, b) don't plan on staying long
·         Are able to negotiate fix-ups into the cost of the home (new roof, new furnace, etc.)
·         Buying near a good school if you have kids
·         Buying near public transportation if you have to commute
Maybe these seem obvious, but there are many buyers reacting rashly right now without looking at the bigger picture. Yes prices are rising and inventory is low, but there is no need for outright panic. The impact of low interest rates on the relative cost of a home still makes buying worth it in the long run, you just might need some additional time and effort to find something that's a fit.
So what's the wisest move of all? Knowing when to up the ante on an offer for a home you truly love, and knowing when to walk away when it becomes more than you bargained for.
Smart sellers, it really doesn't get any better than this. A culmination of low interest rates, a backlog of home buyers that are ready and able to get in the game, and little competition (for now) have made the real estate market very attractive for sellers.
Sellers who have been holding out and hoping prices will continue to rise so they can get an even higher price for their home are playing a game of Risk. No one knows how long interest rates will remain this low, and the market is so enticing right now that competition among sellers is heating-up.
So buyers and sellers, here's our tip of the day: Today's wise buys will prevail with patience, persistence, and purchase power. Smart sellers will get in the game while the getting's good and make the most of demand that's out there.

 

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week: 505 Summer Street

Arlington real estate is off to the races and homes are selling fast. However, there are plenty more homes for sale than there were just a few months ago, giving home buyers more options to choose from.



After you catch the Kentucky Derby this weekend, make some laps around town - odds are you'll find a home just right for you (we're betting on it!).


What a perfect starter home offering numerous updates close to parks, Minuteman Bikeway and school. Offering easy access to Boston and Cambridge, this Ranch-style home has numerous updates and is a great condo alternative. There is a large, eat-in kitchen and a spacious living room on the main level with two bedrooms and a bath. The lower level has a family room and bathroom. Updates include windows, electrical and much more. This is a great opportunity to live in Arlington and be close to everything! (MLS #71518024)


Listed:$349,000


What's Nearby:Pierce School, Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation.


Scroll down to see other new listings in and around the area this weekend, and happy house hunting.


SINGLE FAMILY


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

505 Summer St.

5

2

2f 0h

Ranch

$349,000

35 Joyce Rd.

6

2

1f 0h

Ranch

$389,900

91 Ronald Rd.

7

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$529,000

231 Appleton St.

7

3

1f 0h

Colonial

$545,000

61 Cedar Ave.

8

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$589,000

316 Park Ave

10

3

1f 2h

Colonial

$669,000

122 Claremont Ave.

7

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$685,000

1 Windmill Ln.

12

5

3f 0h

Cape

$1,200,000


CONDO


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

9 Ryder St. U:17

4

2

1f 0h

Low-Rise

$179,900

14 Mary St. U:14

4

1

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$309,000

56 Montague St. U:B

4

2

1f 1h

Townhouse

$349,000

134 Rawson Rd. U:1

6

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$355,000

21 Adams St. U:21

5

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$399,000

1426 Mass. Ave. U:5

5

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$425,000

15 Mystic Lake Dr. U:2

8

3

2f 0h

2/3 Family

$589,000

1428 Mass. Ave. U:6

6

3

3f 0h

2/3 Family

$625,000


MULTI-FAMILY


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

40-42 Sherborn St.

12

4

2f 0h

2 Family

$579,000