Blog :: 01-2014

What's So Great About That?

The Great Room. One of the must-have features of the 21st century home - right up there with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and master suites. But before you start knocking down walls, there are a few things you should consider when it comes to the layout of a home.
First, let it be known that the pros of an open concept are many. With the kitchen, living room and dining room combined, it is definitely a more social atmosphere. Plenty of cooks can be in the kitchen without spoiling the broth. An open concept often allows for more natural light and creates a feeling of airy spaciousness - particularly for smaller homes.
But too much of a good thing (or in this case, too few walls) can be cumbersome as well. For example, if you're entertaining, you may not want a direct sight line to the dirty dishes and leftover mess of the kitchen. And if you have kids, a separate play area can keep the noise n' toys from encroaching on the entire living area. Like to take an afternoon nap? Sounds downstairs can be echoey and carry right up to the second floor.
Don't get us wrong - great rooms can be pretty great. And we know that most buyers today have this on their short list. But as with anything, it's worth taking a critical eye to the idea of the open concept, and think about whether it makes sense for your personality and lifestyle.
They say good fences make good neighbors. Does the same theory apply within the home? Or are we better off opening up breaking down walls?
Tell us what you think! Are you happy with your open concept, or is it too much of a great thing?

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

We're not going to talk about the weather. We're just not. Instead, how about the fact that Red Sox pitchers and catchers head to Ft. Meyers in three weeks? Spring will be here before you know it!

And the spring real estate season means more competition among buyers, so best to get a jump on your house hunting now. Check out our latest listing, a fantastic opportunity to get into the area and enjoy all that Arlington has to offer!

1 Watermill Place U: 101, Arlington








Welcome to Watermill Place, one of Arlington's most sought after buildings! This highly desirable 1 bedroom 1 1/2 bathroom unit is located on level one which is above the carport and overlooks the peaceful view of the courtyard and brook. This sunny and bright unit has been recently painted and the carpeting just cleaned. There is parking for one car in the carport, space #18. This building is conveniently located close to the Minuteman Bike Path, Arlington Heights, public transportation, shops, and restaurants. Hurry as these units don't last! Open House this Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.! (MLS# 71625858)

Listed: $289,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center/Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, Old Swamb Mill, public transportation, Pierce School.


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
89 Wachusett Ave. 5 3 1f 0h Cape $475,000
17 Edgehill Rd. 8 4 1f 1h Colonial $699,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
161 Mystic St. 13 5 3f 0h 2 Family - 2 Up/Down $798,500


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
1 Watermill Place U:101 3 1 1f 1h Mid-Rise $289,000
8-10 Park Ave. Extension U:8 6 2 2f 0h 2/3 Family $399,000
76 Cleveland St. U:1 5 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $419,000
40 Brattle St. U:15 6 3 2f 1h Townhouse $549,000
10 Russell Place U:10 6 2 2f 0h Townhouse $599,000

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

This recently price-reduced new construction near Arlington Center has everything you've been looking for and more!

Close to shops and restaurants? Check! Great school district? Check! City views? Check! Top-of-the-line kitchen, master suite, bright and airy throughout? Check, check, check!

Built for entertaining, you'll have a perfect place to host your next play-off party.

Goooo Pats!

60 Edgehill Road, Arlington  

60 Edgehill Road

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Outstanding new construction located near Arlington Center, Mystic Lakes, and major routes. Attention was paid to every detail which was paired with the finest materials and finishes. The first floor features an open floor plan creating an airy space with lots of natural light. This side entrance colonial has a living room/dining room combination, featuring beautiful moldings and dramatic French doors, an oversized kitchen and eating area with sliders to patio and back yard, a family room with fireplace and sliders to the patio and backyard as well. The second level features a master suite with cathedral ceiling, master bath with custom tile shower and walk in closet, 2 beds, main bath, and a spacious laundry room. There are dramatic city views from the third floor multipurpose room (bedroom, play room, home office, or any of the above). There is also a full bath on the 3rd floor. There is an oversized garage, mudroom, and tons of storage space on the lower level. Surrounded by magnificent landscaping, this home has everything on your must-have list and more! (MLS# 71595065)

Listed: $999,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Routes 2, 3, Mystic Valley Parkway, Spy Pond, Alewife T Station, public transportation, Bishop School.

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

So how are those New Year's resolutions going? Let's face it, January - particularly this frigid January - can test anyone's resolve. So if you've given up on the 5 a.m. wake-up to go to the gym, we won't judge. But be sure to check out this Spotlight and you'll have no problem sticking to your goal of owning a new home in 2014! Boasting a fireplace, woodstove and plenty of sunshine, this home will make long, cold winters like this one cozy and comfortable.

27 Buena Vista Road, Arlington 27BuenaVista Don't miss this beautifully updated, spacious and sun-filled ranch, in the much desired Brackett/Dallin school district. This move-in ready home boasts newly refinished hard wood floors and fresh paint throughout, as well as generous closets and lots of storage space. The newer windows and spacious living room with built-ins, large bay window and fantastic fireplace will have you feeling cozy all winter long. Enjoy the new granite countertops and cool stainless steel appliances in the "eat-in" kitchen, with easy access to the private garden and a great size lot. The basement level provides bonus space for a family room, guests or a home office, including a half bath, plus an additional fireplace/wood stove. The driveway and garage parking, with basement access, make snow days easy. With an ease of living and a great location, close to transportation, parks, top rated schools, restaurants and shopping, you will enjoy all that Arlington has to offer from this welcoming home! (MLS# 71621287)

Listed: $659,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Route 2, Alewife T Station, public transportation, Dallin/Brackett School.


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
53 Broadway Ave. 5 3 2f Ranch $475,000
6 Crescent Hill Ave. 7 3 1f Colonial $499,000
177 Newport St. 7 3 2f 1h Cape $565,000
27 Buena Vista Rd. 6 2 1f 1h Ranch $659,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
18 Mott St. 12 total 4   2 Family - 2 up/down