Blog :: 05-2014

Spotlight: Arlington HOMES of the Week!

Tis the season for graduations, weddings, sporting events and of course, house hunting! We have three GORGEOUS new listings this week! These homes are brimming with charm and character, perfectly located to all that Arlington has to offer.

Wherever the weekend takes you, be sure to take yourself over to see these fantastic homes!

49-51 Appleton Street, Unit 849-51 Appleton

So you've been looking for a while and want something that is special and different. You want a place that has character and feels like a home, but you need the security of an association to take care of the snow removal and general maintenance. Well you have to visit this spectacular unit at the Idahurst Mansion. This is one of the largest and nicest units at Idahurst Mansion with gleaming hardwood floors, huge living room with fireplace, high ceilings and so much more. There are two levels of living space and the master bedroom is separate from the other living area. There are two bedrooms, a den and lots of built-ins, southern exposure and open space. It's close to everything! (MLS# 71689194)

Listed: $329,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Route 2, Dallin School.


17 Palmer Street17 Palmer

Spectacular investment opportunity! This 3 family home has been meticulously maintained and has been in the same family for years and truly reflects "true pride of ownership." The recent renovations include a completely remodeled first floor unit with brand new kitchen and bath, all new painting and floors refinished. This unit is vacant and is ready to be rented or occupied by the owner. The roof was installed in 1992, the windows are newer, the exterior was recently painted, all three heating systems were updated, lots of electrical upgrades and the other two units are meticulous. There's so much more to say, but it's better to see it. Call for showing schedule. Please do not walk on property without an appointment. As stated, this is a terrific rental property and is rare opportunity to find an investment in such good condition. Tenants have been there for a while and rents may be lower than market value! (MLS# 71689279)

Listed: $879,000

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


3 Pleasant View Road, Arlington 3 Pleasant View Road

Have you been looking for a stately Colonial situated on a picturesque lot in Jason Heights? Built in 1995, offering almost 3000 square feet of living space, this 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath home boasts many of the features one expects from a quality built home. Enter the grand 2 story foyer and take in the magnificent detail of the staircase and bannister above. The formal living room offers French doors and a wood burning fireplace. The kitchen is open to the breakfast area and the family room, which features custom built-ins and sliders out to the magical yard. The master suite features an area that could be a home office or nursery, a master bath, and closet. The third floor has flexible space that can be used as bedrooms, offices, or family rooms. Central air, two-car garage and plenty of storage space in the basement complete this wonderful home. Located near Menotomy Rocks Park, Route 2, and Alewife station this is a perfect location! (MLS# 71688950)

Listed: $995,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Menotomy Rocks Park, Route 2, Alewife Station.

Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
10 Nicod St. 6 3 1f 1h Cape $525,000
1 Carl Rd. 7 3 1f 0h Tudor $529,000
87 Overlook Rdd 7 3 1f 1h Colonial $595,000
75 Charles St. 7 3 2f 0h Cape $598,000
78 Beverly Rd. 6 3 2f 0h Ranch $699,000
37 Yerxa Rd. 8 3 2f 1h Colonial $699,000
85 Oakland Ave. 10 4 1f 1h Colonial $739,000
3 Pleasant View Rd. 10 5 2f 1h Colonial $995,000
4 Brantwood Rd. 11 5 3f 1h Colonial $1,165,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
49-51 Appleton St. U:8 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $329,000
128 Paul Revere Rd. U:2 5 2 1f  2/3 Family $339,000
46 Amsden St. U:46 6 2 1f 2/3 Family $414,9000
46 Magnolia St. U:A 5 2 2f 2/3 Family $489,000
26 Trowbridge St. U:1 5 2 1f Half-Duplex $499,000
6 Highland Ave. U:2 5 3 2f 2/3 Family $539,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
17 Palmer St. 10 4 3f 3 Family



Going Back...Wayyy Back (Real Estate #TBT)

In 1986 mustaches were not just for Movember. In 1986 a Tandy 600 Portable Computer was $1599.00, a Ford Mustang was $7,452, a gallon of gas was .89, and the Boston Red Sox played the New York Mets in the Worlds Series - and that's all we need to say about that.

If you were born in 1986 you're turning 28, so happy birthday. Or maybe in '86 you had big hair and braces and watched every episode of the Cosby Show. Or you might have tossed your Members Only jacket on the La-Z-y Boy recliner and listened to some Van Halen on your boom box after work.


1986 was a memorable year for me because that's when I began my career in real estate. Things were a little different back then for real estate, too:

  • Interest rates: 7.50%
  • Average cost of new house: $89,430
  • Median price of an existing home: $80,300
  • Average income per year: $22,400.00
  • Average monthly rent: $385.00


Twenty-eight years later and I have the same address on my business card - I also have the same commitment of providing each of my clients with the highest quality of professional service.

While these things have remained constant, Arlington real estate has changed throughout the years and I've adapted right along with it. Besides losing the mustache, I was the first person in town to have a PC, I was one of the first agents in town to launch their own website (, and I continue to hire staff and support which keep me head and shoulders above the competition.

#TBT is a fun way to look back to see how far we've come, but it's also a great reminder of why we keep moving ahead.

Spotlight: Medford HOME of the Week!

It's (un)officially summer!! So what if the weekend is looking a little damp and chilly. We New Englanders know that summer is fleeting and we will cram in as many backyard barbecues and trips to the beach as humanly possible.

Our latest listing is walkable to everything West Medford has to offer - making your summer days easy breezy. Imagine waking up and taking a short stroll down the street to this neighborhood gem - The Magnificent Muffin & Bagel Shoppe. As the Boston Globe describes, this is "a morning oasis in West Medford." Grab a coffee and bagel and hop on the commuter rail right across the street!

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend - please take a moment to say thanks and pay tribute to those who have served our country.

511 High Street, Medford

511 High Street

Fabulous brick front Colonial located in the heart of West Medford. This house actually fronts on Johnson Road but has a High Street address. Close to the commuter rail, shops and restaurants, you will love the convenient location. This well-built home has been in the same family for more than five decades and reflects true pride of ownership, providing many recent updates. You will enjoy adding your own touches and some needed cosmetic updating to make this home your own. The first floor has a traditional floor plan, offering a front to back living room with fireplace, a formal dining room and a den. The kitchen is updated and quite spacious, with a small breakfast area or butler's pantry. The second floor boasts a large master bedroom suite with private bath, three ample closets and two additional bedrooms, plus a guest bathroom. There is a full staircase that leads to the attic and a portion of the basement has been finished. Don't miss this wonderful home, in a great neighborhood! (MLS# 71685754)

Listed: $529,000

What's Nearby: Medford and West Medford Center, public transportation, Route 3, Mystic Valley Parkway, Commuter Rail.

We Sold it, You Told it

There are many reasons why client testimonials are an integral part of a successful real estate agent's business. For us, they build trust, validate our services and confirm our status as the #1 real estate team in Arlington. This latest testimonial is from a satisfied seller at Watermill Place.

Convenient to the Minuteman Bikeway, Mass. Ave. and everything Arlington has to offer, Watermill Place is one of the most sought-after condominiums buildings in town. As a rainmaker at Watermill Place for many years, I understand of the evolving pool of buyers interested in living there, and how best to market and sell Watermill Place homes.

We sold it, you told it.  Many thanks to Bill for your generous testimonial.

1 Watermill Place

Bill - Seller at Watermill Place in Arlington

Steve was very involved in the sale of our home at Watermill Place. As we began the process, a friend from a different town recommended another real estate agent in the area, but there was no comparison. Steve was well known, respected and highly recommended by everyone I knew at Watermill Place.

Steve stood out with his knowledge about Arlington and real estate in the area. He and I hit it off immediately and it was a pleasure working with him. Selling our home couldn't have been smoother - we had an open house on Sunday, two offers on Tuesday and selected an offer the next day.

We were very happy with the performance of Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team.

Spotlight: HOMES of the Week!

The spring home buying and selling season is marching on - are you in step? We have two new listings this week in Arlington and Winchester - both with tons to offer buyers interested in moving ahead with their home buying plans.

There is still plenty of time to find the home you've been looking for and be settled in time to enjoy the summer!

49 Alpine Road, Arlington  

49 Alpine

This is a charming Village Colonial located on a dead end street! Enter this enchanting home and see the large living room and dining room which is open to the renovated kitchen with granite counters, maple cabinets, newer appliances, and gleaming hardwood floors. The first floor also has a half bath and access to the yard. Upstairs offers three spacious bedrooms and a full bath. There is also a walk up attic which offers storage or could have possible future expansion possibilities. The lower level has a finished room with a faux fireplace that would be a great playroom or home office. Downstairs also has a laundry room and workshop area. Some updates include newer heating system, windows and roof. All of this is located a short distance to Pierce School, Mt. Gilboa and the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights! (MLS# 71681880)

Listed: $539,000

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

39 George Street, Winchester  

39 George

WOW! Looking for a great two bedroom townhouse in Winchester then look no more!  There is an open floor plan on the first floor with a bright living room and dining room and kitchen. The kitchen has updated cabinets and newer stainless steel appliances. Upstairs offers two spacious bedrooms and a full bath. Some recent updates include refinished hardwood floors and fresh paint. This unit is move-in ready! There is an unfinished basement which offers an abundance of storage space as well as the laundry hook-ups. There is an oversized side yard, a small rear yard and two parking spaces (3&4). This is a great property in a great price range! (MLS# 71681853)

Listed: $289,000

What's Nearby: Winchester shops and restaurants, Mystic Valley Pkwy, Mystic Lake, public transportation.


Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
140 Lowell St. 6 room, 2 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 2 1f 1h Colonial $454,900
141 Park Ave. Ext. 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 3 1f 1h Colonial $499,000
19 Edmund Rd. 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Colonial 3 2f Colonial $529,000
10 Ridge St. 7 room, 2 bed, 2f 0h bath Ranch 2 2f Ranch $539,000
63 Lennon Rd. 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Cape 3 2f Cape $539,000
49 Alpine St. 7 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 3 1f 1h Colonial $539,000
42 Hancock St. 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Cape 4 2f 1h Cape $559,900
278 Gray St. 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Raised   Ranch 3 2f 1h Raised Ranch $579,000
353 Washington St. 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Cape 3 2f Cape $599,000
6 Thesda St. 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 4 2f 1h Colonial $699,000
34 Ashland St. 7 room, 3 bed, 3f 0h bath Colonial 3 3f Colonial $699,000
28 Walnut St. 8 room, 3 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial 3 3f 1h Colonial $749,000
48 Oakland Ave. 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 3 2f 1h Colonial $869,000
216 Pleasant St. 10 room, 6 bed, 3f 2h bath   Colonial 6 3f 2h Colonial $1,600,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
9 Colonial Village Dr. U:6 4 room, 1 bed, 1f 0h bath Garden 1 1f Garden


993 Mass. Ave. U:120 3 room, 1 bed, 1f 1h bath Loft 1 1f 1h Loft $229,900
28 Laurel St. U:2 5 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath   Townhouse 2 1f Townhouse $349,000
29 Harlow St. U:1 5 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath 2/3   Family 2 1f 2/3 Family $409,900
64 Margaret St. U:64 6 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath Detached 2 1f Detached $419,900
112 Park Ave. U:2 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath   Townhouse 3 2f Townhouse $499,900
10 Gardner St. U:10 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Townhouse 3 2f 1h Townhouse $675,000


Spotlight: Home of the Week!

To all of the wonderful moms out there, we hope you had a great Mother's Day. In the words of a wise mom/author/blogger:

"And now that the festivities are done, let us celebrate being mothers the way God intended: in the quiet. While they're at school... I love them so much when they're at school... Real Mother's Day Comes Every Week and That Day Is Called Monday."

Still looking for that special home to call your own? Then this could be your Valentine. Be sure to check out this latest Arlington listing!

53 Valentine Road, Arlington  

Looking to own a wonderful cape style home with great curb appeal then this is the one you have been waiting for. This home has been well maintained and offers many updates that include new windows, roof, heating and electrical. This home features two bedrooms, living room, and spacious kitchen with sliders leading to an oversized deck. Looking for the potential for more space? There is a walk up attic and a full basement with a semi-finished room! The rear yard is level and fenced with a storage shed. It is close to the Dallin School and the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights. Enjoy easy access to Route 2 and public transportation from this terrific location! (MLS# 71677408)

Listed: $439,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, Route 2, Alewife Station, public transportation, Dallin School.

53 Valentine Road

Timeline to Today's Arlington Real Estate Market

We all know that Arlington is a hot town, with great schools, plenty of shops and restaurants and a hopping real estate market. But did you ever wonder how Arlington became the sought-after town it is today?

Listen to my in-depth talk on Real Estate Talk - Boston for more information 

A certain series of events paved the way - literally and figuratively - for Arlington to go from sleepy suburb to the vibrant, well-rounded community it is today.

1992: The Minuteman Bikeway was created. The Minuteman Bikeway runs from Alewife Station through the entire length of Arlington to Bedford. The bikeway is easily accessible to Arlington residents and directly impacted home values in town.

1995: Rent control in Cambridge was abolished. Following this rent 'decontrol,' rents at formerly controlled units increased sharply, causing many would-be renters to spill over into Arlington in search of more affordable housing.

2006: Long a dry town with restaurants only able to sell beer and wine to food-purchasing customers, voters approve the retail sale of beer and wine.

2014: With more than 100 restaurants today, Arlington has become a dining destination. Additional loosening of alcohol regulations could allow for more alcohol-serving restaurants to open.


All of these events (and more) have transformed Arlington into the town we live in today. Young working professionals are drawn to Arlington because of its walkability, accessibility, diversity, and the opportunities it affords to raise a family.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Chris Devin of Real Estate Talk - Boston about the Arlington Market. You can hear the complete interview about what makes Arlington such a great  place to live here.

You can also catch my segment on Sellers Tips (Can You Sell Your Home Yourself?) here as well.


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    Spotlight: HOME of the Week!

    There are plenty of open houses this weekend, and real estate in the area is looking #WickedStrong.

    Should be a great weekend for mint juleps, big hats and a fun Kentucky Derby - don't forget to put your bets on this hometown favorite.

    In the meantime, we're putting our bets on this fantastic new listing in Somerville! So much to offer, so close to everything - you don't want to miss out on this opportunity!

    94 Beacon Street, Somerville #28  

    94 Beacon Street

    Located a short distance to Inman Square, Harvard Square, & Union Square, this two bedroom condo is in the perfect location for shopping, restaurants, access to public transportation and boasts a Walk Score® of 89 ...Very Walkable! This corner unit is located in a brick mid-rise building and features an open concept living room and kitchen. There are 2 spacious bedrooms and bath and the unit features great closet space. There are lots of windows allowing an abundance of natural light into the unit. Some of the wonderful building features are: laundry on the first floor, assigned parking, elevator, on site superintendent and professional management company! (MLS# 71673440)

    Listed: $329,000

    What's Nearby: Shops and restaurants of Inman Square, Harvard Square and Union Square, Tufts University, public transportation.

    Arlington Real Estate


    Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
    56 Orient Ave. 5 2 1f 0h Bungalow $395,000
    255 Washington St. 5 2 1f 0h Ranch $399,000
    38 Cliff St. 6 3 1f 0h Colonial $499,000
    140 Wollaston Ave. 6 3 2f 0h Cape $600,000
    193 Old Spring St. 8 3 1f 1h Colonial $725,000
    7 Lorraine Ter. 7 3 3f 0h Colonial $729,900
    18 Oakland Ave. 7 3 2f 1h Colonial $785,000
    86 Sunset Rd. 9 3 3f 1h Colonial $839,000
    71 Eliot Road. 8 3 2f 1h Colonial $870,000


    Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
    18 Hamilton Rd. U:108 5 2 1f 0h Mid-Rise $329,000
    10 Willow Ct. U:B 6 3 1f 0h Other (See Remarks) $379,900
    96 Lake St. U:1 6 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $399,000
    176 Franklin St. U:2 8 3 2f 0h 2/3 Family $549,000
    239 Gray St. U:239 7 2 2f 0h 2/3 Family $549,900