Blog :: 06-2014

Sneak Peek of the Week! 9 Simonds Road, Winchester

Coming soon - to a beautiful, sought-after, Greater Boston neighborhood near you!

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There's no place like this home! Custom-built in 1984, this contemporary home features dramatic high ceilings, oversized windows and skylights, spacious layout and details that set it apart from other listings.

Located in the sought-after Vincent-Owens school district at the end of a cul-de-sac, it features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, oversized 2 car garage and over 4000 square feet of living space. The private, beautifully landscaped yard on ½ acre will transport you to a serene, spa-like realm of relaxation! Don't miss this opportunity to own the Winchester home you've been waiting for!

Pricing and additional information available upon request.

Phone: 781.645.0505


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Spotlight: Arlington HOMES of the Week!

Hellooooooo summer! For all you Vinnie Antonelli fans, what a day for a mow, huh? We have three fantastic new listings in Arlington this week -  a condo that's a commuters delight with access to multiple modes of transportation, another with old world charm and walkability, and a single family home that's perfect for first-time buyers or those looking for an au pair suite.

Be sure to get out and enjoy this beautiful weekend and check out a few new listings!


281 Washington St.

281 Washington Street

Looking to settle in for the summer? Then this 8 room, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is waiting for you! This is the perfect home for first-time home buyers and for buyers looking for an au-pair suite with a private entrance, living room, bedroom and bath. Or use the space for use as a family room and private office. Enter this Garrison Colonial home and let the living room greet you with gleaming hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, and bowed windows which let in lots of natural light. The spacious dining room, also with beautiful hardwood floors, has great access to both the kitchen and the family room/au-pair suite. The upstairs offers 3 spacious bedrooms, and a full bath. Offering numerous updates; the interior of the house was just painted, a new high efficiency gas boiler, refinished floors, and a newer roof and windows. Conveniently located close to public transportation, the #67 is just down the street, Arlington Heights, and The Minuteman Bike Path! WOW! (MLS# 71705389)

Listed: $589,000

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

1059 Mass. Ave.1059 Mass Ave.

Absolutely gorgeous!!! This stunning and bright six-room condo is conveniently located between Arlington Center and Arlington Heights! Many of the noteworthy features include: gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings, open kitchen/dining room, double living room with pocket doors which can create a living room and an office, central air, master suite with large closet and in-suite bath, in-unit laundry, front and back porches, parking, and private storage room in the basement. The study can easily be used a third bedroom. Renovated in 2004 the kitchen features cherry cabinets, granite counters, and stainless appliances. Need to get to Alewife? Then hop on the #79. Harvard Square? Then catch the #77! This condo has it all... updates, easy of living and super-convenient location! (MLS# 71705548)

Listed: $395,000

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


19 Lewis Drive 19 Lewis Ave.

Move right in to this charming one bedroom condominium. Enjoy ease of living and a terrific location - a lovely side street just a short distance to Arlington Center, Mystic Lakes and the West Medford train. This Victorian condo boasts a touch of old world charm with its wide plank floors and high ceilings. There is one off street parking space included, an eat-in kitchen, large pantry, updated bath and additional storage in the basement. Wonderful sunlight streams through the many windows and the sliding doors, which open to a private deck and oversized yard, perfect for BBQ's, lawn chairs, and relaxing in the summer sun! (MLS# 71705549)

Listed: $229,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mystic Lakes, West Medford train, Mass. Ave., Stratton School.


Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
16 Temple S. 6 3 2f 0h Bungalow $619,000
281 Washington St. 8 4 2f 0h Colonial $589,000
6 Brattle Ter. 7 4 1f 0h Colonial $399,000
35 Surry Rd. 5 2 1f 0h Other (See Remarks) $395,000
15 Greeley Circle 9 5 3f 0h Multi-Level $699,000
20 Overlook Rd. 6 4 1f 0h Cape $439,900
40 Fabyan St. 5 2 1f 1h Cape $412,000
43 Brand St. 7 3 1f 1h Garrison $565,000
15 Kimball Rd. 8 3 2f 1h Colonial $699,000
74-2 Park St. 7 4 2f 1h Other (See Remarks) $734,500


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
97 Mystic St. U:97 5 2 1f 1h Townhouse $489,000
108 Decatur St. U:2 3 1 1f 0h Mid-Rise $209,900
14A Webster St. U:B 7 4 2f 0h 2/3 Family $634,000
7 Colonial Village Dr. U:6 3 1 1f 0h Garden $179,900
64 Wyman St. U:1 7 3 1f 0h Detached $549,000
66 Wyman St. U:2 8 4 2f 0h Detached $649,000
74-2 Park St. U:2 7 4 2f 1h Townhouse $734,500
1 Beacon St. U:1 8 4 2f 1h Townhouse $729,000
264 Mass. Ave. U:209 4 2 2f 0h Mid-Rise $450,000
1059 Mass. Ave. U:2 6 2 2f 0h 2/3 Family $395,000
19 Lewis Ave. U:1 3 1 1f 0h 2/3 Family $229,000
21 Albermarle St. U:21 6 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $359,000


Spotlight: Somerville and Woburn HOMES of the Week!

Whether you're a city slicker or suburb seeker, we've got the perfect homes for you!

City Slickers: The best deal in Somerville is right here - a great home in a great location that is reasonably priced (in fact the most affordable S/F home in Somerville right now!) won't last long.

Suburb Seekers: New construction built in 2012 has everything you need in a home - beautiful yard, plenty of space, new everything - plus a porch for sippin' tea on lazy summer evenings.

93 Moreland St., Somerville 

93 Moreland st.

Looking for a great place to call home and a wonderful condo alternative? Then 93 Moreland is the house for you. Located in the highly sought-after of Winter Hill this home has easy access to public transportation, I-93, Boston, the highly anticipated Assembly Row, shopping, and restaurants. This house gets great natural light, has maintained some period detail while adding some modern touches. The farmer's porch is first to greet you as you approach. There is a traditional layout with the living room and dining room. The kitchen has been updated and there is a great family room off the kitchen. From the family room step out onto the deck and enjoy the large fenced in back yard. Perfect for grilling and summer afternoons! Upstairs has a flexible plan with 3 beds or 2 beds and an office. The basement offers plenty of storage space. This is a great house in a great location! (MLS# 71701640)

Listed: $325,000

What's Nearby: Winter Hill, Assembly row, public transportation, shops and restaurants, Route 93.

35 Park Drive, Woburn 

35 Park Drive

Welcome to 35 Park Drive! Built in 2012, this 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home as everything you need for modern living. It's easy to imagine summer evenings sipping iced tea on the oversized farmer's porch. The dining room at the front of the house features crown molding, chair rail and shadow boxes. The entire back of the house consists of open kitchen, dining area, and family room. The kitchen has a large peninsula with enough seating for 3-4 chairs. The eating area has sliders out to the deck and huge back yard. The open family room has gas fireplace and plenty of room for everyone! Upstairs has an ample sized master suite with cathedral ceilings, walk-in closet, and master bath which features jetted tub, stand up shower, and double sinks. The 3 other bedrooms have ample closet space and are all good sizes. The second floor laundry room is an added bonus! Central air conditioning, large garage, and full basement add to everything you need! (MLS# 71701638)

Listed: $599,000

What's Nearby: Woburn Center shops and restaurants, Route 3, Route 93.

Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
17 Cottage Ave. 8 4 1f 1h Colonial $479,000
1 Brewster Rd. 7 4 1f Colonial $495,000
72 Crosby St. 7 3 2f Ranch $569,000
15 Janet Rd. 8 3 1f 1h Garrison $589,900
58 Paul Revere Rd. 9 5 3f Victorian $599,900
485 Appleton St. 8 4 3f Cape $649,900
8 Eastern Ave. 8 3 1f 1h Colonial $650,000
119 Ridge St. 9 4 2f Multi-level $669,000
23 Yerxa Rd 9 4 2f Colonial $669,900
12 Lakeview St. 8 4 2f Colonial $819,000
16 Foxmeadow Ln. 7 4 3f Cape $899,900
55 Venner Rd. 9 4 1f 1h Ranch $925,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
18 Moulton Rd. U:2 7 3 1f 2/3 Family $425,000
96 Milton St. U:96 6 3 1f 2/3 Family $469,900


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
82-84 River St. 2 unit, 11 total 5 total   2-Family $570,000


The Value of Your Home Could Be Soaring!

Unless your home happens to be under a rock, you've seen the news on the local housing market - low interest rates, low inventory and rising home values. But maybe you never paid much attention because selling your home was never really on the radar. You're pretty happy where you are and moving is such a hassle. Maybe someday.....

But what if the value of YOUR HOME is soaring beyond what you thought possible? Not 'someday' but right now?


During my career, I have not experienced this type of market and no one can predict where it is heading.  Your home is one of your most important investments. You should know its value, whether you're thinking of selling or not.

The difference one year can have on real estate is impressive. Take a look at the statistics below for comparisons of home sales in Arlington between 2013 and 2014. For example, there has been a 16% increase in the average sales price of a single family home, and a 35% decrease in days on market - meaning homes in Arlington are selling faster and for a higher price than ever before.

Right now is an amazing time for home sellers. 'Someday' could be a very different story.

Contact me for more information on these numbers, and for a free and confidential market analysis of your home.

Single Family Homes

Year # of Sales Avg. Asking Price Avg. Sales Price Days On Market
2013 75 $560,184 $568,729 40
2014 93 $641,684 $659,875 26

From 2013 to 2014, there has been a 24% increase in the number of sales, 14.5% increase in the average asking price, 16% increase in the average sales price, and 35% decrease in days on market for single family homes.


Year # of Sales Avg. Asking Price Avg. Sales Price Days On Market
2013 95 $369,135 $372,347 43
2014 74 $434,088 $442,861 25

From 2013 to 2014, there has been a 22% decrease in the number of sales, 17.5% increase in the average asking price, 18.9% increase in the average sales price, and 42% decrease in days on market for condo homes.

Multi Family Style

Year # of Sales Avg. Asking Price Avg. Sales Price Days On Market
2013 13 $560,292 $567,185 45
2014 10 $573,090 $613,050 49

From 2013 to 2014, there has been a 23% decrease in the number of sales, 2.3% increase in the average asking price, 8% increase in the average sales price, and 8.8% increase in days on market for multi-family homes.

*Data source MLS 1/1/14--5/31/14

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***Image via Mariusz Blach

Spotlight: HOMES of the Week

Looking for a local, fun way to celebrate Father's Day? Try renting a kayak or canoe with Dad on Spy Pond this weekend! Rentals begin Saturday, 6/14.

Of course there's always Father's Day Brunch at Tryst, the driving range at Stone Meadow, or just let him kick back and enjoy watching the US Open Golf, World Cup Soccer or the Red Sox. There are plenty of ways to show Dad that he is appreciated.

We have two great new listings this week, one in Waltham and one in Arlington. Put them on your list of must-see homes and enjoy the weekend!

15 Barnes Street, Waltham

15 Barnes Street

Cute as can be and more spacious than it looks! This meticulous three bedroom home is on a private street near Bentley University and the commuter rail. It has polished hardwood flooring and double pane energy efficient windows throughout. Amenities galore include: master bedroom with skylight, living room with recessed ceiling lighting, and a beautiful bay window including special designed window features. There are gorgeous designer lighting fixtures in living room and dining room. Kitchen has beautiful mat- finished stainless steel appliances: large refrigerator with freezer, sink, disposal, faucet fixtures, wall oven, wall microwave and stove exhaust hood. Counter tops are polished granite marble and there is plenty of cabinet space and closet space. Full baths have polished marble floors, beautiful porcelain sinks with lots of draws and cabinets. Finished basement has polished marble flooring. Separately controlled heat pump wall mounted ACs in bedrooms and living room. Move right in! (MLS# 71696955)

Listed: $415,000

What's Nearby: Waltham Shops and restaurants, Bentley University, public transportation, Commuter Rail.

15 Summer Hill Circle, Unit 2 Arlington

2 Summer Hill Circle

Looking for something different with the WOW factor? This exquisite townhouse is for you. Built in 2011 and located on the Minuteman Bikeway, this great home features an open concept first floor. Enjoy the fireplace in the family room, great dining room, spacious kitchen and living room, 1/2 bath and welcoming foyer. The kitchen is appointed with oversized cabinets, a cooktop, wall oven, built in microwave and a large island that is great for cooking preparation, or to use as entertaining space. The second floor has two bedrooms, a main bath, a great laundry room and master suite. The master suite features a walk in closet and master bath with tile shower, double sinks and a water closet. The 3rd floor is finished and can be used as flexible space. There is a two-car tandem garage with a mud room on the lower level. Plenty of storage space, exclusive use yard space, deck and great access make this a wonderful place to call home! (MLS# 71654685)

Listed: $729,000 (Price changed)

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

Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
341 Park Ave. 7 3 1f 1h Colonial $625,000
56 George St. 7 7 3f Cape $649,000
96 Churchill Ave. 10 4 3f Colonial $1,125,000
87 Alpine St. 5 3 1f Other $399,000
2007 Symmes Circle U:2007 6 2 1f 1h Multi-level $589,000
2008 Symmes Circle U:2008 6 2f 1h Multi-level $599,000
11 Wellington St 10 2f 1h Victorian $1,085,000
86 Blossom St 11 5 2f Colonial $629,000
75 Old Mystic Street 11 4 2f 2h Contemporary $1,190,000
15 Sleepy Hollow Ln 9 4 2f 1h Raised Ranch $675,000
94 George Street 8 3 1f 1h Colonia $595,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
118 Florence Ave. U:118 4 2 1f 2/3 Family $429,617
2006 Symmes Circle U:2006 6 2 2f 1h Townhouse $589,000
2007 Symmes Circle U:2007 6 2 2f 1h Townhouse $589,000
2008 Symmes Circle U:2008 6 2 2f 1h Townhouse $599,000
2010 Symmes Circle U:2010 6 2 2f 1h Townhouse $589,000
13 Quincy St. U:13 6 3 1f 2/3 Famiy $435,000
109-111 Milton St. U:1 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $419,000
89 Newland Rd. U:89 7 4 2f 1h Townhouse $629,000


15 Fun Real Estate 'Would Your Rathers'

It's always fun to imagine what you would do in certain situations -would you rather spend a luxury weekend on Nantucket or NYC? (Nantucket). Would you rather meet Big Papi or Tom Brady? (Tough one, but Tom). Would you rather have Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks? (Dunks).

Manos de un ejecutivo sujetando dos llaves,concepto de negocios.

Just for fun, we're giving you some real estate 'would you rather' questions to get you thinking about what your real estate choices say about you (and everyone else, of course).  Plus, if you're thinking of buying, your choices might shed light on certain must-haves - or rather nots.


So what are your real estate rathers? Take this quick survey and you might be surprised!


*image via: gosphotodesign


Spotlight: Arlington and West Medford HOMES of the Week!

Buyers, now is the time to make your move - like you're California Chrome in the home stretch of the Triple Crown.

It's going to be a fabulous weekend, best to get out of the gate quickly and check out these new listings!

59 Everett Street, Unit 2

59 Everett

Picturesque two-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 greets 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# 71693833)

Listed: $649,000

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

15 Osborne Road, West Medford

15 Osborn

Don't miss this tastefully updated home, perfect for the buyer seeking convenience, open floor plan and a great location! This home has it all and is a rare find, boasting a family room and a master suite, combined with the charm and appeal of a traditional colonial. You will enjoy the open floor plan without giving up your dining and living rooms. The spectacular kitchen with granite counters and a large island opens to a dining area and spacious family room, mud room area and a half bath. Perfect for family dinners and entertaining friends. The master suite boasts a large walk in closet, full bath and terrific open space. Three additional bedrooms and a great double sink guest bath with full laundry, complete the second floor. Enjoy summer fun in the spacious yard and cool off with central air. The winter will find you cozy by the fireplace. Close to train, bus lines, schools, playground and fields, shops, the Fells and all that West Medford has to offer! (MLS# 71693946)

Listed: $549,000

What's Nearby: West Medford Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, the Fells, 93, Route 16.

Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
16 Marrigan St. 5 2 1f 0h Cottage $325,000
71 Brattle St. 7 4 1f 1h Colonial $519,900
112 Westmoreland Ave. 8 4 1f 0h Antique $549,000
20 Benjamin Rd. 7 3 1f 2h Colonial $579,900
16 Hodge Rd. 9 4 3f 0h Raised Ranch $749,000
96 Columbia Rd. 7 3 1f 1h Colonial $799,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
10 Washington Ave. U:10 5 2 1f 0h Townhouse $324,500
57 Randolph St. U:57 5 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $399,000
135 Pleasant St. U:11 5 2 1f 0h Mid-Rise $419,000
62 Everett St. U:2 7 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $425,000
45 Newland Rd. U:45 6 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $439,000
35 Windsor St. U:35 5 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $495,000
37 Windsor St. U:37 6 3 1f 1h 2/3 Family $529,000
84 Webcowet U:2 9 4 2f 0h 2/3 Family $639,000
59 Everett St. U:2 8 3 2f 1h 2/3 Family $649,000
4 Mott St. U:4 7 3 2f 0h 2/3 Family $698,000


Detecting Your Smoke Alarm IQ

  1. How often should you change the batteries in your smoke detectors?Smoke alarm
  2. Should your detectors detect smoke or heat?
  3. Where should they be placed?
  4. How many carbon monoxide detectors should you have?
  5. Where should they be?

Knowing the answers to these questions not only boosts your smoke and carbon monoxide detector IQ, it could save your life.

According to a recent investigation by Good Morning America,

"When people buy smoke alarms, they may not know that there are two types on the market: the ionization alarm, which is generally faster to detect blazing fires, and photoelectric, which is generally quicker to detect smoldering fires. Ninety percent of homes have only ionization alarms, and they may not be providing all the protection people need."

Think about going to the beach - you want a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays because both are harmful in different ways. The same idea applies to smoke detectors - you need both the ionization to detect heat, and photoelectric to detect smoke in order to ensure maximum protection.

Arlington has its own set of regulations regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Regulations require only photoelectric smoke alarms within 20 feet of a kitchen or bathroom containing a tub or shower.  For locations outside this 20' limit, dual detection must be installed (both photoelectric and ionization) through either a single device or dual device.

Carbon monoxide detectors must be on every level, and specifically in any room connected or adjacent to a garage.

The Home Advantage Team accompanies the Fire Department Inspector for an inspection prior to every closing, and you cannot close on your home without the certificate.

We take the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors seriously - not because it's our job, but because it's important to the safety of our friends and clients.

If you're smart, you will, too.