Blog :: 07-2014

Spotlight: Holly Glen Homes of the Week

It's the final countdown! 10... 9... 8... There are only 7 homes left at Holly Glen and they are going... going... going to be gone fast!

This is your chance to live in one of Greater Boston's most vibrant areas - all the shopping and dining you could want in a town, with the peace and quiet you need in a neighborhood.

Your brand new Holly Glen home is waiting for you, but only if you don't wait too long!


Spotlight: Arlington HOMES of the Week!

It is HIGH summer, and HIGH TIME you found the home you've been looking for! Check out our latest Spotlights.... A wonderful two-level duplex that is walkable to all of Arlington Heights, and a contractor special that is a great real estate investment opportunity.

Also, make note that the Town of Arlington has a brand-spankin' new website:  Give a click and a look - the updated site will incorporate a fresh look, improved navigation, and new interactive tools.

36 Paul Revere Road, Unit 1  

36 Paul Revere rd

This fabulous two-level duplex is located in Arlington Heights close to Mass. Ave. and all the fabulous shops and restaurants, the bike path and the buses to Alewife and Harvard Square. The hardwood floors were just refinished and the interior was professionally painted. So, just move in and add your personal touches to this affordable duplex-style home and enjoy! There's a spacious living room that is open to the dining area and kitchen. There is direct access to the rear yard from the kitchen, which is perfect for the summer barbeques. The second floor has two spacious bedrooms and a full size bathroom. The lower level has a semi-finished room and a separate storage area and laundry room. There are two parking spaces located adjacent to the house. This is a wonderful place to call home! (MLS# 71714899)

Listed: $385,000

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

36 River Street

36 River St.

Attention all contractors! This is a great opportunity to renovate or develop this two-family home into something special. Offering a great location and a level lot, this two-family home has been in the same family for years and will need renovations. Seller prefers offers with the fewest contingencies and interested buyers should consider having an inspection prior to making an offer. The roof was replaced approximately 9-10 years ago, newer boiler and hot water tanks. (MLS# 71715343)

Listed: $399,000

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


Arlington Real Estate


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
19 Udine St. 6 3 2f 1h Colonial $469,900
5 Raleigh St. 5 2 1f 1h Ranch $479,900
9 Belknap St. 6 3 1f 1h Victorian $649,000
73 Grandview Rd. 9 4 4f 0h Cape $724,900
15 Grove Street Pl. 6 3 1f 1h Colonial $439,900


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
36 Paul Revere Rd. U:1 5 2 1f 0h Half-Duplex $520,000
15 Milton St. U:1 8 5 1f 1h 2/3 Family $399,000
13 Milton St. U:1 5 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $649,000
24 Everett St. U:2 8 4 1f 1h 2/3 Family $419,000
100 Melrose St. U:1 5 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $575,000
40 Brattle St. U:9 6 3 2f 1h Townhouse $225,000
108 Decatur St. U:6 3 1 1f 0h Mid-Rise $649,000
9 Belknap St. U:1 6 3 1f 1h Detached $520,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
63 Everett Street 13 5 2f 0h 2 Family - 2 Up/Down $699,000
36 River St 7 3 2f 0h 2 Family $399,000
13-15 Milton St 13 7 2f 1h 2 Family - 2 Up/Down $915,000


Six-Month Check-up

Now open your mouth and say, "Ahhhh... really want to buy a home." Just as regular wellness checkups are important to your health, checking in on housing trends are essential to your real estate-of-mind.


In case you missed it, check out our recent post, 'The Value of Your Home Could Be Soaring!' for the latest local year-over-year housing statistics. Whether you're thinking of selling or not, you should always understand the current value of your home.

About six months ago, back in December 2013, we spoke of 2014 being a transition year. Our predictions included prices and interest rates continuing to rise, with higher-than-normal home prices would benefit sellers. Lower-than-normal interest rates would benefit buyers. For the most part, these trends have been true to form.

But what should you keep an eye on in the coming months? A few big factors to watch over the next six months and beyond are:

  • First time buyers - often an indicator of housing health, first time buyers have been an elusive bunch due to difficulty in getting loans. This group is worth watching as they make their way into the housing market.
  • Job gains - Home sales have steadily increased, but job incomes need to keep pace in order to keep homebuyers in the market.
  • Interest rates - Existing homeowners have often chosen to refinance or rent out their homes to hold on to low rates. But rising rates and sales may shift by lenders to focus on loans for purchasing homes rather than for refinancing.
  • Lifestyle - More and more people are leaning towards a healthy lifestyle, and that includes walkability to public transportation, bikeways, and parks. Homes in these areas will increase in value.

If you're looking to buy, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® has reported that more homes have come on the market during the month of May than any other time since 2007.

"With new listings up significantly in May, overall inventory has the potential to move in a positive direction in the months ahead," according to 2014 MAR President Peter Ruffini.

Sellers are making a move, and things may be looking up for buyers. Sound interesting? Take two deep breathes and call me in the morning.


*image via: Wikimedia Commons: Stethescopes

Spotlight: Greater Boston HOMES of the Week!

It's World Cup fever time! Even Boston sports fans can't argue that World Cup soccer has been exciting to watch. The battle for third is Saturday and the finals are on Sunday. But if you're more 'football' than 'futbol' there's plenty to do around Arlington this weekend. The Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party is on Saturday, and the Shakespeare in the Park - A Midsummer Night's Dream is on Sunday.

We have two amazing new listings this week! First, our sneak peek is out of the bag! 9 Simonds Road is your ticket to Winchester living. And 73 West Street in Medford is beautifully redone and boasts views of the Mystic River!

9 Simonds Road, Winchester 

9 Simonds 6

Custom-built in 1984, this contemporary home is a one-of-a-kind with modern touches that will make it feel uniquely yours. Located in the sought-after Vincent-Owen district at the end of a cul-de-sac, features include a grand entryway, dramatic high ceilings, oversized windows, plentiful skylights, and fabulous use of space. The kitchen is decked out with stainless appliances, skylights and ample cooking space for entertaining. There is a large family room with a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, dining room w/ fireplace and access to the deck and formal living room. Upstairs is the over-sized master suite with a spa-like bath, additional 2 bedrooms and one that has its own private deck! There is a huge basement, office, upstairs laundry, an oversized 2-car garage and over 4000 sq. ft. of living space. The wraparound deck showcases the property's private natural beauty, and the landscaping and stonework are second to none! This is the Winchester home you've been waiting for! (MLS# 71710747)

Listed: $1,149,000

What's Nearby: Winchester Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mystic Lakes, Vincent-Owen School.

73 West Street, Medford

73 West Street

Converted in 2006, this two-level townhouse has many 'wow' factors! Enjoy cooking, eating and lounging at the back of the house overlooking the expanse of green space and the Mystic River beyond. The kitchen features a center island, stainless steel appliances and granite counters. The cathedral ceiling and wall of windows in the open living room and family room give the space lots of natural light and an open airy feeling. The master bedroom features sliders out to the front porch, master bath with jetted tub, and spacious closet. There are two other spacious and bright bedrooms and a main bath on this floor. The third floor can be used as flexible space for office, playroom, or additional family room. The fourth bedroom is also located on the third floor. A laundry room is located in the basement, parking for 3 cars, and conveniently located near Routes 16, 93, and 2. Did we mention direct access to Boston Harbor via Mystic River?! (MLS# 71710914)

Listed: $419,000

What's Nearby: Medford Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Commuter Rail, Mystic River, Routes 16, 93 and 2.


Arlington Real Estate


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
97 Mystic St. U:97 5 2 1f 1h Antique $489,000
15 Hazel Terrace 8 4 2f 0h Contemporary $499,000
124 George St. 7 3 1f 1h Tudor $559,000
37 Fordham St. 9 3 2f 1h Colonial $598,000
78 Stowecroft Rd. 7 4 2f 0h Cape $629,900
173 Spring St. 8 5 2f 0h Colonial $689,000
341 Lake St. 9 4 1f 1h Colonial $699,000
216 Oakland Ave. 9 3 2f 0h Colonial $749,000
96 Jason St. 14 6 3f 2h Victorian $1,450,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
9 Arizona Ter U:1 3 1 1f 0h Garden $149,000
215 Mass. Ave. U:20 3 1 1f 0h Hi-Rise $272,000
215 Mass. Ave. U:19 3 1 1f 0h Hi-Rise $272,000
47 Mystic St. U:5B 4 2 1f 0h Mid-Rise $339,900
14 Rockaway Ln. U:14 5 2 1f 1h Townhouse $349,900
28 Peirce St. U:28 5 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $399,000
15 Jason Ter. U:1 8 4 1f 1h Townhouse $649,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
36-38 Hemlock St. 11 2 2f 0h 2 Family - 2 Up/Down $579,000
58 Rawson Rd. 11 4 3f 0h 2 Family $699,000
120-122 Lowell St. 13 7 3f 0h 2 Family - 2 Up/Down $699,900