Blog :: 08-2014

Spotlight: Arlington HOMES of the Week!

Happy Labor Day Weekend! It's going to be a great weekend to be out enjoying the final sights, sounds, tastes and smells of summer.


As we all know, buying, selling and owning a home is a labor of love <3. We have three lovely homes this weekend - one offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of history and the other offers relaxed, luxurious living with views only Arlington can offer.


Seeing is believing so come check them out this weekend. See you there!

155 -157 Westminster Ave.& 9 Montague St. 

"Francis E. Records House c. 1882" & "The Styles Barn c. 1890"   

155 Westminster

Two historical and unique properties are available for sale with just over 20,000 square feet of land. Seller prefers to sell both together asking price $1,395,000, but they could be sold separately. 155 -157 Westminster Avenue is the "Francis E. Records House C. 1882" Currently the house is used as a two family home. The first floor apartment was beautifully renovated in 2004 & is a spacious, 4 room 1 bedroom apartment with 1 ½ bathrooms and a magnificent kitchen. The unit also has central air conditioning and in-unit laundry. The second floor apartment is very spacious with two levels of living space & provides an equal balance of original charm &character with recent renovations. 9 Montague is "The Styles Barn C. 1890" which was a squash barn & was built around 1890. In 2002-2003, the current owners purchased the barn & restored it into what is now a single family house situated on an oversized parcel of land containing approximately 13,761 square feet of land. (MLS #71734253)

Listed: $1,395,000 (for both properties), or, $769,000 (155-157 Westminster) $639,000 (9 Montague St.)

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

19 Stone Road 

19 Stone Road

A rare and absolutely amazing custom built contemporary home offering a beautiful and dramatic open floor plan, great for entertaining and enjoying the outside. The two-story high living room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with large windows overlooking a private deck. Enjoy the open sky and distant views of the Blue Hills from the living room, dining room, deck and from the private balcony off the master bedroom suite. Offering three levels of living space you will enjoy working from home in one of two private, home offices. The floor plan is extremely flexible with open space and the windows allow fabulous sunlight to stream throughout the home. After a long day at work, is there anything more enjoyable than grabbing a bottle of wine from your wine cellar and relaxing in your private hot tub? There are 3+ bedrooms 2.5 baths, a fabulous kitchen and so much more, you need to see it to appreciate all that this home offers!

Listed: $849,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Route 3, Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic Lake, public transportation.


Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
9 Montague St. 4 2 2f 0h Antique $639,000
19 Stone Rd. 11 3 2f 1h Contemporary $849,000



Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
155-157 Westminster Ave. 13 4 3f 1h 2 Family $769,000



Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Everyone hang on to the last bits of summer! It's almost time pack up the sun screen and beach towels - and that just means it's almost time for school and the fall real estate market.

Imagine waking to the sunrise over the Boston skyline with the colors of fall surrounding Robbins Farm Park! This home is in a fabulous location with more space than meets the street-view eye. Come check it out this weekend!

73 Grand View Road 

73 Grand View Road

Brackett School! Lovely Skyline Views from this deceivingly spacious home with oversized addition and numerous updates. The wonderful 11-room Cape-style home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The first floor has a private master bedroom suite and there are two additional bedrooms on the second floor with a full bathroom. The addition has a lower level guest suite with a private bath, radiant heat and a separate entrance. When the addition was built, for precautionary measures the owners installed two sumps (one interior and one exterior) to ensure the guest suite would have no issues. There is a newer gas furnace with 2 zones and a 2 zone, high efficiency central air conditioning. There are newer windows throughout and the exterior will require a paint job in the near future. This is a great house with more rooms than appears from the street and is so close to the Brackett School and Robbins Farm, the kids will smell your cooking and know it's time to come home for dinner! (MLS# 71732225)

Listed: $679,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Robbins Farm Park, public transportation, Brackett School.

Own vs. Rent Still Preferable - If Possible

The old formula is still holding true: High rents + low interest rates = a good time to own vs. rent. Recently, our very own Erika Pereira was quoted in the Boston Globe article; Skyrocketing Rent has Tenants Searching Outside City, stating that, "We are not in a typical market by any means."

Buy Or Rent

No. No, we are not. Median rent in Arlington has jumped 10% from 2011 to 2014. As the KCM Group puts it, 'Either Way, You're Still Paying a Mortgage.' You can pay your landlord's mortgage, or you can pay your own and get the tax breaks that come with it, as well as contribute to your own net worth.

The fact that many renters are getting pushed out of their neighborhoods or forced to pay higher rent prices makes a strong 'own vs. rent' case. But, we're not sugarcoating anything by saying that owning is easy, either. Arlington single family homes have also increased by 16% from 2013 to 2014. However, inventory is loosening up and Arlington is still a more affordable alternative compared to neighboring towns of Lexington, Winchester, Belmont and Cambridge.

Owning vs. renting might mean leaving the city neighborhood you've become accustomed to. But it also means making an investment in your future. Suburban towns like Medford and Arlington have their own vibrant, walkable areas that won't make you feel like you're in minivan-land. Go to other under-the-radar towns like Burlington and Waltham and you might find homes with even more bang for your buck.

The question of whether to own vs. rent is dependent on your financial abilities and personal preferences - but it is certainly an option worthy of looking into.

If owning a home sounds preferable, give us a call. We'll help you figure out what's possible.


image via: Krasimira Nevenova

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Beat the fall rush and find your new home before everyone gets back from vacation! Summer real estate has been sizzling and inventory has opened up. But fall is coming and that means back to more competition among buyers. We have a great new listing at sought-after Watermill Place. This is fantastic condo-living that puts you at the heart of all that Arlington has to offer - public transportation, walkability yet with peaceful views of the courtyard and brook. You must check it out before it's gone!


1 Watermill Place, Unit #107

1 Watermill Place

Watermill Place! Enjoy spectacular views of the courtyard and the sound of the babbling brook from this fabulous two bedroom condo with its own private balcony. Located in one of Arlington's most sought after condominium buildings, this unit will be in high demand and will not last. The unit has newer carpeting and the interior was painted a couple of years ago. There will be a new Carrier heat pump and condenser installed in August. There are two parking spaces, one located in the carport and the other along the bike path in the parking lot. There is a gym on the first floor and additional storage space! (MLS# 71728945)

Listed: $349,000

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


Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
15 Wright St. 8 4 3f 1 h Colonial $1,125,000
17 Wright St. 8 4 3f 1h Colonial $1,125,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
9 Colonial Village Dr. U:11 4 1 1f Low-Rise $214,000
1 Watermill Pl. U:107 4 2 2f Mid-Rise $349,000
264 Mass. Ave. U:206 4 2 1f Garden $364,000
64 Wilbur Ave. U:64A 5 2 1f Townhouse $365,000
1283 Mass. Ave. U:2 5 3 1f 2/3 Family $369,000
64 Wilbur Ave. U:64 6 2 1f Townhouse $385,000
1057 Mass.Ave. U:1 6 2 2f 2/3 Family $399,900
125 Palmer St. U:1 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $417,000
2 Glenbrook Ln. U:12 6 2 1f 2h Townhouse $449,000



Spotlight: Winchester Home of the Week!

Winchester is always a hot market, and it's been particularly tough for buyers looking to become a part of the community. Inventory has been low and what's listed typically moves fast! That's why you don't want to delay on checking out this new listing - a wonderful townhome with both original details and modern updates.

Want to know what else sets it apart? It is more spacious than many S/F homes! Put this one on your must-see list!

Looking for something outside of Winchester? Check out our latest listings in Arlington and Medford!

12 Westley Street12 Westley Road

Extremely spacious 3-level townhouse with finished lower level. Renovated in 2000, this late 1800's home has lots of wonderful features and original detailing with lead glass windows, high ceilings and hardwood flooring. This grand townhouse offers a spacious living room, formal size dining room and a very spacious kitchen that was renovated in 2000. There are 3 spacious bedrooms on the second floor with a full size, updated bathroom. The third floor is a spectacular master bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings, private bathroom and large, walk-in closet. The lower level has tile flooring and is a perfect playroom or home office. The house was recently painted and the roof is newer. There is an extended driveway that leads to a two car garage and the yard is quite private and spacious. Close to Winchester Center, the train station, all the shops and restaurants just add to the value of this wonderful townhouse that is larger than some homes.

Listed: $499,000

What's Nearby: Winchester Center shops and restaurants, Mystic Valley Parkway, Mystic Lakes, Winchester Country Club, Commuter Rail, Muraco School.

Spotlight: Arlington HOMES of the Week!

No dog days of summer here! We have FOUR fantastic new listings in Arlington this weekend.

How can we possibly put these wonderful homes into words? Here are a few to give you an idea: Tasteful! Elegant! Convenient! Flexible! Bright! Meticulous! Spacious! Detailed! Picturesque!

Sure we can tell you all about them here, but seeing is truly believing -- and you need to see these homes to believe them!

Looking for some options outside of Arlington? See our listings in Winchester and Medford, too!

23 Elwern Road 

23 Elwern

Welcome Home! This lovely Cape-style home is conveniently located near McClennen Park, bus lines to Harvard and Alewife stations, and is in close proximity to Arlington Reservoir and shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights. This center entrance cape features an open floor plan which can be very flexible with the way its used. Some features include hardwood floors, split air conditioning, a wood burning fireplace, and partially finished basement. There are sliders leading out to the deck and flat, beautiful yard. There are two very spacious bedrooms upstairs and a full bath. The larger bedroom offers an abundance of closet space. The main level has another bedroom or home office. Numerous windows allow natural light to shine into this home. Lots of updates and renovations include the family room addition which was built in 2007, the roof was replaced in 2008, the deck was built in 2008 and the exterior was painted in 2008. This is just a wonderful home in a wonderful location!  (MLS# 71725247)

Listed: $549,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, McClennen Park, Arlington Reservoir, public transportation, Pierce School.

26 Cypress Road   26 Cypress

Built in 1983, this meticulous home is being offered for sale by the original owners and it reflects "True Pride of Ownership". Bright and sunny, the first floor has an open floor plan with a spacious living room that has a huge bay window and gas fireplace, the dining room is open to the kitchen which was updated less than 10 years ago. There is an oversized island, which is great for entertaining. The family room was added about 25 years ago and has a vaulted ceiling and direct access to the newer rear deck. Oh, and by the way? The yard is fabulous! There are three bedrooms on the main level and the lower level is beautifully finished with four more rooms that can be bedrooms, office, playroom and there is a second full bathroom. The house has central air conditioning, two zone gas heat, gas hot water, a laundry area, one car garage and so much more. The roof was replaced in 2006 (1 layer) many of the windows were replaced , the siding is 8 years old, electrical is 200 amp. WOW - this is it!  (MLS# 71725245)

Listed: $629,000

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

152 Crosby Street  152 Crosby

A gracious and classic brick front Tudor that has been beautifully restored with so many wonderful features I don't know where to begin - and I don't have enough space to describe all of them! Step through the front door and be greeted by magnificent hardwood floors and a beautiful staircase. Off the front entry hall there is a fabulous living room with a fireplace, crown molding and in-lay detailing on the floor which leads to the dining room with China cabinet, crown molding and chair rail. Also off the living room is a lovely den with access to the private patio and yard. There is a large kitchen with stainless appliances including vent hood & pot filler at stove. Upstairs features four large bedrooms and magnificent bathrooms on both the 2nd and 3rd floors. The master bedroom has incredible molding detail and a private, sitting porch. The lower level is finished with a family/play room. You just have to come and visit this home to see all the quality, custom features. It's elegant, yet comfortable. (MLS# 71725118)

Listed: $799,000

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

65 Columbia Road 65 Columbia

Equal parts luxury and location! Inviting, Gambrel Colonial located near Mystic Lakes and in close proximity to Arlington Center and Winchester Country Club. This magnificent home is surrounded by a picturesque setting. It has been meticulously maintained and has been tastefully updated. The master suite features an exquisite master bath with steam shower and bubble massage air tub and an abundance of closet space. The other 3 spacious bedrooms feature great closet space and share a magnificent cherry bath with whirlpool tub. Renovations to the kitchen include granite counters, well thought out layout, 36"Dynamic Cooking System (DCS) Gas Stove, and is partially open to the family room. Modern features are central air, central vacuum, garage, lower level playroom & and unfished room that is rough-plumbed for a future bath. With over 3000SF of space this home has something for everyone! (MLS# 71725119)

Listed: $879,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mystic Lakes., Winchester Country Club, Route 3, public transportation, Bishop School.

Arlington Real Estate 


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
199 Renfrew St. 6 2 1f 0h Cape $389,900
380 Appleton St. 7 4 1f 0h Cape $515,000
166 Washington St. 6 3 1f 1h Colonial $539,000
23 Elwern Rd. 7 3 1f 1h Cape $549,000
26 Cypress Rd. 11 4 2f 0h Split Entry $629,000
14 Heard Rd. 9 5 2f 0h Colonial $789,900
152 Crosby St. 11 4 2f 1h Tudor $799,000
65 Columbia Rd. 13 4 2f 1h Colonial $879,000
45 Tanager St. 11 4 4f 1h Colonial $949,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
135 Pleasant St. U:11 5 2 1f 0h Mid-Rise $385,000
1261 Mass. Ave. U:2 6 3 2f 0h 2/3 Family $399,900


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
55-57 Amsden St. 11 5 2f 0h 2 Family



Spotlight: Medford Home of the Week!

We've been talking about Medford as a sweet spot for Greater Boston real estate for some time now.

Affordability, walkability, space, and an easy commute into Boston are just some of the attributes that make it a hot spot.

Medford also just received a few notable mentions in the latest Best of Boston list - best donuts and best waxing center. And of course the last Green Line Extension station to be completed at College Avenue in Medford is just the icing on the, donut.

There's no doubt that Medford offers a viable alternative to its Somerville neighbor. Especially when you have a Somerville condo going for $71K over its asking price last month.

Medford has that still-under-the-radar cache that joins hipness with practicality. Practical because you have a more affordable housing stock to choose from, and all of the shops, restaurants, great schools and transportation options make it hip to be in Medford Square.

As experienced agents that live and work in Medford, we understand and appreciate the value of the homes in our neighborhoods. If you're thinking of buying or selling a home in Medford, please feel free to contact us.

Looking for a home outside of Medford? Check out our latest listings in Arlington and Winchester!

35 Newbern Ave.25 Newbern Ave.


Don't miss this great opportunity to own your own updated condominium in a terrific location.  Renovated in 2009, you will enjoy the granite countertops, open floor plan, outdoor space and ample storage. Off street parking and space for your bicycle, will simplify life!  The sizable master bedroom boasts french doors to the private deck and plenty of closet space, with built in shelving.  No more trips to the laundromat, when you have your own, in unit, laundry hook up, off the master bedroom!  Enjoy the summer months with central air, a private, exclusive use, deck and landscaped yard space, for pets and friends.  Enjoy the best of both worlds: Medford prices, yet live close to the Somerville line and all your favorite spots! Convenient access to Tufts University, Magoun and Davis Square, not to mention the planned Green Line Extension.  Medford was recently named "most affordable option for home buyers" by BostInno!

Listed: $239,000

What's Nearby: Medford shops and restaurants, Mystic Valley Parkway, Mystic Lakes, Commuter Rail, public transportation, Roberts School.

Q&A With the Home Advantage Team (HAT) Intern

Summer internships are not just about answering phones and filing papers (do people even have papers to file anymore?). It's about getting real-world work experience and life-skills.

The summer intern for the Home Advantage Team has to wear a lot of, well, HATs. This is a fast-paced environment that requires 1) Enthusiasm 2) Autonomy 3) People skills 4) Creativity 5) Computer savvy - and that's just the tip of the office iceberg.

Luckily, we have a great intern who is in her second summer season of working with the Home Advantage Team. We asked her a few questions about her experience here, and what her plans are for the coming years.

Q&A With Kasey Lam


So tell us a little bit about yourself - Where are you going to school? What are you studying?

I will be a sophomore at Penn State this fall and I'm studying Marketing with a double minor in French and Sociology. At school I am on the PR/Marketing team for Valley Magazine, Penn State's fashion and lifestyle magazine, I am the co-philanthropic chair for Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, and I am a member of the Cooking and Baking Club.

What's been your favorite class so far? Why?

Ironically my favorite class so far has not been a Marketing class but a Social Science class called HDFS 129. HDFS stands for Human Development and Family Studies and the class was about how children develop according to their upbringing/socioeconomic status and which methods of parenting are "better" (which was, of course, subjective at times). I liked the class because it got me interested in human studies as a whole, thus why I chose to minor in Sociology, but also because the class provided a lot of useful information that I can use when I'm a parent in the future.

How did you become an intern with The Home Advantage Team?

During the spring semester of my senior year of high school I was looking for an internship and my parents, who had a great experience buying and selling with Steve McKenna and the HAT Team, recommended I contact Steve. I contacted Steve and he had me come in for an interview (boy, was I nervous!). After interviewing me, Steve not only offered me an internship during the spring semester but an internship right away! I was able to continue this internship during the summer and then during college breaks.

What kinds of projects are you currently working on?

I get to do a lot of exciting projects for the HAT Team including designing postcards, designing key chains, creating CMA Packages and helping to market Holly Glen, the development in Burlington.

What's do like most about working with the team?

I like the fact that even though I'm younger than them (but not that much younger! ;)) they treat me like an adult. Every team member has a very fast paced schedule and they are always on the top of their game so naturally they expect the same from me. It is because they all have such strong expectations that I have grown both professionally and personally. I love admiring their work ethic; every team member works extremely hard to perform to the best of their ability for the clients. Steve works tirelessly so that ever seller's house is sold perfectly and that every buyer finds the home of their dreams.

What's do you like least? Be honest(ish) ;)

The amount of snacks in the office! I'm always tempted to eat all of them!

How do you think your work with The Home Advantage Team will prepare you for future endeavors?

The experience I have gained from interning with the HAT Team is invaluable. I have learned how to interact with adults on a professional level and perform in a fast paced office, skills that many don't learn until later in life.

Additionally, I have gained an appreciation and understanding of the real estate market. I now understand all of the different components that go into buying and selling a house. It's not all about how the house looks - the market, location and marketing tools you use are all extremely important! The marketing skills I have been able to use and fine-tune in the office will definitely help me down the line.

Any thoughts about what you want to do after college?

Right now I hope to work for a large snacking/fast food company such as Mondelez, Kraft or Yum Brands and then get my MBA/JD after a couple years of experience. I also hope to use my marketing skills to spread awareness about Malaria, a deadly but preventable disease that affects many people in third world countries.

This plan will probably change but I know that I definitely want to continue to use my marketing skills, whether that is through working on marketing campaigns for a Fortune 500 company or a nonprofit company.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Energetic, Diligent and Conscientious.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I've recently started playing badminton with my father! I got interested through my roommate who is on the club badminton team at Penn State and I plan on trying out for the team in the fall!