Blog :: 11-2014

Spotlight Home of the Week!

Happy almost Thanksgiving! So what's your favorite dish - the turkey? The stuffing? Mashed potatoes? Or Grandma's gelatin with its 'secret' sauce? We love it all! Wishing you and yours a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

If you need to burn off that extra turkey leg this weekend, walk on over to this open house on Saturday. This is a fantastic home in a great neighborhood and it won't last long!

21 Oakledge Street

21 Oakledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful single family home located close to the Pierce school. Boasting great curb appeal with garage parking and a quaint yard. The first floor features an open flow kitchen, dining and living room. There is a lovey built-in china cabinet in the dining room and wood burning fireplace in the living room. There is hardwood under the carpet. Upstairs offers 3 spacious bedrooms, a built-in linen closet, and stairs to the walk up attic. The master bedroom features a tin ceiling. Some recent update...Read Mores include newer windows, newer hot water heater and newer heating system. Close proximity to Arlington Heights, public transportation, and the bike path make this a wonderful place to call home! (MLSPIN: # 71772124)

Open House: Saturday, November 29, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Listed: $399,000

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

 

We Bring a Lot to the Table

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to reflect and feel grateful for health, family, friends, and good food. It is also a time to take stock of where you've been and what your next chapter is going to be. If you're a long-time homeowner, you have a lifetime of memories surrounding you. You cherish those memories, of course, but the piles of old hockey equipment, trophies, dance recital costumes that are taking up space in the basement and attic? Maybe not as much.

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The holidays are a great motivator. It's not often the whole family gets together, so this is a great time to sit around the table and discuss your plans for the future. Conversations starters such as: "We want to start getting the house ready to sell", "Kids it's time to box-up your memories and bring them home with you", and "We want to downsize so we can do more and spend less time and money maintaining this home" may lead to discussions about the next steps.

 

Just as Thanksgiving dinner isn't cooked in an hour, planning your next move isn't done in a day. It takes lots of thought and preparation to get your home ready and to prepare for your next move. Consider us your potluck of home selling (and we bring a lot to the table!). Besides our real estate knowledge and local expertise, Steve McKenna and The Home Advantage Team have a host of accompaniments; stager, handyman, cleaner... We bring all this with us so you don't have to. We cater the home selling process to your needs and present your home for sale on a silver platter.

 

If selling your home has been on your mind, now is the perfect time to talk about getting the process started. Please call me (781.645.0505.) for a free and confidential market analysis. Selling your home efficiently, quickly, with terms that meet your needs, and with as little stress as possible is truly something to be thankful for.

 

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Not Your Typical Top 20 (#6)

We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! In case you missed it, check out previous top 5 posts: #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 and see if you agree! And now, moving right along to #6...

#ArlingtonMA #Top20

#6 Get Fit

There's no excuse not to get moving! Arlington has plenty to offer the exercise-averse. There are adult basketball leagues at Fidelity House, swimming at the Boys and Girls Club, yoga at Fitness First, or hit Gold's Gym for a range of classes to suit anyone's needs. Of course a pair a sneaker and the Minuteman Bikeway may be all you need!

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Not Your Typical Top 20 (#5)

We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! In case you missed it, check out previous posts: #1, #2, #3 and #4 and see if you agree! And now, moving right along to #5...

#ArlingtonMA #Top20

#5 Down the Chute

The slides at Robbins Farm Park are not to be missed. Whether your 4 or 84, there's something just thrilling enough (but not enough to make you lose your lunch) about zipping down the slides. The views of Boston aren't too shabby either!

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Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Happy Friday, Arlington! If you have plans to do a little fall home cleaning, be sure to bring your unwanted items, including bicycles, clothing, gently used toys, books, electronics (and much more) to the Community Collection Day! Collection Day is tomorrow, 11/15 at the DPW parking lot at 51 Grove Street from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can find a complete list of items to bring at www.arlingtonma.gov/recycle.

If you're thinking of selling, this is a great way to get a jump on getting your home cleared out and show-ready!

65 Broadway, U:106   65 Broadway

WOW! A rare and true three-family home located in East Arlington! This spacious house is fully occupied and each apartment boasts 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms! There is ample parking, (6 spaces in total), with an extended driveway leading to the rear yard and 2-car garage. With multiple options available to interested buyers, this home is a terrific investment and would be perfect for an investor, contractor or developer. Also, attractive to multi-generational buyers interested in living and enjoying investment property income. The house will need renovations and is being sold "AS IS". Interested buyers may elect to have an inspection, but all inspections must be done during the scheduled group showing times. Although it is fully occupied, there are no leases in place. This home presents a rare opportunity to own a three-family close to Alewife, Mass. Ave., Davis Square, the bike path and so much more. Don't miss out, schedule today to see this property with us, at one of our group showings! (MLS# 71768483)

Listed: $699,000

What's Nearby: East Arlington shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Davis Square, Mass. Ave., Alewife Station.

 

125 Pleasant Street, U: 106   

125 Pleasant

Don't miss this terrific two bedroom condominium with over 1,000 square feet of living! You will enjoy this great location, close to Arlington Center, great restaurants, Robbins Library, the Minuteman Bike Trail, Spy Pond, Route 2 and all that Arlington has to offer. A perfect place to downsize or to start out in! This condominium home boats a "very walkable - Walkability Rating" and is in the highly rated Bishop School district, with a student to teacher ratio of 9 to 1! This unit is move-in ready, all appliances are staying and there is laundry conveniently located in the building. No more parking nightmares, when you have your own deeded space! The condominium is well maintained and the building is professionally and meticulously managed. Watch the seasons from this lovely location and home! (MLS# 71768480)

Listed: $285,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Spy Pond, Robbins Library, Route 2, Mass. Ave., public transportation, Bishop School.

 

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
5 Blossom St. 6 3 1f Colonial $429,000
3 Huntington Rd. 6 3 1f 1h Colonial $499,900
251 Forest St. 6 3 1f 1h Cape $509,900
115 Hemlock St. 6 3 2f Cape $560,000
11 Belknap St. 9 5 2f 1h Colonial $879,000

 CONDO 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
125 Pleasant St. U:106 4 2 1f Garden $285,000
114 Pleasant St. U:306 4 2 1f Mid-Rise $345,000
113 Mt.Vernon St. U:1 6 2 1f 2/3 Family $450,000
11 Belknap St. U:1 9 5 2f 1h Detached $879,000

 MULTI-FAMILY  

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
65 Broadway Rd. 3 unit, 18 total 9 total   3 Family - 3 up/down $699,000

 

 

Not Your Typical Top 20 (#4)

Top 20 must-do's in Arlington that are not your usual go-to's!

We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! In case you missed it, check out #1, #2 and #3 posts and see if you agree! And now, moving right along to #4...

#ArlingtonMA #Top20

#4 I Can Canoe, Can You?

Spy Pond offers great water activities for adults and families of all ages. Canoe or Kayak on Spy Pond and take in the peaceful sights and sounds of nature.

 

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Not Your Typical Top 20 (#3)

Top 20 must-do's in Arlington that are not your usual go-to's!

We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! In case you missed it, check out our first and second posts and see if you agree! And now, moving right along to #3...

#ArlingtonMA #Top20

#3Take a Magical History Tour

The history books might talk about Lexington and Concord, but we know that Arlington was a key player in the Revolutionary War as well. Tour the historic Jason Russell House, the Old Schwamb Mill, and the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum and learn more about the historic depth and character of Arlington.

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Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

8 reasons to make 80 Pleasant Street your home sweet home: 

#8 Own the historic Lane-Hatfield House (bonus if your last name is McCoy)

#7 Walk to Arlington Center for dinner

#6 Walk to Spy Pond to see the sunrise

#5 Two-car parking

#4 Character of an older home, amenities of a new one

#3 Space (inside and out)

#2 Retreat to the master suite

#1 Location and style all in one!

Have a great weekend, Arlington! See you around town!

80 Pleasant Street, U:1   

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Since 1800 The Lane-Hatfield House has been home to 4 generations of the Lane and Hatfield families. Located at 80 Pleasant Street, this historically significant home was converted in 1997 and boasts over 2200 SF of living space. Both welcoming and dramatic while offering ample living and storage space! Enjoy the comfortable living room with fireplace, cozy sitting nook and generous dining room with beautiful built-in storage and decorative brick stove. The renovated kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, granite counters and an old fashioned pantry. To accommodate today's lifestyle, a family room and ½ bath are located off the kitchen. The second floor offers 3 very spacious bedrooms, including a master retreat with en-suite bath & walk-in closet, a gracious sitting area with faux fireplace and laundry! This home offers ample closet space, central air and a 2 car parking. Enjoy the seasons from your private patio and fenced yard. Convenient location with a WalkScore of 90! (MLS# 71765995)

Listed: $659,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Route 2, Mass. Ave., public transportation, Bishop/Thompson.

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
52 Eliot Rd. 5 2 1f 0h Cape $575,000
25 Dickson Ave. 7 3 1f 1h Colonial $600,000
87 Gray St. 9 3 2f 1h Ranch $699,000
1 Beacon St. U:1 8 3 2f 1h Multi-Level $705,000
58 Brantwood Rd. 9 3 3f 1h Colonial $1,195,000

 CONDO 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
22 Hamilton U:205 3 1 1f 0h Garden $239,000
80 Pleasant St. U:1 10 3 2f 1h Townhouse $659,000
1 Beacon St. U:1 8 3 2f 1h Townhouse $705,000
23 Mott St. U:1 6 3 2f 1h Townhouse $789,000

 

What Changes in 11 Years? (#TBT)

A whole lot. And not very much. When it comes to real estate there are variables that will fluctuate over the years - home prices, inventory, days on market. And there are constants that will remain unchanged - pricing a home to sell, marketing a home effectively, and keeping a long list of happy clients.

We're throwing back to a 2003 Home Advantage Team video, and it's interesting to hear the tried and true real estate strategies and approach to client service that we still employ today.

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Just as it is in 2014, or as it was in 2003, or even 1986 when Steve started out in the business, every client has a unique plan tailored to their specific home selling needs. The Home Advantage Team 'lifts the burden of selling a home and takes off the shoulders of the seller.' The entire process - including all of the nuances, on-the-fly changes, and handling of market fluctuations - are handled by the team.

The Team isn't in this business to make a quick buck, or to use it as a stepping stone for their next career move. Year after year of proven results and happy clients are what make Steve McKenna and The Home Advantage Team Arlington's #1 real estate team.

Take a look at the throwback (#TBT) video and see what time tells.

Watch the HAT Video!

 

Not Your Typical Top 20 (#2)

Top 20 must-do's in Arlington that are not your usual go-to's!

We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! In case you missed it, check out our first post and see if you agree! And now, moving right along to #2...

#ArlingtonMA #Top20

#2 Local Yolks for Local Folks

The Arlington Farmers Market has everything from their farm to your table. Breads, dairy, beef, fish, fruit and veggies - your next meal never tasted so fresh.

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