Blog :: 01-2015

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Whelp. There's probably a reason Punxsutawney Phil doesn't live around these parts. Even though Groundhog Day is Monday, it may feel more like the movie (another snow day) than getting closer to spring.

However! The spring real estate market doesn't rely on shadows - and will be here before you know it. Get a jump on the season by checking out our latest Spotlight of the Week. This is a fantastic opportunity to live in the vibrant East Arlington neighborhood. The open house on Sunday will leave you plenty of time to get you Patriots Superbowl prep underway.

Go Pats!

11 Marion Road, Unit 1  

 11 Marion Road

Open House:  

Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM      

Sunday, February 1, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Renovated in 2005 this Philadelphia-style condo is located in highly desirable East Arlington! Easy access to the Minuteman Bike Path, public transportation, shops and restaurants! Enter into the dramatic foyer featuring original woodwork and take in the feeling of the open space and notice all the natural light and how the woodwork has been maintained and kept original. There is a large open concept living room and dining room both featuring gleaming hardwood floors and bay windows. There is a butlers pantry complete with wet bar and wine refrigerator. The amazing cook's kitchen features cherry cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, huge working peninsula with gas cook top, pantry closet, and lots of cabinets and counter space! There is one bedroom and bath on the first floor. The second level features the master suite with great closet space, a master bath with double sinks and large tile shower. This home is a must see! (MLS# 71788268)

Listed: $499,000

What's Nearby: East Arlington shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Public Transportation, Route 2, Alewife Station.

The Arlington X Factors - A Look at Real Estate in 2015

Before we step ahead into 2015 and see what is in store for Arlington real estate, let's first consider the housing trends that defined Arlington for the past few years:

  • 2012 was location, location, location. Arlington's location helped it weather the housing storm of previous years.
  • 2013 was movement. Like a snowball picking up speed, the Arlington housing market was taking off.
  • 2014 was transition. A similar market with continued limited inventory and rising values.

2014 was an absolutely astounding year for real estate sales in Arlington. In this brief snapshot of 2014, you'll see that prices increased dramatically over 2013 as buyer demand held steady at a very high rate.

  • Single-family homes increased in value by 11% over 2013, and 17% above 2012.
  • Condominiums increased in value by 14% compared to 2013 and 16% since 2012.
  • Multi-family homes sales also increased 8% from 2013 and a total of 12% since 2012.

YearEnd FINAL1.6.15

Data source: Multiple Listing Service (MLS) 1.2.15

**Average sales price for properties sold in Arlington through MLS.

The numbers don't tell the entire story. Easy commute to Cambridge and Boston, rich and diverse culture, wide array of fabulous restaurants and shops and close community and strong school system - these are the X factors that earn Arlington its reputation as one of the best towns to live in the Greater Boston area.  

So what is our prediction for Arlington real estate this year? 2015 will be the year of opportunity.

Rarely do such favorable market conditions come around for home sellers. Low inventory means less competition, a large pool of buyers means high demand and home values are some of the strongest on record.

While no one can predict exactly what will occur in the coming months, history provides us a pretty good guideline. The economy is constantly fluctuating and real estate values can change at any time. In the past we have seen values rise, fall and rise again. We have been riding a real estate trend of low inventory and rising home values for quite some time now. The opportunity for home sellers is there, but it may not last long.

If you're considering selling or would like to understand the current value of your home, call the #1 real estate agent and team in Arlington for a free and confidential market analysis. Steve McKenna has been Arlington's #1 real estate agent for more than 25 years and has more knowledge and experience than any other agent in town.

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

While there may have been a few reasons to feel deflated this week - searching for a home in Arlington shouldn't be one of them! We have two amazing new listings that are sure to pump you up!

This weekend is a great time fine-tune your best Superbowl recipes and make a play for one of these awesome Arlington homes.

Game on.

 

5 Rockland Ave. 

 5 Rockland Ave.

Open House: 

Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM      

Sunday, January 25, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Have you been looking for a serene setting? A newer home on an oversized lot? Lots of space that you can grow into? This home is the one you have been waiting for! Enjoy luxury, style and an open floor plan designed for today's lifestyle! Enter into the two-story foyer and take in the magnificent detail of the staircase and open bannister above. The first floor features beautiful dark wood floors, front to back living and dining room, exquisite kitchen that is open to the family room which has a fireplace. There is a lovely deck off the kitchen/family rooms. With 4/5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths including a tranquil master bath with w/double sinks, oversize shower and water closet - there is plenty of room for everyone. The finished third floor is a treat with amazing views, consisting of a large family room, bedroom or office, & spacious bath. Complete with central air, 2 car garage (wired for electric car charger) and plenty of storage space in the walk-out basement! All this on a private dead-end street! (MLS# 71786200)

Listed: $1,249,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Public Transportation, Route 2, Alewife Station, Brackett School.

70 Robbins Road   

70 Robbins Road Arlington

Open House:  

Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM      

Sunday, January 25, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Click here for a virtual tour of 70 Robbins Road!

A truly remarkable home located in Brackett School District! In 2003, the Owners made extensive renovations and upgrades throughout the home. Dormers (front and back) were added to the third floor attic, which was transformed into two expansive bedrooms and a full bath; the second floor was completely remodeled; the first and second floors were expanded by the addition of bay windows; a bedroom and family/play room were added to the lower level, and dramatic changes were incorporated to the overall layout. Custom lighting; special window treatments; beautiful, custom-designed built-in shelves and cabinets--along with fabulous moldings and trim work--are evident throughout the house. Each room is cable-ready. The level of care and attention to detail are demonstrated by the quality and selection of interior doors and hardware. The master bedroom suite is extraordinary, and the beautiful tile selections in the two full bathrooms are exquisite. The home is completed with a beautiful garden and an oversized rear deck. (MLS# 71786163)

Listed: $849,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Public Transportation, Route 2, Alewife Station, Brackett School.

 

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
63 Udine St. 7 3 2f 0h Ranch $519,000
31 Apache Trl. 9 3 2f 1h Ranch $699,900
70 Robbins Rd. 9 5 2f 1h Colonial $849,000
86 Dickson Ave. 8 4 3f 0h Colonial $879,000
5 Rockland Ave. 10 4 3f 1h Colonial $1,249,000

 CONDO 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
10 Colonial Village Dr. U:5 4 1 1f 0h Low-Rise $180,000
45 Sherborn St. U:2 7 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $499,000

 

 

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Mark your calendar - this is one you don't want to miss! We have a fantastic new listing in Arlington that is sure to have everything on your checklist.

Great location? Check.

Great school district? Check.

Plenty of space and storage? Check.

Custom details? Modern updates? Charm? Check, check, check.

See you this weekend!

70 Robbins Road  

Open House:  

Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM      

Sunday, January 25, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Click here for a virtual tour of 70 Robbins Road!

70 Robbins Rd.

A truly remarkable home located in Brackett School District! In 2003, the Owners made extensive renovations and upgrades throughout the home. Dormers (front and back) were added to the third floor attic, which was transformed into two expansive bedrooms and a full bath; the second floor was completely remodeled; the first and second floors were expanded by the addition of bay windows; a bedroom and family/play room were added to the lower level, and dramatic changes were incorporated to the overall layout. Custom lighting; special window treatments; beautiful, custom-designed built-in shelves and cabinets--along with fabulous moldings and trim work--are evident throughout the house. Each room is cable-ready. The level of care and attention to detail are demonstrated by the quality and selection of interior doors and hardware. The master bedroom suite is extraordinary, and the beautiful tile selections in the two full bathrooms are exquisite. The home is completed with a beautiful garden and an oversized rear deck. (MLS# 71786163)

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

A little cold weather never stopped anyone. It certainly doesn't stop the Patriots. Here are a few of their thoughts about playing in the cold:

  • "Deal with it. I think at that point in the game, I don't care if it's minus-two or 98, you have to be able to play that football game." - Vince Wilfork
  • "I know exactly what to wear. I know how many layers to wear every degree. I'm a... machine!" - Tom Brady
  • "Whatever way I play more comfortable, which would be the sleeves, so I'm going to rock the sleeves." - Donta Hightower

Homebuyers that take a lesson from the Patriots' playbook and brave the elements and are likely to see less competition and more motivated sellers.

While everyone else is huddled at home, put on an extra layer and come out to see this fantastic new listing in Arlington Heights!

133 Park Ave. Ext. 

133 Park Ave. Ext.

A REAL CHARMER! This delightful Bungalow-style home is absolutely meticulous and reflects true pride of ownership, offering a host of recent updates and renovations. The yard has been fenced in and is extremely spacious with beautiful plantings and an oversized deck. The deck has a custom, automatic awning and the deck was recently stained. The kitchen is a large, eat-in with sliders to the rear deck. There are two spacious bedrooms with hardwood floors and ample closet space. One of the bedrooms has a private office/sitting room. There are many updates that include the newer roof and windows and so much more. Close to public transportation and the bike path. This is a perfect starter home or condo alternative. It truly is a lovely home and a must see! (MLS# 71784415)

Listed: $449,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Public Transportation, Route 2, Alewife Station.

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
614 Summer St. 7 4 1f 1h Colonial $519,000
41 James St. 6 4 2f Bungalow $495,000
67 Summit St. 5 2 3f 1h Cape $475,000
255 Washington St. 12 4 3f 1h Colonial $849,000
13 Chestnut St. 8 2 2f Ranch $699,000
133 Park Ave. Ext. 7 2 1f Bungalow $449,000

 CONDO

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
40 Beacon St. U:2 4 2 1f 2/3 Family $374,500

 

Not Your Typical Top 20

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

Arlington is chock full of things to experience. But if you had to boil them down to just a few, what would you do? We live and breathe Arlington and the surrounding area , so we put our heads together and compiled a list for you - from what to do, where to go what to see and when to do it.

Of course we're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! (Catch all of the past posts here for posterity).

Did we miss any that you think should be included? Leave a comment!

#ArlingtonMA #Top20

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#1 Cruisin'... on a Sunday Afternoon

The Minuteman Bikeway is one of the top to-do's in Arlington. Why not make a day of it? Cruise along from Alewife to Bedford, and when you need a break, stop at Great Meadows for some bird watching or just take in the scenery. And when you're cycled out top it off with pit-stop at Not Your Average Joe's for lunch or dinner.

 

#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.

 

#3 Take 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.

 

#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.

 

#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!

 

#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.

 

#7 Get Cultured

Whether you're on a first date or taking a client out to close a deal, knowing how to select a good wine ups your cultural cache. Refine your taste buds with complimentary wine and beer tastings at Menotomy Beer & Wine on Fridays and Saturday's from 4 p.m. -7 p.m.

 

#8 Get Smart

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." - Albert Einstein. Never stop learning! Take an adult education class at Arlington Community Education or Arlington Center for the Arts and learn something new.

 

#9 Get Lit

Go to the Robbins Library and brush up on your lit(erature). Or just read a newspaper or magazine in the beautiful Reading Room (no one needs to know you're there to read the latest People!). The Reading Room features a fireplace, marble mosaic floor, antique oak wall, marble columns and gold leaf accentuated arches and ceiling.

 

#10 The Cutting Edge

Whether you fancy yourself a Zdeno Chara or a Nancy Kerrigan, the Ed Burns Arena will have you cutting up the ice - or icing parts that you never knew you could hurt. Rentals are available as well as plenty of hot chocolate when it's Zamboni time.

 

#11 They'll Steer You Right

Jimmy's Steer House - or as we like to call it, the 'Cheers' of Arlington - is where everyone knows your name and your favorite steak and potatoes entrée.

 

#12 The Arlington Heights Trifecta

If you live in Arlington, you know what we're talking about. Step 1: Gear up with a Starbucks coffee. Step 2: Make the rounds at Trader Joe's - don't forget the sample station! Step 3: Hit Walgreens for the non-Trader Joe items - just don't trip on the coupon printout on your way out!

 

#13 Boo! (ya)

There is plenty to do when that spooky time of year rolls around. You've never seen so many adorable princesses and superheroes at the Trick or Treat Halloween parade. Or, get yourself a great costume at The Costume Company for a fun night out!

 

#14 Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

When its winter and you are feeling Frozen, there's no better place to embrace your inner Olaf than at Robbins Farm Park. Grab your boots, your sled, (and your courage) and fly down the hills!

 

#15 Go Take a Hike

No really! Go take a hike at Menotomy Rocks Park! With plenty of trails, picnic areas, a pond and playground - you can find your Zen and or just burn off some steam. The park is beautifully maintained and enjoyed by all in town.

 

 

#16 Window Shop Around

Not that there's anything wrong with the Gap, but it's nice to buy something uniquely you. Shopping local makes you look good and feel great. Park the car and stroll Mass. Ave. - you'll be surprised at the shops you miss by driving!

 

#17 Which Way to the Beach?

Not only can you get to the Arlington Reservoir Beach in under 7 minutes from most places in town (no 128 or Route 3 traffic on a Saturday morning!), you also have your choice among shady spots under trees, on a grassy knoll or front and center. Lifeguards, snack bar, playground, bathrooms, showers - The Arlington Res has it all!

 

#18 Do it for the Children!

Arlington prides itself on great schools and the great kids that are in 'em. Show your support any number of ways for Arlington High and Arlington Catholic - get your car washed at one of the weekend car wash fundraisers at AHS, take in a theater production, or cheer on your team at a sporting event -kids play for the love of the game, not contracts!

 

#19 Jam Out

Arlington offers its own Summer Concert Series on the Jefferson Cutter House Lawn. Check out this clip from The Dave Sammarco Band this past summer. You can get your groove on without leaving town!

 

#20 Town Day

Every town has its' day, and ours it one of the best! Arlington Town Day showcases everything our town has to offer - history, community, games, music, food, fun, families and fireworks! It's a great time to get out and see why so many people choose to call Arlington home!

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

(Elsa needs to bring back summer).

Okay so it's cold and snowy. Don't let it get you down, this is New England! Pats are in the playoffs! Only 70 days until spring! (bookmark this if you need a daily affirmation).

In the meantime, how about this amazing 'penthouse' condo right in Arlington Center - with garaged parking for days like this? Once you see it you won't want to let it go.

100 Pleasant Street, U: 3-1   

100 Pleasant Street, Arlington MA

Absolutely stunning and unique top floor condominium located in the Historic Henry Hornblower House on Pleasant Street near Arlington Center. This spacious two bedroom two bathroom unit has an open floor plan with beautiful angles and details. The living room & dining room are very open with vaulted ceilings and an abundance of sunshine streaming in from the skylight. The kitchen is quite large with ample room for a table and there is access to a private deck and staircase that leads directly to the rear yard and your own private garage parking space with second spot in driveway. Both bathrooms have been beautifully renovated and the guest bath has a wonderful vintage style pedestal sink. The master bedroom suite is very spacious with a private bathroom, skylights as well as a small area perfect for private office or sitting area. Only 6 units in this fabulous Queen Anne Victorian, and the main entrance and staircase are absolutely breathtaking with gorgeous natural woodwork, arches and detailing! (MLS# 71781921)

Listed: $399,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Public Transportation, Route 2, Alewife Station.

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
56 Orient Ave. 8 4 2f 1h Bungalow $699,000

 CONDO 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
14 Arizona Terr. U:5 3 1 1f 0h Garden $172,000
995 Mass. Ave. U:505 4 2 1f 0h Mid-Rise $290,000
975 Mass. Ave. U:306 4 2 2f 0h Mid-Rise $385,000
100 Pleasant St. U:3-1 4 2 2f 0h Shingle $399,000
37 Lakehill Ave. U:37 5 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $424,900
12 Newport St. U:12 5 2 1f 0h Duplex $425,000

 

Not Your Typical Top 20 (#'s 16-20)

We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! These last five round out our Top 20 series! In case you missed it, check out our previous posts (1-15) of the top things to do in Arlington and see if you agree! Now here's #16-20. We will post the Top 20 in its entirety later this week! #ArlingtonMA #Top20

#16 Window Shop Around

Not that there's anything wrong with the Gap, but it's nice to buy something uniquely you. Shopping local makes you look good and feel great. Park the car and stroll Mass. Ave. - you'll be surprised at the shops you miss by driving!

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*image via Wikimedia Commons

#17 Which Way to the Beach?

Not only can you get to the Arlington Reservoir Beach in under 7 minutes from most places in town (no 128 or Route 3 traffic on a Saturday morning!), you also have your choice among shady spots under trees, on a grassy knoll or front and center. Lifeguards, snack bar, playground, bathrooms, showers - The Arlington Res has it all!

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#18 Do it for the Children!

Arlington prides itself on great schools and the great kids that are in 'em. Show your support any number of ways for Arlington High and Arlington Catholic - get your car washed at one of the weekend car wash fundraisers at AHS, take in a theater production, or cheer on your team at a sporting event -kids play for the love of the game, not contracts!

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#19 Jam Out

Arlington offers its own Summer Concert Series on the Jefferson Cutter House Lawn. Check out this clip from The Dave Sammarco Band this past summer. You can get your groove on without leaving town!

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#20 Town Day

Every town has its' day, and ours it one of the best! Arlington Town Day showcases everything our town has to offer - history, community, games, music, food, fun, families and fireworks! It's a great time to get out and see why so many people choose to call Arlington home!

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Spotlight: West Medford Home of the Week!

Happy New Year! New year, clean slate, and a fresh start in 2015. Is owning a new home on your list of resolutions? We can help.

Our first listing of 2015 is a fantastic home in one of the hottest suburbs of Boston. It's everything you've been looking for in West Medford and more, but it won't last long!

3 Johnson Ave.   

3 Johnson Ave.

Don't miss this great West Medford home and a terrific, in-town location, close to all West Medford Square has to offer: commuter rail, one stop to North Station, shops and restaurants. Enjoy the sunny first floor, great for entertaining, with an updated open concept, granite and stainless kitchen, plus a sizable pantry, easy access to a private garden and an updated first floor bath. This spacious home boasts a fire placed living room, two full baths, two sizable, second floor bedrooms with separate sitting/study areas, plus a second floor office/study and a walk up third floor, attic bedroom, great for guests. Summer nights on the charming sun porch, off the first floor foyer, will delight, while the separate two car garage will make parking and snow days a breeze. Hardwood floors throughout, newer roof, gas heating system, insulated windows and a 2013 hot water heater, combined with the convenience of a great location, to make this lovely house your terrific new home! (MLS# 71779617)

Listed: $529,000

What's Nearby: West Medford shops and restaurants, Commuter Rail, Mystic Valley Parkway, Brooks School.