Blog :: 05-2015

Spotlight: Homes of the Week - Arlington & Burlington!

Happy Friday, everyone! We are in the thick of it now - graduations, playoffs, proms, recitals, Flag Day. The spring is chock full of activity, and open houses are right up there amidst and among this weekends' events.

We have three awesome listings, including a condo in one of the hottest neighborhoods around, a condo with a turret for all of you Tangled fans, and new construction inside 128!

16 St. Mary Street, Unit 16, Arlington 


East Arlington! A rare 3 bedroom condo located in Arlington's HOTTEST neighborhood! This pristine home features spacious rooms, gleaming hardwood floors, built in hutch in dining room, original wood work, and a working fireplace in living room. An updated kitchen adds to the stylish design. The back porch overlooks a shared yard, with beautiful perennial garden and gorgeous storybook tree. Two parking spaces, one in the covered garage and a basement provide additional storage options. Close to Capitol Theater, area restaurants, bike path, public transportation, Route 2, walk to Hardy Elementary, this location offers it all! (MLS #71846172)

Listed: $549,000

What's Nearby: East Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Route 2, Minuteman Bikepath, Hardy School.

49 Appleton Street, Arlington  


Stunning Victorian-style condominium in the Idahurst Mansion. This spacious top floor unit has a dramatic floor plan with a terrific layout and lots of privacy. There is an abundance of charm and character that include beautiful natural woodwork, hardwood floors, wonderful architectural features, hardwood floor and so much more. This unit offers 2 bedrooms, a spacious living room and the dining room is located in the Turret portion of the unit. There is a spiral staircase that leads to the master bedroom and also an unfinished area that you may have the opportunity to expand. There is monthly condo fee plus a monthly utility fee that includes heat, hot water, water and sewer! (MLS #771846363)

Listed: $219,000

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

12 Azalea Drive, Burlington


Quality of life, comfort, and peace-of-mind are built into the foundation of every Holly Glen home. The beautifully constructed Sea Watch Cottage demonstrates true open concept living - complete with an elegant kitchen, gas fireplace, eye-catching features and a first floor master suite. Upstairs has another spacious bedroom, a loft and a flexible space that can be used as a study. One of the many options would be to create a third bedroom if someone needed. Off the flex room is a peaceful balcony that is perfect for a morning coffee. There are plenty of storage options in the eves, basement and 2-car garage. Holly Glen is ideally situated near a thriving and vibrant area of commerce and activity - yet is nestled in an exceptional residential neighborhood consisting of 32 homes. This is the new construction inside 128 that you've been waiting for with its close proximity to major routes, commerce, hospitals, fabulous dining and entertainment. (MLS # 71845077)

*New construction, to be built

Listed: $739,000

What's Nearby: Burlington Mall, Middlesex Mall, Wayside Commons, Route 128, Route 2, Lexington Center, Arlington Center, Winchester Center.


Arlington Real Estate 




Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
11 Heard Rd. 5 2 1f Ranch $439,000
6 Gray Circle 7 3 1f 1h Colonial $619,000
39 Sunnyside Ave. 6 2 1f Cottage $399,900
30 Piedmont St. 9 4 2f Colonial $639,000
9 Crescent Hill Ave. 6 3 1f Victorian $499,000
127 Alpine Terr. 7 3 1f 1h Colonial $649,000
29 Florence Ave. 9 5 2f Colonial $824,900



Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
3 Brattle St. U:0 9 6 2f 2/3 Family $529,000
5 Brattle St. U:0 5 2 2f 2/3 Family $399,000
10 Highland Ave. U:2 6 3 2f 2/3 Family $599,000
24 Swan Pl. U:B 6 3 3f Townhouse $665,000
9 Colonial Village Dr. U:11 4 1 1f Mid-Rise $215,000
12 Wellington U:3 4 2 1f Low-Rise $315,000
15 Russell Pl. U:15 4 2 2f 1h Mid-Rise $530,000
15 Medford St. U:4 6 3 1f Rowhouse $399,000
16 Mary St. U:16 8 3 2f 2/3 Family $549,000
33 Argyle Rd. U:33 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $315,000
49 Appleton St. U:9 5 2 1f   $219,000
57 Amsden St. U:57 7 3 2f 2/3 Family $579,000
74 Franklin St. U:74 7 3 2f Townhouse $599,000


Free Lunch & Seminar: Planning For Your Future

If downsizing is on your horizon, then the time to start planning is now. We have provided some tips and advice in recent posts, 'Thinking Big About Living Small' and Downsizing: When Scaling Back is a Move In the Right Direction, and now we are pulling all of the pieces together for you.

Join us for this informative seminar with experts on hand to give you insight on everything you need to know about downsizing and planning for your future, including: an understanding of the true value of your home, estate planning, potential tax implications, financing options, a comprehensive overview of current market conditions and so much more.

Space is limited! RSVP by June 4th to reserve your space! Phone: 781-645-0505.

FINAL Downsizing Flyer

Downsizing: Thinking Big About Living Small


The thought of downsizing can invoke equal parts dread and delight. Dread of cleaning out attics, basements and closets, delight of being freed from the burdens of never-ending maintenance and big mortgages.

The good news is, the dread part is a short-term hurdle while the delight part is indefinite. Downsizing is a process, and we've gathered a few ideas to get you thinking big about living small.


Space. Downsizing doesn't just mean you want less space, you want more efficient space. Often this means main-level living. Maybe you don't need to worry about stairs now, but having a master suite on the first floor becomes increasingly necessary as you become older. Space means having enough to live comfortably to host family and friends, but not so much that it is a burden to maintain or manage.

Storage. This might not be the first thing to pop into your head when you think about downsizing. Isn't one of the big to-do's in downsizing to get rid of 'stuff'? Yes and no. You do want to clear the clutter and get the kids trophies out of the attic, but know there will be items that you're just not willing to part with. Understand the storage situation of where you're looking to move, and consider a self-storage solution for the short-term. If those 'can't-part-with' items sit in storage for more than a year without use, you'll know it's time to part ways.

Lifestyle. Your home is still a reflection of who you are, and downsizing doesn't mean you should have to sacrifice style. Custom finishes, new appliances, and options for entertaining are still important. Think about your hobbies and how they might fit in to your new place. Do you like to garden? You'll need a small yard. Paint? Be sure there is plenty of light. Craft? You might need a separate room or office. Need a workshop? A garage would be helpful. All of these should factor in to your downsizing decisions.

Location. This is important because you'll want to be in this spot for the long haul. Finding the right location is something only you can decide. Do you want to be closer to kids and grandkids - or perhaps you need some distance? Many people who downsize want walkability with access to public transportation in order to easily take advantage of local activities. This is also a time when access to great hospitals and healthcare is more important than the school system. When considering location, think about having privacy without isolation.

Low-maintenance. Mowing the lawn, shoveling the sidewalks, painting the trim -when you downsize, maintenance-free living is the way to go. You've put your time in and now you want to enjoy life. Low-maintenance also means move-in ready. No one wants to move into a place that needs a major renovation. Maybe you found a place in a great location or something with beautiful ocean views, but renovating can be costly and time consuming. Walking in to a place that doesn't require sweat equity is a huge plus.



Steve McKenna & the Home Advantage Team will host a Downsizing Seminar and a FREE LUNCH at Jimmy's Steer House, Arlington, MA on Tuesday, June 9th 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Space is limited please RSVP by June 1st, 2015 by calling us at: 781-645-0505.

Stay tuned, more information coming soon!




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Spotlight: Homes of the Week - Arlington & Medford!

So much to do - so much to see!

We have some of the 'to do's' below - great local events around town this weekend (you can tell Arlington is a great community by the events people have to support causes and health).

We also have some amazing 'to see's' as well! We have SIX new listings this weekend! A move-in ready condo in Medford close to everything, and gorgeous homes in Arlington that are just too good to miss!

See you out on the open house circuit this weekend!

  • Homerun Derby for a cause: Saturday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Matt Griffin Memorial Home Run Derby & All-star Weekend to benefit Catherine Malatesta.
  • SCOOP: AHS students' ice cream fund-raiser: Saturday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Cutter House. The Arlington High School is holding a Scoopermania fundraiser to benefit the Jimmy Fund. Come and get all you can eat ice cream for $5! (Ice cream nobly donated by local companies.)
  • Fidelity House 18th Annual Appreciation Night "Celebrating 60 Years": Saturday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. -11:00 p.m. at Fidelity House. Buffet Dinner, Live DJ, Silent Auction, Live Auction, Cash Bar, Friends & Fun!
  • BIKE-Arlington Tour: Sunday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. meet at the Hurd Field parking lot. This family-friendly bike tour will pass on both the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, featuring informational stops along the way.

31 Cotting Unit B, Medford  


Welcome home! Amazing 10 year old townhouse ideally located with Starbucks and WholeFoods at the end of the street! Close to Tufts, Rt. 93, Rt. 16, minutes to Davis Square. The open concept first floor consists of living room, dining room, kitchen with peninsula, ½ bath and laundry area. The kitchen has maple cabinets, Corian counters, and tons of cabinet space. On the second floor there are 2 beds, an open office or playroom area, and full bath. Tons of closet space! The master suite is located on the upper level and is hidden in the trees. There is a master bath and spacious walk-in closet. There is an abundance of storage space in the basement. A large deck and private yard are easily accessible off the kitchen. Hardwood floors are throughout the house. Sunlight streams through the numerous windows! With 3-car parking and central air conditioning there is nothing to do but move in and enjoy the summer! (MLS #71837177)

Listed: $519,000

What's Nearby: Medford Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Commuter Rail, Tufts, Davis Square, Route 93, Route 16.

14 Wellington Street Unit #1, Arlington 

14 Wellington Street

Exquisite details and features throughout this "unique" one of a kind home gorgeously restored to Back Bay quality. Beautiful finishes include crown molding, wainscoting, hardwood floors, and custom mahogany built in's with soaring ceilings. The kitchen features granite counters plus Sub-Zero, Bosch, & Wolf appliances. French doors lead to open dining & living room space complete with restored fireplace, custom details and features. These two rooms are just fabulous and are perfect for entertaining year round. The den is located in the front of the house and is one of two rooms with a turret shape and it's perfect as a home office or family room & features custom mahogany built-in's. The master bedroom suite also has a turret shape with a gorgeous beamed ceiling and it has a spectacular private bath. The second bedroom has a large walk in closet and en-suite bath. Three parking spaces with fantastic storage space throughout & expansion potential in the basement. All near the Center! (MLS #71835652)

Listed: $719,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Menotomy Rocks Park, Robbin Farm, public transportation, Bishop/Thompson School.

27 Wall Street, Arlington

27 Wall Street

Seconds to the Brackett School and Menotomy Rocks Park! This charming Colonial makes you feel at home the moment you enter the front door. It has the old time charm and character typically found in a traditional New England style home with a fabulous fireplace in the living room surrounded by natural woodwork and hardwood floors. The dining room is located adjacent to the older kitchen and is open to the living room, which is great for entertaining. The 7-plus room home has three bedrooms and 1 ½ bathrooms. There is a terrific sun room, which is perfect as a playroom or home office. The walk up attic has a dormer and is ready to be finished off to become a great master suite or whatever you'd like. Many updates include newer windows, newer roof (2007), newer gas boiler (2008) and the hardwood floors were refinished in 2013. There's still some cosmetic updating to do but this is a fabulous with a terrific yard and a great location! (MLS # 71837082)

Listed: $599,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Menotomy Rocks Park, Robbin Farm, public transportation, Brackett School.

48 Crosby Street, Arlington  48 Crosby

Sweet as can be! This home is near Bishop School and playground with easy access to Arlington Center and the Minuteman Bike Path. This meticulous Colonial reflects "true pride of ownership" throughout and has been wonderfully maintained and updated over the years and it is evident from the moment you drive up to when you enter the front door and see the gleaming hardwood floors and the renovated kitchen. The kitchen has granite counters with a peninsula, stainless steel appliances and an abundance of cabinets. The living room is charming with a wood burning fireplace and direct access to a beautiful, over-sized deck. There are three bedrooms and 1 ½ bathrooms. Updates include roof (2005), heat and hot water (2005) and central air was installed in 2007. This is an absolutely wonderful home in a terrific neighborhood! (MLS# 71837083)

Listed: $579,000

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

22 Sutherland, Arlington  

22 SutherlandThis home is located near all the wonderful shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights and is convenient to public transportation and Alewife Station. With over 2000 square feet of living space this home has lots of room and has a very spacious feeling. The first floor consists of an airy foyer, bright living room with a bay window, a dining room and a large, eat-in kitchen. There is an abundance of natural woodwork throughout the home. The lower level has been finished off and has a full size bathroom. This is a terrific home if you are looking for the true "diamond in the rough" with very large rooms and it has magnificent potential. There is a newer roof, and newer front porch and upper deck. There is also parking for three cars! (MLS #71831896)

Listed: $529,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station, Dallin School.

12 Pond Lane, Unit #63 

12 Pond Lane

Outstanding location: Close to Spy Pond or hop on the bike path, short distance to Arlington Center and all the great restaurants and shopping, easy access to Rt. 2 and Rt. 16 and conveniently located on a regular MBTA bus route. Short distance to the Robbins Library and Whittemore Robbins House. This is a quaint 764 square foot- 4 room Condo, with updated kitchen maple cabinets and newer appliances, beautiful tiled bathroom, large bedroom with ample closet space, and open living room/dining room. There is a large screen porch to savor an after dinner drink on, an exclusive use covered parking space #13, laundry in the building, and exclusive use storage. Located on the top floor (6th) in an elevator, pet friendly building (small dogs or cats) this would be an excellent Pied-A- Terre, or a great place to call home. (MLS #71836559)

Listed: $269,000

What's Nearby: Burlington Mall, Middlesex Mall shops and restaurants, Wayside Commons, Rts. 95, 3 and the Pike, Arlington, Hardy School.


Arlington Real Estate 




Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
149 Brattle St. 6 3 1f Cape $419,000
40 Sutherland Rd. 5 2 1f Colonial $419,000
596 Summer St. 6 2 1f Bungalow $469,000
30 Kilsythe Rd. 6 3 1f 1h Colonial $525,000
22 Sutherland Rd. 9 2f 1h 2f 1h Colonial $529,000
48 Crosby St. 6 1f 1h 1f 1h Colonial $579,000
172 Mount Vernon St. 6 1f 1f Colonial $589,900
27 Wall St. 7 1f 1h 1f 1h Garrison $599,000
51 Coolidge Rd. 7 1f 1f Colonial $625,000
13 Mount Vernon St. 7 2f 2f Colonial $739,000
25 Ronald Rd. 9 1f 1h 1f 1h Colonial $789,000
256 Appleton St. 8 1f 1h 1f 1h Colonial $839,000
24 Kimball Rd. 9 2f 1h 2f 1h Colonial $839,000
82 Kensington Park 7 2f 1h 2f 1h Colonial $898,000
14 Virginia Rd. 8 3f 1h 3f 1h Colonial $1,050,000
40 Linden St. 10 3f 1h 3f 1h Colonial $1,499,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
12 Pond Ln. U:63 3 1 1f Mid-Rise $269,000
14 Wellington St. U:4 5 1 1f Other $345,000
7 Bow St. U:7 5 2 1f Townhouse $349,000
152 Mystic Valley Pkwy. U:152 6 3 1f 2/3 Family $409,000
53 Summer St. U:2 5 2 1f Half-Duplex $425,000
16 Lakehill Ave. U:16 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $435,000
18 Lakehill Ave. U:18 6 3 2f 2/3 Family $465,000
74 Newport St. U:74 9 3 2f Detached $675,000
14 Wellington St. U:1 8 2 2f 1h Attached $719,000


Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
28-30 Appleton Place       2 Family $1,250,000

Q&A With Boston Agent Magazine

Recently, Steve had the opportunity shed some light on the person behind the REALTOR®. In this Q&A with Boston Agent Magazine, he clues us in on his background (the Allston streets), how to be successful in this industry (be sincere), and how to distinguish oneself from the rest of the pack (be positive and have stellar support - personally and professionally).

See what makes Steve tick and why he remains the #1 REALTOR® in Arlington every year since 1991.

Agent Snapshot: Steve McKenna, Realtor, Bowes Real Estate, Arlington


Bowes Real Estate Brokers Sale of Premier Belmont Property


Bowes Real Estate Brokers Sale of Premier Belmont Property

April 3, 2015 (BELMONT, Mass.) -Steve McKenna & Bowes Real Estate is pleased to announce the sale of 375 & 385 Concord Avenue, Belmont. These two, multi-tenanted office buildings located in Belmont Center have been owned by the Manzelli Family for more than five decades and the properties were purchased by Tellier Properties of Belmont. Steve McKenna & Erika Pereira of Bowes Real Estate brokered the sale between Manzelli Properties and Tellier Properties at the sale price of $8,925,000.00.

Joseph Tellier and his son Scott were extremely happy to acquire the buildings and add them to their portfolio of properties in Belmont and surrounding towns. The acquisition solidifies the long-standing legacy and relationship the Tellier Family has in Belmont, and substantiates them as one of the premier commercial property owners in Belmont. The Tellier Family has been part of the Belmont community since the early 1900's and believe these properties will become the anchor of their commercial portfolio.

Attorney George Christodoulo represented Manzelli Properties and stated this was a good relationship from the beginning. Tellier Properties have a similar philosophy on how they maintain their properties and embody a strong relationship with all the tenants. Grace Donnelly, President of Manzelli Properties, managed the buildings for more than four decades and was a key element in the care of and quality of these buildings. The strength of the tenants and the quality of the buildings made this the perfect opportunity for Tellier Properties.

Steve McKenna & Erika Pereira of Bowes Real Estate brokered the sale between the parties and stated the process was very smooth, with both parties maintaining the highest respect for one another. Steve McKenna has represented Manzelli Properties for years with the leasing of office space at 375 & 385 Concord Avenue which consists of approximately 58,710 gross square feet of office space with 185 total parking spaces and approximately 72,213 square feet of land.





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    Spotlight: Homes of the Week - Arlington and Holly Glen!

    We have a beautiful Mother's Day weekend on tap, and after this winter the weather is truly a gift! Be sure to thank the special moms in your life - take her to brunch at Flora or pick up some flowers from Derby Farms, or just go for a walk on the Minuteman Bikeway. Arlington has your Mother's Day covered!

    Also be sure to see these FOUR new listings! Two impeccable colonials, a condo/2-family in the desirable Brackett/Jason Heights section, and one home now available at Holly Glen! Don't miss out on these opportunities!

    102 Woodside Lane, Arlington    

    102 Woodside

    Beautiful, newly constructed Colonial in desirable Arlington location! You will appreciate the clean lines and classic touches of this 4 bed, 2 ½ bath home. The open concept kitchen/eating area flows right into the over-sized main living space with Conmoto fireplace insert and sliders to the deck. The kitchen is modern & sleek with granite counters, stainless appliances, & ample cabinet space. The first floor also has a substantial windowed room for an office or play-space. Upstairs you will find a common bathroom, three spacious bedrooms and a master suite with high ceilings, beautiful bath, double sinks and a walk-in closet. There is a large walk-up attic and basement with plenty of storage, built-in sink, coat cubbies right when you come in from the 2 car-garage, and a built-in wine cellar for you connoisseurs! Outside enjoy lush views of your fenced-in, private backyard from your deck - perfect for entertaining! This impeccable home has everything you want and more! (MLS #71831896)

    Listed: $859,000

    What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mystic Lakes, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway.

    18 Oakledge Street, Arlington  

    18 Oakledge

    Looking for the perfect home that offers a wonderful blend of charm and character, tastefully renovated with quality craftsmanship? You've found it! This terrific updated home, has a spacious yard with beautiful gardens, patio and a deck with sound system! Once you step inside the gracious, heated foyer/mudroom, you will immediately notice the high ceilings and spacious rooms. The kitchen has been tastefully updated and is perfectly situated close to the dining room and family area. There are four ample bedrooms, all with great closet space and wonderful light. This home boasts two full size bathrooms that have been updated and a convenient 2nd floor laundry room. Systems are newer and high efficiency, electrical is updated, insulation added, newer windows, siding and a water cop! This home has it all, plus space to add a master bath! Just minutes to the Peirce School, Minuteman Bike Path, Arlington Heights Shopping District and bus to Alewife. Just move right in and enjoy! (MLS#71831902)

    Listed: $699,000

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

    165 Gray Street, Arlington  

    165 Gray

    Stunning first floor unit located in the highly desirable Brackett/Bishop area. Step into this sunny unit and take in the open floor plan and notice how old world charm meets modern day needs. The entry area is open to the living room and makes a great space for shoes, jackets, etc. Open living room and dining room provide ample space for entertaining. The remodeled kitchen features a tile back splash, butler's pantry and space for a small table. There is access to the rear and the basement. Ample size bedrooms give you flexibility for furniture placement. Convenient to both the Heights and the Center this location is very conveniently located. A short distance to Menotomy Rocks Park and Robbins Farm for outdoor enthusiasts. Near public transportation, and major routes. This is a wonderful place to call home! (MLS #71831887)

    Listed: $429,000

    What's Nearby: Arlington Heights and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Menotomy Rocks Park, Robbin Farm, public transportation.

    6 Azalea Drive, Burlington   

    Gairloch - High Res

    Quality of life, comfort, and peace-of-mind are built into the foundation of every Holly Glen home. The Gairloch is a 3-bed 2 ½ bath home that is ideally situated near a thriving and vibrant area of commerce and activity - yet is nestled in an exceptional residential neighborhood. Home buyers, baby boomers in particular, will be pleased with the Gairloch's thoughtful floor plan, elegant kitchen, first floor master suite and eye-catching features. This home suite the needs of home buyers who have been searching for new construction inside of route 128! (MLS #71545688)

    Listed: $664,809

    What's Nearby: Burlington Mall, Middlesex Mall shops and restaurants, Wayside Commons, Rts. 95, 3 and the Pike, Arlington, Winchester and Lexington Centers.

    Arlington Real Estate 


    Address  Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
    17 Grandview 6 2 1f Cape $499,000
    67 George St. 6 3 1f Colonial $505,000
    289 Forest St. 7 3 1f 1h Garrison $509,500
    76 Charles St. 7 3 1f Colonial $599,000
    78 Hathaway Cir. 7 4 2f Multi-level $600,000
    18 Oakledge St. 8 4 2f Colonial $699,000
    102 Woodside Ln. 9 4 2f 1h Colonial $859,000
    18 Country Club Dr. 10 4 2f 2h Colonial $1,298,000


    Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
    18 Hamilton Rd. U:506 3 3 1f High-Rise $285,000
    51 Orient Ave. U:51 6 2 1f Townhouse $399,000
    165 Gray St. U:1 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $429,000
    15 Newton Rd. U:1 6 2 1f 2/3 Family $439,000
    50 Harlow St. U:1 6 2 1f 2/3 Family $445,000
    12 Fairmont St. U:1 5 2 1f 1h   $449,000
    56 Windsor St. U:1 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $510,000
    62 Mary St. U:1 5 3 2f 2/3 Family $529,000
    133 Warren St. U:2 8 4 1f 2/3 Family $549,900
    62 Mary St. U:2 5 3 2f 2/3 Family $569,000


    Downsizing: When Scaling Back is a Move in the Right Direction

    Downsizing can be a very personal and emotional decision. It is a time to reflect back on many memories, but also a time to look forward to new beginnings.

    While it usually means cleaning out, cleaning up and making tough decisions about who gets what at what goes where - downsizing does not need to be daunting!

    With the right help and a plan tailored to suit your needs, you can make a seamless transition to a new chapter of your life.


    Here are the top 5 things to consider when downsizing.

    1. Family Meeting. Discuss the idea of downsizingwith your family and friends, as well as your advisors including attorneys and accountants. Understand your options and the potential changes to your estate planning and tax implications.
    2. Rely on a Professional to get you started. Contact a trusted REALTOR® to prepare a Custom Market Analysis (CMA) on your home. A great REALTOR® will give you an insight on the true value of your home (not just what Zillow tells you), potential expenses, the best timeline as well as a comprehensive overview of the market conditions.
    3. Timing is Everything. Change is hard, procrastinating is easy. Unfortunately many are ultimately forced to move for either health reasons or other personal reasons. It is important to be proactive and understanding the time it can take to downsize - which can be up to two years depending on certain physical, financial and emotional situations.
    4. Think About Your Next Move. Start your research early in the process. Understand why you are moving - is the maintenance and care of the house too much? If that's the case you may want something with little or no maintenance, such as a condo or townhouse. Do you need everything on one level? Maybe not immediately, but look to the future and decide if you might need a bedroom and bathroom on the main level. Whatever your lifestyle and decision is; take your time and consider all your options.
    5. Cleaning Out. Packing up a lifetime of memories is often the hardest part of downsizing. A professional stager and organizeris invaluable in helping you prepare your home for sale, as well as knowing where you can donate certain items or the proper place to discard them. When you work with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team, the will cover the costs of a stager in most cases.

    If you feel apprehensive about downsizing you're not alone. The good news is, there is help. Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team will handle every step of the process and more - providing a smooth transition and ensuring that you well cared for throughout your move.


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    Spotlight: Homes of the Week - Arlington, Medford, & Winchester!

    Three new listings and we are off to the races! Grab your fancy hat and a mint julep to browse these fantastic homes on Kentucky Derby weekend.

    The Arlington duplex is highly walkable, the Medford colonial is tucked away yet close to everything, and the Winchester condo-alternative is an unbelievable 'in' to a prestigious community with great schools!

    All bets are you to find a great home this weekend!

    36 Paul Revere Road, Unit 1, Arlington  

    36 Paul Revere Road Arlington

    Stunning two level duplex is located in Arlington Heights close to Mass Ave. and all the fabulous shops, 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 really nice place to call home! (MLS #71827147)

    Listed: $389,000

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

    22 Frye Road, Medford  

    22 Frye Road

    Terrific, Garrison colonial in a lovely location! Enjoy the best of both worlds, close to everything but tucked away and private! Don't miss this solid and well maintained home, close to shopping, Wright's Pond, public transportation, with easy access to highways and the city. The first floor offers a lovely living room with a large picture window and cozy fireplace, open kitchen to dining room, plus an updated half bath, great for entertaining friends and family. The kitchen has been tastefully updated with new counter tops, flooring and a fresh coat of paint. The second floor boasts three ample bedrooms, with great closet space and an updated bath. Spacious and tidy green garden, plus a low maintenance home with vinyl siding and gutters, updated electrical and newer three zone heating system, make this home move-in ready! Bonus, heated, lower level/basement offers great potential for family and fun, was once a much loved recreation room with a "summer kitchen", awaiting your updates. (MLS#71827156)

    Listed: $389,000

    What's Nearby: Medford shops and restaurants, Wright's Pond, public transportation, Roberts School.

    18 Hemingway, Winchester   

    18 Hemingway, Winchester MA

    What a fantastic opportunity to own an adorable house close to Winchester Center. Close to top ranked schools and all this prestigious town has to offer. This fabulous Vintage Colonial has been recently updated with a gorgeous kitchen with stainless steel appliances, over-sized island with granite counter tops and a beautiful tile floor. The living room and dining room, with wainscoting, are bright and open. The full size bathroom has been tastefully updated and is located on the first floor. This home boasts front and back mud rooms, great for muddy little feet and paws! The second floor has two bedrooms both with hardwood. The bonus room is located on the third floor and is a great hideaway space perfect for home office, kids play room or an extra bedroom. The basement provides ample storage space with laundry hook-up. The small back yard, with patio, and two driveways make this a great condo alternative. A real charmer! (MLS #71827144)

    Listed: $499,000

    What's Nearby: Winchester Center shops and restaurants, Mystic Valley Parkway, Route 3, Lynch School.


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