Blog :: 06-2015

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Hooray for summer! Hanging out at Reservoir beach, kayaking on Spy Pond, barbeques at Blue Ribbon - all the best of summer and you never have to leave Arlington!

Arlington is a great place to visit, but it's an even better place to call home. We have two fantastic new listings that provide a summer oasis in the heart of a bustling community. You don't want to start summer without seeing these first!

136 Wollaston, Arlington

136Wollaston

Desirable Cape-style home located near the Dallin School, situated on the right of a quite private road surrounded by beautiful gardens and wooded areas, creating a serene setting and an abundance of privacy. This charming home has received numerous updates which include heat, hot water, windows, siding, an architectural roof that was installed in 2011, a renovated kitchen, a renovated bathroom and the lower level was refinished into a spacious family room or guest suite. There are three spacious bedrooms and two meticulous bathrooms. The kitchen was updated by the previous owners and has plenty of room for a kitchen table and lots of space to just hang out. This is a truly lovely home that has been meticulously maintained with beautiful grounds and lots of privacy. There is a play set, patio and shed in the rear yard, and the yard is perfect for family time or a quiet barbecue. All with easy access to Mass. Ave. and many bus routes into Alewife and Boston, Route 2 and 128. (MLS #71863395)

Listed: $549,000

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

 

47 Mystic Lake #1, Arlington  

47 Mystic LakeDon't miss this lovely and gracious seven room condominium. Enjoy views of the Mystic Lake and the feel of your own private retreat. The gracious foyer, with leaded glass windows, welcomes you and invites you to relax in the formal living room with an impressive fireplace, built in bookcases and bay window. The adjacent formal dining room is perfect for entertaining, while the updated kitchen, with a convenient breakfast nook, will charm your guests. This well maintained home boasts much character with many built-ins and beautiful French doors. Two bedrooms, one and one half baths, plus two additional rooms for a home office, guests, or cozy den, make this condominium feel spacious, airy and just like home. Views to the ample garden and lake beyond will surely please. A year round natural wonder, enjoy kayaking and sailing on the Upper Mystic Lake, while living in the heart of Arlington, convenient to public transportation, Arlington Center and all the town has to offer! (MLS #71863409)

Listed: $549,000

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

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY 

Address

 

Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
27 Hancock St. 5 3 1f 1h Ranch $500,000
7 Wigwam Circle 7 3 2f Cape $539,000
28 Ottawa Rd. 6 3 1f Colonial $545,000
136 Wollaston Ave. 7 3 2f Cape $549,000
42 Rockland Ave. 6 3 1f 1h Garrison $549,000
145 Gray St. 7 3 1f 1h Colonial $559,000
112 Newland Rd. 8 3 2f Colonial $599,000
110 Quincy St. 8 4 2f 1h Colonial $749,900
36 Tanager St. 11 5 2f 1h Victorian $899,000
17 Lakeview St. 8 4 2f 1h Colonial $999,900
1378 Mass. Ave. 10 6 1f 1h Colonial $1,100,000

 CONDO 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
1049-1051 Mass. Ave. U:2 6 3 1f 2/3 Family $355,000
27 Silk St. U:27 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $399,000
12 Highland Ave. U:1 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $425,000
108 Highland Ave. U:108 6 2 1f 2/3 Family $449,900
47 Mystic Lake Dr. U:1 8 2 1f 2/3 Family $549,000
32 Smith St. U:32 6 3 2f 1h Duplex $599,000

 MULTI-FAMILY

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
14-16 Maynard St. 11 total room 4 total   2 Family - 2 Up/Down $649,000

 

That East Coast/West Coast Thing

We love to make comparisons with our west coast counterparts. Whether its coffee (Dunks vs. Starbucks), sports (Sox vs. Giants), or schools (MIT vs. Stanford) there's a continual questioning (validating?) of us vs. them.

Post_ECWCPGGB2Why should real estate be any different?

This article, The Biggest Problem With San Francisco's Rent Crisis. The Suburbs. from Slate.com caught our questioning/validating eye.

As much as we like to think we're different, the San Francisco area and the Boston area have many similarities when it comes to real estate. For one thing there is the ocean. Since you can't build houses on water we are both geographically restricted in terms of buildable areas. Places like Denver and Dallas can sprawl until their heart's content, but our geographic area is forcibly dense, causing rents and home values of those closest to the city to skyrocket faster and higher.

"A forward-thinking planner might have conceived of the region as three high-density nodes of housing and jobs, in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, with quiet bedroom communities strung like beads along commuter rail lines and highways."

Sounds familiar. Our Boston, Cambridge, Somerville to their San Francisco, San Jose. Geographically similar, bursting with intellectual capital, and off-the-charts real estate again make it seem as if we're more alike than different. Not to mention we have that 'bikeability' thing in common - according to this study, San Francisco has a bike score of 70, Boston 68.

"With homes and jobs closer together, commutes get shorter, easing the weight on the region's sagging transportation infrastructure. With better incentives to allow more construction, cities might start building enough housing to bite into the monthly rent increases."

When people live in and/or near the cities in which they work, there is more ownership, activism, and involvement than in the cities and towns where the lights go out when commuters leave. Arlington is a great example. As a densely populated town that enjoys many benefits of being close to Boston and public transportation, it also has a thriving business community of its own that makes it vibrant place to live and work. We also have our own likeable, bikeable Minuteman Bikeway and plans underway to make Mass. Ave. more bike-friendly. It's no wonder that there are so many transplants from the west coast that choose to settle in our area. Maybe there's something about a place that reminds you of home?

While we may never see eye-to-eye on whether a Venti Latte is better than a Medium Iced Regular (it's not), we can agree that there are similarities that make each of these areas great places to live.

Interested in new construction? Arlington has a number of new projects on the way. You can check them out here.

 

 

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Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Happy Father's Day to all of the hard working Dads out there! Kick back and enjoy your day - but not before you see this historic home! Fantastic location, great structure, with just enough to updating needed to put those power tools to use!

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

- Mark Twain

252 Gray Street, Arlington 

252 Gray Street

Known as "The William Prentiss House," built circa 1855, this very special home awaits your updates and care. The house is situated on a large 9,797 square foot parcel of land, which may allow for the opportunity to expand this enchanting home. Offering what you would expect from a home of this age; charm, grace, character, period detailing and yes, the need for repairs and renovations. Whether restoring or expanding to create a new future, this home presents great potential in a lovely setting. There are three fireplaces, the functioning one is located in the living room. Adjacent to the rear of the house, off the kitchen, is a barn-type structure with terrific character and great potential. We respectfully ask interested buyers to have an inspection, prior to making an offer, as this home is being sold in "as is" condition. The main roof was installed in 1999, the boiler in 2003, the oil tank was replaced in 2005 and the home is located in the Brackett School District! (MLS #71859193)

Listed: $519,000

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

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY 

Address

 

Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
90 Lancaster Rd. 9 4 2f 1h Colonial $999,999
12 Iroquois Rd. 6 3 1f Bungalow $589,000
252 Gray St. 6 3 1f Colonial $519,000
45 Tanager St. 12 6 4f 1h Colonial $849,900
93 Sunset Rd. 6 3 1f Colonial $419,900
11 Fox Meadow Ln. 10 4 3f 1h Colonial $1,175,000
52 Warren St. 7 4 1f 1h Colonial $549,000
52 Huntington Rd. 6 3 1f Colonial $499,000

 CONDO 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
7 Dartmouth St. U:1 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $369,000
10 Willow Court U:B 6 3 1f Townhouse $379,900
48 Harlow St. U:2 9 4 2f 2/3 Family $589,000

 MULTI-FAMILY  

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
63-65 Trowbridge St. 15 total 6   2 Family $749,000
40 Newman Way 12 total 5   2 Family $649,900

 

Summer Home Selling Set to Sizzle

It's like getting a back-to-school catalogue before the school year has even ended. No. Nope. No. Not ready to think about that. It's barely summer so talk to the hand. But on the other hand....

Time flies when you're having fun and all of a sudden it's August 31st and you're caught with your swim trunks on and still no Trapper Keeper®. And just because it's almost summer doesn't mean you can toss the idea of selling your home in the recycling along with the catalogues.

It was a busy spring. We can attest to that with the 30+ closings we've handled for the month of June alone. But we can also confirm that there are plenty of buyers out there who are still searching. There is a serious buyer backlog due to a combination of a tough winter and continually low inventory rates for the past few years.

There are no dog days of summer when it comes to serious real estate in the Boston area. Buyers have invested too much time and energy to stop now. An active spring on the heels of these unprecedented market conditions means summer home selling is set to sizzle.

Contact us today (781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com) for a free and confidential custom market analysis of your home - we'll get you squared away this summer before the first bell rings in September.

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Now Is NOT the Time to Sell Your Home!

What's that now? Low interest rates, low inventory, little competition.... If you follow anything about real estate you know that there has probably never been a better time to sell your home - or has there?

Just take a look at a few headlines from the past five years. According to some industry experts, every year has been a great year to sell your home, even though economic and market conditions have changed drastically.

2010: 13 Reasons You Should Sell Your House Now Before It's Too Late - Business Insider

2011: Selling Your House? 5 Reasons To Do It NOW! - Keeping Current Matters

2012: 5 Reasons to Sell Now - Keeping Current Matters

2013: The Case For Selling Your House Now - Business Insider (w/ Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff)

2014: This is the year to sell your home - MarketWatch

It can be difficult to discern what is fact or fiction, real or imagined when it comes to real estate information. Do the national headlines apply to me? Should I panic? Should I wait? What's a potential home seller to do...

So are they wrong? (yes). Or are they right? (yes). Say what now?

The fact of the matter is, there are always going to be pros and cons when it comes to the timing of selling your home. When the real estate market was still slogging out of the recession in 2010, you might not get the highest price for your home, but you knew you could find one fairly easily and for a decent price. Now, the opposite is true. Home values have skyrocketed, meaning you'll likely get a great price for your home, but you might have more of a challenge finding one to move in to.

Just because people are telling you that now is a great time to sell your home doesn't mean that it's a great time for YOU to sell YOUR home.

A great first step to figuring it all out is with a comparative market analysis (CMA). But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Working with a professional real estate team that has helped thousands of people work through the process of how to sell their home - and when - is invaluable.

Anyone can tell you what you want to hear, but when it comes to making one of the biggest decisions of your life, you want someone who is honest enough to tell you what you need to hear - and experienced enough to help you successfully navigate the entire home selling process.

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Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Opa! So much to do and see in Arlington this weekend. First take in the culture food and music of the St. Athanasius the Great Church Festival.

Then don't forget to bring your electronics to be recycled - everything from cell phones to refrigerators - and your efforts will also help fund efforts at Fidelity House on Saturday, June 6th from 9am - 1 pm

Finally, come see our new listings this weekend! One is the perfect family home and the other has all the amenities you're looking for this summer!

P.S. Don't for get to come to the downsizing seminar, 'Planning for Your Future,' Tuesday, June 9th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Jimmy's Steer House! There is still time to register, call today! 781-645-0505.

26 Lantern Road, Arlington  

26 Lantern

Absolutely stunning home located in the heart of Morningside! This custom built home is being offered for sale by the original owners that have meticulously maintained it and the home reflects "True Pride of Ownership." From the moment you step into the foyer and admire the sunken living room, you realize this is a special home. It is in fact, the perfect family home and is great for entertaining with a spacious family room located adjacent to the kitchen, which is perfectly situated so you can enjoy your company whether they are in the dining room, family room or they are enjoying the private patio or screened in sunroom. The lower level has a game room, a play room with a fireplace, half bathroom and a private office. There are three spacious bedrooms on the main level, which include the master bedroom that has a sitting room and private bath. This home has it all! (MLS #71850183)

Listed: $819,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Route 60, Minuteman Bikepath, Morningside neighborhood.

990 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington  

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This is an impeccable and spacious one bedroom at Kentwood Condominium, one of Arlington's premier buildings. This lovely unit has been owned by the same owner since 1978 and it has been meticulously maintained offering a large open living room with sliders to the private, screened, and enclosed balcony, a spacious dining room and an over-sized master bedroom with ample closet space. It offers garage parking and private storage. It's the perfect time to buy and enjoy the swimming pool this summer! Kentwood Condominiums have a top floor work out area and function room. (MLS #71850876)

Listed: $319,000

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

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY

Address

 

Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
3 Spring Rd. 6 3 2f Cottage $499,000
110 Brand St. 6 3 2f Cape $499,000
785 Concord Tpk. 8 3 2f Cape $525,000
21 Kilsythe Rd. 10 3 1f 1h Bungalow $589,000
87 Quincy St. 9 3 2f 1h Colonial $599,000
17 Maynard St. 8 4 2f Cape $645,000
95 Rhinecliff St. 7 3 1f 1h Colonial $675,000
145 Newport St. 9 3 2f Colonial $695,000
26 Lantern Ln. 13 3 2f 1h Ranch $819,000
50 Beverly Rd. 9 6 3f Colonial $929,900
57 Princeton St. 9 4 3f Colonial $975,000
85 Jason St. 9 4 2f 1h Colonial $985,000

 CONDO 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
5 Colonial Village Dr. U:10 4 2 1f Low-Rise $195,000
2 Colonial Village Dr. U:9 4 2 1f Low-Rise $221,000
990 Mass. Ave, U:F11 4 1 1f High-Rise $319,000
17 Teel St. U:2 8 4 2f 2/3 Family $469,900
15 Jason Terrace U:2 7 3 1f Townhouse $499,000
63 Everett St. U:1 5 2 1f 2/3 Family $549,000
140 Lake St. U:2 9 4 2f 2/3 Family $599,000
59 Everett St. U:2 8 3 2f 1h 2/3 Family $699,000
63 Everett St. U:2 7 3 2f 2/3 Family $699,000

 

5 Reasons You Should Attend the Downsizing Seminar: 'Planning For Your Future'

Because downsizing is so much more than moving from a big house to a smaller one.

In theory it doesn't sound like such a big deal. People move and downsize all the time. But when you start to break it down, it becomes clear that there are many more details to address than one might think. Clearing the clutter (what needs to go?), getting rid of unneeded furniture (where to donate?), fixing that leaky gutter (who should I call?), etc.

Because what you don't know can hurt you.

Having a team of professionals in your corner is important. Having people who can foresee the possible headaches and head them off at the pass is invaluable to your peace of mind. Attorney Carl Toumayan, Senior Loan Officer Allyson Kreycik, CPA Peter Boalri and REALTOR® Steve McKenna will make sure you don't go it alone.

Because Rome wasn't built in a day.

It takes time to plan a move, but moving from the family home requires more than just moving boxes. If you are downsizing, chances are you have been in your house for quite some time and family memories are everywhere. It is important to allot appropriate time for the process of cleaning, preparing to move and finding a new place to move in to.

Because it doesn't have to be daunting.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Having a well-thought out plan in place takes the stress out of the question, "What do I do now." Estate planning, tax implications, market conditions, financing - these are all seemingly overwhelming at first glance. But working with the right team can turn 'daunting' into 'smooth and seamless.'

Because you're hungry.

At the end of the day, who doesn't love a free lunch. And free advice and information too? The question isn't why you should attend, but why wouldn't you? See you there.

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