Blog :: 01-2016

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Winter isn’t holding us back and we’re moving ahead with a phenomenal listing on Scituate Street in Arlington. With beautiful views of the Boston skyline, you can kick back and take it all in, all year long.

TGIF, enjoy the weekend, and see you at the open house Saturday, 1/30 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1/31 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

180 Scituate Street, Arlington

Sweet, charming and beautifully maintained Cape style home offering a blend of Old New England style and modern amenities. This adorable home has been in the same family for more than 70 years and reflects “True Pride of Ownership”. Located within seconds of the Brackett School and Skyline Park. The first floor has an open living room and dining room, a recently renovated kitchen that is open to the fabulous family room featuring a gas fireplace and large sliders leading to an over-sized deck. Sit on the deck and enjoy spectacular seasonal views of the Boston skyline. The main bathroom and office are also located on the first floor. The second floor has 3 spacious bedrooms including a lovely master bedroom with a skylight and two closets. There are many updates such as windows, vinyl siding and a metal roof. There is a long driveway leading to a one (plus) car garage. This is a very special home and it's worth seeing. (MLS #71953105) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, Brackett School.

180 Scituate Street, Arlington

Sweet, charming and beautifully maintained Cape style home offering a blend of Old New England style and modern amenities. This adorable home has been in the same family for more than 70 years and reflects “True Pride of Ownership”. Located within seconds of the Brackett School and Skyline Park. The first floor has an open living room and dining room, a recently renovated kitchen that is open to the fabulous family room featuring a gas fireplace and large sliders leading to an over-sized deck. Sit on the deck and enjoy spectacular seasonal views of the Boston skyline. The main bathroom and office are also located on the first floor. The second floor has 3 spacious bedrooms including a lovely master bedroom with a skylight and two closets. There are many updates such as windows, vinyl siding and a metal roof. There is a long driveway leading to a one (plus) car garage. This is a very special home and it's worth seeing. (MLS #71953105) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, Brackett School.

 

Did You Know That Spring has Sprung?

OK so maybe spring hasn’t sprung in a meteorological sense, but in terms of real estate it sure has.

Most people think that the spring real estate market coincides with the season, which is about mid-March through mid-June.  But Boston being the driven, ambitious kinda place that it is, it starts a lot sooner around these parts.

Buyers want to be competitive and beat out other buyers so the great home search of 2016 is well underway. And sellers want a head start over other sellers, so the listings are sprouting up sooner. Top that with the fact that winter has been particularly forgiving to us New Englanders this year, and the weather isn’t holding anyone back.

Voilà, spring has sprung.

There is still time to get in the market and beat the high-season rush. We have a number of new listings on the horizon for home buyers, and our team of trained professionals can get sellers ready and in the market faster than a crocus can bloom in March.

Contact us today for all of your real estate needs.

Spotlight: Arlington and Burlington Homes of the Week!

Big weekend, biiiig weekend.  Did Tom Brady somehow cause the snowstorm to track south so we could enjoy our football weekend? Who are we to say, but we do know he can make miracles happen on the field!

In other big weekend news, we have some fantastic new listings in Arlington and Burlington. A rare chance to own a home at the sought after Holly Glen, new construction in Arlington Center and an investment opportunity with a location that’s hard to beat!

In Brady (and real estate) we trust. Go Pats!

 

21 Azalea Field Road, Burlington

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to own a home at Holly Glen, Burlington's newest neighborhood. Conveniently located, but off the beaten path, these highly desirable single family homes, offer condominium style living, in an idyllic, cul-de-sac, wooded setting. Perfect for the down sizer or busy family, this home was built in 2014 and has many custom features. Surrounded by conservation land, you will enjoy the views and the top of the line finishes, granite and stainless, gas cooking, heating and fireplace, wood floors, high ceilings, tiled baths, great storage and thoughtful details. The first floor boasts an open floor plan and a master bedroom suite. The upper floor offers a gallery den/office with custom built desk and bookcases, plus a full bath and sizable second bedroom with large walk in closet and additional storage. The lower level offers another large bedroom, full bath and terrific family room. Tastefully decorated, move in and entertain ready! (MLS #71950946) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $849,900

What’s Nearby: Burlington shops and restaurants, Burlington Mall, Middlesex Mall, Wayside Commons, Route 128, Route 3, Lexington Center, Winchester Center.

 

18-20 Webcowet Road, Unit 18, Arlington   

18-20 Webcowet Road, Unit 20, Arlington   

First three rules of real estate are: Location, Location, Location! These Brand New Construction luxury townhouses are located near Arlington Center and public transportation. Featuring an open floor plan, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a center island open to dining and living room. There are beautiful architectural moldings and panels, recessed lighting and hardwood floors throughout. The second floor features two large bedrooms with walk-in closets, lovely guest bathroom and a laundry area. The 3rd floor master suite is complete with 2 walk in closets and a spacious master bathroom with Jacuzzi style tub and separate over sized custom tiled shower. Garage parking, central air, tank less on demand water heater. A private back deck and large fenced in yard allow you to enjoy the outside weather. This builder has built with meticulous attention to detail and it’s a true show piece, don’t miss it! (MLS #71950516) Click here for the full listing on Unit 18. Click here for the full listing on Unit 20.

Listed: $819,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., public transportation, 77 bus line, Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, Thompson School.

128 Pleasant Street, Arlington      

Looking for an investment, your first condominium? Then make sure you see this one bedroom condominium located in a prime location close to Arlington Center, Spy Pond and the Minuteman Bicycle Path. This one bedroom has an open floor plan with hardwood flooring and extremely large closets. The unit will require cosmetic renovations and is a great opportunity to live close to everything or to have a great investment. There is one parking space, the laundry room is located on the lower level and there is a large storage space as well. (MLS # 71950515) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $199,000

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

 

The Wizards Behind the Curtain

At least 42% of people begin their home buying process online, according to a report by The National Association of REALTORS® (a number that is bound to keep growing).

As a first step, this makes perfect sense.

You can get a feel for what’s out there, how much homes are going for, and how fast they’re selling – all while drinking tea in fuzzy slippers on the couch. Looking at data and statistics, bedrooms and bathrooms, schools and public transportation options can take up a better part of a day, so you better make sure you’re comfortable.

When you go on the big sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com you get access to a lot of information right off the bat. This is great when you’re getting the lay of the land and a feel for what is out there. But when you’re ready to go beyond ‘zesitmates’ and get serious about buying a home, you want a person behind those numbers.

The person or team behind the website should be able to answer your questions in real time, back up the data with an in-depth understanding of local dynamics, and address your specific needs without gimmicks or smoke in mirrors.

When you visit www.YourHomeForSale.com, you’re not only getting some of the best search capabilities, fastest alerts and notifications, and local insight and updates that are out there, but you also have a team of professionals behind every click of the mouse when you’re ready to take that next step.

Real estate isn’t magic, but when it’s time to make a move, you want a team with brains, heart and courage who believes there’s no place like a great home for you.

Contact us today. 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com

 

 

*image via: Igor Mojzes, DollarPhotoClub

Torch Light Music School: Q&A with Maura Lynch

Welcome to the first edition of Arlington Storefront Stories! As we mentioned in our previous intro, we believe in giving back to the place where we live and work, and we’re continuing that trend by focusing on some of the businesses that make Arlington GREAT.

Without further ado, our first story features Torch Light Music School, located on Medford Street in Arlington. Torch Light is Directed by the renowned singer and musician, Maura Lynch. It is a music school designed to help young musicians and artists find their true voice, as well as cultivate self-confidence and self-discovery.

Read our Q&A with Maura to see what makes Torch Light SHINE!

How is Torch Light different from other music schools?

At Torch Light we are committed to training the whole artist; their vocal technique, presentation, confidence and their ability to communicate the story inside the song.  While most music schools are comfortable with a piano and music stand for their studio, Torch Light offers each of our students a professional experience using state of the art audio gear.

Students are able to train on microphones, full PA system and performance lighting and will find that they are prepared for any audition or performance experience they may encounter.

What musical endeavor has had the greatest impact on your own life?

One of the most amazing experiences that I had with music was as the creator of Musicians for Peace in Northern Ireland. I was able to go to Derry, Northern Ireland and work first hand with the peace leaders there. When the conferences started to break down and animosity ran high between the Catholic and Protestant attendees, the leaders chose a song that I had written, One Day at a Time, to bring the group of broken factions together.  In that moment, I realized the profound effect that music could have, not only on each individual person, but on the group and global collective. 

My commitment in owning and creating a music school has been to infuse my students with the love of their own Voice and also to train them to use their Voice to better their own lives and the world that they live in… to be a Torch Light themselves!

Who was your most influential mentor? 

I’ve been blessed with amazing mentors! I’m hard-pressed to choose just one. I realize while writing this list, I have loved many artists such as Pat Benatar, Annie Lennox, Barbra Streisand and Adele, but the most influential of my mentors have been teachers – Valerie Walters as a child, Phyllis Curtin & Allen Rogers for my classical training, and Richard Berberian my high school music director who inspired me to no end and is still a dear friend. Last but not least my dear friend Michael Vaughan who inspired and trained me for years to be the best Music Director that I hope to be!

What would you say to someone interested in music but is self-described as having “no musical ability” at all?  Is ‘music’ something anyone can do? 

When I’m meeting a student for the first time who may want to study privately but may have those feelings, I will offer them a simple test, to sing “mi, re, do” in tune.  If a student is able to even softly sing those three notes in tune and has the desire to sing, I can train them!  If a person tries to sing ‘mi, re, do’ and is unable to hold the pitch, the private lesson route maybe a bit advanced for them.  I would recommend at that point, if their desire to sing is great, to join a group class or a community choir to build up their ability to hear pitch and come to test again.  I do believe music is something that can reach all of us on a soul and heartfelt level…I truly believe music is a universal language and can have profound impact on a person in performance or in a listening setting.

If you had to choose one, which would be your pick for a movie about music:

School of Rock, b) Walk the Line, c) Pitch Perfect, d) Amadeus, e) Almost Famous, f) Other

Wow, again, choosing one is really tricky but I can choose one for each category!  For Classical music – Amadeus!  That movie has brilliant performances but historically it shows that ‘those musicians’ like Mozart were the Pop Stars of their day and real people!  I find this inspires young artists to hear and be open minded to the magnificence of the music. The artists who created the music had a major impact on history itself, and they were not just dusty old men!  For arranging and incredible harmonic singing for younger artists, Pitch Perfect was amazing as it highlights the desire for excellence and transcending daily life trials. The movie Almost Famous was wonderful for showing the ‘less than glamorous’ parts of the music world and how attention to excellence in the craft of music can help a young artist stay on track in a world full of illusion, temptation and bling.

Does self-esteem build confidence in music or does music build confidence and self-esteem?

Music is an amazing tool of self-expression.  A very confident person will approach music as a vehicle for what they may already wish to share with the world and will discover how music will best express themselves.  For a student struggling with self-esteem, music is a fantastic opportunity to gain that inner core confidence. Through a song that reaches them, they will not only learn more about singing, they will find their “Voice”. 

Students who come to me are all welcome to bring their favorite songs to their lessons.  For students craving increased self-esteem, I encourage them to dig deep into the message in those songs and how it pertains to their own lives and circumstances and how those words can help them in their own journey.  If a student is going through a particular issue, such as bullying, we may even write a song from words in their journal that they may fully express themselves in a safe venue about their experience.  Their own personal improvement in their singing absolutely leads them strongly to ‘who they are’ and the confidence that they feeling reaching that goal.  The artists and songs that they admire give them permission to speak for themselves in a way that works for them.

When a student grows from singing in a group to becoming a soloist, I have found that the confidence they earned to be able to accomplish that goal has often stayed with them into adulthood as some, much to my great delight, have shared with me years later!

What impact have shows like American Idol, The Voice and Glee have had on the perception of music and musical performance? 

Simply put, these shows made singing become one of the coolest things you could do! Instead of singing in the Glee Club being what ‘those kids do’ it’s now a cutting edge symbol of confidence and unique expression.  Most students who have the leads or sing solo are often seen as those who will also be very successful in high school, college acceptances and finding a satisfying path for their life.

What should new students expect when they sign up with Torch Light?

Brand new students will immediately be able to sing and train on professional microphones and through a PA system the moment they arrive.  They will have the freedom to co-create their experience by being welcome to bring in their favorites songs and artists that are influencing them at the time.  If I find that their technical advancement calls for a specific training, I have a vast library of songs to choose to teach them. I have discovered that the level of enthusiastic focus is more easily attained when the student feels that their input is most welcome!

A brand new student should know that they come to Torch Light their love of music and desire to find their most excellent Voice has just begun!

What is the one thing you would want every student to walk away with?

A Love of their Own Voice – not just as a singer, but as a person and as a leader in their own life; that their pursuit of their love of music will be a gift that will be with them for the rest of their life.

If you had the chance to perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would like to produce an event through Torch Productions called Power Chords for Peace and I would like the concert to be held at the Muslim center in New York near Ground Zero.  After my experience working with the peace leaders in Northern Ireland, I realized that a group of terrorists are NOT regular folks and that all of us suffer when labels are put upon people that promote prejudice and hatred. 

The world cannot be a more peaceful place if we don’t see the heart of the matter and stand for it.  I would like to align the business world, spiritual world and the artistic world in a global musical endeavor that would gather more of us together who believe in the magnificent possibility of a world at peace.

 

Do you know of an Arlington business that should be covered? Just let us know! Leave a comment or email info@yourhomeforsale.com with your suggestion.

Arlington Storefront Stories

Strong local businesses – like good schools – are a big part of what make a town popular, prosperous, and a preferable place to live. In Arlington, we are lucky to have all of this and more.

Do you ever walk down Mass. Ave. and wonder what makes all these businesses tick? How did they come to be? Why they chose to do business in Arlington?

We are a town that tends to prefer a store where the owner knows our name over a strip mall, a local foodie joint over a chain restaurant, and businesses that focus on quality over quantity over a box stores (although sometimes those are necessary, too).

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team values and takes pride in the place where we live and work. We believe in giving back to the community, and supporting the people and businesses that make this town great.

This year, we want to share the stories behind the storefronts. We are going to spotlight a new business every month, and shed light on the value that they bring to our town.

The first in our series is on deck. Torch Light Music School is located on Medford Street in Arlington and is run by the renowned singer and musician, Maura Lynch. It is a music school designed to help young musicians and artists find their true voice, as well as cultivate self-confidence and self-discovery.

Sound interesting? Stay tuned for our upcoming post, Torch Light Music School – Q&A with Maura Lynch.

Do you know of an Arlington business that should be covered? Just let us know! Leave a comment or email info@yourhomeforsale.com with your suggestion.

 

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

We are kicking off the New Year with some pretty impressive properties! A wonderful single-family home with a fantastic location just waiting for your taste and style updates. Plus, we have a two-family home which can be purchased as a whole, or, individual condo units. Beautifully redone, Brackett school district and steps to so much of what makes Arlington great!

Make 2016 the year you make the move to your perfect home!

572 Summer Street, Arlington      

Owned by the same family since the 1940's this is the home to make yours. With much of the original detail intact including natural wood work and hardwood floors, it's the perfect home to make your own. With some cosmetic updates and other improvements you can put your own style and flare into and make it your space. There are some exterior updated such as 10+ year old roof, vinyl siding, garage door opener and sprinkler system. There is a lovely living room with fireplace, formal dining room with corner hutch and an eat-in-kitchen on the first floor. Upstairs you will find 3 spacious bedrooms and a full bath. Conveniently located near the Peirce School, Arlington Heights, public transportation, McClennan Park, and shops and restaurants. (MLS #71946184) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $429,000

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

 

14 Field Road, U:2, Arlington   

Outstanding location with its proximity to Mass Ave., the 77 bus line, The Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, and the great shops and restaurants in Arlington Center, this condo is not to be missed! Located on the second floor of a recently converted 2 family this condo offers so much! With gleaming hardwood floors, open concept living room, dining, kitchen, in-unit laundry this is not to be missed. The kitchen features an island with seating for 3, lots of cabinet space, granite counters, and stainless appliances. There is a lovely master with tiled shower. The den offers 3 sides of windows and is a pleasant space with lots of natural light. Upstairs can be used as a bedroom or another family room. All very tastefully done with pleasing appointments and fixtures. New windows, siding, roof, and HVAC complete the package. Also, listed as a two-family! (MLS#  71946387) Click here for the full listing

 

Listed: $579,000

 

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., public transportation, 77 bus line, Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, Brackett School.

 

14 Field Road, U:1, Arlington

Outstanding location with its proximity to Mass Ave, the 77 bus line, The Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, and the great shops and restaurants in Arlington Center, this condo is not to be missed! Located on the first floor of a recently converted 2 family this condo offers so much! With gleaming hardwood floors, open concept living room, dining, kitchen, in-unit laundry this is not to be missed. The kitchen features an island with seating for 3, lots of cabinet space, granite counters, and stainless appliances. There is a lovely master with tiled shower. The den offers 3 sides of windows and is a pleasant space with lots of natural light. All very tastefully done with pleasing appointments and fixtures. New windows, siding, roof, and HVAC complete the package. Also, listed as a two-family. (MLS #71946388) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $539,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., public transportation, 77 bus line, Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, Brackett School.

14 Field Road, Arlington

Spectacular Two Family! Outstanding location with its proximity to Mass Ave, the 77 bus line, The Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, and the great shops and restaurants in Arlington Center, this two family is not to be missed! Both units have gleaming hardwood floors, open concept living room, dining, kitchen, in-unit laundry, fireplaces, dens with 3 sides of windows offering lots of natural light The kitchens are similar and feature islands with seating for 3, lots of cabinet space, granite counters, and stainless appliances. Both have lovely master suites with tiled shower. The second unit has an upper level that can be used as a family room or third bedroom. All very tastefully done with pleasing appointments and fixtures. New windows, siding, roof, and HVAC complete the package. Lots of storage space in the basement. Also, listed as condos. (MLS #71946390) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $1,100,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., public transportation, 77 bus line, Minuteman Bikeway, Whole Foods, Brackett School.