Blog :: 04-2016

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Red Sox and real estate - things are looking up! Sox are in second place and we've got more listings that are second to none! A single-family home with Boston views and equidistant to Spy Pond, Arlington Center and Menotomy Rocks Park. And a top-floor condo that will get you out of the renters rut and into homeownership!

Come to these open houses and get in the game! 


18 Kensington Road, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, April 30th, 11:00 - 12:30

                       Sunday, May 1st, 11:00 - 12:30

This spacious Ranch-style home is perched on a private lot with fabulous views of the Boston skyline and Spy Pond! Offering an open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing and enjoying the views. This charming home has been in the same family for more than 5 decades and has been maintained throughout the years and provides opportunities for the new owners to renovate it to their desired taste. There are 3 spacious bedrooms all with hardwood floors and ample closet space. The living room has a large fireplace and built-in book cases and is open to the dining room. The country style eat- in kitchen is spacious with plenty of cabinets and counter space. There is a family room on the lower level with a fireplace and additional space for storage. There is a two car garage that is located in front of the house that maintains the privacy of the home and yard. (MLS # 71996039) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Spy Pond, Menotomy Rocks Park.


118 Decatur Street, Unit 10, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, April 30th, 1:00 - 2:00               

Why rent when you can own this updated, freshly painted, top floor condo! Open concept living room/dining room with gleaming hardwood floors and built-in air conditioner. The spacious bedroom has windows on 2 walls allowing lots of natural light in. The updated bath features tasteful tile, wainscoting, pleasing accents, and some storage. White cabinets and appliances make the kitchen bright and cheery! Since this was recently updated there isn't much to do but unpack and unwind. There is additional storage and laundry in the basement. Deeded parking is an added bonus! Enjoy walking along the Mystic River, or stroll to Wholefoods and Starbucks just up the road! Easy access to Rts 93, 2 and 16, and public transportation. This is the one to see! (MLS # 71995326) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $249,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center and East Arlington shops and restaurants, Mystic Valley Parkway, Routes 93, 2, 16, Minuteman Bikeway.


Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team Named Real Living Real Estate's No. 1 Team in the Country


April 27, 2016 04:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time

ARLINGTON, Mass.--()--Real Living Real Estate, one of the nation's leading real estate franchisors and a member of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage networks, today congratulated Steve McKenna and The Home Advantage Team, of BOWES Real Estate Real Living, as the brand's No. 1 real estate team nationally.

"This recognition is a testament to Steve and the excellent team he runs," said Bob McAdams, president of Real Living Real Estate. "Steve and his team are outstanding members of BOWES Real Estate Real Living, and we couldn't be more proud to have them in our Real Living family."

For 30 years, Steve McKenna has been a fixture in Arlington real estate, and Arlington's top real estate agent every year since 1991. Real Living Real Estate ranked its own top teams for 2015 production and Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team topped the lists for both closed units and total GCI for 2015.

McKenna built his business on a foundation of hard work and premier customer service. Clients rely on the team's deep understanding of the local market, its pool of buyers, in addition to its skills in marketing, transaction coordination, negotiation, scheduling and follow-up.

"We are truly honored to be recognized by Real Living for these accomplishments," said McKenna. "While it is gratifying to see our hard work pay off, the fact that we have helped thousands of people and families in and around Arlington successfully buy and sell their homes is genuinely rewarding. As always, we thank the community for its continued business and support."

About Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team

Steve McKenna has been affiliated with BOWES Real Estate Real Living since 1986, and has been Arlington, Massachusetts' #1 real estate agent every year since 1991. McKenna is committed to providing each of his clients with the highest quality of professional service. He has taken years of experience and developed a successful business model with The Home Advantage Team - a group of highly qualified support staff. A combination of cutting edge technologies, personal service and attention to detail has resulted in generations of satisfied sellers and buyers. Visit for more information.

About Real Living Real Estate

Real Living Real Estate is a full-service real estate brokerage franchise company with a comprehensive and integrated suite of resources for franchisees and their sales professionals, as well as for consumers who work with them. In 2016, Real Living Real Estate was named "Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year" and "Most Loved" real estate brand in the 28th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study. Additionally, the Real Living brand and its innovative concepts were recognized by Entrepreneur magazine; have won Inman Innovator Awards, and been named "the Most Promising New National Brand" by the Swanepoel TRENDS Report. Real Living Real Estate is a network brand of HSF Affiliates LLC, majority owned by HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. For more information, visit


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Impact of the Proposed Zoning Changes on Arlington Homeowners

Arlington homeowners, please take a moment to understand the implications of the proposed zoning articles being presented and educate yourself before voting at Town Meeting. These are important issues for us all. The proposed changes to date have been vague and confusing, and have not been adequately communicated to the public.

Below is a commentary from Steve which also appeared in The Arlington Advocate. We welcome your thoughts and opinions, and be sure to communicate your ideas to the Town Committee Members as well.


Arlington is a wonderful, vibrant and diverse town that draws on the depth and diversity of the citizens, neighborhoods, housing styles, restaurants and shops. As a homeowner and local real estate professional who has been living and working in Arlington for 30 years, I feel compelled to speak up about the proposed zoning by-law changes. Given my profession, I have seen a lot of homes, and I have the expertise and confidence to say every home is different – and so are the requirements of families who live there. The proposed zoning changes will impede many homeowners’ rights to renovate their home.

I realize these changes have been proposed because of some of the new homes being built. Instead of implementing changes that affect every homeowner across the board, there should be a meeting between builders and the town to advance the quality of new construction. Only 27 new homes were built in Arlington last year and I am concerned this knee-jerk reaction could have a long term, damaging effect on every homeowner. Driving around town, you see more contractor signs than For Sale signs. Lifestyles are changing, and the fact is families are growing and people need more space, which sometimes includes having an elderly parent move in. More and more homeowners want to stay in Arlington, but these restrictions may force them to leave the home and town they love.

As is the case with many legal documents, the proposed changes are very difficult for the average person to understand, and mask the devastating consequences to all homeowners. Before voting on any of these changes, a complete study should be prepared by the Redevelopment Board and it should provide information and depict, in laymen’s terms, just how these changes in conjunction with the current zoning by laws will affect every homeowner. Town meeting members and homeowners should have a full understanding of each proposal so they can comprehend the overall impact.

  • The zoning by-laws are supposed to protect every property owner and treat everyone fairly. These proposed changes do not. For example:
  • The determination of the height of a house will be changing. As a result, the height of a new home or addition will be restricted. If your home happens to be on a hill, like many homes, your opportunity to add on is much more restricted than someone having a flat lot.
  • It is proposed new additions should be 30’ from the neighbor’s house on either side. In many cases, this would allow you to only have a 10’ wide addition located in the middle of your home.
  • The Gross Floor Area is now to include basements, cellars, mechanical rooms, garages and porches. These spaces are often not habitable, yet will add to the overall size of your living area. Not only is this unreasonable; but think of how that may affect your assessment and taxes.


The economic effects of these changes are widespread. We have just recovered from the worst recession in history and it is a proven fact the real estate industry has the biggest impact on the economy. The home building and renovation industry provides millions of dollars of revenue in Arlington each year. Many builders and contractors are residents and employ other residents of the community. The economic effect will trickle down and be felt by our retail shops, hardware stores, restaurants and property owners.

Another major concern is property values. Arlington has one of the strongest real estate markets in the area. We are a community for first-time home buyers. They come to Arlington because of our schools, parks, bike path, restaurants and shops. Buyers want a home they can grow into and live in for decades. If these changes are approved, they will not be interested in buying the smaller home with the hopes of adding on later. Once the limitations and restrictions of these proposed changes are fully realized, buyers will buy elsewhere in communities that provide them the opportunity to expand. Many of our seniors have lived in the same home for decades and have relied upon their home as being the biggest part of their retirement and savings. What impact will these changes have on them, as well as every homeowner? We need a plan that will maintain our property values while preserving Arlington’s values.

I support most of the Master Plan. It recognizes the need for growth and development and offers many positive opportunities for development on our main corridors and will help with the future of Arlington. I appreciate the concerns of the Redevelopment Board and some citizens that have proposed these changes. However, these proposed zoning changes are too restrictive and we need to encourage a more balanced approach that is sensitive, fair and reasonable, which is something that every Arlington homeowner and citizen deserves.


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    Spotlight: Arlington & Winchester Homes of the Week!

    Jackpot! Have you been waiting, and waiting, and waiting (and waiting) for inventory in Greater Boston to pick up? We have 6 (SIX) new listings this weekend for you to check out. Everything from a commuter’s condo, to a perfect starter home in a great neighborhood, to a traditional, grand Arlington home on Pleasant Street. Time to get excited about finding YOUR new home!

    Happy #EarthDay and we will see you at the open houses!


    211 Pleasant Street, Arlington


    Open House: Saturday, April 23rd, 11:00 – 12:30

                           Sunday, April 24th, 11:00 – 12:30

    One of the most beautiful houses along Pleasant Street, this circa 1830 Italianate Colonial is a lovely, warm, and inviting home offering 9 gracious rooms. As you enter from the brick courtyard you will note the overall size and impression of this magnificent home, and then immediately appreciate the combination of old world charm and modern amenities that this immaculate house has to offer. The front hallway accesses all the rooms on the main level, which includes a library with a fireplace, the family room also with a fireplace, and the formal size dining room that has two built in hutches and provides direct access to the oversize, eat-in kitchen. The kitchen was remodeled in 2009 with newer counter tops, cabinetry and appliances. There is also a bathroom with shower and laundry room off the kitchen. The second level has three generous size bedrooms with ample closet space and a full bathroom. The third floor has two additional bedrooms with plenty of closets and storage. (MLS # 71991354) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $789,000

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


    6 Wyman Terrace, Arlington  

    Open House: Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00 – 2:30

                           Sunday, April 24th, 11:00 – 12:30

    Attention Investors, Developers and Multi Family Buyers! This spacious two family home is perfectly located between Arlington Center and East Arlington close to Mass Avenue, the Minuteman Bicycle Path and all the wonderful shops and restaurants in town. The house will need some updating but has many terrific features. The first floor has 5 spacious rooms with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. The unit was recently painted and the floors were refinished. The second floor unit is quite large with 2 levels of living and the opportunity to renovate the unfinished portion of the attic. The unit is very sunny and has 7 spacious room with 3 bedrooms. There is a two car garage and small rear yard! (MLS # 1991429) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $749,000

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


    22 Grove Street, Unit 22, Winchester    

    Open House: Saturday, April 23rd, 11:00 – 12:30

                           Sunday, April 24th, 11:00 – 12:30

    Don’t miss this wonderful townhome at the sought-after White Horse Commons! Soaring ceilings, skylights, and oversized rooms make this 2-bed 2 ½ bath home a must-see. The updated kitchen is open with granite counters, a large pantry and plenty of cabinet space. In the living room there is a beautiful floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace that gives a warm yet airy feel. There are plenty of built-in cabinets and shelving throughout, and huge walk-in closets make storage and organizing a piece of cake! There is an office/den, partially finished basement, and garage parking when the weather turns cold. In the meantime, enjoy the natural, private setting on the deck for those warm summer nights. You will love this peaceful setting and appreciate the easy access to Routes 3 & 93, Commuter Rail, the vibrant shops and restaurants of Winchester, and the quiet beauty of the nearby Middlesex Fells reservation. Enjoy care-free condo living in one of the best towns outside Boston! (MLS #71992004) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $599,000

    What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2, Memotomy Rocks Park, Brackett School and Robbins Farm.


    96 Oakland Ave, Arlington  

    Open House: Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00 – 2:30

                           Sunday, April 24th, 11:00 – 12:30

    Perfect starter home in Brackett area. The current owner has owned the home for more than 5 decades and it's now time for the next owner to make it their home. This 3 bedroom multi-level home has lots of potential for the new owners to renovate or expand. The yard is absolutely amazing and is extremely spacious. The main level has a living room with fireplace and the kitchen and dining room are open to each other. The den is located off the dining room and overlooks the rear yard. The lower level offers an opportunity for expansion and there are 1.5 bathrooms. Bring your ideas and make this home yours for years to come. (MLS # 1991429) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $539,000

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


    37 Golden Ave., Arlington  

    Open House: Saturday, April 23rd, 11:00 – 12:30              

    This story book Cape style home is absolutely charming and is situated in a picturesque neighborhood of Arlington. Offering a spacious yard on a quiet tree lined street located in Arlmont Village, the home has been recently renovated offering a lovely, new kitchen which is open to the dining/family room that overlooks the rear yard, two new bathrooms, newer heat and air conditioning, as well as numerous other renovations. There are two bedrooms on the main level with a full bathroom and the master suite is located on the second floor and has a private bath and sitting area. The house is perfect as a starter home or for someone downsizing that just wants to move in and start gardening. (MLS # 71991402) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $529,000

    What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Alewife Station, Route 2, Poet’s Corner, Belmont Country Club, Dallin School. 


    12 Pond Lane, Unit #65, Arlington  

    Open House: Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00 – 2:00

                           Sunday, April 24th, 1:00 – 2:00

    Outstanding Arlington location! This 1-bed 1-bath condo is a commuter's dream, and perfectly situated to accommodate all of your lifestyle needs. Close to Spy Pond, the Minuteman Bikeway, and a short distance to the hopping Arlington Center restaurant scene. Easy access to Rt. 2 and Rt. 16 and conveniently located on a regular MBTA bus route make getting in and out of Boston a breeze. This is a lovely condo with ample space in the kitchen; beautiful tiled bathroom; large bedroom with great closet space; and open living room/dining room. There is a large screened-in porch to savor an after-dinner drink or morning coffee (Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Quebrada Baking Company are just a stone's throw away)! Other amenities include exclusive-use covered parking, in-building laundry, 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 place to call home and a great Pied-A-Terre. (MLS # 71991189) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $257,000

    What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Route 2, Route 16, Spy Pond.


    Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

    Seeing how Arlington was at the heart of the American Revolution, Patriot’s Day is kind of a big deal around here. Be sure to check out the Arlington Patriot’s Day Parade on Sunday and use the social media hashtag #ArlPats2016 for the latest updates.


    Today we will think of those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings three years ago. Arlington will join Boston in observing “One Boston Day” with a moment of silence today, April 15 at 2:49 p.m. #BostonStrong.


    140 Overlook Road, Arlington

    140 Overlook Road, Arlington

    Open House: Saturday, April 16th, 11:00 – 12:30

                           Sunday, April 17th, 11:00 – 12:30

    This stunning home has an impressive presence that grabs your attention and keeps it. Once you enter you are captivated by the space before you. Hardwood floors run throughout the living and dining space, and the front hall draws you back to the heart of the home. The gorgeous kitchen checks everything off your list -granite counters, stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet space and open to an eat-in area. There is a fire-placed family room off the kitchen for relaxing after a long day. The 1st floor also has an updated powder room and laundry. Upstairs are 3 spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, the oversized master suite has a fireplace, beautiful arched window, a bath with double sinks, Jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower. The finished basement includes an au-pair or in-law suite, complete with bedroom, full bath and kitchenette. The attached two-car garage, fenced-in yard, deck, and proximity to Arlington Heights & the Minuteman Bikeway will make this house your forever home! (MLS # 71988304) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $895,000

    What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Arlington Reservoir.


    16 Cliff Street, Unit 16, Arlington  

    Open House: Saturday, April 16th, 11:00 – 12:30

                           Sunday, April 17th, 11:00 – 12:30

    Gracious and spacious, this townhome built in 1903 offers Victorian flair and seasonal city views. A truly remarkable home, it is actually larger than most single family homes and boasts just as much privacy inside & out. The wide front porch welcomes you into the bright foyer with high ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors. The period details impress – built-ins, French doors, fire-placed living room, and high ceilings give this home a light and airy feel. The kitchen is roomy, fresh and clean with a walk-in pantry. The 4 bedrooms are large and spacious, and the 3 bathrooms are all updated. There is a bonus playroom or office, private yard, and detached garage to top it off. Close to the Dallin and Bracket Schools, Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway and public transportation, you are at the heart of everything Arlington has to offer. S/F home buyers, this is not your typical condo/townhouse! Don’t pass up this opportunity, come see for yourself! (MLS # 71988306) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $739,000

    What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Robbins Farm Mass. Ave. Brackett/Dallin School.

    Steve's Real Estate Insights on Arlington Public News

    Recently, Arlington Public News interviewed Steve as part of an Arlington housing market piece. Take a quick listen and hear what Steve has to say about Arlington's location, affordability and inventory.

    According to Steve, ““The market for the last two years has been very different than my previous 28 years’ experience. It's the fewest amount of homes we've ever seen on the market. For example right now there are only 15 single-family homes for sale and 11 condominiums. Traditionally Arlington has had an average of 50 homes for sale around this time of year.”

    This and more right here from Arlington Public News.


    Hear Steve's comments about the Arlington housing market on APN




    Spotlight: Arlington & Medford Homes of the Week!

    Lovely winter we’re having this April? Don’t let the wacky weather get you down, Spring is knocking on the door – and so is opportunity. Don’t miss these two wonderful homes in Arlington and Medford, great locations, well cared for, and waiting for YOU!

    Have a great weekend!

    35 Scituate Street, Arlington  

    35 Scituate Street, Arlington MA

    Open House: Saturday, April 9nd, 11:00 – 1:00

                           Sunday, April 10nd, 11:00 – 1:00

    A truly special home located in a prime neighborhood close to Brackett School, Robbins Farm and Mass Avenue. This captivating home has been in the same family for more than 5 decades and still maintains much of the beautiful, rich details including beamed ceilings, natural woodwork, custom built-ins & gorgeous hardwood floors. There are two fireplaces; one is located in the first floor den & the second is located on the second floor in one of the bedrooms. The house offers 4 spacious bedrooms, 1 ½ bathrooms, a formal living room and dining room, a lovely kitchen and a very nice family room with access to the deck and rear yard. Meticulously maintained throughout, this home has been well cared for and may need some updating. The lower level has a spacious play room and there is a terrific kitchenette, which is perfect for entertaining. The bonuses with this home are the double sized lot and 2-car garage . It is the most spacious yard in the neighborhood and you will just love it. (MLS # 71984832) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $839,000

    What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Robbins Farm Mass. Ave. Brackett School.


    23 Lincoln, Unit 23, West Medford  

    23 Lincoln Street, West Medford MA

    Open House: Saturday, April 2nd, 11:30 – 1:00

                           Sunday, April 3rd, 11:00 – 12:30

    On a lovely tree-lined street, this terrific duplex condominium is sure to delight. Sunny and spacious, the first floor boasts an open floor plan, built-ins, bookcases, granite peninsula and a beautiful bay window, overlooking the private, perennial garden and vegetable beds. The second floor offers a sunny master bedroom with views of the trees outside, a second bedroom or office, a full tiled bath and a private balcony, for relaxing at the end of the day. You will love the renovated attic space, perfect for guests, third floor family room or home office, with great built in book cases and cupboards for storage. The large skylight creates the feeling of a tree top retreat. Easy access to the garden, through a private mudroom area, private laundry and ample off street parking, make this home a treat. Terrific location, close to parks, West Medford Square, restaurants, buses and the Commuter rail, one stop to North Station. Walk, jog, bike or kayak around the nearby Mystic Lakes! (MLS # 71984801) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $379,000

    What’s Nearby: West Medford Square, shops & restaurants, public transportation, Commuter, Mystic Lakes.

    Spotlight: Arlington and Medford Homes of the Week!

    These two new listings in Arlington and Medford are fantastic and we’re not foolin! These homes have been well loved and well cared for and are awaiting someone new to call them home.


    April is high season for the spring real estate market so don’t delay. With inventory on the lower end in Greater Boston these days, you do not want to miss this opportunity. We think you’ll love these homes as much as the previous owners – no joke!


    12 Seminole Ave., Turkey Hill, Arlington  

    12 Seminole Ave., Turkey Hill, Arlington MA

    Open House: Saturday, April 2nd, 11:00 – 1:00

                           Sunday, April 2nd, 11:00 – 1:00

    Welcome to 12 Seminole Ave! A multi-level home located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a serene setting! The front foyer welcomes you into the impressive open floor plan. You immediately take note of the gleaming hardwood floors, airy feel, and bright space. Sun fills the living room and dining room through the numerous large windows. A prominent feature in the living room is the stone front wood burning fireplace. A door from the kitchen leads outside to the over-sized deck where summer entertaining will be in full bloom. Upstairs offers 3 spacious bedrooms, bath, and walk up attic offering lots of storage space. The ground level has a large 2 car garage with storage space, laundry room, and home office. The walk-out lower level offers an over-sized family room with wood burning fireplace, a game area, and wet bar! A wonderful home for entertaining friends and family! (MLS # 71980587) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $749,000

    What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Winchester Center, public transportation, Route 2, Route 3, Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic Lakes.


    91 Ravine Road, Medford  

    91 Ravine Road, Medford MA

    Open House: Saturday, April 2nd, 11:30 – 1:00

                           Sunday, April 3rd, 11:30 – 1:00

    Don't miss this classic colonial nestled in the heart of Brooks Estates. Meticulously maintained and lovingly cared for, this four-bedroom home is sure to delight. With good flow and great bones, the first floor boasts impressive gum wood detailing, built-ins, French doors and hardwood floors throughout. The welcoming foyer greets guests and leads to a large formal dining room, living room with fireplace and sunroom, great as a den or a first floor home office. The updated, eat-in kitchen, with mudroom area, lots of windows and half bath, is warm and welcoming. You will love the spacious second-floor foyer, with four bedrooms and a tiled, full bath. The lower level family room is perfect for kids. Watch the seasons from the professionally landscaped lot, with sprinkler system, plus a terrific two car garage for snow days. Close to Commuter rail, bus and all that West Medford Square has to offer. Walk by the Mystic Lake or bike to nearby Davis Square, Minuteman Trail, the Fells!. (MLS # 71980619) Click here for the full listing.

    Listed: $689,000

    What’s Nearby: West Medford Square shops and restaurants, public transportation, Commuter Rail, Mystic Lakes, Davis Square, Minuteman Trail, The Fells.