Blog :: 06-2016

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Looks like summer, feels like summer, smells like summer, so it must be summer! Last day of school for the Arlington kids and then everyone can hit the beach or the backyard for some fun.

We all know summer in Arlington is second to none, but to live here is to truly experience it. Come see our latest listing and make Arlington your home!

72 Beacon Street, Unit 1, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, June 25th, 11:00 – 12:30       

See the video!  

Welcome to 72 Beacon Street! New construction townhouse located close to public transportation, Mystic River - with its scenic trails, recreational activities, and wildlife – and easy access to major routes. Inside you will enjoy all the amenities and conveniences of new construction. The open concept main living level offers dark wood floors, numerous windows, and stunning chef’s kitchen. Light granite, white cabinets, Verona gas stove with vented hood, spacious island with plenty of seating and stainless steel appliances make cooking a pleasure! The second level offers 2 spacious bedrooms and a third room which can be used as a home office or another bedroom. Stackable laundry closet is located outside of the main bath. A spectacular master suite awaits you on the 3rd level. Boasting double closets a stunning master bath with tiled shower and dual sinks, and a private roof deck. The finished lower level offers a wet bar and ¾ bath giving it flexible use a playroom or guest bedroom! (MLS # 72028092) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $795,000

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

A Totes Cool Welcome To Town

If buying a home in Arlington isn’t sweet enough, these tote bags are the icing on the cake.

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team is a proud member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and we are happy to help kick off their program #IGotTheArlingtonTote. Every new home buyer in town receives a welcome tote of over $200 in value from local Arlington businesses. How’s that for hometown hospitality?

You are welcome, in Arlington.

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

You’ve been hearing about the low inventory levels for some time now, but we have listings to refresh your weekend open house schedule. We have four fabulous listings in Arlington – a wonderful suburban single family home to a not-your-average condo that is a walkable wonderful place to live. Check them out!

Don’t forget Feast of the East is tomorrow, Saturday, June 18th – it’s shaping up to be one of the best community events yet!!

And a Happy Father’s Day to all of the great Dad’s out there! Enjoy your weekend!

“You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.” – Jerry Seinfeld

 

15 Apache Trail Road, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30               

Sprawling ranch located in the highly desirable Morningside area! Are you looking for a suburban feeling tree lined street then this is the home for you. From the moment you drive up you note the curb appeal-the manicured lawn, freshly painted exterior, and attention to detail, the serene setting, and notice only the birds chirping. Upon entering the foyer the oversized living room with fireplace and built-ins captures your attention. A large picture window allows lots of natural light to stream into the room. A formal dining area with built-in is great for hosting gatherings. A large family room overlooks the professionally maintained, fully fenced yard! There are 3 beds and 2.5 baths (including a master!). A giant lower level offers flexible space for an exercise area, another family room, lots of space for storage, or anything your imagination allows. Gleaming hardwood floors, garage, true pride of ownership, and unbeatable location make this a must see! (MLS # 72023394) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $819,000

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

 

42 Warren Street, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30               

This is the perfect two-family home for investment, condominium conversion or first time home with rental income. The house has received many updates over the years and there are still some repairs needed. There is vinyl siding, newer windows, updated kitchen and bathroom on the second floor. The first floor has 5 spacious rooms with natural woodwork and a faux fireplace. The kitchen is older and will need updating, but the character is abundant. The second floor has 8+ spacious rooms and has two levels of living space. The kitchen and bathroom were updated and the expansion potential in the attic is evident. There are front and rear porches, a nice rear yard with a shed and plenty of parking. Close to Arlington Center and East Arlington with great access to Alewife and Cambridge. (MLS # 72023554) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $789,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center and East Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2., Alewife, Cambridge.

 

65 School Street, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30

Welcome to this charming 4 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, Colonial located in the Brackett School District. It is within walking distance to Skyline Park, Mass. Ave., the Minuteman Bike Trail and public transportation to Alewife, Harvard Square and Boston. Routes 2 & 128 are minutes away. The first floor open plan has a large kitchen and adjoining dining room that overlooks a level backyard that is perfect for gardening, playing or just relaxing. The spacious fireplace living room looks onto a full length farmers, front porch. The second floor has 4 corner bedrooms with cross ventilation and ample closet space. The large, walk up attic has plenty of storage space. The basement is very spacious and open with new replacement windows and door that leads to an extended driveway that can accommodate 4+ cars. The detached, one car garage has been recently painted. Move into this lovely home in time for the school year. (MLS # 72023667) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $619,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Skyline Park, Alewife, Brackett School.

1 School Street, Unit 108, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 1:00 – 2:30

A truly spacious, sunny and special one bedroom unit at the Cutter School! The windows are over-sized and the sunlight shining through them is magnificent. The unit has southern exposure and overlooks the playground. The living room is very open with high ceilings and huge windows and hardwood floors. The kitchen and dining room are slightly elevated overlooking the living room and is quite large with an abundance of cabinets and counter space. The master bedroom is extremely spacious with a built in hutch and walk-in closet. One of the many added bonuses of this condo is the in-unit laundry! Close to Mass Avenue and the bike path, the Cutter School is convenient to everything and is a step above the average condo. Stop by and see for yourself. (MLS #72023551) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $359,000

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

Home Sellers: Opt-in.

So maybe it’s been a while since you purchased your home in the Arlington area.  Maybe you’ve had thoughts of selling but you’ve heard about the low inventory, the competitive market among buyers, the frustration in finding a new home, and you’re opting to wait and see.

You’re not alone. Like many of our clients, you’ve thought about selling, but you’re concerned about finding a home to move in to. We understand. We’ve helped them and we can help you, too.

As a home seller in Greater Boston, you have many options – a strong market, low interest rates and one of the best real estate teams around, to start.

Opting in to the home selling process is the first step towards realizing what the sale of your home means to your future.

The second step is to contact us for a Current Market Analysis (CMA) of your home. The CMA will give you insight on the value of your home, potential expenses, the best timeline as well as a comprehensive overview of the market conditions.

It’s up to you to opt-in and move forward. We’re ready when you are.

Spotlight: Arlington & Medford Homes of the Week!

Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend, and we are workin’ for you! We have SIX fantastic new listings this weekend in Arlington and Medford! Get the scoop direct from Steve in this video, and take a look below.

See you at the open house and make it a summer to remember!

35 Pond View Road, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, June 11th, 11:00 – 12:30               

This is an extraordinary two family home that has been beautifully maintained and kept in meticulous condition! Step into the spacious first floor apartment and notice how bright and cheery it is! There is beautiful natural wood work, gleaming hardwood floors, built-in hutch in the dining room, a faux fireplace is located in the living room and there is an office/den adjacent to the living room and there are 2 bedrooms. The owner has occupied the second floor unit and it reflects true pride of ownership and is very special! It features beautiful hardwood floors, natural woodwork and a renovated kitchen that has direct access to an over-sized rear deck with spectacular views of Spy Pond. The master bedroom has French doors that also access the deck. There are two additional bedrooms and a newly renovated bathroom. There is central air conditioning and many other exceptional features and updates. There is a private yard and a two car garage and driveway. This is the one you've wanted! (MLS # 72019825) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $879,000

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

 

155 Park Ave., Arlington    

Open House: Saturday, June 11th, 11:00 – 12:30               

What a captivating home situated on an over-sized lot offering an absolutely fabulous, private rear yard. This traditional center entrance colonial has been wonderfully maintained and has many recent updates which include a renovated kitchen with open floor plan, new appliances, breakfast area and granite counters, newly finished hardwood floors, newer windows, exterior and interior painting and so much more. There are 3 spacious bedrooms and a wonderful finished attic that is perfect for a private office or playroom. The living room is front to back centered with a large fireplace. The dining room is formal with a built in hutch and there is a terrific den/family room off the kitchen that leads to a very spacious deck that overlooks the rear yard. There is a two car garage and an extended driveway. This house has so much to offer with easy access to Mass Avenue, the Minuteman Bike Path and Route 2! (MLS # 72019506) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $789,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2.

 

134 Jerome Street, Unit 1, West Medford  

Open House: Saturday, June 11th, 11:00 – 12:30

Wonderful opportunity to own new construction in West Medford! The connected farmer’s porch greets all who enter. Step into the spacious open concept first floor with gleaming hardwood floors, tons of natural light, and spacious kitchen layout. Energy rated appliances, granite counters, an eating island, shaker style maple cabinets and tile back splash make cooking and entertaining a breeze! The master suite encompasses the 3rd floor and features magnificent built-ins, lots of closet space, an in-suite bath and a private balcony! There are 2 beds, an open area study, laundry closet, and full bath on the second floor. A large deck off the kitchen is great for summer entertaining. The yard is perfect for BBQ's, summer cocktails, bocce, and cornhole! Located a short distance to Whole Foods, Starbucks, the commuter rail, and the shops and restaurants in West Medford Sq. A short distance to major routes. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the summer and when it gets too hot turn on the AC! (MLS # 72019810) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $629,000

What’s Nearby: West Medford Square shops and restaurants, public transportation, Whole Foods, Starbucks, commuter rail.

 

134 Jerome Street, Unit 2, West Medford  

 

Open House: Saturday, June 11th, 11:00 – 12:30

Wonderful opportunity to own new construction in West Medford! The connected farmers porch greets all who enter. Step into the spacious open concept first floor with gleaming hardwood floors, tons of natural light, and spacious kitchen layout. Energy rated appliances, granite counters, an eating island, shaker style maple cabinets and tile back splash make cooking and entertaining a breeze! The master suite encompasses the 3rd floor and features magnificent built-ins, lots of closet space, an in-suite bath and a private balcony! There are 2 beds, an open area study, laundry closet, and full bath on the second floor. A large deck off the kitchen is great for summer entertaining. The yard is perfect for BBQ's, summer cocktails, bocce, and cornhole! Located a short distance to Whole Foods, Starbucks, the commuter rail, and the shops and restaurants in West Medford Sq. A short distance to major routes. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the summer and when it gets too hot turn on the AC! (MLS #72019819) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $629,000

What’s Nearby: West Medford Square shops and restaurants, public transportation, Whole Foods, Starbucks, commuter rail.

 

29 Boston Ave., Unit 29, Medford  

Open House: Saturday, June 11th, 11:00 – 12:30               

Remarkable condo with the look and feel of a single family home. With over 2100 SF on three levels, there is a tremendous amount of space - perfect for entertaining, working from home, or a growing family. Beautiful original features and details have been carefully maintained, while recent renovations have added beauty, comfort and style. Features high ceilings, a gorgeous updated kitchen, new HVAC, stunning woodwork, new insulated windows and other cosmetic updates. The home has 3 bedrooms on the 2nd fl, 1.5 baths, 2 large rooms on 3rd fl – currently unheated but used year-round, a greenhouse, a large kitchen with bar sink, pantry and ½ bath, spacious dining room and expansive unfinished basement perfect for a home workshop or storage. Spectacular, sunny back yard - featuring fruit trees, grape arbor, vegetable garden, outdoor seating areas, expansive lawn & mature plantings. Minutes to commuter rail, bus routes and West Medford shops and restaurants; easy access to Rts 16, 2 and 93.. (MLS # 72019679) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $529,000

What’s Nearby: West Medford Square shops and restaurants, public transportation, Whole Foods, Starbucks, commuter rail. 

 

108 Decatur Street, Unit 7, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, June 11th, 1:00 – 2:30        

Why rent when you can own this updated, freshly painted condo! Open concept living room/ kitchen with gleaming hardwood floors and built in air conditioner. The spacious bedrooms get lots of natural light. The bath features a tiled walk-in shower and is very spacious. White cabinets and appliances make the kitchen bright and cheery! Unpack, unwind and get ready to enjoy summer! There isn't much to do here and that's one of the perks of condo living! There is additional storage and laundry in the basement. Deeded parking is an added bonus! Enjoy walking along the Mystic River, or stroll to Whole Foods and Starbucks just up the road! Easy access to Rts 93, 2 and 16, and public transportation. (MLS # 72019767) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $269,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic River, Whole Foods, Starbucks.

 

The Ultimate Arlington Summer Bucket List!

The clock is ticking! No time to waste! Like a rubber band that is pulled back and ready to fly, so is summer.

If you feel like there is a lot to cram in and not a lot of time to do it, you’re right. Rather than feel like you’ve blinked and all of a sudden it’s Labor Day Weekend, make a list! Even better, keep it simple and make it an Arlington Bucket List!

We've pulled together some suggestions to get you started….

Cruise the Minuteman Bikeway. From Alewife to Bedford and back, you’ll go from city to country, and back to the city in an afternoon with plenty of places to stop along the way.

Shop the Arlington Farmer’s Market. Every Wednesday starting June 8 from 2:00 – 6:30 it’s their farm to your table.

Take in the history.  Tour the historic Jason Russell House, the Old Schwamb Mill, and the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum and learn more about the historic depth and character of Arlington.

Get out on the Water. Canoe or Kayak on Spy Pond and take in the peaceful sights and sounds of nature.

Go to a Show. The Regent Theater offers live music, theater, dance events, film specials and family entertainment. Want to catch the latest flick? Head over to the Capitol Theater for a matinee.  

See some of the best views of Boston. Whether it’s a sunrise or moonrise over the city, the views of Boston from Robbins Farm Park are second to none.

Visit the Reading Room of Robbins Library. The Robbins Library is a town gem, with a beautiful Reading Room that has a fireplace, marble mosaic floor, antique oak wall, marble columns and gold leaf accentuated arches and ceiling.

Take a class with at Arlington Community Education or Arlington Center for the Arts. The more you know… you know?

Learn how to toe pick or hockey stop. Ice Skate at the Ed Burns ArenaAll levels and abilities welcome. If you’re worried about looking silly, let it go.

Take a Hike. With plenty of trails, picnic areas, a pond and playground – there is something for everyone at Menotomy Rocks Park.

Or a stroll. Shopping local makes you look good and feel great. Park the car and stroll the shops on Mass. Ave. – you’d be surprised at the shops you miss by driving!

Arlington Life’s a Beach. The Arlington Reservoir Beach has sand, sun, shade and none of the hassle of traffic and parking! There are lifeguards, a snack bar, playground, bathrooms, showers - The Arlington Res has it all!

Festivus for the Rest’ve Us. Arlington loves a reason to celebrate, and we’ve got plenty of gatherings throughout the years to mix, mingle, create and celebrate. In June there is PorchFest, a community arts and music event, Feast of the East in Capitol Square, the Arlington Greek Festival, The Moonlight Beach Party at Reservoir Beach, The Arlington Center Holiday Stroll, and of course nothing beats Arlington Town Day with everything Arlington has to offer – history, community, games, music, food, fun, families, and fireworks! It's a great time to get out and see why so many people choose to call Arlington home!

Did we miss something that's on your summer bucket list? Add it to the comments or let us know!

 

 

 

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Lots to look forward to in Arlington this June! Mark your calendars for PorchFest, a community arts event on June 11th, and Feast of the East on June 18th. Can’t wait that long? Check out the Arlington Greek Festival, free and open to the public and happening now – opa!

If you love all of the arts and culture Arlington has to offer, why not make it home? See our listings and open houses this weekend.

 

64 High Haith Road, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, June 4th, 11:00 – 12:30                 

You don’t get many chances to buy a house in Arlington that overlooks Menotomy Rocks Park offering magnificent views and privacy. Enjoy casual walks, hiking, cross country skiing and just enjoying the change of seasons from your home and deck. This spacious home not only offers the tranquility of Menotomy Rocks Park but it has an amazing amount of space with a host of recent updates and improvements including interior painting and hardwood floors. There is an open floor plan on the first floor, which is great for entertaining with a large kitchen that has access to the rear deck and is also open the dining and living room. The second floor has 3 spacious bedrooms and a full size bathroom. The third floor has a finished room, which is perfect for a private home office or 4th bedroom. There are 3 full size bathrooms & the lower level has a slider to the rear yard and is ready to be finished off as a family/play room or private office. A rare opportunity located in the Brackett School. (MLS #72015253) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $729,000

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

 

29 Silk Street, Unit 29, Arlington    

Open House: Saturday, June 4th, 11:00 – 12:30                 

Bright, sunny, spacious, move-in ready are just a few words that describe this wonderful 2-level condo. Occupying the second and third floor of a 2 family in a fantastic location this home has most of what you are looking for. Enter the upstairs foyer and take in the spacious office or playroom area. Enjoy summer evenings on the enclosed front or back porch. Open living room and dining room create the perfect space for entertaining. For the chef, there are lots of cabinets and counter space in the renovated kitchen. A laundry room/pantry off the kitchen are a dream come true! 2 beds on the second floor and the master on the third floor give you space to grow into. Great closet space, gleaming hardwood floors, off street parking, common yard, lots of basement storage, access to Davis, Alewife, and The T! (MLS #72015188) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $519,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2, Davis Square, Alewife.

 

48 Silk Street, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, June 4th, 11:00 – 12:30

Cute as a button and ready to move in. This charming 6-room Dutch-style colonial has a wonderful blend of original details and fabulous updates. Such as the original rich wood paneling in the living room with a large fireplace perfect for the winters. The newly renovated kitchen has state of the art appliances, new cabinets and counter tops. There is also an office / 3rd bedroom on the first floor with built-in wall air conditioner. The second floor has two spacious bedrooms separated by an updated bathroom. The house is perfectly situated on a large corner lot, so it is bright and airy throughout. It is located on a quiet street in east Arlington close to Whole Foods, Mass Ave, Alewife or Davis T. As well as Thompson School, cinema, restaurants and Minuteman Bikepath. This is the perfect home for your introduction to Arlington. (MLS # 72015232) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $495,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Mass. Ave., Whole Foods, Alewife and Davis T stops, Thompson School.