Blog :: 09-2016

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Do what your mother always told you, go to College! Check your syllabus and come over to the open houses at 59 College Ave. this weekend. Take detailed notes on this fantastic single-family home in the Morningside neighborhood of Arlington.

This home is an A+!

59 College Ave., Arlington  

Open House:

Saturday, October 1st, 11:00 – 12:30

Sunday, October 2nd, 11:00-12:30

Single-family home for sale: 59 College Ave., Arlington

59 College Ave is a meticulously maintained multi-level home located in Morningside! Boasting over 2,200 square feet of living space perched on a 10,000+Sf lot this home checks off many of the boxes on your list! Beautiful stone steps and wrought iron accent its curb appeal! The open concept main living level offers a large living room, spacious dining room, and kitchen. An updated kitchen offers shaker style cabinets, granite counters, tiled floor, and plenty of space for the chef to cook! A huge wood-burning fireplace is the main focal point of the living room. Sliders off the dining room lead out to a spacious covered patio. Gleaming hardwood floors and numerous windows give it a bright and airy feel. On the upper level, there are 3 spacious bedrooms and a full bath. A family room with fireplace, ¾ bath, and laundry room are on the lower level. Lots of outdoor space, 2 car garage, and close proximity to the Bishop School make this a great place to call home! (MLS #72074065) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $729,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Morningside neighborhood, Bishop School.


How to Avoid Real Estate FOMO

You know the feeling pretty much anytime you go on Facebook or Instagram – am I missing out? Are people having fun without me?? Did I make the right choice going/not going out tonight? Whether it’s a dinner party, sporting event, restaurant opening, concert, we think we need to be a part of it all because of FOMO.

Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) can happen in real estate, too. Is there a new listing? Am I going to lose this opportunity if I don’t go to the open house? People are selling their homes, should I list, too?

Fortunately, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team are FOMO BUSTERS! Here's how to ease your mind in just a few steps:

Home buying and home selling can be stressful enough. Don’t let the fear of missing out add to your anxiety. Rest easy and let our technology and know-how keep you in the real estate loop!

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

This weekend is all things fall – including fall house-hunting in Arlington! We have an adorable Cape-style home on a quiet street and a stunning two-level condo in the heart of East Arlington. Stroll the streets, take in the scenery and stop by!

155 Wright Street, Arlington 

Single family home for sale: 155 Wright Street, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 24th, 11:00 – 12:30

This adorable Cape-style home is located on a quiet street in Arlington Heights with easy access to public transportation. This is a perfect starter home that has been well maintained and provides a comfortable floor plan. The house is extremely bright and sunny and the first floor has a living room, dining room, bedroom, an updated kitchen with a step down family room with French doors leading to the rear yard. There is a full size bathroom on the first floor and a second bathroom located on the lower level, which is partially finished with a 3/4 bathroom. The second level has two spacious bedrooms with ample closet space and original built in drawers. The house has many updates that include a new roof that was installed in 2012 (2nd layer), new gutters installed in 2013, renovated lower level and newer French doors in the family room. (MLS # 72070948) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $549,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Trader Joe’s and Starbucks.


26 Lake Street, Unit 1, East Arlington   

Open House:

Saturday, September 24th, 11:00 – 12:30        

Sunday, September 25th, 11:00 – 12:30     

Condo for Sale: 26 Lake Street, Unit 1, Arlington MA

This pristine two-level condominium is absolutely stunning and is located in the heart of East Arlington with all its fabulous shops and restaurants steps to the Minuteman Bike Path with easy access to Alewife Station. This was a complete gut rehab in 2012 and it offers all the features important to you. The main level has an open floor plan offering a lovely living room with a gas fireplace, a spacious dining room that is open to the terrific kitchen that has beautiful custom cabinets with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. There is a private office adjacent to the living room, which is perfect for working or just reading a book. There are two bedrooms and a full-size bathroom on the main level. The lower level was beautifully renovated into a family room (or guest bedroom) and there is a large, laundry room as well. This condo has a private yard that is fenced enclosed and there are two parking spaces, which includes the driveway and one garage space with a loft! (MLS # 72071087) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $539,000

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

Jack of All Markets (Masters of None)

You wouldn’t want your landscaper to come fix your toilet just because he knows how to use a plunger. And you wouldn’t want a real estate agent from Billerica to sell your house in Arlington just because they stopped at Blue Ribbon Barbeque last month.

Think twice about the out of area agent. It is a deep understanding of the local market, its pool of buyers, and local community connections that separate the one-hit-wonders from the masters of their trade.

Contact the #1 Real Estate Agent and #1 Real Estate Team in Arlington since 1991.

Phone: 781-645-0505



Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

The Arlington fall market is in full swing! It’s a perfect weekend to get out and about and see these fantastic new listings – a well-maintained two-family home and a condo unit that won’t last long.

Plus, it's TOWN DAY!!! Don't miss out on all of the activities of Arlington Town Day. It's the best way to experience all that Arlington has to offer! Check out the full schedule here.

23 Newton Road, Arlington  

Open House:

Saturday, September 17th, 11:00 – 12:30

This well maintained two-family home is located on a quiet street outside of Arlington Center and close to Parallel Park. The house has been in the same family for more than 5 decades and has been well maintained, but will require updates. There is a newer roof, boiler, oil tank, hot water tank and the exterior was painted last year. The first-floor apartment is occupied by tenants and the apartment shows beautifully with 6 rooms, two bedrooms, a full bathroom, living room, sunroom, dining room and eat-in kitchen. The second-floor apartment is vacant and has two levels of living space with 7+ rooms, 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms and plenty of opportunity for expansion. There is a two car garage and a lovely private rear yard. This is a terrific property, which is perfect for an owner occupied home, an investment or development opportunity. (MLS # 72068000) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $819,000

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

25 Harvard Street, Unit 2, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, September 17th, 11:00 – 12:30        

This is a magnificent 2-level condominium located on a quiet, dead-end street just off of Mass. Ave. and close to many shops, restaurants and the bus line. A new, bright and spacious master suite was just added to the 2nd level of this unit offering a wonderful layout with 4 skylights, a terrific master bathroom and two oversized closets. The main level is quite spacious and lovely providing an open living room and dining room with hardwood flooring, a large kitchen with newer counter tops, appliances and painted cabinets. In addition, there are two ample size bedrooms and the second full-size bathroom. In the rear of the unit a lovely den/office or sitting area overlooks the private and spacious rear yard. There are two parking spaces located in the driveway, there is an oversized two car garage that is common and there is an opportunity of parking one car in there. The exterior is being painted this fall and pets are allowed! (MLS # 72067415) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Robbins Farm Park, Starbucks, Trader Joes.

How Many Steps Does it Take to Sell Your Home? Two.

So have you bought that pumpkin spice latte yet? Watched a little football? Craved some casseroles and soup? Leaves aren’t the only things that change this time of year – with the change of seasons often comes the need to tidy up, clean out, and clean up. Call it nesting, man caving, hunkering down, whatever. We just know when it’s this time of year there is work to be done before winter settles in.

Maybe you’ve been thinking of selling your home for some time, but the thought of getting it ready has been too daunting. We know from experience that the first step of cleaning out the clutter can be the hardest -- physically, mentally and emotionally.

The good news is, we’ve got a fool-proof plan to get you going. And since you’re in clean-out mode anyway, you’re setting yourself up for selling this spring without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.

Step 1: Here are some resources to get started on your fall clean out (below).

Step 2: Give us a call and we’ll handle all the rest of the 548 steps to get your home prepared and SOLD by spring (or sooner)!

Contact us today.

Phone: 781-645-0505



*From the Town of Arlington Website*

Recycling Center Open Saturday October 15, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (promptly) DPW Yard, 51 Grove Street

Upcoming Arlington Recycling Center days- Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (2016)

October 15
November 19 - Sharps collected. Read more about proper disposal of sharps.
December 10*


Bicycles - for Bikes Not Bombs - here's what they accept.

Gently used toys, children’s clothes and books for Little Fox Shop and local shelters.

Books and clothing for local organizations such as More Than Words Bookstore and Mission of Deeds.

THESE re-salable building materials will be collected and re-sold by the nonprofit Boston Building Resources.

Textiles (other than wearable clothes) should be taken directly to the Goodwill Industries trailer behind Stop & Shop or the Planet Aid and Red Cross drop-off boxes along Mass Ave.

Curbside television pickup: Purchase your sticker by the Thursday before the event. Each TV and CRT is $20 payable (cash or check only) at DPW, 51 Grove Street, please pay ahead during regular office hours.

Dehumidifier Rebate Program- Recycle your old dehumidifier and Mass Save and Eversource will send you a $30 ebate (after you fill out the form) More Here

Sneakers- get turned into sports turf

Bulky rigid plastic items, such as outdoor furniture and large children's toys

Foam- check out for what is recyclable

Scrap metal

Rechargeable, lithium, nickel cadmium and lead acid batteries (single-use alkaline batteries go out with your trash)

Redeemable bottles and cans- collected by Arlington High School SAVE Club students

Electronics- recycle almost anything with a plug, most items are free, TVs and monitors are $10, laptops are $5 (These are also recyclable during DPW business hours, five days a week!!)

NO large appliances accepted - these need an appointment for pickup at the curb and payment of $20 fee, call 1-800-323-4285 to schedule and pay by phone.

What Do Local College Rankings Mean to You?

Speaking of back to school, U.S. News and World Report just released their 2017 college rankings – a pretty big deal for our institutions of higher education.  Just as the quality of a public school system has a significant influence on home values for a town, colleges have an equally significant influence on the economic and social development of the cities and towns where they reside as well.

When you think of economic fluctuations with regards to jobs, industry (even housing) academic institutions provide an anchor to a community even as times change. With a college or university comes a constant population for local business, a source of community involvement, a workforce, arts and sports programs.... the list goes on.

Boston and the Greater Boston area have 8 nationally ranked schools:

#2 Harvard

#7 MIT

#27 Tufts

#31 BC

#34 Brandeis

#39 BU

#39 Northeastern

And a Liberal Arts College:

#3 Wellesley

So what does this mean to local homeowners and potential home buyers? It means that the Greater Boston area, including Arlington, Medford, Belmont, Somerville, etc. are favorably impacted by the stability, resources, brainpower and buying power that comes with these great schools.

It’s no wonder that Greater Boston has been, and continues to be, one of the most sought after locations for students, professionals, and families.

Want to call Greater Boston home? Sounds like a smart move to us.

Contact Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team for all of your real estate needs.

Call (781-645-0505), email (, or go to our website ( and ask a question directly to the team. 

A-Town is an A+

If you’re like most people with kids in the school system, you are ramping up your back-to-school mode. Lunches, carpools, homework, projects…. maybe an extra cup of coffee or two in the morning.

That’s why it’s especially reassuring when the schools in your town are working hard right alongside you.

Recently, Boston Magazine came out with their rankings of the best public high schools in Greater Boston and Arlington High came in at #28, which is in the top 20%.

We all know that school quality has a huge influence on home values. According to the 2015 National Association of Realtors Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, the “quality of the school district” was the sixth-most-important factor influencing the neighborhood choice of home buyers.

It’s one of the reasons so many of us choose to call Arlington home. Congratulations to Arlington High for continuing to achieve great success!

Six Degrees of Steve McKenna

Move over Kevin Bacon, there’s a new theory in town. It rests on the assumption that anyone in Arlington can be linked through their acquaintances to Steve McKenna within six steps.

Think about it. When you’ve lived and worked in Arlington for 30 years, you know a lot of people, including residents, neighbors, businesses, extended families, and industry connections.

Chances are you know someone knows someone who has bought or sold a home with Steve and the team.

A conversation at the Stop n’ Shop might go something like this:

Local A: “I’m looking for someone to replace my roof, you know anyone?”

Local B: “Yes! Steve McKenna helped sell my house two years ago and he has a lot of great connections, I’ll find out.”

Local A: “Oh yeah! Erika helped my sister buy her dream home in April and I see Tracy on the Minuteman Bikeway with Miles all the time.”

“Local B: That’s right! I have a friend who is good friends with Annie at the Medford Boatclub. Totally forgot about that.”

Local A: I will give them a ring!

And so it goes.

Can we link Kevin Bacon to Steve McKenna? We’re working on it. In the meantime, be sure to think of us for you, or your best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's neighbor’s real estate needs.

Everyone Knows Someone Who Knows Steve & The Team