Blog :: 10-2016

Spotlight: Arlington and Cambridge Homes of the Week!

What’s better than Halloween candy? Real estate eye candy! Feast your eyes on this new construction condo in Cambridge and a lovely single-family home in Arlington.

All treat, no trick. Schedule a viewing or come take a look this weekend!

46 Loomis Street, Unit B, Cambridge (Unit A Under Contract)

Beautiful new construction in Cambridge has luxury, style and a location perfectly suited to today’s lifestyle! This extremely spacious two-level townhome has an open concept, fabulous layout and is larger than most S/F homes! The kitchen is beautifully appointed with granite counters and the latest appliances and features, and a slider that opens to a lovely deck and yard. The spacious living room is bright & sunny with beamed ceilings, recessed lighting, gorgeous moldings and a cozy fireplace. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms, tons of closet space, full bath and a large master suite with sliders that open to your own private deck! A family room in the lower level is one of many bonuses this unique home offers. There is garage parking, and easy access public transportation and the top-rated restaurants and shops of Harvard Square and Belmont Center. Centrally located, this is a rare opportunity to own new construction in sought-after Cambridge! Still time to make some choices! (MLS #72085716) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $995,000

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

 

239 Washington Street, Arlington 

Single Family Home for Sale: 239 Washington Street, Arlington MA

Open House: Saturday, October 29th, 11:00 – 12:30              

Sunday, October 30th, 11:00 – 12:30           

Start your holiday shopping early and purchase this fabulous Dutch Colonial home. This charming home is extremely deceiving and has more space than you can imagine. The house has been in the same family for over 4 decades and reflects lots of love and affection offering 11 rooms, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus a private 3 room Au Pair suite with a sitting room, large bedroom and private bathroom located on the main level. The main level also has a spacious living room, formal dining room with sliders to the rear deck and yard, a den and a country style kitchen with a pantry. The second level has 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom .The lower level has two additional rooms and another bathroom with a shower. There is a separate entrance from the lower level that would make this a perfect spot for a home office. Located close to the Stratton School, Minuteman Bike Path and public transportation. (MLS # 72086197) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

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

Steve McKenna & The Haunted Home Advantage Team

You already know the go-to real estate team in Arlington and the Greater Boston area, but did you know they have entered a new market just in time for Halloween?

Steve McKenna & The Haunted Home Advantage Team are specializing in spooktacular home buying and selling!

What makes a great home this time of year? Plenty of ghouls, ghosts and goblins can really get you in the spirit. Don’t forget banging chains, creaking stairs, spacious closets with their own bogeymen – these are just some of the must-have amenities homebuyers seek out around October 31st.

Stainless steel appliances with cast-iron cauldrons are phantasmic for entertaining and making witches brew. And note that meticulously landscaped yards are out - Halloween buyers prefer yards that are super natural.

Haunted home buyers, we have plenty of options that will cast a spell on you. And if you’re thinking of selling but the thought turns you into a zombie, contact us today. We’ll help make your home boo-tiful and ready to sell in no time!

Happy house haunting!

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Your wish is our command! Looking for a fantastic home, custom built with brand new everything? You got it. How about a home with historic details and modern conveniences? Check! These homes are beautiful through-and-through! See you this weekend!

90 Jason Street, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, October 22nd, 11:00 – 1:00

Sunday, October 23rd, 11:00 – 1:00

See the Video!

Single Family Home For Sale: 90 Jason Street, Arlington

Be prepared for this SPECTACULAR center-entrance Colonial in Jason Heights to take your breath away! Enter through the grand foyer with bridal staircase and be wowed around every corner - charming built-ins, high ceilings, hardwood floors, window seats & detailed moldings are throughout this home. A completely renovated kitchen with high-end appliances, granite counters and plenty of cabinet space tastefully ties-in today’s modern conveniences. With more than 4,200 sq. ft. of living space, 5 beds, & 3 ½ baths you’ll feel anything but cramped, yet the 4 fireplaces will keep you warm & cozy. Upstairs the master suite has a huge walk-in closet and a gorgeous en-suite bath with double sinks and a soaking tub. The third level offers additional living space, office and bath. Enjoy the relaxing front porch, private patio out back, and a 2-car garage. A beautiful home in a perfect location near Menotomy Rocks Park, Arlington Center shops & restaurants, Alewife and public transportation! (MLS #72082711) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $1,395,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Menotomy Rocks Park, Jason Heights neighborhood.

71 Dothan Street, Arlington

Single Family Home for Sale: 71 Dothan Street, Arlington MA

Quality craftsmanship and custom features. Get your check-list ready and make sure you see this custom built Colonial offering a lovely rear yard perfect for barbecues, gardening and tossing the ball around. Where to begin on your check-list? Open floor plan on the main level with spacious living room offering a fireplace and recessed lighting with a formal dining room –YES! Custom designed kitchen overlooking the rear yard with an oversized island and state of the art appliances – YES! Terrific mud room adjacent to the garage and side entrance with custom built-ins and bench- YES! 4 spacious bedrooms with your choice of 2 fabulous master bedrooms suites and a total of 3.5 baths–YES! Central air conditioning –YES! Private rear deck –YES! Move in for the holidays –YES. (MLS # 72083932) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $1,100,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, McClennen Park.

The Secret Sauce of Successful Home Selling (That No One's Telling You)

There are certain basic truths when it comes to successfully selling a home:Home Selling Secret Sauce

  1. Declutter
  2. Clean up the yard
  3. Price it right

These are all important steps. Decluttering the home enables buyers to picture themselves living there. Cleaning up the yard gives a positive first impression. Pricing a home correctly can mean the difference between selling it in three days or three months.

You know this, and most real estate professionals know this. But there are other criteria that are equally important and often overlooked – particularly by novice or part-time agents and FSBO’s.

And that is knowing the pool of buyers that are out there.

Here’s the thing. The only way to know the pool of buyers is to be out on the streets, viewing open houses, and talking to people every week and every month of the year. The pool of buyers is constantly changing, so to assume you know who’s looking for homes in Arlington Heights in the $500,000 range because you spoke to one family at an open house four weeks ago is to give false hopes to your sellers.

Knowing the pool of buyers is our crystal ball. It allows us to become the matchmaker, helping buyers find the home they’re looking for, and helping sellers understand who’s out there and how long it might take to find a fit.

There are no guarantees in real estate, but there is a secret sauce to successfully listing and selling a home. Our recipe has been serving satisfied home buyers and home sellers in Greater Boston for more than 30 years.

Contact us today.

781-645-0505

info@yourhomeforsale.com

 

 

Smoke Signals

Whatever your preferred method of communication these days, pay attention to what State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is trying to tell you.

“What we’ve seen in the past eight to 10 months across the state is that our fatal fires involve homes that have smoke alarms in them, but they are inoperative,’’  said Ostroskey from this article in the Boston Globe.

So the state of Massachusetts is taking action. As of December 1st, a new change in fire safety regulations will require that when homes built before 1975 are sold, they must be equipped with smoke detectors with a 10-year life span.

The details of why and how to obtain these new devices are here.

As we make the seasonal switch from A/C to home heating, and with daylight savings just around the corner, it is an opportune time to spot check all of your systems – furnace, chimneys, carbon monoxide detectors and fire detectors.

It could save a life!

Spotlight: Arlington and Cambridge Homes of the Week!

Something old something new…. We have the best of both worlds for you! Brand new construction in Cambridge is hip, happening and ready for occupancy. A lovely farmhouse-type home in Arlington is charming, elegant and spacious. Both are must-see’s!

Take advantage of another lovely weekend and come out to these open houses!

46 Loomis Street, Unit A, Cambridge  

New construction for sale: 46 Loomis Street, Unit A, Cambridge MA

Open House:

Saturday, October 15th, 11:00 – 12:30

Sunday, October 16th, 11:00-12:30

Beautiful new construction in Cambridge has luxury, style and a location perfectly suited to today’s lifestyle! This extremely spacious two-level townhome has an open concept, fabulous layout and is larger than most S/F homes! The kitchen is beautifully appointed with granite counters and the latest appliances and features, and a slider that opens to a lovely deck and yard. The spacious living room is bright & sunny with beamed ceilings, recessed lighting, gorgeous moldings and a cozy fireplace. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms, tons of closet space, full bath and a large master suite with sliders that open to your own private deck! A family room in the lower level is one of many bonuses this unique home offers. There is garage parking, and easy access public transportation and the top-rated restaurants and shops of Harvard Square and Belmont Center. Centrally located, this is a rare opportunity to own new construction in sought-after Cambridge! Still time to make some choices! (MLS #72081039) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $985,000

What’s Nearby: Harvard Square, Davis Square, Belmont Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Alewife Station, Fresh Pond.

28 Draper Ave., Arlington

Single family home for sale: 28 Draper Street, Arlington

Open House: Saturday, October 15th, 11:00 – 12:30             

Sunday, October 16th, 11:00 – 12:30           

This lovingly maintained 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is located on a beautifully tree lined street. A charming wrap around porch leads from the front entrance to the back patio. Entering the foyer you notice the high ceilings, all the light, and the ample closet space. A large side staircase, wood burning stove, large windows and high ceilings wow you. There are several stained glass windows that add to the charm of the living room. A spacious dining room has a door leading to the wrap around porch. The kitchen offers endless opportunities for the chef in the family! Upstairs offers 3 beds including the master which boasts a walk-in closet and in-suite bath. Gleaming hardwood floors, lots of built-in shelving, and ample closet space can be found throughout. On the third level you will find another bedroom and play room. A finished basement, C/A, a barn out back, plenty of parking, fenced yard, and close proximity to Arlington Center and Bishop school! What a great place to call home! (MLS # 72071087) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $895,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington and Medford Center shops and restaurants, Mystic Lakes parks and recreation, Bishop School.

Homes Available in Arlington & Medford & Watertown (Oh My)!

Home Available in Arlington, Medford, Watertown (Oh My)!

It’s all pumpkins and spice and everything nice!  Take your pick of homes in great towns and neighborhoods just outside of Boston. We have a fantastic opportunity in Watertown that is waiting for your creative ideas, a majestic home in Medford and a 2-level condo in Arlington that is close to everything!

 

Matthew is leaving us alone this weekend and the forecast shows sunny skies for Greater Boston house hunters!

 

1024 Belmont Street, Watertown

Open House:

Saturday, October 8th, 11:00 – 12:00

Sunday, October 9th, 11:00-12:00

Spacious 10 room, 4+ bedroom Colonial set back on lovely corner lot. This home offers spacious rooms, high ceilings and natural woodwork. An updated kitchen has direct access to a private backyard. Formal dining room with period wood details is perfect for entertaining. Second floor offers 3 large bedrooms and full bath plus a terrific home office. The third floor features 2 spacious rooms and a bathroom. The third floor can be two bedrooms, or bedroom and home office or create a master bedroom suite. This grand home has many opportunities and with some new ideas and renovations it can ...become an amazing home to call for years to come. There is also a 2 garage parking plus two additional parking spots. This is a terrific home offering lots of space and potential in a great neighborhood and location. MLS #: 72074940

Listed: $569,000

What’s Nearby: Watertown Center shops and restaurants, Belmont Center shops & restaurants, public transportation.

 

50 Park Street, Medford  

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Located in the Old Ship historic district, the T.R. Janks House was built circa 1810 and boasts unique features of that time, including a round-shaped skylight located atop the main staircase, arched doorways, and two ship masts which were used during construction. The pristine condition of the home is evident as soon as you enter the foyer, from the gleaming oak floors, to the exquisite oak paneling used throughout the dining room and butler’s pantry. This home has undergone extensive renovations, including both kitchen and bath updates, air conditioning, and conversion of five of the ten fireplaces to gas. This Federal Revival-style home boasts over 4200 sf of living space with 19 rooms, 7 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 1 half bath. Situated on a stunning 12,000+ lot with koi pond, lush grounds, mature plantings & ample parking, and conveniently located near public transportation, Routs 93 & 16, Boston, Cambridge, shops, restaurants, and the new Wegmans – this distinguished home awaits! (MLS #72039807) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $899,000

What’s Nearby: Medford shops and restaurants, public transportation, Wegmans, Starbucks, commuter rail, Routes 93 and 16.

 

25 Harvard Street, Unit 2, Arlington   

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.