Blog :: 03-2017

Spotlight: Arlington and Lexington Homes of the Week!

We laugh in the face of a good prank, Mother Nature (funny not funny). The idea of getting snow on April 1st may seem like a joke, but these listings aren’t!

Find your new home before the tulips come up!

49 Dickson Ave., Arlington

For sale: 49 Dickson Ave., Arlington

Open House:

Friday, March 31st, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Get your spring home search started off right with this trim and tidy 3-bed 2-bath Cape-style house nestled in a great Arlington neighborhood. The bright and welcoming living room with fireplace is a perfect reprieve after a long day, and the open kitchen and dining area makes it easy to entertain. Sip your morning coffee on the deck off the kitchen and enjoy the grassy and spacious backyard with a convenient storage shed. There is plenty of storage and closet space, plus a partially finished basement gives that extra space for a playroom, office or man cave. Close enough to Arlington Center and Arlington Heights, Minuteman Bikeway and Mass. Ave. to be convenient, but far enough away to enjoy the tree-lined streets. This is the neighborhood you want, the house you need, and the town that’s just right for you!! (MLS # 72138136)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $629,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center and Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Route 2, I-95, Alewife, Minuteman Bikeway, Stratton School.

 

14 Chase Ave., Lexington

14 Chase Ave., Lexington

Your opportunity to live in Lexington is knocking! Open the door to this beautiful bungalow and be blown away by its gleaming hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, fireplace and detailed woodwork. This 1938-built home has all the updates and renovations you need - central A/C, master suite, high-efficiency appliances, fully insulated, and a new roof. The kitchen, is new, clean and bright with a great layout and a wonderful mudroom to hang your hat. The flexible floor plan boasts a first-floor bedroom or office/den, a 2nd-floor master suite with walk-in closet and private bath, plus two additional bedrooms and a guest bath. The lower level is a wonderful space for family room, teen/guest suite, with an over-sized walk in shower perfect for family and pets. Tucked in a quiet under-the-radar neighborhood yet just a short distance from Mass. Ave., Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Minuteman Bikeway, Sunderland Woods and the fantastic Lexington schools, this is where your good luck meets a great opportunity! Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $999,000

What’s Nearby: Lexington Center and Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Sunderland Woods, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway.  

 

Stop Wondering 'What If?' and Start Saying 'Why Not!'

There are a lot of variables when it comes to home buying, selling, downsizing or renovating. Is this the right time? What if I sell but can’t find a home to move into? Should I finally renovate that kitchen?

Knowledge is power, and knowing your options is a great start when making big decisions. If you have a real estate or home improvement question, we're pretty sure one of our vendors has the answer.

The Arlington Home Show has more than 50 vendors to fill you in on the where, when, how, what if and why not of moving to that next phase of life or tackling that home to-do.

Come see for yourself and turn that question mark into an exclamation point. Visit www.thearlingtonhomeshow.com for details.

 

What: The Arlington Home Show

When: Sunday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Arlington Town Hall

Who: More than 50 vendors will be on hand to answer your questions

Why: (see above)

 

The Envelope, Please.

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team were honored to have received a number of awards from Real Living Real Estate in 2016, including:

While we are grateful to have received this recognition, it also brought to mind a Jerry Seinfeld speech about awards, “…it’s just that, awards are stupid. Every real estate office has some framed five diamond president’s award thing by the desk, every hotel check-in has some gold circle service thing….”

Well, it’s true. While we are honored and grateful to have earned these awards from Real Living because it’s a validation that we’re doing a good job, like Jerry, we don’t come to work every day in hopes of having a ‘platinum jubilee bowling trophy on our desk.’

Our greatest reward does not come with a trophy. We do what we do because we love what we do – helping our clients buy and sell their homes as smoothly as possibly, and for the best price possible.

Spotlight: Arlington and Lexington Homes of the Week!

You know what they say, March comes in like a lion, goes out like a hungry grizzly bear.  Or something like that (at least in New England).

If you have been hibernating this winter, time to come out and get a taste of real estate with these fantastic open houses!

14 Chase Ave., Lexington

Open House:

Friday, March 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 25th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Your opportunity to live in Lexington is knocking! Open the door to this beautiful bungalow and be blown away by its gleaming hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, fireplace and detailed woodwork. This 1938-built home has all the updates and renovations you need - central A/C, master suite, high-efficiency appliances, fully insulated, and a new roof. The kitchen, is new, clean and bright with a great layout and a wonderful mudroom to hang your hat. The flexible floor plan boasts a first-floor bedroom or office/den, a 2nd-floor master suite with walk-in closet and private bath, plus two additional bedrooms and a guest bath. The lower level is a wonderful space for family room, teen/guest suite, with an over-sized walk in shower perfect for family and pets. Tucked in a quiet under-the-radar neighborhood yet just a short distance from Mass. Ave., Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Minuteman Bikeway, Sunderland Woods and the fantastic Lexington schools, this is where your good luck meets a great opportunity! Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $999,000

What’s Nearby: Lexington Center and Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Sunderland Woods, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway.  

 

11 Paul Revere, Unit 11, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, March 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 25th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Great opportunity to own a top floor 2 level gem! This is not your typical layout & offers bonus spaces for those looking for extra space. A lovely entryway sets you on your way to period details such as stained glass, wood burning fireplace, detailed moldings, hardwood floors & bowed windows. The main level features an office with a door to the front porch, living room, dining room, updated kitchen offers a retro feel with some stainless appliances & seating at the island, 2 bedrooms & another office. Off one of the bedrooms is a bonus room which could be a nursery, playroom, or den. Side-by-side in-unit laundry is off the kitchen & also has storage space. The top level can be used as a large master with walk-in closet and full bath or a large family room. There is extra storage in the basement. The building is pet friend with approval. Minutes to public transportation, Arlington Heights, Starbucks, and Trader Joes. New driveway being installed this week will provide exceptional parking! (MLS #72134452)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $639,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Route 2, I-95, Alewife, Minuteman Bikeway.

Home Sellers: The Ball is in Your Court!

Unprecedented? Extraordinary? Exceptional? These are just a few words to describe the current real estate market for sellers in and around Arlington. Today there isn't one single-family home on the market, only 9 condos and just 4 multi-family homes in Arlington. Medford has 6 single-family homes, 6 condos and 1 multi-family. It's a similar situation in other surrounding towns. 

What does that mean for you?

For potential home sellers, this is like having tickets to the March Madness finals and seeing if you could sell them for a good price. High demand and a lot of takers means the ball is in your court!

The real estate market is always changing, and so is the value of your home. If you are interested in taking advantage of this real estate March Madness, it's time for a fresh market analysis of your home. Contact us today for an updated Comparative Market Analysis - so easy to do, it's a layup. 

Home Sellers, the ball is in your court

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Top ‘o the morning to you! If you’ve been looking for a home in Arlington, we’ve found your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

1 Watermill Place, Unit 508, Arlington

For sale: 1 Watermill Place, Unit 508

Open House:

Friday, March 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 18th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Watermill Place - One of Arlington’s premier condominium buildings! Located next to The Minuteman Bikeway, offering easy access to Mass Ave and the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights, and close to Rt 2 with accessibility to Alewife and I-95. Located on the top floor, this is one of the rare units with oversized greenhouse windows which make the unit very sunny and bright. With approximately 700SF this is a very spacious 1 bed 1.5 bath unit. The kitchen and baths have been tastefully updated. In-unit laundry, carport parking (space #75), common gym, and additional storage are added bonuses to this unit. If you are looking to downsize or are a first-time buyer this is a unit not to be missed. Watermill Place is professionally managed and meticulously maintained so there is little for you to do. Move-in, relax, and enjoy life! (MLS #72131158)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $359,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Route 2, I-95, Alewife, Minuteman Bikeway.

Spotlight: Lexington Home of the Week!

What a difference a week makes! Don’t break out those flip flops just yet – winter is not quite done with us. But there is no flip flopping on this house! It is surely going to warm you up with its charm and fantastic renovations!

March real estate is roaring in like a lion with this home!

14 Chase Ave., Lexington

Open House:

Friday, March 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 4th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Your opportunity to live in Lexington is knocking! Open the door to this beautiful bungalow and be blown away by its gleaming hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, fireplace and detailed woodwork. This 1938-built home has all the updates and renovations you need - central A/C, master suite, high-efficiency appliances, fully insulated, and a new roof. The kitchen, is new, clean and bright with a great layout and a wonderful mudroom to hang your hat. The flexible floor plan boasts a first-floor bedroom or office/den, a 2nd-floor master suite with walk-in closet and private bath, plus two additional bedrooms and a guest bath. The lower level is a wonderful space for family room, teen/guest suite, with an over-sized walk in shower perfect for family and pets. Tucked in a quiet under-the-radar neighborhood yet just a short distance from Mass. Ave., Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Minuteman Bikeway, Sunderland Woods and the fantastic Lexington schools, this is where your good luck meets a great opportunity! Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $1,079,000

What’s Nearby: Lexington Center and Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Sunderland Woods, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway.  

Home Selling Solutions: What to do With All 'The Stuff?'

If you’re thinking of selling but the thought of what to do with ‘the stuff’ puts that idea back on the shelf, then take a look at this…

Everything But The House (EBTH) is an online auction where you can sell your cherished items – anything from a rare collection, to common and useful household items. Sometimes the hardest part of selling a home is figuring out what do with what’s in it, now the process, the prep and the proceeds of the sale of your items are managed by EBTH, and it couldn’t be easier!

Click here to take a look at what’s on sale from this home in Arlington!

*photo via Everything But The House