Blog :: 04-2017

The Best of the Best of the Best

We’ve been seeing a lot of rankings lately, and they shine a pretty nice light on our piece of the world.

First, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2017 "best high schools," Arlington High comes in at #12 out of 86 high schools in Massachusetts.

Then we learned that according to a Niche 2017 ranking of the "Best Places to Live" in Massachusetts, Arlington came in with an A+ at #29 out of 491.

And finally, according to a U.S. News and World Report ‘Best States’ ranking for 2017, Massachusetts earned the #1 spot.

So basically, calling Arlington home means you have one of the top High Schools in a town that’s one of the best in the state, in a state that’s the best in the country.

Proximity to some of the best universities in the world, innovative healthcare, and hospitals, all within a vibrant community with great schools, parks, shops and restaurants - it doesn't get much better than this.

If you want to make the best of the best of the best your home, too, then call the best of the best in real estate – Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage team has been Arlington’s  #1 real estate team for nearly thirty years! Our local expertise is your advantage in a competitive market.

Trending with Tracy: Part I, Interview with Jay Tuli of Leader Bank

It's one thing to know what's going on in real estate, it's another to know what's Trending with Tracy #TWT.

Tracy Wallace talks with Jay Tuli of Leader Bank about the importance of using a local lender for the home buying process. Be sure to check out Part II where they discuss what home buyers should expect from a loan officer.



Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Brighten up a dreary day by visiting these sparkling new listings! A gorgeous single-family home awaits on Gray Street, and a rare refurbished East Arlington condo could be your home sweet home. Open houses today and tomorrow from 11:00 - 1:00, see you there!

242 Gray Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, April 21st, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 22nd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pack up and move into this delightful 3-bed, 2-bath Brackett-neighborhood home! What will you love more, the charming period details or the stylish modern updates? No need to choose because here you will have it all – open concept, a bright and sunny kitchen, cozy living room w/ fireplace, traditional dining room with beautiful moldings, large bedrooms and oversized closets, plus a 3rd floor master oasis. There is custom woodwork, stained glass, built-in cabinets along with efficient heat, central air, detached garage and a great basement space. Being a corner lot gives this home wonderful outdoor space which is great for summer entertaining. The location gives you close proximity to Robbins Farm Park and Arlington Center so you can take advantage of the urban landscape with its vibrant shops and restaurants. Close to public transportation, Brackett School and Arlington High, this is the perfect combination of urban/suburban living with traditional charm and up-to-date conveniences! (MLS # 72149212)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $899,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway, Brackett School, Robbins Farm Park.


29 Burch Street, U:1, East Arlington

Open House:

Friday, April 21st, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 22nd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This home sparkles in a neighborhood that sizzles! A rare refurbished 2-bed condo in a sought-after East Arlington neighborhood. This bright and spacious first-floor condo features an open floor plan, gleaming hardwood floors, and kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. There is a lovely living room with adjoining sunroom, dining room, updated 1 ½ baths, and a finished basement for that extra space you need for an office, playroom, or guest room. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood and a short walk to Alewife Station, East Arlington shops and restaurants, the Minuteman Bikeway, the Hardy School, and Spy Pond. This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! (MLS# 72148937) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $549,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Bikeway, Alewife Station, Hardy School, Spy Pond.

Introducing, Trending with Tracy!

Real estate is constantly changing, whether its mortgage rates, hot markets, or the latest in home renovation – it can be hard to keep up.

That’s why you should be Trending With Tracy! Tracy Wallace gets the inside scoop on what’s happening around town, just for you. In these quick video clips, you will meet local professionals, hear their insights first-hand, and get one-of-a-kind perspectives on everything related to our unique real estate market.

We’re kicking off the series with an interview that will have you wondering, who let the dogs out? Turns out, it is Tony Morello.

Check out Tracy (and Miles!) with Arlington Thorndike Dog Park Manager, Tony Morello on how the park is run, who gets to play, and how it serves the Greater Boston canine population.



Thank You For Attending The Arlington Home Show!

What an amazing day! From start to finish, The Arlington Home Show presented the best in real estate, renovation, home improvement and financing ideas and advice. The crowds were steady and came with questions, our vendors were prepared with thorough answers.

We’d like to thank EVERYONE who participated and made this one-of-a-kind local event a huge success! Here are some pics you might have missed from yesterday.

If you attended the show, let us know what you thought in the comments, or send us a note at We are always up for ideas and suggestions for next year!


Spotlight: Arlington and Lexington Homes of the Week!

The outlook this weekend? Things are looking bright! We have THREE wonderful new listings this weekend starting with open houses across the board today and tomorrow from 11:00 - 1:00. 

Rounding out the weekend is THE ARLINGTON HOME SHOW! It's finally here and we are excited to showcase our wonderful vendors and help anyone and everyone in and around the Arlington area with their buying, selling, renovating, re-financing needs. Visit for details and we hope to see you there!

3 Doran Farm Lane, Unit: 3, Lexington

Open House:

Friday, April 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wow! Are you looking for a wonderful detached home at desirable Morrow Crossing? Situated on a peaceful treelined street that feels like the country adjacent to conservation trails, the Fiske/Diamond schools, Lexington Center & the surrounding areas. This beautiful, sun-splashed home features over 2,600 square feet of thoughtfully designed living space on two levels, plus a finished lower level. Enjoy the gleaming hardwood floors, rare wide pine floors & detailed woodwork throughout. The HUGE fireplaced living room has stunning floor-to-ceiling built-ins, a detailed mantle with intricate woodwork and moldings, and plenty of windows to fill it with natural light. The dining room is sophisticated and stylish & the updated kitchen is clean and bright with an eat-in area and fireplace. How cozy is that on a chilly night!? There is a family room with a vaulted ceiling and gas insert fireplace for instant warmth. There is very little to do but move in and wait for the daffodils to pop up! (MLS # 72141954)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $925,000

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


17 Oakledge Street, Arlington Heights

Open House:

Friday, April 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lovingly maintained two family that has been in the same family for 7 decades! The first floor has 6 spacious rooms with 2 beds and 1 bathroom and the top floor boasts 3+-beds and 1-bath. If you love homes that have their own unique charm and character, but allow you to work your magic, then this is the place for you! You will be impressed with the original wood work, built-in cabinets, eat-in kitchen and period details that you just can’t find in today’s newer homes! Seconds to the Minuteman Bikeway, Arlington Reservoir, Trader Joe's, and all of the wonderful Arlington Heights shops and restaurants. There is a garage for those days you need four wheels, plus a lovely backyard with a charming stone wall. This is a fantastic opportunity to transform a lovely place with your special touch and make it yours! This is a perfect opportunity to have a great investment property or owner occupy the second floor and have all the space you need while receiving rent from the first floor apartment. (MLS#  72141951)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $789,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Bikeway, Arlington Reservoir, Trader Joe’s, Pierce School.


55 Fairmont, Unit: 55, Arlington   

Open House:

Friday, April 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This meets your lifestyle with the location you've always wanted. This is an absolutely fabulous two level unit located in a wonderful neighborhood in East Arlington. Meticulous, spacious, sunny and dramatic are only a few words that can start to describe this amazing unit. The main level has a terrific kitchen which is just lovely with all the bells and whistles and with a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and a skylight. There is a large living room with custom built-in bookcases, a formal dining room, butlers pantry, two spacious bedrooms, an updated guest bathroom and a sunny-3 season porch. The second level is a very spacious two room, master bedroom suite with a private sitting room, abundance of custom closets, a wonderful master bathroom and perfect size bedroom. Now, in the spring and summer you will absolutely love the beautiful garden and rear yard. Walk to Alewife, hop on the bike path or take a stroll to all of your favorite shops and restaurants. (MLS# 72141955) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $679,000

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