Blog :: 06-2017

Three Truths and a Lie - Tracy Wallace

Just when you think you know someone...

You may THINK we’re just a real estate team, but there’s more to us than meets the eye.

In case you missed it, we called out Mike Pallotta on his three truths and a lie, and now we're going to see what Tracy Wallace has to say for herself.

Can you guess the lie?

I am Tracy Wallace and I … Three Truths and a Lie!

... speak 3 languages fluently.

... hate Mac n’ Cheese.

... was a ski instructor in high school.

... have a Dad who was a professional wrestler.

 

Think it through and head over to Three Truths and a Lie for the answer!

 

 

Spotlight: Arlington and Woburn Homes of the Week!

Here they are! FOUR new listings buffed up to perfection and ready for YOU! Be sure to plug this Open House schedule into your device and change your lunch plans if you have to – you’re not going to want to miss these home buying opportunities!

95 Ronald Road, Arlington

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

89 Hibbert Street, U:89, Arlington Heights

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

51 Wyman Terrace, U:B, East Arlington    

Thursday, June 22nd, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

165 Burlington Street, Woburn

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

See the full listings for each of these homes below!

 

95 Ronald Road, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Have you been wishing for a Bungalow style home that offers beautiful craftsmanship and wonderful period detailing? Well this meticulous 3+ bedroom 2 bath home makes all of your wishes come true. There are charming details galore! The lovely enclosed front porch opens to a foyer & fireplaced living room w/ big bay window. Take note of the beautiful staircase with stained glass windows. Built-ins, detailed moldings, and hardwood floors – there is a pleasant surprise around every corner. The dining room is very spacious, and the kitchen has a great layout with lots of cabinet space. A cozy family room is open to the kitchen. This wonderful home has many updates and as a bonus, the garage has been converted into a magnificent home office! The basement is partially finished plus lots of storage & work area. A covered back deck overlooks a lush backyard w/ utility shed, and stone walls. A quick stroll to Stratton School, parks and bike path. They just don’t build them like this anymore! (MLS #72187004)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $799,000

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

 

89 Hibbert Street, U:89, Arlington Heights

Open House:

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Built in 2013 to accommodate today’s discerning buyer, this 3 bed 2 ½ bath townhouse has it all! With over 2000S/F it feels like a single family home. Open concept first floor has access to the deck and fenced-in yard. A beautifully appointed kitchen featuring GE appliances, granite counters and a large island is a show-stopper and heart of the home. Attention-grabbing chair rail, shadow boxes and crown molding are throughout the first floor. The second level offers 2 spacious bedrooms walk-in closets, laundry, and full bath. Third floor master OASIS is complete with fireplace, oversized walk-in closet, tiled master bath, jetted tub, and separate sinks. Gleaming hardwood floors, central air, closet space galore, and garage parking are added perks. Mass Ave, public transportation, Trader Joes and Starbucks® nearby give a truly urban feel. Sutherland Woods, Hibbert Park, and Minuteman Bikeway counter-balance with a laid-back suburban feel. This home has it all and is not to be missed! (MLS# 72187070) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $795,000

What’s Nearby: Minuteman Bikeway, Arlington Heights shops & restaurants, Trader Joe’s Starbucks, Sutherland Woods, Hibbert Park.

 

51 Wyman Terrace, U:B, East Arlington    

Open House:

Thursday, June 22nd, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location X3! Built in 1913 and renovated in 2005, get the best of old world charm, luxury living and a fantastic location in this 3-level, 3 bed, 2.5 bath townhouse. Welcome home and kick back on your farmer’s porch in style. Enjoy the quiet tree-lined street of East Arlington, or take a quick stroll to the bike path, Spy Pond, East Arlington or Arlington Center shops and restaurants! This home has all the bells and whistles - an open-concept first floor, gleaming hardwood floors, 9’ ceilings, crown moldings, and A/C. The designer kitchen is a gem with all maple cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs boasts a large master suite w/master bath and Whirlpool tub. There is a rear yard and private back deck with seasonal views of the breathtaking Spy Pond. This home is more than livable, the location is beyond lovable! This is the chance to live in East Arlington that you’ve been waiting for! (MLS# 72187057) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $699,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Spy Pond, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station.

 

165 Burlington Street, Woburn

Open House:

Friday, June 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Beautifully restored 1840’s farmhouse with all of the modern amenities. Rich in history and located on a corner lot that once held the Doherty General Store. Vestiges of its original use include large oak display counters, intact storefront facade, and the original walk in “ice box” which will convert easily to a wine cellar. The jawdropping kitchen has beamed cathedral ceilings, SS appliances, and concrete counters & opens to a spacious living room w/ Bose Surround Sound entertainment center (included). There are 3 large bedrooms, a first- floor master bedroom/office suite (you pick), and a gorgeous mudroom with built-ins and a cedar closet for seasonal storage. Out back you’ll find a shady private back yard, patio, organic gardens and two-car garage. Out front you have original stonewalls, planter boxes and a welcoming front porch. Ideal home for commuters, work-from-home or the modern expanded family. All of this with easy access to Rt. 95, Rt.3, Burlington Mall and Wayside Commons! (MLS # 72187092) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $579,000

What’s Nearby: Burlington Mall, Wayside Commons, Route 95 Route 3.  

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

New listings are popping up like peonies and the Arlington real estate market is looking strong for buyers and sellers. We have three NEW listings this weekend:

  • Is a great home with lots of updates in a fantastic neighborhood on your list? Look no further than 87 Stowecroft!
  • Looking for a little more space outside the city, but still want that easy commute? Check out 35 Rockmont!
  • Want one of the best locations in Arlington for an active lifestyle? 30 Hamilton will make you stand up and sing!

Check the open house schedules below, beginning tomorrow and going through Sunday!

87 Stowecroft Road, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lovely open concept Cape situated on a dead end street a short distance to the Bishop School, playground, and easy access to public transportation. Leave your car in the attached garage and hop on the bus to Alewife Station, Harvard Sq, or Lechmere. There’s much to love about this location & home including the many recent updates: new roof and gutters (2016), newer hot water heater (2015), newer windows (2012), freshly painted walls and refinished hardwood floors. The main level has an updated kitchen with granite counters and opens to the large dining room which creates an easy flow throughout the space. Kick back and relax in the living room with the gas fireplace or in the updated three-season porch overlooking the fenced in backyard. A first floor bedroom and full bath complete the main level. Upstairs has three good sized bedrooms and ½ bath. The partially finished basement awaits all your HGTV inspirations. This home is not to be missed! (MLS #72182675)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $679,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Alewife Station, Harvard Square, Lechmere, Bishop School.

 

35 Rockmont Road, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

A Cape that you will love to come home to! Looking for a little more space outside the city, but still want that easy commute? This well-cared for 2 bed, 1 bath home is a picture perfect starter home or condo alternative. The landscaped walkway w/ pavers, slate and stone make a welcoming first impression. The 1st floor has a nice entryway, circular flow, with an eat-in kitchen, dining room, & living room w/ fireplace. There are hardwood floors throughout, French doors, & plenty of natural sunlight makes it feel warm and cozy. Enjoy the screened-in back porch on warm summer nights, admire your large backyard, mature trees – and stay protected from the bugs! Upstairs has two good-sized bedrooms both with built-in dresser cabinets, full bath, linen closet and storage. All of this and easy access to public transportation, the Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic Lakes, Arlington Center shops & restaurants, close to the Bishop School and Arlington High. Kick off summer by making this home yours! (MLS# 72182687) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What’s Nearby: Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic Lakes, Arlington Center shops & restaurants, close to the Bishop School and Arlington High.

 

30 Hamilton Road, U: 104, Arlington

  Friday, June 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Talk about Location! Location! Location! Look out the slider at Spy Pond-think sunsets, swans, & spectacular views. Hop on the Minuteman Bikeway to Arlington Center or East Arlington shops and restaurants. Walk or bike to Alewife Station in minutes! This 2 bed, 1 bath condo has a tastefully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and lots of cabinet space. The open concept allows for beautiful views of peaceful Spy Pond from the main living areas. Sliders open to a private deck which is great for sipping morning coffee or evening cocktails. There is nothing to do but enjoy the summer breeze. With in-building laundry, 1 parking space, and some additional storage this is a must see! A true Arlington gem – close to everything yet you have biking, kayaking, and natural beauty at your fingertips. Don’t miss this chance for easy, maintenance-free living where you can accommodate an active life-style and still enjoy all the benefits of homeownership in Arlington! (MLS# 72182715) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $459,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Spy Pond, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station.

 

Three Truths and a Lie - Mike Pallotta

Just when you think you know someone. You may THINK we’re just a real estate team, but there’s more to us than meets the eye.

Did you know one of us was a nightclub bouncer, one of us owned a ’68 Camaro, and one of us is a 6-time bocce champion?

You probably know this classic get-to-know-you icebreaker can reveal surprises about people you’ve known for years. Check out our ‘Three Truths and a Lie’ and you might be surprised by what you learn about The Home Advantage Team.

We’re going to kick it off with the new guy (in case you haven’t heard, we have a new addition to the Home Advantage Team – Mike Pallotta!). If the name sounds familiar, he is our own Mitzi’s son (not a lie). And truth be told, he is a great addition to the team.

Can you guess the lie?

I am Mike Pallotta and I …. Three Truths and a Lie

… am a certified Rescue SCUBA diver.

… lived in Bermuda for 3 months.

… am allergic to bees.

… used to have a scorpion as a pet.

Mull it over, make your best guess, and head over to Three Truths and a Lie for the answer!

 

 

Spotlight: Arlington and Malden Homes of the Week!

Looking for a downright gorgeous single-family home in Arlington? Check. Or do you prefer a hip condo in happening East Arlington? Roger that.

Or, are you looking for something a little more under-the-radar and up-and-coming? Got that too. Did you know that Malden is ranked as one of the hottest up and coming neighborhoods in the U.S.? Check out this article from Boston Magazine.

In the meantime, take a look at our listings in Arlington and Malden below to see what suits your fancy, and come by the open houses happening today and tomorrow!

38 Hibbert Street, Arlington

For sale: 38 Hibbert Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sparkling, shiny & new! Impeccably designed & beautifully finished with every detail carefully considered so you don’t have to. This home was renovated from the inside out, with beautiful hardwood floors, recessed lighting, open concept, first-floor laundry & a kitchen that is right out of a magazine! Enjoy making culinary creations amidst bright cabinets, gleaming granite counters, stainless steel appliances, fixtures & custom mosaic tile backsplash. The fireplaced living room is a warm, welcome retreat after a long day. There are 3 oversized bedrooms upstairs with plenty of closet space and a tastefully renovated new full bath. The lower level boasts another bedroom, full bath, family room and plenty of storage – perfect for an au pair or in-law suite! There is a lovely, private back patio for those neighborhood barbecues or fire-pit gatherings. Close to Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, & public transportation. For the outdoor enthusiast Sunderland Woods & The Minuteman Bikeway are nearby. (MLS #72178653)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $789,000

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

130 Broadway, U:1, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Welcome to East Arlington! You have nothing to do but move right in to a lovely, renovated, energy-efficient, first-floor condo in perfect proximity to all Arlington has to offer. This 2-bed, 1 bath home has what you’re looking for – gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings, open concept, beautiful woodwork, lots of natural light, & spacious rooms. Open concept living & dining area with original built-in china cabinet. The kitchen is bright & airy with stainless steel appliances, new fixtures, cabinets & tile floor. The bedrooms are good-sized & offer ample closet space. 1 deeded parking space in new garage (2017), cedar closet, storage, & laundry in the basement. Kick back and relax on your charming front porch after a busy day, or go to Arlington Center or East Arlington shops & restaurants. Close to public transportation, the Thompson School, & a short distance to Alewife, Teele Sq, and Davis Sq! You get that space you need yet keep that easy commute and urban life-style you love! (MLS# 72178624) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $469,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Davis Square, Teele Square, Thompson School.

141 Daniels Street, Malden

Friday, June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fantastic opportunity to own a diamond in the rough in one of Greater Bostons up-and-coming neighborhoods! According to Boston Magazine, people are flocking to Malden for homes that are more affordable yet still an easy commute to Boston. This 3-bed, 2-bath home awaits your creative ideas the front entryway opens to a spacious living room, there is an eat-in kitchen, 2 beds and a full bath on the first floor. All the bedrooms have hardwood floors. The partially finished upstairs has great closet space and tons of potential for a master suite, office or family area. The basement also has... a full bath, storage, and is a blank slate that you can transform to suit your needs. There is a garage and fenced-in yard. Close to the Orange Line, Route 93, downtown Malden area, many public parks, and easy access to those gorgeous North Shore beaches! This is a great chance to invest in an under-the-radar neighborhood that is poised to take off. Get in while you can! (MLS# 72178616) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $369,000

What’s Nearby: Orange Line T, Route 93, downtown Malden area, easy access to North Shore beaches. 

Find, and be Found, With the #1 Real Estate Team Around

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When you have the #1 team real estate team that works around the clock for you, you won’t miss a new listing and we’ve got your back when it comes to tough negotiations. Our experience is broad and our knowledge is deep when it comes to identifying homes that match up to our client’s needs. And we’ll stick with you until the keys are in your hand.

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It is a seller’s market, but that doesn’t take the stress out of selling a home (we do). When it comes to selling your home, you want the world to know so you can sell fast and for the best price possible. We make your home stand out, with marketing that spans from hyper-local ads to a broad reach across social media. Our understanding of the available pool of buyers, along with years of experience handling the negotiations and transactions that come along with one of the biggest sales of your life.

From preparing your home to sell, tactical marketing, negotiations, and closing, we handle the entire home selling process so you don’t have to.

Whether you are in the market to FIND a home, or list your home to be FOUND, turn to Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team FIRST for all of your real estate needs.

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Spotlight: Lexington, Medford, Somerville and Watertown Homes of the Week!

We have real estate tapas for your taste in homes! Two single-family homes in Lexington, a multi-family in Somerville, a single-family and townhouse in Medford, and a condo in Watertown - there is something for every palate! 

Open houses begin TODAY at 11:00 a.m. and continue throughout the weekend. Check the listings below for specific dates and time for each location.

Happy house hunting!

22 Barberry Road, Five Fields, Lexington

Open House:

Friday, June 2nd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

22 Barberry Road, Five Fields, Lexington

Spectacular Five Fields modernist home flooded with natural light and basking in the beautiful natural surroundings! Built in the 1950’s by The Architects Collaborative, this is an artist’s dream and a nature-lover’s paradise, with an abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and an airy open concept. The upper level has a bright kitchen with sliders out to a discrete side yard. Lovely mature trees are the backdrop to an open living/dining room with fireplace and large deck situated in a tranquil setting. There are 3 spacious beds and full bath on the main level. The walk out level has 2-3 bedrooms, full bath, additional living space for an au-pair or family room –ample space you can tailor to suit your needs! Steeped in history and built as an antidote to a busy life, you can be at Alewife Station, Lexington Center, and Downtown in a short amount of time! Five Fields includes access to conservation land with a pond and association pool. A rare chance to be a part of this unique community. (MLS # 72172366)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $1,199,000

What’s Nearby: Lexington Center and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Route 2, I95, Alewife Station.

 

580 Concord Ave., Five Fields, Lexington

Open House:

Friday, June 2nd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Discover the ultimate in mid-century living! A beautiful contemporary home offering upper and lower levels! Nestled on the outskirts of Five Fields, this home was masterfully designed with the contours of home and land intertwined. Skylit rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows provide spectacular views of the yard which abuts Juniper Hill conservation land. The natural flow and airy design blur the lines between outdoor space and indoor living. The upper level includes a lovely kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances and an adjacent eating area, a spacious living room w/ fireplace & upper level deck, and a spectacular family room that brings nature to the forefront. 3 bedrooms including the master complete the main level. Lower level has its own spacious living area, walk-out access, additional bedrooms, laundry and bath, patio, 2-car garage, a sprawling yard. Membership at Five Fields allows access to a playground, pond & pool. You are not buying a home, you are investing in a lifestyle! (MLS# 72172637) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $1,149,000

What’s Nearby: Lexington Center and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Route 2, I95, Alewife Station.

 

3 Evergreen Ave., Winter Hill, Somerville    

3 Evergreen Ave., Winter Hill, Somerville

A classic three family/triple decker with terrific potential, located in the heart of Somerville. Boasting high ceilings, bright, spacious rooms and built ins. Two units with laundry hook ups and all with separate heat/hot water and electricity. Each unit in this classic home offers an eat in kitchen, two bedrooms, a front deck, mudroom, pantry area, hall/laundry area and basement storage. With multiple options available, this home would be a terrific investment for a developer, first time home buyer or multi-generational buyers, looking to live and enjoy investment property income. Newer windows and many updates, but this home will need some renovating and is being sold as is. Interested buyers may elect to have an inspection, but inspections should be done during group showing times. Two of the three units are rented, as tenants at will. Don't miss this rare opportunity to live in a vibrant community, close to shops, restaurants, parks, schools and transportation. (MLS# 72173921) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $999,000

What’s Nearby: Somerville shops and restaurants, public transportation, Cambridge, Red Line.

 

22 Emerson Street, Unit 22, Medford

Open House:

Friday, June 2nd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

22 Emerson Street, Medford

You’ll love coming home to this impeccable 3 bed, 2 bath 1848 Victorian 3-level townhouse in the heart of Medford Center. The welcoming front porch flows into a gracious foyer where you’ll find high ceilings, charming period details and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. The large living room and formal dining room w/beautiful bay windows, a renovated eat-in-kitchen w/stainless appliances, custom cabinets and granite countertops plus a full bath complete the 1st level. The 2nd level has a master bedroom w/dressing room featuring 3 closets and bay window, 2 large bedrooms and renovated full tile bath. The 3rd level is updated and full of possibility. Bring your creative ideas to make it your own! Outside are captivating planters, pavers in the front leading to the backyard. A true urban oasis! This beautiful space includes a covered patio, landscaped yard, gardens, and common above ground pool. Close to Tufts, Route 93, downtown Boston - the location can’t be beat! (MLS # 72173070)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $579,000

What’s Nearby: Medford Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Tufts, Commuter rail, Route 93. 

 

253 Governors Ave., Medford  

Open House:

Friday, June 2nd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For sale: 253 Governors Ave., Medford

Nature lovers and dog owners–this home is a short distance to Middlesex Fells, be in the heart of nature & enjoy miles of peaceful hiking, walking or mountain biking. This meticulous & spacious Tudor has many updates providing a blend of original character offering a living room with a fireplace, a fabulous den/home office & gleaming hardwood floors throughout. The bright and airy kitchen which is open to the dining room has stainless steel appliances including Chef's gas stove with electric convection oven. There are 3 spacious bedrooms & a walk up attic. The lower level has a terrific laundry area & a large workshop. The fenced-in beautifully landscaped yard has a deck overlooking the stone patio- perfect for those fire-pit evenings and casual entertaining. An irrigation system, perennial garden with a beautiful lilac bush are ready for your green thumb. Finally, with easy access to major routes, downtown Boston, Medford Center’s shops and restaurants, you get the best of all worlds.. (MLS # 72174667) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $569,000

What’s Nearby: Medford Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Tufts, Commuter rail, Route 93. 

 

72 Duff Street, Unit 72, Watertown 

Open House:

Friday, June 2nd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 4th, 1:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For Sale: 72 Duff Street, Watertown
Airy, bright, end unit located at The Village Condominiums of Watertown, a highly desirable complex. Three floors of simple, easy living! Enter into the open concept living room/dining room and take note of the gleaming hardwood floors and the intricate windows. The efficient kitchen offers granite counters, pantry, access to the yard and finished basement. Two bedrooms with hardwood floors, both generously sized and boasting good closet space, and a full bathroom are on the second level. A partially finished basement can be used to fit your lifestyle...work from home make a home office, need more space convert to a family room, have a treadmill make it an exercise space … and offers lots of closet space, laundry area, and utility area. Central ac and 1 parking space make this unit even better! Professionally managed association with community pool (summer is coming!) and clubhouse. Easy access to public transportation and major highways make this location ideal for commuters. (MLS #72023551) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $365,500

What’s Nearby: Watertown shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass Pike, easy access to downtown Boston.