Arlington MA

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

You’ve been hearing about the low inventory levels for some time now, but we have listings to refresh your weekend open house schedule. We have four fabulous listings in Arlington – a wonderful suburban single family home to a not-your-average condo that is a walkable wonderful place to live. Check them out!

Don’t forget Feast of the East is tomorrow, Saturday, June 18th – it’s shaping up to be one of the best community events yet!!

And a Happy Father’s Day to all of the great Dad’s out there! Enjoy your weekend!

“You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.” – Jerry Seinfeld

 

15 Apache Trail Road, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30               

Sprawling ranch located in the highly desirable Morningside area! Are you looking for a suburban feeling tree lined street then this is the home for you. From the moment you drive up you note the curb appeal-the manicured lawn, freshly painted exterior, and attention to detail, the serene setting, and notice only the birds chirping. Upon entering the foyer the oversized living room with fireplace and built-ins captures your attention. A large picture window allows lots of natural light to stream into the room. A formal dining area with built-in is great for hosting gatherings. A large family room overlooks the professionally maintained, fully fenced yard! There are 3 beds and 2.5 baths (including a master!). A giant lower level offers flexible space for an exercise area, another family room, lots of space for storage, or anything your imagination allows. Gleaming hardwood floors, garage, true pride of ownership, and unbeatable location make this a must see! (MLS # 72023394) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $819,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, Mass. Ave., Morningside neighborhood.

 

42 Warren Street, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30               

This is the perfect two-family home for investment, condominium conversion or first time home with rental income. The house has received many updates over the years and there are still some repairs needed. There is vinyl siding, newer windows, updated kitchen and bathroom on the second floor. The first floor has 5 spacious rooms with natural woodwork and a faux fireplace. The kitchen is older and will need updating, but the character is abundant. The second floor has 8+ spacious rooms and has two levels of living space. The kitchen and bathroom were updated and the expansion potential in the attic is evident. There are front and rear porches, a nice rear yard with a shed and plenty of parking. Close to Arlington Center and East Arlington with great access to Alewife and Cambridge. (MLS # 72023554) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $789,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center and East Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2., Alewife, Cambridge.

 

65 School Street, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30

Welcome to this charming 4 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, Colonial located in the Brackett School District. It is within walking distance to Skyline Park, Mass. Ave., the Minuteman Bike Trail and public transportation to Alewife, Harvard Square and Boston. Routes 2 & 128 are minutes away. The first floor open plan has a large kitchen and adjoining dining room that overlooks a level backyard that is perfect for gardening, playing or just relaxing. The spacious fireplace living room looks onto a full length farmers, front porch. The second floor has 4 corner bedrooms with cross ventilation and ample closet space. The large, walk up attic has plenty of storage space. The basement is very spacious and open with new replacement windows and door that leads to an extended driveway that can accommodate 4+ cars. The detached, one car garage has been recently painted. Move into this lovely home in time for the school year. (MLS # 72023667) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $619,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Skyline Park, Alewife, Brackett School.

1 School Street, Unit 108, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 1:00 – 2:30

A truly spacious, sunny and special one bedroom unit at the Cutter School! The windows are over-sized and the sunlight shining through them is magnificent. The unit has southern exposure and overlooks the playground. The living room is very open with high ceilings and huge windows and hardwood floors. The kitchen and dining room are slightly elevated overlooking the living room and is quite large with an abundance of cabinets and counter space. The master bedroom is extremely spacious with a built in hutch and walk-in closet. One of the many added bonuses of this condo is the in-unit laundry! Close to Mass Avenue and the bike path, the Cutter School is convenient to everything and is a step above the average condo. Stop by and see for yourself. (MLS #72023551) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $359,000

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

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Today is Bastille Day, so let us eat cake and visit some open houses! You will say ooh la la when you walk into these fantastic listings.

We have a great opportunity to get into the Arlington market, and two new construction condos that were built to impress.

Check out the times below and we’ll see you there! Au revoir!

 

9 Ryder Street, Unit 15, Arlington Heights

Open House:

Saturday, July 14th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For sale: 9 Ryder Street, U:15, Arlington MA

Looking to get into the Arlington market? Enter here! If convenience, location, and access to public transportation are high on your home-finding checklist, then this is the place for you! This bright and sunny 2-bed, 1 bath condo is in a low-rise condo complex with a functional layout for easy living. There is an updated open kitchen with plenty of cabinet space. The open concept living area is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. There are hardwood floors throughout, ample closet space, built-ins, A/C, assigned parking (space "N"), and common coin-operated laundry. The master bedroom is spacious and second bedroom is good-sized with ample closet space. Hop on the Minuteman Bikeway and make your way to Arlington Center or stroll Mass. Ave. to the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights. Also conveniently located near Rt 2, and is easily accessible to Rts 16, 3 and 128! This is a fantastic opportunity to own in Arlington! (MLS# 72197349) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $310,000

What’s Nearby: Minuteman Bikeway, Arlington Heights shops & restaurants, Trader Joe’s Starbucks Mass. Ave.

 

50 Washington Street, Unit 2, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, July 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Elusive Arlington new construction in a prime location! This modern 3-bed, 2-bath, 2-level condo has a glamorous European flair that fits right in with your stylish tastes and contemporary preferences. Open concept living is flexible to suit your needs, and the layout feels spacious and welcoming. The modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances has clean lines and has all of the latest features. Upstairs is the gorgeous master suite with a master bath that feels like you’re at the spa - double sinks, chic tile, glassed-shower, plus walk-in closets you can get lost in! There is in-unit laundry, tasteful landscaping, and a traditional red door that says ‘welcome home!’ Conveniently located in a quiet location, close proximity to Arlington Heights, Mass. Ave., public transportation, shops and restaurants. So easy to hop on the Minuteman Bikeway, it’s a cyclist’s playground just a few pedals away! This is an amazing home, once you see it you’ll want to make it your own! (MLS #72190588) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $789,000

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

 

50 Washington Street, Unit 1, Arlington 

Open House:

Saturday, July 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sleek, stylish and sophisticated new construction, this is a contemporary home-lover’s dream! This 2-level, 2-bed, 2-bath condo makes a statement the minute you walk past the freshly landscaped pathway and through the welcoming red door. There is a streamlined kitchen with stainless steel appliances, modern cabinets, and naturally flows into a large open concept eating/living area. The posh master suite has amazing walk-in closet with built-ins that basically organize everything for you. Glossy hardwood floors, fresh bathrooms with subway tiles, the latest fixtures, lots of windows for natural light, plus brand new heating and A/C. You don’t have to do a thing but move right in! Conveniently located with close proximity to Mass Ave, Arlington Heights, public transportation, shops and restaurants. So easy to hop on the Minuteman Bikeway, it’s a cyclist’s playground just a few pedals away! This is your opportunity to own new construction in Arlington! (MLS# 72190572) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $719,000

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

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week & Open House Guide

We have a whole host of listings this weekend! Check out our handy dandy open house schedule, including new listings and some that are still available. Happy house hunting!

363 Mystic Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

7 Greenwood Road, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

33 Newman Way, U:2, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

364 Gray Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

171 Highland Ave., Arlington

 Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

6 Lennon Road, Arlington Heights

Open House:

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

23 Harvard Street, U:1, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week & Open House Schedule!

Listings listings, listings! We are in full fall swing, so don’t leave the house without a schedule of Arlington open houses – after you come visit us at Arlington Town Day of course. We’ll be at the Bowes Real Estate booth with lots of fun giveaways. See you there!

 

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington Heights

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

52 Washington Street, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

36 College Ave., Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

33 Newman Way, U:2, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

7 Greenwood Road, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

364 Gray Street, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

18 Harvard Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

 

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Happy fall! It is officially pumpkin latte and sweater season (according to the calendar, maybe not the weather). Grab your coffee and take a stroll to these open houses around town. You never know what home you might fall in love with!

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

52 Washington Street, U:B, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

23 Harvard Street, U:1 Arlington Heights

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

New Look... Same Great Team!

The Home Advantage Team

In case you missed it, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team have a new look, some fresh color, and a new logo to reflect our personal, hands-on approach to real estate.

But you might find yourself wondering: Why, Steve? You’re already the #1 team in Arlington, why bother?

Good question. And one we thought some of you might have, so we’re going to tell you the story of our mission. 

Our Story: The Home Advantage Team.

Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago (say, about 30 years), it was just Steve and his real estate dream. After a lot of working, networking, weekend open houses and many sold signs later, Steve created a successful business that required him to hire people so he could focus on providing the best possible client service.

Along came Erika to help with buyers and developers, Mitzi, to help with transaction coordination, additional agents Annie, Tracy, and Mike, Kristen for marketing, Donna for property coordination, and Carolyn for content and social media development.

Today, the business is not the one person show of 30 years ago, but a well-oiled team that has evolved to list and sell more homes than any other team in Arlington.

Such an evolution requires some freshening up. Could you imagine if Steve used a profile picture from 1985? We can’t either. 

Steve McKenna: The Early Years in Real Estate

 

So we got together and brainstormed. 

The Home Advantage Team brainstorming session.

We talked about where the team has been, where it is now, and where we want it to go in the future. We drafted. We designed. We laughed.

The Home Advantage Team: Sometimes you just have to LOL.

We revised. And then we went for lunch because it was noon and we were hungry.

The Home Advantage Team: Lunch Break.

Many, many, (many) emails and iterations later, we have a collective visual for who we are, and what we represent.

*THE LOGO:

The Home Advantage Team: Logo

The hands in the shape of a home. We really wanted to show that we care for our clients, and beyond that, we are truly protectors of their best interests – whether it’s buying, selling, downsizing redesigning, or building. The hands in the shape of a home convey just that. Which naturally led us to…

THE TAGLINE:

The Home Advantage Team: Tag Line.

Your Home is in Our Hands. Quite literally. We take the aggravation, stress, thousands of tasks and to-do’s that go along with buying or selling a home and we handle it all.

*THE COLORS: 

The Home Advantage Team: Design Colors.

Our main color is a navy blue (#21455 if you’re a design nerd like us) and it represents us in the truest sense:  trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence. The green (#BDCC74 ) is tied to safety, freshness, and energy.

Our true colors, shining through.

**THE SELFIE

The Home Advantage Team: Selfie Pic.

Yes, we have a standard team picture (see below): five standing in back, four sitting in front – say cheese! But we’re just not a standard team. We’re more dynamic than that. We like to work hard and have fun. The selfie pic is us. Sure, you’ll see the traditional team pic in some of our materials, but the selfie says, ‘The Home Advantage Team.’

Speaking of ‘The Home Advantage Team,’ we all know there’s no ‘I’ in ‘Team’, you’ll also notice ‘Steve McKenna’ is not part of the official logo name. Whaaaaattt???

Back up the bus.

Fear not, friends and clients. Steve isn’t going anywhere. He is still the master of all things real estate, and still our fearless leader. But back to one of the reasons why we have gone through this exercise -  to emphasize the team

The Home Advantage Team: Team Pic.

We are always surprised when people don’t realize that whether you’re listing or just looking, you get the whole team - and all of the support staff - as part of the deal. All of that expertise, knowledge, and know-how, at no extra cost.

So that's where we are – full circle (also part of our theme, by the way). 

The Home Advantage Team: Just Sold postcard.

Personal, professional service has been the foundation of our business for more than 30 years – and will continue now, and in the future.

We hope you like it. 

 

Many thanks to our design and photography partners who helped us through this process.

*Design development and branding direction credit go to Anjehlina Marsh.

**Team photo credits go to Kristen Chalmers Photography.

 

The Home Advantage Team Featured in The Patch as Part of Small Business Saturday

In case you missed it, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team were featured in the Arlington Patch as part of an ongoing series focusing on small business owners in the city.

See what Steve has to say about some of the best things about Arlington, what he sees as the biggest struggle, and where he sees Arlington in the future.

For the full article, click here.

*Note: our Small Business Saturday promotion is still happening! Hop over to our Facebook page and leave your name in the comment section of the Charlie Brown Christmas post and we'll leave two free tickets for you at the Regent

Will you do anything special or have any special promotions on Small Biz Saturday? 
As a real estate team (and a small business ourselves), we support our local Arlington businesses and organizations in a number of ways. We are a proud sponsor of the Regent Theater, and for Small Business Saturday we will be hosting a Facebook promotion. Anyone who likes our page on SMB will get 2 tickets to The Boston Children's Theater production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at the Regent on December 9 at 1 p.m. We have a limited supply, so will be on a first come first serve basis.

When did the business open?
Steve has been associated with Bowes Real Estate, Real Living for nearly 30 years and Bowes Real Estate has been a part of the community for over 70 years

What made you decide to go into this type of business? And why here? 
Steve is originally from Allston and believes that being sincere and honest are the key to success in any industry. But real estate in particular is a business where a positive attitude and strong work ethic goes far. Steve lives and works in Arlington, has a deep understanding of home values, neighborhood dynamics, schools and all the critical factors that come into play when making important real estate decisions.

What do you like best about it?
Arlington is a town unlike any other, and its mix of social and cultural capital have made it one of the most sought-after suburbs in Greater Boston. As a densely populated town that enjoys many benefits of being close to Boston and public transportation, it also has a thriving business community of its own that makes it vibrant place to live and work. Young working professionals move here from the city because it's more affordable yet still has that urban feel. Families move here because of the good schools and kid-friendly amenities. Downsizers move here because of the vibrant arts scene. As we like to say, come for the city-like vibe, stay for the family-like atmosphere.

Biggest struggle?
Right now inventory a big struggle. There are so many buyers who want to live in Arlington, but there are a limited number of homes available on the market. This isn't unique to Arlington, in general, housing availability in Greater Boston is relatively low. So if you live in Arlington and are thinking of selling, this is a great time. Buyers on the other hand need to be savvy about the real estate process so they are prepared when something does become available that suits their needs.

What do you see for the future?
I think Arlington will continue to grow and evolve, but its identity which has diversity and culture at its core will always be there. We have so many smart, talented people in town with great ideas and a vision to make the community a strong one – both now and in the future. 

Politics and business - how does it affect yours?
It doesn't, really. Buying or selling a home is such a personal endeavor. It does not really cross the realm into politics – unless you're talking interest rates. But even so, it generally stays under the political radar.

Happy Holidays! From Our Team to Yours!

Everyone needs to take a break now and again, even the hardest working real estate team in Arlington! So we took a lovely afternoon off and headed out the history Publick House in Sturbridge to look back at 2017, look ahead to 2018, enjoy a delicious lunch and of course, some holiday shenanigans.

Thank you for your continued business and support and remember we are here for all of your real estate needs. We wish you a Happy New Year, and all the best in 2018 and beyond!

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team

 

When Did you Buy Your Arlington Home?

There’s nothing like a new year to remind us that time flies (whether you’re having fun or otherwise). 

In the blink of an eye, the kids grow up, trends shift, technology changes and it can leave you wondering why you still have a flip phone and a stroller in the garage when the kids are in college. 

Four decades and thousands of home buyers and sellers later, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team understand that time can sneak up on you.

Think about when you bought your Arlington home. Was it in the 1960s when the average home cost $19,482? Or the 1980s when the average mortgage rate was a whopping 17.16%?

If the New Year means a resolution to reassess your plans for the future, we can put you on the right path in no time.

Contact us today, and we can provide a free and confidential market analysis of your home to talk about your options, possibilities and a plan that’s right for you.

Here's to a Happy New Year!

Do You Remember When You Bought Your Arlington Home?