Arlington real estate

Sub(URBAN)

Sub(URBAN): adj., a little less sub, a little more urban. 1) "Jane decided to move to a subURBAN town for the benefits of a city-like atmosphere without the hassle."

Did you know the ability to walk to a coffee shop, playground, restaurant or public transportation has more of an impact on the value of your home than square footage or stainless steel appliances?

According to Zillow, 'New Urbanism' is the suburbs of the future. What exactly does this mean? It means people are choosing accessibility over isolation, walkability over of car-centric and smaller homes and lawns over McMansions. Sound like any towns you know west of Cambridge and east of Lexington?

Another article by Boston.com supports this theory with their article, '70s-style suburban living is dead. Town-centric connectedness is drawing everyone from millennials to boomers, singles to families.

This is exactly what we're seeing in and around Arlington and West Medford as well. With plenty of mixed-use neighborhoods, pedestrian bikeways, accessible public spaces, and multiple modes of public transportation, these are the poster children of the subURBAN town.

Interestingly enough, we had a comment to our recent post in the Arlington Patch 'Arlington's Top 10 Real Estate Facts' which asks about the lack of available homes for sale around East Arlington - known as a more 'urban' part of town.

Right now, urban, suburban and almost every type of town inside 128 is experiencing low levels of inventory. As I mention in my response, I believe lack of inventory is due to the number of homeowners that refinanced a few years ago. They are happy with the lower mortgage payments and since many may have renovated their home when they refinanced, they are under no great pressure to move.

But as places like East Arlington, Arlington and West Medford increasingly fit the profile of what is considered a desirable, walkable, accessible community, we'll likely see these markets increase in value. And when people living in these communities see that they can possibly sell their home for more than what they purchased it for, an increase in inventory should result.

And an increase in inventory will surely pave the walkable way for buyers looking join the new urbanism movement.

 

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Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

So how are those New Year's resolutions going? Let's face it, January - particularly this frigid January - can test anyone's resolve. So if you've given up on the 5 a.m. wake-up to go to the gym, we won't judge. But be sure to check out this Spotlight and you'll have no problem sticking to your goal of owning a new home in 2014! Boasting a fireplace, woodstove and plenty of sunshine, this home will make long, cold winters like this one cozy and comfortable.

27 Buena Vista Road, Arlington 27BuenaVista Don't miss this beautifully updated, spacious and sun-filled ranch, in the much desired Brackett/Dallin school district. This move-in ready home boasts newly refinished hard wood floors and fresh paint throughout, as well as generous closets and lots of storage space. The newer windows and spacious living room with built-ins, large bay window and fantastic fireplace will have you feeling cozy all winter long. Enjoy the new granite countertops and cool stainless steel appliances in the "eat-in" kitchen, with easy access to the private garden and a great size lot. The basement level provides bonus space for a family room, guests or a home office, including a half bath, plus an additional fireplace/wood stove. The driveway and garage parking, with basement access, make snow days easy. With an ease of living and a great location, close to transportation, parks, top rated schools, restaurants and shopping, you will enjoy all that Arlington has to offer from this welcoming home! (MLS# 71621287)

Listed: $659,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Route 2, Alewife T Station, public transportation, Dallin/Brackett School.

SINGLE FAMILY 

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
53 Broadway Ave. 5 3 2f Ranch $475,000
6 Crescent Hill Ave. 7 3 1f Colonial $499,000
177 Newport St. 7 3 2f 1h Cape $565,000
27 Buena Vista Rd. 6 2 1f 1h Ranch $659,000

MULTI-FAMILY

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
18 Mott St. 12 total 4   2 Family - 2 up/down

$590,000

 

 

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

This recently price-reduced new construction near Arlington Center has everything you've been looking for and more!

Close to shops and restaurants? Check! Great school district? Check! City views? Check! Top-of-the-line kitchen, master suite, bright and airy throughout? Check, check, check!

Built for entertaining, you'll have a perfect place to host your next play-off party.

Goooo Pats!

60 Edgehill Road, Arlington  

60 Edgehill Road

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Outstanding new construction located near Arlington Center, Mystic Lakes, and major routes. Attention was paid to every detail which was paired with the finest materials and finishes. The first floor features an open floor plan creating an airy space with lots of natural light. This side entrance colonial has a living room/dining room combination, featuring beautiful moldings and dramatic French doors, an oversized kitchen and eating area with sliders to patio and back yard, a family room with fireplace and sliders to the patio and backyard as well. The second level features a master suite with cathedral ceiling, master bath with custom tile shower and walk in closet, 2 beds, main bath, and a spacious laundry room. There are dramatic city views from the third floor multipurpose room (bedroom, play room, home office, or any of the above). There is also a full bath on the 3rd floor. There is an oversized garage, mudroom, and tons of storage space on the lower level. Surrounded by magnificent landscaping, this home has everything on your must-have list and more! (MLS# 71595065)

Listed: $999,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Routes 2, 3, Mystic Valley Parkway, Spy Pond, Alewife T Station, public transportation, Bishop School.

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

We're not going to talk about the weather. We're just not. Instead, how about the fact that Red Sox pitchers and catchers head to Ft. Meyers in three weeks? Spring will be here before you know it!

And the spring real estate season means more competition among buyers, so best to get a jump on your house hunting now. Check out our latest listing, a fantastic opportunity to get into the area and enjoy all that Arlington has to offer!

1 Watermill Place U: 101, Arlington

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Welcome to Watermill Place, one of Arlington's most sought after buildings! This highly desirable 1 bedroom 1 1/2 bathroom unit is located on level one which is above the carport and overlooks the peaceful view of the courtyard and brook. This sunny and bright unit has been recently painted and the carpeting just cleaned. There is parking for one car in the carport, space #18. This building is conveniently located close to the Minuteman Bike Path, Arlington Heights, public transportation, shops, and restaurants. Hurry as these units don't last! Open House this Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.! (MLS# 71625858)

Listed: $289,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center/Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, Old Swamb Mill, public transportation, Pierce School.

SINGLE FAMILY

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
89 Wachusett Ave. 5 3 1f 0h Cape $475,000
17 Edgehill Rd. 8 4 1f 1h Colonial $699,000

MULTI-FAMILY

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
161 Mystic St. 13 5 3f 0h 2 Family - 2 Up/Down $798,500

CONDO

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
1 Watermill Place U:101 3 1 1f 1h Mid-Rise $289,000
8-10 Park Ave. Extension U:8 6 2 2f 0h 2/3 Family $399,000
76 Cleveland St. U:1 5 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $419,000
40 Brattle St. U:15 6 3 2f 1h Townhouse $549,000
10 Russell Place U:10 6 2 2f 0h Townhouse $599,000

House Crush Saga

Have you ever been driving around town and all of a sudden you think you see 'the one?' Clean, classic lines on the outside, bright and glowing from the inside? You think, hmm, I wonder if it's available?

Finding a home is a lot like dating. No one wants to settle, everyone has a list of 'must-have's' and 'deal breakers' and we all want to live happily ever after.

Whether you're in a current 'relationship' (a home) and looking to move-up, or if you're still in the renter's scene looking to get serious, we all know that scoping out the market is not easy.

But here's the thing: you have to be in it to win it. Looking for a home takes effort and knowing what you want - but also knowing how to compromise. There is anxiety, stress, surprises and disappointments. But there is also joy and happiness when you find something that is just right.

Sellers, you too. You have to start by putting yourself out there - literally. Listing your home can make you feel vulnerable. Will people love my home as much as I do? Is my price (along with my expectations) too high? What if no one comes to my open house party?

Hanging out on the sidelines wishing and hoping for something to happen will leave you watching reality TV and browsing listings on a Friday night.

It's time to take matters into your own hands - or, even better, hand it over to us. We are the real estate matchmakers who can turn your house crush into reality!

 

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Go for the Real Estate Gold - Just Don't Go it Alone

If you've been following the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, you've seen the amount of effort it takes for an athlete just to get to the games - much less be good enough to win. 

While selling your home or searching for a new one can feel like an Olympic undertaking, it doesn't have to. Just like anything, it takes hard work, patience, an understanding of what you're capable of - and of course, a good coach.

GoldMedalA good real estate professional should be your Bela Karolyi, your Bill Belichik, or your Red Auerbach.

Anyone can find a sport and participate, but it takes a coach to get you to the next level. Likewise, anyone can find a home on the Internet or FSBO, but the potential to fall short of your goals goes up significantly when you go it alone.

Buying or selling a home is no easy task, and it helps to have a third party perspective, along with real estate expertise, local knowledge, and negotiating skills. A good real estate professional - just like a good coach - will keep you going when you feel like quitting, and keep you focused on your housing goals.

Are you hoping for the thrill of victory from selling your home? Do you want to avoid the agony of defeat from not being able find the home that's right for you?

Give us a call today and we'll be sure to put you on the podium.

Spotlight: Arlington HOME of the Week!

Big weekend this weekend. Lot's going on with Easter, Passover and of course, Patriots Day and the Boston Marathon.

The Arlington Patriots Day Parade kicks off on Monday, 4/21 at 9:30 a.m. at Brattle Street, which is sure to get you in the patriotic spirit. And don't forget to put this home of the week on your activity list - just a few blocks from Arlington Center you can walk to next year's parade without worrying about parking!

Best of luck to all of the dedicated runners in this year's marathon, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by last year's tragedy. #BostonStrong.

101 Medford Street, Arlington  

101 Medford

This beautiful condo sits right in the heart of all that Arlington has to offer! A turn of the century Victorian home with all of the charm and character you want, plus all of the renovations and modern amenities you need! The classic front porch is welcoming with delightful details. The 1st floor has a beautifully renovated open concept kitchen with granite/stainless steel. French doors open to the wonderful living room, and half bath. 2nd floor has a full bath and 2 bright and spacious bedrooms. 3rd floor has a sprawling master suite with skylight, walk-in closet and en suite bath. Central air, wood floors throughout, finished basement, back porch, deck and large rear yard make this a home gem! Just a short distance from the Arlington Center shops, restaurants, theaters, Mass. Ave. and public transportation, the walkability of this home is second to none! (MLS# 71661390)

Listed: $639,000

What's Nearby: Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, Mass. Ave., public transportation, Mystic Lake, Thompson School.

SINGLE FAMILY

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
29 Walnut Terrace 6 3 2f 0h Cape $585,000

CONDO

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
101 Medford St. U:101 7 3 2f 1h Townhouse $639,000
39 Park St. U:39 5 3 2f 0h Rowhouse $489,900
96 Rawson Rd. U:96 8 3 2f 0h 2/3 Family $445,000

 

Spotlight: HOME of the Week!

There are plenty of open houses this weekend, and real estate in the area is looking #WickedStrong.

Should be a great weekend for mint juleps, big hats and a fun Kentucky Derby - don't forget to put your bets on this hometown favorite.

In the meantime, we're putting our bets on this fantastic new listing in Somerville! So much to offer, so close to everything - you don't want to miss out on this opportunity!

94 Beacon Street, Somerville #28  

94 Beacon Street

Located a short distance to Inman Square, Harvard Square, & Union Square, this two bedroom condo is in the perfect location for shopping, restaurants, access to public transportation and boasts a Walk Score® of 89 ...Very Walkable! This corner unit is located in a brick mid-rise building and features an open concept living room and kitchen. There are 2 spacious bedrooms and bath and the unit features great closet space. There are lots of windows allowing an abundance of natural light into the unit. Some of the wonderful building features are: laundry on the first floor, assigned parking, elevator, on site superintendent and professional management company! (MLS# 71673440)

Listed: $329,000

What's Nearby: Shops and restaurants of Inman Square, Harvard Square and Union Square, Tufts University, public transportation.

Arlington Real Estate

SINGLE FAMILY

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
56 Orient Ave. 5 2 1f 0h Bungalow $395,000
255 Washington St. 5 2 1f 0h Ranch $399,000
38 Cliff St. 6 3 1f 0h Colonial $499,000
140 Wollaston Ave. 6 3 2f 0h Cape $600,000
193 Old Spring St. 8 3 1f 1h Colonial $725,000
7 Lorraine Ter. 7 3 3f 0h Colonial $729,900
18 Oakland Ave. 7 3 2f 1h Colonial $785,000
86 Sunset Rd. 9 3 3f 1h Colonial $839,000
71 Eliot Road. 8 3 2f 1h Colonial $870,000

CONDO

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
18 Hamilton Rd. U:108 5 2 1f 0h Mid-Rise $329,000
10 Willow Ct. U:B 6 3 1f 0h Other (See Remarks) $379,900
96 Lake St. U:1 6 2 1f 0h 2/3 Family $399,000
176 Franklin St. U:2 8 3 2f 0h 2/3 Family $549,000
239 Gray St. U:239 7 2 2f 0h 2/3 Family $549,900

Spotlight: Home of the Week!

To all of the wonderful moms out there, we hope you had a great Mother's Day. In the words of a wise mom/author/blogger:

"And now that the festivities are done, let us celebrate being mothers the way God intended: in the quiet. While they're at school... I love them so much when they're at school... Real Mother's Day Comes Every Week and That Day Is Called Monday."

Still looking for that special home to call your own? Then this could be your Valentine. Be sure to check out this latest Arlington listing!

53 Valentine Road, Arlington  

Looking to own a wonderful cape style home with great curb appeal then this is the one you have been waiting for. This home has been well maintained and offers many updates that include new windows, roof, heating and electrical. This home features two bedrooms, living room, and spacious kitchen with sliders leading to an oversized deck. Looking for the potential for more space? There is a walk up attic and a full basement with a semi-finished room! The rear yard is level and fenced with a storage shed. It is close to the Dallin School and the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights. Enjoy easy access to Route 2 and public transportation from this terrific location! (MLS# 71677408)

Listed: $439,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, Route 2, Alewife Station, public transportation, Dallin School.

53 Valentine Road

Spotlight: HOMES of the Week!

The spring home buying and selling season is marching on - are you in step? We have two new listings this week in Arlington and Winchester - both with tons to offer buyers interested in moving ahead with their home buying plans.

There is still plenty of time to find the home you've been looking for and be settled in time to enjoy the summer!

49 Alpine Road, Arlington  

49 Alpine

This is a charming Village Colonial located on a dead end street! Enter this enchanting home and see the large living room and dining room which is open to the renovated kitchen with granite counters, maple cabinets, newer appliances, and gleaming hardwood floors. The first floor also has a half bath and access to the yard. Upstairs offers three spacious bedrooms and a full bath. There is also a walk up attic which offers storage or could have possible future expansion possibilities. The lower level has a finished room with a faux fireplace that would be a great playroom or home office. Downstairs also has a laundry room and workshop area. Some updates include newer heating system, windows and roof. All of this is located a short distance to Pierce School, Mt. Gilboa and the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights! (MLS# 71681880)

Listed: $539,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, Mt. Gilboa, public transportation, Pierce School.

39 George Street, Winchester  

39 George

WOW! Looking for a great two bedroom townhouse in Winchester then look no more!  There is an open floor plan on the first floor with a bright living room and dining room and kitchen. The kitchen has updated cabinets and newer stainless steel appliances. Upstairs offers two spacious bedrooms and a full bath. Some recent updates include refinished hardwood floors and fresh paint. This unit is move-in ready! There is an unfinished basement which offers an abundance of storage space as well as the laundry hook-ups. There is an oversized side yard, a small rear yard and two parking spaces (3&4). This is a great property in a great price range! (MLS# 71681853)

Listed: $289,000

What's Nearby: Winchester shops and restaurants, Mystic Valley Pkwy, Mystic Lake, public transportation.

 

Arlington Real Estate 

SINGLE FAMILY

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
140 Lowell St. 6 room, 2 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 2 1f 1h Colonial $454,900
141 Park Ave. Ext. 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 3 1f 1h Colonial $499,000
19 Edmund Rd. 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Colonial 3 2f Colonial $529,000
10 Ridge St. 7 room, 2 bed, 2f 0h bath Ranch 2 2f Ranch $539,000
63 Lennon Rd. 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Cape 3 2f Cape $539,000
49 Alpine St. 7 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 3 1f 1h Colonial $539,000
42 Hancock St. 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Cape 4 2f 1h Cape $559,900
278 Gray St. 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Raised   Ranch 3 2f 1h Raised Ranch $579,000
353 Washington St. 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Cape 3 2f Cape $599,000
6 Thesda St. 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 4 2f 1h Colonial $699,000
34 Ashland St. 7 room, 3 bed, 3f 0h bath Colonial 3 3f Colonial $699,000
28 Walnut St. 8 room, 3 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial 3 3f 1h Colonial $749,000
48 Oakland Ave. 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 3 2f 1h Colonial $869,000
216 Pleasant St. 10 room, 6 bed, 3f 2h bath   Colonial 6 3f 2h Colonial $1,600,000

CONDO

Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
9 Colonial Village Dr. U:6 4 room, 1 bed, 1f 0h bath Garden 1 1f Garden

 

$169,000
993 Mass. Ave. U:120 3 room, 1 bed, 1f 1h bath Loft 1 1f 1h Loft $229,900
28 Laurel St. U:2 5 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath   Townhouse 2 1f Townhouse $349,000
29 Harlow St. U:1 5 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath 2/3   Family 2 1f 2/3 Family $409,900
64 Margaret St. U:64 6 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath Detached 2 1f Detached $419,900
112 Park Ave. U:2 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath   Townhouse 3 2f Townhouse $499,900
10 Gardner St. U:10 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Townhouse 3 2f 1h Townhouse $675,000