Posted by Marie Presti on 11/24/2020

This Condo in Arlington, MA recently sold for $418,000. This 2/3 Family style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..

14 Wellington St, Arlington, MA 02476


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This condo is in a beautiful converted Victorian home conveniently located in the heart of Arlington. This home offers a flexible floor plan, high ceilings with crown molding, and hardwood floors throughout. The large windows, including a bay window in the living room, fill the unit with natural light from north, south, east, and west. In addition to the living room, the bedroom and the fully applianced kitchen, there is an extra room that can be used as you like. It could be an office, a dining room or a second bedroom. New fridge and dishwasher. This home also offers generous closet space, a deeded parking spot, and extra storage in the basement. Great location, steps to the Minuteman Bike Trail and Arlington center, close to shopping, restaurants, Spy Pond, tennis courts and a quick bus or bike ride to the Red Line for easy commuting. Don't miss your chance to live in Arlington and enjoy everything it has to offer! Ask Agent about potential washer/dryer in the unit.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 11/22/2020

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Hanging baskets add personal enjoyment as well as curb appeal to any home. If you're the creative type, you may prefer to make your own rather than purchase ready-made hanging baskets from home and garden retailers. However, DIY hanging baskets sometimes fail to thrive. The following tips and tricks help ensure that your baskets look and perform their best from spring through fall. 

Choose Plants According to Sun/Shade Requirements

Sun-loving plants such as petunias languish and eventually fail to even bloom if placed in areas that don't meet their sun requirements, while shade-lovers such as impatiens and fuchsia may literally burn up if they're exposed to hours of hot sun on a regular basis. 

If the sun requirements aren't listed on the tag that comes with the plant, check online or in your favorite encyclopedia-style gardening book and make sure that you select appropriate locations for your baskets. Also, keep in mind that varieties that thrive in shaded locations often do quite well in morning sun

Choose Plants That Bloom All Season

Most annual plants bloom from spring or early summer until frost,  so stick with them rather than using perennials for your hanging baskets. You'll have to replace them every spring, but that helps keep things interesting and fun. 

Pick Off Spent Blooms 

When flowers go to seed, that sends a signal to the plant that it's time to start slowing down on the blooming process and focus its energy on seed production. Picking off spent blooms, or deadheading, helps fools the plant into continuing to produce flowers. Some annual varieties, such as Wave petunias, have been bred to keep producing even after individual blossoms go to seed, so these make good choices for busy homeowners who may not have time to pay meticulous attention to their hanging baskets. 

Use Potting Soil Designed to Retain Water

Plants growing in hanging baskets require more watering than their counterparts growing in cultivated flower beds because their roots can't reach down deep to access water sources. Using a potting soil designed to retain water helps hedge their bets against drying out before you can get a chance to water them. 

Use Potting Soil With a Slow-Release Fertilizer

Fertilizing hanging baskets with traditional products is tricky — if you apply too much, you run the risk of damaging or even killing the plants, and if you use too little, the fertilizer won't provide the desired benefits. Using potting soil that's infused with a slow-release fertilizer circumvents both of these problems.  

Making your own hanging baskets not only saves you a bit of money at the home and garden center, it also helps you avoid the mass-produced look of the majority of ready-made hanging baskets.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 11/21/2020

This Single-Family in Waltham, MA recently sold for $725,000. This Cape style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..

115 Ellison Park, Waltham, MA 02452


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Full/Half Baths
This is a gorgeous 2 bedroom (easy conversion to 3), 1.5 bath oversized Cape in the quiet Ellison Park neighborhood! This home is loaded with charm. The living room, den, dining room, kitchen and a half bath are located on the first floor. The updated kitchen features stone counters and stainless-steel appliances. The front to back living room features a heated den off of it that can used as a sunroom to relax or used as an office, you get to decide. The insulated french door off the back leads to a sunken patio area with a stone fireplace and professionally landscaped that is perfect to relax or host a small covid gathering. Upstairs on the second floor are 2 well sized bedrooms and a full bath. There is plenty of storage in the basement and a 2 car garage. 6 efficient units were installed in each room for central air and secondary heat. Great location in Waltham, close to shopping, highway, park and much more. This beautiful home might be just what you've been looking for!

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Posted by Marie Presti on 11/15/2020


The homebuying journey may prove to be long and complex, particularly for an individual who fails to plan ahead. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to get ready to pursue your dream house, such as:

1. Make a Homebuying Budget

A homebuying budget will give you a good idea about how much money you have at your disposal to find your ideal residence. Thus, if you craft a homebuying budget, you can hone your house search to residences that fall within your price range.

As you craft a homebuying budget, you should consider both your house mortgage and closing costs. That way, you can prepare for myriad costs that you may encounter as you try to acquire your dream house.

You also may want to meet with various banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can help you budget for a home purchase. Perhaps best of all, they can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage.

2. Narrow Your Home Search

You know you want to purchase a house, but it usually is beneficial to understand what you want to find in your dream residence. If you put together a list of home must-haves and wants, you can narrow your house search accordingly.

Consider your short- and long-term aspirations prior to launching a home search. For instance, if you need a home that is close to your office in the city, you may want to check out residences in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you aspire to own a residence that includes a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system, you should explore homes that offer this feature.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a must-hire, especially for an individual who wants to seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing your dream residence.

Typically, a real estate agent learns about a buyer's goals and crafts a personalized homebuying strategy based on his or her aspirations. If you want to purchase a budget-friendly house as quickly as possible, for instance, a real estate agent will help you accomplish your goal. Conversely, if you are operating on a tight homebuying budget, a real estate agent will do everything possible to help you find a first-rate house that won't put you in the red.

Let's not forget about the homebuying expertise that a real estate agent possesses, either. A real estate agent understands all aspects of the homebuying journey and will share his or her industry insights with you. Therefore, if you ever have concerns or questions during the homebuying journey, a real estate agent will respond to them at your request.

Those who understand what to expect during the homebuying journey can boost the likelihood of finding a terrific house at an affordable price. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you could reap the benefits of a successful home search.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 11/10/2020

426 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180



Welcome to the Residences at Stoneham Square! This beautiful first floor unit offers an open floor plan, a large fireplaced living room, a dining area, a large bedroom and a kitchen with beautiful cherry kitchen cabinets, a kitchen island, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Brand new gas oven. Featuring in-unit, laundry, recessed lighting, and crown molding. The building is only 13 years old and professionally managed. Includes 1 car parking and a large roof top deck that you can access from the elevator. Located in the heart of downtown Stoneham, this home is close to many restaurants, shops, the theatre, library and much more. Close to I-95 and I-93, Route 1 and public transportation for easy commuting. Donít miss your chance to live in Stoneham and everything it has to offer!
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