Independent and market savvy, Nellie launched Aikenhead Real Estate in 2016, after spending six years in residential real estate and more than a decade managing complex land conservation projects for a national nonprofit.  


Informed, strategic, and detail oriented, Nellie uses her depth and breadth of real estate experience to inform and benefit buyers, sellers, investors, "flippers", and property owners. She is passionate about helping her residential clients enjoy a straightforward, smooth, positive, fun and financially successful experience!  

TRACK RECORD: In just three years since Aikenhead Real Estate was launched, Nellie has successfully completed more than $45M in real estate transactions, making many buyer, seller, and investor clients very happy! She has a perfect five-star rating on both and, as well as a 6th place on Arlington’s Top 20 list (per  She has completed more than 100 purchases, sales and rentals in Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, Newton, Medford, Lexington, Winchester, Watertown, Saugus, Chelsea, Malden, and the surrounding towns.

CONSTRUCTION/RENOVATION SKILLS: With both formal carpentry training and hands-on renovation experience, Nellie has an excellent sense of the structure and mechanics of a house as well as the process and costs associated with repairs, renovation, and  upgrades.  With her husband, Nellie has purchased, restored, and resold several homes, and she owns and manages several rental  properties. She is easily able to help educate and inform her clients, and has contacts in all the trades who will provide additional assistance when needed. 


  • Founder/Owner Aikenhead Real Estate LLC

  • Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker (License #009539313)

  • Master of Science - Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 

  • Bachelor of Science - University of Vermont: Finance

  • Carpentry Certificate - North Bennett Street School, Boston

  • Accredited Buyer's Broker (ABR Designation)

  • Certified "Green" Designation

  • Board Member – Arlington Land Trust

  • Board Member - Arlington Historic District Commission

  • Hobbies: home improvement projects, cooking, gardening, repurposing salvage, entertaining friends and family, backyard chickens and honey bees!

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Nellie Aikenhead, Broker/Owner

Aikenhead Real Estate, Inc.