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Bow-roofed houses

Three homes for sale--in Bolton, Plymouth, and Milton--are topped in style.




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LOT SIZE > 0.35 acres

BEDROOMS > 2 BATHS> 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $292,500 in 2007

Linda Scobo, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 617-515-4232,

PROS This cute-as-a-button place was a model home for a company specializing in “bow houses,” so named for the roof shaped like the bow of a ship. Even though built in 1984, this home feels like an antique, with 12-over-12 windows with randomly placed pieces of old glass, wide pine floors, a narrow stairwell, a kitchen dominated by a brick fireplace, and shutters framing the front door. A big open room on the first floor has great square wainscot. CONS Baths are dated. One bedroom’s low windows aren’t kid-friendly.




LOT SIZE > 0.98 acres

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $269,000 in 1999

Beverly Goranson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 508-728-4290,

PROS Just up the street from the beach, this 1990 bow house has exposed beams, pine ceilings, and wide floorboards. There are two fireplaces and, in the informal dining room, a wood stove vented into a brick chimney. The staircase branches to the left and right upstairs, providing access to the master bedroom on one side and two smaller bedrooms on the other. The pine kitchen cabinets, while not updated, feel right. Rooms are freshly painted. There’s an outdoor shower and stone wall in the yard. CONS The deck needs work. White tiles and grout on the kitchen counters and backsplash could be high maintenance.




LOT SIZE > 1.25 acres

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $465,000 in 1993

Pat MacNaught, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 617-480-3355,

PROS Moored on a large lot at the end of a cul-de-sac, this 1989 bow house greets you with an attractive floating staircase in the cathedral-ceilinged foyer. One wall of the open living/dining room area is taken up by a big brick fireplace surrounded by built-ins. The downstairs bedroom has en suite bath and laundry. One of the two upstairs bedrooms is huge, with plenty of closets and sliders to a balcony. Most floors in the house are pegged hardwoods. CONS The half bath and shared upstairs bath are ready for remodeling.  

— Vanessa Parks
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