Abington is one of the oldest towns in Massachusetts, known distantly as the retirement home for bareknuckle boxer John L. Sullivan and more recently as both the hometown and final resting place for Marine Sergeant Daniel M. Vasselian, killed during his third tour in Afghanistan. Now a host to some tax-generating big box stores and a stop on the Old Colony commuter rail, residents are on the turtle-speed journey toward a $95.9 million plan for a new school complex that will handle grades 5 through 12.
If that project comes to fruition, the location of Abington, just 20 miles south of Boston, sandwiched conveniently between routes 3 and 24, could turn the town into one of the hottest towns on the outskirts of the Expressway.
This New England Colonial, painted a genial yellow with white trim, is on a quiet side street about a mile from both the commuter rail and the proposed school complex. On the first level, there are original oak floors accented by a dark brown strip of inlay maple underneath 9-foot ceilings. The living room in light green with white crown molding runs the length of the house and has a built-in book shelf. Off that room is a half bath with Nantucket wainscoting and a short hallway leading to backyard.
The kitchen has new, light blond cabinets, stainless appliances, multicolor glass tile backsplash, and is large enough for a dining area. A door leads to a side porch that has been enclosed and converted into a sunny family room. The second level has wide pine flooring. The master bedroom has a sloping ceiling and a large, deep closet. The children’s bedrooms, a few steps away from the master, are sunny, but only one has a closet. The full family bath has a single vanity and showered bath tub. Attached to the back of the house is a wide mahogany deck overlooking a flat backyard, which includes a white privacy fence surrounding an exterior hot tub included in the sale. Nearby, the six-car driveway ends at the yellow, detached one-car garage renovated into a man cave with recessed lighting.
Listing broker Diane Darrah Nordberg of RE/MAX Executive Realty in Hopkinton will be holding open houses next April 26 and 27.
Built: 1900; fully renovated since
Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half
Square feet: 1,329
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