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What does your money buy in Westport?

A sampling of homes on the market in Westport includes a Colonial with a workshop and bar and a waterfront compound with two cottages.

Recent transactions: south

ABINGTON

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ACTON

Recent transactions: north

AMESBURY

Recent transactions: city

ALLSTON

HOME OF THE WEEK

With a basketball court and pool, it’s game time at this ranch

The hilltop ranch has a pool, basketball court, a game room, and a fenced-in play area.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Hanover?

Resident Judy Grecco says she isn’t crazy about cities and loves the town of Hanover’s country feel.

Recent transactions: city

ALLSTON

MY FIRST HOME

Our house was a Vineyard haven we could afford

All I saw were trees. Thousands of them. And my in-law’s house here on Martha’s Vineyard.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Hanover?

A sampling of homes on the market in Hanover includes an antique farmhouse with a pool and a Colonial with a custom-built pub-style wood bar.

ASK THE CARPENTER

The natural: Cedar is big hit for house siding

Contractor and carpenter Rob Robillard tackles questions about natural-looking siding and leaking showers.

ASK THE GARDENER

Hold the (garlic) mustard and yank it out

Award-winning garden writer Carol Stocker digs into readers’ questions about garlic mustard and winter dieback.

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ACTON

Recent transactions: north

AMESBURY

Recent transactions: south

ABINGTON

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Tips for creating a great rooftop garden

R. Wayne Mezitt, trustee chairman for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank, offers advice on how to plan and plant a successful rooftop garden.

05102016 Sharon Ma One of the bedrooms at the Home of the Week at 14 Cobbler Lane. Globe/Staff Photographer Jonathan Wiggs

HOME OF THE WEEK

In Sharon, switch pays off with stunning stone patio

This home was built in 1859.

LET US IN

You might think Oakes Plimpton would live grandly. You’d be wrong.

This Plimpton, younger brother of “Paris Review” founder George Plimpton, is more comfortable gardening than cocktailing.

MY FIRST HOME

After wallpaper fiasco, I knew he’d stick with me

Working on household projects taught us a lot about each other.

ASK THE LANDSCAPER

How even a ‘mild’ winter can thwart your garden

Horticulturist R. Wayne Mezitt explains why your rhododendron looks uninspired, your forsythia feeble.

BY DESIGN

Interior designer’s own home goes under the sledgehammer

In 2012, my husband and I turned our lifelong love affair with older homes into our daily reality.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Sanding out seams takes determination, grit

Carpenter and contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about fireplace mantel seams and permanent marker on quartz.

Recent transactions: north

AMESBURY

Recent transactions: south

ABINGTON

Recent transactions: west

ACTON

Recent transactions: city

ALLSTON

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Historic Cape home gets contemporary makeover

On the outside, this renovated Greek Revival house in Chatham is sweetly traditional. On the inside, the layout is stunning and contemporary.

HOME OF THE WEEK

Point taken: Winthrop penthouse offers ocean views

The condo in the Highlands neighborhood escapes most of the noise from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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Bring a design you love to your patio

Sarah Fishburne, interior designer and the director of trend and design for The Home Depot, shares her tips for getting the most out of your outdoor spaces.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Watertown?

Once overlooked as a cut-through to ritzier burgs, Watertown is on the upswing.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Does vinyl siding need replacing?

Contractor Rob Robillard offers advice on insulated vinyl siding.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Watertown?

A sampling of homes on the market in Watertown includes a two-floor condo with a spa tub in the master and a saltbox Colonial with a greenhouse.

ASK THE GARDENER

Should I put down landscape fabric?

Award-winning columnist Carol Stocker answers questions about transplanting hellebores and using landscape fabric.

MY FIRST HOME

Growing up in Brighton — the other one

When I tell people that I grew up in New York City, they immediately think of skyscrapers and an isolated life.

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ABINGTON

Recent transactions: west

ACTON

Recent transactions: city

ALLSTON

Recent transactions: north

AMESBURY

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Junior League of Boston hopes for hit with 2016 Show House

More than 20 of Boston’s top designers have transformed 25 rooms in the historic 1854 Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton.

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Moms are making their way into construction industry

Historically, the construction industry has been a male-dominated field, but there’s a push to change all that.

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Young Davis Square condo stays true to industrial roots

The fourth-floor condo has a roof deck and exterior walls of glass.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Milton?

Maggie Oldfield grew up on a country lane, amid horse barns, acres of woods, and open fields and just minutes to Boston.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Milton?

A sampling of homes on the market in Milton includes a renovated-from-head-to-toe Cape and a hilltop Victorian with a stable and six fireplaces.

ASK THE STAGER

Dining room offers taste of three styles

Ask the Stager expert Adrian Bryce Diorio gives advice on how to stage a dining room that blends different styles.

ROOM TO LOVE

Teen study space sets course for adventure

Interior designer Elizabeth Benedict created a stylish study space for a teenage girl out of a funny little room on the second floor of a 1880s Victorian in Newton.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Can this hardwood floor be saved?

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about a damaged hardwood floor and cautions a landlord about safety and gas appliances.