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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.

MY FIRST HOME

Famous author, his actor father, our share of drama

We bought our first home from Fritz Leiber Jr., the famous science-fiction writer, and his wife, Jonquil.

Recent transactions: city

ALLSTON

Recent transactions: north

AMESBURY

Recent transactions: south

AVON

Recent transactions: west

ACTON

WRITE AT HOME: GARDEN BLOGGER

No yellow roses, but prized Texas garden has gopher (plants)

Blogger Pam Penick explains how she made her Austin garden a respite requiring as little maintenance and water as possible.

ROOM TO LOVE

A toasty touch, fireplace warms Newton kitchen

Aamodt/Plumb Architects combined the kitchen and formal dining room to create one big-but-cozy living space.

ASK THE CARPENTER

How to repair minor damage to a cinder-block wall

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles crumbling cinder block and tile sealing.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Carlisle?

A sampling of homes on the market in Carlisle includes an antique in the center of town with a mudroom and a master suite and a 14-room Colonial with a built-in aquarium and an elevator.

MY FIRST HOME

Set sale: I couldn’t resist living on a boat

Ineke was my home for 10 years. It was so incredibly beautiful.

Recent transactions: south

Homes that recently sold on the South Shore.

Recent transactions: west

Homes that recently sold west of Boston.

Recent transactions: north

Homes that recently sold north of the city.

Recent transactions: city

Homes that recently sold in Boston.

ASK THE GARDENER

Birds are waiting in the wings for these trees

Award-winning garden columnist Carol Stocker offers tips for trees that will attract local wildlife and sage advice about a bittersweet situation.

ADDRESS

New spin on old items makes them hard to refuse

In the wildly popular and ecofriendly world of re-purposing, it seems the only limit is your imagination.

ADDRESS

Change the subject: Salvage gets new purpose

Items salvaged from old buildings and from roadsides are transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces.

ASK THE DESIGNER

It’s not the heat, it’s the drapery length

How do you dress a window when there is a heat source underneath it?

ADDRESS

When a community is more important than square footage

For many young home buyers, a neighborhood means more to them than having a bigger house or yard.

ASK THE CARPENTER

An open and shut case on closed-cell insulation

Contractor Rob Robillard offers advice on the best way to insulate a home.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Rowley?

Today, with a population of roughly 6,000 (nearly twice that of 1970), the town retains its rural, old New England feel.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Rowley?

A sampling of homes on the market in Rowley includes a restored antique and a 3,035-square-foot home overlooking a marsh.

Recent transactios: north

AMESBURY

Recent transactions: west

ACTON

Recent transaction: south

ABINGTON

Recent transactions: city

ALLSTON

ADDRESS

HGTV’s newest ‘dream home’ up for sale

The winner of HGTV’s “urban oasis” dream home has opted to sell it.

HOME OF THE WEEK

Antique Cape tied to a Sherborn founding family hits market

The house has many original features, including the chestnut floors in some rooms.

Recent transactions: city

ALLSTON

Recent transactions: north

AMESBURY

Recent transactions: south

ABINGTON

Recent transactions: west

ACTON

ROOM TO LOVE: DEN

Nights in blue velvet: A den in harmony, thanks to moody hues

A cluttered, rarely used guest bedroom in the South End is transformed into a lush den with a Victorian vibe.

ASK THE REALTOR

How to boost your home’s curb appeal

A home that looks polished and inviting on the outside will not only bring more buyers to the door, but could add thousands of dollars to your sale price.

SPRING HOUSE HUNT

Rocked by skyrocketing home prices, buyers eye 495

When home prices in Boston and its immediate suburbs grow out of reach for buyers, there’s an outward migration.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Sudbury?

When Bill Nurney and his wife, Denise, moved to town, Sudbury was “a pretty good town, but it wasn’t considered a really well-to-do town to the extent it is now.”

MY FIRST HOME

A ‘pan-oramic’ look back at decades of kitchen renovations

Forty-six years, four kitchens, and umpteen other renovations later, I’m happy to say we’re still here.

WRITE AT HOME: DESIGN BLOGGER

‘Farm’-fresh design tips for the budget-conscious

Jennifer O’Brien, the woman behind the City Farmhouse blog, talks about writing, why trends can come back to bite you, and why being patient when decorating will serve you well.

ADDRESS

Gardening with less water: Try low-tech irrigation

Water restrictions don’t mean you have to give up gardening.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Sudbury?

A sampling of homes on the market in Sudbury includes an antique with pumpkin-pine floors and a beehive oven and a contemporary with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and pool.

HOME OF THE WEEK

$1.1m mid-century modern in Westwood surprises with rustic touches

The stone now gives way to warmer oak floors in the atrium, and two bedrooms are reached via rolling barn doors.

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The Property Brothers reveal their reno dos and don’ts

The stars of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” reveal which renovations give you the best return on investment.