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For sale: Homes with libraries in Norwell and Dedham

Ward off winter’s chill with a book in these homes.


  • $1.55 MILLION


  • LOT SIZE 7.76 acres

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 5 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR First time on the market

  • PROS The library in this high-ceilinged 2005 Colonial was designed with children in mind. It features the ubiquitous built-in bookcases, in a rich cherry, and, along the opposite wall, a granite counter with space for teens and technology. There’s plenty of room for a table for them to spread out, and the library itself is only steps from the kitchen (and parental supervision). The adults can relax in the master, which boasts an octagonal cut in the ceiling for the chandelier, a sitting room, and an opulent bath with a claw-foot tub. The basement adds roughly 3,000 of living space, including a gym and media room. CONS The barn-red basement bath may not suit some buyers.

  • Liz McCarron, William Raveis Real Estate, 617-347-4140,


  • $1.95 MILLION


  • LOT SIZE 3.77 acres

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $900,000 in 1986

  • PROS The wood-paneled library, with its bay window and slate-surround fireplace, gives only a taste of the luxury in this Edwin Sherrill Dodge-designed 1930 stucco manor along Weld Pond. Built into a ledge in the prestigious Precinct 1, the home seems designed for entertaining, from the reception hall with its parquet floors and the front-to-back living room (both with French doors that lead to a stone porch) to the big dining room with a picture window to take in the stunning view and the European-style kitchen. Period features like the annunciator and sewing room have been lovingly maintained, and all of the bedrooms face the lake. The master suite holds a secret: a sauna. CONS The road is narrow and winding.

  • Tom Aaron, Coldwell Banker Previews International, 781-248-8785,

  • — Eileen McEleney Woods

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