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Homes in Salem

Sweet spots without scary prices.

$369,000

2 FAIRFIELD STREET

SQUARE FOOTAGE> 2,115

LOT SIZE > 5,100 square feet

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BEDROOMS > 4

BATHS > 1 full, 1 half

2011 TAXES > $5,326 (estimated)

LAST SOLD FOR > $41,900 in 1972

> PROS This home has the grace typical of a home of a certain age: pretty leaded glass at the entry, a fleur-de-lis brass handle on the front door, and a living room mantel that extends to the ceiling and is adorned with decorative carved bundles of wheat. Here’s a detail that indicates how well the home is built: rosettes in the woodwork surrounding the attic door. A vintage half bath off the back hall is a gem needing not much more than a polishing. > CONS The kitchen, among other things, needs updating. > CONTACT Lucille Schifino, Century 21 North Shore Real Estate, Lynnfield, 781-367-3671, bostonnorthrealestategroup.com

$379,900

23 PARLEE STREET

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 2,000

LOT SIZE > 6,097 square feet

BEDROOMS > 3

BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

2011 TAXES > $5,700 (estimated)

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

> PROS Located in Witchcraft Heights, this new house was built with energy efficiency in mind. Upon entering at street level, you’re in a foyer, with stairs up to the main living area. The kichen has granite counters, stainless appliances, and cherry cabinetry with soft-close doors and drawers. Paint colors are very in – soft greens, yellows, blues. Vanities in the baths are attractive, closets are ample, and the millwork is nicer than standard clamshell molding. > CONS The plain exterior doesn’t come close to reflecting what’s inside. > CONTACT James Toomey, Century 21 Hughes, Lynn, 781-367-3290, century21hughes.com

$399,000

10 ORNE STREET, UNIT 2

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 3,500

CONDO FEE > $150 monthly

BEDROOMS > 4

BATHS > 1 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half

2011 TAXES > $5,690

LAST SOLD FOR > $450,000 in 2007

> PROS Unit 2 occupies the entire front of a building that used to be an elementary school. Though located on five levels, the condominium feels manageable, with just a few rooms on each level. Great architectural details include 12-foot ceilings in most rooms, a three-quarter-height wall with a cutout separating the family room and kitchen, a huge Palladian window overlooking a landing, 8-foot windows, and a pretty red brick exterior surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. > CONS Green carpet in some areas isn’t the best match with the rest of the unit. > CONTACT Phyllis Levin, Sagan Realtors, Swampscott, 781-367-8150, phyllislevin.com

– Vanessa Parks
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