On the Block

Homes for sale by owner

These suburban options--in Hanson, Hingham, and Middleton--offer room for growing families.




LOT SIZE > 1.23 acres


BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

Paul and Nancy Leitch, owner, 781-447-4576,, #192267

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PROS With a climbing tree and a yard abutting conservation land, this was a great place to raise a family, owner Paul Leitch says. Updates include a 10-foot-long granite and cherry island, maple cabinets, and a farmer’s sink in the kitchen. The basement, with a slider to the patio, has a home office, game room, and guest bedroom. A partly finished addition over the garage offers another bedroom and a family room. The house has new windows and siding. The commuter rail is about a mile away. CONS Some flooring needs updating. Buyers may want to paint the dark woodwork.




LOT SIZE > 0.32 acres


BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $45,000 in 1967 

Jay Fleming, owner, 781-285-8529,, #264003

PROS This freshly renovated and painted ranch has new windows, refinished floors, central air, extra insulation, and an updated kitchen with tan cabinets, granite counters, and black appliances. Welcome details include arched doorways, big family room windows, and four skylights that flood the home with light. The homeowner, Jay Fleming, is adding a half bath. The yard has lots of trees and a clear path down to Accord Pond, where Fleming skated as a kid. The laundry and a room used as an office are in the clean, unfinished walk-out basement. CONS There’s no garage.




LOT SIZE > 0.85 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 4 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $490,000 in 2005

Paulina Krzeminska, 508-783-8303,, #177634

PROS This house offers many surprises: the round living room with a soaring stone fireplace, the second kitchen with a big arched window over the sink, and the old telephone booth in the finished walk-out basement. The main floor has three bedrooms, while the loft area has another, plus a sitting room. An updated bath, big laundry room, and a great bar are in the basement. The landscaping is beautiful. CONS The pink toilet in one bath and green tub in the master are dated.

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