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    Top Spots to Live • 2012

    Homes for sale for $250,000, $500,000, $750,000, and $1 million

    You’ll find Capes, Colonials, condos, and more in Boston and beyond.

    $250,000

    JAMAICA PLAIN

    $249,000

    111 PERKINS STREET, NO. 270

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 845

    CO-OP FEES $720 PER MONTH, INCLUDES REAL ESTATE TAX

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    BEDROOMS 1

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    BATHS 1 FULL

    LAST SOLD FOR $60,000 IN 1980

    Elane Fine, Coldwell Banker, 617-838-0231, nemoves.com

    Who needs the burbs when you can have your own pool and tennis court, plus the running trail around bucolic Jamaica Pond practically as your backyard? This 27th-floor co-op has stunning city views and parquet floors and is close to both Centre Street eateries and the Longwood Medical Area. Prospective buyers need shipshape financials — this is one of the city’s rare co-ops, and first you’ll have to make it past an interview with the board.

    SALEM

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    $249,000

    318 JEFFERSON AVENUE

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,436

    LOT SIZE 0.11 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 3

    BATHS 1 FULL

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    LAST SOLD FOR $294,500 IN 2004

    Lisa Santamaria-Capetanelis, Armstrong Field Inc., 978-740-8700, armstrongfield.com

    With its cheerful yellow-clapboard and red-brick exterior and appealing living space, there’s nothing spooky about this cozy 1947 Cape set in the Castle Hill neighborhood. The home has an attractive kitchen and some nice period touches, such as a coffered ceiling and built-in bookcases. New, insulated windows block out the sound of the busy street, and a spacious fenced backyard is an unexpected bonus.

    WEYMOUTH

    $249,900

    386 FRONT STREET

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,437

    LOT SIZE 0.2 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 3

    BATHS 2 FULL

    LAST SOLD FOR $240,000 IN 2005

    Marc Branca, Branca Real Estate, 339-987-1212, marcbranca.com

    Similarly sized homes in this modest Weymouth neighborhood tend to go for a bit more, but a short sale may allow a buyer to get more square footage for the buck. This 1868 Colonial is just minutes from schools, commerce, and highway access. The home requires some TLC, but nice architectural details — hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, dining room built-ins, plus a modern sunroom with skylights and a screened-in deck — may make it worth the effort.

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    $500,000

    HINGHAM

    $499,000

    14 HANCOCK ROAD

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,911

    LOT SIZE 0.29 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 3

    BATHS 1 FULL, 1 HALF

    LAST SOLD FOR $480,000 IN 2010

    Maureen Doran, Coldwell Banker, 617-680-2300, nemoves.com

    Hingham residents fought hard to save their 30-minute ferry ride to Boston from the MBTA’s chopping block. It can be yours, too. This well-maintained split-entry home — in the family-friendly Liberty Pole section, close to South Elementary School — has an open kitchen, two brick fireplaces, and a family room on the lower level. Its most appealing feature: a knotty pine sunroom with soaring beamed ceilings overlooking a spacious, fenced backyard.

    MARBLEHEAD

    $500,000

    5 PRESTON BEACH ROAD

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,471

    LOT SIZE 0.17 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 3

    BATHS 2 FULL, 1 HALF

    LAST SOLD FOR $535,000 IN 2003

    John & Cindy Farrell, Coldwell Banker, 978-468-9576, bostonnorthrealestate.com

    True, there are probably sailboats moored in one of Marblehead’s tony yacht clubs that cost more than this home, but you’ll still be privy to the same ocean views. The flow in this 1935 blue-shingled Cape is somewhat disjointed, and it’s in need of a paint job and new roof, but the home offers a water view from the master bedroom, easy access to Old Town, and a manageable Boston commute. Plus, a sunrise kayak outing off Preston Beach is steps away.

     

    NEEDHAM

    $499,900

    339 CENTRAL AVENUE

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,395

    LOT SIZE 0.26 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 4

    BATHS 2 FULL

    LAST SOLD FOR $42,500 IN 1976

    Pat Buckley, Coldwell Banker, 781-343-4036, nemoves.com

    The homeowner’s dilemma of 2012: How to house your aging parent, unemployed brother-in-law, or boomerang twentysomething without destroying your happy home. This modest 1943 Cape in Needham offers a possible solution: a thousand-square-foot mid-’90s addition with its very own entrance, kitchen, and living space. It’s worked for the current occupants, who have lived in the home for some 30 years.

     

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    $750,000

    DUXBURY

    $749,000

    275 ELM STREET

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 3,217

    LOT SIZE 4.15 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 4

    BATHS 3 FULL, 1 HALF

    LAST SOLD FOR $470,000 IN 1998

    Liz Bone, Macdonald & Wood Sotheby’s International Realty, 781-934-2000, macdonaldwood.com

    This cheerful 1812 Cape, set in the historic Tinkertown section, offers a renovated master bedroom with en suite bath and a show-house-quality kitchen. Plenty of antique charm has been preserved, notably the dual “good morning” bedrooms. Bonus is the ample acreage and a potential au pair suite toward the back of the home. In the summer, pack up the car for a five-minute ride to what some say is Duxbury’s best amenity: its drive-on beach.

    SCITUATE

    $749,999

    73 SURFSIDE ROAD

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,068

    LOT SIZE 0.16 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 4

    BATHS 3 FULL, 1 HALF

    LAST SOLD FOR $275,000 IN 1992

    Peggy Dinger, William Raveis, 781-771-3270, peggydinger.com

    This 1910 Colonial in Scituate, perched directly on the ocean’s edge, is protected from winter storms only by a concrete seawall and removable plexiglass windows. With Musquashicut Pond on the flip side, water views grace nearly every room. At this price point, you’ll forgo modernized baths and a yard for the view of Minot’s Ledge lighthouse and the spectacle of Fourth of July fireworks from your very own deck.

    SWAMPSCOTT

    $749,900

    37 BLODGETT AVENUE

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,862

    LOT SIZE 0.29 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 4

    BATHS 4

    LAST SOLD FOR $160,000 IN 1978

    Barbara Yozell, William Raveis, 617-834-1189, raveis.com

    Though this 1950 split-level in Swampscott’s Beach Bluff neighborhood is across the street from the water, you’ll still be able to hear the surf. The spacious interior is stuck in the ’70s (think authentic Jacuzzi tub, wood-paneled family room) but has some unique amenities such as an au pair room, sauna, and steam shower. At the end of the block is Swampscott’s private Beach Club and public access to Phillips Beach. Or you can dive into the pool in your own backyard.

     

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    $1,000,000

    NEWTON

    $997,679

    321 CENTRAL STREET

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,724

    LOT SIZE 0.69 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 4

    BATHS 2 FULL, 1 HALF

    LAST SOLD FOR $615,000 IN 2011

    David Laven, Thread Real Estate, 617-259-0235, hotbostonproperties.com

    A professional restoration of this 1874 home set high in Newton’s Auburndale section comes with all the bells and whistles: a modern chef’s kitchen, re-tiled baths, marble and granite fireplaces, and striped Brazilian cherry floors. A charming side porch and a large lot make up for the lack of a garage. New windows help seal out the home’s one key drawback — the steady roar of the Mass. Pike right below.

     

    SOUTH END

    $999,000

    11A TAYLOR STREET

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,920

    LOT SIZE 0.01 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 3

    BATHS 1 FULL, 1 HALF

    LAST SOLD FOR $700 IN 1965

    Barbara Cowley and S. Fulani Butler, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 617-426-6900, gibsonsir.com

    After more than four decades, the owners are relinquishing this four-story red-brick town house in the South End’s premier Eight Streets neighborhood — steps away from the hot restaurants on Tremont and Shawmut streets and from Peters Park, with a playground, tennis and basketball courts, and an off-leash dog park. A cool million gets you a single-family structure with a small outdoor space, a roof deck with a drop-dead view of the city skyline, plus a cozy interior ready for an overhaul. The rest is up to you. 

    WESTON

    $999,000

    405 NORTH AVENUE

    SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,358

    LOT SIZE 1.5 ACRES

    BEDROOMS 4

    BATHS 3 FULL, 1 HALF

    Last Sold for $771,000 in 2007

    Julie Sagan, Sagan Realtors, 781-608-4159, saganrealtors.com

    The three-level Colonial includes an adjacent barn with stables for two horses; there is also an oversize two-car garage. The home itself has been renovated with a high-end country-style kitchen. Spring for another $799,000, and you’ll get the 4-acre lot next door with its own riding ring and ample land for trail rides into the sunset.