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For sale: Homes with waterfalls

These properties — in Ashland, Wayland, and Acton — feature gardens with a great water feature.





LOT SIZE > 0.89 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 3 full, 1 half

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LAST SOLD FOR > $259,000 in 1994

John Szolomayer, Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-259-4788,

PROS Don’t let this home’s typical Colonial facade fool you. Around back, the owners took advantage of a sloping yard to create a lovely waterfall and terraced gardens with a koi pond. A sunroom and composite deck overlook the area. Inside, the house is a surprise, too, with a wide-open feel. The kitchen, remodeled seven years ago, has contemporary cabinets and high-end appliances. A second master suite, with gas fireplace, was also added then. CONS New owners may want to replace green carpet on the stairs and upper landing.






LOT SIZE > 2.1 acres

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $378,500 in 1995

Sheila Harding, Barrett & Company, 781-718-6442,

PROS A waterfall emerges from a wall in the yard, then turns at sharp angles to lower levels. Elsewhere are pretty curves, in the garden and in unexpected places inside (a section of wall; the edge of the hearth). Huge plate-glass windows in this mod (1949) house overlook the garden. Don’t be put off by the idea of paneling inside; it’s attractive wood and doesn’t have vertical lines every foot or so. A vintage bath, with square green tub and unusual pristine vanity, is fabulous. The lower level has its own entrance. CONS It’s time to remodel one of the baths and replace some closet doors. The garden needs tending.





LOT SIZE > 4.49 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 3 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $1.1 million in 2003

Ann Shaw, Keller Williams Realty, 978-273-1963,

PROS A small waterfall out front is a prelude to the real deal in the lushly landscaped backyard, with rare plants and trees and a koi pond. Dramatic lighting lets you enjoy it at night, either from one of the rooms with walls of glass, the hot tub in the sunroom, the screened porch, or the deck. This Acorn contemporary has an updated kitchen and master suites on the first and second floors. The basement (pool table included) adds another 1,000 square feet of space. CONS Some carpet and the main bath are dated.

— Vanessa Parks
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