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For sale: lowest-priced homes in Newton

The prices of these properties, starting at $359,000, are well below what’s typical for this desirable suburb.




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LOT SIZE > 0.56 acres (shared by five units)

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $205,000 in 1987

Ed Lyon, Preservation Properties, 617-527-3700,

PROS This home, renovated a few years ago, is part of a five-unit condo association that includes two other single-families, a two-family, and a retail building; there is no condo fee. The kitchen has oak cabinets, granite counters, and white appliances. The upstairs bath is updated, and hardwood floors are in good shape. The finished basement offers another 760 square feet of space, including a kitchen. The roof is newer. There’s a fenced yard on one side of this unit. On the other side, a door from the kitchen leads directly to two parking spaces. CONS There’s a lot of pavement between this home and the buildings out front.




LOT SIZE > 0.17 acres

BEDROOMS > 3 Baths > 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $348,500 in 2006

Shelley Gray Krug, Realty Consultants, 617-930-1565,

PROS Here are the surprises you don’t expect from this ranch: a partly finished and light-filled basement with Pergo floors and a fireplace; arched doorways; a shaded backyard abutting conservation land. Though the address is Route 9, the home is actually on a ramp off the busy road and shielded by a fence. There’s a new gas heating system. For those looking for an investment property, the current tenants are interested in staying. CONS The exterior would be improved if the white stucco were painted to blend with the stonework.




LOT SIZE > 0.1 acres

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $200,000 in 1998

Mike DelRose, RE/Max Leading Edge, 617-923-8355,

PROS Located off Galen Street, close to the Mass. Pike and shops and neighbored by some very attractive homes, this property is well situated. Built in 1880, the house has antique details such as bay windows in the dining room and upstairs in the largest bedroom, as well as a lovely newel post on the staircase. A small room on the first floor makes a good office. Each floor has a full bath. The yard, though overgrown, is private and flat. CONS The kitchen and baths are old, and an overall sprucing up is in order.

 — Vanessa Parks
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