On the Block

For sale: Homes near walking trails

These properties--in Cohasset, Sherborn, and Weston--feature easy access to the great outdoors.





LOT SIZE > 0.39 acres

BEDROOMS > 2 BATHS > 1 full

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LAST SOLD FOR > $19,500 in 1975

Sally Marr, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 781-820-3752,

PROS Hikers, dog walkers, bikers, and kayakers could be happy here. The house sits at the end of a cul-de-sac by an entrance to Wompatuck State Park and abutting the Aaron River Reservoir. The river meanders past the backyard. The bungalow has great paint colors, a master bedroom and a second surprisingly large bedroom, and laundry on the main level. The screened porch and the master have access to the composite deck. There’s a high-efficiency propane heating system. CONS The lone bath is a bit small and due for updating.





LOT SIZE > 2.29 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $862,000 in 2005

Leslie Mann, Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-904-0515,

PROS This is the kind of yard where a kid’s imagination can run wild, with a way-cool treehouse out front and access to miles and miles of trails out back. The Colonial’s living and dining rooms, overlooking the backyard, have huge windows. The kitchen, while not of the granite and stainless variety, has a light, welcoming feel and hardwood floors. There’s a sweet screened porch, a first-floor office with built-ins, and extra storage space in the two-car garage. CONS New owners may want to do cosmetic updating and renovate baths.




LOT SIZE > 4.01 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 4 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $1,024,000 in 1998

Julie Panagakos, Hammond Residential Real Estate, 781-856-9859,

PROS From the front, this home — with access to trails and acres of conservation land — looks like a bungalow. Around back, you see a home worthy of the family that built it: the Filenes, as in the store. The back has four decks (one, outside the exercise room and sauna, has an outdoor shower). Fabulous features include an architecturally interesting foyer, a massive stone fireplace in the living room, and wood ceilings in some rooms, including the first-floor master. Downstairs you’ll find three generous bedrooms with en suite baths. CONS The baths are fine, but, given the house, could be updated.

— Vanessa Parks
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