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For sale: Homes in Stow

Midway between Boston and Worcester, this town offers rural appeal and fine properties.





LOT SIZE > 0.95 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full

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LAST SOLD FOR > $435,000 in 2004

Nancy Claire Evans, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 978-697-1391,

PROS This little house packs a big punch, with updated baths and a beautiful, flat yard abutting conservation land. Built in 1947 and designed by architect Royal Barry Wills, the home has a small living room, dining room with corner cabinet, and family room with a cathedral ceiling and wide pine floors. The kitchen, with a mudroom off it, has white cabinets and newer appliances. The master bedroom closet is big for its era. The home has AC, a recent roof, and great-looking garage. CONS Closet space in two small bedrooms is limited.





LOT SIZE > 4.85 acres

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $845,000 in 2009

Joelle Spear, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 617-721-7177,

PROS Sustainable and nontoxic construction were guiding principles when this home was totally renovated in 2004. The hilltop setting, surrounded by trees and birdsong, is unbeatable. The home will appeal to owners who appreciate a small footprint and unusual design. The open layout on the first floor is dominated by a soapstone wood-burning stove that provides abundant heat. The kitchen, with high-end appliances, has a big window seat, open shelving, and a pantry. Two small bedrooms are on the main level; the master is up a spiral staircase. CONS The long driveway could be tough in winter.





LOT SIZE > 2.57 acres

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 3 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $950,000 in 2001

Linda Scobo, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 617-515-4232,

PROS If there’s a creature comfort you want, it’s probably here: two hot tubs, a sauna, heated pool, big backyard chess set, bar (in the living room), game room, home theater, music studio, and homework/crafts area — much of it in the walkout basement. The updated kitchen’s eat-in section is in a glass-enclosed area, a long atrium that connects to the dining room and huge billiards room with a massive fireplace. CONS The dining room isn’t very close to the kitchen. New owners may want to remodel, especially baths.

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