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On the Block

For sale: Homes along Interstate 495

These properties--in Marlborough, Franklin, and Hopkinton--are a short commute to major employers like EMC Corp. and Boston Scientific.




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LOT SIZE > 0.12 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $334,000 in 2005

Fran Miele, Miele Realty, 508-320-0757,

PROS Much has been updated in this turn-of-the-last-century home, including the roof, windows, chimney, and heating system. The original maple hardwood runs throughout most of the house, but not in the recently remodeled kitchen, which has a tile floor, stainless appliances, maple cabinets, a bead-board ceiling, and granite countertops. Custom shelving makes the most of the closet space in a home of this era. CONS The front steps need paint, and although fenced in, the property abuts a somewhat busy intersection.




LOT SIZE > 1.65 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $67,125 in 1981

Susan Stivaletta, RE/Max Executive Realty, 774-571-7217,

PROS The unadorned facade of this modified Cape can be deceiving; the home shows attention to detail: post-and-beam construction, yellow-pine floors, crown molding, stenciling in the stairwell that matches the wallpaper, a cabana and heated pool, and a screened porch with a stereo system. The eat-in kitchen has stainless appliances, granite counters, and a built-in 250-bottle wine cooler. There is a long wall of closets in the master bedroom. CONS New owners may want to change the wallpaper and red carpeting in the master.




LOT SIZE > 1.1 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 3 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $698,000 in 1999

Chuck Joseph, RE/Max Executive Realty, 508-435-5353,

PROS Finish work like the coffered ceiling in the home office, the sky motif on the ceiling of the master bath, and the faux paint treatment on the walls of the finished basement are what make this home stand out. There is a whole-house audio system and radiant heating in the kitchen, master bath, game room, and home theater, which has a wet bar. The master suite offers a sitting room, hot tub, gas fireplace, marble countertops, and a tray ceiling with soffit lighting. CONS The foyer coat closets are small.

— Eileen McEleney Woods
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