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For sale: Turn-of-the-century charmers

These homes, built 1900 to 1910, feature period touches.





LOT SIZE > 0.2 acre

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full

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LAST SOLD FOR > $263,500 in 2010

Liz Slattery, Century 21 Commonwealth, 774-248-4000,

PROS Built in 1900, this Colonial near downtown harks back to homes of the 1800s. With a striking exterior paint color and front door featuring etched glass and a detailed surround, there’s curb appeal to spare. The amount of space is surprising: A living room, dining room, den, and office are on the first floor, along with a small kitchen that could be expanded into the storage room and pantry. The master bedroom, added in 1994, has a sitting room off it and its own bath. CONS Closet space is limited, and the staircase is quite steep.





LOT SIZE > 0.3 acre

BEDROOMS > 6 BATHS > 3 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $577,000 in 2007

Lynne O’Brien, Jack Conway & Co., 781-366-5995,

PROS This Victorian, built in 1905, has lots of old details: a wide oak staircase, an uncommon iron fireplace surround, high wainscot in the dining room, and an old stone fireplace in the den. The kitchen, while tiny, has some great appliances. The ocean, just down the street, can be glimpsed from some rooms. The porch, now enclosed and screaming to be opened up, is enormous. There’s a good-size yard, plenty of parking, and third-floor living space. CONS Updating, like removing old wallpaper and sprucing up baths, is in order.

$2.699 MILLION



LOT SIZE > 0.1 acre

BEDROOMS > 6 BATHS > 4 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $1.27 million in 2005

Mona Wiener, Hammond Residential, 617-872-1406,

PROS Built in 1903 and near Boston University, this Colonial Revival has been fully renovated. While original details like pocket doors, tiger-oak stair treads, and lovely fireplace tiles have been preserved, the kitchen and baths have been beautifully updated. The kitchen, wide open to the living room, has white cabinets and granite counters in a soft green. The finished basement has a playroom and full bath. The airy third floor has three bedrooms and a full bath. There’s a one-car garage. CONS Some closets are small.

NEXT WEEK > Homes built 1910-1919

— Vanessa Parks
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