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For sale: Homes built in 1920-1929

These properties--in Braintree, West Roxbury, and Wellesley Farms--prove that this decade offered good-looking options.




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LOT SIZE > 0.11 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $330,000 in 2007

Eddie Mulkerrins, Keller Williams, 617-908-7503,

PROS Bungalows were one of the most sought-after housing designs in the early 20th century. This one, built in 1926, retains the charm of a bungalow on the outside. Inside, it’s been extensively renovated, with a new staircase to two second-floor rooms (one tiny, one spacious). The finished walkout basement has an office, large bedroom, and full bath. A small deck is off the kitchen. There’s a one-car detached garage, new windows and roof, and an updated heating system. CONS The multicolor kitchen counters may be too busy for some.




LOT SIZE > 0.18 acre

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $685,000 in 2011

Karen Hickman, William Raveis, 617-821-1665,

PROS This Colonial Revival, built in 1920, has a stately appearance, with a curved portico and a facade balanced by a sunroom on one side and screened porch on the other. The kitchen is new. Arched doorways, dining room wainscot, and leaded glass at the entry are lovely. Up on the third floor are two bedrooms with great angles (if limited closets) and a full bath, which could be reconfigured to make a terrific master suite. The nicely landscaped front yard is quite large; the rear yard is fenced. CONS Some of the hardwood floors have dark stains.

$1.595 million



LOT SIZE > 0.54 acre

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 5 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $1.5 million in 2005

Wyndham Flaherty, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., 781-910-8573,

PROS The style of this home — built in 1923 by an architect of some renown — is listed as “other,” and it is like no other. Special details are everywhere: three leaded-glass windows in the living room, huge arched windows in the sunroom, two benches and stained-glass windows flanking a now-gas fireplace, unusual dining room and master bedroom mantels. A cathedral-ceilinged addition houses the kitchen and family room. The attic has a bedroom, plus a fabulous full bath. The basement is finished. The deck and yard are wonderful. CONS The red counters have to go in the otherwise good kitchen. — Vanessa Parks

NEXT WEEK > Homes built 1930-1939

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