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On the Block

For sale: Homes built 1940-1949

These properties--in Natick, Newton, and Cambridge--offer easy commutes and compact living.

$419,000

18 PURINGTON AVENUE / NATICK

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 1,123

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LOT SIZE > 0.27 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $30,500 in 1972

Patty Walsh Greene, Centre Realty Group, 617-921-4477, centrerealtygroup.com

PROS This adorable Cape was built in 1940, when Natick was about to become one of the fastest-growing towns in the state. The house was renovated before putting it on the market, but this was no quickie redo. The kitchen has a great wall of built-in storage, stainless appliances, and granite counters. A French door leads to the fairly private flat yard. Two smallish bedrooms are on the first floor, near the lone full bath. The living room has two niches over the fireplace. CONS One of the two upstairs rooms, measuring 300 square feet, is unfinished.

$483,000

20 CAULFIELD CIRCLE / NEWTON

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 1,536

LOT SIZE > 0.19 acre

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $495,000 in 2005

Maria Tam Ho, Century 21 Commonwealth, 508-596-9847, mariahodreamhomes.com

PROS Developed by the city of Newton to deal with the shortage of housing for returning World War II veterans, the Oak Hill Park neighborhood where this 1948 home is located originally had 412 homes, all slab ranches. A second story was built on one half of this home, adding two bedrooms and a second bath upstairs, plus some attic storage. The home’s greatest asset is the neighborhood itself, with tree-lined sidewalks and pedestrian-only paths running through the rows of houses. CONS The interior, with touches like foil wallpaper, is dated.

$3.4 million

45 FAYERWEATHER STREET / CAMBRIDGE

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 2,755

LOT SIZE > 0.42 acre

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 4 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $1,116,250 in 1995

Diane Beaudoin, Brattle Associates Real Estate, 617-492-7456, brattlerealestate.com

PROS This boxy brick house, designed in the International Style by a colleague of famed architect Walter Gropius, must have created a stir when it was built in 1940. You can see why it’s had just two owners since then: Who would want to leave? Plate glass windows overlook the beautiful yard, part wooded and part manicured. There are round walls, a massive fireplace, radiant heat, and a great balcony off the master suite. The square footage includes a bright, welcoming guesthouse (the former garage). CONS Kitchen and bath counters are the once-ubiquitous Formica with oak trim.   — Vanessa Parks

NEXT WEEK Homes built 1950-1959

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