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For sale: Homes built 1960-1969

These properties in Harvard, Canton, and Jamaica Plain showcase both modern and traditional options.




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LOT SIZE > 1.59 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $410,000 in 2006

Rhonda Sprague, Harvard Realty, 978-456-3600,

PROS The Boston Architectural College just held a symposium for fans of Deck Houses, which feature post-and-beam construction, vaulted wood ceilings, and glass and more glass. This 1969 Deck House has a newer roof, septic system, furnace, and kitchen. The living room has a massive brick fireplace and pellet stove. Also on this level are the master bedroom with a big closet, another bedroom, and a full bath. The lower level, where a slider in the den leads to a small deck, is surprisingly light-filled. CONS The carpet, full bath, and (depending on taste) loud paint on the lower level do need attention.




LOT SIZE > 0.81 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $25,000 in 1964

Renee Roberts, Success! Real Estate, 781-828-4550,

PROS Raised ranches, with two levels of space, were a twist on the one-story ranch. The half flight of stairs from the front door of this 1964 home leads to the living room, with a big bay window and a fireplace. You’ll find oak cabinets, granite counters, and a tile floor in the updated kitchen. Other features: newer windows, a sun porch off the kitchen, and a decent yard with a shed. Two big rooms downstairs look like good places for the family to hang out. CONS The wrought-iron railing inside the front door is dated. Some doors need to be replaced.




LOT SIZE > 0.21 acre

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $67,500 in 1967

Wendy Moore, Moore Realty, 617-595-8694

PROS By the late ’60s — after years of modern architecture — some Americans yearned for traditional homes. Builders responded with options like this 1968 Neoclassical Revival in Moss Hill. Despite full-height columns outside, it’s very much a split-level inside. Freshly painted, it has a new kitchen. The master has a good-size closet and en suite (but dated) bath. Downstairs, the family room’s brick fireplace, painted white, is flanked by bookshelves. There’s central air, two heating zones, a two-car garage, and a lovely swimming pool. CONS Baths need some updating.   — Vanessa Parks

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