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For sale: Landmark homes

These antique properties--in Hudson, Dedham, and Beacon Hill--command attention.




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LOT SIZE > 0.9 acre

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 3 full, 3 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $350,000 in 1999

John Miller, John Miller Real Estate Experts — Keller Williams Realty, 508-523-8033,

PROS This house lords over a corner with two grand entrances, either one worthy as a main entry. Built by rubber magnate and congressman L.D. Apsley in 1902, the home has breathtaking original detail: mahogany millwork, quartersawn-oak wainscot, and leaded glass, among others. The current owners spent about $500,000 on renovations. The exceptional staircase has a stained-glass window depicting Aristotle and students, and built-in bookcases with stained-glass doors adorn the library. In the basement, there’s a billiards room and an old but promising bowling alley. CONS There’s no backyard (but plenty of parking).




LOT SIZE > 0.76 acre

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 3 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $339,000 in 1992

Maryann Clancy, Century 21 Commonwealth, 508-395-6361,

PROS Located on a street populated by handsome homes, this circa 1790 one — with a separate entrance for an office and a short walk from the courts — is perfect for a lawyer. The side entrance, with old boot scrapers and a bell pull, leads to what is now an office but would otherwise be a living room. The kitchen has light maple cabinets, Corian counters, two pantries, and a large eat-in area. Floors are wide pine. Most striking is the size of the yard, which is equipped with a gazebo and garden shed. CONS Some wallpaper and a bath are dated.

$4.495 million



LOT SIZE > 0.04 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 3 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $2 million in 2000

William Montero, Warren Residential Group, 617-312-7232,

PROS If you’ve seen the bright yellow and red “Sunflower Castle,’’ with a carved sunflower under the eaves, you’ll remember this distinctive home. The woodwork is fantastic, the windows soaring. The dining room has an unusual mantel and great hearth tiles; the living room boasts window seats and built-in bookcases. The third floor, once the studio of Gertrude Beals Bourne, is a light-filled master suite with exposed beams. Extensive renovations included lowering basement floors for better ceiling height. There are two offices and a catering kitchen. CONS A parking space at a nearby garage goes for $300,000. — Vanessa Parks

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