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For sale: Queen Anne-style homes

New and old, these properties in Roxbury, Salem, and Needham are striking.

16 Ocean Avenue, Salem

16 Ocean Avenue, Salem




19 Clifford Street, Roxbury


LOT SIZE > 0.09 acre

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

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LAST SOLD FOR > $2,527 in 1936  

Deborah Bernat, Hammond Residential, 617-699-5878,

PROS Only a handful of authentic Queen Anne homes around the country have the half-timbering that adorns this circa 1880 home. It has been very gently lived in, with the woodwork, tall doors, and wide staircase all in remarkably good shape. There are several eye-catching stained-glass windows. The three bedrooms on the second floor all have big windows, good closets, and a fireplace, and there’s a full bath. Two more bedrooms and a full bath are on the third level. CONS Renovations are necessary, especially to the kitchen.





LOT SIZE > 0.15 acre

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $385,000 in 2003

Tara McNamara, MerryFox Realty, 617-459-2931,

PROS The first owners of this grand 1890 home left little notes that were discovered by today’s owners as they renovated. It was a happy find, as the new owners were committed to celebrating the home’s past. They updated the kitchen but retained the butler’s pantry and scullery, then added a retrofitted vintage stove. Other great remaining elements are bay windows, stained glass, unique fireplace tiles, pocket doors, and front door sidelights that open to allow the ocean breeze in. There’s a side porch and flat yard. CONS Though the wallpaper is period-appropriate, even old-house aficionados may not embrace some of it.

$1.499 million

170 Nehoiden Street, Needham



LOT SIZE > 0.82 acre

BEDROOMS > 6 BATHS > 5 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

Laura Schindler, Century 21 Commonwealth, 617-921-2920,

PROS When they were building this home in 2008, the owners opted for a Queen Anne look, with the front dominated by two stone turrets. The fact that one of the owners is a mason shows in the impressive stonework around the house. The wife, a stager, has used salvaged items in a variety of clever ways — including confessionals-now-closets flanking the entry door. Built-ins and woodwork are beautiful. The kitchen has super-size appliances. Two bedrooms share a bath, the rest are en suite. The master suite is huge, with a rainfall shower and big tub in the bath. CONS It’s time to freshen up some paint and carpet.  — Vanessa Parks

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