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For sale: Homes at $800,000

These suburban and rural options offer lots of space.


273 Ballville Road, Bolton3





LOT SIZE > 2.32 acres

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BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 3 full, 2 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $955,000 in 2007

Pam Caswell, Barrett & Company, 781-223-1324,

PROS Nicely situated on its lot, this Cape seems to reach out and say hello. Inside, the warm welcome continues with soft yellows in the living room and dining room. The sunny kitchen has Viking appliances. A new wing, built about 2005, has lots of utilitarian space: an office with built-ins, craft room/laundry, and hall closets. An especially pretty back staircase leads up to a huge master suite. The poolside cabana is outfitted with a full bath and kitchenette. CONS Removing algae from the roof would improve curb appeal.

42 Bay Farm Road, Kingston.





LOT SIZE > 5.84 acres

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 3 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

Patty Sullivan, Central Real Estate, 617-686-8430,

PROS A typical South Shore home this is not. The stucco exterior, with green-clad windows, is all angles. The owner, a builder, filled the home with unusual details. The curved stairway has simple but beautiful tapered balusters and maple treads stained green — as are the living and dining room floors. A curved wall of glass blocks separates the kitchen, with uncommon silver-colored cabinets, from the dining room. The patio has a built-in smoker. A small in-law apartment is located on the other side of the garage. The town landing is just down the street. CONS New owners may not like the black sink and toilet in the half bath.

415 Washington Street, Wrentham.




LOT SIZE > 10.3 acres

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 3 full

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

Lori Rudd, RE/Max Real Estate Center, 508-964-5604,

PROS Who would think this hilltop retreat, a former alpaca farm, was located right off Route 1? A massive double-sided Tennessee sandstone fireplace dominates the living room and small family room in the log home. Three bedrooms, including the master, are on the first floor. Two more are on the light-filled second floor, and though one of these has no closet, there are several in the hall. The office has an outside entrance. The 10 acres abut a state forest. There’s a tri-level deck, barn, and two sheds, and the garage has solar panels for heating water. CONS Built in 1985, the home is ready to be updated.  — Vanessa Parks

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