On the Block

For sale: Little gems

All under 970 square feet, these homes have big upsides.

880 SOUTHERN ARTERY / QUINCY2/17/13 On the Block

880 Southern Artery, Quincy.





LOT SIZE > 0.1 acre

BEDROOMS > 2 BATHS > 2 full

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LAST SOLD FOR > $235,000 in 2007

Neil Nolan, Duhallow Real Estate, 617-967-6766,

PROS It doesn’t seem possible that so much function could be packed into so little space. But this tiny house has a master bedroom and bath upstairs and, in the partly finished basement, a family room (not included in the square footage). Vaulted ceilings and cheerful colors give the main floor — where you’ll find the living room, dining room, kitchen, and second bedroom and bath — an airy feel. A small deck off the kitchen is big enough for a grill. The fenced yard has a patio, shed, and dog run. The exterior was painted two years ago. CONS The outer foyer needs an upgrade. Closet spaces in the master’s eaves have no doors.

99 Emmett Avenue, Dedham.





LOT SIZE > 0.18 acre

BEDROOMS > 2 BATHS > 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $100,000 in 2000

John Bethoney, Discover Properties, 781-844-7741,

PROS Though built in 1866, the only thing old about this house, as the owner says, is its bones. An overhaul resulted in new floors, roof, siding, and more, yet there is still antique charm. Two closet doors flanking the living room wood stove have bookcases built into them — a clever way to add storage. The galley kitchen, off the dining room, has stainless appliances and Silestone counters. A deck on the back provides a place to enjoy Mother Brook, which runs by the backyard. CONS The bedrooms have no closets, and there’s no laundry.

25 Gilford Road, Hingham.




LOT SIZE > 0.09 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $120,000 in April

William Stenmon, Superior Real Estate Group, 617-312-8991

PROS Hingham Bay is visible at the end of the street, and the Olmsted-designed trails at World’s End are around the corner. The home has new cedar shingles and windows. In the living room, where there’s new laminate flooring, a brick fireplace extends to the ceiling. The updated bath has a one-piece Corian vanity top (on an older cabinet) and a tub with new surround. The eat-in kitchen has black appliances, oak cabinets, and wainscot. Come spring, the driveway will be paved, a new septic system installed, and the yard landscaped. CONS The bedrooms are all small, and one has only a portable closet.  — Vanessa Parks

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