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For sale: Homes on the Charles

These properties in Norfolk, Needham, and Dedham offer terrific water access. Prices start at $339,900.

22 LAKESHORE DRIVE / NORFOLK

22 LAKESHORE DRIVE / NORFOLK

$339,900

22 LAKESHORE DRIVE / NORFOLK

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,560

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LOT SIZE 0.57 acre

BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR $92,000 in 2012

Tracey Pierce, Realty Executives Tri-County, 401-617-9826, realtyexecutivestricounty.com

PROS It’s all new in this completely and nicely redone 1956 home: kitchen, baths, windows, floors, A/C. And there’s one thing no renovation can create: a location on the Charles River’s Populatic Pond. The kitchen (with stainless appliances and granite counters) is at the back of the house and open to the living room, where there’s a lovely stone fireplace. Two picture windows frame the view. Upstairs, the master, with two closets, has windows facing the river. The other bedroom has an irregular shape, due to the chimney, but the angles create a nice desk nook. CONS The house must remain a two bedroom.

$1.785 million

170 WHITMAN ROAD / NEEDHAM

170 WHITMAN ROAD / NEEDHAM

170 WHITMAN ROAD / NEEDHAM

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SQUARE FOOTAGE 4,282

LOT SIZE 1 acre

BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 4 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR First time on market

Laura Schindler, Century 21 Commonwealth, 617-921-2920, lauraschindler.com

PROS Windows and sliders in the family room, breakfast nook, kitchen, and library of this 1993 home take full advantage of the view of the Charles River out back. A large composite multilevel deck provides another place to soak it all in. The 4-year-old kitchen features inset cabinets and high-end appliances, as well as refrigerated drawers, a warming drawer, even a clever butcher-block drawer. There’s 640 square feet of finished space in the basement, with a sink and fridge, a nice full bath, a bedroom, and big playroom. CONS Buyers may want to change some wallpaper and flooring. Some baths are not updated.

 

$2.49 millon

115 COMMON STREET / DEDHAM

115 COMMON STREET / DEDHAM

115 COMMON STREET / DEDHAM

SQUARE FOOTAGE 4,611

LOT SIZE 3.92 acres

BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 4 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR $138,000 in 1967

Linda Dwinell Logan, Hauck Properties, 781-801-6482, hauckproperties.com

PROS The backyard of this handsome brick home slopes down to the Charles River’s Motley Pond. There’s a grandfathered dock and boathouse on the river. Built in 1922, this home has lovely features: a library, an unusual recess housing a fireplace in the dining room, dentil crown molding, built-in bookcases, windows with substantial mullions, a Palladian window in the stairwell, quartersawn-oak floors. And it’s all the real deal, with a genteel air that, try as they might, McMansions just cannot replicate. CONS Buyers will likely want to update the kitchen, baths, and some decor. — Vanessa Parks  

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