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For sale: Homes near Minuteman Bikeway

These options in Lexington, Bedford, and Cambridge are ideal for bicyclists and walkers.

837 Massachusetts Avenue, Unit B, Lexington.

837 Massachusetts Avenue, Unit B, Lexington.

$399,900

837 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, UNIT B / LEXINGTON

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,118

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CONDO FEE $900 yearly insurance fee

BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR $409,900 in 2006

Bill Thompson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 781-789-3247, billthompsonrealtor.com

PROS You can see cyclists on the Minuteman Bikeway from the yard of this former tavern built in 1770. The building looks like a one-family home, though it is two condos. Hand-hewn beams on the ceilings offer a glimpse of history, as do wide pine floors upstairs. The kitchen has granite counters and stainless appliances, the dining room, a great chandelier. Also nice: ample closet space in the master, private patio, lovely half bath, new high-efficiency boiler. CONS The shared basement laundry area (with separate appliances) could be tricky.

156 South Road, Bedford.

156 South Road, Bedford.

$528,000

156 SOUTH ROAD / BEDFORD

SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,844

LOT SIZE 0.34 acre

BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR $213,000 in 1994

Suzanne Koller, Keller Williams Realty, 617-799-5913, historicmahomes.com

PROS The start of the Minuteman Bikeway is just a few doors down from this roomy split-level. And don’t let the idea of a split-level put you off. This one is more spacious than many, and the lower level, which has good-size windows, is surprisingly bright. Three bedrooms, including the master, are on the upper level. Downstairs, there are two more, plus an office and family room. Though some of the kitchen materials aren’t the latest and greatest, the space does have an island and looks pretty good. An elevated deck overlooks the woods out back. CONS Wrought-iron rails date the entry.

19 Clifton Street, Cambridge.

19 Clifton Street, Cambridge.

 

$549,900

19 CLIFTON STREET / CAMBRIDGE

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,300

CONDO FEE $105 per month

BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR $480,000 in 2008

Paul Campano, Keller Williams Realty, 617-304-3686, isellyourhome.com

PROS Both the Minuteman Bikeway and a T stop are just minutes away from this vertically oriented home, part of a condo complex. Skylights and a glass front door more than make up for the lack of windows. The kitchen, with IKEA cabinets, comprises half of the first floor. On the second floor, there’s a small bedroom, office, and bath; on the third, a master bedroom with bath and laundry. A tiny family room is in the basement. There’s an off-street parking space. The house was named one of Dwell magazine’s 100 favorite homes. CONS A larger family room would be nice. The plywood stair rail feels inexpensive. — Vanessa Parks

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