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Plain beauties

American Foursquares are boxy homes with a circle of admirers.

15 BELMONT STREET / AMESBURY

  • PRICE  $339,000

  • SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,660

  • LOT SIZE 0.23 acre

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $346,000 in 2007

  • PROS With a boxy design and simple lines, American Foursquare homes like this one, built in 1920, cropped up as a reaction against mass-produced Victorian ornamentation. The ample living room, with great stained glass, runs the width of the home. A half wall with columns frames the dining room entry. White cabinets, bead board, and open shelving help the kitchen feel right for the period of the home. The rear of the kitchen has a slate floor and coat closet, functioning well as a mudroom. A side of the porch is screened in; the flat yard, fenced. CONS Some floors need refinishing. Closet doors upstairs aren’t great.

  • Deborah Noone, RE/Max Prestige, 978-590-7547, deborahnoone.remax-newengland.com


1845 COMMONWEALTH AVENUE / NEWTON

  • PRICE  $750,000

  • SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,878

  • LOT SIZE 0.15 acre

  • BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $650,000 in 2005

  • PROS This 1915 Foursquare borrowed the portico style of a Colonial Revival; that, and its lovely side porch, lend a stately feel. The front-to-back living room is big, with a tiled fireplace, nice woodwork, and a French door leading to that screened porch. Updated seven years ago, the kitchen and baths still look pretty good. There are big original eight-over-one windows and period doors with crystal knobs. Closets are big for an old house, but one bedroom, with no closet, makes a better office. CONS The kitchen floor is a bit tired.

  • Justin Liu, Centre Realty Group, 617-892-5873, justinliu.com  — Vanessa Parks

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