On the Block

Green acres

These Holliston homes are rural retreats not far from I-495.


  • $564,900


  • LOT SIZE 1.86 acres

  • BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 3 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $569,900 in 2011

  • PROS The front yard of this 1993 Colonial is expansive enough to host a football game, and the vaulted ceiling in the great room would allow a remote-controlled plane to soar. But for less lofty pursuits, there is a screened-in porch off the great room and an in-ground pool in the side yard. The kitchen offers stainless appliances, a granite-topped peninsula with cabinets on both sides, mosaic tiles, and oak cabinets and floors. Upstairs, the master bath has a soaking tub, and the hallway closet has access from both the main bath and the hall. The finished area in the basement, with 200 feet of living space, has a door to the garage. CONS The long driveway would defeat even the most determined person behind a snow blower.

  • Lauren Davis, Realty Executives Boston West, 508-254-0449,


  • $649,900


  • LOT SIZE 4.25 acres

  • BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $375,000 in 2003

  • PROS The gentleman’s farm was constructed circa 1790, purportedly with bricks made on the property, but much has changed since then, including a kitchen addition in the early 1800s and, in recent years, a significant remodeling. The post-and-beam kitchen has a large custom-made island topped with reclaimed 200-year-old wood, an ironing-board cabinet turned into spice storage, handmade porcelain tiles, and pocket French doors to the dining room. The house features seven fireplaces, but only one is functional. The basement has an exercise room and office with separate entrance. The backyard, with its myriad perennials, three pergolas, and multilevel deck, runs down to Chicken Brook. CONS Some of the hardwood floors need to be refinished.

  • Mary Ellen Wasielewski, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-479-2474,

  • — Eileen McEleney Woods

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