37 BARTLETT STREET / CHELMSFORD
SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,032
LOT SIZE 0.36 acre
BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full, 1 half
LAST SOLD FOR $535,000 in 2003
PROS The owners of this turn-of-the-last-century Victorian beauty upgraded the kitchen with granite countertops, replaced the wallpaper, added central air, and painted the exterior, but the period details that make this home great remain: gorgeous built-in cabinetry in the dining room, five-panel doors, hardwood floors, stained glass, and curved windows in the turret rooms. In the winter, sneak away with a book to the cushioned perch in what used to be the telephone room. In the summer, head to the gazebo to admire the rose garden. The home is a short walk to the town center and a quick drive to Route 3 and I-495. CONS The half-bath radiator doesn’t work.
Matt Hanson, Ready Real Estate, 978-319-5383, readyre.com
238 AUSTIN STREET / NEWTON
SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,182
LOT SIZE 0.18 acre
BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full
LAST SOLD FOR $555,000 in 2008
PROS The living room (with its large stone fireplace, deep moldings, and a French door to the garden) and the master bedroom — both spaces stretch front to back — are the big draws of this 1927 Colonial. But don’t discount the original wood floors and doors, dining room with glass display cabinets and butler’s pantry, the updated kitchen with breakfast room, and the guest bedroom with sleeping porch that could be used as an office. A finished room in the attic adds to the living space but isn’t heated. The Massachusetts Turnpike is visible from the front of the house (the onramp is only minutes away), but so are the hills. The backyard is flat. CONS You hoof it up 36 steps to reach the front door.
Margo Otey, RE/Max Executive Realty, 508-439-9717, margootey.com — Eileen McEleney Woods