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For sale: Homes close to college campuses

College neighborhoods offer diverse dining and event options.

$599,900

321 LAFAYETTE STREET / SALEM

SQUARE FEET 2,727

LOT SIZE 0.25 acre

BEDROOMS 7 BATHS 2 full

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LAST SOLD FOR $28,000 in 1962

PROS You can just about see Salem State University down the block through the enormous windows of this 1890 Colonial. The foyer opens through pocket doors to the living room and then a dining room with fireplace. Off the dining room are a side entrance and porch. The kitchen is retro but bright and cheerful; past it are a dated bathroom and two bedrooms. The second floor has another older bath plus three big bedrooms — one with a fireplace (untested) and built-in shelving, another configured as a laundry room with a balcony overlooking the backyard and detached garage. The third floor holds two bedrooms, one with built-in window seats and bookshelves. CONS Needs quite a bit of cosmetic updating.

Colleen Toner, Toner Real Estate, 781-780-9054, tonerrealestate.com

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$995,000

77 GIBBS STREET UNIT 3 / BROOKLINE

SQUARE FEET 1,585

CONDO FEE $625 per month

BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full

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LAST SOLD FOR $758,000 in 2013

PROS Walk up a skylit staircase to this third-floor condo on a side street between Boston University and Coolidge Corner. The living room has beamed ceilings, a brick fireplace, and a walkout balcony; the paneled dining room holds a built-in hutch. Two front bedrooms, one with bay windows, face the street. Off the entrance hall is a master bedroom with double sinks and an oversize tub. Past a modern bathroom are the fourth bedroom and a sleek kitchen with stainless appliances, white Corian counters, and hardwood floors. Laundry is hidden behind pantry doors, and off the back is a covered porch. Condo fee includes heat and hot water. CONS No deeded parking (rental space is transferable).

Stacey Steck, Hammond Residential Real Estate, 617-515-3396, ssteck@hammondre.com