52 OLD OAKEN BUCKET ROAD / SCITUATE
SQUARE FEET 1,386
LOT SIZE 1 acre
BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full
LAST SOLD FOR $319,000 in 2016
PROS This nearly 300-year-old Cape, the Benjamin Briggs Home, was recently updated with new wiring and plumbing. From a screened-in porch in back, a charming Dutch door opens into the living area with wide wood floors, an oversized fireplace with antique bread warmer, and exposed beams. At right, the updated kitchen features a farmhouse sink and butcher-block counters, plus accents like exposed brick, mason-jar light fixtures, and a retro-style fridge. Off the dining room, there’s a laundry room and new bath with heated floors. Upstairs, two bedrooms share a bath tucked into the eaves. The rambling landscape includes mature trees, and there’s a two-car garage.
CONS Long, gravel driveway is shared with neighbors.
55 BOYLSTON STREET / JAMAICA PLAIN
SQUARE FEET 1,654
LOT SIZE 0.1 acre
BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 1 full, 1 half
LAST SOLD FOR $429,200 in 2012
PROS Throughout this 1890 mansard Colonial, there are high ceilings and hardwood floors. The sunny living room boasts bay windows and crown molding. A marble-tiled half bath off the dining room is surprisingly roomy. In back, the cheerful kitchen sports butcher-block counters, a double farmhouse sink, and colorful appliances, including a yellow range and a blue dishwasher. A tiled mudroom off the kitchen leads to a cobblestone patio, a yard, and a detached two-car garage. Upstairs there are two good-sized bedrooms and a tiny nursery or office. They share a new bath with Carrara marble gracing the double vanity and herringbone-tiled floor.
CONS An offer has been accepted.
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