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Jonathan Bloom

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Bloom is a writer, but maybe he should be a real estate agent, too. “My house is sort of plantation [a second-story wraparound porch] meets Spanish hacienda [stucco interior walls] meets North African [carved wooden heads decorate the double doors to the master bedroom] meets Camelot [the turret],” he explained. The funky Easton home is where he and his wife live with their adopted daughter, now 8. “I still remember walking in the door from work that day and knowing she was waiting for me,” he said. Today, he keeps busy reading his favorite authors: Tom Clancy and Dr. Seuss. “My wife teases me that we adopted our daughter so I’d have a reason to read more Dr. Seuss,” he said, laughing. “but there’s always a reason to read Dr. Seuss!”



List Price: $450,000

Square Feet: 3,854

Bedrooms: 5

Baths: 3 full, 1 half

Notable Features: Two-story formal living room, in-law apartment with its own entrance, castle-like turret inside hallway

Agent: Nancy Doyle, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, www.nemoves.comall

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Christopher Bromark

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This director at a professional services firm and dad of two young girls will move his growing family from Arlington west to Carlisle this summer, and he’ll miss the town’s tight-knit family vibe. “ Our neighborhood is overrun with little kids. I often come home to chalk drawings,” Bromark said. He’ll also miss the commute: “I work in downtown Boston, and I’m just nine miles from the office. I get to read to my kids before bed each night, even if I work late.” He also prizes the time he spent with his late grandmother in the lush azalea-lined backyard. There she met the family’s first great-grandchild. “There aren’t many kids in our family,” he said. “Seeing my grandmother hold her only great-grandchild, surrounded by family in our yard, is a visual I’ll always treasure.” In his spare time, you’ll find him golfing. He grew up playing Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton with his father, with whom he once won the Quechee Invitational in Vermont.



List Price: $529,000

Square Feet: 1,400

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 1 full

Notable Features: Wood-burning fireplace, eat-in kitchen, built-ins, fenced-in side yard, and patio

Agent: Karen Zoeller, Century 21 Adams KC, www.century21.comall

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Jim Luckett

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Luckett raised two children at his 8-acre Boxborough enclave, and the home is so large that he once welcomed his grown son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter back to the house for two years with minimal adjustment. “It just feels like your own little kingdom here, complete with a 700-foot-long driveway. We’re even surrounded by 200 acres of conservation land bordered by old New England stone walls,” he said, adding that the area is ideal for skating and sledding. Inside, the family enjoys gathering around the woodstove or playing Ping-Pong in the 800-square-foot sunroom (which used to house an indoor pool and is a prime spot for childhood birthday parties). Luckett once worked at the Boston Housing Partnership and as a nonprofit consultant for affordable housing in Dorchester and Roxbury. Now retired, the boating enthusiast owns SailboatsToGo, where he builds sail kits for canoes, inflatables, and kayaks. “My own dad’s house was a big house where everyone was welcome, with a big, well-equipped workshop where much was built and learned. That was my inspiration in this house,” he said.



List Price: $775,000

Square Feet: 4,772

Bedrooms: 5

Baths: 3 full, 1 half

Notable Features: Large sunroom with radiant heat and potential for an indoor pool, surrounded by conservation land

Agent: Kristin Hilberg, Keller Williams Realty Boston Northwest,

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John Lam

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South End resident Lam is soloist for Boston Ballet . He’s also dad to 9-month-old Gio with husband John Ruggieri, a lawyer. At his modern garden duplex, Lam spent his first precious moments of just-baby-and-me time. “I was holding him alone in our bedroom,” Lam recalled, “and I just realized: Wow! This is our kid!” About that bedroom: Lam loves his condo’s customized multilevel master suite with double vanities, heated floors, and walk-in closets. He’s also a fan of the home’s soundproof walls. “They really come in handy when you have a small child,” he said laughing. (The condo, which overlooks Worcester Square, is under agreement.)


List Price: $825,000

Square Feet: 1,054

Bedrooms: 2

Baths: 2 full

Notable features: Multilevel master suite with walk-in closets and heated bathroom floor

Agent: Ricardo Rodriguez, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, www.nemoves.comall

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Harvey Wilk

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A real estate developer, Wilk co-owns North End dining staple Tresca, where his wife is a friendly face each evening. The dad, stepdad, and grandfather loves to entertain his large brood at the family’s Weston home, often for dunks in the custom pool with waterfall (“it’s a kid magnet,” he said) or for games in the billiard room. The home was built in 1907 and renovated by Wilk, complete with new kitchen, front porch, stained-glass windows, wine cellar, home gym, game room, fountain, and three-car garage. Through the years, he’s hosted countless large Thanksgivings, graduation parties, and other fiestas on the sprawling grounds, and he treasures the memories he’s created with his blended family. “My youngest grandson wasn’t speaking for a while,” he recalled. “Then, one day, we were driving up to the house and he saw the fountain. Suddenly he just yelled, ‘Home!’ ” Wilk plans to downsize and excitedly awaits the arrival of another grandchild.


List Price: $2.885 million

Square Feet: 9,084


Bedrooms: 5

Baths: 5 full, 1 half

Notable features: Pool with waterfall, billiard parlor, private courtyard

Agent: Jared Wilk, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., www.215southavenue.comall

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