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$349,900

687 MAIN STREET, WAREHAM

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 2,960

LOT SIZE > 2.45 acres

BEDROOMS > 5

BATHS > 2 three-quarter, 1 half

2011 TAXES > $3,559

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

> PROS Abraham Lincoln was just a baby when relatives – descendants of whom have lived here ever since – built this home around 1810. Little has changed since then, making the home quite the find for the preservationist. The woodwork is simple. The floorboards, wide upstairs, are well worn. The library is a gem, with one of the home’s five fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling bookcases still stocked with books. The exterior is good-looking. > CONS Much updating (kitchen, baths, electrical) is necessary. > CONTACT Robin Ragle-Davis, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Marion, 508-454-7786, robinragledavis.com

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$1.8 MILLION

1063 METROPOLITAN AVENUE, MILTON

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 5,800

LOT SIZE > 3 acres

BEDROOMS > 5

BATHS > 3 full, 3 half

2012 TAXES > $21,371

LAST SOLD FOR > $920,000 in 2000

> PROS When he bought this home in 1945, Howard Johnson was rebuilding his restaurant empire, which had been hobbled by the war and gasoline rationing. It’s a grand home, but not ostentatious. The woodwork and floors are fabulous, the curving staircase unusually pretty, and the grounds are dotted with statues. A rotisserie that Johnson added is still in the not-updated yet not-outdated kitchen. A finished basement adds 700 square feet of living space. There’s also a 2,500-square-foot carriage house with three bedrooms and two full baths. > CONS New owners may want to upgrade some baths. > CONTACT Karen Newton, homeowner, 617-256-6714 or knadresa@yahoo.com

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$3.8 MILLION

27 COLCHESTER STREET, BROOKLINE

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 6,066

LOT SIZE > 0.54 acres

BEDROOMS > 5

BATHS > 4 full, 1 half

2011 TAXES > $34,017

LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market as condo

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> PROS Though the John Singer Sargent masterpiece featuring them was painted in their Paris apartment, Edward Darley Boit’s daughters lived in this handsome brick house. The foyer has two niches for the tall blue vases pictured in The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts. With 12-foot ceilings, mahogany doors, and seven fireplaces, this renovated condo on the first and second floors is itself a work of art. It has exclusive use of the yard and no condo fee; the third floor is a separate unit. > CONS There’s no garage. > CONTACT Robin Allen, William Raveis Real Estate, Chestnut Hill, 617-921-1019, robinallen.raveis.com


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