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    On the Block

    For sale: Homes with farmer’s porches

    The entrances on these properties--in Brockton, East Bridgewater, and Natick--are conversation pieces.



    SQUARE FOOTAGE > 1,233

    LOT SIZE > 0.14 acre


    BEDROOMS > 2 BATHS > 1 full

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    LAST SOLD FOR > $68,900 in 2003

    Marion Kelliher, Weichert Briarwood Real Estate, 508-942-9393,

    PROS Owners can relax on the farmer’s porch swing and take in this quiet neighborhood. Period touches such as medallions on the window frames and bead board on the kitchen walls and ceiling are what’s charming about this house, built in 1910. There is recessed lighting in the dining room. The second bedroom has two closets, one that is surprisingly big. A small deck leads to a well-kept fenced-in backyard that abuts woods. CONS Owners may want to update appliances in the kitchen. The bath is tiny and on the first floor.



    SQUARE FOOTAGE > 2,712


    LOT SIZE > 2.69 acres

    BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

    LAST SOLD FOR > First time on market

    Rich Rocci, RE/Max Realty Advisors, 617-953-1539,

    PROS The farmer’s porch on this young center hall Colonial is the perfect place to sip a sweet tea and watch deer forage on the wooded lot. The porch has recessed lighting, as does most of the house. The earth-tone wall colors and oak floors add to the home’s woodsy appeal. The eat-in kitchen has stainless appliances, maple cabinets, a breakfast bar, and tile floor. There is a home office on the first floor, washer and dryer hookups on the second floor, and a bar in the finished walkout basement. CONS Owner will have to split plowing expenses with neighbor on shared right of way.




    SQUARE FOOTAGE > 5,056

    LOT SIZE > 1.05 acres

    BEDROOMS > 6 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

    LAST SOLD FOR > $30,000 in 1965

    Tom Matthews, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 781-795-0502,

    PROS The wraparound farmer’s porch of this grande dame lets you bask in the sun admiring a property designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Built in 1892 for shoe manufacturing’s Walcott family, the home flaunts its finery: stained-glass windows, eight fireplaces with ornate wooden mantels, pocket doors, crown molding. Much of the house has oak floors, and a staircase near the kitchen leads to two bedrooms built as servants’ quarters. CONS The house needs work: paint, a new roof, and updated wiring.

    — Eileen McEleney Woods