On the Block

For sale: Homes built 1909-1919

These properties--in Medway, Winchester, and Dover-- are hitting the century mark in style.





LOT SIZE > 0.43 acre

BEDROOMS > 2 BATHS > 2 full

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LAST SOLD FOR > $191,000 in 2002

Art Rawding, William Raveis Real Estate, 617-359-7373,

PROS This former Orthodox Jewish synagogue, built in 1917, was converted into a home in 2002. With 17½-foot ceilings and 11-foot windows, the first floor is a wide-open space flooded with light. The area formerly devoted to the prayer leader is still a focal point, with access to a large deck overlooking the landscaped yard. In the balcony are two bedrooms and a bath, plus an ample sitting area overlooking the space below. The kitchen, baths, and woodwork are simple. CONS The deck needs work. The first-floor bath should be updated.





LOT SIZE > 0.13 acre

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $549,000 in 2008

Kimberly Solio, Hammond Residential Real Estate, 781-526-8666,

PROS Town records call this home a Colonial, but with its rooflines, chimney out front, and doorway detail, it is more a Tudor Revival, a style popular when it was built in 1913. The kitchen is updated. Cathedral ceilings added to three of the bedrooms lend a feeling of openness. Nice old details include a cast-iron fireplace surround. In a charming contrast to today’s open floor plans, the living room (and a tiny sunroom off it) are a bit separate from the rest of the house. CONS It’s located at a somewhat busy intersection.




LOT SIZE > 1.39 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $1.295 million in 2002

Alice O’Connor, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co, 508-654-9270,

PROS With a round tower at the entry and steep conical roof, this 1912 French Eclectic home has a rare combination of elegance and wonderfully unusual detail. It was bought by a long-ago Boston mayor for a young woman with whom he had a scandalous affair. The living room’s soaring ceiling features constellations that can be lighted. Thanks to the tower and another rounded section, several rooms are circular. This home doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a modern home, but what it does have cannot be replicated. The setting is lovely. CONS New owners may want to update the baths.

NEXT WEEK > Homes built 1920-1929

— Vanessa Parks
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