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For sale: Homes built 1930 to 1939

These properties--in Concord, Roslindale, and Quincy--feature striking period details.




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LOT SIZE > 0.17 acre

BEDROOMS > 2 BATHS > 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $264,900 in 2003

Kevin Balboni, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 978-505-5558,

PROS This sweet little house was built in 1930, at the start of the Depression. Today, it’s a short sale. Tucked back from the street at the end of a brick walkway, it feels like a hideaway. The living room has a cathedral ceiling, great hardwood floors, and ample light, thanks to sliders and a big window with window seat. Part of the room is set off by a short wall and column, helping to create the feeling of a separate space, perhaps for dining. The kitchen has decent cabinets and appliances. CONS One bedroom is tiny; the other is in the basement.




LOT SIZE > 0.09 acre

BEDROOMS > 3 BATHS > 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $389,000 in 2007

Brian Gokey, Gokey Properties, 617-233-2737,

PROS The gumwood molding so common in houses of this period is preserved, unpainted, in much of this extensively renovated 1935 home. White cabinets, green granite, and a glass-tile backsplash make the kitchen pop. The living room, dining room, and master are all unexpectedly large. Two bright rooms are on the third floor, one used as a sewing room; the other would make a good office. A compact sunroom off the back overlooks the fenced yard. CONS Losing the front storm door would be like swapping thick eyeglasses for contacts.




LOT SIZE > 0.16 acre

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 3 full, 2 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $70,000 in 1978

Sharon Fornaciari-Maher, Maher Realty Group, 781-881-4101,

PROS American Foursquares like this, with a hipped roof and wide porch, were popular from the turn of the last century through the 1930s. In this 1935 specimen, there are bay windows, window seats, arched doorways, tiger-oak floors, and gorgeous paneling in one room. The finished basement has a lodge feel, as does the third floor, with pine paneling and built-in beds and bureaus. Windows, roof, electrical, and vinyl shingle siding were updated. A new master bath is under construction. CONS Some modernizing is necessary. Buyers may want to reconfigure the space, particularly the former doctor’s office. — Vanessa Parks

NEXT WEEK Homes built 1940-1949

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