Top Spots to Live 2013

What you get for the money

In Greater Boston this spring, inventory is tight. Here’s a sampling of homes on the market.

Our spring real estate roundup offers these 9 single-family homes for sale.



  • Square Footage 1,272

  • Lot Size 0.2 acre

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Baths 1 full

  • Last Sold For $230,000 in 2011

  • Waterfront living for a bargain price is the appeal of this small, single-level home on a quiet side street just over the Fore River Bridge. The large new deck offers a tranquil sunset view shared with the open living area and master bedroom. New kitchen appliances and two off-street parking spaces help make this an appealing home for a single person or couple. Sam Rounseville, Red Door Real Estate, 617-875-1776,



  • Square Footage 1,444

  • Lot Size 0.11 acre

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Baths 1 full, 1 half

  • Last Sold For $315,000 in 2003

  • What appears as a plain-looking Colonial on the outside wins you over on the inside. Hardwood floors throughout lend polish to newly painted rooms. The home features an updated kitchen with granite countertops and an eat-in area in front of a large, sunny window. The recently renovated basement would make a nice family or playroom. Located on a dead-end street, it has a big deck and driveway with room to park four cars. Brian Hurley, Engel & Volkers Boston, 617-830-5709,



  • Square Footage 1,989

  • Lot Size 0.33 acre

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Baths 1 full, 1 half

  • Last Sold For $391,300 in 1995

  • This circa 1900 Victorian retains many original details, including woodwork throughout and a front staircase with ornate banister and stained-glass window. The surprise is the large, bright, fully renovated kitchen with island. Bathrooms have also been recently modernized, with key period details retained. There’s a large yard and driveway to a detached two-car garage in the rear, which includes an upstairs workroom/storage area. Paula O’Sullivan, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 978-442-5956,



  • Square Footage 3,194

  • Lot Size 0.08 acre

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Baths 2 full, 1 half

  • Last Sold For $260,000 in 1989

  • This lovely circa 1900 Colonial Revival home sits on a quiet side street in the McIntire Historic District and is an easy walk to downtown restaurants, Essex Street attractions, and the commuter rail. There are many period details, including wood floors, a working fireplace in the living room, and arched doorways into second-floor bedrooms. Despite its age, the home has plenty of closet space and off-street parking for two cars. A small deck and patio overlook the backyard. Betsy Merry, MerryFox Realty, 978-740-0008,



  • Square Footage 2,592

  • Lot Size 0.58 acre

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Baths 2 full, 1 half

  • Last Sold For $169,000 in 1985

  • This 1890 Victorian on a dead-end street in the Endicott neighborhood offers both period and modern touches. The red-walled living room boasts a gas-burning fireplace. The large modern kitchen and family room feature radiant-floor heating. The deck and patio area include a hot tub, pergola, and shower. There’s also a basement in-law suite, second-floor office in the barn (with another half bath), a cobblestone driveway, and a huge yard. Susan Stapleton Dentino, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 508-332-9372,



  • Square Footage 3,450

  • Lot Size 1.07 acres

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Baths 2 full, 1 half

  • Last Sold For First time on market

  • Setting is everything for the homes in this new subdivision in the wooded hills of Bolton. Gently curving roads and an adjacent 100-acre conservation area make this an appealing landscape only a mile from Interstate 495. Construction will begin soon on this house, identical to the under-agreement home in the photo, with a master suite, fireplace, and three-car garage. But there is time for a buyer to request custom details. Andrew Bendetson, Merchant Financial Investment Corp., 508-326-3560,



  • Square Footage 5,182

  • Lot Size 0.83 acre

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Baths 3 full, 2 half

  • Last Sold For $965,000 in 2005

  • This French country-style residence stands out, subtly, in a wooded neighborhood of more traditional New England homes. A two-story foyer and curved staircase make an impression as you enter. Varied hardwood floors and a formal library with fireplace and hidden wet bar suggest high-style living, but the house is family-friendly. The heating, plumbing, and electric have been updated. A breakfast room and sitting rooms look out on a backyard and patio with pool. Jon Maren, Keller Williams Realty, 978-502-6979,



  • Square Footage 4,100

  • Lot Size 0.85 acre

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Baths 3 full, 1 half

  • Last Sold For First time on market

  • Location really is everything for this large, newly built Colonial. From a quiet side street near the center of Canton, turn down a short cul-de-sac to find the house at the end near wooded Bolivar Pond. There are water views from almost every room, including the master suite and the large living and dining rooms, as well as the private deck. Upstairs includes an office/exercise/family room. Renee Roberts, Success Real Estate, 781-828-4550,



  • Square Footage 2,112

  • Lot Size 0.18 acre

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Baths 2 full

  • Last Sold For $277,000 in 2001

  • A deep-water dock, a 1,100-square-foot deck area, and commanding views up and down the Annisquam River make this home perfect for the nautically inclined. Features like vaulted ceilings, granite kitchen counters, and covered porch are nice. But it’s the short cruise to Gloucester Harbor or Wingaersheek Beach, along with the post-sail sunset parties you’ll throw on that deck, that make this house special. William C. Rochford, Sotheby’s International Realty, 978-764-0152,

  •  Joel Brown is a frequent contributor to the Globe Magazine. Send comments to

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