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Eye appeal

These homes, with off-center entrances, make a mark.  

Here are 1920s Colonials for sale.

$485,000

  • 547 FURNACE BROOK PARKWAY / QUINCY

  • SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,505

  • LOT SIZE 0.27 acre

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $27,500 in 1966

  • Dick Cahill, Jack Conway & Co., 617-694-8594, planomatic.com/15658

  • PROS There’s nothing cookie-cutter about the exterior of this 1929 home, which sits on a knoll back from the road. The same owner has been here for years, and it hasn’t been updated lately. But it would be worth the effort to make the home current. On the first floor, there’s a big combined living/dining room, small three-season sunroom, library/family room, kitchen, and half bath. The yard, with varied elevations, is one where a child’s imagination could run wild. There are also great wood floors and a two-car garage. CONS Needed updates include the kitchen and baths, plus cosmetic changes like removing wallpaper.


$489,000

  • 45 CHESBROUGH ROAD / WEST ROXBURY

  • SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,455

  • LOT SIZE 0.13 acre

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $454,500 in 2006

  • Sheb Shumar, Ardmore Realty Advisors, 617-796-8617, realestate.boston.com

  • PROS The steep gable on this 1924 home sets it apart from other Colonials. Inside, there’s instant impact where two arched doorways frame the living room fireplace, leading to a small sunroom/office. The kitchen, with butcher-block counters, light cabinets, and a mix of black and stainless appliances, has been opened up a bit to the dining room with a pass-through. Baths were updated four years ago. The finished basement, with an additional 225 square feet, has a family room and another good-size room and a bath with steam shower. There’s a small deck, fenced yard, and garage. CONS Closet space is somewhat limited.

$525,000

  • 2 FLORENCE TERRACE / ARLINGTON

  • SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,450

  • LOT SIZE 0.11 acre

  • BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $452,000 in 2009

  • Louise Ivers, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 781-929-2051, nemoves.com/louise.ivers

  • PROS The off-center entrance of this darling 1926 Colonial isn’t its only unusual feature. Inside, there’s an inglenook, an area with built-in benches near the fireplace more typically seen in larger homes. There’s a definite Arts and Crafts influence, with coffered ceilings and other gumwood millwork with a natural stain. The dining room has a built-in china cabinet. The sunroom off the living room has lots of big windows. Though sloped, the yard is nicely landscaped and has a flat area near the deck. There’s a one-car garage. CONS If you’re having guests, they’ll probably need to park at the bottom of the hill.  — Vanessa Parks

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