On the Block

History slept here

Famous folks—Daniel Chester French, Cole Porter, and Babe Ruth—once called these properties home. 


  • $930,000


  • LOT SIZE 0.64 acre

  • BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $900,000 in 2004

  • Lisa McLean, Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, 617-429-2570,

  • PROS Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial (among others), used this home as his studio, and his family lived in the house next door. Added onto by various owners since 1879, it rambles in a charming way. The heart and soul of the place remains the studio space, now a lovely dining room and living room, where the fireplace has a marble frieze carved by French. There’s a great family room, too. The big, wide yard is a rarity for Concord center. CONS A solarium added in the 1970s doesn’t look great from the outside (but has a welcoming feel inside). Some baths need updating.


  • $1.25 MILLION


  • LOT SIZE 37 acres

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 5 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $2.3 million in 2004 (for two-parcel estate)

  • Lori Feldberg, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-367-7997,

  • PROS This breathtaking property must have gotten under Cole Porter’s skin, given that he spent time here from 1940 until his 1964 death. The current owner has copied some of Porter’s furniture arrangements, based on old photos. While the house is quite nicely updated, fabulous vintage touches remain, like Marmoleum flooring in a few baths. Next door, a second part of the estate — an impeccably renovated farmhouse and former livestock barn turned studio apartment plus tennis court, pool, and six-bay garage with apartment above — is for sale for $750,000. CONS A few baths need a bit of work.


  • $1.325 MILLION


  • LOT SIZE 2.08 acres

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $185,000 in 1984

  • Lisa Greene, William Raveis Real Estate, 978-460-1224,

  • PROS A mark is still on the wood floor in the living room where Babe Ruth used to stomp out his cigars when he lived here from 1922 to 1926. The well-cared-for house has great curb appeal and, for the most part, the graceful proportions of an older home. The huge kitchen got an upscale update in 2006, when a family room was added. And the inviting master suite was renovated in 2011. Heat is half steam, half radiant. The massive barn, with original stalls used by the Bambino, has a workshop and an apartment, with zoning for a home business. CONS Some baths aren’t on par with the kitchen.   — Vanessa Parks

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