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These homes boast delightful gardens.


  •  $798,000


  • LOT SIZE 0.46 acres

  • BEDROOMS 6 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $725,000 in 2005

  • M. Kate Tedoldi, Karp, Liberman & Kern Sotheby’s International Realty, 781-927-8656,

  • PROS A small side porch is the perfect perch to admire the lilies and roses. The yard has a big dog pen and circular brick patio. The 1875 Victorian has two three-story bay-windowed sections, offering interesting angles inside, especially on the fabulous third floor. Period details include great woodwork, a massive newel post, stained-glass windows, marble fireplaces, and inlaid borders on some hardwood floors. An in-law section with its own entrance has a small kitchen and bath and, upstairs, a bedroom and sitting room. CONS The laundry is located in the kitchen area (but could be walled off). Baths should be updated.


  • $979,000


  • LOT SIZE 0.77 acre

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $875,000 in 2009

  • Lisa Coyne, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 508-274-9769,

  • PROS As lovely as this 1967 home is inside, it’s very much oriented to the outdoors, with oversize windows overlooking all the yard has to offer: waterfall, koi ponds, paths, patios, fireplace, beach roses, hosta, grape-vine-covered arbor, clematis, and dramatic lighting to showcase it. The front door opens to an atrium foyer with skylights. Kitchen highlights include a huge Sub-Zero fridge and storage galore in custom white cabinets. Part of the finished basement, with its own entrance, has a nice kitchen and family room. Also appealing: the sunroom, kayak shed, and seven-zone AC. CONS The baths are fine but not great.


  • $989,900


  • LOT SIZE 1.58 acres

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $288,000 in 1985

  • Linda Scobo, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 617-515-4232,

  • PROS Lilacs, blueberries, and irises — plus stone walls and a flagpole — lend beauty to the classic New England look of this home. Utility lines are buried, the irrigation system has 15 zones, and stepping on thyme between the patio stones releases its fragrance. Inside, the original 1914 house blends nicely with a 2005 master suite with fabulous bath, a huge kitchen with features like a two-drawer dishwasher and Wolf cooktop, a breakfast bar, and, off it, a sunroom, all with radiant heat. The restored heated barn has a workshop. CONS The main bath isn’t on par with the newer ones. One closet needs doors.  — Vanessa Parks

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