On the Block

Island universe

These getaways offer solitude just a hop from the mainland.


  • $749,900


  • ASSOCIATION FEE $400 a month

  • BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $950,000 in 2007

  • PROS This 1762 Colonial on Deer Island, accessible via bridge, has had several identities: inn, tavern, fine restaurant, and private residence where literary greats like Emerson were guests. Now it is home to three condos, and many of the original details — pumpkin pine floors, built-ins, and woodwork — remain. The modernized kitchen has a vaulted post-and-beam ceiling, granite countertops, and stainless appliances. From there, three French doors open onto a private porch with views of the gardens and waterfall, Merrimack River, and Moseley Woods park. Dock rights are included. The master suite has the same spectacular views. CONS As in many old homes, some of the floors slope a bit.

  • Robert M. Bentley, RE/Max on the River, 781-858-5115,


  • $1.595 MILLION


  • LOT SIZE 3.1 acres

  • BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 3 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $1.77 million in 2007

  • PROS You need a boat to access this 80-acre Pocasset village island, and the sale of this post-and-beam contemporary comes with a 21-foot one. The house, built in 1989, is one of three in a row for sale on the island and has 300 feet of private beachfront. The home can be lived in year-round and is a sea of windows, allowing for sunrise views from one side, sunsets from the other. It also features oak floors, a cottage-style kitchen with white cabinets and appliances, a screen porch, and a step-down great room with high ceilings and a wood stove surrounded with pretty dark-stone tile. The home is dotted with decks — at least one for each bedroom. CONS An interior deck was removed, leaving a sliding-glass door to nowhere.

  • Grace Row, Milbury & Company Real Estate, 508-654-1250,

  • — Eileen McEleney Woods

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