On the Block

What you get for $500,000

These homes in East Boston and Marshfield have waterfront views.


  • $495,000


  • LOT SIZE 0.10 acre

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $87,000 in 1983

  • PROS This house, built circa 1910, has retained all of its charm. The glass tile around the living room fireplace? Original. Rounded windows in the front bump outs? Those, too. So are the hardwood floors, pocket doors, curved railings, leaded-glass built-in china cabinet, and even the rocking chairs on the front porch. The ceilings are high, the closets large for a house of this era. The master bedroom has an air-conditioned sun porch with views of the Boston skyline, Logan International Airport, and the harbor. Special windows in the house block sound. The finished basement adds about 400 square feet of living space. Outside, there’s a wraparound porch for taking in the view, and the backyard has an attractive paver patio. CONS There is no off-street parking.

  • Janis Annese, NorthPointe Realtors, 617-590-1039,


  • $499,900


  • LOT SIZE 0.17 acre

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $399,500 in 2006

  • PROS From the teardown of a ranch home on the South River rose a Colonial with oak, marble, and tile floors. The living room has recessed lighting and a slider to a Trex deck. The full bath on the first floor near two of the bedrooms is large, with a Corian counter and marble tile. The kitchen, located on the second floor to maximize the view, has black granite countertops, stainless appliances, and pretty honey-colored cabinets. The master suite features a cathedral ceiling, double walk-in closets, built-ins, and a bath with an open shower and a tub with jets. The backyard abuts a river and marsh. In true New England fashion, the 2008 rebuild is partially clad in cedar shakes. CONS The kitchen’s location may not be desirable for some.

  • Brian Molisse, Molisse Realty Group, 781-831-4754,

  •  — Eileen McEleney Woods

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