On the Block

In a fix

Restoring these historic homes will take vision and hard work.


  • $139,900


  • LOT SIZE 0.75 acre

  • BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 1 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR Transferred within family

  • PROS This 1762 Colonial needs to be gutted, but it still has its treasures. The corbeled entrance has retained much of its beauty, there are six fireplaces, and the beehive oven in the kitchen is deep. The bathroom offers a claw-foot tub, and some rooms have wide-pine floors. The second floor features exposed-beam ceilings. The property is near an elementary school. CONS The home has a lot of sill damage, the floors are bowed and slanted, and the windows need to be replaced. Land sales have whittled the property to a narrow backyard, the house is on a curve in the road, and plumbing has been stolen. Storage areas that once led to a barn are falling down. The home may have to be torn down.

  • Rick Coco, RE/Max Partners, 978-482-3905,


  • $200,000


  • LOT SIZE 1 acre

  • BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 1 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $200,000 in 2002

  • PROS A sign near the door of this former tavern once read: I shoe the horse, I shoe the ox / I carry the nails in my box / I make the nail, I set the shoe / And entertain some strangers, too. The John Foster House, circa 1780, was the home of, you guessed it, a blacksmith and tavern keep. The kitchen is large and has a fireplace, one of two in the home. The second floor features the original latch-lock doors and wide-pine floors, coffered ceilings, and a claw-foot tub. The house is set back from the street, and, with clearing, the flat backyard can be big. CONS A structural engineer is needed to gauge the extent of required repairs. The areas in most disrepair were exposed to the elements.

  • David Hark, The Drumlin Group, 978-741-3696,— Eileen McEleney Woods

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