On the Block

Log keepers

Beaming beauties on lots of land for under $500,000.


  • $439,000


  • LOT SIZE 6.99 acres

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR First time on the market

  • PROS An engineer painstakingly built this home for himself from 2001-2006, fussing over and researching everything, from major endeavors like the underground utilities and radiant heat in the floors to small ones such as the central vac slot in the kitchen floor where he could sweep in debris. A great stone fireplace anchors the open-concept kitchen and living area whose cathedral ceiling and windows add warmth to a space cast in the honey glow from the wood. A three-season sunroom off the kitchen affords a place to admire nature while sipping your coffee. Space above the garage and the bedrooms offers the option to expand. CONS The driveway is long and unpaved.

  • Gabriele Papa, Papa Realty Group, 617-212-5863,


  • $459,900


  • LOT SIZE 5.09 acres

  • BEDROOMS 3 bedrooms BATHS 2 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR First time on the market

  • PROS This 1996 home was custom-built from northern Quebec white cedar in the Swedish cope style, retaining the logs’ roundness on the house’s exterior and interior. At first glance, the living room, with its 23-foot-high ceilings and fieldstone fireplace, appears to be the focal point, but the heart of it all is the eat-in kitchen, with its maple cabinets and floors, granite-topped island, and expansive view: rectangles of red — the neighboring cranberry bogs. Two bedrooms, a full bath, and a laundry room complete the first floor, affording room for the large master with en suite bath and soaring ceilings on the second floor and the family room with wet bar and deck. CONS This home, too, has a long, unpaved driveway.

  • Madelyn J. Maksy, Uptown Realtors, 508-947-9410, — Eileen McEleney Woods

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