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    For sale: Homes with mudrooms

    Make way for duck boots in New England’s soggy season in these houses in Norwood and Needham.



    SQUARE FEET 1,900

    LOT SIZE 0.11 acre

    BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 1 full, 1 half


    LAST SOLD FOR $431,000 in 2014

    PROS This tidy 1935 Colonial sits on a picture-perfect suburban side street and is just as charming as its environs. A mix of white trim and warm hardwood floors makes it feel light and bright throughout; even the living room’s brick hearth is whitewashed. Past a cheery sunroom, the dining room sports a built-in hutch, then flows into a thoughtfully designed kitchen with a new half bathroom and a mudroom leading to the backyard. Upstairs are three bedrooms, one with a new balcony overlooking the yard, and a full bathroom. A finished attic — included in the square footage — could be a fourth bedroom. CONS Driveway is shared with house next door.

    Josepha and Alex Jowdy, RE/Max Distinct Advantage, 781-706-1394,

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    SQUARE FEET 2,311

    LOT SIZE 0.28 acre

    BEDROOMS 6 BATHS 2 full


    LAST SOLD FOR $30,000 in 1971

    PROS A short stroll from the Needham Heights commuter rail station and Trader Joe’s, this 1907 Colonial is full of gracious original details, including ornate iron radiators, pocket doors, and giant restored windows. But its architectural flourishes also delight one’s inner child — for example, two of the four second-floor bedrooms are connected by a hidden closet passage. There are two more bedrooms on the third floor. A screened-in front porch and large back deck, accessed through a mudroom off the kitchen, offer plenty of space to unwind outdoors. CONS Some worn or outdated features, such as the blue bathtub, could use cosmetic updates. (Under agreement at press time.)

    The Kouri Team, Keller Williams Realty, 781-964-1559,