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For sale: Homes with backyard fruit trees

Who needs a crowded orchard outing when you can pick your own fruit at these houses in Norwell and Braintree?

By Jon Gorey

$649,900

545 MOUNT BLUE STREET / NORWELL

SQUARE FEET 2,360

LOT SIZE 1.46 acres

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BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR $451,000 in 1999

PROS A gravel driveway ambles around this 1747 Cape. Reach the kitchen, with exposed beams and wood floors, through the back breezeway and breakfast area. The adjoining living room and nearby dining room have wood-burning fireplaces (the latter with a built-in bread warmer). Down the hall are two trim bedrooms, an office, laundry, and a full and a half bath. Up a narrow staircase, the den connects two bedrooms, one a master suite with bath. Originally a summer home, the property is still ripe for warm-weather entertaining, with a screened-in patio, a two-story barn, and a pear tree by the apple-shaped pool. CONS Some dated decor, like faux marble surfaces.

Shayna Baker, Preferred Properties, 512-968-3219, preferredpropertiesrealty.com

$729,000

673 UNION STREET / BRAINTREE

SQUARE FEET 2,868

LOT SIZE 0.51 acre

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BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full

LAST SOLD FOR $445,000 in 2010

PROS A rear mudroom leads into the remodeled kitchen with bay window. The adjacent family room has a fireplace; across the center hall (and past a bath with shower) is a dining room that opens to the living room, which has a gas fireplace and built-in entertainment center. Upstairs are a sunroom, two good-sized bedrooms, and a bath that connects to the master bedroom through a walk-in closet. Two more bedrooms (with built-in dressers) and another bath are on the third floor. A patio, shed, play structure, sandbox, and pear tree are in the large yard. CONS Union Street is busy, though the house is set back from the road.

Charlene Folan, Jack Conway, 617-699-7383, cfolan@jackconway.com