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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?

    $649,900

    545 MOUNT BLUE STREET / NORWELL

    SQUARE FEET 2,360

    LOT SIZE 1.46 acres

    BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

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    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

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    $729,000

    673 UNION STREET / BRAINTREE

    SQUARE FEET 2,868

    LOT SIZE 0.51 acre

    BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full

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    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