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For sale: Seek refuge from winter in these sun-drenched homes

Colonials in Swampscott and Newton make the most of their bright locations.

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LOT SIZE: 0.21 acre


BEDROOMS: 3 BATHS: 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR: $431,000 in 2004

PROS The yellow front door is a fitting entry for this sunny, cheery 1913 Colonial, which sits halfway between the beach and the commuter rail. A living room with a fireplace opens through French doors to a heated greenhouse. In the other direction, past a small den or office and the formal dining room, is a newer kitchen that connects to a large mudroom area, both with skylights. Nearby is a prim powder room with plantation shutters. Upstairs are three bright bedrooms  —  two with skylights and cathedral ceilings  —  and a full bathroom. The neatly landscaped backyard holds a trellised patio and a koi pond, and the two-car garage has loft storage. CONS Limited closet space upstairs; driveway is shared.

Liz Walters, Coldwell Banker, 617-438-3665,

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LOT SIZE: 0.15 acre


BEDROOMS: 4 BATHS: 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR: $540,000 in 2007

PROS Wood floors and pleasing pastels brighten up this 1935 Colonial, perched on a leafy side street a few blocks from the Mass. Pike. Enter into a large living room, which has a fireplace and adjoins a light-drenched sunroom or office. The paneled dining room, with a built-in corner hutch, leads to the partially updated kitchen, older half bath, and mudroom. Upstairs, three bedrooms share a full bath with original tub, and the third floor holds a carpeted master suite with a window bench seat and modern full bath. The basement has the laundry area and access to the one-car garage. In the small backyard are a stone patio and a treehouse kids will swoon over. CONS Kitchen layout is choppy, with fridge in the mudroom.

Ezra Stillman, Hammond Residential, 617-721-7007,