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    For sale: Two-family homes

    These houses in Hyde Park and Quincy offer income potential as well as a home of your own.



    SQUARE FEET 1,756

    LOT SIZE 0.11 acre

    BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full


    LAST SOLD FOR $246,000 in 2006

    PROS On a clear winter day, this 1960 two-family boasts ocean views from both floors. The updated first-floor unit is open all the way from the front mudroom through the living room, newer kitchen, and dining area at the back. Three bedrooms and a full bath sit off the main living space; laundry hookups are behind a pocket door in the living room. The upstairs unit has one large living area with kitchen and butcher block breakfast bar, plus a bedroom, office, and full bathroom. Both units have decks, and the backyard is fenced. CONS Basement (which holds laundry for rental unit) is accessible only from outside.

    Sandra Griffin McLaughlin, Property Central, 617-216-4499,

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    SQUARE FEET 2,505

    LOT SIZE 0.22 acre

    BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full


    LAST SOLD FOR $24,000 in 1978

    PROS This 1920 stucco two-family sits on a double lot with off-street parking for three cars. Enter the owner’s unit into a welcoming sunroom with huge arched windows; a newer kitchen sits on the other side of the breakfast bar. To the left are the dining and living rooms; a full bath and oversized master bedroom round out the first floor. The partially finished basement holds a bedroom and full bath. The upstairs apartment has two bedrooms plus an office, an older kitchen and bath, and access to a deck. CONS Sold as-is, the property — particularly the upstairs unit — could use some updates.

    Bernice Osborne, Coldwell Banker, 617-201-6776,