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    What your money gets you in Greater Boston real estate

    A look at four homes on the market from under $500,000 to over $1 million.

    This house at 24 Basset Street in Lynn was listed for $400,000.
    This house at 24 Basset Street in Lynn was listed for $400,000.

    • PRICE POINT: UNDER $500,000

    24 BASSET STREET / LYNN
    Listing Price: $400,000
    Square Feet: 1,308
    Lot Size: 0.07 acre
    Bedrooms: 3
    Baths: 2 full

    Tucked away behind larger homes and down a private driveway, this 1880 Colonial in Lynn’s Diamond District packs a lot of rooms into its small footprint. Upon entry, there’s a bedroom at right; through the living room at left is a dining room and updated kitchen. A new full bath nearby with step-in shower connects back to the bedroom. Two staircases lead to the second floor, where a quirky layout connects two bedrooms, another new bathroom, plus an office with a linen closet across the hall. Beach is two blocks away, and commuter rail is just under a mile.

    The kitchen at 24 Basset Street, Lynn.

    Katie DiVirgilio, RE/MAX 360, 617-285-9847, homesofma.com

    PRICE POINT: $500,000-$750,000

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    25 LENISTON STREET / ROSLINDALE
    Listing Price:
    $589,500
    Square Feet:
    1,321
    Lot Size:
    0.1 acre
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Baths: 1 full

    Open the front door and you can take in the entire first floor of this charming, updated 1920 Colonial, including the warm-hued, refinished hardwoods. Past a pallet-wood accent wall in the entryway is the new kitchen with stainless appliances and breakfast bar; that spills into the dining room, and back around to the large living room in front. A door off the kitchen leads to a good-sized backyard. On the second floor, there’s a laundry alcove at the top of the stairs, plus three bedrooms — one fairly small — and a new full bathroom. (Note: As of press time, an offer had been accepted on this property.)

    PHOTOS FROM THIS LISTING:

    This house at 25 Leniston Street in Roslindale is on the market for $589,500.
    This house at 25 Leniston Street in Roslindale was listed for $589,500.
    The kitchen/dining area.
    The kitchen/dining area.

    Donna DeRosa, Cameron Real Estate Group, 617-462-3622, donnaderosarealestate.com

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    • PRICE POINT: $750,000-$1 MILLION

    80 SPRING ROAD / NEEDHAM
    Listing Price: $800,000
    Square Feet: 1,425
    Lot Size: 0.2 acre
    Bedrooms: 3
    Baths: 1 full, 1 half

    This 1948 Colonial sits on a quiet street 0.3 miles from Needham Heights’ shops and commuter rail station. Through a tiled entryway, the living room is bathed in light by bow windows, while the formal dining room features a built-in hutch and a picture window overlooking the backyard. Kitchen includes an island and built-in workspace, a nearby powder room, and a laundry station by the back door, which opens out to the deck. Upstairs, there’s an office, full bathroom, and three bedrooms with good-sized closets and hardwood floors; a walk-up, dormered attic offers expansion potential for bigger broods.

    PHOTOS FROM THIS LISTING:

    This house at 80 Spring Road in Needham is on the market for $800,000.
    This house at 80 Spring Road in Needham was listed for $800,000.
    The home’s kitchen.
    The home’s kitchen.

    Bill Paulson, Keller Williams Realty Boston Southwest, 781-929-2453, needhamareahomes.com

    • PRICE POINT: OVER $1 MILLION

    308 HURLEY STREET / CAMBRIDGE
    Listing Price: $1,695,000
    Square Feet:
    2,215
    Lot Size:
    0.06 acre
    Bedrooms: 3
    Baths: 3 full, 1 half

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    This 1886 Colonial has been completely rebuilt, though some rustic touches hint at the home’s history. Enter into a spacious, bright living area with hardwood floors and a powder room near the stairs. On the other side of a breakfast bar from the open dining area, the sparkling kitchen includes Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Upstairs, all three bedrooms feature cathedral ceilings with exposed wood beams; the master suite has its own full bath while the other two share a second bath. Lower level has a media room, laundry, full bath, and rear mudroom entry (with snow-melting walkway outside). Homeowner association fees are estimated at $489 a month, and include deeded underground garage parking.

    PHOTOS FROM THIS LISTING:

    This house at 308 Hurley Street in Cambridge is on the market for $1,695,000.
    This house at 308 Hurley Street in Cambridge was listed for $1,695,000.
    The living area.

    Gail Roberts, Coldwell Banker, 617-864-4430, gailroberts.com

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