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For sale: American Foursquares in Andover and Dorchester

This practical home design started popping up around the turn of the 20th century.  

$539,000

185 LOWELL STREET / ANDOVER

SQUARE FEET 1,728

LOT SIZE 0.38 acre

BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

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LAST SOLD FOR $385,000 in 2012

PROS This 1925 foursquare has built-in details and hardwood floors throughout. As you enter, the wood stairs to the left glow in the light of three stepped windows, while the living room at right casts its own light from a stone fireplace. Around a bend, the dining room sports a built-in hutch, and a Dutch door leads to a good-sized kitchen with older cabinets. There’s a half bath nearby, and a side deck off the small mudroom. Upstairs, four large bedrooms share a newer full bath. Basement has laundry and walk-out access to back patio; there’s also a side lawn and detached two-car garage. CONS Lowell Street (Route 133) is a busy road.

Kathy Cyrier, William Raveis Real Estate, 978-852-5811, callkathyc.com

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$689,000

102 ELMER ROAD / DORCHESTER

SQUARE FEET 1,364

LOT SIZE 0.15 acre

BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

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LAST SOLD FOR $260,000 in 2008

PROS The enclosed porch of this 1925 Adams Village foursquare welcomes visitors with old-fashioned swing-out windows, but much else — including the roof — is new. Enter into the living area, where French doors lead to the dining room; a new powder room makes smart use of scant space. The remodeled kitchen has hardwood floors, like the rest of the house, along with stainless appliances and stone counters, and there’s a mudroom that opens out to a big composite deck and level lawn beyond. Upstairs, find two large bedrooms and two smaller ones, with an updated full bath between them. The basement is partially finished with a laundry area. CONS Home has an accepted offer as of press time.

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