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For sale: Homes in towns along the water north of Boston

Take refuge in the walkable waterfront charm of these compact cultural hubs in Newburyport and Portsmouth, N.H.

$750,000

11 WILLOW AVENUE / NEWBURYPORT

SQUARE FEET 2,433

LOT SIZE 0.19 acre

BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

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LAST SOLD FOR $450,000 in 2010

PROS The center hallway of this 1984 Cape holds a magazine-ready tile mudroom leading to a new powder room with laundry. Follow the formal living room to the dining room — where sliders lead to a nice patio and yard — and a bright remodeled kitchen with stone counters and stainless appliances. Past the garage entry, a great room sports wide wood floors, a gas fireplace, and French doors leading to a shiplap screened-in porch with a ceiling fan. Upstairs, the master has its own full bath, and two more bedrooms plus an office nook share a second full bath. A big basement playroom awaits a slumber party. CONS Upstairs bathrooms are a little dated.

Kevin Fruh, Fruh Realty, 978-500-7409, fruhrealty.com

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$864,900

33 MILLER AVENUE / PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

SQUARE FEET 2,230

LOT SIZE 0.17 acre

BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

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LAST SOLD FOR $690,000 in 2016

PROS From the entrance hall of this 1937 in-town Colonial, French doors lead to a living room with fireplace at left or, at right, to a dining room with built-in hutches. The remodeled kitchen has stone counters, island, and sunken dining area with dramatic arched windows. A covered porch off the kitchen leads to the backyard and patio, while an office and half bath round out the first floor. On the second level, four bedrooms share a full bath, while the epic third-floor master suite has vaulted ceilings throughout — even in the walk-in closet and new bath with clawfoot soaking tub. There’s also laundry in the basement and a one-car garage. CONS Near a busy intersection.

Susan Spaulding, Olde Port Properties, 603-828-7214, oldeportproperties.com