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For sale: Homes with built-ins for bibliophiles

The Boston Book Festival is approaching, and there’s always room for a new novel when your walls double as bookcases.

$625,000

131 CONANT ROAD /MELROSE

SQUARE FEET 1,701

LOT SIZE 0.21 acre

BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full

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LAST SOLD FOR Unknown price in 1973

PROS This 1920 Foursquare (with front and back additions) is half a mile from the commuter rail and the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Enter into the living room, where a wood stove is framed by built-in bookcases; attached is a carpeted office. The dining room, with bay windows, is mostly open to the kitchen, from which a mudroom leads to a deck and a pleasant backyard. French doors off the dining room lead to a family room with a full bathroom and sliders to the deck. Upstairs are a full bathroom, three smallish bedrooms, and a large master with a private deck. Laundry’s in the walk-out basement.

CONS No garage; some dated decor and fixtures.

Lisa Howitt, Century 21 Sexton & Donohue, 617-957-0521, LisaHowitt.com

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$1,199,000

21 OLD FARM ROAD /DEDHAM

SQUARE FEET 3,602

LOT SIZE 0.22 acre

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BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 5 full

LAST SOLD FOR $830,000 in 2004

PROS Enter this 1942 Colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac near Dedham Common through the mudroom, which connects the one-car garage and kitchen — updated with stone counters, a farmhouse sink, and a double oven. Past the pantry are a full bath and first-floor bedroom. A formal dining room off the kitchen leads to a foyer and a large living room with a gas fireplace, greenhouse, and sunroom offering access to a tidy backyard and bluestone patio. A library with a skylight and built-in bookshelves completes the first floor. Upstairs, the master suite includes a dressing room and a full bath with double vanities, a step-in shower, and a soaking tub. Beyond an office, bedroom, and laundry room, two more bedrooms share a full bath.

CONS Taxes topped $16,000 in 2018.

Robert Keogh, Hope McDermott Real Estate, 617-922-7579, hopemcdermottrealestate.com