On the Block

Loads of curb appeal

These three homes all make a sweet first impression.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
July 19, 2009
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$549,900 167 County Street, Attleboro Square footage 3,500

Lot size 30,454 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 4 full

2008 taxes $4,081

Last sold for $100,000 in 1970 (estimated)

Pros Built in 1900, this house has a roomy two-story garage and is zoned for up to four units. Past flowering shrubs and other plantings, you enter the house through the trellised porte-cochere to a foyer with a formal parlor, fireplaced living room, and sitting room to the right. To the left are the dining room, kitchen, and breakfast room. Upstairs, three bedrooms share a full bath, while the master has an en suite bath. The finished third floor could be a second master with its en suite bath, and the basement is also finished. Inlaid floors and original moldings lend elegance. Cons The house needs updating. Contact Evelyn Tomaszewski, RE/Max Real Estate Center, Foxborough, 508-509-2122,

$569,900 15 Woodland Avenue, Melrose Square footage 3,202

Lot size 9,757 square feet

Bedrooms 6

Baths 3 full

2009 taxes $7,212

Last sold for $250,000 in 1989

Pros This 1890 clapboard is as Victorian as they come, with inlaid floors and loads of original detail. The gardens and landscaping, both front and back, are charming. The first floor includes a double parlor with one fireplace, a formal dining room, and a large country-style kitchen. Upstairs, three bedrooms and an office share a hall bath, and on the third floor is an in-law suite with a large deck but no separate entrance. A small barn in the backyard could make a nice artist’s studio. Cons There’s no bedroom with an en suite bath. Contact Peg Botte and Linda O’Koniewski, RE/Max Heritage, Melrose, 781-979-0100,

$599,000 24 Ship Street, Hingham Square footage 1,637

Lot size 4,356 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full

2009 taxes $5,590

Last sold for $245,200 in 1993

Pros This adorable 1850 cottage-style house is steps from downtown and five minutes from the beach. A two-car gravel drive gives way to a brick patio with French doors to the large living room. Up six steps is the eat-in kitchen with an original pantry; off the kitchen are a stackable laundry, a full bath, and a partially finished basement. There’s also a formal dining room and a bedroom on the first floor, while the two second-floor bedrooms, one with a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace, share a large balcony. Cons The only bathroom on the second floor is an en suite. Contact Dorothy McLaughlin, Coldwell Banker, Hingham, 617-827-2319,


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