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Flower to the people

These three homes’ great gardens will draw you in.

4 Breakwater Drive, Chelsea. 4 Breakwater Drive, Chelsea.
By Elizabeth Gehrman
August 9, 2009

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30 Riverview Drive, Ashland

Square footage 1,473

Lot size 13,504 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $4,485

Last sold for $140,000 in 1986

Pros The gardens surrounding this contemporary ranch -- with four buildable landscaped acres available separately for $299,900 -- are extensive and impressive, and include a koi pond and countless blooms that attract hummingbirds, among other critters. Inside, the living room has a pass-through that gives the kitchen a back-garden view, and there’s a large screened porch that brings the outside in. There’s a generous dining room with fireplace, and the fireplaced basement has a cedar closet and enough height for finishing. Cons The house needs lots of updates. Contact Lisa Zemack, Zemack Real Estate, Framingham, 508-626-2121,


4 Breakwater Drive, Chelsea

Square footage 2,436

Lot size 19,794 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 1 full, 2 three-quarter

2009 taxes $7,396

Last sold for $445,000 in 1999

Pros This brick attached Colonial in the Admiral’s Hill neighborhood has views of Chelsea Creek, the Tobin and Zakim bridges, the city skyline, and the Bunker Hill Monument. Its sloping yard is terraced and planted with perennials galore, and there’s a patio and flat lawn for entertaining. The inside also is outstanding, with a fireplaced living room, dining room, office, and galley kitchen on the first floor; three bedrooms, including an en suite master, on the second; and a fourth bedroom on the third. The basement is partially finished. Cons There’s no bath on the first floor. Contact Brigitte Casey, Coldwell Banker, Boston, 617-596-1449,


48 Riverdale Road, Wellesley

Square footage 1,902

Lot size 8,797 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2009 taxes $6,108

Last sold for $385,000 in 1997

Pros Many updates have been made to this cute-as-a-button 1918 bungalow with a rose-covered trellis, a landscaped front yard with picket fence, and an herb and vegetable garden just outside the kitchen. The first floor has an enclosed front porch, a dining room, a family room with wood stove, and a well-renovated kitchen; upstairs, two bedrooms share a hall bath and the master has a cathedral ceiling, a sitting area, and an en suite bath. Cons The inconveniently sited detached garage takes up a lot of valuable lawn space. Contact Linda Sharpe, Hammond Residential Real Estate, Lexington, 781-861-8100,

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