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By Elizabeth Gehrman
August 14, 2009

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35 Old Diamond Street, Walpole

Square footage 1,312

Condo fee $100 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2009 taxes $3,121

Last sold for $284,100 in 2003

PROS Many updates have been made to this attached town house with wooded views of the waterlilies on Diamond Pond. On the main living level, the small but efficient kitchen is open to the dining room, which has a pass-through to the sunny living room, where sliders lead to the deck and a small brick patio for grilling. Upstairs, an office and two bedrooms share a hall bath, and a lower level has a garage and laundry hookup. The house is a short walk from town. CONS It lacks privacy, with the neighbor’s deck so close. CONTACT Fran McDavitt, RE/Max, Walpole, 508-494-7366,


97 Dudley Road, Wayland

Square footage 1,158

Lot size 11,761 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $5,815

Last sold for $349,000 in 2002

PROS Built in 1918, this clapboard ranch overlooking 84-acre Dudley Pond has a lower-level family room or office with a large deck that offers views galore, as well as a terraced yard with another deck pondside. Its main living area has hardwood floors, a cathedral ceiling with skylight, and a fireplace with stone hearth. Conveniently, both bedrooms, which share a full bath, are tucked away on this level; one has a cathedral ceiling with skylight and loft storage. There’s also a cute side yard that might allow for expansion. CONS The kitchen needs updating. CONTACT Marcia Filiurin, Coldwell Banker, Wayland, 508-383-0613,


30 Batchelder Park, Wenham

Square footage 1,068

Lot size 12,100 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $6,852

Last sold for First time on market

PROS This circa 1940 cottage has wall-to-wall views of Pleasant Pond from the large living/dining room with fireplace. Its galley kitchen is efficiently laid out but separated from the main room, and though there’s no deck off the back of the house, it could easily accommodate one. Upstairs, there’s an office and two bedrooms. Also included with the property is a two-car garage with a walk-up attic that could make a nice studio. There’s lots of terraced lawn space for patios and gardens. CONS The home could use some upgrades. CONTACT Peggy McNamara, Keller Williams, Wenham, 978-882-4455,

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