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Three for $399,000

Here’s what you get for the money.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
September 20, 2009

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$399,000 5 Josselyn Place, Newton Square footage 942

Lot size 3,320 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $2,796

Last sold for $409,500 in 2005

PROS This trim, sunny 1925 bungalow is a good condo alternative or starter home. Enter the living room through an enclosed front porch; the dining room is directly across from and open to the main space. The kitchen could use some updating but is clean and well laid out, with a back door that leads to a flat, landscaped yard with brick patio area. Upstairs, the master is quite spacious, with a walk-in closet and room for an office or sitting area. It shares a hall bath with the second bedroom. CONS The Green Line’s D train runs directly behind it. CONTACT Tedi Najarian, Hammond Residential, Chestnut Hill, 617-796-2682,

$399,000 802 Tremont Street, Unit 4, Boston Square footage 766

Condo fee $209 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $3,885

Last sold for $154,000 in 1999

PROS This sunny, open-plan walk-up in a 1920 South End brownstone was renovated when the current owner bought it. The unit has been impeccably maintained, with gleaming hardwood floors and a fresh-looking paint job. The kitchen is well designed, with loads of cabinets and a breakfast-bar island. The living room’s working fireplace has a marble mantel, and the dining area features exposed brick. There are laundry facilities in the unit. A staircase leads to the 9-by-20-foot roof deck, with views of downtown. CONS The kitchen could use some updating. CONTACT Martyn Scott or Bob Buckley, Gibson Sotheby’s, Boston, 617-641-8777,

$399,000 77 Sycamore Street, Somerville Square footage 2,390

Lot size 2,825 square feet

Bedrooms 6

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2009 taxes $4,541

Last sold for $19,000 in 1955

PROS In the heart of Winter Hill, this 1890 Victorian could be beautiful with a little vision. It’s loaded with period details like high ceilings and pocket doors. The first floor has a double parlor with a decorative corner fireplace, a large eat-in kitchen, and a dining room. On the second floor, three bedrooms share a full hall bath. The third floor, currently three rooms, could make an excellent master suite. The house has off-street parking and a decent backyard. CONS Systems have been upgraded, but the place needs significant restoration. CONTACT Karen Morgan, Coldwell Banker, Cambridge, 617-864-4430,

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