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Buying in Belmont

This town, former home of Mitt Romney, is a short hop to Boston.

9 Van Ness Rd., Belmont 9 Van Ness Rd., Belmont
By Elizabeth Gehrman
October 4, 2009

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$465,000 29 Knox StreeT Square footage 1,152

Lot size 5,004 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half

2009 taxes $5,053

Last sold for $165,000 in 1986

PROS This cute Belmont Hill Cape has been immaculately maintained since a late-’80s renovation. Off the large living room is a short hallway to a bedroom and a full bath. The home’s formal dining room is open to the kitchen, which has a good layout, with space for a breakfast table, and there’s a 12-by-12-foot deck off the kitchen. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a half bath and plenty of closet space. The basement has been finished with a 12-by-17-foot family room and a bath that aren’t included in the official square footage. CONS The house could use some updating. CONTACT Patrick Murphy, Coldwell Banker, Belmont, 617-484-5300,

$729,900 9 Van Ness Road Square footage 2,040

Lot size 5,474 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full

2009 taxes $7,514

Last sold for $56,000 in 1977

PROS Built in 1900, this Colonial with original woodwork has been meticulously maintained. The large living room has a wood stove installed inside a fireplace and an attached full-length sunroom. The kitchen -- which could easily be opened to the dining room -- has a good layout, as well as a door to the landscaped fenced yard with patio. On the second floor are an office and three bedrooms, including a master with a full-length sun porch that could accommodate an en suite bath and walk-in closet. There’s also a detached garage. CONS The kitchen and baths need cosmetic work. CONTACT David DiVecchia, RE/Max, Watertown, 617-908-6870,

$959,000 84 Radcliffe Road Square footage 3,118

Lot size 10,000 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half

2009 taxes $9,988

Last sold for $79,000 in 1976

PROS This 1945 Colonial with a deceivingly modest exterior goes on forever. Behind the formal living room with fireplace is a huge family room, also fireplaced. The large kitchen has a long breakfast bar and a sitting area with French doors onto a back deck. There’s also a large wood-paneled library with coffered ceiling, a gas fireplace, and doors to the deck and a two-car garage. Upstairs, the master has a three-quarter bath, and three bedrooms share a hall bath. The finished basement adds space. CONS The formal dining room is smallish. CONTACT Stephen McKenna, Bowes GMAC, Arlington, 781-645-0505,

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