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Merry options

View the Merrimack River from one of these waterfront homes.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
October 18, 2009

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$169,000 17 Armory Street, Methuen Square footage 925

Lot size 16,370 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $1,833

Last sold for First time on the market

PROS This 1928 cottage has a large kitchen with older cabinets still in great shape, plank floors, a huge dining area, and a discreetly positioned full bath. The living room is long and narrow, with an alcove that can be used as office space. A sun porch runs the width of the house, with full views of the river and wooded island across the way. The second floor contains two bedrooms; there’s no bath, but one could be added. The lot continues across the street, where there’s a guest house with electrical, plumbing, and a large screened porch. CONS The house needs updates. CONTACT Rick Coco, RE/Max, Andover, 978-482-3905,

$699,900 485 Main Street, Amesbury Square footage 1,404

Lot size 5,060 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half

2009 taxes $7,787

Last sold for First time on market

PROS With a huge living room with fireplace and a 12-by-20-foot deck, this 1961 Cape with a knotty pine interior has spectacular views of the curving river. Upstairs, two bedrooms with slanted ceilings share a half bath, and the finished basement with separate entrance contains an office, a family room, a three-quarter bath, a laundry, and a kitchenette. CONS The galley kitchen has an impractical layout, but it could be opened to what is now being used as a bedroom to give it water views and a large dining area. CONTACT Cathy Toomey, Stone Ridge Properties, Amesbury, 978-388-0880,

$875,000 467 East Broadway, Haverhill Square footage 4,018

Lot size 4.2 acres

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half

2008 taxes $6,359

Last sold for $505,000 in 2000

PROS Built in 1978, this barn-style house has a sweeping lawn that leads to the water. The kitchen is large and well designed, and it’s beside a dining room currently being used as a bedroom. The knotty pine family room offers a brick-hearth fireplace. Upstairs are two bedrooms, including the master suite with its own bath. The finished basement with separate entrance and kitchenette could be used as an in-law apartment. A spiral staircase leads to a huge game room above the two-car garage. CONS The finishes won’t be to everyone’s taste. CONTACT Jennifer Sandlin, Realtors, Woburn, 603-933-0471,

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