On the Block

Warm tidings

’Tis the season to cherish these homes’ wood-burning stoves.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
November 29, 2009

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$274,000 3 Hinston Road, Woburn Square footage 1,355

Lot size 7,840 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2009 taxes $2,393

Last sold for $306,000 in 2005

PROS This darling cottage-style starter home is just a mile from the center of town and close to both Interstates 93 and 95. On the main floor, it has a spacious living room that flows into the dining room with built-in bookshelves. The kitchen could easily fit a table in the center of the room. Off it are a bedroom and a full bath. In the home’s lower level are a half bath and the second bedroom, which is large enough for a seating area and a computer desk. There’s also a wood-burning stove with brick surround in the space. The laundry room is on this level, and there’s a door to the back yard. CONS Some might want to update the kitchen. CONTACT Lisa Coates, Prudential Preferred Realty, Woburn, 781-518-1280,

$419,000 418 Pond Street, Weymouth Square footage 2,325

Lot size 30,928 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full

2009 taxes $3,650

Last sold for $445,000 in 2006

PROS Enter this farmhouse from a low porch into a large, sunny family room with a wood stove as centerpiece, stairs down to the attached two-car garage, and a small deck that leads to a patio and the yard beyond. The eat-in kitchen is updated in farmhouse style, with exposed beams and custom cabinets, and there’s an original brick fireplace with beehive oven. Off the kitchen is a guest room or office, and just past it is a dining room with hearth and a formal living room, whose fireplace has a beautiful carved mahogany mantel. Upstairs, three bedrooms share an enormous bath with claw-foot tub and hardwood floor. CONS There’s no master bath. CONTACT Justine Augenstern, Coldwell Banker, Cohasset, 781-383-9202,

$789,000 103 Eastern Avenue, Arlington Square footage 2,786

Lot size 10,890 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2009 taxes $6,506

Last sold for $72,000 in 1979

PROS Built in 1938, this Cape was expanded in 1981 with a huge family room where the wood stove commands attention, an upstairs master suite with bath, and a sitting room or office in a split level between the two. In the older part of the house, the living room has hardwood floors, a bay window with built-in seat, and a fireplace. There’s a kitchen with island and a separate breakfast room, while the dining room features a chair rail and dentil molding. One bedroom is on the first floor; the others share a hall bath upstairs. CONS There’s no garage. CONTACT Sam Chernoble, Alcove Realty, Cambridge, 781-367-1912, -- Elizabeth Gehrman

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