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Jamaica Plain jewels

These three homes put you close to downtown Boston.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
December 6, 2009

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$299,900 232 Wachusett Street, Unit 232 Square footage 989

Condo fee $200 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $3,178 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS This vinyl-sided semidetached Colonial town house with hardwood floors throughout would make a great starter home. The living room and dining room are both spacious and are separated by a wide arch. Off the dining room is a roomy deck that overlooks the flat lawn. In the kitchen are new cherry cabinets, black appliances, and a breakfast island for two. Upstairs, two bedrooms and an office share a hall bath. There’s a laundry in the walkout basement, and one room that has potential to be finished. CONS There’s no bathroom on the first floor. CONTACT Ultan Connolly, Vogt Realty Group, Dedham, 617-519-1699,

$429,000 34 Sheridan Street Square footage 1,668

Lot size 3,093 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full

2009 taxes $2,394

Last sold for $370,000 in 2001

PROS With period details and modern updates, this semidetached brick row house built in 1890 has it all -- including a two-car tandem driveway. On the main floor is a living room with cute bay window and a kitchen with loads of white cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, and an eat-in area for six. Two offices that could double as guest rooms share the lower level with a laundry area, and there’s a door to the patio and yard. The second floor features two bedrooms and another room, as well as a stylish bath with two sinks. CONS There’s no formal dining room. CONTACT Janet Deegan, Coldwell Banker, Jamaica Plain, 617-796-8601,

$739,000 38 Oakview Terrace Square footage 2,911

Lot size 11,136 square feet

Bedrooms 5

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2009 taxes $8,433

Last sold for First time on market

PROS This gorgeous 1898 Greek Revival, built by the current owner’s grandfather, retains most of its original details. The cul-de-sac lot is huge, especially for the city, and the interior offers plenty of room to grow. The living room has a coffered ceiling, graceful moldings, and a fireplace. Four bedrooms on the second floor share a hall bath, but two of the rooms could be converted to make a large master suite. On the third floor is a bedroom and full bath, along with a family room with a tall brick fireplace. CONS The kitchen could use updating. CONTACT Karen McCormack, McCormack & Scanlan, Jamaica Plain, 617-522-7355,

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