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Go West!

These three Western Massachusetts homes have easy turnpike access.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
February 28, 2010

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$289,900 30 High Street, Lee Square footage 2,766

Lot size 10,454 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full

2009 taxes $3,126

Last sold for $100,000 in 1989

PROS A 1900s farmhouse steps from the center of town, this place has much going for it, including a wraparound porch, a huge living room with fireplace, and an enormous fenced backyard with a hillside view. Behind the living room are a 15-by-15-foot dining room, a spacious kitchen, and a family room with sliders to the yard. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a large en suite bath with jetted tub, while the other bedrooms share a charming bath with claw-foot tub. One bedroom has a built-in antique Murphy bed. CONS It does need some work. CONTACT Timothy DiSilva, Summit Realty, Richmond, 413-281-2648,

$325,000 31 Stephanie Lane, Westfield Square footage 1,994

Lot size 56,192 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full

2009 taxes $4,346

Last sold for $325,000 in 2004

PROS This 1985 contemporary is open and airy. Its focal point is a wood-burning fireplace with floor-to-ceiling stone hearth that’s shared by the dining room and a double-height family room. Open to both is a sunny, modern kitchen. Off the dining room is a sun porch, also double-height, and off the living room is a deck overlooking the wooded lot. One bedroom is downstairs, and the other two, along with a study that overlooks the living room, are upstairs. The master has a fireplace and en suite bath. CONS The entry hall could use updating. CONTACT Joan O’Brien, Realty Consultants, Avon, Connecticut, 800-874-8821,

$339,900 4 Crescent Hill, Springfield Square footage 5,074

Lot size 21,453 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $6,916

Last sold for $170,000 in 1996

PROS This former carriage house, built in 1864, was completely renovated in 1988. It has two large front parlors flanking the entry hall, both with paned, arched windows with window seats. Toward the back of the first floor is a huge kitchen with a copper-hooded stove and space for two tables, one in the breakfast nook. Upstairs, two bedrooms share a hall bath, and the master has a walk-in closet and en suite bath with Jacuzzi. A nice bonus is the indoor basketball court with 30-foot ceiling. CONS Many original details were lost in the renovation. CONTACT D.J. Wheeler, D.J. Realty, Springfield, 413-265-3267

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