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Going for $649,000

One price, three very different options.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
May 2, 2010

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22 Shornecliffe Road, Newton
Square footage 1,978
Lot size 7,000 square feet
Bedrooms 4
Baths 1 full, 1 half
2010 taxes $5,821
Last sold for $645,000 in 2003

PROS On top of a hill, this 1925 house has a great view from its front porch. Its setup is classic Cape – the large living room, with a wood-paneled fireplace, is to the left of the foyer, and the dining room, with a corner hutch, to the right. The kitchen has its original glass-fronted cabinets, and there’s a roomy breakfast area with a door to a small patio. The main floor also has a half bath. On the second floor, four bedrooms share a full bath. The attic and basement offer the potential for expansion. A shared driveway has three spaces. CONS It could use a little freshening. CONTACT Buzz Birnbaum, Hammond Residential, Chestnut Hill, 617-462-9010,

25 Canterbury Road, Woburn
(see this listing on
Square footage
Lot size 29,620 square feet
Bedrooms 6
Baths 4
2009 taxes $5,199
Last sold for $315,000 in 1996

PROS This 1965 contemporary has two wings – one for the main house and one for the 1,000-square-foot in-law suite, which has one bedroom and a living/dining space with fireplace. The main house has a family room on the lower level, and on the main level, a kitchen and a living and dining area with fireplace. Up a few steps are a hall bath and three bedrooms, including a master with its own en suite bath; down a few steps are two more bedrooms and an office with a shared bath. The hilly lot abuts conservation land. CONS The kitchens and baths need updating. CONTACT Nancy M. Sullivan, RE/Max Landmark, Lexington, 781-572-6780,

492 Medford Street, Somerville (see this listing on
Square footage
Lot size 2,779 square feet
Bedrooms 3
Baths 2 full, 1 half
2009 taxes $3,750
Last sold for First time on market

PROS Located steps from Magoun Square, where a future Green Line stop is promised, this rare new construction makes a nice condo alternative. The first floor is open-plan; its living area has a bay window, and there’s plenty of room for a dining table. The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and an island. On the second floor are two bedrooms that share a bath. The third-floor master has an en suite bath with an extra-large shower. There’s a landscaped yard and two-car driveway. CONS The yard doesn’t offer much privacy. CONTACT Maria Bombara, Coldwell Banker, Lexington, 781-983-5191,

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