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On the block Globe Magazine 05.23.10 66 Arborway, Jamaica Plain Library Tag Magazine 05232010
By Elizabeth Gehrman
May 23, 2010

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66 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

Square footage 3,078
Lot size 5,900 square feet
Bedrooms 5
Baths 2 full, 1 half
2010 taxes $7,332
Last sold for $48,000 in 1976

PROS This well-maintained Colonial has beautiful front and back yards and a huge living room with a dramatic fireplace with bookshelves. The kitchen and dining room, also with fireplace, connect through a pantry. On the second floor are three bedrooms, including the master, an office with fireplace and built-in bookshelves, and a hall bath. The third floor offers two more bedrooms, a study, and a bath, while the basement contains a half bath, laundry room, workshop, and exercise room. CONS The kitchen and baths need updating. CONTACT Mary Hannon, Prudential Unlimited Realty, Jamaica Plain, 617-293-8002,

207 Willow Street, West Roxbury
Square footage
Lot size 5,000 square feet
Bedrooms 3
Baths 2 full
2010 taxes $4,215
Last sold for $405,000 in 2007

PROS The living room of this cute and surprisingly roomy cottage-style house has a fireplace, and the dining room has two built-in hutches with arched doors. The eat-in kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, knotty-pine cabinets, and a door to the flat, fenced backyard. Two bedrooms finish off the first floor. The second floor is one large room with a full bath and space for an office area as well as bedroom furniture. With the addition of a French drain, the basement could add considerably to the living space. CONS The kitchen could use some updating. CONTACT Don Rankin, Century 21 Carole White Associates, West Roxbury, 508-560-3645,

336 Pleasant Street, Milton
Square footage
Lot size 6,442 square feet
Bedrooms 4
Baths 1 full, 1 half
2010 taxes $4,686
Last sold for $354,000 in 2007

PROS Recently updated, this 1920s Colonial has a covered front porch and a flat yard. Its living room is spacious, with hardwood floors, a corner fireplace, and crown molding, while the sunny dining room has a corner hutch and is open to the updated kitchen, with which it shares an island breakfast bar. The kitchen has maple cabinets, a granite countertop, stainless-steel appliances, and a hardwood floor; off it is a half bath. On the Pottery Barn-style second floor, four bedrooms share a hall bath. There’s a one-car detached garage. CONS The street is a bit busy. CONTACT Joe Clancy Jr., Century 21 Tullish & Clancy, Weymouth, 617-308-1483,

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