On the Block

Commuter's choice

These condos are all within walking distance of a rail station.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
May 30, 2010

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$259,000 68 County Road, Unit D, Ipswich Square footage 1,348

Condo fee $227 per month

Bedrooms 1

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $2,569

Last sold for $265,000 in 2005

PROS About a quarter mile to Ipswich station, this loft-like apartment is sunny, open, and fun. It’s really one big studio that can be configured any way you’d like. The current owner has a separate bedroom area built near the entryway and bathroom. The kitchen is U-shaped, with stainless-steel appliances and a Formica countertop, and the spacious bath has a separate soaking tub. There are two large closets (one of which includes a laundry), a small deck, and three skylights, as well as a ceiling that soars to 14 feet at its peak. CONS It’s a third-floor walk-up. CONTACT Tom Culbertson, 617-592-1174, or Robyn Culbertson, 617-877-2600

$309,900 32 Common Street, Unit 1, Waltham Square footage 900

Condo fee $185 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $2,878

Last sold for First time on market

PROS This new-construction condo is in a walker’s paradise, at the intersection of Moody and Main and less than a third of a mile from the Waltham rail stop. Its entrance is steps from a deeded parking spot, and the unit is one of only two in the building with a private patio. It has high ceilings and hardwood floors, and the living room has space for a small dining table. The kitchen has granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances – including an all-in-one washer-dryer. The bedrooms are spacious and sunny. CONS The patio gets street noise. CONTACT Constance Corbett, RE/Max First Realty, Waltham, 781-330-2170,

$549,000 60 New Driftway, Unit 24, Scituate Square footage 2,368

Condo fee $286 per month

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 2 three-quarter

2010 taxes $6,200 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS With views of a marina (slips still available), the Herring River, and the distant ocean, this town house-style condo is a five-minute walk to the Greenbush stop. Its living and dining areas are open to the large kitchen, and the living room has a gas fireplace and sliders to a private balcony. Also on the first floor is a bedroom with walk-in closet and a bath. On the second floor are two more bedrooms, one with an en suite bath. There’s still time to choose your finishes. CONS With the neighbors so close by, privacy is limited. CONTACT Amy Toth, Coastal Brokerage, Scituate, 617-283-1464,

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