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The water’s fine

Perfect for summer, these homes sport backyard swimming pools.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
July 18, 2010

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$459,900 691 Main Street, Lynnfield Square footage 2,617

Lot size 33,380 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $6,233

Last sold for $210,000 in 1992

PROS This 1950 ranch features a huge yard that abuts conservation land and a separately fenced pool. Its living room has a cathedral ceiling with two skylights and a propane fireplace, and its dining room has two built-in hutches and a double door to a large back deck. The kitchen offers a view to the yard; behind the kitchen is a family room with a parquet floor and window seat. The three bedrooms and full bath radiate off a side hallway. The basement, with fireplace, could double the home’s square footage if it were finished. CONS It could use a little updating. CONTACT Rosemary Maroney, Boardwalk Real Estate, Reading, 781-439-9055,

$595,000 20 Thorndike Street, Peabody Square footage 3,513

Lot size 12,632 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full, 2 half

2010 taxes $4,639

Last sold for $38,000 in 1966

PROS This 1930 stucco home would be great for a family that likes to entertain. The yard is large, and the pool features a slide, diving board, and cabana. The huge living room has a coffered ceiling, fireplace, and sliders to a screened side porch. The dining room also has a coffered ceiling, along with a built-in hutch. Former owners kept kosher, so the kitchen has two of everything. The first floor also has a small family room. Upstairs, three bedrooms share a full bath, and the master has an en suite bath. CONS Some original details have been lost to renovation. CONTACT Gimmie Sue Valacer, Mack Realty Group, Danvers, 978-884-1770,

$685,000 16 North Mead Street, Charlestown Square footage 1,900

Lot size 3,825 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $6,761

Last sold for $220,000 in 1991

PROS This 1970 detached Colonial is one of the few city properties on the market with a pool. Rubber-lined, the pool measures about 450 square feet and has plenty of concrete patio space around it. The living room has a fireplace and sliders to a spacious shaded deck. The dining room and kitchen are open-plan with a breakfast-bar island with cooktop. There’s also a half bath and a mudroom near the kitchen; upstairs, the bedrooms share a hall bath. The walkout basement provides a bar, family room, and storage. CONS It needs updating. CONTACT Tracy Shea, Hammond Residential, Charlestown, 617-697-4570,

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