On the Block

All in the family

These three homes offer garden-level in-law apartments.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
September 26, 2010

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$360,000 20 Medford Street, Chelsea Square footage 1,760

Lot size 1,100 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 3 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $2,669

Last sold for $279,000 in 2002

PROS This funky row house has plenty of original detail, including wood floors and a claw-foot tub. On the first floor are a dining room, an eat-in kitchen with deck access and lots of storage, and a half bath. On the second floor are the living room and a bedroom with en suite bath. The third floor could be used as a master suite; it has two skylights, an en suite bath, a sitting room, and rooftop access. The in-law area, currently used as an exercise room, is a 12-by-21-foot studio with bath, kitchenette, and access to the brick patio. CONS The in-law space could use updating. CONTACT Allegra Pawlowski, 617-447-7436, or Danielle Giannone, 617-899-1573

$649,000 194 Westminster Avenue, Arlington Square footage 2,516

Lot size 6,000 square feet

Bedrooms 5

Baths 2 full, 2 three-quarter

2010 taxes $6,865

Last sold for $450,000 in 2005

PROS This house is a short walk from the town beach. The large kitchen has a good layout, a full bath and laundry tucked behind the breakfast area, and sliders to the wraparound porch. Also on the first floor are the living room and dining room. Upstairs, two bedrooms share a three-quarter hall bath, and the master bedroom – with cathedral ceiling, walk-in closet, and balcony – has its own three-quarter bath. The in-law apartment is excellent, with an eat-in kitchen, spacious living room, two bedrooms, and full bath with laundry. CONS The finishes are on the generic side. CONTACT Julie Gibson, Bowes/GMAC, Arlington, 781-771-5760,

$649,000 296 Nahant Road, Nahant Square footage 3,500

Lot size 12,699 square feet

Bedrooms 5

Baths 3 full, 1 three-quarter

2010 taxes $6,680

Last sold for $23,000 in 1963 (estimated)

PROS This 1844 Colonial has had many incarnations, including as an inn; it has kitchens on both the first and second floors as well as in the in-law apartment. There’s also a barn with a workshop and three car bays out back. There are wood floors throughout and several fireplaces on the first floor. The partly finished attic, with en suite bath and cathedral ceiling, would make a great master bedroom. The in-law space features a living room open to a large kitchen with breakfast bar; it also has a full bath with laundry and a bedroom. CONS The home needs work. CONTACT Judi Moccia, Coldwell Banker Signature Homes, Lynn, 781-799-7777,

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