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What You Get for $599K

The options range from antique to brand new.

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March 23, 2008

$599,000
6 THORNTON PLACE, NEWTON

SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,078
LOT SIZE 3,875 square feet
BEDROOMS 4
BATHS 2 full
2008 TAXES $4,230
LAST SOLD FOR $453,000 in 2006

PROS This 1865 Italianate is adorable outside - think picket fence, farmer's porch, and star-burst gingerbread - and impeccably renovated inside. A graceful winding staircase, a marble fireplace, bay windows, and ceiling moldings maintain a period feel, while the modernized kitchen and baths make for easy living. It's a short walk to Newton Corner and Nonantum, and a five-minute drive to the Mass. Pike. CONS It's about the only cute house on its street, and the front porch looks out onto a lone garage. Contact Alice Norton, Hammond Residential, Chestnut Hill, 617-731-4644, ext. 294, hammondre.com.

$599,000
150 GRAMPIAN WAY, DORCHESTER

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,941
LOT SIZE 6,666 square feet
BEDROOMS 3
BATHS 2 full, 1 half
2008 TAXES $6,229
LAST SOLD FOR $612,500 in 2004

PROS This contemporary is a departure from desirable Savin Hill's Victorians, but it does not seem out of place. The first level is great for entertaining, with a large dining room and open-plan kitchen looking to a huge backyard with above-ground pool. Up a few stairs is the living room, and up a few more, two bedrooms; on the third floor is a large master suite, while the top level takes you to a deck overlooking the yard. CONS It's in need of updating, and there are lots of stairs. Contact Joe Schutt, Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, Boston, 617-833-3376, joeschutt.com.

$599,900
23 MINIHANS LANE, QUINCY

SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,400
LOT SIZE 6,500 square feet
BEDROOMS 3
BATHS 2 full, 1 half
2008 TAXES $4,500 (estimated)
LAST SOLD FOR First time on market

PROS This new construction with a wide farmer's porch is on a quiet hill minutes from Interstate 93. The traditional kitchen, with cherry cabinets and granite countertop, is open to the spacious dining/living room, and there's an extra room on the first floor that could be used as a den. Bedrooms on the second floor include an ensuite master, and the third floor would make a great playroom. The basement could easily be finished and has another laundry and half bath. CONS The ceilings are low and textured, and there's no bath on the third floor. Contact Carl West, Carriage House Realtors, Milton, 617-328-0500, carriagehouserealtors.com.

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