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For the retiring set

These units for those 55 and older offer low-maintenance living.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
June 20, 2010

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$317,758 900 Old Country Road, Unit 503, Wenham Square footage 1,024

Co-op fee $803 per month (includes taxes)

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2010 taxes N/A

Last sold for $200,000 in 1990

PROS This garden-level co-op, in a community that abuts Wenham Golf Club and has a rec center and pool, is perfect for downsizers. Its sunny living room has a cathedral ceiling, white wall-to-wall carpet, and an entry to a small patio. A dining alcove off the living room is open to the galley kitchen, which has granite countertops, laminate-and-wood cabinets, white appliances, and a wood-look floor. On the other side of the kitchen, near the entryway, are a half bath and a stacked washer and dryer. The two bedrooms share a full hall bath. The full basement is unfinished. CONS Privacy is limited. CONTACT Gail Guittarr, Coldwell Banker, Beverly, 978-882-4361, guittarrrealestate.com

$425,000 60 Merrimac Street, Unit 806, Amesbury Square footage 1,261

Condo fee $347 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $5,825

Last sold for $333,000 in 2002

PROS This pet-friendly condo in a converted hat factory has sweeping Merrimack River views. On its first floor, there’s a high-end kitchen, and the living room features a 12-foot ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, and French doors leading to a 280-square-foot patio overlooking the water and Maudslay State Park. Upstairs, two bedrooms are both large enough to accommodate an office or sitting area, and each has its own bath and balcony. There are two deeded parking spots and slips available in the adjoining marina. CONS The in-unit staircase may not work for everyone. CONTACT Margaret Cargill, Remax on the River, Newburyport, 978-758-2444, cargillhomes.com

$499,000 61 Peaslee Circle, Unit 62, Middleton Square footage 2,253

Condo fee $272 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $5,374 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS There’s still time to choose your finishes for this end unit with an attached garage with storage and a walkout basement that could add another 1,000 square feet. Its living room has a corner gas fireplace, a cathedral ceiling, and a mezzanine office above and is open to both the dining area and the kitchen, which has granite countertops, stainless appliances, and a breakfast bar. The master suite is on the third floor, and on the second floor are two more bedrooms, which share a hall bath. CONS Construction won’t be completed until late summer. CONTACT Maria Miara, Northrup Associates, Lynnfield, 978-317-4362, northruprealtors.

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