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Three Styles, One Price

At $619,000, there's an eclectic mix of homes in and near the city.


$619,000
363 SOUTH STREET, BROOKLINE

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,800
LOT SIZE 5,000 square feet
BEDROOMS 3
BATHS 1 full, 1 half
2007 TAXES $5,799
LAST SOLD FOR Undetermined, in same family since 1950s

PROS Many people assume that property south of the VFW Parkway is in West Roxbury. In fact, this 1940 Colonial is on a tiny wedge of Brookline that falls on that side of the highway. The city line is literally a stone's throw away, but living here means access to Brookline's school system and other services. The bedrooms are small, but the kitchen, baths, and sunny family room have been nicely updated. CONS In Brookline, there is no on-street overnight parking. Contact Harold Klingsberg, William Raveis, Newton, 857-472-2748, raveis.com.

$619,000
509 CENTRE STREET, UNIT 1, JAMAICA PLAIN

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,686
BEDROOMS 3
BATHS 2 full
CONDO FEE $275
2007 TAXES $5,542
LAST SOLD FOR $605,000 in 2006

PROS On JP's busiest street, this elegant 1899 Queen Anne Victorian was never going to make it as a single-family. Converting it to condos and building eight new units in the rear was a sensible move. This unit in the original mansion has an updated kitchen and baths yet retains its Victorian charm, especially since it has exclusive access to the old-fashioned wrap-around porch. CONS Though technically three bedrooms, the space works best as a two-bedroom with a guest room in the finished basement. Contact Melanie Collard, William Raveis, Boston, 617-767-6362, raveis.com.

$619,000
58 P STREET, SOUTH BOSTON

SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,160
LOT SIZE 1,400 square feet
BEDROOMS 4
BATHS 2 full, 1 half
2007 TAXES $5,403
LAST SOLD FOR $600,000 in 2004

PROS From new buildings with slick modern spaces to converted triple-deckers with new bathrooms bigger than the original bedrooms, Southie seems to be the condo capital these days. But if you'd prefer to skip the condo fees and negotiating over building maintenance, this renovated 1880 mansard single-family house might be a good alternative. It has a new kitchen and baths, a 20-by-17-foot living room, and a backyard. CONS One bedroom is small and better suited to be a dressing area or home office. Contact Jackie Rooney, Rooney Real Estate Inc., South Boston, 617-269-1000, rooney-re.com.



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