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Nice house at a nice price in a nice town - Melrose - is Home of the Week

This American Foursquare in Melrose has cathedral ceilings, plenty of skylights, is situated in a very nice neighborhood, and listed at an affordable price of $499,000.
This American Foursquare in Melrose has cathedral ceilings, plenty of skylights, is situated in a very nice neighborhood, and listed at an affordable price of $499,000.Credit: Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff

With a beckoning, enclosed porch, this updated and expanded American Foursquare is a sunny respite in a quiet neighborhood. Off the wide lobby is a formal dining room with crown and chair rail molding, chandelier and a large glass-fronted built-in china cabinet. Opposite and through glass French doors lies the rectangular living room with working fireplace and window seats under both banks of windows. Flooring in both sunny rooms is distinctive birds eye maple. Maple was used for the cabinets and the floor in the updated kitchen with black granite counters, and a double-sink underneath double windows looking out to backyard. There is a half bath. Adjacent is the large family room, an addition, that has skylights and cathedral ceilings.

The second floor master has a deep closet, two windows and a door leading to an enclosed second floor porch, a private three-season space. The two children’s bedrooms vary in size, but all have abundant natural light and good closet space. The full bath is expansive and updated with a deep oval whirlpool tub underneath a skylight, a separate shower and a long vanity.

The small yard with patio is flush with flowers and fruit plants, including strawberries, blueberries, sweet William and day lilies. Black raspberry bushes line the five-car driveway. The basement is unfinished. Dorothy Goodwin of Century21 Commonwealth in Wakefield is the listing broker.

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