On the Block

Elbow grease needed

These fixer-uppers offer promise at a reasonable price.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
October 24, 2010

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$189,000 86 Mt. Pleasant, Roxbury Square footage 2,232

Lot size 1,440 square feet

Bedrooms 5

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $3,752

Last sold for $105,000 in 2010

PROS On a quiet side street with other stately homes, this grand row house has loads of potential and original details, including grated fireplaces with marble mantels, ceiling medallions, and parquet and inlaid floors. On the first floor are a double parlor and full bath; the garden level holds the large eat-in kitchen, a half bath, and a family room. There are two bedrooms and a bath on the second floor, and on the third floor, one of the four rooms could be converted to a bath. There’s rooftop access. CONS The basement kitchen may not work for everyone. CONTACT Kathleen Alexander, Keller Williams Realty, Boston, 617-794-1253,

$199,000 1103 Edgell Road, Framingham Square footage 672

Lot size 14,810 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $3,401

Last sold for $15,000 in 1974 (estimated)

PROS This cute cottage is on the small side, but its huge lot makes expansion possible. Enter into the living room, which is cozy and has wood floors. The eat-in kitchen has a nook with original glass-front cabinetry, and there are two bedrooms and a full bath. The farmer’s porch and detached one-car garage are big pluses, as is the fact that much of the work needed is cosmetic. There’s a shopping district less than a mile away. CONS It’s on a busy street. CONTACT Whitney Hall, Century 21 Cuddy, Framingham, 508-380-2141,

$224,000 50 Newton Street, Malden Square footage 1,024

Lot size 2,800 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $2,867

Last sold for $6,500 in 1950

PROS Though dated, this Cape was well cared for and needs mostly cosmetic work. Many original features remain, and there’s likely hardwood under the wall-to-wall carpeting. Enter into the living room from the enclosed porch. The dining room is on the small side but could be opened to the huge kitchen, which has an area, set off by an arch, that could become a breakfast nook. The bathroom and another enclosed porch are also off the kitchen; the three bedrooms are upstairs. There’s a small yard and off-street parking. CONS There’s no bath on the second floor. CONTACT Diane Chuha, Century 21 Bond, Malden, 781-870-1717,

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