On the Block

Here comes the sun

These solarium-equipped homes can help you survive winter.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
November 28, 2010

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$524,900 75 Howlett Street, Topsfield Square footage 3,245

Lot size 46,609 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 3 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $7,208

Last sold for $90,000 in 1979 (estimated)

PROS This split-level has much to recommend it, starting with a huge yard surrounded by woodland. On the lower level, the solarium brings light to a family room that features a wood stove; there’s also a bedroom and bath here. On the main level, the living room has hardwood floors and a fireplace with dramatic brick mantel. There’s a formal dining room, and the kitchen has loads of custom cabinetry and granite countertops. Two bedrooms, including one with a private deck, are also on this level. CONS It could use a little freshening. CONTACT Susan Whelton, Vernon A. Martin Realtors, Topsfield, 978-618-6009,

$679,998 100 Cleveland Street, Newton Square footage 2,159

Lot size 12,595 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $5,955

Last sold for $550,000 in 2002

PROS A traditional center-entrance Colonial, this house is built for family life. The large living room with a fireplace leads to the inviting solarium with a curved wall of windows. The dining room is open to the kitchen, which has maple cabinets, white appliances, and island seating for four. On the second floor, four bedrooms share a hall bath. The basement has a family room. The yard has two sheds, an in-ground pool, a hot tub, and a pergola with mature plantings. CONS Some might want to upgrade the kitchen. CONTACT Jessica Ye, Keller Williams Realty, Cambridge, 617-839-6719,

$1,599,000 41 Ridge Road, Newton Square footage 5,864

Lot size 15,433 square feet

Bedrooms 6

Baths 6 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $15,077

Last sold for $572,500 in 1998

PROS In 2003, the current owners of this shingle-style Colonial more than doubled its size. Its main level has formal living and dining rooms and a high-end kitchen open to a great room; French doors lead to a deck overlooking the yard with pool. On the second floor, the master bedroom has two en suite baths and, up a spiral staircase, a double-height solarium. Three more bedrooms are on this floor, two with private baths. On the third floor are a game room and two bedrooms. CONS The furnishings don’t show off this spectacular space. CONTACT Barry Cheslin, Think Real Estate Services, Newton, 617-510-7213,