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Where the hearth is

These homes boast impressive fireplaces ideal for cold winter nights.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
December 19, 2010

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$645,000 110 Pine Hill Road, Southborough Square footage 3,399

Lot size 44,431 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $8,253

Last sold for $435,000 in 1999

PROS This contemporary’s living room has a cathedral ceiling with skylights and a gray stone fireplace as the focal point, while a second fireplace runs floor to ceiling in the family room. Also on the first floor are a large bedroom with en suite bath and walk-in closet, an office, and the kitchen with eat-in breakfast area. The second-floor hallway overlooks the living room; off it are two bedrooms with hall bath plus the master, which has an en suite bath. An exercise room with shower and dry sauna is in the basement.

CONS The kitchen and baths could use updating.

CONTACT David Ferrini, N.B. Taylor & Co. Realtors, Sudbury, 774-279-1020,

$839,900 8 Yorkshire Road, Marblehead Square footage 3,163

Lot size 10,000 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full

2010 taxes $5,057

Last sold for $685,000 in 2006

PROS This split-level home has a contemporary layout but traditional finishes, including two prominent fireplaces – a white stone one in the living room and a fieldstone one in the basement family room. The current owners did substantial renovations, including the kitchen, which is now granite and stainless. They also added a landscaped back patio, installed new hardwood floors, and updated the systems. There’s a bedroom on the first floor that’s large and sunny, with sliders to the yard. On the second floor are three bedrooms, including the master with en suite bath.

CONS The dining room is on the small side but could be expanded.

CONTACT Paul Campano, Keller Williams, Cambridge, 617-304-3686,

$1,049,500 253 Acton Street, Carlisle Square footage 3,000

Lot size 87,552 square feet


Baths 2 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $11,900 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS The living room of this custom-built contemporary is noteworthy, with a cathedral ceiling, a wall of windows, and a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace. It’s open to the dining room and to the high-end kitchen with breakfast area, and beside it is a cozy den. There’s also an office and a family room on the first floor. Upstairs, three bedrooms share a hall bath; the huge master bedroom with en suite bath has a private screened porch with deck. Also on the wooded lot are a three-stall horse barn and three paddocks.

CONS There’s no basement.

CONTACT Patricia Geoffroy, Coldwell Banker, Concord, 978-831-2130,

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