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By Elizabeth Gehrman
January 2, 2011

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$888,000 15 Riverside Avenue, Bedford Square footage 2,855

Lot size 14,888 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $11,615 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS This classic Colonial is all about family. Formal living and dining rooms are on either side of the center entrance, but it’s the back of the house that shines, with a spacious granite-and-stainless kitchen open to a large eating area that gives way to a family room, which is set off with columns and has a bookshelf-flanked fireplace. On the second floor, three bedrooms share a hall bath, and the master, with en suite bath, is quite large. Both the basement and the attic could be finished. CONS The living and dining rooms are on the small side. CONTACT Ann Marie Barr, The Higgins Group Realtors, Lexington, 781-910-5022,

$955,000 72 Alpine Street, Cambridge Square footage 3,300

Lot size 4,914 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $7,793 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS This large contemporary has a great Huron Village location. The front door opens to the living room on the left and, on the right, to the dining area and kitchen, which have high ceilings, transom windows, and high-end finishes. At the top of the stairs is an open office space that shares the floor with two bedrooms, a hall bath, and a laundry. The large, sunny third-floor master has three closets and an en suite bath. There’s one deeded parking spot, and the basement is ready for finishing. CONS It’s on a busy street. CONTACT Scott Kenton, SKC Properties, Cambridge, 617-547-2027,

$1,389,000 1188 Beacon Street, Newton Square footage 2,700

Condo fee $400

Bedrooms 4

Baths 4 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $15,140 (estimated)

Last sold for First time on market

PROS This town house pairs the privacy of a single family with the convenience of a condo. Its main floor is expansive, with the extremely efficient kitchen tucked into a corner and the rest given over to living and dining areas, with cathedral ceilings and a gas fireplace. On the second floor, a catwalk divides the master – with a deluxe en suite bath, walk-in closet, fireplace, and two balconies – from the guest bedrooms, each of which has its own bath. The lower floor contains a fourth bedroom or family room, also with a full bath. CONS Some of the finish work needs touching up. CONTACT Hisham Ashkouri, 617-290-9327,

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