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These condos are all pup-friendly and close to parks

By Elizabeth Gehrman
January 30, 2011

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$249,900 463 Sumner Street, Unit 2, East Boston Square footage 816

Condo fee $138.88 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full

2010 taxes $2,557

Last sold for $235,000 in 2008

PROS On the second floor of a three-decker in East Boston’s desirable Jeffries Point neighborhood and very near Brophy Park, this apartment seems quite large. Enter into the long living room, which is open to a dining area big enough for eight and a galley kitchen, with cherry and glass cabinets and stainless appliances. Off the living room are sliders to a small deck that overlooks the large shared yard. In the front of the house, the master bedroom has its own bath and the second bedroom uses a hall bath. CONS The decor in the hall bathroom is a little busy. CONTACT Zaragoza Guerra, Tony’s Realty, East Boston, 617-721-6586,

$309,000 155 Forest Hills Street, Unit 1, Jamaica Plain Square footage 1,022

Condo fee $105 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $2,892

Last sold for $288,000 in 2006

PROS Steps from the Emerald Necklace’s Franklin Park, this first-floor unit in a classic three-decker has original touches, including natural gumwood moldings, high ceilings, hardwood floors, a built-in ironing board, and an extra-large dining room hutch. There’s a stacked washer-dryer unit in a closet, and a half bath could be added. The L-shaped kitchen has white cabinets, a small pantry, and room for a table in the middle, while the two bedrooms share a crisp white-tiled hall bath. Off the kitchen is a welcoming deck. There’s one off-street parking spot and extra storage in the basement. CONS The kitchen has laminate countertops. CONTACT Joe Fallon, McCormack & Scanlan, Jamaica Plain, 617-594-0761,

$419,000 62 Cypress Street, Unit 1, Brookline Square footage 1,135

Condo fee $496 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full

2011 taxes $3,178

Last sold for $324,000 in 2003

PROS Emerson Garden is nearby and is part of Brookline’s Green Dog program, which provides for off-leash play. This first-floor unit, in an 1895 Victorian with graceful details, has an unusual feature: It’s split in two by a common hallway, making it the perfect setup for parents with teenagers or as an in-law apartment. One side has a studio with a loft area, its own bath, and a kitchenette, while the other side has a living room with wood-burning fireplace, a large bedroom, a full bath, and an eat-in kitchen with a great layout and a laundry room. CONS The kitchen and a bath need updating. CONTACT Chuck Silverston or Raymond O’Brien, Prudential Unlimited Realty, Brookline, 617-699-6234 or 617-460-2970,