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By Vanessa Parks
March 6, 2011

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48 Beacon Park, Watertown

Square footage 1,395

Lot size 7,777 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $4,440

Last sold for $40,000 in 1978

PROS With Watertown Square, the Charles River, and a bus stop within walking distance, this home’s one-car garage and two-car driveway might not see much action. Located on a cute street, the house has fine woodwork and hardwood floors under the carpet and tile. The biggest bedroom has a surprisingly large walk-in closet. The yard, with a patio and shed, has been lovingly tended. There’s a new two-zone heating system. CONS Updates are needed, notably to the bathrooms and kitchen. The garage is reached via a private drive that the street’s homeowners maintain. CONTACT Margaret Vogel, Century 21 Adams Realty, Belmont, 617-826-3022,

120 Commandants Way, Chelsea

Square footage 1,800

Lot size 8,206 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full

2011 taxes $5,203

Last sold for $222,000 in 1999

PROS A supermarket and a park with tennis courts are down the street from this historic captain’s home on Admiral’s Hill. The Mystic River is right out front, with a circular patio commanding a view of Boston Harbor and the skyline, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the Zakim Bridge. In the rear parking area, the house has five spaces plus a detached garage. Inside, rooms are attractive and solid, if small. There’s an office in the basement and a big room on the third floor. CONS Noise from the looming Tobin Bridge could be distracting on the patio. CONTACT Deidre Malloy, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Charlestown, 617-331-8101,

9 Greenville Terrace, Somerville

Square footage 1,650

Lot size 2,095 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full

2011 taxes $4,241

Last sold for $49,000 in 1982

PROS Prospect Hill Park is around the corner, and Union Square, the library, and the post office are nearby. Original details in this Victorian include woodwork, dentil molding, and panel doors that have never been painted. Both the living room and foyer get plenty of light. The decent-size kitchen has a door leading to the enclosed side yard. The third-floor bedroom has storage under the eaves. CONS The two bathrooms, both on the second floor, are oddly configured and dated. The kitchen needs upper cabinets. CONTACT Meg Shea, Weichert Realtors Channing Real Estate, Cambridge, 617-281-8148,