On the Block

Fleet street

Three houses not far from the Boston Marathon route.

By Vanessa Parks
April 17, 2011

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98 Wood Street, Hopkinton

Square footage 1,576

Lot size 22,500 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 2 half

2011 taxes $5,404

Last sold for $438,900 in 2005

PROS The starting line of the Boston Marathon is an easy 1-mile walk, but if you need or want to get out of town that day, Interstate 495 is a short drive in the opposite direction. Surrounded by trees, this handsome house has a kitchen with white cabinets, quartz counters, and stainless-steel appliances. The generous master bedroom, with a vaulted ceiling and two closets, is a surprise, but its bath, though spacious, has only a sink and toilet. CONS Some of the finishes – woodwork, ceiling fan, vanities, and lights – are standard contractor grade. CONTACT Karen McDermott, Century 21 Commonwealth, Framingham, 508-272-6644,

802 Walnut Street, Newton

Square footage 1,630

Lot size 10,580 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $6,541

Last sold for $641,917 in 2008

PROS The intersection of Walnut Street with Commonwealth Avenue is a great place to encourage runners heading up Heartbreak Hill. This solid 1947 home has a traditional layout: living room and dining rooms flanking the foyer, kitchen in the back. A narrow room added to the side of the house, with an exposed chimney that’s been painted white, serves as an office for the current owners. The half bath has great vintage blue and black tile with newer fixtures. The master bedroom has two closets, plus built-in shelves. CONS The full bath is ready for an overhaul. CONTACT Katie Friel, RE/Max Leading Edge, Arlington, 617-755-0989,

153 Brook Street, Wellesley

Square footage 3,424

Lot size 15,376 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 4 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $15,202

Last sold for $1,475,000 in 2010

PROS The halfway point in the marathon is about a mile from here (and the home’s current owners plan to cheer on their son in tomorrow’s race). Built in 2009, the house has the rare combination of looking like it’s been here forever, yet offering every convenience inside. The millwork is fabulous. The kitchen has it all, even drawers that close automatically. The first-floor master suite is huge. Even the finishes in the above-ground basement – which adds about 1,100 square feet to the total – are rich. CONS One bedroom’s bath is a bit ordinary for a house this lovely. CONTACT Donna Scott, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Wellesley, 781-254-1490,