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Homes in Melrose

By Vanessa Parks
September 18, 2011

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$388,000

277 WASHINGTON STREET

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 1,364

LOT SIZE > 5,076 square feet

BEDROOMS > 3

BATHS > 1 FULL

2011 TAXES > $4,451

LAST SOLD FOR > $420,000 in 2004

> PROS Classic features like gumwood molding, a built-in china cabinet, and double French doors balanced by fresh paint colors make this a great choice for anyone not interested in a cookie-cutter home. The kitchen has mostly stainless-steel appliances, cabinets painted white, interesting wood detail on the ceiling, and a granite breakfast nook that extends into the dining room. A tiny office or playroom is located off the living room. The fenced yard offers nice stonework, composite decking, and a shed. > CONS The kitchen’s hardwood floor is in rough shape. > CONTACT Kevin M. Sexton, Century 21 Sexton & Donohue Inc., Melrose, 781-640-1484, http://www.century21sd.com

$394,500

11 RUGGLES STREET

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 1,587

LOT SIZE > 5,950 square feet

BEDROOMS > 3

BATHS > 1 full, 1 three-quarter

2011 TAXES > $3,893

LAST SOLD FOR > $285,000 in 2003

> PROS This bungalow retains plenty of original details, plus updates – cabinet hardware and tile with a cypress tree motif in the kitchen, for example – that honor its Arts and Crafts heritage. The just-renovated upstairs has a sitting area, light-filled master bedroom, and quite nice three-quarter bathroom. The wood-clad mudroom is a winner. The kitchen’s blue woodwork and red walls, though atypical, are not without charm. There’s three-zone heating and updated electrical. > CONS The porch handrails are in bad shape. The fenced yard has wood chips (not grass) due to dogs. > CONTACT Annelie Sirois, Maclare Real Estate, Danvers, 978-766-1777, http://www.maclarehomes.com

$575,000

36 WEST EMERSON STREET

SQUARE FOOTAGE > 2,905

LOT SIZE > 16,861 square feet

BEDROOMS > 4

BATHS > 2 full, 1 half

2011 TAXES > $5,867

LAST SOLD FOR > $48,000 in 1976

> PROS Located a few houses down from Main Street, this Victorian has a lovely porch, small stone walls and perennials around the property, and a big yard. Inside, the woodwork is exceptional, the staircase is beautiful, and the oak floors are a lovely medium tone. A small staircase off the kitchen leads to a cozy sitting room with two skylights and, beyond that, a game room over the garage. The bedrooms have big windows. > CONS Some carpet could be replaced. One bath, while painted a comely green, could use updating. > CONTACT Linda O’Koniewski, RE/Max Heritage, Melrose, 781-979-0100, http://www.agentexpertise.com

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