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Three homes with showstopping staircases

By Vanessa Parks
February 20, 2011

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67 Brooksdale Road, Brighton

Square footage 3,025

Lot size 6,098 square feet

Bedrooms 6

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $5,073

Last sold for $8,000 in 1961

PROS For the better part of the last century, just two families have lived in this house, and many of the original details remain intact: a front door with leaded glass, a plate rail in the dining room, window seats, and an especially pretty light fixture in the full bath. The staircase newel post has an unusual pear-shaped cap. The stairwell landing at the second floor features an impressive fanlight. CONS It will take work to restore this home’s elegance. The kitchen screams 1960s. CONTACT Patrick Galvin, Galvin Realty Group, Brighton, 617-201-0493

14 Orchard Hill Road, Harvard

Square footage 3,000

Lot size 163,350 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 2 full, 2 half

2011 taxes $10,954

Last sold for $450,000 in 1988

PROS The builder of this home so loved the tree he climbed as a boy that he made it a focal point here. The oak trunk, stripped of its bark, is an anchor for the stair treads. Old and new are blended in this contemporary home, which has antique gunstock beams (one with a swing attached), old bricks in the fireplaces, antique stained and leaded-glass windows, and a pull-chain toilet. Kitchen appliances are new. CONS Three of the bedrooms are smallish, and the carpet in the first-floor master is worn. CONTACT Carole Perini, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Acton, 978-807-9171,

18 Cliff Road, Milton

Square footage 3,428

Lot size 24,954 square feet

Bedrooms 5

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $9,518

Last sold for $115,000 in 1980

PROS “Gracious” is the word that comes to mind in this Victorian with generous yet welcoming proportions. The octagonal dining room has high wainscoting. The three-story staircase features lovely carved balusters and a second set of stairs splitting off to the kitchen. The window seats are long. The oak floors have a warm patina and tiger stripes. Each of the three floors has three large rooms, and there are full baths on the upper floors. The master bedroom’s fireplace has tiles with grapes and leaves. Just beautiful. CONS New owners may want to change wallpaper and update the kitchen. CONTACT Barbara Dzengelewski, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Milton, 617-417-7784,