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On the wall

These single-family homes have distinctive murals

By Vanessa Parks
March 27, 2011

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13 Turnpike Road, Townsend

Square footage 2,531

Lot size 43,560 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full

2011 taxes $4,626

Last sold for $39,000 in 1973

PROS Historic murals by Rufus Porter once graced several rooms in this house, but only two survive. The living room’s scene, in shades of green, features trees and a harbor. A bedroom mural, somewhat damaged, is similar but black and white. The room sizes and amount of storage are good for a home built in 1780. The layout is charmingly simple, but quirky. The floorboards are extra wide, and the kitchen’s beehive oven massive. The furnace is new. CONS The upstairs bath and one bedroom are accessed only through another bedroom. The baths and kitchen are due for an overhaul. CONTACT Jane Allen, MRM Associates, Groton, 978-807-4211,

37 Cameron Road, Norwood

Square footage 1,752

Lot size 9,545 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $3,464

Last sold for $265,000 in 2001

PROS For murals on a budget, this homeowner cut playful scenes from wallpaper for her children’s bedrooms. It was part of makeover that included replacing this former Cape’s second floor and adding a third. Everything feels crisp, from the bold colors in the dining and living rooms to the newly painted kitchen cabinets. Landscaped and set on an angle on a corner lot, the home has terrific curb appeal. The master bedroom has cherry built-ins in the walk-in closet. Heat and air conditioning have two zones. CONS Buyers may want to upgrade the kitchen appliances and counters. CONTACT Patricia Hornblower, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Westwood, 617-429-3486,

55 Woodchester Drive, Chestnut Hill

Square footage 3,534

Lot size 8,970 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $14,068

Last sold for $1,490,000 in 2006

PROS Decorative paint and custom murals are everywhere in this house, most notably an antique map of the Americas reproduced on the family room ceiling and a darling woodland scene in a girl’s bedroom. A 1920 Tudor in the Chestnut Hill area of Newton, the home has traditional textured walls. Some of the standout features are dimple-arch doorways, a heavily carved mahogany mantel, a striking wrought-iron staircase handrail, and a full bath in the large and nicely finished basement. CONS The yard is small, but maximized with a two-level deck. CONTACT Joan Barrett, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Chestnut Hill, 617-431-5537,