On the Block

Home on the ranch

Saddle up -- These houses offer a range of features.

By Vanessa Parks
April 3, 2011

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325 Elm Street, Framingham

Square footage 1,700

Lot size 20,473 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $5,142

Last sold for $365,000 in 2005

PROS A 2007 renovation added a master suite and family room with Brazilian cherry hardwood floors off the back of this house, a deck, and a new roof and hot water heater. The kitchen has been updated with columns and granite. The home has an office on the first floor, and a room in the basement is being used as a bedroom. CONS Some work is unfinished, but what was completed is nice. This is a short sale, and the home is being sold “as is” with a partially painted exterior and debris in the yard. CONTACT Julianne Li, Lotus Realty Group, Hopkinton, 617-888-1369,

175 Essex Street, Weymouth

Square footage 1,200

Lot size 7,841 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $2,914

Last sold for $330,000 in 2006

PROS This well-kept home packs a lot of punch into its small footprint, like ample closet space in some bedrooms, a generous deck, a garage, and attic space. Fun color choices enliven many of the rooms, while the master bedroom and living room have attractive ceiling fans. One room, currently a playroom, has a slider to the deck. The laundry and a closet are located in the one-car garage. Sweet landscaping enhances the home’s dark exterior. CONS The half bath is located closer to the bedrooms than the full bath. CONTACT Mike Clancy, Century 21 Tullish & Clancy, Weymouth, 781-331-3232,

46 Winter Street, Waltham

Square footage 1,274

Lot size 15,000 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter

2011 taxes $3,561

Last sold for $455,000 in 2005

PROS Someone paid attention to detail, from the flowers planted in a massive tree stump in the yard to the stonework applied to the concrete foundation to the whimsical house numbers. A large pass-through in the wall separating the kitchen and living room makes for better flow and looks great. The family room, an addition, has a raised ceiling. The screened porch is wired for cable and electricity. The full bath has attractive fixtures. CONS Removing the metal awning would do for the facade what getting braces off does for a teen’s smile. CONTACT Janis Berry, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Waltham, 617-839-4408,