On the Block

Play ball!

Three homes with tennis close at hand.

By Vanessa Parks
June 19, 2011

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2185 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester

Square footage 2,240

Lot size 9,583 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 2 full, 1 three-quarter

2011 taxes $4,958

Last sold for $143,000 in 1998

PROS Directly across the street from this home is Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Dorchester Park, which counts among its charms two tennis courts. The house, gutted to the studs about three years ago, has pristine hardwood floors and very nice woodwork. The kitchen and baths have granite counters. There’s one bedroom on the first floor. A small, original stained-glass window graces the dining room. The electrical system is updated, and the house has air conditioning and a partially finished basement. Parking is plentiful. CONS Much of the yard is paved. The entrance needs work, and a child scribbled on walls. CONTACT Gene Doan, Keller Williams Realty, Easton, 781-267-9000,

84 Monatiquot Avenue, Braintree

Square footage 4,744

Lot size 41,300 square feet

Bedrooms 5

Baths 2 full, 2 three-quarter, 2 half

2011 taxes $7,484

Last sold for $29,500 in 1958

PROS The former owners of this house used to host tennis weekends, and there’s a stove in the garage to help with entertaining. The court, with a water bubbler outside it and lights for night matches, needs resurfacing. Located in a coveted neighborhood, this is a great-looking Arts and Crafts-style home with an unusual amount of stone. The home has many fine details. The yard is beautiful. A separate apartment (included in the square footage), added in 1983, has two bedrooms. CONS The kitchens, baths, and carpets need remodeling or replacing. CONTACT Matt Wood, Success Real Estate Co., Braintree, 781-254-3021,

75 Claypit Hill Road, Wayland

Square footage 4,312

Lot size 85,813 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $17,718

Last sold for $950,000 in 2002

PROS A multi-sport surface at this home allows the combination tennis and basketball court to be used for skateboarding or, for little ones, bike riding. There’s also a bounce-back net for lacrosse and a backboard for tennis practice. Improvements to this well-maintained home during a 2003 remodel include a room above the garage, an office loft with three built-in desks, a mudroom, a partial stone facade, and updated kitchen and baths. French doors from both the living and dining rooms and sliders in the family room lead to the lovely yard. CONS One upstairs bath isn’t on par with the rest of the house. CONTACT Paige McVay, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Wellesley, 781-856-5312,

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