On the Block

Class dismissed

These homes are all former schoolhouses.

By Vanessa Parks
April 10, 2011

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8 Wilmington Road, Burlington

Square footage 1,720

Lot size 2,308 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2011 taxes $2,163

Last sold for $247,000 in 2002

PROS This home definitely feels more 1910, when additions were made, than 1794, when it was built as a schoolhouse. There’s a solid newel post and an unusual embossed chair rail in the foyer and stairwell. With no yard to speak of, the house is a good alternative to a condo. The kitchen-dining area needs work, but is large. Upstairs, a room without a closet could be a third bedroom or an office. The year-old paint job is crisp, if – thanks to purple accents – a bit Crayola. CONS The inside needs updating, and the basement is wet. CONTACT Nancy McLaughlin, RE/Max Leading Edge, Winchester, 781-608-4847,

12 Stedman Street, Chelmsford

Square footage 1,658

Lot size 21,775 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter

2011 taxes $5,379

Last sold for $345,000 in 2009

PROS Situated on a knoll, this home has a schoolhouse look, but having been gutted to the studs in the 1990s, it offers no hint inside of its former life as the 1896 Golden Cove School. Colors are bold and bright. The kitchen has stainless appliances and granite counters but ordinary oak cabinets. There’s an attractive antique oak mantel (not original to the house) surrounding a gas fireplace in the living room. A deck with built-in benches overlooks the spacious half-acre yard. CONS The front door enters to the kitchen, and the carpets upstairs are a mishmash of colors. CONTACT Walt Fitzgerald, Century 21 Minuteman Realty, Chelmsford, 978-857-9897,

35 Pleasant Street, Westford

Square footage 1,614

Lot size 13,590 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter

2011 taxes $5,146

Last sold for $385,000 in 2006

PROS The former Westford Schoolhouse No. 3 has the charm of yesteryear. The lines of the lone classroom, used from as early as 1851 to 1871, are apparent on the first floor, now carved into a living room, bedroom, and bath. The kitchen-dining area is from a 1963 addition. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, a bath, and extra closets in the halls and under the eaves. The owner will leave a number of historic artifacts, including a small chalkboard. There’s a great yard. CONS The house is close to the street, with no sidewalk. > CONTACT Leslie A. Thomas, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Westford, 978-835-5315,

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