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The play's the thing

Three homes with deluxe treehouses

By Vanessa Parks
August 21, 2011

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$700,000

107 Goodman’s Hill Road, Sudbury

Square footage > 2,938

Lot size > 58,731 square feet

Bedrooms > 5

Baths > 1 full, 2 three-quarter, 1 half

2011 taxes > $10,734

Last sold for > $665,000 in 2003

> PROS With a treehouse, swing set, and sandbox, this yard has been a playground for the three boys who lived here. Built in 2008, the treehouse fits right in with the lushly landscaped yard, which can be enjoyed from an elevated screened-in porch. The kitchen has maple cabinets, a Sub-Zero fridge, and hardwood floors. There’s a second-floor laundry and a home office off the kitchen. The finished basement adds 876 square feet of living space. > CONS It’s do-over time for some countertops, painted-blue paneling, and, most notably, textured ceilings. > CONTACT Bill Kuhlman, Kuhlman Residential Real Estate, Needham, 781-444-1399, http://www.107goodmanshill.com 

$1,099,000

328 Border Road, Concord

Square footage > 4,281

Lot size > 113,256 square feet

Bedrooms > 5

Baths > 2 full, 1 three-quarter, 2 half

2011 taxes > $14,122

Last sold for > First time on market

> PROS Here, the two-story treehouse, up a wooded path, is barely visible from the main house (not a “pro” for every family). The contemporary home was designed for entertaining, including room for a piano. Built in 1989, the home has amenities seen in newer homes, like a built-in desk and pullout shelves in the kitchen. New hardwood floors on the first floor are gleaming. The finished basement has a full kitchen. Surrounded by conservation land, the home is private. > CONS There’s a hodgepodge of carpet, and the main bath is a bit dated. > CONTACT Carol Smith, Hammond Residential Real Estate, Concord, 617-962-9481, http://carolsmith.myhammondagent.com

$2,590,000

5 Beard Way, Wellesley

Square footage > 7,200

Lot size > 86,249 square feet

Bedrooms > 6

Baths > 6 full, 2 half

2011 taxes > $29,116

Last sold for > $2,800,000 in 2006

> PROS This treehouse – constructed by Dad and nestled in a clearing with a swing set – has built-in bunk beds and a slide for quick exits. The main house has lots of interesting angles and curves. All six bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and great closets. The master suite has a fireplace and an exercise area, too. Some window treatments and large televisions are staying. There’s a five-zone entertainment system and an au pair suite. > CONS Anyone without little girls will want to repaint the pink and lilac bedrooms. > CONTACT Donna Scott, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Wellesley, 781-254-1490, http://www.nemoves.com/donna.scott.home.

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