On the Block


Three homes for sale that need TLC (and more).

By Vanessa Parks
August 28, 2011

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65 Kendall Avenue, Framingham

Square footage 1,200

Lot size 8,276 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full

2011 taxes $3,806

Last sold for $3,000 in 1972

Pros Remove the overgrown shrubs and storm door, maybe change the trim color, and let the double-takes begin. Revealed will be a stone porch with built-in planters and a pretty wood door with an oval window. Fish-scale shingles adorn the porch gable. There are unusual 12-over-one and six-over-one windows. The kitchen has granite counters and stainless appliances. The electrical is updated. There’s room for expansion in the attic, which has great rooflines and plumbing. Cons Time to replace some wallpaper, carpet, and dropped ceilings. One bedroom closet is tiny, another is missing its door. Contact Debbie Chase, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Framingham, 508-877-1900,


32 Payson Road, Foxboro

Square footage 1,176

Lot size 15,000 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter

2011 taxes $3,000 (estimated)

Last sold for $280,500 in January (with additional buildable lot)

Pros From the outside, it doesn’t take much imagination to see how adorable this home, built circa 1900, could be. But inside, where framing is up but some walls are not; you’ll need vision. Formerly state-owned and used as a group home, the house has newer windows and hardwood floors upstairs. The master bedroom has a huge walk-in closet, and the original newel post is intact. The kitchen size is decent, the (overgrown) yard is level, and newer, more expensive homes are located just beyond this house. Cons The first floor, where the layout is a little odd, needs new floors. A septic system is also needed. Some doors are missing. Contact Michael Angelus, Odyssey Realty, Westwood, 781-249-7474


37 Spring Street, Quincy

Square footage 1,828

Lot size 16,938 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2011 taxes $6,226

Last sold for $402,000 in 2006

Pros Perched at the water’s edge on Rock Island Cove, this boxy contemporary’s greatest asset is its location. The lot is bigger than most in the densely packed Houghs Neck area, and it abuts conservation land. Upstairs in this “upside-down house,” the living room’s soaring windows take full advantage of the view, and the exposed-beam ceiling is in good shape. Edgewater Drive Beach is just a quarter mile away. With the New Quincy Center downtown revitalization in the works, this could be a smart move. Cons Much work is needed inside and out, including updating the kitchen and baths and replacing the deck. Contact Richard FitzGerald, Jack Conway & Co., Quincy, 617-833-7309,

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