Open Houses

12 must-see open houses in Greater Boston this weekend (Dec. 21-22)

From a one-bedroom condo in Wakefield ideal for commuters that's listed for $239,000 to a new five-bedroom Brookline town house for $2,695,000.

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The condo at 45 Saint Botolph St. in Boston offers two bedrooms, two full baths, and 1,076 square feet of living space. Price: $1,075,000. Via MLS

Massachusetts is one of the 10 states with the highest average home equity gains in the country, according to the CoreLogic Homeowner Equity Report.

The report, which provides a quarterly overview of the distribution of equity across all US single-family residential properties with a mortgage, shows the national home equity in the third quarter of 2019 rose 5.1 percent year over year (nearly $457 billion), with an average of $5,300 per homeowner.

Idaho saw the largest equity gains as homeowners averaged an increase of $25,800, followed behind by Wyoming ($24,000), Utah ($21,000), and Montana ($17,800). Massachusetts tied with New Hampshire and Illinois for No. 10 on the list, with roughly $10,000 in home equity gains.

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In addition, the total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity, meaning if the current market value of the home falls below the balance of the mortgage used to purchase it, decreased by 4 percent from the second quarter of the year to 2 million homes, or 3.7 percent.

“Ten years ago, during the depths of the Great Recession, more than 11 million homeowners had negative equity or 25 percent of mortgaged homes,” said Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s chief economist. “After more than eight years of rising home prices and employment growth, [the number of] underwater owners has been slashed.”

The decrease in negative equity can be seen across the country, from San Francisco at a negative equity share of 0.7 percent to Boston at 3.2 percent.

Here are 12 must-see open houses to help you buy a home and start building equity — from a one-bedroom condo in Wakefield ideal for commuters for $239,000 to a new five-bedroom luxury town house in Brookline for $2,695,000.

Check them out:

Under $500,000

11 Columbia Road, Unit 6, Wakefield

11 Columbia Road Unit 6, Wakefield

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Via MLS

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$239,000

1 bedroom, 1 full bath

492 square feet

Open house: Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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25 Brewster Lane, Acton

25 Brewster Lane, Acton

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

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$349,000

2 bedrooms, 2 full baths

1,209 square feet

Open houses: Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, from noon to 2 p.m.

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1607 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton

1607 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

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$419,000

1 bedroom, 1 full bath

589 square feet

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Open house: Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to noon.

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20 Ferris Wheel Lane, Dartmouth

20 Ferris Wheel Lane, Dartmouth

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

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$450,000

3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath

1,998 square feet

0.19-acre lot

Open house: Sunday, Dec. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


$500,000 to $1 million

16 Tucker Terrace, Methuen

16 Tucker Terrace, Methuen

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

5 of 5

$609,900

3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath

3,204 square feet

Open house: Sunday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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114 Plummer Ave., Winthrop

114 Plummer Ave., Winthrop

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Via MLS

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$649,900

4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath

1,890 square feet

0.1-acre lot

Open house: Sunday, Dec. 22, from noon to 2 p.m.

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Lot 3 Rawson Farm Drive, Mendon

Lot 3 Rawson Farm Drive, Mendon

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

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$669,900

4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath

2,795 square feet

1.51-acre lot

Open house: Sunday, Dec. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m.

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4 Scarlet Court, Easton

4 Scarlet Ct., Easton

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

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$799,900

5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath

4,446 square feet

0.44-acre lot

Open house: Saturday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.


$1 million-plus

45 Saint Botolph St., Back Bay

45 Saint Botolph St., Boston

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Via MLS

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Via MLS

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$1,075,000

2 bedrooms, 2 full baths

1,076 square feet

Open house: Saturday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.

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40 Stonewood Drive, Canton

40 Stonewood Drive, Canton

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Via MLS

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$1,375,000

4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 1 half bath

4,276 square feet

0.98-acre lot

Open houses: Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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429 Columbus Ave., Boston

429 Columbus Ave., Boston

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Via MLS

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5 of 5

$1,999,000

3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath

1,893 square feet

Open house: Sunday, Dec. 22, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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110 Griggs Road, Brookline

110 Griggs Road, Brookline

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Via MLS

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5 of 5

$2,695,000

5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 1 half bath

3,135 square feet

Open houses: Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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