Monday, April 5, 2010

BUYING & SELLING: Modern Marvels

These homes depart from the traditional New England look

16 Overlook Drive, Bedford (see this listing on
Square footage 2,337
Lot size 40,089 square feet
Bedrooms 3
Baths 2 full, 1 half
2010 taxes $6,682
Last sold for $40,000 in 1968 (estimated)

PROS Built in 1967, this house has clean lines and a huge deck overlooking the wooded lot. Enter into the living room, which is open to the family room and dining area. The family room has a gas fireplace with stone mantel and is also open to the kitchen, which features a large island, wet bar, and butler’s pantry. Two bedrooms share a hall bath, and the master has an en suite bath, while the lower level contains yet another family room and a half bath with laundry. CONS Many of the original finishes have been lost to renovations.

87 Wolf Rock Road, Carlisle (see this listing on
Square footage 2,782
Lot size 2.2 acres
Bedrooms 4
Baths 2 full
2010 taxes $9,516
Last sold for $149,000 in 1982

PROS This 1964 Deck House has a great layout. Downstairs, in addition to two bedrooms and a bath, is a den with fireplace and access to a rhododendron-screened side deck with hot tub. Upstairs are two more bedrooms, both with cathedral ceilings, and a bath, as well as the open-plan main living space. The kitchen has newer cabinets and appliances, granite countertops, and an island; beside it is a large dining area that opens to a family room with wood stove and screened porch. Skylights abound. CONS The downstairs bathroom could use updating.

10 Moon Hill Road, Lexington (see this listing on
Square footage 2,319
Lot size 25,954 square feet
Bedrooms 4
Baths 2 full, 1 half
2009 taxes $9,066
Last sold for $794,000 in 2002

PROS In the historic Six Moon Hill neighborhood, this 1948 house has many updates, including a new kitchen with stainless appliances and a quartz countertop. The kitchen is open to the dining area, which shares a double fireplace with the living room. Across the foyer from the main living area are three bedrooms and a shared bath as well as the master, which has an impressive dressing room and full bath. Down a spiral staircase are a family room and half bath. CONS The main living area is on the small side.

Elizabeth Gehrman Boston Globe March 28, 2010

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