6 storytelling houses in Massachusetts

Boston

Concord Baptist Church in Boston’s South End was converted to condominiums in 2018. This three-bedroom duplex has an open-plan ground floor with a double-height living room with cathedral ceilings, a gas fireplace flanked by stone and lancet windows, a dining kitchen and a dining area; a curved steel and wood floating staircase leads to the suites on the second level.

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The apartment includes two parking spaces in the underground garage. $ 3,495,000. Brian Perry, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, (617) 413-8049.

Alford

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Situated on 11.7 wooded acres, this contemporary home is also five minutes from downtown Great Barrington. The five bedroom house has skylight and oversized windows; visible beams; waxed concrete floors with radiant heat; an open living space with suspended wood stove, dining room and chef’s kitchen; and a master suite with office, den and Carrera marble steam shower.

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Outside, a wooden terrace, planted beds, a lawn, a fireplace and trees. $ 2,875,000. Karen Climo, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, (413) 429-6732.

Hill of Chestnuts

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Built in 1922 in the style of an English mansion, this six-bedroom house is part of an estate district near Boston. The house, furnished with period details, comprises a large room with bay windows, wooden beams and a fireplace; a dining room with fireplace, coffered ceilings, built-in units and pantry; and a kitchen with a glazed dining area.

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The lot includes a stone-walled veranda, a wooded lawn and an English garden. $ 4,495,000. Tracy Campion, Campion & Company Back Bay, (617) 236-0711.

Rockport

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This 1860s Victorian house in Cape Ann sits next to a pond and near the ocean. The updated arts and crafts house features floor-to-ceiling windows with water views and spaces designed for entertaining, including a chef’s kitchen with a windowed dining area leading to a patio.

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The 2.4-acre wooded property has established gardens, a waterfall swimming pool, pool house, tennis court, and a one-bedroom apartment above a car garage. $ 3,350,000. Nicole Monahan, LandVest / Christies International Real Estate, (617) 680-6895.

Pepperell

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Wooltop sits on a hill in northeastern Massachusetts overlooking 400 acres of unspoiled woodland with trails. The seven-bedroom Tudor, built in 1900, retains many of the original details, with seven fireplaces, a farmer’s porch, a country kitchen with wide-plank pumpkin pine floors, a chestnut-paneled bookcase, a living room with hand-hewn beams, and an adjoining two-story apartment.

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The 8.5-acre property features perennial gardens, lawns, trees, a cottage and a workshop-garage. $ 1,150,000. Carol Smith, Engel & Völkers Concord, (617) 962-9481.

Wellfleet

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This two bedroom cottage located outside of Cape Cod has secondary access to ponds, ocean beaches and a bike path. The 1973 home, part of the Deck 2 vacation condo complex on Cottontail Road, has engineered wood floors, vaulted ceilings, rustic wood-paneled walls, and a newly remodeled kitchen and bathroom.

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Outside there are large front and rear terraces, a courtyard and a wooded environment; The Wellfleet center and the harbor are nearby. $ 349,000. Ashley Fawkes, Kinlin Grover Real Estate, (508) 237-1986.

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