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    For sale: Homes with indoor fireplaces

    Fireplaces play central roles in this Easton ranch and Sharon Colonial.



    SQUARE FEET 2,100

    LOT SIZE 2.50 acres

    BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full


    LAST SOLD FOR $238,899 in 1996

    PROS This 1953 home is modeled after a Frank Lloyd Wright-style ranch, and the living room centers on a fireplace made of granite slabs, trimmed with a wood mantel. A skylight and wall of windows overlooking a deck let natural light flood in. Nine-foot ceilings and wood flooring run throughout. In the kitchen, the back wall of the fireplace provides dark-stone contrast to the light maple cabinetry. Plus, there’s a breakfast bar and an adjacent dining room. Two halls radiate off the kitchen, one with two bedrooms and a bath, the other with one bedroom and a bath. Downstairs, there’s an office, the laundry, and a workshop. Electrical has been updated. CONS Baths could use cosmetic updates.

    Lisa Cranshaw, Success Real Estate, 781-635-4960,

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    SQUARE FEET 2,300

    LOT SIZE 0.45 acre

    BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full


    LAST SOLD FOR $320,900 in 2005

    PROS A double-sided gas fireplace faced with polished black granite tiles warms the dining and family rooms of this 1955 Colonial abutting the high school. Also on the first floor: a living room, full bath, and kitchen with gray cabinetry, gas stove, and stainless appliances. Bedrooms are upstairs, with a full bath that’s accessible from the hall and a sunny master. Since 2005, the owners have expanded (family room) and updated (wraparound deck and hardwood flooring). Highlights include a semifinished basement with laundry and a two-car garage. The commuter rail is walking distance. CONS Living next to a school isn’t for everyone.

    Cheryl Hickey, Coldwell Banker/The Hammond Group, 781-856-0740,