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    For sale: Homes with splashy backsplashes

    Eye-catching tiles brighten up the kitchens in Walpole and Marblehead.



    SQUARE FEET: 1,901

    LOT SIZE: 0.26 acre

    BEDROOMS: 3 BATHS: 1 full, 1 half


    LAST SOLD FOR: $412,500 in 2012

    PROS Step right into the wide-open great room of this 1952 Colonial. A gleaming galley kitchen on your left  —  with a glass tile backsplash, double oven, and granite counters  —  looks out over a breakfast bar to the large family room with cathedral ceilings, skylights, and a gas fireplace. A sliding glass door opens to small deck with screened-in porch and a large, flat, fenced backyard. Through the kitchen are an updated powder room, dining room with twin built-in corner hutches, and living room with fireplace. Upstairs are an updated full bathroom and three bedrooms; the master has a walk-in closet. CONS House is under agreement.

    Hillary Swenson Corner, Century 21 Commonwealth, 508-523-4563,

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    SQUARE FEET: 1,948

    LOT SIZE: 0.18 acre

    BEDROOMS: 4 BATHS: 3 full


    LAST SOLD FOR: $423,000 in 2017

    PROS Fresh off a gut remodel that included a new roof, this 1927 home balances traditional and modern style. Enter into a bright living room with brick fireplace and beamed ceiling. Directly beyond are the dining room and roomy kitchen, with quartz countertops, a double-height prep island, and an eye-catching backsplash behind the gas stove. Two sets of French doors off the living room lead to a small back deck or a side sunroom; a laundry closet, full bath, and bedroom complete the first floor. Upstairs, two bedrooms share a modern full bath, and the master suite has a bath with double vanities. Preston Beach is down the street. CONS Not much of a backyard.

    Colleen Nobles, Armstrong Field Real Estate, 617-285-7896,