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    For sale: Marvelous mansards in Chelsea and Reading

    These historic homes wear the classic crown of a steep, dormered gambrel roof.



    SQUARE FEET 3,716

    LOT SIZE 0.2 acre

    BEDROOMS 6 BATHS 3 full


    LAST SOLD FOR $210,000 in 1988

    PROS This 1900 three-family is trimmed with Victorian details. The first-floor unit has two bedrooms, a grand living room with a decorative fireplace, a dining room with French doors, and an elegant bath with a claw-foot tub and chandelier. Off the kitchen, a mahogany porch with a ceiling fan overlooks the big side yard and garden. In the upstairs unit, a colorful, sun-filled kitchen holds an oversize gas range and connects to a breakfast nook and formal dining room; a bedroom and full bath are nearby. The large living room beyond opens to a treetop deck. The third floor holds a bedroom with a walk-in closet, with an artist’s studio across the hall. A two-story residence in back has a living room with bay windows and a new kitchen on the first floor, plus two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs. CONS No off-street parking.

    Sarah Shimoff, ePlace Inc., 617-501-3015,

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    SQUARE FEET 2,623

    LOT SIZE 0.43 acre

    BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full, 1 half


    LAST SOLD FOR $683,000 in 2018

    PROS This 1831 Colonial, right at home in the leafy Summer Avenue Historic District, received a complete remodel. From the front entrance, a foyer opens to a family room with built-in shelves and bay windows. The adjacent living room has more built-ins, a gas fireplace, and access to an inviting screened porch with shiplap ceilings. The dining room has paneled walls and a new designer powder room; it adjoins the glossy kitchen, with stone counters, a farmhouse sink, and hardwood floors. A mudroom with laundry hookups leads to a landscaped backyard. Upstairs, three bedrooms with wood floors — one with an adjoining reading room or nursery — share a large full bath, while the master holds a walk-in closet and en suite bath. CONS No garage.

    Jennifer Hardin, True North Realty, 781-964-1343,