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For sale: Three-bedroom homes in the $400,000 range

For about the median price of a house in Massachusetts, pick up a waterfront ranch in Framingham or a pint-sized Braintree Colonial.

$389,000

543 HOLLIS STREET /FRAMINGHAM

SQUARE FEET 1,192

LOT SIZE 0.28 acre

BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 1 full

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LAST SOLD FOR $345,000 in 2017

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PROS In this 1950 brick ranch on Waushakum Pond, the front door opens into a living room with a fireplace, picture window, and access to a side sunroom. All three bedrooms in back boast hardwood floors and water views, and the bathroom has been remodeled with a marble floor tile. The kitchen has new flooring that pairs well with its cheerfully retro mid-century remnants. From a sunken dining area, there’s access to the one-car garage, walk-out basement with laundry and workshop, and a wood-paneled mudroom. In the large and level backyard, a hammock swings between stately trees and the water’s edge beckons to summertime swimmers and kayakers.

CONS Flood insurance is required; an offer has been accepted as of press time.

Michelle Lane, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth, 617-584-3904, michellelanerealtor.com

$399,900

44 SAMPSON STREET /BRAINTREE

SQUARE FEET 1,094

LOT SIZE 0.13 acres

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BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR $380,000 in 2004

PROS This 1908 Gambrel Colonial sits near the end of a quiet dead-end street less than a mile from the Braintree Red Line station. Enter from the farmer’s porch in front to a living room with hardwood floors. The dining room has sliders to a back deck and shares a granite breakfast bar with the compact kitchen, which has a newer full bath. Upstairs, all three bedrooms are on the small side, but they share a spacious full bathroom. The partially finished basement holds an office or den, plus a separate laundry area.

CONS House could use some cosmetic updates; an offer has been accepted on this home as of press time.

Mike Wood of Wood Realty Partners, Compass, 617-719-3016, WRP@compass.com