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    For sale: Antique homes

    Two distinct antique houses in Ipswich and Swampscott.



    SQUARE FEET 2,914

    LOT SIZE 0.51 acre

    BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 1 full, 1 half


    LAST SOLD FOR Unknown

    PROS Built in 1658, this First Period house has high ceilings and features cool original details like raised wood paneling on a living room wall with working fireplace, wide pine flooring, and a dining/family room fireplace with bake ovens. Designed to blend in, the kitchen addition overlooks backyard gardens and includes laundry and half bath. Plus, there’s a three-season room and deck. Bedrooms are upstairs and share a bath with clawfoot tub and double sink. One bedroom is accessed through the master, which has a large closet. The property also has two offices, a third-floor bonus space, and two-car garage. CONS A preservation agreement protects some original interior details.

    Dorothy Levesque, J. Barrett & Co., 978-500-2512,

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    SQUARE FEET 3,344

    LOT SIZE 0.15 acre

    BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full, 1 half


    LAST SOLD FOR $609,000 in 1999

    PROS Doors with carvings and a stained-glass sunflower greet visitors in the vestibule of this 1883 Queen Anne Victorian opposite Swampscott Harbor; the sunflower complements an original foyer window. Nearby are a dining room with gas fireplace, living room with a fireplace featuring a Charles Eastlake-inspired wood mantel, the kitchen starring a decorative cast-iron stove, and a half bath. On the second floor: two updated baths, the master bedroom (with fireplace and window seat), two smaller bedrooms, and laundry. Third-floor highlights include a family room in the turret and a two-bedroom au pair unit. CONS Garage doors don’t open wide enough for cars.

    Susan Kerr, Sagan Realtors, 781-771-5528,