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    For sale: Houses where schools are in walking distance

    Kids can commute by sidewalk from these Colonials in Quincy and Westwood.



    SQUARE FEET 1,822

    LOT SIZE 0.13 acre

    BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full


    LAST SOLD FOR $361,600 in 2015

    PROS This 1920 Dutch Colonial is three blocks from Merrymount Elementary School and a stone’s throw from the ocean. Enter to find a living room with fireplace at right and inviting sunroom beyond. Through the dining room at left is a brand-new kitchen with stone counters, a double oven, and a farmhouse sink. There’s a laundry area at the back and a new full bathroom nearby. Other updates include central air and a new roof. Upstairs, the master bedroom has double closets (with a window bench between them) and a deck. It shares a remodeled bathroom with two more bedrooms, one with Atlantic views; the fourth bedroom is on the third floor. Outside are a stone patio, backyard, and two-car garage. CONS Quincy Shore Drive is a busy road.

    Corey Morris, Keller Williams Realty Showcase Properties, 508-933-1951,

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    SQUARE FEET 2,456

    LOT SIZE 2 acres

    BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full, 1 half


    LAST SOLD FOR $534,000 in 2001

    PROS Set on a 2-acre lot in the center of town, this 1820 Colonial is less than a half mile from Thurston Middle School and Westwood High School. A side entrance leads to a family room with adjacent half bath and older kitchen (with a fire-engine-red sink); that’s open to a dining room with exposed wood beams and a long bay window. The large living and sitting rooms, part of the original house, retain their antique 12-over-12 windows. There are two full bathrooms on the rambling second floor, and two bedrooms have original pine floors and fireplaces; the carpeted master is part of a later addition. Outside, find a two-car garage and a large wood deck that overlooks an expansive backyard. CONS Needs considerable cosmetic updates.

    Josepha and Alex Jowdy, RE/Max Distinct Advantage, 781-881-4141,