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Four clever colonials for sale in the Boston area right now

Including modern-colonial hybrid and 1820s throwback

Colonials abound in the Boston area, some more interesting than others. These four are most definitely among the more interesting. They include a deliberate embrace of early-19th-century bones, a gut renovation, and a melding with modern design following another thorough renovation.

All four properties are currently on sale, though one may already be spoken for. Have a look.

The bones of the colonial at 63 Johnson Street in West Roxbury date from 1820.

The spread today definitely looks like something out the early 19th century, complete with a wood-burning kitchen stove and barn-board walls (not to mention an actual barn out back). Note: It’s not clear if the spinning wheel on display comes with the new $725,000 price tag for the 1,966-square-foot property.

There appears to be a deal pending for 63 Johnson, which dropped in July through Keller Williams. Stay tuned.


The 5,365-square-foot colonial Victorian at 22 West Cedar Street in Beacon Hill last traded in July 2012 for $2,350,000. The 5-BR, 4.5-BA was then gut-renovated in 2014, leaving behind a contemporary-looking property.

The four-story house includes three fireplaces and a full-floor main bedroom suite on the second level with a study (and one of those three fireplaces).

The whole shebang is asking $7,950,000 through Coldwell Banker.


The 7,342-square-foot spread at 1580 Beacon Street in Newton’s Waban Center touts itself as colonial meets modern, and it’s hard to argue.

The house, which features seven bedroom suites and a three-car garage, last traded in August 2014 for $950,000, and was then renovated to leave behind the sleekly functional mansion you see in the gallery above.

The house is new to the sales market as of this week for $2,999,999. That’s more than three times what 1580 Beacon commanded two years ago.


The 3,000-square-foot colonial at 54 Grampian Way is new to the market through the Galvin Group, and, in that typical Dorchester way, it is gorgeously generous with its historical details. Chief among these is the living room’s stone fireplace, which went up with the rest of the house in 1885.

The 5-BR, 2-BA also provides views of downtown Boston from a back deck (and the house’s location atop Grampian Way).

The price for the colonial is now $974,000 after a hefty price-chop in late August. Stay tuned.