Here are four of the choicest, including a Medford spread with bones in the 1760s and a Salem house that was cobbled from a former shoe factory.
↑ The 2,366-square-foot Victorian at 122 Appleton Street in Arlington is one of the oldest houses in that town’s Arlington Heights neighborhood.
Its bones date from 1872, and the house is a relatively rare example hereabouts of the Stick style of architecture, which formed a kind of bridge between Rural Gothic and Queen Anne in America in the late 19th century (and presaged Shingle).
The eight-room house is on sale for $1.15 million through Re/Max Leading Edge.
The pile also boasts what the listing describes as “museum quality antique wallpaper.”
↑ The bones of the eight-room, six-fireplace house at 309 High Street in Medford’s Marm Simonds Historic District date from around 1765, a decade before the American Revolution kicked off in Lexington.
The 2,550-square-foot pile has, of course, been thoroughly updated during the past quarter-millennium, and is on sale through Maura Hayes Campbell for $847,000.
The house includes an addition with its own separate entrance, bedroom, and full bathroom; there’s also an expansive backyard.
↑ The 4,137-square-foot, nine-room Colonial Revival at 64 Russell Avenue in Watertown has not been on the market since 1963.
The house dates from 1901, and includes stately touches such as a wraparound porch and an ornate wooden balustrade along the front staircase. There are also two fireplaces and room for rooms such as a library and a wine cellar.
The pile is also set back from its neighbors for an extra touch of exclusivity.
↑ The current owner—and now would-be seller—of the approximately 2,500-square-foot house at 55 Perkins Street in Salem bought the old shoe factory in 2003, and converted it into its current brick-and-beam splendor.
Touches include red oak floors, a gas-fired Franklin stove, and those aforementioned bricks and beams. There’s also plenty of room, plus parking—1,925 square feet of the two-story, two-bedroom house is living space, with the rest garage.
Plus, it’s the perfect time of year to be in Salem anyway.