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7 Malden open houses perfect for first-time homebuyers

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Summer is officially here and the temperature is about as hot as the housing market in Boston proper.

Don't despair: Just seven miles north of Boston in Malden, you'll find that homes are (relatively) more affordable.

This is especially good news for first-time homebuyers looking for a Boston alternative that’s not so far out.

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1. 544 Pleasant Street, #2

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544 Pleasant St
Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Saturday, 12-2 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.
Price: $299,900
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 1,172
The pitch: “This classic home features hardwood floors and nice wood details throughout including columns, built-in shelving & china cabinet.”

2. 44 Crestview Drive, #44

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44 Crestview Dr
Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Price: $369,000
Size: 2-BR, 1.5-BA
Square footage: 1,776
The pitch: “Great opportunity to own a spacious townhouse in a quiet and serene setting close to a transportation, shopping ,and the center of Malden.”

3. 557 Salem Street, #3

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557 Salem St
Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Price: $315,000
Size: 2-BR, 1.5-BA
Square footage: 973
The pitch: “This church conversion condo was recently renovated in 2002 with high ceilings and hardwood floors.”

4. 66 Rockingham Avenue

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66 Rockingham Ave
Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.
Price: $429,900
Size: 3-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 1,364
The pitch: “This warm, inviting home features a 3 season sunroom off of large eat in kitchen and a large family room with tons of natural light.”

5. 39 Broadway, #208

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39 Broadway
Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Price: $329,500
Size: 2-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 900
The pitch: “Only 7 miles from downtown Boston this pristine unit features an open floor plan with an updated eat-in kitchen, large living room, and glass sliders out to private covered deck.”

6. 45 Loomis Street, #218

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45 Loomis St
Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $275,000
Size: 2-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 1,110
The pitch: “This condo features four rooms, two bedrooms and two full baths with over 1,100 sf of living, undoubtedly the best value in Malden.”

7. 53 Grant Road

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53 Grant Rd
Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $349,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 972
The pitch: “Just enough lawn maintenance to enjoy here, with detailed and thoughtful landscaping throughout. Plenty of off street parking with a paved, 4 car driveway.”

1. 544 Pleasant Street, #2

544 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Saturday, 12-2 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.
Price: $299,900
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 1,172
The pitch: “This classic home features hardwood floors and nice wood details throughout including columns, built-in shelving & china cabinet.”

544 Pleasant St
Malden, MA 02148

2. 44 Crestview Drive, #44

44 Crestview Dr, Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Price: $369,000
Size: 2-BR, 1.5-BA
Square footage: 1,776
The pitch: “Great opportunity to own a spacious townhouse in a quiet and serene setting close to a transportation, shopping ,and the center of Malden.”

44 Crestview Dr
Malden, MA 02148

3. 557 Salem Street, #3

557 Salem St, Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Price: $315,000
Size: 2-BR, 1.5-BA
Square footage: 973
The pitch: “This church conversion condo was recently renovated in 2002 with high ceilings and hardwood floors.”

557 Salem St
Malden, MA 02148

4. 66 Rockingham Avenue

66 Rockingham Ave, Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.
Price: $429,900
Size: 3-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 1,364
The pitch: “This warm, inviting home features a 3 season sunroom off of large eat in kitchen and a large family room with tons of natural light.”

66 Rockingham Ave
Malden, MA 02148

5. 39 Broadway, #208

39 Broadway, Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Price: $329,500
Size: 2-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 900
The pitch: “Only 7 miles from downtown Boston this pristine unit features an open floor plan with an updated eat-in kitchen, large living room, and glass sliders out to private covered deck.”

39 Broadway
Malden, MA 02148

6. 45 Loomis Street, #218

45 Loomis St, Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $275,000
Size: 2-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 1,110
The pitch: “This condo features four rooms, two bedrooms and two full baths with over 1,100 sf of living, undoubtedly the best value in Malden.”

45 Loomis St
Malden, MA 02148

7. 53 Grant Road

53 Grant Rd, Malden, MA 02148

Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $349,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 972
The pitch: “Just enough lawn maintenance to enjoy here, with detailed and thoughtful landscaping throughout. Plenty of off street parking with a paved, 4 car driveway.”

53 Grant Rd
Malden, MA 02148