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6 open house options in Medford, each for no more than $550,000

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With this weekend’s open house tour, we pose a question: Why rent when you can own?

For a comeback to the response “because it’s too expensive,” we head northwest of Boston in search of homes under $550,000 and find a healthy stock of such places in Medford. Choose from a condo or a single-family, a fixer-upper or a turnkey.

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1. 914 Highland Avenue

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914 Highland Ave
Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Sunday, 12:30-2 p.m.; Monday, 5:30-7 p.m.

Price: $373,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 986

The pitch: “This Cape style home has great bones and recently had the water main and roof replaced and newer hot water heater and electrical panel installed.”

2. 63 Walsh Street

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63 Walsh St
Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30-2 p.m.

Price: $485,000

Size: 4-BR, 2-BA

Square footage: 1,576

The pitch: “Move right into this Cape located on an idyllic street with a brand new patio with custom pavers and a large outdoor shed.”

3. 32 Almont Street, #3

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32 Almont St
Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Saturday, 12-2 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $299,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 528

The pitch: “The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counters, ample counter space, and cabinets and is open to the living area for easy flow and conversation.”

4. 44 Powder House Terrace

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44 Powder House Terrace
Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $549,900

Size: 3-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 1,985

The pitch: “This Colonial features a foyer, formal dining room with built-in hutch, eat-in kitchen, and master bedroom with two closets.”

5. 40 Magoun Avenue

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40 Magoun Ave
Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Friday, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 12-2 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $524,900

Size: 4-BR, 2-BA

Square footage: 1,960

The pitch: “This thoughtfully renovated Victorian has retained all the charm you would want including pocket doors, coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, skylights, and moldings.”

6. 21 Cotting Street

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21 Cotting St
Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Price: $550,000

Size: 4-BR, 1.5-BA

Square footage: 2,186

The pitch: “This single-family home has over 2,000 square feet of indoor living space and a big fenced in yard with two driveways.”

1. 914 Highland Avenue

914 Highland Ave, Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Sunday, 12:30-2 p.m.; Monday, 5:30-7 p.m.

Price: $373,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 986

The pitch: “This Cape style home has great bones and recently had the water main and roof replaced and newer hot water heater and electrical panel installed.”

914 Highland Ave
Medford, MA 02155

2. 63 Walsh Street

63 Walsh St, Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30-2 p.m.

Price: $485,000

Size: 4-BR, 2-BA

Square footage: 1,576

The pitch: “Move right into this Cape located on an idyllic street with a brand new patio with custom pavers and a large outdoor shed.”

63 Walsh St
Medford, MA 02155

3. 32 Almont Street, #3

32 Almont St, Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Saturday, 12-2 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $299,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 528

The pitch: “The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counters, ample counter space, and cabinets and is open to the living area for easy flow and conversation.”

32 Almont St
Medford, MA 02155

4. 44 Powder House Terrace

44 Powder House Terrace, Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $549,900

Size: 3-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 1,985

The pitch: “This Colonial features a foyer, formal dining room with built-in hutch, eat-in kitchen, and master bedroom with two closets.”

44 Powder House Terrace
Medford, MA 02155

5. 40 Magoun Avenue

40 Magoun Ave, Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Friday, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 12-2 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $524,900

Size: 4-BR, 2-BA

Square footage: 1,960

The pitch: “This thoughtfully renovated Victorian has retained all the charm you would want including pocket doors, coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, skylights, and moldings.”

40 Magoun Ave
Medford, MA 02155

6. 21 Cotting Street

21 Cotting St, Medford, MA 02155

Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Price: $550,000

Size: 4-BR, 1.5-BA

Square footage: 2,186

The pitch: “This single-family home has over 2,000 square feet of indoor living space and a big fenced in yard with two driveways.”

21 Cotting St
Medford, MA 02155