Sold in Belmont: An ‘As-Is’ Two-Family Takes Its Time Selling

A weekly recap of residential properties bought in the past seven days in the “Town of Homes.”

For the second week running, only a single house sold in Belmont, according to the MLS.

• 132 Bartlett Ave. Two-family (1925), Sold for: $670,000. Listed at $715,000. Living area: 2,800 sq.-ft. 14 rooms; 5 bedrooms, 2 baths. On the market: 92 days.

The house on Bartlett Avenue – the street was originally named Ripley Road – is a style well known in this area just north of Trapelo Road, the two-family. Second only to the colonial in sheer numbers, two-families were popularized by developers at the turn of the century who subdivided former estates and farmland into smaller, less costly parcels close to the trolley cars that traveled along Trapelo, according to Belmont historian Richard Betts.

Bartlett Avenue was laid out in 1906 by Everett Benton (as in the Benton Library and the former Benton Estate) who divided four existing lots into 13, one of which is the location of 132 Bartlett. The two-family allowed a new generation of middle-class workers to enjoy a suburban lifestyle.


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