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Location: Brookline, Mass.
The Skinny: Many listings brag outright about being "charming," but few possess the goods to back up those claims. Here's a Boston-area number where "historic charm meets modern elegance," and many details throughout the six-bedroom home offer evidentiary support to the affirmative. The place was built in 1901 (charm) and recently expanded to 20 rooms and nearly 9,000 feet (modern); the pristine, updated kitchen (modern) sports a barrel-vaulted ceiling, beadboard, visible cabinet hinges, a curved breakfast nook with open shelving (charm), and a stone pizza oven (modern); the exterior features a mix of gray siding (modern) and stonework (charm), plus a gambrel-style roofline (charm). There's also a home gym, theater, 2,500-bottle wine cellar (modern), and, outside, "landscaped grounds complete with infield grass from Fenway Park" (charm). Truth in advertising's a great thing, sure, but is it enough to garner $6.95M?