House Lust: 5 New-to-Market Properties with Winter Curb Appeal

It's hard to pull off in the frosty season, but these properties stand out in a sea of browning grass and defoliated shrubbery.

Blooming hydrangeas or fiery foliage: Such trickery! It’s winter, guys. You’re not fooling anybody.

Rhode Island’s real estate market is still rearing and ready for willing buyers. That means new homes — browning grass, defoliated shrubbery and all — are hitting the market every day. And this early winter weather, cold but not yet snowy, makes for less-than-stellar curb appeal. Some realtors promote old, seasonally photogenic images in new listings but, personally, I like to see how a property photographs in the off-season. It may not always be at its prettiest, but savvy sellers pull it off. It also tells potential buyers something about the condition of the inside of the home; an owner who takes care to mulch and rake in the winter is one who, very likely, treats the inside with the same respect.

Here are five new-to-market properties that make the chilly landscape work in a still-hot seller’s market:

50 Kneeland St., Cranston

Asking price: $345,000
Year built: 1930
The details: 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,678 square feet
Curb appeal: This Pawtuxet Village Colonial, with English cottage vibes and sweet blue shutters, looks good in all seasons. The owners took care to remove leaves and mulch the garden beds out front.
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748 Lower River Rd., Lincoln

Asking price: $374,900
Year built: 1850
The details: 4 beds, 3 baths2,544 square feet
Curb appeal: You’ve got to love a night shot. The photos for this antique home in Lincoln are a little wobbly, but there’s no denying its beauty, from the cobblestone retaining wall out front to the updated interiors, including the sleek black kitchen.
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39 Mount Vernon St., Newport

Asking price: $865,000
Year built: 1890
The details: 4 beds, 3 baths, 2,482 square feet
Curb appeal: No front yard, no problem. A punchy paint job to the fence and an inviting porch are enough to lure buyers to this lovely Victorian near Broadway’s shops and restaurants.
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25 Beechwoods Hollow, Hopkinton

Asking price: $375,000
Year built: 2005
The details: 3 beds, 3 baths, 3,138 square feet
Curb appeal: The realtor’s photographer did this house right by harnessing the early winter light for a perfect exterior picture. The homeowners mulched and played up ornamental grasses, as well.
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528 Fair St., Warwick

Asking price: $349,000
Year built: 1940
The details: 3 beds, baths, 1,604 square feet
Curb appeal: One look at the exterior of this house and you know the inside will be neat and tidy. (It certainly is.) Mulching, ornamental grasses and creative trimming of shrubbery all add to the appeal of this Gaspee Plateau Colonial.
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Editor’s note: One property was removed from this story, per the request of the seller.