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Plenty of potential in Victorian near river

The 12-room, five-bedroom house is large and has many original features and period details.

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

The 12-room, five-bedroom house is large and has many original features and period details.

30 Woodbine St. Newton

Price: $849,000

Style: Victorian

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Built: 1882

Square Feet: 3,040

Bedrooms: 5

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Bathrooms: 2 1/2

Sewer: Public

This is the fixer-upper in a leafy neighborhood of gracious homes: an 1882 Victorian that needs a paint job, updated kitchen, and loving care. But the 12-room, five-bedroom house is large and has many original features and period details, such as wide windows and pocket doors. Moreover, it is close to shops, a commuter rail station, the highway, and two conservation areas that abut the Charles River.

The front door opens to a foyer and elegant staircase. The living room has natural light and built-in cabinets and leads to a family room with a fireplace. The dining room has a built-in china cabinet and leads to a nicely sized kitchen that, while functional, could stand to lose its flowered wallpaper, linoleum flooring, and weathered cabinets. But the space is welcoming and boasts a half bathroom, pantry, and a “maid’s staircase,” one of two that lead to the second floor. There are three bedrooms on this level, and a space that could be used as a sitting room. The third floor has two more bedrooms and a playroom. There is a one-car garage and backyard. Renee Gurry of Keller Williams Realty is the listing agent.

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