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Homes for sale in Dorchester

These three spacious homes allow grand city living.




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LOT SIZE > 0.18 acres

BEDROOMS > 4 BATHS > 1 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $410,000 in 2005

Ken Snyder, Keller Williams Boston-Metro, 617-784-0632,

PROS The colors are subdued, but this Victorian has a paint job that accentuates its details. The porch’s side stairs offer visitors the chance to admire the pretty side yard. Inside, the original oak floors are laid in a parquet pattern in many rooms. A small bedroom with no closet is now used as a big walk-in closet with an organizational system. Unexpected in this style home: a sunroom and first-floor laundry. There’s also a side deck off the sunroom. CONS With a column in the middle, the kitchen, while big, has a choppy layout.




LOT SIZE > 0.22 acres

BEDROOMS >3 BATHS > 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR > $218,000 in 1988

Lee Robinson, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 617-875-0763,

PROS It’s not polite to stare, but this home’s massive fanfare stained-glass window, surrounded by woodwork, defies passersby to do otherwise. The foyer has a great-looking fireplace, built-in bench, and mahogany staircase. From the outside, the house appears big, perhaps even unmanageable, but the opposite is true. What was once a sleeping porch is an office. A former nursery adjoining the master bedroom would make a good bathroom. There’s a two-car garage and, in the basement, an in-law apartment (that needs sprucing up) with one bedroom and one bath. CONS It’s time to remodel the kitchen and baths.




LOT SIZE > 0.73 acres

BEDROOMS > 5 BATHS > 3 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR > $817,000 in 2010

Pat Tierney, Tierney Realty Group, 617-361-6400,

PROS With quartersawn-oak wainscot and flooring and a gracious staircase, the foyer in this two-family welcomes you with exceptional beauty. The updated kitchen’s wood cabinets blend nicely with the original woodwork. The master bedroom has a lovely fireplace and a walk-through closet that connects to another bedroom. There’s a large new second-floor bath and laundry. The third floor is home to an airy two-bedroom apartment with full bath. CONS Not everyone will like the painted floors in some upstairs rooms.

— Vanessa Parks
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