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For sale: Victorian homes in Boston and Hull

The homes offer period detail and modern comforts.




  • LOT SIZE 0.08 acre

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 1 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $355,000 in 2010

  • PROS The ceilings are tall in this well-maintained circa-1900 Victorian on the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury line, and the walk to the T and Brewery District restaurants is short. Preserved are the original details, from the built-in hutch in the formal dining room to the French doors and crown and cove molding downstairs, as well as the gleaming hardwood floors everywhere and the claw-foot tub in the bath upstairs. What’s new? The stainless appliances and granite counters in the kitchen and the updated heating and electrical. The closets are deep for a home of this era. A balcony off the second-floor office provides a great place to think things over. CONS The two-car garage is fenced off from the driveway.

  • Ellen Grubert, RE/Max Destiny, 617-256-8455,




  • LOT SIZE 0.16 acre

  • BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $735,000 in 2010

  • PROS Terraced stairs lead to this Painted Lady, which has modern amenities like two gas fireplaces. But updates are done with Victorian style in mind, including ceiling fans on the all-season porch. Built in 1900, it has bay views and is a mile from the commuter ferry. Hanging from the foyer’s tin ceiling is a stained-glass light. A half bath is off here. Follow from the living room into the dining room and the kitchen, which boasts custom cabinets and stainless appliances. On the second floor are three bedrooms and a bath. Climb to the third-floor master suite for great views. CONS The stairs to the third floor are steep.

  • Sharon Norman, William Raveis Real Estate, 781-588-3511,

  •   — Stacey Myers and Eileen McEleney Woods

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