On the Block

Far from cookie-cutter

Great gingerbread trim decorates these Victorian homes.


  • $469,900


  • LOT SIZE 0.11 acre

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 3 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $355,000 in 2002

  • PROS Gingerbread trim adorns the porch and peak of this 1910 Victorian. The home is awash in such detailing, from the rich, dark trim with medallions on the door frames to the kitchen’s tin ceiling. The first floor also features a chandeliered music room; a dining room with a butler’s pantry, fireplace, and pocket doors; and a full bath (all have been beautifully updated) with a reproduction pull-chain toilet. There are four large bedrooms on the second floor, but the third-floor master that the owners renovated is this home’s best feature. It offers a vaulted ceiling and private deck, and the en suite bath has a dual-sink vanity with granite countertops and a hot tub — all under a ceiling of glass. CONS Buyers might opt for different interior paint.

  • Julie Simmons, Jack Conway & Co., 617-710-3000,


  • $800,000


  • LOT SIZE 1.33 acres

  • BEDROOMS 5 BATHS 4 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $291,400 in 1997

  • PROS Legend has it that Aerosmith’s Joe Perry jammed here, but that’s not this 1887 estate’s only claim to fame. William E. Lapworth, an elastic webbing pioneer, made this his home for 51 years and in a mammoth undertaking changed it from an Italianate into “Urncrest,” a Queen Anne Victorian with gingerbread trim. The home has extravagant millwork, oak built-ins, coffered ceilings, Ionic columns, period lighting, leaded and stained glass, window seating on each floor in the turret, six fireplaces, and hardwood floors. The overhauled and expanded kitchen features quartersawn oak cabinets, a peninsula that seats six, granite countertops, and a wine pantry. The property has a heated in-ground pool. CONS A door on the three-story carriage house needs replacing.

  • Gerald Simone, Mathieu Newton Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-733-2967,

  • — Eileen McEleney Woods

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