This stately home, built in 1875, opens to a fabulous formal foyer. Two vertical windows embellished with eagles on the door, bordered by two side-lights and an extended transom window above make this entry bright and welcoming.

Dorchester is known for being the first in many categories. According to the Dorchester Atheneum website (, this was first to support its schools with public tax dollars, first to use a selectmen-based form of town government and the town “once contained the only powder mill, the only paper mill, the only cracker manufactory, the only chocolate mill and the only playing card manufactory in the whole country.”

The new owner of Unit 1 at 597 Adams St. will also be a first – the first to live in this newly renovated, expansive and gorgeous condo that was once part of an elegant single-family home.

This well-appointed home is listed with Alexander Lisek of Engel & Volkers for $1,250,000.

This stately home, built in 1875, opens to a fabulous formal foyer. Two vertical windows embellished with eagles on the door, bordered by two side-lights and an extended transom window above make this entry bright and welcoming.

Gorgeous architectural details such as a pretty refurbished staircase and oversized molding add flair. Wide doors with keyholes and glass doorknobs, reminiscent of days gone by, open to a generous coat closet and an exquisite marble powder room with a pedestal sink. Two large white columns and decorative inlaid marble squares in the hardwood floors grace the openings on either side of the room.

To one side is the grand living room and to the other side a formal dining room. The soaring ceilings and the generous windows proffer a light and airy feeling in each room while the working fireplaces add warmth and ambiance during the cooler/colder seasons.

The developer imported windows from a factory in Poland that are dual functioning. While each one opens as a window for fresh air, they also open as a door with a quick turn of the handle.

The living room window/door accesses the 15.4-foot by 16-foot covered porch with an overhead paddle fan and stairs to the yard while the dining room and kitchen access a multi-tiered deck (more on that later). This porch is an excellent spot to eat a meal, read a paper, play a game of chess, sip a refreshing drink on a warm summer evening or simply relax.

One of the walls in the large living showcases an intricate collection of rich wood panels that vie for attention with the ornate-arched black fireplace and embellished light-colored surround.

The wainscoted dining room with a pretty chandelier sits adjacent to the large and lovely leading-edge kitchen, separated by a knee wall with an opening on either side.

The dining side of the knee wall highlights an exquisite buffet while contemporary lighting sits above a peninsula that is attached to the half wall on the kitchen side.

The kitchen is filled with lots of cabinetry, accented with decorative molding, a stainless gas range and above mounted microwave. An elite refrigerator and beverage refrigerator (to be installed underneath the peninsula between the two cabinets) will be forthcoming. The exquisite granite countertops with a complementing decorative backsplash coordinate perfectly with the floor tiles.

A glass door opens to a spacious and private, multi-tiered deck (also accessible via the dining room window/door) with space for tables and chairs, a grill and decorative plants. There’s even room for a small container garden to grow herbs, fruit/vegetables and/or flowers. The stairs lead to a private fenced-in patio that might make a great play area for little ones.

The second floor has four generously-sized bedrooms, accessed via the long hallway, two on one side and two on the other.

Two of the bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom. One bedroom has a double-sized closet and the other has a traditional-sized closet.

The Jack and Jill bathroom has a large vanity that holds two sinks, a shower with two separate showerheads as well as a combination tub/shower, so there shouldn’t be any waiting to get ready for work, play or sleep.

The other two bedrooms are connected by a smaller passageway that has a walk-in closet. Each bedroom has a working fireplace with a marble surround and a closet.

These bedrooms share a full bathroom with a contemporary black and white décor centrally located off the hall.

At one end of the hall is a flexible room with built-in shelves that could be used as an office or additional storage space. A wall of windows embracing a French door that opens to a cozy sunroom with arched windows and pretty views.

The flexible space on the top floor has vaulted ceilings and electric heat. A skylight, decorative windows and track lighting fill the room with natural light.

An open L-shaped area can be transformed in many ways from a teen hangout, a family room or a home gym - just add comfortable furniture plus the audio-video paraphernalia and/or exercise equipment.

The “smaller” room can be used as a bedroom, a study or a crafts room. There is also a bathroom with a tub and dark wood vanity with a complementing countertop.

Adding a small kitchen could transform this level into a complete and separate retreat space.

Speaking of a retreat space, why not create a luxurious master suite, complete with his and her walk-in closets, a beverage bar and a Jacuzzi for some R&R?

Another amazing feature of this gracious residence is the additional suite created by the current owner. This suite showcases a kitchen, bedroom and living room with an impressive wood floor made from a rare heart of pine wood inlaid with different-colored stained pieces. This suite is perfect for in-laws or an au pair. This space could also earn extra income from Airbnb guests. Another alternative is to remove the living room wall in the main part of the home and incorporate these quarters.

There is also a gigantic unfinished basement (more than 1,000 square feet) adding to the myriad of storage.

While the home has central heat, the current owner is willing to negotiate the installation of central air. The home also has the option to come fully furnished for an additional price.

This home is ideally located in the Adams Village section of Dorchester, filled with lots of fascinating shops and tantalizing restaurants as well as other conveniences, such as a grocery store, houses of worship, parks and playgrounds and the Adams Street Branch Library. The Cedar Grove Cemetery has walking trails, seasonal concerts, and a green house.

Also nearby are the Neponset River Reservation, Port Norfolk Yacht Club and Malibu Beach - loaded with opportunities for the outdoor enthusiasts, including boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, bird watching, bicycling, as well as picnicking and beholding mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets.

For added convenience, the home is near the MBTA’s Ashmont Red Line station. The ramp to Route 93 is less than a five-minute ride. (The half-circle driveway can hold two cars.)

“There’s more value for the money here,” Lisek said. “A place this size would cost $5 or $6 million in Back Bay or the South End. (This home) has character (starting with) the exterior. It’s not newer construction; it’s an older home with a newer flair.”

For more information and a private viewing, contact Alexander Lisek of Engel & Volkers at 617-877-2469 or