This jewel, sitting among many fine Greek Revival homes boasting historic significance, was built between 1879-1880 for a wealthy Boston businessman named Lewis Lombard. On the Somerville and Massachusetts Register of Historic Places as the Lewis Lombard House, the dwelling has retained its unique “Stick-Style” Victorian architecture – accentuated by its substantial three bays and double center doors – one of the only examples in East Somerville, according to the Massachusetts Historic Commission.

One of the most historic and charming areas of Somerville is the Mount Vernon Street section of the city. And one of the gems of this vicinity can be found at 68 Mt. Vernon St.

This jewel, sitting among many fine Greek Revival homes boasting historic significance, was built between 1879-1880 for a wealthy Boston businessman named Lewis Lombard. On the Somerville and Massachusetts Register of Historic Places as the Lewis Lombard House, the dwelling has retained its unique “Stick-Style” Victorian architecture – accentuated by its substantial three bays and double center doors – one of the only examples in East Somerville, according to the Massachusetts Historic Commission.

Mount Vernon Street below Pearl was developed in the late 19th century and became home to many prominent Boston families seeking the relative quiet of the largely agrarian East Somerville. The Lewis Lombard family was among them. The neighborhood was renowned for its rich soil, which made it an ideal spot for farming.

The frame of the two and one-half story home is mahogany, brought back from the tropics by shipbuilders. Also, of historic note are the original wide pine floors and the high ceilings throughout. Set atop a hill and with southern exposure, every floor of the house is bathed in light throughout the day. South-facing windows on the second and third floors offer views of the Boston skyline above the tree-line.

68 Mt. Vernon St. is currently a two-family dwelling, not only with historical significance, but also one filled with immense flexibility. Many original details throughout this Victorian treasure, including marble mantels, detailed ceiling medallions, incredible wood trim and doors in addition to those rich wood floors are esthetically pleasing. The spacious rooms have wonderful East-South-West exposure, affording plenty of natural light and lovely scenes of the neighborhood.

This turn-key property is an outstanding investment property (renting out one or both units) as well as an exceptional opportunity to revert it to a single-family home.

The asking price for the entire property is $1,595,000. Both units combined feature 3,556 square feet of living pleasure with 13 rooms, six bedrooms and three bathrooms. There are two parking spaces per unit along with a shared garage, large basement, gracious front porch and beautiful outdoor space. Mary Beth Kelley and Duncan Donahue of Keller Williams Boston-Metro are the listing real estate agents.

The bright red double doors on the front entryway open to a nicely-sized foyer which opens to a hallway with multiple options on which way to turn: to the right are the living areas, to the left are the bedrooms and straight ahead is the door to a long hallway that also has openings to access these rooms and a kitchen straight away. A stairway climbs to the second and third floor (currently Unit 2).

Unit 1 on the first floor is listed for $595,000. This impeccable sun-filled haven showcases 1,184 square feet of living space with majestic 12-foot ceilings, refined crown moldings and stately oversized windows.

We’ll start our tour in what was probably used as a receiving room back in the day. This lovely living room stars a stately limestone-decorated fireplace with an art-deco engraved mantel, along with nine-foot windows and a ceiling fan.

The large dining room exudes Victoria period style and charm. Among the timeless period details are a large bow window, textured wallpaper and another original limestone decorative fireplace.

Across the long hallway, the front-facing primary bedroom is huge; the second bedroom, also sizeable, could make a coveted home office. The extra height from the tall ceilings provides additional room in the two closets for more storage.

At the back of the house is a delightful eat-in kitchen, beautifully renovated in 2013. The new features include honey-hued cabinetry, stone countertops, LG stainless appliances, tile flooring and a cubby with combo washer-dryer. There’s also room for a dinette set or a small island.

Two other doors open to a bathroom that has a tub-shower and a private back egress.

Unit 2, occupying the second and third floors, consists of 2,024 square feet, including four bedrooms and two bathrooms and is listed for $995,000. The main level has a similar floor layout as the dwelling below. We’ll visit this floor in reverse order:

The kitchen was renovated by the previous owners. This chef’s cookery includes upscale granite countertops and slate flooring, quarried in Vermont. The numerous birch wood cabinets were all custom-made. The GE stove is electric, but this space can easily be converted to accommodate gas. The modern recessed lighting adds ambiance, while the window seat is an enjoyable place to relax and enjoy the city views. Just off the kitchen is a convenient pantry, lined with multiple shelves for lots of storage.

Also, off the kitchen is the nicely-sized, recently redone bathroom. This space includes a pedestal sink and a sizable walk-in custom shower with honed limestone floors. The Victorian-style corner medicine cabinet, sourced at an antique shop, is a period-correct and a rare find.

Accessible from the hallway and the kitchen is the dining room. This room has large windows, a pretty chandelier and more period wallpaper. Another door opens to the front-facing living room (also accessible from the hallway). Here, the chimney was restored and a highly efficient Vermont Castings wood stove was installed, providing plenty of heat during the long winter months ahead.

There is also a bonus room off of the living room, just at the foot of the stairs leading up to the top floor. Currently this is a music space, but the windowed bay has also been used as a reading nook and could also make a terrific home office.

Across the hall are two large bedrooms. Each room has a large closet and two windows, one on the side of the house and the other overlooking either the front or the back yards.

On the top floor are two additional large rooms that offer the flexibility to meet the new resident’s needs: Consider a bedroom, a home office, a den, a media, hobby or sewing room - to name a few.

The bathroom on this floor offers a jetted bath that sits in front of a big window. Imagine sitting back and relaxing while bubbling away the worries of the day; of course, your imagination could become a reality…

This level also features a sky light and a laundry room with a side-by-side washer and dryer.

The heating system in Unit 1 was entirely overhauled and updated with the addition of a high-efficiency Burnham gas-fired furnace and multi-zone radiators along with a NEST thermostat. Unit 2 has efficient six-zone central air/heating.

The shared cement basement offers a lot more storage and a washer and dryer. The basement also has another historic treat. There is an old wooden sign for the Lynx Club, which may have been a basement speakeasy during the days of Prohibition in the 1920s. This dry space could easily be transformed into a family/recreation room, media center or workshop.

Recent exterior improvements include a partial new roof installed in 2015 and this year, stockade fencing was put up along the entire northern edge of the yard to provide privacy.

68 Mt. Vernon has something not usually found in urban homes – a large yard.

The land behind 68 Mount Vernon St. was a fruit orchard into the 1950s. Replete with natural clay, the soil was also ideal for pottery, and the house is within walking distance to two excellent pottery studios (on Broadway and Pearl Street) that continue the neighborhood’s long tradition of pot throwing.

This quarter acre at 68 Mt. Vernon has been well maintained and offers a beautiful oasis of peace and tranquility. The focal point of the back yard is a mature maple that offers sought-after shade in summer. Hanging from one of the branches is a tree swing, adding whimsical fun and classical charm. There is plenty of room to add an assortment of tables and chairs along with a barbecue grill to mingle with the Japanese maple, lilac, cherry and birch trees and the backyard gardens that include butterfly bushes, Hydrangeas and Tiger Lilies.

Old growth wisteria and fragrant Magnolia tree that blooms in late May gives the front porch a New Orleans air. “With the south facing windows, one has the feeling of being in a solarium, especially when the garden is in bloom,” the current owner notes.

The location of this home is ideal. Assembly Row, which has a variety of shops, restaurants, a fitness studio and movie theater, is a quick walk up Mt. Vernon. It’s also an easy walk to Broadway and one mile to bustling Union Square, with more eateries and stores. Five grocery chains are within a two-mile radius.

For drivers, I-93 and the McGrath Highway are very close. The Fells Reservation is a short drive away, offering many miles of hiking trails. The MBTA Orange Line and bus service from Sullivan Square are also close.

There will be an open house at 68 Mount Vernon St in Somerville from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.