A distinctive contemporary home with a Victorian flair in Dorchester
How often has a stately Victorian caught your eye with the thought: “They don’t build ’em like that anymore?”
Well, think again as you eye the multiple gables, bays, porches and bumpouts of 22-24 Delmont St. in Dorchester - a 4,052-square-foot two-family home built in 2007 in the spirit of the neighborhood’s Queen Anne of yore.
This home is located in the friendly, neighborly Adams Village neighborhood. It’s an area that puts shops, restaurants, bakeries, playgrounds, a health club and much more within walking distance.
Venture inside the home to see how adaptable historical styles can be to contemporary needs regarding open-concept spaces, high ceilings, light and air, outdoor space and an additional separate unit.
The broad porch gracefully introduces both units with individual stoops and entrances for optimum privacy.
The 3,102-square-foot No. 22 home begins on a fittingly old-school note with a marble-tiled floor inlaid with a scrolled mandala mosaic, a mirror-paneled wall with metal rosette ties, a crystal-drop chandelier, the bedroom-level stairway with slender turned balusters and crown moldings that continue throughout most of the unit.
The Brazilian cherry flooring ahead initiates a historically elegant, yet modernly convenient common-area floor plan.
The marble-floored powder room at right boasts golden damask-style wallcovering and a classic bowfront wood vanity with a marble counter.
At left, Tuscan columns introduce the formal dining room with a crystal “fountain” chandelier dangling from a leaf-scrolled ceiling medallion and a two-way gas fireplace shared with the living room for a broader distribution of heat.
The living room is contiguous with the gourmet kitchen, where a two-level granite island counter/bar invites social gathering. Paralleling this is a matching granite wall counter with a Bosch five-burner gas cooktop and Italian tumbled-tile mosaic backsplash. Tucked into the paneled cabinetry are Frigidaire stainless appliances: a double wall oven and a refrigerator with a water/ice dispenser.
A walk-in pantry with broad, deep beadboard-backed shelves is at right.
At left is a sunny breakfast area from which a double French door opens to a gravel garden that invites you to enjoy your morning coffee in a peaceful oasis in warmer months. Designed by Orwig Associates of Duxbury, the garden is distinguished with ornamental trees, granite block-bordered planter islands and color-splashing flowers. The adjacent patio is paved and walled in rough fieldstone for a rustic setting perfect for summer cookouts and dinner parties.
A fluted square column marks the corner of the living room, which a gable grants a cathedral ceiling for a loftier mood. From high above, another leaf-scrolled ceiling medallion dangles a bronze chandelier. The fireplace mantel complements this with a leaf-scrolled relief panel and scrolled shelf brackets. Angled bay windows with crown moldings “bump in” to the space, forming overhead platforms for hidden lighting and statue/vase displays.
The second-floor landing begins with an intimate sitting area with a circular window and a laundry closet with a Samsung stacked washer/dryer.
The left-side bedroom has a stainless ceiling fan and raised square windows that give a good balance of light, privacy and wall space.
The second bedroom might be useful as a home office with a large double-hung window for desk light and raised square windows that allow wall space for a bookcase or dresser. A walk-in closet is also handy.
Serving this floor is a full bath with honeycomb-tiled flooring, beadboard wainscoting, dark blue walls, twin pedestal sinks and a sky-lit alcove encompassing the subway-tiled tub/shower and the commode.
A Tiffany-style stained-glass bowl light and two oval windows gracefully introduce the top floor, followed by a storage closet and an “eyebrow” sheltered porch with a stunning treetop neighborhood view, backgrounded by the Blue Hills.
A double French door introduces the primary bedroom, which the broad gable gives generous floor area, quirky ceiling angles and space for a wooden ceiling fan. A windowed dressing closet is handy.
The primary bath is an Italianate extravaganza of tumbled tile laid on the diagonal like an ancient Roman style on the floor around the soaking tub and like a Roman bath in the benched shower – all regally complemented by a vintage carved double-bow front vanity with a marble counter.
The 950-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom unit at No. 24 is smaller and simpler in design, but more immediate in presentation. This is a Philadelphia-style duplex that includes cathedral ceilings, a large entertaining area as well as a primary bed and full bath on the second floor and its own washer and dryer.
Introducing this home is the bay-windowed living room right upon entry.
This leads studio-style into the kitchen where a granite counter and paneled wood cabinetry handsomely consolidate all appliances, including a four-burner electric cooktop.
The dining room is formally enriched with a beautiful chandelier of green glass bells and crystal bead swags. The half bath features a mahogany vanity with a brass faucet. The full bath’s vanity has a marble counter and a scroll-relief frieze.
The unfinished basement also has a private entrance. This space could also be used as an au pair suite, media/crafts room or fitness center. Entered from a wooden fence gate from the street, it has unusually large space and good light for a basement, courtesy of the garden and the graveled plot that allows sun to pour in. The baseboard heating adds to the value.
The home’s convenient location further increases its investment value. Kids can be at school safely in a flash; right next door is the Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School for grades K1-5 (K1-6 beginning in the 2020-2021 school year). The school is rated highly for its unique focus on whole-child development and its rich variety of after-school programs, field trips and cooking, nutrition and gardening classes.
Two doors down is the new Adams Street branch of the Boston Public Library, scheduled to open in early 2021. When completed, it will offer activities for the whole family – from adult book discussions to children’s story times to homework assistance.
This home is only an 11-minute walk to the MBTA’s Red Line Ashmont Station and an easy drive to Rt. 93.
Offered at $1,225,000 as a two-family or a single-family, 22-24 Delmont St. presents a home opportunity rarely found in either its Victorian forbears or its millennial contemporaries.
For a private showing, contact Tom Liberty of Conway Cityside at 857-654-5097 (cell), 617-288-0100 (office), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Address: 22-24 Delmont St., Dorchester
BR/BA:No. 22: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath; No. 24: One bedroom, one full bathroom, one half bath
Size: No. 22: 3,102 square feet; No. 24: 950 square feet
Lot: 7,623 square feet with parking for three cars
Configuration: Sold as two-family or single-family
Year built: 2007
Features: Open-concept living, vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, oversized windows, central heating and air conditioning, marble foyer, two-way gas fireplace, granite kitchen with stainless appliances and gas cooking, walk-in pantry, breakfast space, planted garden, fieldstone patio, two in-house laundry centers, primary suite with private sky view porch, additional unit with separate entrance, renovation-ready basement with separate entrance.
Close by: Schools, public library (under construction), public parks, houses of worship, shopping and dining, health club, public transit, access to I-93 North and South
Contact: Tom Liberty of Conway Cityside
Phone: 857-654-5097 (cell), 617-288-0100 (office)
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