Get a taste of suburban life in this Dorchester Colonial

Large and bright, the extra-wide kitchen has a substantial amount of cabinetry. A gas stove adds to the workability of this large room, but the pizzazz comes from gleaming Brazilian cherry flooring.

A charming turn-of-the-century (20th that is) Colonial with a covered stoop, a prettily landscaped front yard, a picket-like fence with a swinging gate and a 3,000-plus square-foot yard sounds like a wonderful suburban find.

And a find it is, but one that doesn’t require venturing beyond the city limits. Instead, head to 21-23 Sagamore St. in Dorchester where this urban gem with five bedrooms, two full bathrooms and 2,200 square feet of living space is listed by the Dana Seabury of the ResCo Team at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,049,000.

Built in 1905 and well-loved throughout the years, this home retains many period features such as luxurious triple-crown molding, richly detailed door and window casings and deep bump boards.

High ceilings – nine-plus feet – and oversized rooms are the norm and beautiful hardwood flooring that includes oak, pine and Brazilian cherry in pristine condition are throughout the house. These varieties help create a unique personality to each room.

The huge living room reflects the elegance of the early 20th century with a three-window bump-out bay and an extra-wide six-over-six window on the side wall. The decorative ceiling medallion makes a statement in this formal room.

Almost identical in size – and maybe even a tad bigger – the formal dining room has the same understated elegance as the living room. Triple-crown molding showcases another richly carved ceiling medallion while the walls are accented with a wide chair rail. Seating six, eight, ten or more people is easy. An oversized six-over-six window overlooks the prettily landscaped yard.

Large and bright, the adjacent extra-wide kitchen that can handle a center island comfortably (be it stationary or movable) also has a substantial amount of cabinetry. A gas stove adds to the workability of this space, but the pizzazz comes from gleaming Brazilian cherry flooring.

The large adjacent breakfast/lunch/dinner area, however, is a focal point of the kitchen. With six windows (these are one-over-one), two-inch wide knotty pine bead board paneling and more Brazilian cherry flooring, this room has a rustic chic look plus great views of a huge deck and the prettily landscaped area behind it.

Speaking of the deck, this impressive suburban-size outdoor space has ample room for a grill (it’s already piped for natural gas) and is topped by a charming pergola. A nearby storage shed has electricity.

A large room with access to the breakfast room and the deck is a mudroom in waiting. Adding benches, cubbies and/or closets is a straightforward project.

Another option is to rework all three spaces into a massive eat-in kitchen with a seating/play area and a mudroom.

For added convenience, the first floor has a full bathroom with a step-in shower. Built-in open shelving works for storage as well as decorative displays. A lighted laundry room has full-size machines.

“Massive” aptly describes the master bedroom on the second floor. Three large windows are a plus in this room that can handle a king-size bed. Sparkling maple flooring is a contemporary touch as is a modern take on a gigantic built-in, wall-to-wall wardrobe that stretches floor-to-ceiling in the bonus bump out space.

Pine flooring in another nicely sized bedroom with a deep closet is a reminder of this home’s rich heritage, but the flooring in the third bedroom/office is a classic: oak with mahogany inlays. The “gas” woodstove, on the other hand, is pure comfort.

Black accents highlight the subway tile surround in the tub/shower ensemble in the shared full bathroom. A marble threshold, black-and-white hexagon tile flooring and white bead board wainscoting are timeless, albeit period touches.

Although the third floor is finished, has electric heat, has been and can be used for various purposes from bedrooms and a closet to an office and/or playroom, this level has excellent potential for an even greater future. This floor is currently divided into three rooms (one is slightly smaller than the others) with cove ceilings of varying styles.

What it could be is limited only by one’s imagination. Remove walls to create a single space for an exceptional home office or den/library or rearrange the interior walls for a single bedroom with a private sitting room and large closet, and the list goes on.

The yard also has amazing potential. Practically the same footprint of the “house” lot (it runs front-to-back), this fenced grassy yard is a fantastic play space as is. Several raised vegetable/plant beds are already in place and a ring of stones surrounding a spreading maple that provides lots of shade on sunny days adds character, but the rest of this outdoor space is a blank canvas waiting for the new owner’s inspiration.

The full walk-around basement is great for storage and is certainly large enough to accommodate a workshop. The walls have been professionally sealed.

While the house exudes period elegance, this beautifully-maintained residence has welcomed modern enhancements. Hardie Plank siding and trim, new windows, central air and a tankless water heater are among the many improvements.


Address: 21-23 Sagamore St., Dorchester

BR/BA: Five bedrooms; two full bathrooms

Size: 2,200 square feet

Price: $1,049,000

Taxes: $3,611.66 (with residential exemption)

Year built: 1905

Features: Single-family Colonial with separately deeded adjacent lot; spacious rooms with nine-plus-foot ceilings, triple crown moldings, hardwood floors, detailed window and door casings; updates include new Hardie Plank siding and trim, windows, central air, furnace, and tankless hot water heater; large back deck with pergola; grassy yard with shade tree and gardens.

Nearby: In Savin Hill neighborhood, steps to Malibu Beach’ near Savin Hill and JFK/U Mass MBTA stops; two blocks to Dorchester Avenue; convenient access to Route 93.

Contact: Dana Seabury of the ResCo Team at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 119 Savin Hill Ave., Boston, MA 02125

Phone: 617-816-8220