Beautiful Victorian in Jamaica Plain filled with charm

BY BARBARA FORSTER/CORRESPONDENT

“Presence” (and that includes charm) is what this beautiful Victorian at 57 Orchard St. in Jamaica Plain has, period. In fact, the white picket fence surrounding the house is only a precursor to what is inside this 4,863-square-foot home with six bedrooms and four full bathrooms listed by Constance Cervone and Janet Deegan, Cervone Deegan & Associates, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $2,450,000.

Throw open the double front doors (with etched glass panels) for a statement-making entrance into a long central gallery-hallway. Period features including beautiful oak flooring, double crown molding and deep detailed bump boards begin here and continue throughout the home. Eleven-foot ceilings on the first floor enhance the innate stateliness of the residence with four “public” living spaces off the hallway.

The library has several sets of built-in bookcases, including two flanking French doors leading to a bluestone patio/deck and the side yard. An extra wide closet is next to a decorative fireplace with a marble surround - N.B. All fireplaces are decorative while the door on the other side leads to a gracious dining room.

A built-in corner china cabinet, paneled wainscoting, a fireplace with a marble surround and keystone detail, and a three-window bay (the center one is an extra-wide six-over-six affair) reflect the era this home was built, yet the architecture creates an inviting ambiance. Lingering over dinner (seat eight or more comfortably) will be the norm.

Spacious rooms on the other side of the hallway exemplify the flexibility of classic styling. A period ceiling medallion, sumptuous millwork and beautiful oak flooring in the living room complement a contemporary marble surround on the fireplace. Ample natural light from three almost floor-to-ceiling, six-over-six windows (the panes are about 12-inch squares) is a given regardless of the season.

The study/office has direct access to the living room, or not, depending on your preference. Here, too, large windows insure a light-filled room. A fireplace with an attractive mantel adds more character.

Cleverly designed for multiple chefs, the large kitchen off the center hall has a wrap-around U-shaped island for six or seven people plus a roomy pantry. Appliances - a Thermador hood over the Thermador gas stove top (in the island), Liebherr refrigerator and two-drawer Fischer Paykel dishwasher - are chef-worthy, too.

A butler’s pantry around the corner with a long stretch of granite countertop doubles as a server for the adjacent dining room. Glass-front upper cabinets are practical and attractive.

The first floor also has a full bathroom with a step-in shower.

One end of the second-floor landing that is large enough for seating has a stunning six-over-six window at least six-feet high. Reminiscent of a four square, albeit a modified one, this level has four sizable bedrooms off the landing. Each has large windows, ample closet space and a surprise or two.

One bedroom with an especially deep closet has an en suite bathroom with a double sink vanity and low threshold shower. Another has a large walk-through closet with two banks of four-drawer built-in bureaus plus specialized hanging spaces. An office is on the “other” side of the closet. This, too, is spacious and bright.

A second full bathroom on this level has a contemporary rectangular soaking tub with a body spray and sleek tile backsplash plus a fully tiled step-in shower with multiple body sprays and a frameless glass door. A floating vanity with two sinks and a heated towel rack are modern conveniences; crown molding and a six-over-six window are nods to the past.

A large room with a cove ceiling, hardwood flooring and, not one, but four closets at the end of a long “L” on this floor has multiple uses. Currently a family room, this works well as another bedroom, guest quarters or even as an au pair suite. Remember - the bathroom is right around the corner along with a back staircase that leads to the side entrance just off the kitchen.

The master suite that encompasses the entire third floor is essentially a private getaway with discrete spaces for various purposes. Big and open, the foyer, a.k.a., the third-floor landing, serves as a grand entry, but this space could also be a mini office. A media area with built-in open and closed cabinetry tucked into the eave is at one end while window niches with angled ceilings are large enough for a chair or even a lounge.

A king-size bed fits comfortably in the sleeping chamber with yet another window niche. Sixteen 16 built-in drawers on one wall make finding a “place for everything” easy. Should more room be necessary, additional built-in drawers (a total of eight) are outside the “bedroom.”

Architectural details such as crown molding are also in the huge walk-in closet/dressing room. Two oversized double closets on one wall provide ample storage space and make it possible to keep the “room” neat and tidy. Simply close the doors.

A bank of built-in open shelving offers additional space for clothing while a very deep-lighted storage closet handles bulky items like luggage.

The spa-like bathroom with a fully tiled shower with a “pebble” floor, multiple body sprays and a frameless glass door is another treat - a light-filled one with three skylights. Built-in drawers and cabinets under the eaves line one wall.

Even the lower level, which is the footprint of the house, is fully finished, including a front-to-back recreation room and enough storage to generate closet envy. The laundry is also on this level and, it’s not surprising that home has a sizable wine cellar.

A two-car garage with more storage options is one more perk; the beautifully landscaped yard with an outdoor kitchen, patio, pergola, and a fountain is another.

Address: 57 Orchard St., Jamaica Plain

BR/BA: Six bedrooms; Four full bathrooms

Size: 4,863 square feet

Price: $2,450,000

Taxes: $16,833.47

Year built: 1905

Features: Period details include double crown molding, original oak floor boards, decorative marble mantels; built-ins, huge windows and 11-foot ceilings on the first floor; formal living and dining rooms, a library, study and chef’s kitchen with Thermador gas stove, Fisher Paykel two-drawer dishwasher and Liebherr refrigerator; two-room master suite; landscaped yard with gardens, outdoor kitchen, patio, pergola and fountain; two-car garage.

Nearby: Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum; Centre Street business district with shops and restaurants; Jamaicaway and Arborway with direct access to the Longwood Medical area, Cambridge and downtown Boston.

Contact: Constance Cervone and Janet Deegan, Cervone Deegan & Associates, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 713 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-429-2349 or 617-835-0674

Website: coldwellbankerpreviews.com

Details for 57 Orchard St.

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