Fine facelift for South Boston home

A study in contrasts, the dark hardwood floors are complemented by the 10-foot ceilings, white kitchen cabinets and counters, windows, warm paint colors, and chrome hardware and fixtures.

A tired old house in South Boston has just received an impressive facelift and timely renovation - and it’s in the running for a new owner.

Cronan Dempsey, the builder and renovator, has a spot-on eye for detail and created a beautiful modern home with a nod to the dwelling’s original 1930s roots when he recently finished the house at 184 Tudor St.

Broker Lisa Rainis of Douglas Elliman (formerly Otis & Ahearn) has listed this home for $1,099,000.

With the high end finishes and modern conveniences fused with the character of yesteryear in this home, Rainis declared, “you feel like you’re in Newport, Nantucket, Back Bay or Beacon Hill.”

The entryway is “modern and traditional at the same time,” said Rainis.

The front door opens to a small receiving room and just a few steps up, a second full pane glass door opens to the home, flooding the entrance with natural light.

“It’s a true entryway with a window and a glass door,” Rainis shared.

Once inside the home, Dempsey’s handsome artistic details such as recessed lighting, beautiful hardwood floors, crown molding, accented ceilings and brick walls original to the home jump out.

The wall “had exposed brick covered with plaster so we pulled [the plaster] off,” Dempsey acknowledged. “I love the brick myself.”

A study in contrasts, the dark hardwood floors are complemented by the 10-foot ceilings, white kitchen cabinets and counters, windows, warm paint colors, and chrome hardware and fixtures that Dempsey employed in his design.

Many only dream about the features in the home’s chef’s kitchen that Dempsey included. Appliances such as a Fisher & Paykel gas range, a drawer microwave with a hidden control panel in the large island, and a Samsung Family Hub refrigerator that displays the contents on your phone to make grocery shopping easier are just a few of the high end touches.

All cabinets have a soft close feature and a modern version of a penny tile backsplash graces the wall behind the stove and counters.

“Whether old, young, an executive or family they’re all attracted to the kitchen mostly because everyone’s entertaining now,” Rainis uttered. “It’s an entertainers dream. For the amount of square footage it’s very practical.”

Dempsey chose to retain the original staircase to the second and third floors while adding new risers and treads.

The master bedroom is on the third floor. Dempsey’s attention to detail extends to the huge walk-in closet where he installed a skylight and window.

“With the window and skylight, you get natural light,” said Dempsey. “You can never recreate natural light.”

There is also a Mitsubishi high efficiency inverter in the master bedroom for heating and cooling.

“They are so efficient and so quiet,” Dempsey said. “They’re more expensive to put in, but more efficient in the long run.”

A bathroom with a beautiful skyline view has a wall mounted floating vanity, glass shower with rain showerhead, oversize tile on the floor and wall and two chrome fixtures on the elongated sink.

Two bedrooms with lighted closets and a full bathroom are located on the second floor. With lots of versatility, Rainis said, “some use a room on the second floor as a media room. A lot of people are true entertainers and want that open space (on the first floor).”

Rainis added, “If an investor bought the home (and rented it out), the bedrooms are big enough so roommates can spend time in their rooms.”

The finished lower level has a large room and a full bathroom with built in shelves and a separate storage closet. The room, with a built-in bench and cubbies to hold books, movies, games, children’s toys and more, could be used as a children’s play room or family entertainment center. A full size high efficiency vented washer and dryer sit behind closed doors.

Dempsey used spray foam insulation in the home and installed a French drain and sump pump. While the insulation helps maintain the home’s set temperature, the drain and pump “stop water from coming into the basement,” Dempsey said.

The outside of the house has new cement board siding.

An outside area with a chain-linked fence has been converted from a patio into a parking area for two cars.

“If someone doesn’t have a car, you have this whole outside space for a patio. It’s unheard of,” Rainis said.

The home is close to everything, Rainis added, including restaurants such as the Lincoln Tavern and Loco, bars, banks, a post office, the Andrew and Broadway T stops, and so much more.

“A half mile up, you have Carson Beach,” Rainis said. “Castle Island is not far.”

In the other direction, Rainis said, “you have Dorchester Avenue with quick access to Route 93.”

“I think a lot of people are tired of condos,” Dempsey said. “A lot of people [grew up] here.”

They moved away and now that they have families of their own.

“They’re trying to come back. There’s still a little neighborhood around here. The neighbors are friendly to talk to. It’s more family oriented,” said Dempsey.

A new single-family house is a rare find in the city, especially one with off street parking, but the new owners of this home will have both.

“To have a renovated, move in ready home is exceptional,” Rainis said. “You don’t have to think about anything.”

Of the six single family homes currently for sale, Rainis said that “nothing is like 184 Tudor St.”

Open houses will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4. For more information, contact Rainis at 617-877-8852 or

Address: 184 Tudor St., South Boston

BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms

Size: 1,404 square feet

Price: $1,099,000

Taxes: $$4,302.50 (2018)

Year built: 1930; completely renovated, remodeled and finished in 2018

Features: Glass door entry, chef’s kitchen with Fisher & Paykel gas range, Samsung “Family Hub” smart refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, recessed lights, hardwood floors, chrome fixtures, new HVAC, plumbing, electrical and windows, on-site parking

Close by: Popular restaurants such as the Lincoln Tavern and Loco, Carson Beach, Castle Island, Dorchester Avenue and shops, quick access to Route 93, Boys and Girls Club, parks, gyms, playgrounds, public transportation

Contact: Lisa Rainis, Douglas Elliman (formerly Otis & Ahearn), 20 Park Plaza, Suite 1101; 617-877-8852;


Open house: Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4