A Victorian in Dorchester with a Home Sauna


This Melville Park home has vintage windows and a period fireplace, but amenities and space perfect for a modern family.

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Photo by Michael Petrocelli

12 Centervale Park, Dorchester
Price: $925,000
Size: 2,480 square feet
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 partial

Sometimes moving to the city means giving up things like easy street parking and a backyard you can sit in at the end of the day. Not so in this Dorchester home. Located in Melville Park, this cozy Victorian offers you the comforts of suburbia like a garage and private backyard. “We love the big enclosed front porch overlooking one of the prettiest streets in Dorchester,”  the current owner says. “We love the layout of the house and the mix of open and private spaces, which has worked as well for entertaining as it has with several people working/studying from home.”

This home is an early American Foursquare, according to the owners, designed to accommodate family life. Downstairs, there’s space to wine and dine in the kitchen, with its center island, soapstone counters, and wine fridge, or the nearby dining room, with its octagonal shape lit up by the period sconces dotting the walls. Meanwhile, a three-season porch and living room with a mantled gas fireplace allow additional space for you to unwind. On the upper levels, there’s multiple bedrooms—one with a balcony—that further elevate this to the perfect home for a larger brood.

And like many Dorchester Victorians, the period details from when this home was built remain, adding a unique twist to a classic family home. In the living room, you’ll notice the mirrored mantle, reminiscent of days past. The windows are vintage, with geometric grills adding a bit of flare, and throughout the house, period trim heightens the design in most rooms. But this home still has elements from today to bring it up to modern living. We’re talking backyard stone patio, a mudroom with a built-in bench, and in the basement, a cedar sauna that fits eight. It’s ideal for any modern family searching for a city home with amenities even better than what they’d find in the ‘burbs.

For more information, contact  Good Boston Living Team, Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, unlimitedsir.com

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