On the Block

Charm to spare

These single-family Victorians are loaded with period details.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
January 9, 2011

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$479,900 121 Webb Street, Weymouth Square footage 2,379

$Lot size 30,928 square feet

$Bedrooms 5

$Baths 2 full

$2010 taxes $4,483

$Last sold for $250,000 in 1995

PROS Built in 1888, this house is perfect for family life. Its grand entry gives way to a double parlor, and the sitting room opens to the dining room and the screened porch. The comfortable kitchen has an attached breakfast area. On the second floor, the master has a carved mantel and shares the hall bath with four more bedrooms, including one “through-way,” with two hall doors. The attic could make a spectacular master. There’s also a barn with space for two cars and a second floor that could become a studio. CONS The kitchen is dated. CONTACT Gary Lawrence, Century 21 Tullish & Clancy, Weymouth, 781-331-3232,

$495,000 40 Melville Avenue, Dorchester Square footage 2,887

Lot size 6,593 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 2 full

2010 taxes $5,169

Last sold for $48,000 in 1978

PROS The foyer of this 1894 home is wall-to-wall oak, with a lion newel post and leaded-glass bay window. To the left is the living room, with a floor-to-ceiling mantel; to the right, the dining room has another fireplace, a built-in hutch, and a butler’s pantry. The large kitchen contains a restaurant-quality stove. On the second floor, four bedrooms share a hall bath with double sink; one of the bedrooms has a separate sitting room, and another a fireplace and small balcony. There are two more rooms and a bath on the third floor. CONS The bathrooms and kitchen need updating. CONTACT Lee Robinson, Gibson Sotheby’s, Dorchester, 617-875-0763,

$699,000 146 Allston Street, Medford Square footage 3,483

Lot size 7,400 square feet

Bedrooms 5

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $5,741

Last sold for $719,000 in 2005

PROS This 1890 West Medford home has a large living room with a fireplace and French doors leading to a wraparound porch, and a dining room with built-ins. Its kitchen has granite countertops and black appliances, along with an island and room for a table. One of the three second-floor bedrooms, which share a hall bath, has a fireplace and walk-in closet, and the third floor has two more bedrooms, a family room with skylights, and a bathroom. There’s parking for two cars. CONS The first-floor bath could use freshening. CONTACT Christopher Griffin, Griffin Properties, Cambridge, 617-354-5888,

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