On the Block


These East Boston homes have space or potential.

By Vanessa Parks
February 6, 2011

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56 Eutaw Street

Square footage 1,517

Lot size 2,000 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $2,881

Last sold for $52,000 in 1996

PROS When she bought this house as a fixer-upper, the owner wisely preserved details such as the wood mantel and arched doorway in the living room. And when she removed the confining dropped ceilings to reveal soaring ones, she uncovered three medallions. The small fenced yard is accessible via a shared driveway and can be used for parking. Two rooms could be created in unfinished space on the second level, but access would be through an existing bedroom. CONS The kitchen needs work, as do the bedroom floors. The fireplace is nonworking. CONTACT Anthony Giacalone Jr., Tony’s Realty, East Boston, 617-834-4775,


144 Brooks Street

Square footage 1,997

Lot size 2,450 square feet

Bedrooms 5

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter

2010 taxes $2,863

Last sold for $135,000 in 1998

PROS The broker says this isn’t a drive-by. He’s right. From the street, you see a flat expanse of siding, but stroll down the side walkway and there’s a big porch overlooking a small fenced-in yard – safe for children and dogs. The floors are bamboo, and the baths have been updated. The furnace is new, and the wall colors are great. The five bedrooms – unusual for East Boston – have ample storage. The current owner, who raised eight children here, says it’s the perfect family house. CONS One bathroom is in the basement. CONTACT Anthony Giacalone Jr., Tony’s Realty, East Boston, 617-834-4775,


10 Haynes Street

Square footage 1,492

Lot size 2,800 square feet

Bedrooms 3

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $2,305

Last sold for $400 in 1963

PROS There’s potential in this multilevel home, which hasn’t been updated in decades. Two small lots, possibly buildable, come with the house, for a total of about 2,800 square feet. There’s a huge third-floor finished loft that’s flooded with light. The kitchen is spacious. Piers Park and the waterfront are just around the corner. The windows and furnace are in good shape. CONS Most of the walls have paneling, making updating a bit difficult. The floors are linoleum or vinyl tiling. CONTACT Maura Bang, Century 21 Mario Real Estate, East Boston, 617-852-7606,

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