On the Block

Oasis in the city

These urban homes boast spacious yards.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
March 21, 2010

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$449,000 97 Sawyer Avenue, Dorchester Square footage 2,500

Lot size 4,000 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 2 full

2009 taxes $3,374

Last sold for $179,500 in 1989

PROS A national landmark that was the home of the first black Phi Beta Kappa graduate, this Victorian with covered porch is loaded with quirky appeal. Its main level is open, with original woodwork and a fireplace with tile hearth. On the second floor are three bedrooms and a shared bath with a claw-foot tub. In the whitewashed third floor, the master has a deep double closet and an en suite bath, also with a claw-foot tub. Inside the fenced yard is a garden, tree swing, and two pergolas. CONS There’s no bath on the first floor. CONTACT Lee Robinson or Kerry Dowlin, Gibson Sotheby’s International, Dorchester, 617-825-0800,

$669,000 22-24 Delmont, Dorchester Square footage 3,200

Lot size 6,142 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full, 2 half

2010 taxes $7,139

Last sold for First time on market

PROS Built in 2006 in Victorian style, this two-family combines the livability of the new with the charm of the old. On the first floor of the main unit are an office, a dining room with fireplace, an open-plan kitchen, and a family room with cathedral ceiling. The second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath as well as an office area, while the third floor master has an en suite bath, office area, and balcony. Finishing the basement would add lots of living space. The second unit offers one bedroom. The yard is flat and privacy-fenced. CONS Parking is tandem. CONTACT Mayra Connolly, Molisse Realty Group, Weymouth, 617-429-5327,

$1,195,000 208 Lexington Avenue, Cambridge Square footage 2,190

Lot size 7,225 square feet

Bedrooms 4

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2010 taxes $6,531

Last sold for $20,000 in 1960

PROS This house has a can’t-beat location blocks from Fresh Pond, schools, and shopping. Its 20-by-15-foot living room has a corner fireplace and a 10-by-9-foot alcove set off by columns. The dining room, with two built-in hutches, gives way to a family room with bay window and half bath, as well as a spacious kitchen. Upstairs, four bedrooms share a hall bath, while the walk-up third-floor would make an excellent master suite. The yard is long and flat and abuts a Buckingham Browne & Nichols playing field. CONS The house needs updating. CONTACT Patrick Murphy, Coldwell Banker, Belmont, 617-470-7540,

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