Spring House Hunt

For $925,000, a 5-bed American foursquare in Dorchester with a sauna

Built in 1910, the Melville Park home has undergone several updates, including a new roof and refinished floors.

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The home offers five bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half bath. Michael Petrocelli

The house at 12 Centervale Park, an American foursquare in an enclave of Victorians in Dorchester’s Melville Park neighborhood, stands apart.

The home features a south-facing screened-in porch with vintage windows that open for indoor/outdoor living in the warm spring and summer months. It also comes with a detached one-car garage, a rare find in any Boston neighborhood. 

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. – Lara Kimmerer

Built in 1910, the five-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home has undergone several updates — including a new roof and refinished floors in 2016, as well as a stove and dishwasher purchased last year — but wood molding and period sconces help the home retain its period charm.

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The doors from the porch open into a small foyer. To the right, a cozy sitting room offers enough space for a couch and a coffee table. To the left, French doors open into the living room, where a gas fireplace sits below a mirrored mantel. 

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. – Lara Kimmerer
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A cased opening leads to the dining room, which has sconces that hang just under the wooden picture rails. A swinging door opens into the kitchen, which strikes a more modern chord with stainless steel appliances; a soapstone island and counters; a white tile backsplash; and a wine chiller. 

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. – Lara Kimmerer
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At the back of the home, a mudroom with a built-in bench and coat hooks lets out to the backyard, where a spacious stone patio awaits warm summer nights. The home’s half bath is off the mudroom. The floors in these spaces are tile, but wood runs throughout the rest of the home. 

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. – Lara Kimmerer
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On the second floor, four bedrooms take up each corner, which means plenty of natural light. All of them have closets. One has access to a balcony that looks out over the street, while another is connected to the laundry room. The rooms share a full bath with a black-and-white tile floor and a shower/bathtub combo with a tile surround.

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. – Lara Kimmerer
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The primary suite takes up the entirety of the third floor and comes with a set of built-in drawers, a skylight, a walk-in closet, and a smaller closet. It also has a room with a toilet and sink, as well as a shower room with a double-sink vanity, stone counters, and a tiled shower with overhead and hand-held heads. 

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. – Lara Kimmerer
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That’s not the only place in the home where residents can pamper themselves, however. There’s also an eight-person cedar sauna in the basement. 

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. – Lara Kimmerer

Those interested in the 2,480-square-foot home can contact listing agent Melony Swasey of the Good Boston Living Team at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. 

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