Home of the Week: One Boston family comes near the famous gardens with their own oasis

year built 1935

cubic feet 2,074

bed room 3

Baths 2 full, 1 half

water/sewage general

taxes $10,590 (2022, excluding residential)

This Roslindale home has excellent neighbors. But for those days when wandering around the Arnold Arboretum or Urban Wild wasn’t in the cards, a landscaped home yard will do.

It definitely provides a respite from a long working day in the moving house. Built in 2001 on the site of a former garage, the 324-square-foot building offers a private office space with a full bathroom, vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and a loft.

The carriage house as seen from the backyard. Charles Shaw / Facehome

But the main event remains the 2,074-square-foot home. The foyer exudes warmth, thanks to the natural wood trim around the front door, on the ceiling, and especially on the staircase heading to the left. The 15-foot-long foyer directs one forward into the dining room, but to the right is the entrance to the living room, a very cozy space with a wood-burning fireplace, crown molding, recessed lighting, four windows, and a built-in wall. The stove is surrounded by bricks painted white, but the shelf is made of wood.

The floors on the first and second levels have been refinished in the house’s original oak.

The focal point of the living room is the working wood-burning fireplace. Charles Shaw / Facehome

At the end of the 26-foot living room are two entrances. One connects to the dining room and the other to a family room with eight windows. Outside the family room, one finds a half-bath with a porcelain sink and ceramic tile floor, a full paneled glass door that opens onto a mudroom with coat racks and access to a landscaped backyard.

The living room, dining room and hallway have a spacious crown mould. In the dining room, the chandelier, a six-arm ball and barrel fixture, is made of inverted bronze rods topped with candle-like lamps. A table that seats ten under this light. A pair of French doors open onto the aforementioned oasis, a narrow deck and a large stone patio with three raised planting beds.

Raised beds line the deck. Charles Shaw / Facehome

A peninsula with seating for three separates the dining room and kitchen. It’s part quartzite and quartz countertop 16 feet tall with a sink in the middle and a bookshelf at the tail end. The lower cabinet consists of nickel long pull-out drawers. The upper cabinets are vertically mounted twins. The backsplash is a subway tile with a basket weave design. The five-burner gas stove comes with a stainless steel pot filler and lid.

The kitchen has a 16-foot table with benches. Charles Shaw / Facehome

Sunlight is no stranger to the second-floor porch: a pair of windows at the front of the house overlook the long space connecting the master suite, two bedrooms, and a full bathroom with multiple outlets, recessed lighting, and a built-in cooler. The double vanity has a Corian countertop that includes an extension shelf that extends over the toilet. The backsplash is ceramic tile, and the floors are black and white ceramic tile.

Two bedrooms (156 and 169 square feet) share a bathroom. Each has a wardrobe with one door and two windows.

The base suite (187 square feet) comes with two windows, too, plus a cast-iron radiator and two lockers. The largest is 40 square feet with custom shelves and drawers.

The base suite offers a walk-in closet with custom shelves and baskets. Charles Shaw / Facehome

The en suite bathroom features a barn-style sliding glass door shower, white subway tile backsplash, slate gray ceramic tile bathtub, and two vanities. One is rain. The room offers comfortable lighting, a ceramic tile floor designed to look like slate with radiant heat, a white cabinet with two wide drawers and a faux stone counter.

The majority of the basement is handed out to the carpentry workshop. There is also a laundry room and plenty of storage space. The property is 0.12 acres, and accommodates four cars in an off-street parking.

A carpentry shop occupies a section of the basement. Charles Shaw / Facehome

Hannah Kantor of Jamaica Hill Realty’s Jamaica Plain has the list, which can also be seen at 6weldstreet.com.

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