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When the expansive 1891 Shingle-style home on Ashmont Hill in Dorchester was first listed for sale last month, neighbors’ eyes popped at the price –  – $1,750,000.

Described as one of the finest homes in Dorchester, this Victorian gem and carriage house have been updated yet retain their original charm.

The property at 60 Ocean St. actually comprises two homes on a half-acre lot at the corner of Roslin Street at the top of Ashmont Hill. The elegant main house has seven bedrooms plus a sleeping porch within 4,332 square feet of space, and the spacious carriage house, built about the same time and converted to housing some time ago, has three bedrooms and 1,343 square feet of space.

Eric Jay Gould of ReMax/Destiny, the listing agent, explained that the sellers are seeking approval to subdivide the lot and perhaps sell the buildings separately. The main house, listed at $1,150,000, has an offer. The carriage house, was listed separately last Sunday at $599,000. It has just gone under agreement.

Noted architect Edwin J. Lewis Jr. designed the house and stable, which are considered “his best domestic work,” according to historian Douglass Shand-Tucci, who wrote a history of Ashmont.

The home, built for George H. Eastman, an insurance executive, features several bay windows and decorative bands of sawtooth-cut shingles. Eastman later added the wraparound porch, designed by another architect, Eliot Putnam. His designs are framed in the living room, and Eastman family portraits are scattered throughout.

The home boasts much of its original interior architecture – soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, fine oak millwork and stained glass.

The foyer with triple crown molding is especially striking. The turned staircase with spindles and the original finials includes three stained glass windows on the landing, and to the right of the entry is an alcove with a long corner bench that serves as a reception room.

To the left is the double parlor, comprising a living room and dining room. A previous owner widened the doorway between the two rooms, creating a huge entertainment area. The dining room has an angled fireplace in one corner and a doorway to the kitchen; in another corner are French doors that open out to a sun porch, which connects to the kitchen.

Pocket doors in the foyer open into a large sitting room off the dining room that has a fireplace and a door that leads into a large butler’s pantry that has the original copper sink and old-fashioned faucets.

The pantry and kitchen boast abundant beadboard cabinetry, most of which is original and some with glass fronts, a deep soapstone sink and a six-burner gas stove. The counters are quartzite. A center island, with a wood edge, holds another sink and a Bosch dishwasher.

At the far end of the kitchen built-in open shelving faces a second staircase that is open and looks over the railing into the heated sun porch, which has a small deck.

Five bedrooms are on the second floor, all connected by a long hallway that concludes with a full bath with a tub and shower. The master bedroom has a corner fireplace and an en suite bath with a shower. The bedroom also connects to the sleeping porch, which has three walls of glass.

Two more bedrooms and a spacious unfinished attic are on the top floor. The full basement has a huge utility room, a storage room with access to the yard and a large laundry.

Across the yard is the carriage house, which has been somewhat altered without affecting its architectural character. A wide deck with two steps leads up to the tall, French double glass doors with transoms that replaced the barn doors, and a second story window sits in the opening for the hayloft.

Inside, half of the first floor features an open front-to-back living room with a high ceiling, a ceiling fan and a gas-burning stove with a smokestack.

To the left are the kitchen and dining room, plus a half bath that includes a stacked washer/dryer. A second entrance to the home and a foyer are next to the dining and kitchen areas, which once were the horse stalls. The original beadboard walls and ceiling were cleaned and polished and add warmth to this space.

The kitchen is toward the back and is lined with white cabinets and appliances. Stairs are next to the kitchen and ascend to two bedrooms, a hall bath with a combination tub/shower and a home office. The bedrooms have finished walls with interesting angles and skylights. The office walls and ceiling are wood-paneled.

The repurposed carriage house and the Victorian main house hearken back to a long-ago era of elegance, without extravagance, that has been carried forward with updates for a 21st century lifestyle.


Address: 60 Ocean St., Ashmont Hill, Dorchester

Main house: Seven-plus bedrooms, two baths and two half baths, 4,432 square feet, $1,150,000

Carriage house: Three bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, 1,343 square feet, $599,000

Age: 1891; 1934; recent updates

Price: $1,750,000 for both main house and carriage house

Taxes for entire property: $9,879 (FY 2016)

Features of main house: High ceilings, period details, crown moldings, three wood-burning fireplaces, leaded glass, hardwood floors, sun porch, sleeping porch, wraparound deck and separate deck.

Features of carriage house: High ceilings, updated interior, a classic gas stove with a smokestack, beadboard walls and ceilings in part of house; two decks.

Close by: Historic Peabody Square and Church of All Saints; restaurants; two branch libraries; Dorchester Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted; easy access to Ashmont MBTA Red Line station and trolley and Route 93.

Contact: Eric Jay Gould, Re/Max Destiny, 55 Waltham St., Boston, MA 02118. Phone: 617-699-7636. Email: [email protected]

Website: www.destinyagents.com