Fixer-Upper Friday: A Modest Bungalow in West Roxbury

Its unfinished basement awaits an overhaul.


Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

10 Temple Terrace, West Roxbury
Price: $419,900
Size: 912 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1

Behold one of the rarest gems in all of Boston real estate: a single-family home in the $400,000 range. This 1920s bungalow, while technically still within city limits, feels like a suburban starter home. The modest (and, in parts, shabby) West Roxbury pad measures just 912 square feet, but is brimming with potential.

While $419,900 doesn’t seem like the going price for a fixer-upper, houses in this red-hot market are a special breed. It’s not insanely egregious, at least, considering the home doesn’t require any structure-altering renovations. It’s mostly the usual stuff: nixing old wallpaper and linoleum, swapping out some old fixtures, scrubbing the bathroom clean.

Plus, the place has a lot going for it. There’s a pantry off the kitchen, an enclosed porch leading to the living room, and several rooms with original oak floors. A sizable fenced-in backyard with a garage boasts plenty of space for gardening and summertime lounging. There’s also an unfinished basement awaiting an overhaul, which would add a significant amount of living space to the house.

The property is seconds from the VFW Parkway, too, as well as the rolling green fields of Brook Farm, a historic former Transcendentalist community inhabited by the likes of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

For information, contact Lisa Sullivan, Insight Realty Group, Inc., insighterealtygroup.com.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

Photo via Insight Realty Group, Inc.

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