For Sale/Rent

Fixer-Upper Friday: A Shabby Victorian in Hyde Park

It's a 10-minute walk to the Commuter Rail.


Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

151 West Street, Boston
Price: $227,700
Size: 1,687 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2.5

If you call up the listing to this Hyde Park home on a real estate site like Redfin or Zillow, you might see labels like “Hot Home” or “Popular.” That’s likely because the 1888 Victorian is one of only a handful of houses on the market for under $230,000 in the city of Boston. One look at the listing photos and you’ll see why: The place appears shabby. Really shabby.

The virtually uninhabitable “hot home” is a surely reflection on the sorry state of Boston’s housing market. But it’s also ripe for renovation—and at a somewhat decent price. The four-bedroom abode asks $135 per square foot. Tack $30,000 onto the asking price to account for competitive bidding, add another $100,000 for renovation costs, and it’s still a $360,000 single-family home within city limits.

Aside from its obvious drawback of needing a major overhaul, the foreclosed home has a lot going for it. The building has a good-sized kitchen and a whopping two and a half bathrooms. There’s crown molding, decorative mantels, and well-maintained hardwoods throughout. Plus, it’s only a 10-minute walk to the Commuter Rail. The thing it could use the most? An owner with deep pockets, a vision, and an endless amount of patience.

For information, contact Thomas Mario, Century 21 Mario Real Estate, century21.com.

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate

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