On the Market: A Painted Lady Victorian in Jamaica Plain
Rainbow stained glass, reclaimed ship parts, and marble fixtures furnish this Sumner Hill home.
109 Sedgwick St., Jamaica Plain
Size: 3,680 square feet
This home is a hodgepodge in the best of ways—starting with the red and teal paint that highlights the trim and detailing of the exterior, which is what makes this already-impressive Victorian a “painted lady.” Situated in the Sumner Hill Historic District between the Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park Zoo, this four-story Victorian comes with a fantastic outdoor space of its own. There are terraced gardens fenced in by stone walls, a small circle of a pond, and a new hot tub.
There’s also a nice deck and a patch of grass, but much of the yard is taken up by a patchwork patio. According to listing agent Marcus Walker, the former owner hated to see useable materials go to waste. So rather than see pieces of marble from the old Jamaica Plain High School be thrown away, he gathered some friends to incorporate the stone into the patio, along with bricks and other components. “If you look closely,” says Walker, “you can see colorful tiles that were used in the [school] bathrooms.”
But the backyard doesn’t have all the fun. Inside, though southern yellow pine floors and marble fireplaces suggest a more classic approach, inventive touches grace nearly every floor, from the garden level in-law apartment to the lofted playspace on the top floor. In the bathrooms, marble makes another appearance, thanks to the former owner’s penchant for tilework. Distinctly colored tiles form geometric shapes along the walls of the showers, including wide zig-zags and concentric triangles. One bathtub features an even more exceptional feature: A metal bulkhead door sourced from a ship offers an alternative to stepping into the soaking tub—just open the watertight door and walk right in.
One of the home’s most colorful flairs is in the living room, where light green walls and neutral furnishings suddenly burst into color when sunlight filters through the rainbow-hued stained glass panels on the upper third of the bay window.
Even among a mishmash of creative updates, though, this late 19th century Victorian retains some of its precious original fixtures. One example greets you as you enter through the front door—“The walnut wood in the entrance is practically extinct now,” Walker says. “You will not find it in a modern build.”
For information, contact Marcus Walker, Walker Residential Property, walkerresidentialproperty.com
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