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Listed: For $1.54m, a modernized 1870s Boston Victorian with a sauna

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The five-bedroom home at 102 Anawan Avenue hit the market on Monday for $1,549,000. J Carr Media

From the outside, the four-story tower and gabled roof of this 1870s Victorian still reflect the era in which it was built.

Inside, however, one would never guess the five-bedroom 3.5-bath home at 102 Anawan Ave. in West Roxbury was built more than a century ago. The 3,340-square-foot home underwent a complete renovation in 2017 that created a home for life today. The property hit the market Monday for $1,549,000.  

“The owner purchased the property and basically gutted the whole house and ripped out the interior walls and rebuilt and restored it,” said listing agent Michael J. McGuire of Insight Realty Group. “He kept a lot of the original details, the bay windows, a lot of the fine original details, and then modernized everything else.”

The double door entrance opens into a small foyer. To the left, an L-shaped staircase leads up to the second floor. To the right, the living room stretches nearly the length of the home. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are part of an open floor plan, save for a column in the middle that houses fireplaces for the living and dining areas and upper and lower cabinets and counter space on the kitchen side. Each room boasts recessed lighting and natural light from bay windows, and the dining room has built-in shelving. Wood flooring connects all of the rooms.

The kitchen has a gas stove, stainless steel appliances, a double oven, and a farmhouse sink sitting between white stone countertops. The island is topped with the same material and houses a wine cooler and cabinetry. Two rows of pendant lights hang overhead. 

Four of the five bedrooms are on the second floor, including the owner’s suite, which offers wood floors, a wardrobe, and a walk-in closet with built-in shelves and drawers, as well as a bath with a double-sink vanity, tile flooring, and a walk-in shower with a steam valve. The other three bedrooms on this level also have wood floors and closets with built-in shelving. They share a bathroom with tile floors, a single vanity, and a shower/bathtub combo. A hallway closet with a stackable washer and dryer completes this floor.

The third level is where things really start to heat up. The bedroom on this level connects to a sauna through a full bathroom with a walk-in shower.

The seller works as a developer, McGuire said. “In fact, when he would renovate properties in London, he told me, that was sort of standard procedure to add a sauna when they were doing over town homes and properties.”

The other main room on the third floor has a wrought-iron spiral staircase that leads up to a sitting room in the home’s turret. 

Outside, the home has expansive front and back porches and a stone patio. The lot is 0.16 of an acre.

The home would be ideal for someone looking for modern amenities wrapped in antique style, McGuire said. 

“A home like this is definitely unusual for the marketplace, so I think it’s really going to appeal to someone that’s really a fan of the 1800’s, 1900’s Victorian-style homes but yet wants new construction,” McGuire said. “This home has the effective age of a brand-new home with everything that was put into it, but it still has all the details in the character of a turn-of-the-century Victorian.”

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