Home of the Week: Dedham antique shines with blend of old charm, modern renovations

Home of the Week
The home sits on a 0.13-acre lot.
The home sits on a 0.13-acre lot. John Tlumacki/Globe staff

 494 Washington St., Dedham


Style: Antique Colonial

Year built: 1830

Square feet: 2,734

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 2 full, 1 half

Sewer/water: Public

Taxes: $10,976 (2017)

Narrow slices of antique face-nailed oak. Wide-planked pine. These hardwood floors only add to the story and the warmth of this home.

From the foyer, a right turn leads into the living room and an open floor plan that stretches the length of the expanded home, which now boasts fresh paint and newer windows. The living room offers a wood-burning fireplace, crown molding, floor-to-ceiling windows, and face-nailed oak flooring that may be original to the 187-year-old house. A rectangular archway leads into the formal dining room, which connects to an updated kitchen with brown-granite counters, cream-colored cabinets, and stainless-steel appliances, including double ovens and a wine refrigerator. The breakfast counter offers space for three.

From the kitchen, a short hallway sports the original brick oven, a point of demarcation between the original house and an addition. What follows is a play area with built-in corner cabinetry and a sunny family room with sliders to a red-brick patio and the fenced-in backyard, which is lined with gardens and is shaded by mature broadleaf trees in neighboring yards.

Also off the kitchen is a den/library with built-in shelving and morning stairs. The second level, which features wide-planked-pine floors, offers four bedrooms. The master suite and a large bedroom are paired in the front of the house, while the other two sit in the rear and are reached via a long hallway that doglegs. The updated main bath has a single vanity, a tub, and a shower.

The master suite features a large, sunny bedroom with four windows, a walk-in closet, and a bath updated with a marble-topped vanity and shower surround.

The walk-up attic, accessed back out in the second-floor hallway, has been converted into a playroom and office. Sun pours in from two skylights and three windows looking out to the street. This space offers an additional 465 square feet of living space.

The basement, in which the original granite foundation is visible, is unfinished.

The listing agent is Elena Price of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Westwood. As of presstime, an offer had been accepted on this property. You can visit her website at

Follow John R. Ellement on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Send listings to Please note: We do not feature unfurnished homes and will not respond to submissions we won’t pursue. Subscribe to the Globe’s free newsletter on real estate, home design, DIY, and more at