Home of the Week: Victorian with a third-floor suite for $1.2 million

Home of the Week Dorchester
A Gothic-style composite fence surrounds the property. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

14 Morrill St., Dorchester

Style: Victorian
Year built: 1885
Square feet: 2,706
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Sewer/water: Public
Taxes: $8,328 (2018, without residential exemption)

The vinyl has been removed and now this century-plus Victorian is properly adorned — from the dragon scale shingles on its exterior to the Gothic-style composite fence that surrounds it.

This home, located in Dorchester’s Five Streets neighborhood, has been renovated with a reverence to its past. The front steps rise to a welcoming porch and a solid-wood front door with a frosted window.

Inside, there is a classic Victorian foyer; the ceiling heights are a smidge above 9 feet, the flooring is oak (it spans much of the house), and the original wooden stairwell is cast in the colors of a fully restored stained-glass window.

To the left and through French doors topped with a transom is a living room with a fireplace that has a carved wooden mantel influenced by Grecian temple design. The surround for this fireplace, and for the other two in the home, is handpainted glass tiles. Natural light flows in from a bay window and small recessed lights. There is thin crown molding.

Pocket doors open to a formal dining room with a large chandelier, a butler’s pantry, and a fireplace with an elaborate wooden mantel, mirrors, shelving, and the original Chelsea glass tiles.

Through a door awaits the kitchen — an off-white and pastel blue space that is in sharp contrast to the darker-toned dining room. The kitchen has shoulder-high white wainscot, white cabinetry with clear-glass doors, and counters of a dark soapstone. The high-end appliances, including a gas stove with a heat lamp, are stainless steel. There is a half bath off the kitchen. All of the bathrooms in the home have been redone.

There are three bedrooms on the second floor, where the ceiling height is a smidge below 9 feet.

The master is large and has solid-wood five-panel doors and a line of mahogany crown molding that matches the trim in all of the second-floor rooms. It has its own fireplace with a simple wooden mantel and the original Chelsea glass tiles. A door connects to a sunny office in the front of the house.

The full bath on this floor has a bathtub/shower combination with a clear-glass half wall and a surround of white subway tiles. There is a double vanity topped with Carrara marble and a porcelain tile floor.

One bedroom on this floor is being used as a family room. The rectangular space features a chandelier, thin crown molding, and walls painted a calming slate gray. A sleeping porch has been turned into a sunroom.

The third bedroom on this level has a chandelier that looks like an elegant pine cone, high bead-board wainscot, and a closet that’s a good size. The closets in this home are custom.

The upper floor in some homes seems like a utilitarian afterthought, something that exists solely so the roof can reach from one end of the house to the other. But in this Victorian, the walls frame its shape like a camera lens.

This level is a suite in itself. There is a large bedroom with two windows, a dressing room, a closet, an office (which can be used as the fifth bedroom), a laundry room, and a shower-only bath with a white subway tile surround and clear-glass doors. The bathroom flooring and sink are porcelain.

The second laundry area is in the unfinished basement.

The home, which sits on 0.09 of an acre, offers air conditioning, new windows, a bluestone patio, a driveway that can accommodate three vehicles parked in tandem, and a one-car garage.

The listing broker, Justin L. Green of In Realty Inc. in Savin Hill, will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

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