Style: Mansard Victorian
Year built: 1872
Square feet: 2,791
Baths: 3 full
Taxes: $7,713 (2019)
George S. Wheeler was a bonnet presser who served the St. Alban’s Masonic Lodge as master from 1881 to 1882. He had this Second Empire Victorian — with its distinctive Mansard roof topped with dragon scale shingles — built for him in 1872. Today it’s something of a confection with three shades of pink on its exterior, arched dormer windows, a front door in multiple shades of teal, and a tower with round windows.
This home is nestled in the Baker Street Local Historic District, where many of the neighboring homes are Victorians. The Wheeler House has a small front porch on the right side that leads to that distinctive teal door.
The home was updated with new electrical and plumbing systems and insulation, but renovations left the original layout intact. This was not the age of the open floor plan.
The living room has built-in bookshelves, crown molding, wide pine flooring that’s original to the home, and a Franklin stove. The dining room, next to the kitchen, features crown molding and wide oak flooring, as well as a pendant chandelier hanging from a white plaster medallion.
The eat-in kitchen boasts a granite-topped island with a sink, oak cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, and an embossed tin ceiling with a white sheen. A breakfast nook sits under two skylights and is framed by windows. A door leads to a 24-by-12-foot screen porch overseeing a big backyard that accounts for most of the lot, which is just shy of an acre.
An office and a full bath off the kitchen with a single vanity, oak cabinetry, and a shower complete this floor.
The stairs to the second floor are in the front of the house. Upstairs, at one end of the hallway, a wooden ladder leads to the tower and a small platform about 3 feet wide, a space big enough for a children’s hideout.
The bedroom area in the master suite is some 252 square feet with a pair of windows and a walk-in closet. The master bath offers a whirlpool tub, a curtained shower with a subway tile surround, and an L-shaped double vanity with a laminate countertop and purplish pink cabinetry. The floor is white ceramic tile.
The three other bedrooms range in size from 110 to 187 square feet. All are sunny, and one boasts a cedar closet. The main bath comes with a white ceramic tile floor, a single vanity with a quartz top and bluish purple cabinetry, and a claw-foot tub. There’s a separate shower behind a curtain.
The unfinished basement has a workshop with natural light from full-size aboveground windows. The detached garage in the backyard is being used as a workshop as well; the driveway running up to it was removed years ago.
Gil Campos of Campos Homes of RE/Max Real Estate Center in Foxborough is the listing agent. As of press time, an offer with contingencies had been accepted on this property.
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