Home of the Week: Jamaica Plain house features third-floor nursery

Buying Home of the Week Boston Jamaica Plain
The third-floor nursery. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

5 Hubbard St., Jamaica Plain


Style: Colonial

Year built: 1910

Square feet: 2,293

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 2 full

Sewer/water: Public

Taxes: $8,349 (2018, without residential exemption)

Actor and director Ron Howard once said about aging that “there are creative benefits to getting older.’’ That logic applies to this three-storied, barn red Colonial built a century ago. Previous owners creatively rejuvenated the property, trying to keep as much of the original detail as possible.

The front entrance is evidence of this. The exterior is modern and insulated, but just beyond the front door is the original front door, which is wooden with windows accented by rectangles of stained glass.

Stepping inside the home, the renovation effort shows itself again: Whenever structurally possible, the previous owners moved or trimmed back walls, leaving only the chimney column in the center of what is otherwise an open floor plan.

From the front entry, the living room is to the left and features broad crown molding and a window seat that is shaped like an isosceles trapezoid — a favorite spot for the owner’s dog. Storage is perched underneath this seat, which is in a bay window looking out to the street. The room still feels airy and open even with an upright piano against one wall.

Past the chimney is a dining area with a chandelier of clear-glass light bulbs and a large window. French doors open to a deck that leads to a bluestone stone patio flanked by dogwoods. The patio is connected to the driveway.

The kitchen has a peninsula with a concrete countertop and seating for three. A stainless-steel sink is on the other side of the peninsula. The appliances are stainless steel, including the gas stove, and the backsplash is glass tile. The cabinetry, a mixture of solid wood and medium-density fiberboard, is extensive. Behind a door with a smoky-glass window is the pantry.

On the second floor, there are two bedrooms and a study. The larger of the two bedrooms has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, walls painted black, a gold ceiling, and white crown molding and trim.

The updated bath features hexagon-shaped marble floor tiles, a single vanity with a white resin sink, and a floating cabinet. The bath is a shower/tub combination with a white subway tile surround and a clear-glass shower door. There are bookshelves on one wall.

There is no master suite. Instead the master bedroom (260 square feet) and the fourth bedroom, which is decorated as a nursery, share the third floor with a bath (more on the bath in a moment.)

The master bedroom offers floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a deep walk-in closet with built-ins. The ceiling slopes, but the room is never confining. The room has one large window, which is original to the house, and gets more light from a pair of skylights.

The bath has only a shower, but the space was designed and constructed by Jamaica Plain architect/general contractor Kevin Guarnotta. He said he used sheets of teak on the vanity, which has a single shallow bowl and two faucets. He used the same teak for the sliding doors on a cabinet in the narrow space. The bath has a skylight and a ceramic tile floor with radiant heat. Behind clear glass, there is a shower with multiple heads, including a steam option. (Guarnotta designed the second-floor bath, too, but did not build the cabinets.)

The flooring throughout the home is hardwood and pine, most of which appears to be original to the house. The recessed lighting, windows, and doors have been updated, and the home has a Nest thermostat, built-in speakers on the first floor, and ductless air conditioning.

The laundry is in the unfinished basement.

Hubbard Street is a narrow one-way with no on-street parking, but the home has two spots in the driveway. The house is steps from Southwest Corridor Park and Stony Brook Station on the MBTA’s Orange Line.

Alison Zilzer of Stonybrook Realty in Jamaica Plain is the listing agent. As of press time, an offer has been accepted on this property.

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