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The $2.77M Handyman's Delight on Chestnut Street

The word of the day may as well be "potential," whether it's referring to the gutted condo at 251 Marlborough Street, which just underwent a massive price-chop, or to this 6,150-square-foot townhouse at 124 Chestnut Street, which offers itself as ideal "for customization by a new owner." Read: it's yawningly empty and needs some serious TLC. A buyer would have good bones to work with, though. The townhouse, which dates from 1890, shows every bit of its Victorian roots in the exposed ceiling beams and working fireplaces; and there is room for at least four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. It's asking $2,779,000, which is a staggering markup from its last sales price—if public records are to be believed (and we hope so), $4,778 way back in 1996.

· Listing: 124 Chestnut Street [Zillow]
· Marlborough 'Dreamhouse' Just Got That Much Dreamier [Curbed Boston]
· Our Tuesday Townhouse archive [Curbed Boston]