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Ashmont Time Machine Sells for Exactly What It Was Asking

Native son designed Shingle in late 1880s

The 3,172-square-foot, 11-room house at 296 Ashmont Street in busy, busy Dorchester's Ashmont area dropped on the sales market nearly two months ago. It was asking $905,000 through Gibson Sotheby's, loads more than the $144,000 it last traded for way back in September 1994.

Edwin J. Lewis designed the Shingle-style house in the late 1880s. Lewis himself was a Dot native and did a lot of work in the neighborhood, divining grand Victorians as well as more utilitarian fare such as stables.

The 5-BR, 2.5-BA at 296 Ashmont retains much of the charm imbued by Lewis' design, starting with that Shingle exterior and ending with touches such as pocket doors and the half-moon seating alcove off the dining room.

That charm appears to have worked: 296 Ashmont closed Thursday for $905,000, its exact asking price.