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Whimsical Dorchester fixer-upper asks $699,000

The Victorian in Savin Hill dating from 1890 includes touches such as pocket doors and stained glass—but it needs some work

An entry foyer with high ceilings, a staircase, and a fireplace. Photos via Coldwell Banker

The Victorian at 9 Elton Street in Dorchester’s Savin Hill area dates from 1890. The house includes vestiges of that age in its pocket doors, stained glass, and mantels.

But that age shows in places, not least in the peeling wallpaper and the worn woodwork. The Coldwell Banker listing for 9 Elton—which is retailing for $699,000—acknowledges as much: “This home has great bones and awaits your personal touch.”

But any new owner would have what for Boston is an enormous palette on which to paint, so to speak. The house runs to 3,349 square feet and includes the potential for four bedrooms. What’d you think? What would you tackle first?

The exterior of a square-ish house with a turret.
A living room with a stained-glass window, some furniture, and peeling wallpaper.
A dining room with a table and chairs, and there’s a big entryway to the room and the curtains drawn across the room’s big window.
An older kitchen with a table and four chairs.
A staircase with a landing with a window, and there is very colorful wallpaper.
A spacious bedroom with a radiator, a fireplace, and a door.