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Jamaica Plain federal dating from 1770 asks $840,000

The eight-room house older than America itself has of course been significantly updated

A kitchen with an island.
The house’s 1770s origins can be seen most clearly in the kitchen.
Photos via Arborview Realty

The bones of 991 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain date from around 1770, six years before the British evacuated Boston to George Washington’s Continental Army.

The house—now on sale through Arborview Realty for $840,000, or $437 a square foot—has of course been significantly updated beyond its 18th-century origins. That doesn’t mean those origins aren’t still visible if you look hard enough. Check out the kitchen ceiling, for instance, or the house’s very exterior.

The 1,918-square-foot spread includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There’s central air and enough parking for three cars.

And, as for that tag, it’s competitive for Boston houses these days. A Greater Boston Association of Realtors report pegged the latest median sales price for detached single-families in the city at $655,000 and the average price per square foot at $413.

The exterior of a two-story, rectangular.
Federal is probably the architecture style most associated with Boston.
A living room with built-in shelves next to a fireplace, and there’s other furniture.
The house has eight rooms total.
A dining room with two large windows and a table with chairs, and there’s a chandelier above the table.
Yes, the dining room, but the first floor also boasts a laundry room.
A sitting room with a fireplace and furniture, and there’s closed door to the outside.
Note the peaked ceilings.
A narrow room with a desk and a chair, and behind both are built-in bookshelves.
And now note the wide-plank floors.
A hallway leading to a staircase that winds up.
The stairwell hints of the house’s 18th-century birth.
A bedroom with a bed next to a fireplace.
The house has the potential for three bedrooms.
A bedroom with a bed and cathedral ceilings, and there’s a staircase leading down from it.
The uppermost bedroom is at the top of the stairs and beneath cathedral ceilings.