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Dorchester Victorian with a basement and a backyard asks under $800,000

The Melville Park spread dates from 1880, and includes three floors of living space

A bright kitchen with a large island.
The kitchen in particular pops.
Photos via Compass

Mighty, mighty Dorchester is one of the few Boston neighborhoods for finding that elusive feature more common in the `burbs: a lawn (if you’re into that sort of thing). The three-level-plus-basement Victorian at 37 Allston Street is proof of that.

The 2,043-square-foot house with five bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms includes a fenced-in backyard with a lawn and a patio. The house also includes that walkout basement with a new washer-dryer. And the bones of the Vic date from 1880.

As for the price, 37 Allston is retailing for $729,000, or $356 a square feet. Both sums are competitive for Boston, where the overall median for a detached single-family is around $655,000 and the average price per foot is $413.

Meanwhile, in keeping with the way of things now during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the listing brokerage, Compass, is hosting private showings of 37 Allston rather than conventional open houses.

A square living room with a fireplace and furniture.
The house includes two fireplaces.
A dining room with a table and chairs in front of a fireplace.
There are 10 rooms, too, over the three living levels.
Another angle on the same kitchen, showing an oven in the island.
The kitchen includes a mini-bar.
A bedroom with a bed.
There are five bedrooms.
A room with a kids table and chairs next to an electric keyboard.
Though they don’t all have to be used as bedrooms.
The exterior of a squarish, three-story house.
The house and its neighbors all date from the late 1800s.
A backyard with a lawn and a patio, all fenced-in behind a house.
And there’s that lawn, a substantial one for Boston proper.