When you buy this diamond-in-the-rough at 18 Richfield St. in Dorchester, you’ve dug up a doozy of a deal: not simply two units for the price of one, but a two-family for the price of a unit: $265,000.
Although some TLC is in order for this 2,015-square-foot duo of 2-bed units, it’s off to a good start with hardwood floors, energy efficient vinyl replacement windows, gas heat, front and rear decks, large back yard with five-car off-street parking, deleading, and a sure sign of status: a picket fence.
The main unit’s front-facing living room receives bright sun and expanded space from the bay window and retains some of the period detail that is found throughout this 1900 Victorian house. The walls are treated with a serene muted green palette, and are ready for your entertainment center or bookcase.
A curtained French door elegantly introduces the dining room, which is formally appointed with a chandelier.
The kitchen might be ready for an update, but for starters it comes equipped with all of the necessities: laminate counterspace, a stainless steel sink, a full set of cabinetry including a china cupboard and a wine rack, and a complete line of fully functioning appliances.
The main unit’s master bedroom comes complete with a ceiling fan/light fixture, a full closet with mirror sliding door for “suiting up” convenience, lots of wall area for a king-size bed, and a contrast of wall colors to provide enough darkness for a good night’s sleep and lightness for a bright awakening in the morning.
Each unit contains two bedrooms, one shared bath, and basement storage.
The back yard is spacious enough for five cars, or it can be landscaped into a garden oasis. The yard expanse also gives the house potential for expansion of both units or addition of a third and/or fourth unit for condominium or added rental income potential (check local city zoning ordinances).
Another side to this diamond is its great location. The house is just off Columbia Road, Dorchester’s grand central connector to multiple neighborhoods, from Franklin Park and Blue Hill Avenue at one end to South Boston’s beach, Marine Park and Castle Island at the other. Across the road are Ceylon Park and the Columbia Road Totlot, and up the road is Uphams Corner, Dorchester’s downtown, where shopping, dining, and performances at the Strand Theatre are abuzz.