More for less in JP first-floor condo

The three-decker was one of America’s most malleable and versatile affordable multifamily housing concepts in the prime of its proliferation throughout Boston’s “streetcar suburbs” from 1870 to 1920.

The three-decker is given one of its best treatments at 326 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain. Its lateral expansion creates more entry-hall, dining/kitchen and porch/balcony space, and its pediment gable swooping down into a curved Juliet balcony gives its residents more pride of place.

The buyer of the 1,220-square-foot Unit 1 will also take pride in the condo’s two bay-windowed rooms with decorative mantels, two large porches, three bedrooms, high ceilings, built-ins and extra storage, and especially its floor-through first-floor location, all for only $309,000.

The rear bay window fills the living room with southern exposure and sumptuous space, and also gives it a quirky octagonal shape. Lending a Victorian accent to the room is a decorative mantel with carved woodwork, a curio shelf and a built-in mirror. Through the paneled door on the left is…

…a spacious, luminous dining area leading into a chef’s kitchen via the peninsular breakfast bar that openly separates them. The dining room’s slider opens out to…

…a back porch with plenty of room for a barbecue grill for summertime cookouts and a patio furniture set for enjoying the Sunday paper or a card game or two.

The kitchen is fully updated with custom paneled cabinetry matching the hardwood floors, granite counters, and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances.

The master bedroom occupies the front bay-window space beside the entry hall, for the convenience of coming home and jumping right into bed and departing for work right after getting dressed. The room is handsomely dressed with the other decorative mantel; this one has a larger mirror for seeing yourself more fully when dressing.

And what a neighborhood to wake up to! Right down Centre Street is Mozart Street Playground, Stop & Shop supermarket, diverse restaurants, Orange Line subway service at Jackson Square, and, in the opposite direction, more restaurants, auto services, the Connolly Branch Library, and Bus 39 to Forest Hills, the Longwood Medical Area, Symphony Hall and downtown Back Bay.

Unit 1 also contains in-house laundry, generous closet and basement storage, new plumbing, and one deeded off-street parking space. The $250/month condo fee includes electricity, water, master insurance and refuse removal.

For more information about Unit 1 at 326 Centre St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit

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