For only $489,000, the 3,542-square-foot two-family Victorian home at 51-53 Hillsdale St. in Dorchester’s Lower Mills District is one of the best investments money can buy: historic architecture, open-plan living space, an income-generating unit, and a historic neighborhood accessible to recreation, transportation and much more. As the double address makes clear, each unit has a separate entrance, as well as separate basement.
The oversized multiple bay windows expand the entertaining arenas in the living rooms, which are enriched by milled columns, baseboards, window casings and gleaming hardwood floors.
The kitchens are newly renovated with custom paneled oak cabinetry, laminate counters and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. One kitchen has a white-tile backsplash with decorative tile accents and a windowed pantry with counter and cabinets.
This bedroom has a hardwood floor, a stylish stucco ceiling, and a windowed alcove for a compact computer workstation or makeup vanity.
Another major asset of 51-53 Hillsdale St. is its brisk walk to the Cedar Grove station on the Mattapan-Ashmont High-Speed Line of the MBTA. This is just one stop away from shops, restaurants, cafes and farmer’s markets at Dorchester’s Ashmont station, in one direction, and a shuttle to Milton Academy, in the other.
Also in the immediate vicinity are Dorchester Park, Cantas County Hospital, Labouré College, William G. Walsh Playground and more.