SHOWCASE; A HERALD MEDIA EXCLUSIVE;
Affordable History; West
Quincy Cape Mixes Old With New
Publication date: 2005-12-24
- By PAUL RESTUCCIA
An affordable house with lots of charm is a rarity in these
parts - which is why you should check out the 19th century
Cape at 28 Jackson St. in West Quincy.
The three-bedroom, 1,300-square-foot
home lists for just $337,500.
Built in 1857, the gabled house retains lots of its original
details: red-pine floors and wainscoting, carved door moldings,
wrought-iron heating grates and more. All of the home's
original interior doors remain, as does an antique mantel that
part of the home's long-removed
cooking fireplace. The home's original heating grates
add ornamental charm. (They don't actually heat the home -
a modern baseboard
Another good reason to buy this house: The current owner's
employer (who is relocating the seller) is offering a 30-year
fixed mortgage at a below-market 5.375 percent rate.
This will save you about $173 a month on interest charges
- and $60,000 over the loan's life. Buyers must use Federal
Housing Authority financing to qualify. But even if you don't
qualify for an FHA mortgage, you'll still
save money. That's because the seller will contribute up to
$1,600 toward closing costs.
Located on a corner lot, 28 Jackson St. offers small front,
side and back yards that are well-landscaped with bushes, grass
and window boxes. A gated driveway includes off-street parking
for two small cars or one large one.
The current owner repainted the home's exterior two years
ago, replacing the roof and gutters at the same time. The fenced-in
back yard also features a raised, free-standing wood patio
and a trellis.
Originally owned by a Quincy man who made boot-shaping frames,
28 Jackson St. was one of the first homes built in what was
and still is a working-class neighborhood.
Today, the home has a mix of original detailing and upgrades.
It house has double-glazed energy-saver windows throughout.
The open kitchen/living area has also been upgraded with
This flooring works well with the custom pine cabinets in
the kitchen, which gets lots of sun from two large windows
and glass- paned rear door. The kitchen is roomy enough
to fit both a mobile island and a casual-dining table. This
also offers lots of nice
touches, like a folding cabinet that opens to a Lazy Susan
and four spacious storage drawers.
The white General Electric four-burner gas stove and built-in
Kenmore dishwasher fit in nicely with the space's beadboard
wainscoting. The kitchen flows into a 12-by-14 living
room that features original pine molding and a convenient door
A 10-by-14 den off of the kitchen features the original red-pine
flooring and matching wainscoting that reaches up half of the
wall's height. This space also nice lighting and original carved-wood
Nearby, a 9-by-12 dining room still has its original mantel
and pine flooring. The room gets plenty of sunlight through
its front and side windows.
The first floor also offers a full bathroom done in early
1960s decor: pink tiling with black borders. The tiling is
in good shape, but a new owner could easily have it reglazed
for a more contemporary look.
Upstairs, all three bedrooms retain the home's original wide-
pine flooring (You can still see the rope laid between the
boards to ward off buckling.)
The master bedroom is a good-sized 13 1/2 -by-16. It has a
large closet with folding doors and built-in shelf space. The
other two bedrooms measure 9-by-12 and 9-by-10. These spaces
would make perfect home offices or kids' bedrooms.
A spacious family bathroom was upgraded in the 1950s, adding
white-marbled formica throughout. But the bathroom still retains
its original porcelain sink with antique faucets. You can remove
the formica to uncover an old-style clawfoot tub.
Downstairs, an unfinished basement - accessible both from
inside and from a rear bulkhead - offers some 900 square feet
of storage space, including almost a dozen built-in shelves.
The basement also has a washer/dryer hookup, as well as a new
water heater and a gas hot-water heating system that has separate
zones for the first and second floors.
The home is located just a 1/4 mile from the Route 128/Route
3 split and the MBTA's Quincy Adams commuter rail/Red Line
It's also a 1/4 mile from Faxon Park, about 3/4 of a mile
from Quincy Center's restaurants and shops and some three miles
from the South Shore Plaza.
All in all, this comfortable house offers a good condo alternative
for a young couple or family.
- For more information or a chance to view this property,
call Sam Schneiderman of Greater Boston Home Team at 617-469-4200.
Home checklist; Information about this week's profiled
** Address: 28 Jackson St., Quincy
** Bedrooms: Three
** Bathrooms: Two
** List price: $337,500
** Annual taxes: $2,596
** Features: Located on a corner lot, this antique Cape combines
original red-pine and wide-pine flooring in some rooms with
new oak flooring in others. Other features include an original
dining-room mantel, custom pine kitchen cabinets and more.
The home's roof, gutters and exterior paint were all redone
two years ago. The property also offers a backyard patio, as
well as a driveway with off-street parking for up to two cars.
** Location: About 1/4 mile from the Quincy Adams commuter
rail/ Red Line T station and the Route 128/Southeast Expressway
split. Also about 3/4 mile from Quincy Center's shops and
restaurants and about three miles from the South Shore
** Built in: 1857, updates ongoing