Thursday, March 6, 2014

#TBT-Revisiting Quincy

As a child, I did not fully appreciate the city I called home, Quincy, MA. I grew up in the Wollaston Beach area where yes I swam all the time. Quincy is known as the City of Presidents but there is so much history there that it is truly amazing and some of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen. Today I am visiting Wollaston Hill which is truly a beautiful neighborhood and one I frequented as a child to classmates birthday parties, etc. So, I thought I would go back in time to visit some homes of yesteryear. Here are some beautiful homes in the Wollaston Hill area.



This home was built in 1913, for Frank Burgess, the owner of Boston Gear Works, who paid $14,000 for it. It is known as the "Prairie Bungalow". It's style is a combination of the California Bungalow style and the middle west prairie style. This home sits on an over 20,000 square foot lot which is unusual, and last sold in 2002 for $635,000. It was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

The Randolph Bainbridge House, built in 1920 was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. This home is an example of the Shingle Style with the most dominant significance of this style being the massive 2 story crossed style gambreled roofs. Randolph Bainbridge was Quincy's Commissioner of Public Works. The home sits on a 4,944 square foot lot and has 2530 square feet of living space.

Today, this area is thriving. This area is in walking distance to the MBTA and easy access to the highways. You can walk to shops and restaurants too! There are schools right in the neighborhood, including a preschool and a Montessori school as well. There are also places of worship in the neighborhood. It is just 8 miles to downtown Boston so it is a very desirable area. Homes do not stay on the market long in this area!





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