5107 Tremont Street

Energy-efficiency has been a watchword for the current owners of this 1919 classic four-square. Five years ago, the house lacked any form of that new-fangled innovation called central air conditioning; new ductwork and some zoned mini-split units now help cool the 1900-square-foot home. After a fruitless search for a more suitable hearth and mantlepiece, the current owners, out on an evening stroll in the neighborhood, spotted the ideal replacement being readied for a trip to an antiques-resale shop. A deal was struck, and the fireplace was then retrofitted to accommodate a very effective gas-burning system. Other renovations include the kitchen and the upstairs bathroom. One set of previous owners divorced but continued to live in the house – each on his or her own floor – with a separate, external stairway. Traces of that second-floor entry are still visible on the side of the house. Most of the upstairs flooring is new, and the oak hardwoods downstairs are from the 1950s or 60s. Out back sits a large, newer garage and workshop; a greenhouse; and some lovely flower beds. Several trees were lost or damaged in the freak June 2019 windstorm, but this “opened up” the backyard to make it more verdant and enticing.