In 1836, Abel Rice, a cousin of Edmund Rice, and a former Brighton Center schoolmaster, purchased eight acres of land near the intersection of Everett and Holton Streets. Here the farmer/ schoolmaster constructed a Greek revival-style residence, with an ell for schoolrooms, a structure which still stands at 205 Everett Street. Rice devoted his North Allston acreage to the cultivation of strawberries. He is said to have introduced the very first strawberries to the Boston market.
There isn't much house left here, but it is nice to see that 205 Everett St is up for sale. I wrote about this property in October 2007, and since then it looks like the current owner has done absolutely nothing to maintain the property. The weeds are high, the trash on the sidewalk is thick, windows have been left open year round, and we can only hope that someone will buy this property and improve it.
Its current condition is a disgrace. It is a visible property at the corner of Everett and Holton and the house has some history, as described by Bill Marchione on the BAHS website:
An asking price has not yet been set for the property. It is assessed by the City for $447,900.
Posted by Harry Mattison on 8/18/2008 02:36:00 PM