© 2018 by Sarah Shimoff


Introducing the distinctively charming

15 John Street

For the first time in 33 years, this remarkable property is now being offered for sale.

Read on to learn all there is to love about this rare three-family investment opportunity in Chelsea, filled with character and charm. 

Now Under Agreement

MLS # 72407888 as a multifamily



The Details of 15 John Street


3 Units

3,716 Square Feet

 6 Bedrooms - room for more!

3 Bathrooms

Full length Side Yard and Mature Garden

3 Mahogany Decks


Charming, Charming, Charming!

For the first time in 33 years, the owner of this charming Mansard Victorian three-family sited high on a hill along a quiet street is ready to transfer stewardship of this grand, gracious home.


The spacious three-family has been owner-occupied, lovingly maintained and thoughtfully updated while maintaining its period details including bracketed cornices, tall ceilings, original windows & hardwood floors.


It is rare to find such a home in the city with such substantial outdoor spaces, including a yard spanning the long length of the property to one side. The yard has been carefully curated with perennial flowers and plants over the years, and is truly an inspiring, private place.

Mahogany decks grace the front and side entrances as one approaches 15 John Street. True to the Victorian-style era, great columns, a classic Moravian star pendant, and original doors flank the impressive front entryway.

Upon entering the front doors, a two-story high grand staircase and entry foyer welcomes you and leads to Unit 1 on the main floor, and Unit 2 which occupies the second and third floors.


Unit #1 has an updated kitchen and bath, two bedrooms, 10' ceilings, and a decorative marble fireplace and chandelier in the front bedroom. This unit has large windows allowing light to flood in from three exposures all day, a flexible floor plan with two options for bedrooms, or for use as an office or living rooms. This space has an incredible pantry area. The kitchen has been recently updated with new floors, tile back splash, and paint.


Unit #2 offers a character-filled and functional floor plan with kitchen, a formal dining area, and another dining area connected to the kitchen, and a skylit, full bathroom. The large, light-filled living room spanning the width of the front of the building has a door leading to a large mahogany deck. The deck provides a private perch of outdoor space. Surrounded by a wild cherry tree on two sides this balcony deck has a charming tree house-like ambiance. Hanging lights create a marvelous mood for summertime alfresco dining. This deck is an entertainer’s dream. The circular layout leads through the more formal dining room, to the bright and large kitchen, through another informal dining area—a lovely setting for book club, breakfast, or to catch up over tea with friends and neighbors—and back around to a staircase leading to the third floor. The third/top floor offers two large bedrooms. The front bedroom with vaulted ceiling and storage loft is currently being used as raw artist space and has the potential to be split into two bedrooms. The main bedroom contains a spacious walk-in closet and wide pine floors. The mansard roof above these rooms has been insulated and updated in recent years. The windows on this level are double-paned. The rest of the windows throughout the home are original and equipped with effective storm windows.


Unit #3 is located behind the front two units and has its own, separate entrance. This apartment is a recently updated, remarkable space. An entryway leads to a formal living room with 10' tall ceilings and an enormous bay window and new kitchen on the main floor. Upstairs are two sunny bedrooms and a freshly painted full bathroom with a gorgeous, newly tiled floor.


There is a shared full basement which all units may access. The units are heated by gas.

Mature trees along the front of the home provide privacy for the full length side yard, decks and garden. The garden is lush and you'll find a Granda flora magnolia tree that blooms huge, fragrant magnolia flowers, rudbeckia, tall flocks, cosmos that reseed, day lilies, hosta, hardy hibiscus perennials, bamboo, two mulberry trees that produce delicious fruit, maple trees, a wild cherry tree, privet hedges for privacy, and bridal wreath shrubbery that blooms in the spring with cascades of little white flowers. In the summer, the gazebo is covered in climbing tree roses, morning glories in the fall, and hops in the springtime. 


15 John Street is the best investment in town. With strong bones, character everywhere, and smart updates throughout, get ready to move right in.

This property is an ideal candidate for an owner-occupant, investor, or condo conversion. The home will be delivered vacant.


Don't miss this opportunity to own

the most beautiful investment property

in the city


Life in Chelsea


Chelsea Public Schools

Check with the Superintendent to confirm school placement

Private School

Atrium School


Mary O'Malley State Park 

Along the Mystic River in Admirals Hill. Cherry trees, playground, tennis courts. There is a view of the old Chelsea Naval Hospital, 1836-1974, which is now a condo complex

Malone Park

Merritt Park - A "New Deal" Public Space

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Revere Beach


Dillons Russian Steam Bath

Kirshon Paints


Apollinaire Theatre Company

The Chelsea Station Bar & Lounge

"Dining room at the former Engine 5 fire station"

(check out their brunch menu)

Fusion Bistro

"Vegetarian-friendly, authentic old world Vietnamese,

Thai, Italian and Latin flavor with new world flare"

Ciao! Pizza and Pasta

Katz Bagels

"The bakery has been in the same location

in Chelsea at 139 Park Street for 70 years"

Market Basket

Mystic Brewery 

Vivid. Mindful. Beer.


Night Shift Brewery

Chelsea Commons 

Home Depot, Planet Fitness, CVS

Mystic Mall 

Market Basket, TJ Maxx, Starbucks & more

Paint Ball Chelsea

Suffolk Downs

Assembly Row

outlet stores

restaurants and cafes


AMC Theatres

Muse Paint Bar


Chelsea is served by the Newburyport/Rockport MBTA Commuter Rail

Chelsea MBTA

The New Silver Line to South Station - an article



Open Houses


15 John Street, Chelsea, Massachusetts

will be open to the Public:

1:00 - 3:00 PM

1:00 - 3:00 PM

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Friday, October 19

Saturday, October 20

Sunday, October 21

Floor Plans



Please be in touch with the listing agent, Sarah Shimoff, to learn more about 15 John Street:


Tel: 617-501-3015

830 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE HOME BUYERS:  All Brokers/Salespersons represent the seller, not the buyer, in the marketing, negotiating and sale of property, unless otherwise disclosed.  However, the Broker or Salesperson has an ethical and legal obligation to show honesty and fairness to the buyer in all transactions.  Regulation 254 of the code of Massachusetts Regulations selection 2.05 (15). Except as otherwise noted, specifications with regard to the property described above were provided solely by the seller(s) without verification thereof by the broker 9s) and, therefore, broker(s) accept no responsibility for the accuracy thereof.  Offering, details, and access to the property are subject to prior sale, change, price change, or withdrawal without notice.