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  • South Boston penthouse duplex has it all

    Posted Under: Home Buying in South Boston  |  April 25, 2011 11:56 AM  |  1,013 views  |  1 comment

    For half the price of a single-family of this style and substance, Unit 2 at 139 O St. will make you feel like you own the whole house. And a full house this 1,250-square-foot penthouse duplex is, boasting two bedrooms with en suite baths, two decks including a roof deck, a bay-windowed great room, a granite/stainless kitchen with island counter and deck access, a half bath, and beautiful details, finishes and hardwood floors throughout, all for only $559,000.

    Add to that the great room's classic gas fireplace, recessed ceiling lighting, and floor-through flow all the way from the front bay window to the rear kitchen and deck, and you're really at home now. Paneled wainscoting and a crown molding enhance the baronial grandeur of the space.

    The kitchen's island counter bar almost feels like a dining table with its cantilevered granite counter and designer pendant lighting. Stainless steel appliances, custom paneled cabinetry and a granite running counter add more culinary class to your food-prep and wash-up experience.

    The Victorian rowhouse's steep mansard roof gives the upper-level bedrooms generous headroom, floor area and window allowance.

    Unit 2's 2008 renovation included the installation of a designer vanity with glass counter, glass bowl-sink and Italian chrome faucet in the master bath.

    The private roofdeck treats you and your cocktail/cookout guests to breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, from Boston Harbor's clear blue waters to the Back Bay's liquid-blue John Hancock Tower.

    Which signifies the rich array of neighborhood amenities a short walk from 139 O St. Boating aficionados have a choice among the South Boston Yacht Club, Columbia Yacht Club and Puritan Canoe Club along the bay. Also nearby are the Oliver Hazard Perry School, Medal of Honor Park, Christopher Lee Playground, a Cumberland Farms convenience store, and many fine restaurants and cafes.

    For more information on 139 O St., Unit 2, or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

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  • South Boston unit close to everything, pet-friendly

    Posted Under: Home Buying in South Boston  |  April 25, 2011 10:45 AM  |  997 views  |  No comments

    Unit 1 at 13 Vinton St. in South Boston is your ticket to first-floor convenience to everything under the sun — including the beach — and pet-friendly amenities galore — including a pet-friendly condo association — for a mere $218,000.

    The original crown moldings and wide-pine floors of this 1890 building bring historical luster to the great room, while its high ceiling and open floor plan brings you contemporary loft-style headroom and flexibility in arrangement of your living- and dining-room sets, bookcases, entertainment center, etc. Just as convenient is the 512-square-foot unit's layout: off one end of the great room is the eat-in kitchen, off the other are the bedroom and bath.

    The eat-in kitchen is just as lofty. Unusually large for a unit in this price range, it has enough room for an entire dining-room set as well as a breakfast table. This space is made possible by lining up everything — including the kitchen sink — along one wall: custom paneled cabinetry, granite counter space, stainless steel refrigerator, four-burner gas range and cabinet-concealed dishwasher. The windowed alcove at the rear creates a more intimate breakfast space.

    The unit's corner location and oversized windows bring optimum morning light into the bedroom, while the high ceiling, crown molding and wide-pine floor fill it with Victorian charm.

    The fenced-in backyard patio further stretches your dollar and your space with ample area for cocktails and cookouts, romping room for children and dogs, and gardening plots on the side.

    Down the street is plenty more play area for dogs and kids in Joe Moakley Park and along the beach. In the immediate neighborhood are restaurants like Sergio's Pizza and Sports Connection Bar & Grill, Tedeschi's convenience store, bus service along Dorchester Street, Red Line subway service at Andrew Square, and lots more.

    For more information on Unit 1 at 13 Vinton St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

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  • Reasonably priced penthouse unit in South Boston

    Posted Under: Home Buying in South Boston  |  April 20, 2011 4:53 PM  |  1,018 views  |  No comments

    If "penthouse" means "pricey" to you, forget about that Park Avenue image with which the word is inevitably associated, and come on down to 59 W. 7th St. in South Boston.

    In this carefully renovated 1898 three-unit building, the 941-square-foot penthouse unit with fireplace, architectural details, updated kitchen and bath and two queen-size bedrooms will fulfill a first-time homebuyer's dream — make that "castle in the air" — for only $239,900.

    Not only that, but Unit 3 can be purchased with over $45K instant equity and a potential 5% down payment through a MassHousing-approved lender. (The buyer is to conduct his/her own due diligence. Contact CondoDomain Agent Jessica Quirk at 617-314-7704 or jessica@CondoDomain.com for details.)

    The living-dining room has been tastefully appointed with a beamed coffered ceiling, paneled wainscoting, hardwood flooring, a designer chandelier and a classic gas-powered fireplace to reflect its Victorian era even more than it did in its original state. There's plenty of room left for flexible living-space arrangement.

    The kitchen continues the living-dining room's hardwood flooring for a warmer culinary setting than cold tile floors usually provide. The custom paneled cabinetry adds to the warmth, the state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances provide a cool contrast, and the granite running counter unifies the two.

    Either of two bedrooms is spacious enough for other purposes, such as a dining room, a game room, a media room or a home gym.

    The shared bath is fully updated with a water-jet tub with faux marble tiles, a twin-sink vanity and corresponding mirror-door medicine cabinets with bell lighting and stylish décor. Other updates include an in-unit stacked washer/dryer, and private storage in the finished basement.

    Unit 3 is within walking distance of parks such as Orton Field and Sweeney Playground, schools such as J.F. Condon School and St. Peter Academy, Gold's Gym, and Thomas Park and the Dorchester Heights National Memorial marking the site of General George Washington's forced evacuation of British troops from Boston on March 17, 1776. Ample bus service to the beach, Marine Park, Castle Island and Red Line subway stations are in the neighborhood as well.

    For more information on Unit 3 at 59 W. 7th St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

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  • Floor-through South Boston unit pours in light and space

    Posted Under: Home Buying in South Boston  |  April 7, 2011 7:53 PM  |  1,132 views  |  No comments

    In this 2003 three-decker condominium lurks a light-filled, open-plan, high-end floor-through unit that belies the humble appearance of its gray/white clapboard facade. Offered at $359,000, Unit 3 at 190 F St. in South Boston also attests to the timeless versatility of the three-decker in its ability to bring space and light into your life.

    This quality is readily apparent in the living-dining room, which benefits from the bay window for expanded space, intensified light and panoramic neighborhood views. The hardwood floor and medium-brown wall treatment enrich the environment. Closet space is generous, and the living space extends all the way back over the breakfast bar and through the kitchen to the breakfast room for a continuity of light and air.

    The wide-open kitchen has been richly finished with granite counters, classic custom maple cabinetry and state-of-the-art appliances. The sink counter peers over the breakfast bar into the living-dining room so you don't have to lose sight of your dinner-party guests as you wash up after them.

    The breakfast area by the rear window is intimate enough for a morning family gathering yet roomy enough for formal dining, to free up the living-dining room for more living.

    The master bedroom blends light and dark in a way that suits the purpose of each characteristic: dark maroon walls for a good night's sleep, the light of the morning awakening you. The wall-to-wall carpeting makes the space feel cozier.


    Likewise in the home office, though here the pea-green and blue-gray walls shed more light on your work at the built-in running desk. The office is also suitable as a second bedroom, courtesy of its walk-in closet.

    Neighborhood amenities include:

    For more information on Unit 3 at 190 F St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

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  • Studio splendor in South Boston Gothic landmark building

    Posted Under: Home Buying in South Boston  |  March 27, 2011 6:33 AM  |  1,177 views  |  No comments

    A colorful combination of contemporary open-plan living and historic Gothic architecture awaits your attention and approval in the old Monks Building at 366 West Broadway in South Boston.

    Not the monastery that its name and churchlike design might lead you to think it is, this lancet-arched brick structure with high-pitched gables and turrets was built in 1873 from a High Victorian Gothic design by Alexander R. Estey for the Monks & Co. flour and grain dealership, and later housed the Mattapan Deposit & Trust Co.

    Now for sale here for $469,000 is Unit C1, a 2,142-square-foot, 2-bed, 2-bath first-floor studio duplex that takes full advantage of the tall windows, expansive hardwood floors, high ceilings and historic architectural details to create an ideal live/work space for an artist, photographer, musician, or anyone seeking spatially flexible but visually attractive living accommodations.

    The living and dining spaces are one big, long, high entertaining arena with an open kitchen at one end and a cast-iron posted rail at the other overlooking a barrel-vaulted stairhall down to the entry/bedroom level. The sky's the limit on creative room arrangement and guest entertaining possibilities here.

    A running granite counter ending in an arc-shaped breakfast bar overlooking the living-dining area defines the open kitchen. Stainless steel appliances and paneled white cabinetry continue the studio's spirit of blending the contemporary with the classic.

    Below the overlook rail is an atrium foyer roomy enough for a sofa, coffee table and bookcase and high enough for a luxury hotel lobby effect.

    The carpeted master bedroom also makes an excellent home office, by virtue of the deep alcove beside the large window, which can accommodate a comprehensive workstation.

    The master bedroom's en suite bath (left) boasts the private spa luxury of a five-star hotel: finished in blue Canadian slate and river rock, it leads into a 5-person full-sensory marble steam room. The en suite walk-in closet (right) is a room unto itself.

    The Monks Building's neighborhood is also rich with amenities. These include South Boston Community Health Center, Gentle Dental, CVS/Pharmacy, Buck and Sweeney playgrounds, Orton Field, Boston Athletic Club, St. Peter Academy, numerous restaurants and bakeries, and buses to the beach, Marine Park/Castle Island, and Red Line subway service to South Station, downtown Boston and Cambridge at the Broadway station.

    For more information about Unit C1 at 366 West Broadway, or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

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  • Go green, go grand in Macallen Building Unit 419

    Posted Under: Home Buying in South Boston  |  January 10, 2011 7:23 PM  |  918 views  |  No comments

    The Macallen Building, 141 Dorchester Ave., South Boston

    The 143-unit Macallen Building at 141 Dorchester Ave. in South Boston is Boston's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-certified residential structure. Thus you can live large without guilt, due to the environmental sustainability that looms large in every corner of your unit.

    The 1,722-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath Unit 419, offered at $899,000, takes care of you and the planet simultaneously:

    • Its carbonized bamboo flooring saves trees while giving your living spaces an exotic Asian-African air.
    • Its low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint creates a healthier interior environment while still looking luxurious.
    • Its charcoal triple-filtered HVAC system saves utility bills, owing to the water-loop heating and cooling energy transfer system that runs it.
    • Its energy-efficient utilities use about 30% less electricity than the average home and save an estimated 600,000 gallons of water per year.
    • Its double-glazed thermal windows reduce your heating costs and noise pollution while still providing stunning city views.
    • Its wheatboard-core cabinet/closet doors are constructed with formaldehyde-free resins and veneered in stylish tigerwood and blond ebony from renewable forests.
    • Its dual-flush toilets reduce water use by 60%.
    • Its recycled quartz kitchen and bath counters look like granite.

    Built of 95% recycled steel, the Macallen Building is just as environmentally responsible in its common features.

    Its “green roof” of drought-tolerant sedums and native grasses filters out carbon dioxide, ozone and other pollutants, thereby reducing the urban heat island effect by which most buildings contribute to global warming. Yet a common two-lane lap pool is still a luxury up on the green roof.

    Further reducing the urban heat island effect while providing its residents with optimum parking convenience is the above-ground garage, incorporated right into the building footprint. (Unit 419 has one deeded parking space.) An onsite ZipCar station is also handy.

    The lobby boasts a 24-hour concierge, elevators built from the same 95% recycled steel as the building's structure, and an art-gallery atmosphere. Other common amenities include a fitness center, a dog run, bike storage, and a private screening room with HDTV projection screen and theater seats.

    Located near the Broadway MBTA Red Line station and numerous buses, the Macallen Building is within walking distance of restaurants, Irish pubs, shopping, even beaches. For more information about Unit 419, contact CondoDomain Agent Jeanne Boucher at 510-205-5857.

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