Monthly Archives: March 2011

Yesterday’s charms, today’s amenities in Roslindale home

Rarely do historical details, high-end amenities, light-filled spaces, outdoor acreage, off-street parking and neighborhood beauty merge as immaculately as in 42 Hemman St. in Roslindale. For only $324,900, this 1,149-square-foot, 3-bed, 1.5-bath single-family offers the comforts of home at a condo’s price.

The living room lets in the light from many directions and pristinely preserves its original 1925 woodwork for many generations.

Wainscoting, crown moldings, window casings, hardwood flooring, and the stair’s newel post all add up to one warm, elegant formal dining room.

The kitchen’s new black granite counter, white appliances and …

Cleveland Circle penthouse studio offers more for less

The classical grandeur of 24 Sidlaw Road in Brighton might make you think you have to fork up a fortune to dwell therein. But what’s less obvious to the onlooker is the 360-square-foot, 2-room Unit 21 that awaits the first-time homebuyer’s admiration and approval for only $149,900 — an unbelievable price for a penthouse studio as well as a dignified front entrance and a vibrant neighborhood.

Unit 21‘s chief asset is its open-plan versatility and flexibility: each room has more than one use. For instance, the living room is also …

Great Value for Green Living in Somerville

The condos at 14 Main St. in Somerville are truly a unique offering. Built in 2010, these brand new homes were built with energy efficiency in mind. These “green” condos boast 30% savings over already efficient traditional new construction. From the bamboo flooring to the superior insulation and Energy Star appliances, no opportunity to increase efficiency was missed. This project was featured in the Boston Globe’s Green Edition and is awaiting LEED approval.
While important and money saving, the green initiatives aren’t even the best part of …

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Harvard Square condo blends classic Tudor with contemporary loft lifestyle

For $549,000, Unit 306 at 12 Remington St. offers four much-coveted home assets: classic, contemporary, convenience, and Cambridge. Located in a classic 1900 Tudor village community, this 981-square-foot, 2-bed, 1-bath duplex uses its large spaces and windows and its gabled, skylit slate roof to best advantage to form a contemporary light-filled living arrangement with an upper-level loft. From the common brick walkway, just follow the red brick road to Cambridge’s crossroads of culture and commerce: Harvard Square.

A triple window with old leaded glasswork fills the large living room with light …

Studio splendor in South Boston Gothic landmark building

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 …

Roxbury townhouse holds the fort in quality, value, affordability

Fort Hill, historic site of the Roxbury High Fort that the Continental Army erected under Henry Knox’s guiding hand in June 1775 to defend Boston against British siege, now has something else of fortitude to boast: 39 Hawthorne St., a 1,623-square-foot, 3-bed, 2-bath townhouse condominium with all the comforts of a single-family home for only $339,000.

The living room alone shows how well-built this townhouse is. Solid walls, sizable windows, hardwood floors and a classic fireplace combine to create a sense of security, serenity and sunshine.

Ditto for the dining room, where …

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