What does the word “condo” bring to mind? Box? Crawlspace? Shed? Walk-in closet?
For a good taste of how roomy and homey a condo can be, check out Unit 2 at 62 Murdock St. in Brighton. For a mere $384,900, this 1,000-square-foot, 2-bed, 2-bath second-floor unit offers single-family feeling unprecedented, with one of the widest, most far-reaching open floor plans you’ll ever see in a condo or a single-family.
Just look at how far and wide the hardwood floor of the open, loft-like living room reaches, creating spatial continuity with the dining room, the kitchen, and the entrance hallway to the bedrooms for a whole-house experience.
For that purpose, several walls have been removed and replaced with peer-over counter/cabinet units, including the one in-between the dining room and kitchen.
This configuration makes the kitchen’s layout more open and bright than the average galley kitchen, thereby dispersing cooking odors and shedding more light on your culinary activities without always having to turn on the lights. The black tiled counters are nicely complemented with dark-finished wood cabinet encasements, as well as a black four-burner smooth-top electric range.
By contrast to the open-plan, interflowing common areas, the bedrooms have traditional enclosures and separate locations for cozier, quieter sleeping experiences. Yet they still have ample light from multiple windows, as well as generous closet storage and separate bath access.
The sunny, tree-lined Murdock Street has convenient access of its own: to an unusually high concentration of educational, medical and social amenities. Steps away are Brighton High School, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Franciscan Hospital for Children, Cafe 57 & Grille, the Green Briar Irish Pub, and more.
Yes, more. Down Cambridge/Washington Street is Brighton Center, which is seething with fine restaurants including Devlin’s, intimate coffeehouses such as Cafe Mirror, popular bars including Porter Belly’s, chic boutiques like Amanda’s Flowers and Minihane’s Flower & Garden Shop, and the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum.