Live studio-style in the Back Bay

Everybody has to start from the bottom and work their way up in life — and homebuying is no exception, as far as having to get in on the ground floor is concerned, because that’s where the prices tend to be lowest.

But Unit 7 at 396 Beacon St. in Boston’s big-bucks Back Bay is an exception to the usual dime-a-dozen digs a low budget buys you. For $409,000, here you get a 568-square-foot architect-designed open-plan studio with a gleaming hardwood floor and an unusually high ceiling for a unit at this level.

In addition to the fine finishes, fixtures and features that come with the territory, you have freedom to arrange your living, dining, office and bed facilities any way you please — a far cry from the boxed-in basement feeling many garden-level apartments give you.

Step inside the great room, and you’ll marvel at what an architect could do with the ground floor of an 1872 rowhouse. Freedom and flexibility lie before you, further expanded by the old bay window, where the closeted bedroom/office area is to give you the morning sun you need for your reveille. A glass wall with sliding door partitions the bedroom/office from the common areas. The living area has a granite fireplace on hand for your housewarming.

The great room flows all the way back to the kitchen — open enough to let your guests in on your dinner-party preparation, yet getting enough out of their way by confining itself to a corner. Its diminutive size is compensated with a smorgasbord of tasteful appointments: birch cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances.

In warmer months you can spill the wine and dining out onto your private patio, brick-paved Beacon Hill style for cocktails and cookouts with class.

The bath boasts a soaking tub, Italian tiles, imported German fixtures, and radiant stone flooring.


Venture out into your Back Bay neighborhood for riches beyond compare, including:

*fitness trails, biking, dog-walking, and free concerts at the Hatch Shell (including the July 4 Boston Pops gala) on the Esplanade;
*sailing along the Charles River;
*shopping and dining at The Shops at Prudential Center (including Legal Sea Foods), at Copley Place and along Boylston Street;
*art galleries and boutiques on Newbury Street;
*the Boston Public Library in Copley Square;
*Green Line subway service at Hynes Convention Center;
*bus service to Symphony Hall, MIT and Harvard.

    For more information on Unit 7 at 396 Beacon St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit

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