Mansionlike unit on Brighton-Brookline town line

When was the last time a condo felt like a house? Well, one of your last chances at a condo that really feels like home — and where Brighton feels like Brookline — awaits your luck of the draw now at 42 Englewood Road near the Brighton-Brookline town line. For a mere $459,000, its 1,615-square-foot, 2-bed, first-floor Unit 1-A has the floor area, finishes, fixtures and feel — and front porch — of the million-dollar mansion the 4-unit condominium appears to be from the street.

You’ll therefore live, dine and entertain with pride in Unit 1-A‘s common areas, which are rich with original detail and hardwood floors from the late 19th-century Georgian Revival home’s single-family days. The bow window lets in the sun and streetviews and expands the living-room space, the woodburning fireplace warms it, the detailed mantel, window/door casings and modillioned crown moldings refine it, and the crimson wall treatment enriches it with the elite spirit of Harvard.

The formal dining room continues the refinement with a cross-beamed ceiling, high paneled wainscoting, multiple tall windows, a built-in bookcase/cabinet, and its own woodburning fireplace with bracketed mantel.

The kitchen has been thoughtfully renovated with granite counters, new appliances including a four-burner electric range with microwave/vent, and custom paneled maple cabinetry that blends with the original woodwork.

The master bedroom has a broad bow window of its own to let you wake up to sumptuous sun and vista. Its crown molding, chair rail and gray/black wall treatment add to the historical charm.

Englewood Avenue’s crescent shape limits the neighborhood’s through traffic, giving you a quiet place to live as well as a convenient one. The Englewood Avenue Green Line trolley station is steps away, and right down Beacon Street is Cleveland Circle, Brighton’s one-stop center of shopping, dining, recreation and transportation.

Photo by George J. Pantazopoulos, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Cleveland Circle is the place to be for upscale restaurants and bars, pizza places, Dunkin’ Donuts, hardware and dry-cleaning stores, CVS, parks, ballfields, fitness trails, swimming, skating, and access to three trolley lines:

  • the C line to Brookline, Washington Square restaurants, and movies at the Coolidge Corner Theatre;
  • the D line to Newton, Brookline Village, and the Longwood medical area; and
  • the B line to Boston College, Allston Village and Boston University.
  • All three lines continue into downtown Boston, and the D line’s Reservoir station has bus lines to Roslindale Square, Forest Hills, Harvard Square, Union Square in Somerville and Sullivan Square in Charlestown.

Right across the street from Cleveland Circle are one of Boston’s best concentrations of recreational facilities: sports fields on Cassidy Playground, skating and swimming at the Reilly Memorial Rink and Swimming Pool, and a fitness trail around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

For more information on Unit 1-A at 42 Englewood Ave., 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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