Once you step into Unit 1 at 161 I St. in South Boston, its high ceilings, hardwood floors, oversized windows, private fenced-in patio, professional renovation and first-floor location will make you’ll think you’re living on Beacon Hill. And it’ll make you forget you paid only $365,000 for this 969-square-foot, 2-bed, 1.5-bath duplex. And you may not believe it’s a condo, either.
These high-end elements combine to create a bright, spacious, elegant living-dining room with a central fireplace, a wooden mantel, and an alcove for an entertainment center or bookcase.
The eat-in kitchen has ample room for an entire dining-room table to free up the living-dining space exclusively for entertaining or drinks before dinner. State-of-the-art appliances, custom wood cabinetry and granite counters are all clustered in one corner to make this dining space possible.
The kitchen accesses a private fenced-in backyard patio with room enough for cocktails and cookouts. The fence even has an alcove for placement of a grill.
This carpeted lower-level room has enough space and flexibility for family room, home office or bedroom use.
Also at the lower level is the carpeted master bedroom, where the small ceiling-level windows yield ample wall area for a king-size bed with headboard and more sound insulation for a good night’s sleep.
A handsome brick Victorian rowhouse with slate mansard roof, 161 I St. is part of a neighborhood of compatible rowhouses that has a Beacon Hill flavor all its own. Also worth Unit 1’s price are the neighborhood amenities:
- Thomas Park, the setting of the Dorchester Heights National Memorial, which marks the site where General George Washington forced British troops to evacuate Boston on March 17, 1776, furthering America’s quest for independence;
- a great beach along Old Harbor, leading to the L Street Bathhouse, Marine Park, and historic Fort Independence on Castle Island;
- Joe Moakley Park, with sports fields and picnic areas aplenty;
- local establishments such as the Boston Beer Garden, the L Street Diner and Pizzeria and the L Street Tavern;
- bowling at South Boston Candlepin;
- buses to Bayside Expo Center, the JFK/UMass Red Line subway station, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and UMass-Boston.