South End garden duplex is #1

If your condo search is turning up little more than flats, boxes or studios, consider Unit 1 at 77 Worcester St. in Boston’s historic South End. For $849,000, this 1,632-square-foot garden duplex will truly make you feel at home, on account of its single-family characteristics: first-floor living, a backyard patio, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and much more.

The stooped entrance of this mid-19th-century brick bowfront rowhouse leads directly to your living room. The bow window expands the space and light, the original carved Carrara marble fireplace is intact, and the wall recesses are suitable for contemporary components such as an entertainment center or a flat-screen TV.

The garden level’s open floor plan is just as suitable for contemporary living. The family room by the backyard patio door is contiguous with the dining room, which in turn interconnects with the kitchen for handy food service. The open plan also adds to the unit’s single-family feel: it’s just like having two living rooms.

The open kitchen’s custom cabinetry complements the antique details of this old house. The granite counters include a peninsular bar with stainless steel sink. The stainless steel appliances include a built-in refrigerator with water/ice dispenser.

The family room steps up and out to the private fenced-in backyard patio, which is paved in brick to feel like one of the hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. Decking forms a boardwalk to the stockade fence’s door to your deeded back-alley parking space.

Also on the garden level is an intimate office, which can also be used as a den, nursery or playroom. The grilled window gives each use a feeling of security.

The master bedroom has plenty of space for a king-size bed, a dresser, a bookcase, and more.

The master suite’s walk-in closet is loaded with built-ins, as well as a rarity even in a single-family home: a front-loader washer and dryer and room for an ironing board, enabling you to wash, dry, iron, and hang or shelve your clothes in one fell swoop.

And don’t forget the luxurious master bath, appointed with a marble-top vanity and high-end brass fixtures. Also in the unit are bonus storage spaces that are unusually large for a condo.

The neighborhood is equally awesome, with something for the whole family: Worcester Street Community Garden, Carter Playground, South End Pizza & Grill, Corner Cafe, South End Yoga, the YMCA, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Orange Line and bus service… the list goes on.

For more information on Unit 1 at 77 Worcester St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

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