Victorian luxury for less in Allston duplex condo

Ah, those grand old Victorian details and spaces … high ceilings … crown moldings … window casings … tall windows … bay windows … baseboards … hardwood floors … formal dining rooms … eat-in kitchens … tiled baths … gabled roofs … nooks and crannies … that are so far out of reach of most of us, pricewise.

Not so at Unit D at 68 Allston St. in Allston. This 1,720-square-foot, 3-bed, 2-bath duplex condo contains all of the above, letting you live in luxurious Back Bay style for only $349,000.

The chamfered bay window adds light and space to the living room. The yellow wall accent intensifies the light.

Plantation shutters, a fancy chandelier, and a peach wall accent give the dining room the formal qualities it needs for a great dinner party.

The eat-in kitchen lines up its custom cabinetry, laminate butcherblock counter and top-value appliances — built-in dishwasher, four-burner gas range, refrigerator with icemaker — along one wall, leaving ample room for a large breakfast table.

The three bedrooms come in many colors, shapes and sizes, formed by a variety of roof gables, wall-window arrangements and wall treatments. All offer a cozy but amply roomy atmosphere for sleep, home-office work or children’s play.

The main bath has been updated in proper Victorian fashion with a classic pedestal sink and a floor tiled in a pattern of black diamonds and white octagons.

This is complemented in a contemporary way with a checkerboard-tiled tub/shower (above).

Other updates to Unit D include a new furnace, in-house laundry, freshly painted interior and exterior, and an exterior fence.

The unit also has generous closet space and basement storage.

The modest $262/month association fee includes water and sewer, master insurance, and landscaping.


The neighborhood is as livable as the unit itself. Straight down Allston Street are Ringer Park, athletic facilities at West End House, a grocery store, and the Green Line trolley to Boston College, Boston University and downtown Boston. Down a few blocks are a plethora of restaurants, cafes, furniture outlets and other stores, including Staples, at the intersection of Commonwealth and Harvard avenues.

For more information on Unit D at 68 Allston 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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