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Newton condo offers 2 bedrooms, finished basement for under $500,000

230 Chapel St., Newton; $449,900

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In the kitchen, the cabinets are solid oak, the appliances are black, the counters laminate, and the flooring ceramic tile. A door leads to a small rear deck overlooking the yard.

Well before the Massachusetts Turnpike was built, this New England Colonial graced its Newton street. Converted into condos in 2015, the home retains its welcoming front porch and its charm.

The first step is into the living room, an open space with recessed lights and two large updated windows. The coat closet is on the right. A fan hangs from the 10-foot ceiling, and narrow crown molding, painted a shiny white, travels along the sky blue walls.

Down a short hallway off the living room is the larger of the unit’s two bedrooms. It has one window, a white ceiling fan, and a closet with custom shelving that occupies an entire wall. Directly across the hall is a full bath with a ceramic-tile floor and shower surround and a single vanity. The shower offers a bench behind a translucent sliding-glass door.

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The second bedroom is a few more steps down the hallway on the right. Sunlight pours in from a pair of double-hung windows, and the room has a small inset shelf and a standard closet.

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The flooring throughout much of the first level is refinished oak, a mix of original and new.

The kitchen, found a little bit farther down the hallway, features a vaulted ceiling. The conversion that created the property’s two condo units included adding a bay window here. The cabinets are solid oak, and the gas stove has five burners. The appliances are black, the counters laminate, and the flooring ceramic tile. A door off the kitchen leads to a small rear deck overlooking the yard.

A stairwell with shelving winds out of the kitchen to the basement. It’s not really fair to call it a basement, though, because it’s a fully integrated part of this home, not a dank utilitarian area, and adds roughly 500 square feet of living space. This basement has carpeting, recessed lights, aboveground windows, and a laundry closet. The primary use is as a game room or study. The second bathroom, with a tub and a shower, is on this level.

The southwest-facing property includes a small yard, a storage shed, and a driveway shared with another condo. Parking is tandem, with two spots per unit.

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Terry Sack of Prudential Edna Kranz Realty Inc. in Newton is the listing broker. As of press time, an offer had been accepted on this property.

THE DETAILS

$449,900

Style: Condo

Year built: 1890/converted 2015

Square feet: 1,000

Bedrooms: 2

Baths: 2 full

Sewer/water: Public

Taxes: 5,177 (2016)

Fees: $225 per month

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The living room.
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The larger of the two bedrooms.
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The second bedroom.
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The first-floor bathroom.
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The finished basement.
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The stacked washer and dryer area in the basement.
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The back porch.
Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff
The home, which was built in 1890 and converted into condos in 2015.

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