On the Block

For sale: Condos with a past, in Chelsea and Marlborough

Before their conversions, one was part of a factory, the other a rectory.


  • $275,000


  • CONDO FEE $340 per month (includes water, sewer, snow removal)

  • BEDROOMS 1 BATHS 1 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $240,000 in 2013

  • PROS With 17-foot-high wood-trussed ceilings and exposed air-conditioning ductwork, this unit bears traces of Spencer Lofts’ history as a Buster Brown Shoe factory. Built in 1900, the brick structure was converted to condos in 2004. This unit has an exterior entrance and fenced patio. An open floor plan, wall of windows (with remote-controlled shades), and bamboo flooring make it a 21st-century home. Continuing the industrial vibe are stainless appliances and a stainless backsplash in the kitchen. A rectangular sink lends a modern feel to the bath, which houses the laundry. A king-size bed easily fits in the bedroom. CONS Bedroom windows are level with Spencer Avenue.

  • Philip Raccuia Jr., Warren Residential Group, 339-293-7995,


  • $314,900


  • CONDO FEE $350 per month (includes water, sewer, snow removal)

  • BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full

  • LAST SOLD FOR $293,900 in 2009

  • PROS Mahogany woodwork and 10-foot ceilings in this town house are unsurprising reminders of the early 1900s building’s past. The roughly 5-foot-tall, immovable safe hidden by a closet — not so much. Developers turned St. Mary’s rectory into condos in 2009 (the church followed later). This unit’s entrance is off the parking lot. Inside, huge windows make for a sunny kitchen and living room. Floors are birch, except for the kitchen, which has tile. Bringing a contemporary feel are cherry Shaker-style cabinets, stainless appliances, and granite counters. Bedrooms and an office are in the above-grade lower level. CONS A lone cabinet beneath a kitchen window seems out of place.

  • Lyn Gorka, RE/Max Executive Realty, 508-395-4685,

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