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South Boston’s elegant, storied mansions up for sale

Some locals fear they will be razed

They are icons of South Boston, the only two properties in the neighborhood that might qualify as estates. Both are on the last block of East Broadway before it ends at Pleasure Bay, and for generations, Southie people liked to play a daydream game and ask themselves which of the two big houses they would buy if they ever hit it rich: the red one or the white one?

“I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have dibs on one of those houses,” said Mary Sweeney, a lifelong resident. “I always wanted the red one, and didn’t understand anyone who wanted the white one.”

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