68 RUSSELL STREET #1 / CHARLESTOWN
SQUARE FEET 840
CONDO FEE $239 a month
BEDROOMS 1 BATHS 1
LAST SOLD FOR $390,000 in 2013
PROS This garden-level unit is in a 1900 brick building on a quiet street. The entry stairway, clad in brick and wainscoting, leads down to the main living area with hardwood floors. At the foot of the stairs is a large living room with street-level windows, and the bedroom is across the hall from the newer bath, storage, and laundry closets. But the real treasure here is at the end of the hall, where a south-facing glass door in the kitchen opens to a brick patio and lush, fenced yard. The eat-in kitchen has Corian counters, stainless appliances, and room for a desk by the exposed brick wall. CONS Bedroom doesn’t get much light.
Nancy A. Roth, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 617-429-6396, nancyrothre.com
499 SHAWMUT AVENUE #1 / SOUTH END
SQUARE FEET 905
CONDO FEE $298 a month
BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 1
LAST SOLD FOR $524,000 in 2012
PROS The garden-level unit in this 1899 brick row house has hardwood floors, central air, and recessed lights. At the bottom of the entry stairs, find two bedrooms at left, one with a walk-in closet and interior shutters on the street-level windows. The living and dining area opens to the kitchen, updated with stainless appliances, breakfast bar, and granite counters with mica highlights. The double-entry bath can be divided by a clever pocket door, offering privacy between the tiled shower and the main bath with laundry. Glass doors open to a patio and landscaped yard as large as the condo. CONS Lower ceilings than typical Victorian.
Diane Keliher, Keliher Real Estate, 617-875-8765, keliherrealestate.com
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