178 DORCHESTER STREET, UNIT 3 / SOUTH BOSTON
SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,417
BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full
ASSOCIATION FEE $148 per month
LAST SOLD FOR $435,000 in 2009
PROS The windowed bump-out in this two-floor penthouse condo frames a breathtaking view of the Boston skyline surpassed only by the panoramic perspective from the top-floor family room. This floor, with its wet bar and private roof deck, is perfect for entertaining. All other rooms are in the level below: The kitchen gleams with granite counters and stainless appliances in an open-concept layout that includes a living room with a gas fireplace; the master suite fits a king-size bed comfortably, has a walk-in closet with custom shelving, and a bath with a big shower and tub. Rented parking for $200 a month is a five-minute walk. CONS The exterior trim needs sprucing up.
Jackie Rooney, Rooney Real Estate Inc., 617-645-5370, rooney-re.com
110 STUART STREET, UNIT 21G / BACK BAY
SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,872
BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full, 1 half
ASSOCIATION FEE $2,133 per month
LAST SOLD FOR $1.62 million in 2011
PROS The smoky Venetian-plaster walls and crystal sconces in the foyer hint at the beauty around the corner in this stunning condo at the W hotel. The foyer opens to a commanding window-filled view that includes Beacon Hill and Boston Harbor. The custom-designed entertainment center, which blends into a living room pillar, doesn’t detract from the view. The grain-rich bamboo floors throughout much of the unit and the custom wall-length desk in the office are in keeping with the design’s modern, open concept. The hotel’s fitness center, valet parking, and 24-hour concierge are included in the fee. CONS Buyers may want a window blind in the second full bath.
Lili Banani, Coldwell Banker, Previews International, 617-796-7521, lilibanani.com
— Eileen McEleney Woods