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Stunning Luxury Loft in Lower Mills: 25-Foot Ceiling, $2,472/month, First Month Free

Get ready to be amazed. Okay, so this week’s Deal isn’t exactly a bargain, but we just couldn’t resist showcasing it.

This chocolate-factory-turned-luxury-loft-building in Dorchester’s Lower Mills just completed construction of its new wing of apartments. And the ones we’ve seen are pretty stunning to behold. We must admit, the unit you’ll read about isn’t the most economically sound option ($2,472 for a one-bed), but bear with us as we have a little fun showing you one of the most intriguing rentals on the market.

The Apartment

When Patriot (the personified form) first saw this unit, we stood frozen in the living room for several moments. That’s because it’s just utterly huge. The ceiling is 25 feet high and there’s more than 700 square feet of space…in the living room alone. It’s more like a luxury banquet hall than a common area. A top-of-the-line kitchen and a full bathroom are down here, too.

Up the stairs – this is a loft, remember – is a giant, open master suite that overlooks the living function room. There’s a walk-in closet, a master bath with both a stand-up shower and a garden tub, and a separately controlled central air zone. As you stand up here and look over the balcony (especially, we imagine, while hosting a classy party), you can’t help but feel kingly.

For those who haven’t been keeping track, here are the final stats: one bedroom, two baths, 1,484 square feet, and endless possibilities for classy parties.

The Price

$2,472/month with your first month free.

The Up-Front Costs

One month’s rent and a security deposit that’s based on your credit score (but is typically less than another month’s rent).

The Location

It’s hard to get much cooler than this: these apartments are carved out of one of America’s oldest chocolate mills. Protected as an historic landmark, the property’s developers were only allowed to renovate the building if they adhered to strict aesthetic guidelines and preserved its original beauty. The result was a seamless blend of 18th-century charm and contemporary luxury.

Such is the theme of Lower Mills, a neighborhood at the southern-most tip of Dorchester that borders Milton. It’s been revitalized in recent years by Boston investors who recognized that it could pass as hip, historic, and convenient all at once.

Within a quarter-mile, there’s a Red Line stop, a Shaw’s, a CVS, a Dunkin’ Donuts, and a handful of cafes, ice cream shops, and pizza parlors. The Ledge, a sleek bar/restaurant with a two-tiered back patio, just opened less than two years ago.

Walkscore: 86 out of 100 – “Very Walkable”

The Next Step

Call Patriot (617 436-6000) to schedule a private tour or to learn more about Lower Mills.

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SALES EDITION

Brand-Spanking-New Two-Bed in Neponset: Incredible Finishes, 1,400 Square Feet, $329,000

Go ‘head buyers, try to find something wrong with this condo. We dare you.

Buyer #1: I want my condo to be brand new, so I don’t have to worry about proverbial skeletons in the closet.

Patriot: The whole building is less than a year old, no one’s lived in this unit, and everything’s up to the latest codes. The inspection will be a cinch.

Buyer #2: I don’t have a lot of money to put down. Will I be able to get financing?

Patriot: It might be new, but four of the six units are already owner-occupied and there’s plenty of money in reserve.

Buyer #3: I’m Shaquille O’Neal and I’m enormous. Would I fit in here?

Patriot: Shaq, it’s got 1,400 square feet of interior living space and high ceilings. You could do Pilates in the living room with Kevin Garnett and Yao Ming. While the Pats’ offensive line watches TV.

The Condo

Yep, lots of space. In the front, there’s a master bedroom with a wide, double-door closet and an attached, full bathroom. The second bedroom is big enough for a king and it’s right next to the guest bath (also full). The hallway then widens slightly before opening into a massive space that can accommodate any kind of kitchen/dining/living room combo you can dream up.

All the finishes are high-end: GE Profile appliances in the kitchen, custom tiling in the bathrooms, ample recessed lighting, energy-saving windows. You name it.

There’s central air and hookups for a washer/dryer. Off the living room, sliding doors lead to a spacious deck. From there you can overlook a surprisingly spread-out and wooded residential backdrop that’s not so typical of Dorchester.

An off-street, assigned parking spot is deeded to the condo, as is a storage unit in the basement.

The Price

$329,000.

The Location

The property, as previously mentioned, consists of six units (two per floor). Four of the units got snatched up right after the development was completed. The building’s owner has held onto the remaining two condos until now, when they’re being unleashed on the open market. Because it was just finished last year, the building is in impeccable shape: new rubber roof, new siding, plumbing, electrical, etc. Pets are allowed and there’s lots of backyard space to walk them.

It’s right in the heart of Dorchester’s Neponset neighborhood and tucked on a side street a block away from O’Donnell Square. The street has experienced an extensive amount of rehab over the past couple of years, which has upped its drive-through appeal considerably. Previously unused lots have been transformed into professionally cared-for residential properties that are comfortably separated from one another. And because the buildings aren’t on top of each other, there’s plenty of space for residents to park and for new landscaping to flourish.

Neponset, spotted between the two Boulevards (Morrissey and Gallivan) and right over the bridge from Quincy, is surrounded by conveniences. A ramp to 93 is around the corner, a Stop & Shop is a six-minute walk away. Pope John Paul II Park, with its 65 acres of riverside greenery, is within a mile.

Walkscore: 74 out of 100 – “Very Walkable”

The Next Step

Patriot will be hosting an open house this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Feel free to stop by then or, if you want a personal showing, have your broker call the listing agent, Pat McManus, at (617) 835-5059.

For more great deals, check us out at patriotregroup.com. If you’re in procrastinate-at-work mode, stop by our Facebook and Twitter profiles while you’re at it.

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New Southie One-Bed: Prime, East-Side Location, Off-Street Parking Available, $1,350/month

This one is especially fresh – it just hit Patriot’s inbox this morning. And it’s one that we can dub Deal of the Week without hesitation.

One-beds in South Boston right now are hard to find. Availability here in general is pretty scarce. Most Southie leases run from September to August, so if you’re looking in the winter or spring, you don’t have much to choose from.

That’s what adds another dynamic to an already attractive listing. An affordable (for Southie, at least) one-bed, a block from East Broadway will rent quickly at any time of the year. But when there’s barely any other competition, it’ll go in a heartbeat.

The Apartment

It’s not very big, but packs a lot of punch per square foot thanks to some recent improvements by the owner. He refinished the hardwood floors, upgraded the lighting, and installed new appliances and countertops in the kitchen. Plus, he added a dishwasher to appease those sponge-weary tenants who refuse to go without one. The kitchen is big enough for an eat-in table and, with all its new finishes, is usually considered the apartment’s most appealing interior feature.

The living room faces the front and has a practical, rectangular layout. The bedroom fits a queen-sized bed and has a wide, double-door closet. Again, you’re not getting a ton of space, but the apartment is nicely finished and well laid out so it doesn’t feel small. It’s clean and cozy and, as you’ll read in a bit, it’s in a great location.

Laundry and extra storage is in the basement (this unit is on the first floor, so you don’t have far to go) and an off-street parking space is available for $150 more a month. Patriot’s suggestion: grab it. It’ll only take one night of searching tirelessly for a spot – or one huge snowstorm – to make you rue the day you decided against it.

The Price

$1,350/month. $1,500 with the parking spot included.

The Up-Front Costs

First, last, a full-month’s broker fee, and a $50 application fee per person. Sorry, a good amount of up-front cash. But that’s often how it goes in Southie. (Although you can read this and this as evidence to the contrary.)

The Location

Right at the corner of K and East Third, this apartment is barely a block from East Broadway. It’s the more-convenient part of East Broadway, too – the Stop-&-Shop/Rite Aid/all-the-major-bus-stops part. Not to mention the Playwright/Beer Garden/all-the-coolest-bars part.

It’s still about a mile-plus from the Broadway T station, but that’s not a bad walk if it’s a nice day. And being right around the corner from stops for the 7 (Financial District), 9 (Copley), and 10 (Andrew) buses is a major advantage.

Walk Score: 83 out of 100 – “Very Walkable”

The Next Step

Call Patriot (617 436-6000) for a showing. It’s occupied through April, so we must give the tenant about 24 hours of advance notice.

For more great deals, visit our main website, patriotregroup.com. Or, to make fun of us for jumping on the social media bandwagons, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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High-End One-Bed in South Boston: $2,051, Heat Included, Nothing but First-Month’s Rent to Move In

What do you have to do to move into Southie’s newest, luxury apartment development? Qualify. And that’s it.

High-end property managers usually have similar mindsets: if you can prove that you’ll pay the rent, they won’t ask for much up-front. A $1000 security deposit maybe. Sometimes just a few-hundred for an administration fee. They’ll do what it takes to get reliable tenants in there.

But this Southie community has taken it a step further. If you meet its standards, you will pay nothing up-front. No last. No security. Just a $500 holding deposit and that’s deducted from your first month’s rent.

The Apartment

Like we said earlier, this is one of Boston’s newest apartment buildings (it opened in late 2009). So everything – from the interior finishes to the residents-only courtyard – is designed for the modern-day, city-dwelling renter.

Of course, luxurious features abound: generously sized, gourmet-quality kitchens, in-unit laundry, walk-in closets, etc. But what you might not expect is that this development is fully devoted to its tight friendship with the environment. Those state-of-the-art kitchen appliances also happen to be highly energy-efficient. As are the dual-flush toilets. There is a recycling room on every floor and each apartment has huge, floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize natural light, thus minimizing your electricity bill.

So what’s available? The best deal at the moment is a second-floor one-bedroom. It’s 702 square feet, available in April, and looks right at the Boston skyline.

The Price

That one-bed is going for $2,051. Heat and hot water are included in the rent.

The Up-Front Costs

Nada. Just the previously mentioned $500 holding deposit that becomes part of your first month’s rent.

The Location

Not sure why we took this long to tell you, but it’s right across from the Broadway T station. Google Maps measures the distance in feet, for crying out loud. And Broadway is a grand total of one stop from South Station. So consider “convenience to the city” as one of this property’s definitive strengths.

On-site amenities are a strength, too, and you can use them at your will for no extra charge. Club room with kitchen, flatscreen, and Wi-Fi? Got it. 24-hour fitness center? House. They even have bike storage areas and a personal concierge.

There’s covered parking beneath the building, but you have to open your wallet a bit for that ($250/month). Although, if you’ve been living in Southie this past winter, you might just pay anything for your own garage spot.

Oh, and one more thing we should’ve mentioned earlier: it’s pet-friendly. So bring the critters.

The Next Step

Call Patriot (617 436-6000) to arrange a private tour. There are more apartment styles, too – everything from studios to townhomes – so ring us up if you want more information about that.

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