Archive for May, 2011


Just-Completed, Luxury Condo in Port Norfolk: Two Beds, 1,300 sf, $326,900*


More of the new stuff.

We at Patriot have heard the outcry. We’ve given you a couple tastes of new construction in recent weeks and you…want…more.

(Editor’s note: Patriot has only assumed that you want more.)

So here you go. This time, it’s a penthouse two-bed in Dorchester’s Port Norfolk. It’s loaded with luxury finishes, it has a huge, private attic for storage, and the developers just cut the red ribbon last week.

The Condo

It’s the top-floor unit of a two-story building that was just erected this year. Everything, therefore, from the roof to the basement, is brand new. New water heater, new HVAC system, new appliances, new fixtures. Everything that might typically concern a buyer.

But that’s just the boring stuff. The interior has all kinds of high-end finishes and features, like stainless-steel, Bosch appliances in the kitchen, Heritage red oak floors, and a double-sink vanity in the master bathroom. It also comes with two off-street parking spots.

The floorplan was carefully designed to maximize space and create a natural flow. Nowhere is this more evident than in the living room, a space that’s huge and open, but cozy and homey as well. It starts at the kitchen’s granite breakfast bar and stretches all the way to a front-facing, Juliet balcony. A gas fireplace and a bay window, meanwhile, provide comfortable spots to read or gather.

Off the hallway, there’s a king-capable guest bedroom, a full, guest bathroom, and a cable-ready office area. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, the en-suite bath mentioned earlier, and a spacious back deck, accessible by sliding glass doors.

Finally, the condo’s most intriguing feature: the attic (another attic!). A pull-down set of stairs leads up to an unfinished space that runs the length of the building. It’s private to the penthouse and ideal for storage, but capable of so much more if you want to get creative.

The Price

$339,000 ($260/sf, not including the attic).

Condo fees are still to-be-determined, as this is a new development.

The Location

Port Norfolk, a small peninsula off Dorchester’s Neponset Circle, is perhaps best known for housing the Venezia, a highly acclaimed, waterfront restaurant with direct views of Boston from across Dorchester Bay.

But “the Port,” as it’s called, keeps drawing the attention of residential developers for other reasons. They’ve come to recognize its appeal as a pocket neighborhood that’s both on the water and removed from main-street traffic. There’s a beachfront park, an entry for the Neponset River Trail, and a Planet Fitness. Plus, its residents can get on 93 in no time (okay, so it takes one minute, according to Google Maps).

Hence the new construction. Hence more construction to follow. And, hence, a great opportunity for a savvy buyer.

The Next Step

This is a Patriot exclusive, so call us today (617 436-6000) to schedule a showing. Or stop by our open house this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more great deals, check out all of our listings at patriotregroup.com. Or flock like social media sheep to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Remarkable New Construction in the South End: Penthouse Duplex, Stunning Roof Deck, Prime Location

Before we proceed, let us recognize the fact that, no, this is not your typical Deal. “A deal,” you might tell Patriot, “shouldn’t have a one-and-a-half-million-dollar price tag.”

To that, let us retort with, “We don’t care, it is a Deal! And it’s so darn fun to read about and to look at pictures of, we’d still call it a Deal even if it weren’t.”

So join us (however begrudgingly) as we examine this astounding duplex penthouse, which is nothing like anything else on the South End market. Which combines remarkable, contemporary luxury with the distinct, historical character of the neighborhood. Which is listed at $1.495 million and is still considered under-priced.

How’s that for a Deal?

The Condo

First, about the building…

When the developers bought it last year, they ordered a complete gut job from the ground up. A classic brownstone that once housed five units with quirky layouts and outdated finishes, is now a two-unit masterpiece with huge open spaces, elevated ceiling heights, and some of the most expensive detail we’ve ever seen.

A custom designer gave the interior an ultra-chic, contemporary look with black hardwood floors, European lighting fixtures, and white, Caesarstone countertops. Smart-house features, like customizable cameras and a Sonos multi-room music system, were added to each unit. Finally, the brick exterior was carefully restored according to the guidelines of the South End Landmarks Commission, which makes certain that any new construction or renovation preserves the district’s renowned historical beauty.

Now, the condo: it’s a penthouse unit with two floors, not including the internal walk-up from the building’s vestibule or the 450-square-foot roof deck (which we’ll get to in a bit). All three bedrooms are on the first floor. The master was designed for a king set, confirmed by the properly placed and individually controlled reading lights. The closet is a custom-designed, full walk-in. The en-suite master bathroom has dual sinks, a three-headed steam shower, radiant floor heating, and a heated towel rack. The other two bedrooms (one works best as an office, though has a window and a closet) face the front, share another full bathroom, and have direct views of Boston’s Back Bay skyline. Also on this level: a laundry closet with a full-size, Bosch washer/dryer set already installed.

Up a full flight of stairs you’ll go to find the space that defines the unit: a combo kitchen/dining/living room that utilizes all 40 feet of the building’s depth. In a word, it’s enormous. It’s extra wide – the developers increased the width from 13 feet to 20 – and, due to the unique slope of the building’s roof, the ceiling height climbs dramatically to 13 feet in the living room. A linear-flame, gas fireplace accentuates this effect with its floor-to-ceiling facade. The room transitions seamlessly into the kitchen, which features a Bertazzoni six-burner range and a Sub-Zero fridge and wine cooler. Off the kitchen is a surprisingly spacious and usable balcony.

That’s nothing, though, compared to the private roof deck. It’s accessible by another full flight of stairs and a head house, it’s enclosed by a black, cast-iron fence, and it has feeds for water, electricity, and gas. But all that’s usually lost on those who set foot up there, because the views are overwhelming. The Prudential Center and the Hancock Tower seem close enough to touch, while the building’s height and the size of the deck allow you to see the rest of Back Bay, the South End, and the Financial District panoramically.

The Price

$1.495 million. A deeded, off-street parking spot can be included for another $50,000. The condo fees are estimated to be about $300, but because this is a new conversion, that’s still to be determined.

The Location

The South End is the largest existing Victorian residential district in North America, characterized by 19th-century, red-brick rowhouses like the property at hand. This one’s on tree-lined Claremont Park, a one-block street on the Back Bay side of Columbus Ave.

Buyers tend to prefer this side of Columbus, mostly because of its proximity not only to the heart of the South End’s restaurants and nightlife, but to Copley and the Pru as well. And its desirability is reflected back by its residents, whose care and perpetual up-keep help maintain the neighborhood’s pristine beauty.

From Toro‘s authentic tapas on Washington (0.5 miles), to Amsterdam Cafe‘s signature paninis on Columbus (one block), the South End’s diverse range of eateries are within easy walking distance. Wally’s Cafe, one of the country’s oldest jazz clubs, is right around the corner and The Beehive, a haven for eclectic live music, is a 10-minute walk. Of course, you can always explore all that Back Bay has to offer, as a stroll to Boylston Street takes just 15 minutes.

Walkscore: 95 out of 100 – “Walker’s Paradise”

The Next Step

This is a Patriot exclusive, so call us today (617 436-6000) to schedule a showing. Or stop by our open house on Sunday.

For more great deals, check out all of our listings at patriotregroup.com. Or just kick it with us socially by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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True, Schoolhouse Style in Lower Mills Luxury Two-Bed: Vaulted Ceilings, Cathedral Windows, $2,075/month

This property in Lower Mills, one we’ve blogged before and surely will again, showcases top-of-the-line, condo-quality luxury within the frame of an historic schoolhouse building. But few of its units truly capture the character that the building once possessed; the type of character that earned it landmark status.

This week’s Deal, does. It’s a top-floor, corner two-bed with 15-foot ceilings (available in just a few units here), cathedral-style windows, and the kicker: its own private attic for storage.

Its unique style and big open space will spark memories of childhood school days (the fun, nostalgic kind, not the boring, homework kind). But its high-end finishes will remind you that you’re actually an adult, surrounded by contemporary luxury.

The Apartment

First, the location of this unit is ideal. It’s on the top floor of the squared, two-story schoolhouse building and it touches exactly zero other apartments, thanks to a stairwell and a hallway that keep it completely separate from its neighbors.

When you enter, you’re immediately drawn to the living room because of its openness and natural light. The square-footage alone is impressive, but the massive ceilings and windows make the room entirely huge and inviting. And because it’s a corner apartment, all the sunlight that the windows capture shines through from two different directions.

The kitchen is half-open, half-closed from the living room and features premium-brand, stainless-steel appliances: GE Profile refrigerator, range, and microwave, plus a Bosch dishwasher. There’s a laundry closet off the kitchen (equipped with a stackable set) and a coat closet in the foyer. The bedrooms are split, allowing for maximum privacy.

Finally, the attic. There’s an attic! A classic, pull-down-the-stairs attic that has tons of room for private storage. That’s about as rare a feature as you’ll find in a luxury apartment.

The Price


The Up-Front Costs

First month’s rent and a full-month, refundable security deposit. Or, management offers a $300, Sure Deposit bond in lieu of security. You don’t get it back at the end of the lease, but it’s a convenient alternative if you’d like to drastically reduce your up-front payments.

The Location

If you’ve been following us for long enough, you probably know everything there is to know about Lower Mills (click here for our most recent mention). But let us give you a one-sentence recap: It’s “Very Walkable,” it sits on top of the Neponset River, and it’s one of Boston’s most intriguing neighborhood re-development projects.

The property of discussion was originally the Stoughton School, built in 1856 and cherished as a neighborhood landmark ever since. It’s right next to a Shaw’s and is a five-minute walk to the Milton stop on the Red Line. Parking is free in a private lot behind the building and a garage spot is available for an extra $100/month. It’s professionally managed, constantly maintained, and spotlessly clean.

The Next Step

Call Patriot (617 436-6000) to schedule a private tour. We’ve shown this unit once already and, judging by the gushing feedback, we might not get a chance to show it again (translation: the show-ee will probably take it). So call us post-haste if you think you’ll be similarly charmed.

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