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Yes, You Can Still Get a Three-Bed in Southie: Condo-Quality Finishes, East-Side Location, $2,700/month

Been looking to rent in Southie lately? If so, then we’re sure this Globe article didn’t surprise you.

Vacancies are way down. Prices are way up. An apartment that’s here in the morning is gone by the afternoon. Landlords are salivating while renters are scrambling. Frustrating, we’re sure.

But if you’re in the market for a 9/1 three-bed, Patriot’s got one for you. It’s a beautifully updated, desirably located condo whose owners care for it as if they still live there.

And, above all else, it’s actually available. Well, at least until this afternoon.

The Apartment

Again, it’s not an apartment in the typical sense. From the wide-plank hardwood flooring in the hallway, the full-size laundry set in the storage closet, the brick back-splash in the kitchen, and the central air system, you can tell that this was always intended to be an owner-occupied home.

The first two bedrooms are similar in size (a full-size bed set with additional furniture fits comfortably) and closet space, while the third is slightly bigger and is set off the kitchen.

An updated vanity and bright, red-orange paint give life to the bathroom, which is larger and wider than what you’ll typically find in Southie. The hallway storage closet has enough space for coats, winter clothes, and cleaning supplies, but serves primarily as the laundry room. It houses a side-by-side washer/dryer with plenty of shelving for all of your laundry accessories.

One of the unit’s most charming features is the exposed brick that acts as a backsplash in the kitchen and an accent wall in the dining area. Its color and character beautifully complement this room’s high-end finishes, like the light granite counters, the stainless steel appliances, and the remote-operated ceiling fan.

The deck, which lies off the kitchen and through a sliding glass door, is well privatized by greenery that grows around lattice woodwork.

The Price


The Up-Front Costs

First, last (or security, depending on which you prefer), and a full-month’s broker fee.

The Location

So why is South Boston so popular among renters? First, it’s in the city without really being in the city, which means the rents aren’t nearly as high as what you’d pay downtown. Second, it has a true neighborhood feel to it: it’s easily walkable, there are great local spots like Sidewalk Cafe and Joseph’s Bakery & Deli, and if you know anyone else who lives there, you’ll surely run into them sooner or later. Finally, it’s right on the water and residents take full advantage, whether they’re laying out on M Street Beach, jogging along the boardwalk, or grabbing a bite at Sully’s on Castle Island.

This unit is right on L Street. It’s four blocks from both the water and East Broadway, where there’s a Stop & Shop, a Rite Aid, and popular bars like Boston Beer Garden and The Playwright.

A Red Line stop is a little far to walk (1.4 miles), but MBTA buses run regularly and go directly to downtown spots like the Financial District and Copley.

Walkscore: 83 out of 100 – “Very Walkable”

The Next Step

This is a Patriot exclusive, so call us (617 436-6000) to set up a showing. And don’t for a second think we’re joking about the whole “here this morning, gone this afternoon” phenomenon. It’s saddeningly true.

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