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Bay Village on Bay Street used to be … on the bay

The Globe has a cool article on an historic home for sale in Boston’s Bay Village.

Jamie Mambro’s little piece of Boston history is on the block, something he calls “bittersweet” every time he talks of selling his home. The single-family, freestanding house at 1 Bay St. is a precious piece of the past in what is now Bay Village, the neighborhood tucked between the South End and the Theatre District. Built in the 1830s, it stands alone, along a small cobblestone way. Outside the front door, an original lamppost, one of few left in Boston, harks back to another century.

The home is now for sale, for $975,000.

History buff Jon Neale talks about how the Bay Village neighborhood used to face the Boston Harbor, back before landfill created much of the South End.

… [T]he carpenter who built it may have parked his boat just out front, when Bay Street was originally on the edge of the water known as Back Bay. Neale has heard this story, too, but says it’s difficult to confirm, although maps he has from the 1800s clearly show Bay Street adjacent to the water. And Neale says the neighborhood’s residents were tradesmen, including painters, house builders, and factory workers.

Melanie Olinto of Olde Forge Realty has the listing.

Source: This old house is one of few of its kind downtown – By Bridget Samburg, The Boston Globe