The Globe profiles the “new” South End, in today’s paper.
The South End, domain of urban sophistication, has gone baby-gaga. Weekdays bring out brigades of mothers pushing strollers past art galleries and gay bars; weekends find fathers popping into cafes for lattes with their babies tucked into Baby Bjorns.
Young families have always lived in the South End, drawn by spacious townhouses and brownstones or the neighborhood’s public housing that offers subsidized apartments. What has changed, residents say, is that affluent young professionals who once moved away when they planned to have children began about five years ago to stay. Some now are upgrading from smaller, couple-size condos to four-bedroom units that can cost $2 million.
What can you buy in the South End in each price range?
MLS #: 70722388
Parking space, Wilkes Passage
$300,000 – $400,000
MLS #: 70713303
Location: East Springfield St
Details: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 602 square feet +/-
To be featured on TLC’s “Flip That House”! Stunning period detail highlights this renovated one bed in the South End’s hottest location. High ceilings, original crown moldings, marble fireplace and original pocket doors blend perfectly with updates which include new S/S, granite kitchen, master bath, HVAC, laundry, and maple floors. Deeded garage parking available for 45K per spot. Steps to the Boston Medical Center and trendy South End hot spots such as Flour, Toro and Kyoto.
$400,000 – $500,000
Location: Tremont St
Details: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 603 square feet +/-
Great one bedroom condo right across from the Boston Center for the Arts! This floor through condo has an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliance and granite kitchen. Laundry in the unit.The living room features hardwood floors and a fireplace. pet friendly.
$500,000 – $600,000
MLS #: 70725001
Location: Greenwich Park
Details: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 701 square feet +/-
Inviting and lovely describe this parlor level 2BR, 1BTH. Rarely do you find the perfect layout combined with windows on 3 sides and unparalled views of the Boston skyline. Do not let sq ft fool you, feels much larger. Hi ceilings, gleaming hdwd flrs and a wood burning FP grace this spacious layout. Access to a private garden through the living room and direct access to one tandem parking spot. Steps to the South End’s restaurants & shops, Prudential Center, Copley Mall and BB Station!!
$800,000 – $1,000,000
MLS #: 70705400
Location: Appleton St
Details: 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 1252 square feet +/-
Beautiful penthouse duplex with large new roof deck. 2 bedrooms/1.5 baths, updated kitchen with granite and stainless. Wood burning fireplace. Great open layout. Skylight. Pine floors. Newly painted.
$1,000,000 – $1,500,000
Location: Shawmut Ave
Details: 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 1,628 square feet +/-
Corner exposure 2 bed /2.5 bath PH duplex, designed by Benson Interiors, features 19 windows (19 un-obstructed views). Bow-front liv/din room with gas fireplace. Special attention was used in designing the kitch, focusing on storage, entertaining and the state-of-the-art appliances. Master bed has walk-in closet, en-suite bath with shower and freestanding soaker tub. Features walnut stained oak floors, 2nd bed with en-suite bath, custom closets and 2 decks. Garage parking avail. for sale/rent.
MLS #: 70713867
Location: Gateway Terrace
Detail: 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom, 2,789 square feet +/-
Extravagant design throughout this gorgeous recently built 3+ bed/2.5 bath penthouse loft home. The spacious gourmet kitchen boasts sleek and modern cabinetry framing superior quality appliances by Best, Bosch and Sub Zero. The master bedroom includes en suite bath with television, steam shower and rain showerhead. Other features include a walk in closet, shoe closet and separate office area. The home also boasts two private terraces, private roofdeck, 4 garage spaces and a private storage room.
The best quote of the article was from a woman who takes her children to Beehive, for drinks.
“You can leave Cheerios under the table and the wait staff never seems to mind,” said Liesl Trimnell, a 39-year-old South End mother of a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old.
South End getting (a lot) younger / Influx of babies altering neighborhood’s urban edginess – By Sarah Schweitzer, The Boston Globe