I have recently been fantasizing about this very topic. I love the idea that someone would say, hey, I’m going to buy a plot of land…and build my own single-family house on it. As the story makes clear, prices are pretty much at a level that it might even make sense.
I can’t help myself from saying, however, that, based on the photo (artist’s rendering), at least, it’s a pretty ugly home.
By Kimberly Blanton, Boston Globe
The last freestanding, single-family house in downtown Boston was built around 1870.
But with the city experiencing one of the hottest residential real estate markets in its 375-year history, that’s about to change.
The iron frame for an unattached, single-family townhouse just went up on a rare North End parcel, a few steps from Hanover Street’s Italian restaurants and shops. The building will be a one-of-a-kind unit in a $30 million condominium project called 44 Prince Street.
”It’s the first one in 150 years," said South End Historical Society historian John Neale, ”and it may be the last."
Boston historians, real estate agents, and city officials identified seven other unattached, single-family houses in the city’s core downtown neighborhoods: two in the North End, two in Beacon Hill, and three in or near the South End. No freestanding homes exist in Chinatown, the Leather District, or the Back Bay, they said.
Complete article: This new house will make history