The Dorchester Reporter reviews the hot Lower Mills (Dorchester) neighborhood.

You may have to go back to the 19th century to find a time of more growth and bricks-and-mortar change in the historic village of Lower Mills. With a flurry of re-development projects already underway – and more potential sales on the near horizon – Lower Mills is on the verge of transformation unseen, perhaps, since the lifetime of Walter Baker, the chocolate magnate whose factory came to define the riverside village.

Baker’s namesake factory closed its doors in the 1960s and Carney Hospital – which opened in 1953 – has driven the local economy for the last half-century. The decades-long process of re-developing Baker’s empty red-brick campus has been maddeningly slow at times. But that gradual transformation from a post-industrial backwater to a vibrant, urban crossroads is finally speeding up.

On tap for the area is new retail and a couple impressive condo projects.

The Carruth is currently under construction. It is a mixed-used project, with retail, restaurants, apartments and condos surrounding a renovated Ashmont Red Line stop. There are 42 condos for sale. There was a major repricing of units for sale; many dropped by $30,000.

You can find an 800-square foot, one-bedroom, one-bath home there for … $219,000. And up. Includes a parking space.

Down the street is the new Schoolhouse at Lower Mills, finished and ready for occupancy.

From MLSPIN:

Experience a fresh approach to smart living at Schoolhouse at Lower Mills. Newly constructed 1, 1.5 and 2 bedroom condos located in the vibrant village of Lower Mills. Value and quality prevail – each unit features granite countertops, ss appliances, hardwood floors, Kohler appointed baths and fullsize washer/dryer. Storage unit & parking come with each unit. Walk to the trolley; enjoy kayaking, bike paths, great restaurants all within minutes to downtown Boston.

There are 62 units for sale.

You can find an 800-square foot, one-bedroom, one-bath home there for … $229,000. And up. Includes a parking space. And extra storage. (But no kayak.)

Contact me for more information.

Source: Historic Lower Mills is all abuzz with talk of new developments – By Bill Forry, Dorchester Reporter

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