On the Block

Nice and compact

These one-bedroom condos offer an efficient urban living option.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
July 11, 2010

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2400 Beacon Street, Unit 113, Chestnut Hill

Square footage 915

Condo fee $622 per month

Bedrooms 1

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $5,888

Last sold for $537,500 in 2007

PROS This garden-level unit has a large living/dining area with two glass doors that bring in light and lead to the condo’s sole-use 450-square-foot patio. The galley-style kitchen has granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and contemporary cabinetry. The bathroom is Jack-and-Jill style, shared by the bedroom and common area, and its toilet and sink are separated by a pocket door from the shower area, which has a second sink. There’s also a walk-in closet and a stacking washer-dryer. CONS The patio lacks privacy. CONTACT Beth Ferrari, Peabody Properties, Chestnut Hill, 617-212-7625,


60 Dudley Street, Unit 224, Chelsea

Square footage 1,078

Condo fee $276 per month

Bedrooms 1

Baths 1 full

2010 taxes $2,490

Last sold for $125,000 in 2010

PROS Located in Spencer Lofts – which has its own art gallery – this second-floor condo was renovated by the current owner in high style. It has 15-foot ceilings and an open floor plan. The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and a stone-tile floor. In the bathroom, stainless-finish porcelain tiles and a mod vanity share space with a stacking washer-dryer. The bedroom is in the newly built loft area. There’s also one assigned parking spot, bike storage in the basement, and a common roof deck with Chelsea River views. CONS The neighborhood is still being developed. CONTACT Jeffrey Bowen, Success Real Estate, Chelsea, 781-201-9488,


60 Longwood Avenue, Unit 907, Brookline

Square footage 954

Condo fee $808 per month

Bedrooms 1

Baths 2 full

2010 taxes $3,815

Last sold for $345,000 in 2009

PROS The finishes are top-notch in this recently renovated condo less than a mile from the Longwood medical area and steps to Coolidge Corner. Its kitchen and living/dining area are open-plan, and the kitchen has loads of ultramodern cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and a breakfast island. There’s a hall bath across from a walk-in closet near the entry, and the bedroom, which easily fits a king-size bed, has an en suite bath. There’s a separate office area, an assigned parking spot, and a balcony offering endless views. CONS The living/dining area is on the small side. > Contact Zachary Gordon, Coldwell Banker, Brookline, 617-877-2486,

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