For those longing for the friendly neighbors and easy living of that bygone era, but with modern conveniences, 20 Gray St. will fit the bill.

Neighborhood living in a wonderful South End location awaits the new owner of Unit 1-2 at 20 Gray St.

The area used to be the home of a nearby granite church. People kept their horses on Gray Street while attending church.

Times changed and the church was replaced by a police station that ultimately was turned into luxury condos.

For those longing for the friendly neighbors and easy living of that bygone era, but with modern conveniences, 20 Gray St. will fit the bill.

Nearby cafes such as The Buttery and Berkley Perk are steps away while the Theater District, including the Wang Center, Shubert Theater and the Wilbur, are just as close.

If tastes run to live music venues for jazz and blues, The Beehive is also within walking distance.

While 20 Gray St. was built later than the other buildings on the street, it is wider than most of those buildings that are mainly single family homes, according to broker David Crowley of One Boston Luxury Living/William Raveis Boston.

One of the many nice features of Unit 1-2 beyond its 1,414 square feet of living space is the fact there is direct entry to the home from the street.

“This particular owner bicycled a lot and could bring the bicycle right in,” Crowley said. “It’s very easy to pull up, put on your blinkers and drop off groceries, too.”

Even the interior of the home mixes old and new finishes with the building’s original brickwork and ceiling beams exposed in places. They are complemented by modern hardwood floors, new paint and carpet, present day recessed lighting and the popular granite and stainless steel kitchen one expects in contemporary dwellings.

One bedroom with two oversized closets is located on the main floor of the home as is the kitchen, a generously sized living room area, a full bath and a dining area.

Down a wide staircase is the lower level that could be accessed separately from the patio outside, making a perfect set up for renting or having a roommate.

“It’s very flexible,” Crowley said. “You could use the (upstairs) bedroom and rent the downstairs. Because of the location and set up, it is very, very good for a roommate or extended family stays.”

With a sitting area, bedroom with sliding doors for privacy and a gigantic closet that is used for storage as well as to hold a full sized stackable washer and dryer, the lower level also has a very unusual bathroom.

The bathroom is more of a circular spa with radiant heated floors, a shower stall with a bench, a sauna, and a comfortable Japanese soaking tub with two stone chairs that face each other.

“It’s very unique,” Crowley said. “It’s kind of contemporary, but not over the top.”

While there are no dedicated parking spaces, the proximity to all the area has to offer as well as public transportation means one can easily get around without a car.

Should a car be wanted, Crowley said there is street parking and a lot of garage options within a few blocks as well as reverse commuter parking two blocks away at 95 Berkley St. where one has to have the car out by 8 a.m. and in by 5 p.m.

“There is a very large amount of off street parking available within a couple blocks,” Crowley said. “There’s a lot of curb space without a lot of houses.”

He said now that Gray Street is one way, it is not a cut through and most people who drive down it are neighbors that live on the street.

Lest one think city dwellers keep to themselves, the neighbors on Gray Street are longtime owners who, among other things, worked together to build a common garden behind the building that is regularly featured on the Boston Garden Tour, according to Crowley.

Neighbors gated off the area back in the 1980s and started planting ferns, trees and modest plants.

After collecting $25,000 among themselves, Crowley said a brick walkway was put in the center. Steps and benches were added and grass and more shrubs and bushes were planted.

“It goes all the way to Clarendon Street,” Crowley said. “It’s amazing. It’s gated and locked; it’s very secure. It’s a great outdoor amenity.”

Entertaining on your private patio with Trex decking means low maintenance for a space that friends and family can relax in. It also offers a beautiful outdoor space for a short walk through the “secret garden” as well.

Gray Street is closed down one night every June for an annual block party where cars on the street are replaced by tables and neighbors enjoy an evening together.

Crowley said people tend to move to the street and stay on the street, whether they are families with children or older folks who raised families there.

“You can get as involved or not involved as you want,” Crowley said.

The modest monthly condo fee of $319 covers heat, water, hot water, sewer, and insurance and Crowley said there are no assessments looming on the horizon. The roof is a couple of years old and the building was repointed within the last three years.

“This is very affordable, even for a couple with a child,” Crowley said.

For more information contact Crowley at 617-921-1105 or