One of the roomier residences, Unit 101, listed with Joseph Barka of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at just $524,900, lives much larger than the unique 844-square-feet of apportioned space.

What an incredible opportunity to own a piece of history at the celebrated Bigelow School Condominiums/Bigelow Square at 350 West 4th St., located in the highly desirable neighborhood of South Boston.

The three-story Classical Revival brick structure, designed by Charles J. Bateman in 1899, features corner quoining, cast concrete window lintels and sills.

The school was named after John P. Bigelow, the 12th mayor of Boston (1849-1851). He called education “the true oasis of our institutions and the real secret of New England progress and power” when the original school was built on the site in 1850. His moniker remains above the entrance to the condominiums.

The dwelling was vacant when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, having closed by 1976.

A historic restoration transformed the old school house into 49 rental units in the late 1980s with the conversion to 47 condominiums completed in 1995 by the Kenney Development Company. The building retains the architectural detail and charm of a bygone era. As you walk through the hallways, you can almost hear the children’s chatter and laughter.

One of the roomier residences, Unit 101, listed with Joseph Barka of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at just $524,900, lives much larger than the unique 844-square-feet of apportioned space.

This very special garden-level home features a bright and spacious open floor plan with high loft-ceilings and gorgeous hardwood flooring throughout.

The high-end kitchen introduces upscale stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and white maple cabinets. A breakfast bar peninsula with seating for three that overlooks the spacious living room plus a stainless double sink is part of the package as well. A custom built-in shelving unit can be used to store appliances or to display artwork or cookbooks. An adjacent closet boosts the storage capacity, too.

While the home has two bedrooms, they are on opposite sides of the living room, giving a little extra privacy when desired. Both have ceiling fans and one bedchamber has two closets. These rooms, mirroring the living room also with a ceiling fan, receive lots of natural light. The views of the landscape add an extra dimension of pleasure.

As an added bonus, behind two French doors is a pretty room that could easily be transformed into a guest room, home office, dining room or den. The wall of shelves might inspire one to create a home library with a reading nook and still have space to spare.

A sprawling walk-in coat closet greets you at the entry while the full bathroom located just off of the kitchen enjoys a ceramic-tiled tub and shower combo with a sliding glass door.

Bigelow School Condos/Bigelow Square boasts a strong well-run condo association with a low monthly condo fee of $302. This professionally managed building showcases spotless common areas and a very nice laundry room with multiple machines and a folding area.

While the unit has plenty of storage space, it also comes with a private deeded storage unit in the basement and bike storage area. The on-site deeded parking spot is in a gated private lot attached to the building. Other amenities include a charming common outdoor courtyard-patio and attractive landscaping.

In addition to all the building amenities, the fee also covers the monthly electricity usage, including the electric baseboard heat, air conditioning and kitchen appliances.

Centrally located, this unit is the essence of urban convenience and comfort.

“It’s arguably in the best neighborhood because of the access to all the Southie amenities,” Barka said. “To move here is so advantageous just because of where it is.”

Just steps to West Broadway, you’ll be at all the hottest restaurants and bars, such as Loco, Café Nero and Shenanigans.

“Everybody goes to Lincoln to have a drink or watch the game on Sunday,” Barka said.

Also nearby are Foodies Market plus Wears and Wares, offering a variety of shopping experiences.

Southie is a very walkable neighborhood – great for pet-walking as well, close to some of the best parks and beaches around. Thomas Park in Dorchester Heights, which has a historic monument, also has inspiring city and ocean views.

For ocean lovers, Carson Beach and the M Street Beach are within walking distance or a quick bike or car ride away. Take advantage of the short distance to Downtown Boston and the Seaport District where everything under the sun and moonlight, too, is at hand.

Public transportation, with the Broadway MBTA subway and buses are a quick walk around the corner. Major highways and Logan Airport are also accessible.

Convenience, comfort and chronicle all add up to a great investment at this price point.

“What you see (in many condos for sale) at this price point is 600 or 700 square feet; this home offers two plus bedrooms with 844 square feet,” Barka said. “It’s great for a first time homebuyer who wants a lot of usable space with great amenities.”

“This is an incredible time to buy right now because the spring market is going to be very hot,” said Barka. “[Interest] rates are going to go up and there will be limited inventory - that’s really going to drive the competitive market.”

For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Joseph Barka of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at 617-784-8760 or