Parkside perfection in this South End home

Colorful stained-glass transoms accent the bow windows in the dining area.

Science has shown that spending time with nature is good for us humans. So, how do we balance the desire to live in a great city neighborhood with the need to experience natural surroundings?

One way to find the ideal equilibrium is to move into a beautiful two-bedroom condo located right between the Back Bay and the South End.

With the home’s private outdoor space and lovely vistas of the Southwest Corridor Park and Titus Sparrow Park, “It’s basically New Hampshire in the city,” says Steven Cohen from the Steven Cohen Team of Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro. He is marketing Unit #2 at 17 Durham St. for $1,239,000.

Stepping through the front door of the floor-through residence reveals its extra high ceilings. Originally the parlor level, this space now serves as the capacious combined kitchen, living and dining area of the unit.

The stained-glass transoms at the far end of the space accent the tall bow windows as they cast a beautiful glow extending through the open living and dining area. Created by renowned designer Dennis Duffy, this shining space is timeless and perfect for modern living.

Starting in the kitchen, the wood cabinets are stained in a warm shade that coordinates well with the gleaming hardwood flooring. Nickel hardware sparkles like jewelry and pale Silestone countertops provide contrast.

Long enough to accommodate four chairs on the breakfast bar side, the center island is attractive and convenient with tons of storage.

A large vent fan over the island makes short work of cooking smells and adds a sculptural element. The backsplash here is incredibly cool - a unique metal treatment.

All of the stainless-steel appliances in this kitchen are all high end: a Bosch dishwasher, a Miele convection wall oven and warming drawer, a Thermador refrigerator and five-burner gas cooktop, and an under-counter Viking wine refrigerator in the island.

The kitchen’s glass doors lead out to the unit’s long, south-facing private deck, which looks out onto trees. The roof that overhangs the seating area means you can enjoy your coffee out there even on a drizzly morning.

Back inside, the living room features a recently installed contemporary gas fireplace. The home’s new occupant will want to spend all fall and winter relaxing in front of it.

When guests come over for dinner, the perfect place to seat them is at a table in the bow. The current homeowners furnished the space with a round table underneath the stained-glass windows. If those windows are not original to the 1880 building, they certainly look as if they ought to be with floral designs in shades of blue and yellow.

Guests can use the shining full bathroom steps away. It’s a stunner, sporting a marble counter on the wooden vanity. The shower has frameless glass doors, making the space appear expansive.

Adjacent to the bath is a guest bedroom that is currently configured as a home office. It could also make a good spot for a nursery, den or TV room, depending on the next owner’s lifestyle. The windows have frosted glass in the bottom panes and clear glass with a view of trees through the top panes so the room feels like a small private retreat.

When it’s laundry day, the owner doesn’t have to leave the unit. A few short steps away, there is a laundry closet that holds a stacked Samsung washer and dryer.

All the way at the rear of the residence, the main suite reigns. Any style of décor from minimalist to traditional would work in this lovely bedroom. An extra-high ceiling and tall windows let light flow into the bedroom, conveying an airy feeling to the space. The windows here add architectural interest and their deep windowsills provide a place for plants or décor items.

There is ample room for a bed, two nightstands and a dresser. Generous closet space takes care of a bountiful wardrobe.

The bedroom’s en suite bathroom is outstanding. It rocks stained wood cabinetry, similar to the cabinets in the kitchen, and they provide loads of storage space. The window glass is frosted for privacy.

The centerpiece of the bathroom is the tilework in the shower. Its glass enclosure displays the tiling that alternates large marble tiles with panels of small mosaics. Multiple body sprays turn the shower into a personal spa.

A pristine and exquisitely designed home, #2 at 17 Durham St. is a wonderful property, filled with light coming in through three exposures. The street itself is a beauty with brick sidewalks lined with trees.

The location is peaceful, private and convenient to shopping and dining in the Prudential Center right across Huntington Avenue and a short walk from of all the cultural gems of the nearby South End. Titus Sparrow Park, named for a longtime resident of Durham Street, is scheduled to undergo major renovations in the coming year.

On-street parking is available with a permit, although the neighborhood is eminently walkable and close to everything the area has to offer. The location is ideal, between two parks, fulfilling the need to interact with nature. This is a great luxury during pandemic times and in the coming years.

As Cohen says, “The setting is extremely bucolic when the world is craving green space.”

With the home's private outdoor space and lovely vistas of Southwest Corridor Park and Titus Sparrow Park, "It's basically New Hampshire in the city," says Steven Cohen from Steven Cohen Team of Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro.


Address: 17 Durham St., #2, South End

BR/BA: Two bedrooms and two full bathrooms

Year built: 1880/2005

Price: $1,239,000

Size: 1,016 square feet

Taxes: $12,214 (FY 2020)

Association fee: $327.16 per monthly

Features of building: Desirable five-unit brick row house located on a tree-lined street in a neighborhood that boasts two attractive parks.

Features of unit: Sleek, elegant two-bedroom condo with bright bedrooms, stunning full bathrooms, open living space with well-equipped chef’s kitchen, contemporary gas fireplace in living area and private deck looking out on greenspace.

Nearby: Stores and restaurants at the Prudential Center, cultural attractions of the South End and Back Bay, and two beautiful parks. Easy access to MBTA Green and Orange lines with commuter rail and AMTRAK at Back Bay Station, and close to Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Contact: Steven Cohen Team, Keller Williams Realty, 313 Washington St, Suite 115A, Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 617-861-3636





Large windows enhance the main bedroom suite. Just about any style of furniture would complement this bright room.