This South End condo hits all the right urban lifestyle notes

BARBARA FORSTER
CORRESPONDENT
A wide three-bay window accented by double crown molding in the spacious living room overlooks Appleton Street. The decorative fireplace with a striking classic marble mantle is an instant focal point.

Whether your urban lifestyle is carefree, maintenance-free, car-free or all of the above, this floor-through Appleton Street cutie hits all those benchmarks. Nestled in the heart of the South End and around the corner from Back Bay, the location factor earns applause, too.

But save the hand-clapping until after you peruse this 537-square-foot, one-bedroom condo with one bathroom at 34 Appleton St., listed by Roberta Orlandino of Coldwell Bank Realty - Back Bay for $669,000. Unit 2’s treasures are many.

One of only four homes in a turn-of-the-century building (the 20th century, that is), the second-floor condo has a number of delightful period features everywhere, such as 10-foot-high ceilings, detailed millwork including bull’s eye trim on door and window frames and neatly trimmed bump boards, plus glowing pine floor boards in excellent condition.

A table and chairs fit nicely in this niche. It’s also set up for a television.

A wide three-bay window, accented by double crown molding in the living room overlooks Appleton Street. The decorative fireplace with a striking classic marble mantle - it’s original - is an instant focal point in this spacious room that has a ceiling fan.

A not-so-small coat/storage closet has an original eight-foot high four-panel door.

Lighted and surprisingly big, a full-size stacking washer and dryer will fit comfortably in the laundry closet off a foyer on the way to the kitchen and bedroom. This space has enough room to create a mini office.

The U-shaped and exceedingly functional kitchen is lined with granite countertops and a substantial amount of cabinetry - all accented by stainless steel appliances.

Speaking of the kitchen, which is U-shaped and exceedingly functional, the cookery is lined with granite countertops and a substantial amount of cabinetry - all accented by stainless steel appliances. This sweet spot (no pun intended) even has a four-burner gas range.

The black-and-white floor tile adds a dash of pizzazz, which incidentally is also used in the hallway.

In the bathroom, the tub/shower ensemble has a surround of crisp white tile. The pedestal sink is a charming fixture in the well-sized loo.

In the bathroom, the tub/shower ensemble has a surround of crisp white tile. The pedestal sink is a charming fixture in the well-sized loo.

An extra-wide double closet with overhead cupboards for bulky items is a plus in the primary bedroom.

An extra-wide double closet with overhead cupboards for bulky items such as luggage is a plus in the primary bedroom - a spacious chamber with two huge one-over-one double hung windows.

Wide pine floor boards add character to this room that easily accommodates a king-size bed and a comfy chair. Of course, the 10-foot-high ceiling enhances the overall feeling of spaciousness.

Wide pine floor boards add character to the primary bedroom that easily accommodates a king-size bed and a comfy chair. The 10-foot-high ceiling enhances the overall feeling of spaciousness.

As the bedroom is tucked away at the back of the unit, privacy is a given.

Aside from, or more accurately, in addition to, the long list of conveniences that come with this unit, flexibility tops the list. Consider that because this condo is very livable as is, going down the home improvement road a little, a lot, in one fell swoop or on an as-you-go basis is an option.

Location is, of course, icing on the cake. With Berkeley and Clarendon streets only a few feet from the front door and Columbus Avenue three blocks away, every convenience is essentially around the corner. Back Bay Station (for the MBTA and commuter rail) and Copley Square are about the same distance and the list goes on.

Nestled in the heart of the South End and around the corner from the Back Bay, 34 Appleton St. is in a great location to enjoy the best in urban living.

DETAILS:

Address: 34 Appleton St., Unit 2, South End

BR/BA: One bedroom; one full bathroom

Size: 537 square feet

Price: $669,000

Taxes: $6,164 (Tax Year 2022)

Year built: 1900

Number of units: Four

Assn. fee: $185.60 monthly (includes heat, hot water)

Features: Front-facing unit overlooking Appleton Street with high ceilings, hardwood floors, original millwork and decorative fireplace with original marble mantel; spacious living room with wide three-window bay and ceiling fan; U-shaped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops; spacious bedroom with storage options; in-unit laundry facility

Nearby: South End location moments to Back Bay eateries, services, shops and boutiques; easy access to multiple T stations. Within walking distance of Peters Park and the Berkeley Community Garden. Also near the Titus Sparrow Park and the Southwest Corridor.

Contact: Roberta Orlandino, Coldwell Banker Realty - Back Bay, 399 Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-312-1511

Email: roberta.orlandino@nemoves.com

Website: https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com or https://www.coldwellbanker.com/Coldwell-Banker-Realty-12681c/Roberta-Orlandino-524973a