Intimately charming South End condo in ideal location
Barely a building width to Clarendon Street, not to mention less than 10 minutes to the Southwest Corridor, Prudential Center, Orange and Green MBTA subway lines, and countless shops, cafes and restaurants, location alone puts Unit 4 at 519 Columbus Ave. in the “10” category.
Fortunately for the new owner, that’s only one reason this Upper South End home is quite the find.
The other reasons are what you discover in this second-story home with two bedrooms, one bathroom and 715 square feet of living space, listed by Betsy Herald of The Charles Realty for $899,000.
From the outside and inside, this home has a lengthy list of bragging rights. For example, this 1900 brownstone has been completely renovated, including the roof, which was replaced in the last five years.
The amenities and details inside this south-facing unit are even better.
Natural light from two large windows in the classic bay in the living room, which incidentally is fully open to the dining area and kitchen, floods the entire space creating a welcoming ambiance.
Mother Nature’s bounty also allows the eye to focus on man-made features, such as raised paneled wainscoting in the bay area, the intricately carved oval medallion in the center of the soaring ceiling, double crown molding, neatly trimmed window casings and extra-deep bump boards.
The fireplace with a restored marble mantle over a period arched wrought iron “coal insert” and gleaming oak flooring are other traditional beauties.
On a practical note, a dining area - whether nestled within the bay window area or at the “back” of the living space - can be as large or as intimate as needed or desired.
Marble countertops make a dashing statement in the U-shaped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and sparkling white cabinetry. The peninsula serves as extra prep or eating space.
Grand with a dash of charm is the essence of the very large primary bedroom. First, this king-bed size chamber (with ample space left over for all manner of bedroom furniture) has an alcove showcasing a broad three-window bay area - complete with raised paneled wainscoting (just like the one in the living-dining area).
The alcove is large enough for seating or it could serve as a second office. Just get up in the morning and go to work in your bedroom without having to travel anywhere except perhaps to the kitchen to make breakfast first.
Two sets of built-in open shelving, accented by double crown molding and neatly trimmed bump boards, can be used as a mini library or for decorative displays. The double closet is extra-wide.
Albeit smaller, the second bedroom is, nevertheless, versatile. Built-ins make it an ideal office or work out space, yet add a day bed (with or without a trundle) and this room is very usable as guest space. Using this as a nursery is another option.
The closet is handy for storage of all kinds as is built-in open shelving that surrounds the full glass pane door to a surprise: a private deck with sufficient space for a grill.
The full bathroom has everything, including style right up to double crown molding that surrounds the room. The tub/shower combo is fully tiled and the vanity provides a goodly amount of storage.
In-unit laundry facilities, which are new this year, and air conditioning - both the living area and the primary bedroom have mini-split systems - are additional niceties.
As mentioned earlier, the location is a dream spot for people who want to enjoy some of the best aspects of city life. The South End is known for its numerous parks and playgrounds. Only two blocks from your new home is the very popular and spacious Titus Sparrow Park, which has many gardens, tennis and basketball courts and free community programs, sponsored by the Friends of Titus Sparrow Park.
Also nearby is Harriet Tubman Square. The statue of this famous abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, spy, nurse, warrior and women's rights crusader is the first in the city honoring a woman.
A few streets over is the Worcester Street Community Garden. The WSCG has more than 130 plots between Columbus Avenue and Tremont Avenue. It’s one of the 55 community gardens in Boston affiliated with The Trustees of Reservations, who offer many gardening events.
The Carter Playground, Saranac/New Castle Garden, the Frederick Douglas Green and Chester Park are also nearby.
Just south of Washington Street is the SoWa Art + Design district - alive with year-round restaurants, artist studios, galleries, fashion boutiques and events along with summer fun: local farmers, bakers and tasty treat makers, artisans and pop-up wellness/fitness activities.
The Boston Center for the Arts Complex is home to several Resident Theater Companies, an art gallery and restaurants - including the Beehive, a wildly popular Bohemian eatery/bar/music spot.
Connecting all these delightful places in the historic South End is the 4.1-mile Southwest Corridor that links the South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain with recreational facilities that include playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, hockey rinks, amphitheaters and six miles of trails.
Address: 519 Columbus Ave., Unit 4, South End
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; one full bathroom
Size: 715 square feet
Taxes: $7,305.70 (Tax Year 2022)
Year built: 1900
Number of units: Six
Assn. fee: $225 monthly (includes water, sewer, master insurance)
Features: South-facing unit in renovated 1900 brownstone with open living-dining area has bay window area, oak flooring, high ceiling with intricately carved ceiling medallion, double crown molding and fireplace with restored marble mantel; U-shaped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and marble countertops; primary bedroom with bay window area in alcove; secondary bedroom suitable for office or nursery; in-unit laundry facilities; private deck
Nearby: Prudential Center and Copley Square; a plethora of shops, cafes and restaurants; numerous parks; MBTA’s Orange and Green subway lines; about 10 minutes to Storrow Drive and Route 93
Contact: Betsy Herald, The Charles Realty, 257 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116