Back Bay appeal in Fairfield Street condo

BY PAULA VOLGER/CORRESPONDENT
Large, delightful windows let the sunlight stream in, and coupled with the freshly painted walls, light up the home without even turning on a switch.

A wonderfully situated Back Bay condo between Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue has been totally updated and renovated so all that is missing is a new homeowner.

Located at 32 Fairfield St., Unit 4 is listed by Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty for $929,000 - a bargain for anyone looking to live in a perfect Boston location.

Lest one thinks that price means skimping on the interior - that could not be further from the truth.

Stainless appliances such as a Bosch dishwasher and oven, granite counters, two full bathrooms, track lighting and recessed lighting are just some of the finishes inside.

“We could have gone top of the line everything, but that would have put it in a different price level,” broker Daria McLean said. “This is a good value for the heart of Back Bay. Look out the window and the Prudential is right there.”

The open floor plan showcases a cozy dining/living area with a beautiful built-in hutch with cabinets and shelves and an equally lovely fireplace.

Steps away, the kitchen has all modern conveniences such as a garbage disposal and removable hand-held faucet, stainless appliances, lots of cabinets and even space to bring in a small island if something in the middle is desired.

“Another thing that’s not too common is having the ability to have a gas stove,” McLean said. “A lot of condominiums do electric stoves.”

Large, delightful windows let the sunlight stream in and coupled with the freshly painted walls light up the home without even turning on a switch.

“There is incredible light coming through all day long,” McLean said.

Views through the windows showcase much of what Back Bay is known for, including its buildings, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the neighborhood.

“From this level, you still see the sky and the buildings,” said McLean. “It’s really got traditional Back Bay views.”

The master bedroom includes an en suite bathroom that has both a soaking tub as well as a shower.

Large windows in the room as well as French doors flood the room with light and the high ceiling makes the room feel even larger.

As an added bonus for this bedroom, step up through the French doors and enjoy a large private terrace. It’s spacious enough to easily hold a table and chairs. This mini-sanctuary is perfect for a quiet morning or evening enjoying the view of a quiet alley interspersed with trees.

“At night you get great city views, including the Mandarin Hotel,” McLean said. “It’s very quiet considering where you are.”

A second bedroom could be used as a guest bedroom or converted into something else if a new homeowner desires.

“Someone could conceivably, if they wanted a really large one bedroom, knock down the walls or put in French doors for an office,” said McLean.

A second full bathroom for guests has a glass shower with a rain head and hand-held wand. It also has an attractive penny tile pattern on both the floor and shower floor.

There are also closets and cabinets galore for storage, including cabinets built in above closets so that every bit of the 841 square feet of space in the residence has been carefully used.

The building is a short walk to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall - a delightful green space running the length of the avenue up to the Boston Public Garden. The mall is a popular spot with dog walkers or those who want to enjoy a bit of the outdoors while sitting on one of the many benches that dot the walkway.

With curb appeal, aesthetic appeal, and traditional mixed with modern appeal, this property is suitable for anyone looking to live in the city.

“It’s for someone who likes the old world charm of the building and likes the modern conveniences inside,” said McLean.

Empty nesters who have sold their home in the suburbs will love this location in the city while young professionals just starting out will also appreciate its location for working downtown.

“It would appeal to people who want to live in the heart of the city, who want to walk to work or walk to the T,” McLean said. “Boston is such an international city now you can’t predict who it will be of interest to.”

Even if one did not want to walk and did not have a car McLean said Zip cars are available everywhere and Uber is just a phone call away.

If a car is needed, nearby parking that is just a short walk away is available at the Prudential Center Parking Garage and around other places in the Back Bay.

While the interior of the condo has been fully renovated, McLean said common areas of the building are up next for renovation beginning in the spring.

Open houses are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25.

Contact Daria McLean at 617-312-1700 or daria.mclean@sothebysrealty.com for more information or to schedule a showing.

Address: 32 Fairfield St., Unit 4, Back Bay

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms

Size: 841 square feet

Price: $929,000

Association fee: $358 per month

Taxes: $8,341.74 without residential exemption

Total number of units: Eight

Year built: 1875

Features: Newly painted, new floors, new kitchen and new lighting, in-unit washer and dryer, track lighting and recessed lighting in the kitchen, gas stove, central air throughout, hardwood floors, ceiling fan in guest bedroom, French doors to terrace off master bedroom.

Close by: Shops, cafes and restaurants on Newbury and Boylston streets, Boston Common, Public Garden, Copley Place, public transportation, The Beehive, Fenway Park, Northeastern University, CVS, the Mandarin Hotel, Trader Joe's, the Boston Public Library, Prudential Center and the Apple Store, easy access to the Esplanade, Charles River and highways.

Contact: Daria McLean, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 277 Dartmouth St., 2nd Floor, Boston

Phone: 617-312-1700

Email: daria.mclean@sothebysrealty.com

Website: www.sothebysrealty.com

Open house: Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25

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