The Thorndike offers great new condos for less the price

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
Penthouse residents at The Thorndike will have plenty of gorgeous living room and kitchen space.

The South End is a neighborhood that has evolved from its former reputation as being an area of urban decay and crime to being a highly desirable place where people want to live. Hundreds of old, rundown residential buildings have been reborn into highly sought-after, upscale luxury homes.

A diverse community with historic charm, the South End has become a lot more family-friendly, boasting a thriving art community, a vibrant branch of the Boston Public Library and many well-maintained parks and playgrounds.

The renewal of the South End is now entering its next phase, reaching the southwest side of this neighborhood near the Lower Roxbury line on the corner of Washington and Thorndike streets with a new project called “The Thorndike.”

Led by James Dilday, President of the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Boston, construction is now underway at 1950 Washington St. to convert the existing four-story building that used to be a furniture store into a six-story residential and retail gem. The developer is Tim Long.

The CDC, which was founded to “improve the quality of life for inner city residents through community and neighborhood development,” played in a big role in helping this project become a reality. This development fits into the CDC’s vision for Boston, Dilday said.

When Ahern Construction Management, LLC completes the project this fall, The Thorndike will include 27 new market rate and four affordable residential units as well 4,500 square feet and 800 square feet of street level retail and office space respectively as well as 21 ground-level garage parking spaces.

The 31 condos will be a mixture of charming studios, attractive two-bedroom condos and stunning upper duplex penthouses. Home sizes will run from 450 to 1,694 square feet. Building amenities available to all residents will include elevator service, a deeded storage and bike area, and an exercise room in the basement. Most of the units will have private outdoor spaces and all the residents will have access to a colossal roof deck with “jaw-dropping” views.

Here is what the elite kitchens will look like in the two-levels penthouse units at The Thorndike in the South End.

Scott Nelson of Compass is the listing agent for these homes. He points out that “this is one of the first major developments to be done in this area in a long time.”

The selling prices of the homes will range from $449,000 to $1,500,000. It’s a pretty amazing price of $650 to $950 per square foot. If you head a short distance away to other parts of the South End or to other hot sections of the city such as the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Waterfront and Seaport, the prices for similar units are a lot higher. People would be hard pressed to find many other homes in Boston going for less than $1,000 per square foot.

“We think these condos are the best value at this time,” said Dilday. “These are a bargain. They’re 30 percent lower than some of the places just five or six blocks away.”

As part of the project, the CDC of Boston is also planning improvements to the nearby park.

Residents are going to love spending time at Captain David L. Ramsay Park, which is right across the street from The Thorndike. This 5.49-acre park at 1917 Washington St. includes the Jim Rice Baseball Field, Michael L. Bivins Basketball Courts, tennis courts, a playground and a lot of passive space.

Residents are going to love spending time at Captain David L. Ramsay Park, which is right across the street from The Thorndike.

The city finished a $2.4 million project to upgrade the park in 2018. Improvements included three new basketball courts, one new tennis court and new playgrounds for kids, ages 2-to-5 and 5-to-12. Also added were 22 new trees, a multi-use splash pad and skateboard area as well as new LED sports lighting. Ramsay Park is now a popular neighborhood treasure.

Residents are also going to love the South Bay Harbor Trail. The rail trail extends from nearby Ruggles Station along Melnea Cass Boulevard, across Massachusetts Avenue, along Biosquare Drive near the Massachusetts Avenue Connector, under the Southeast Expressway and connects with the Boston Harborwalk in Rolling Bridge Park on Fort Point Channel.

Wikipedia reports, “The rail trail cost $4.9 million, paid for by federal highway funds with state match, private property owners which the path crosses, and about $1 million in private fundraising by the non-profit Save The Harbor.”

And adding to the improvement of the area, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is planning a move to a new state-of-the-art building on the corner of Eustis and Harrison Avenue.

Dilday points out that The Thorndike could be a great place for people working at the Boston Medical Center since it is only a short 15-minute, half-mile walk away. And another plus – the MBTA’s Silver Line will stop in front of The Thorndike.

Nelson notes that The Thorndike is a “pioneer development” that will greatly enhance and improve life for the people in this part of the city. Other developments have followed suit and are now in the pipeline, including commercial and residential development and renewal in the area around the new Tropical Foods grocery store in Roxbury.

All residents at The Thorndike will have access to the colossal roof deck with “jaw-dropping” views.

All of the homes at The Thorndike are being constructed with “the utmost care and attention to detail featuring stunning finishes, in-unit laundry, walk-in closets and so much more.”

Unit 5J is a prime sample of what people looking for a great penthouse can expect. This 1,654-square-foot bi-level luxury castle located on the unsullied fifth and sixth floors will comprise two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The new owners will enjoy the walk-in closets, primary double-vanity bathroom and a separate space for an office. There’s also an in-unit laundry and private balcony. This unit is selling for $1,398,000. Why pay more, in the range of $2.5-million, for a similar home a few blocks away in the South End?  

Looking for a smaller home on one level? The Thorndike offers a variety of layouts and prices for two-bedroom units. Check out Unit 2G on the second floor with 1,286-square feet of living joy. This home has two bathrooms, including an en suite with the primary bedroom as well as an in-unit laundry area and a private balcony. The price for this condo is an amazingly low price of $849,900.

This is what the studio condos will look at The Thorndike at 1950 Washington St. in the South End.

And for those who like to live large in a small space, there’s Unit 3B on the third floor. This 450 square-foot studio condo is on the market for $449,000. Four oversized windows fill the living area and bedroom alcove with an abundance of natural light and awesome views of the Boston skyline. Another alcove includes a full kitchen and an adjacent laundry area and full bathroom. Of course, this home comes with full rights to the fitness center and the use of the roof deck, as well.

You’re invited to Live the Magic at The Thorndike.

To learn more about these and the other fine homes available at The Thorndike, contact Scott Nelson at 617-910-6255 or at

Construction is now underway at The Thorndike at 1950 Washington St. The former furniture store is being converted into a six-story residential and retail gem.


Address: The Thorndike, 1950 Washington St., South End

Number of units: 31

Types of units available: Studios, two-bedroom condos, penthouses

Stories: Six

Price range: $449,000 to $1,500,000

Year built: 2021

Building features: A collection of 31 luxury new construction condos with 4,500-square-foot and 800-square-foot street level retail and office space respectively plus 21 ground-level garage parking spaces; fitness center; garage parking; elevator; bike storage; common roof deck

Unit features: The Thorndike offers a variety of floor plans; elite kitchens and baths; in-unit laundry; walk-in closets; unbeatable city views; select units will also have private outdoor space

Close by: Newly improved Ramsay Park, the South Bay Harbor Trail, the historic Eliot Burying Ground (one of the three oldest cemetery in Boston with graves going back to the Puritan days of the 1630s), Frederick Douglass Square Historic District; numerous restaurants and shops; easy access to the MBTA with a Silver Line stop right in front of the building

Contact: Scott Nelson, Compass

Phone: 617-910-6255


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