Chic one-bedroom penthouse in a prime South End location

This unit has a bright 20-foot living and dining space with a unique feature: a lovely interior window that looks into the bedroom.

We all know the cliché about living large in a small place, but small is a relative term. A tiny 250-square-foot house in Newton was recently listed for close to half a million dollars! 

That makes a pretty 655-square-foot penthouse in the South End seem positively palatial. It’s a chic condo where a single person or a close couple could live very comfortably.

With a European feel, the place puts everything a buyer could want into a bright, beautiful home in a charming city neighborhood. And with two sizable private outdoor spaces, this home expands for summer entertaining or just taking it easy in nice weather. 

Neda Vander Stoep of Coldwell Banker Realty is marketing 427 Shawmut Ave., Unit 5 for $775,000. With cool architectural features, custom built-ins, stylish lighting and a lush view of Blackstone Square, this home is a delight.

“The owner calls it her treehouse,” Vander Stoep says.

As you climb the last flight of stairs, you’re already home. Perhaps you’ll even leave your coat on the landing.

The unit’s entryway is yours to decorate. The floor tiles radiate a welcoming golden glow. The current homeowner has placed a petite console table and a framed mirror near the home’s entry door - a good idea to emulate. It’s a spot where you’ll be able to check your look before leaving in the morning and drop off your keys and gloves when you return in the evening.

The living room space is a wonderful 20 feet long with a vaulted ceiling that adds a great deal of volume.

Step into the living and dining area. It’s a wonderful 20 feet long with a vaulted ceiling that adds a great deal of volume to the space. Look up and a distinctive beam contributes architectural interest. Look down and hardwood floors are warm and appealing. Built-ins offer shelves to arrange your books, plants and decorative objects.

A Fujitsu mini-split on the wall provides air conditioning and supplemental heat. There’s electric baseboard heating as well, so you know this place will be cozy when winter comes. Sunlight splashes in through a pair of windows and the French door to the deck. This is such a comfortable space, you might be tempted to spend all day here.

Sunlight splashes in through a pair of windows and the French door to the deck.

A bistro table and a few chairs fit nicely against the wall opposite the cute kitchen. A pair of windows over the sink offers a treetop view - nice to look at while you are meal prepping or cleaning up. Black cabinets are a current style and they have room for kitchen necessities. Stainless steel appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, KitchenAid range and a top-freezer Frigidaire refrigerator.

A built-in microwave is installed over the stove. A pot rack, suspended from the ceiling, creates space for your pots and pans.

The open kitchen has everything you need, including stainless steel appliances, black cabinets and a breakfast bar that seats two people.

You’ll enjoy serving snacks and casual meals at a breakfast bar that has room for a couple of counter stools. A friend can relax with a glass of wine and a cheese board while you put the finishing touches on dinner.

With two spacious outdoor decks, this penthouse is a great home for someone who loves to entertain.

Or, on a warm summer evening, you and your friend can walk out onto the unit’s private mahogany deck. With a view of iconic Back Bay skyscrapers, the deck functions as an outdoor living room - a personal oasis. It’s actually the same size as the indoor living and dining area, so be sure to furnish it with comfortable seating and a patio table. Not only is this deck ideal for entertaining, there’s plenty of space for a party to overflow - climb up the ladder to the home’s second spacious roof deck.

The bedroom has a classic Sputnik light fixture, two closets and space for a queen-size bed. Its most unique feature is the interior window into the living space with sliders that can be closed for privacy.

At bedtime, you’ll look forward to retreating into the bedroom. The lighting is distinctive with a fabulous Sputnik fixture on the ceiling and two modern sconces on the wall over the bed. A queen bed fits well here. There are two closets, a sweet built-in next to the bed, and room for a dresser under the window.

But the room’s most interesting feature is a large interior window that looks into the living area with sliders for privacy. It admits extra light, sustains the home’s open feeling and it’s a nicety that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else.

The unit’s full bathroom sports a Jacuzzi tub, a shapely sink nestled in a white vanity and beadboard wainscoting on the wall. You could update the design eventually, but it works fine as is.

Every inch of this condo is well-utilized so there’s no wasted space. It’s a very convenient home in a five-unit building with a self-managed association.

Come laundry day, you’ll be able to wash clothes in the common laundry room in the basement.

If you have a pet, it’s welcome to join you in your new home - this is a pet-friendly building. Your furry friend will enjoy going for walks in picturesque Blackstone Square and so will you.

On-street parking is available with a permit. If you use public transportation, the MBTA’s Silver Line and Orange Line stops are nearby.

The South End is a fun place to live. Shop the boutiques to find something that’s totally you. Stroll the tree-lined streets and visit the many parks. And if you’re a foodie, there are some wonderful eateries to try in the neighborhood with Orinoco, Flour Bakery + Café, El Centro and Toro all steps away from your charming new home. 

427 Shawmut Avenue is a brick rowhouse with proximity to Blackstone Square. There are five condos in the building and the association is self-managed. r


Address: 427 Shawmut Ave., Unit 5, South End

BR/BA: One bedroom, One full bath

Price: $775,000

Size: 655 square feet

Taxes: $3,957 for FY 2022 (including residential exemption)

Association fee: $169.96 per month (paid quarterly) includes water, sewer and master insurance

Year built: circa 1900

Building features: Attractive brick rowhouse opposite Blackstone Square. Pet-friendly building with self-managed association. Common laundry facilities in basement.

Unit features: Bright penthouse condo with South End appeal. Excellent layout. Nicely designed with an interior window, hardwood floors, custom built-ins, stylish lighting and vaulted ceilings. Large open living area and open kitchen. Two spacious private roof decks.

Close to: Blackstone Square, a park with big trees and a central fountain; cultural activities and specialty shops of the South End; fashionable restaurants include Orinoco, Flour Bakery + Cafe, El Centro and Toro. Easy access to public transportation with MBTA Silver Line and Orange Line stops nearby. Convenient to Storrow Drive, Route 93 and Massachusetts Turnpike.

Contact: Neda Vander Stoep, Coldwell Banker Realty, 399 Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116


Phone: 617-413-0888 (mobile), 617-266-4430 (office)