Living Large: Southie Rules
Rachel Slade's off-kilter take on hub dwellings.
As the first condo building in Boston to receive Gold LEED (i.e., eco-friendly) certification, the Macallen got plenty of attention when it was completed in 2007. Now its unique triangular profile has become a familiar icon symbolizing South Bostonâ€™s revitalization. Those who dwell there enjoy the buildingâ€™s many perks, including a media room, plentiful bike parking, and a lushly landscaped rooftop pool and grilling area. Until recently, the choicest pad, the penthouse, was unavailableâ€”reserved for the developer. But his plans have changed, and the original monster of a unit has now been divided into two sprawling condos, the larger still generous at 3,223 square feet. Living on the other side of the tracks (literally) does have its advantagesâ€”namely, lots of natural light, a novel view of the city, and slightly more affordable digs (less than $900 per square foot with parking)â€”though no one would call this a bargain. But who can put a price on watching traffic snarl on I-93 from the comfort of your roof deck?
ON THE MARKET
Address:Â 141 Dorchester Ave., PHB Unit, Boston
Listing Price:Â $2.9 million
Listing Agent:Â Beth Dickerson, Gibson Sothebyâ€™s, 617-510-8565, bethdickerson.com
Stats:Â Three bedrooms, three baths, two roof decks, two parking spaces
As the need for more housing in Boston becomes increasingly dire (some estimate that weâ€™re tens of thousands of units short), a few developers are heeding Mayor Meninoâ€™s plea for so-called micro units. One such model, designed by the architecture and design firm ADD and recently on display at the Boston Society of Architects, is essentially a dorm room: about 300 square feet with â€śshared amenities,â€ť in the form of large common spaces. There are plenty of people happy to subsist with less, but the projected price tag for units like it already under construction in Fort Pointâ€”$1,700 per monthâ€”makes residing in Boston proper seem even less attainable than it did before. And yet for people who canâ€™t fathom living on the edges of the city, or for those who prefer cleanliness to character, this may be the tiny ticket.
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