For Sale/Rent

Fixer-Upper Friday: A Remnant of Old Southie

This rowhouse does not have granite countertops, a rain shower, or a Nest thermostat.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.

2 Onslow Terrace, South Boston
Price: $650,000
Size: 1,496 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1.5

Its listing description calls this property a “unique opportunity to own a single family house with Old Southie Charm.” And that’s…not wrong. A remnant of so-called Old Southie, before rowhouses were outfitted with subway tile and shiplap, this single-family reflects the neighborhood character of yesteryear. And with a few minor updates, it’ll be restored to its original glory.

The baby blue-painted holdout sits at the end of a private alleyway in City Point. It (refreshingly) does not boast granite countertops, a rain shower, or a Nest thermostat, like many of the newly refurbished pads in the neighborhood. Instead, it has some original ceiling medallions, wood paneling, and pastel-colored floral wallpaper. The place offers a reasonably spacious eat-in kitchen, too, and three good-sized bedrooms. An additional room on the top floor could be transformed into an office or a playroom, and on the first floor, there’s a laundry nook.

With some new wall coverings and floors that accentuate the circa 1890 building’s period details, and maybe a tastefully remodeled kitchen, the rowhouse will be ready for move-in.

The cherry on top of it all might be the home’s somewhat reasonable price tag. The median price of a single-family home in Southie right now is $809,000, which puts this one well under the average at $650,000. Bostonians jaded by sky-high housing costs know that’s pretty good for walking distance from the L Street Bathhouse.

For information, contact Jeffrey Sill, Reliant Real Estate, Inc., realtor.com.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.

Photo via Reliant Real Estate, Inc.