Fixer-Upper Friday: A Brick Townhouse in East Boston
This bow-front single-family has been completely gutted.
145 Saratoga Street, East Boston
Size: 1,570 square feet
Boston’s spacious brick townhouses rarely hit the market for under $1.5 million, but this one in East Boston is about half that price. That’s because the place is a fixer-upper through and through—it’s been completely gutted to the studs, leaving just bricks and supporting beams exposed. For optimists, that means it’s basically a blank slate awaiting customization.
All 1,570 square feet of the home are spread across three floors. That number doesn’t include the basement level, where there’s a door that opens to the backyard. If the abundant living space seems excessive, the building is conveniently zoned for a two-family home. It could be converted into two condos, and selling or renting one of them would certainly offset the cost of renovating the place.
Speaking of renovations, the home needs quite a few updates. Proper walls and floors are the most obvious ones, as kitchen and bathroom installations. There’s the potential to create an eye-catching spiral staircase (minus the existing carpet) and maybe a reading nook under the bay window. Someone with a vision—and deep pockets, of course—will have to cash in one this one.
For information, Saul Perlera, Perlera Real Estate, perlera.com.
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