The smallest, tiniest condos in Boston
Jan 2011 05

How small can you go? What are the smallest condos listed for sale, right now, in Boston.

I did a search through the Multiple Listing Service Property Information Network, Inc.’s database for small condos. Turns out, two of the three smallest are in Boston Proper.

Up first, the absolutely-smallest condo currently on the market, at 88 Gordon Street, in Brighton. It has ~285 square feet, and is a basement-level studio. The listing says it’s on “Level 1″ which to me means first floor (street-level) but might mean basement.

The condo is listed for sale for $130,000. The upside is, it already has a tenant, at least until the end of this month, paying $1,050. So, this might actually be a nice little investment, if you can put a lot of money down. The condo fee is $187 per month and taxes are around $1,400.

There is a slightly (ever so slightly) larger apartment on Mass Ave in the South End, listed for $210,000. It is a ~289-square foot studio, located near to the Boston Medical Center. I’ve seen units in this building so I know that many are in very good shape, having been renovated (during a condo conversion) in 2004. According to the MLSPIN listing, it has hardwood floors, stainless appliances, custom cabinets, granite counters, new dishwasher/disposal, tile bath with pedestal sink, and common laundry.

The unit is currently rented for $1,300 per month. That’s because it’s in a good location. Many medical students as well as people who work in midtown would love that location (I bet it’s pretty loud, there, though). Taxes might run you $180 per month and the condo fee is $179. Add those all together and you still might be able to make it work as a landlord. As an owner, though, it might just be good enough to call home!

Final, small condo is on the second block of Commonwealth Ave. It’s ~290-square feet, also a studio. It’s listed for $269,000.

Description says: “Huge 13′ ceilings and huge windows. W/D in unit. built-in MURPHY BED. Marble bath. Porcelain and Hardwood floors. Huge Molding.”

Given the estimated ceiling height, my guess is it’s street level, although the listing says “1st level” which could be street, basement, or parlor. Best to check out in person.

I’ve seen several units in this building; it was converted into condos in mid-2000′s with nice finishes. Definitely qualifies as a “pied-a-terre”, you know?

The condo fee is just $187 but the monthly taxes might run you $250. As a rental, possibly, but perhaps with the price and the location and its appeal, a buyer just might love living here. Your monthly cost might be $2,000 or so, plus insurance, etc. That’s a lot for 290 square feet, no? But, to many, the pluses would outweigh the negatives.

Please let me know if you’d like more information.

All listings and descriptions collected from MLSPIN from third-party sources.

Above, 702 Massachusetts Ave, South End, Boston, Massachusetts. Richard Giglio of Keller Williams Realty Boston is the listing agent.

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