Friday Finishes is Curbed Boston's commentary on what brokers call "the bones" of homes—the walls, floors, ceilings, stairs, windows, etc., that physically comprise the places we dwell. This week we take a hard (heh) look at condos on the market with exposed brick.
Address: 11 Irving Place, #7
Asking Price: $295,000
Square Feet: 407
The Bones: The 1 BR in this condo in this 1899 building in Beacon Hill is where to find the exposed brick. By the looks of the listing photo, it runs the height of the wall and is malleable enough to put a nail through for picture-hanging. But it seems to stop abruptly before the corner—if you have a touch of the OCD, that might drive you nuts. Otherwise, so cozy!
Address: 57 Fulton Street, #7
Asking Price: $490,000
Square Feet: 1,082
The Bones: The exposed bricks in this 111-year-old North End 1-BR are everywhere and they're awesome! They appear, by the listing, to run in different autumnal hues the entirety of a two-floor wall, including around a brick fireplace. And you know what else is awesome? This condo's been price-chopped $94K!
Address: 146 Marlborough Street, #5
Asking Price: $495,000
Square Feet: 663
The Bones: The exposed brick in this Back Bay condo can be found in its living room and its 1 BR. We're not sure how we feel about it. It clearly works in the bedroom, especially with the dark hardwood floors, but in the living room it seems to dim the airiness. Still, don't we spend half our at-home hours in the bedroom anyway?
Address: 19 Fayette Street, #6
Asking Price: $499,500
Square Feet: 871
The Bones: This one just works. The brick in this 2-BR Bay Village condo runs a seamless gambit around the windows in the living room, blending with the spread's light and, like a good dinner guest, giving something to the place without dominating it. Best part: it was price-chopped just last week by $10K.
Address: 249 West Newton Street, #7
Asking Price: $474,000
Square Feet: 710
The Bones: You remember that Sex & The City episode where one of the gals describes a guy as "more boring than exposed brick?" (We do!) Well, the living room of this Back Bay 1-BR might be an example of exposed brick being more boring than exposed brick. Do something with it! A brown shelf? Portraiture? Come on.