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East Boston's Paul Curtis Manor Casts Off to Condo Land

History lesson, kids. Paul Curtis oversaw construction of some of the fastest ships of the 19th century—"clippers," they were called, the "greyhounds of the sea" (as in the dog, not the bus). He built these first in Medford and then later in current "It" neighborhood East Boston (and occasionally in Chelsea, too). Now, the East Boston Victorian where Curtis lived in the 1850s and 1860s is being turned into condos. The four units will have 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths each, as well as the usual bells and whistles of such conversions, including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and some original detailing preserved should you eye wander during commercials on the flat-screen. Plus! Deeded parking because no one takes the ship anymore; they drive their cars to the airport.

· Listing: 402 Meridian Street [Russell Realty]
· East Boston Housing: the 'It' Neighborhood by the Numbers [Curbed Boston]