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Fast Times in Back Bay: the Late Summer's Biggest Deals

With a little help from our friends at Link Boston, it's time to look back at the last full month of a blistering summer for the Boston sales market with a rundown of the top five downtown condo deals in August. This time, we've added condo fees where available because they seem to be going only one way—up.

Where: 169 Marlborough Street, #1
Price: $4,400,000
Square Footage: 2,752
Fees: N/A
The Skinny: This 4-BR, 3.5-BA duplex is the only one of the five here that sold for its asking—and did so in the three weeks, no less, going to contract before the end of March and closing Aug. 22 for a sprightly $1,599 a square foot.
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Where: 53 Beacon Street, #PH2
Price: $4,450,000
Square Footage: 4,650
Fees: $1,685
The Skinny: This 3-BR, 3-BA penthouse duplex in Beacon Hill took only a month and a half to sell after hitting the market in mid-June (back then we said the pool table in the listing photos reminded us of that Seinfeld where George's dad turns his old bedroom into the sorriest billiard hall). It needed a $300K price-chop to move, and actually closed for under $1K a square foot: $957.

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Where: 24 Commonwealth Avenue, #1
Price: $4,500,000
Square Footage: 4,181
Fees: $2,697
The Skinny: This fashionable cat had never been on the market before; and when it did hit it, it took but seven months and a $250K price-chop to move. A 4-BR, 4.5-BA triplex, its grandest feature may be the sweeping staircase—a vestige of the building's former life as a grand, 19th-century mansion.
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Where: 220 Boylston Street, #1515
Price: $7,350,000
Square Footage: 4,022
Fees: $9,477
The Skinny: We've ga-ga'ed over this 3-BR, 4-BA considerably over the last year (it went on the market way back in October 2010), calling its 18-foot windows, for instance, "the ultimate 1-percenter status symbol." The final price reflected a drop of $600K, but was still considerably higher than the last time the Four Seasons penthouse traded: $3,307,000 in 1990.
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Where: 100 Beacon Street, PHB
Price: $9,000,000
Square Footage: 4,083
Fees: $6,217
The Skinny: This beautiful puppy sold extremely fast (maybe 'cause there were synonyms to "stunning" in the listing). The 3-BR, 3.5-BA penthouse hit the market on July 31 and was gone three days later, closing on Aug. 10—but only after a rather forceful price-chop of $1.5M.

· The One Word That Makes a Hub Home Sell Super-Fast [Curbed Boston]
· Back Bay 2-BR Condo Fees: Today Vs. 2002 [Curbed Boston]
· Ultimate 1 Percenter Status Symbol: an 18-FT Window [Curbed Boston]
· Cue the Pool Table as Proof of Space: $4.75M on Beacon [Curbed Boston]