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South End Townhouse Rightly Thinks A Lot of Itself


The townhouse at 188 West Brookline Street was once featured in Architect Magazine, wherein the mouthpiece for the American Institute of Architects thus spake: "Embracing the spatial and geometric clarity of the Victorian era plan, as well as the simple and obvious late 19th century domestic mechanics that allow the house to alter and accept the variety of life's rituals—both the very private and the very social—connects the house to its past, yet unlike its Victorian predecessor, the language of the building fabric is geometrically simple and materially rich, the rhythms of light and material more emphatic and pronounced, and the conventions of modern life more legible."

O.K., then. No wonder the townhouse wants as much as it can get on the sales market. It originally dropped on Sept. 14 for $3,950,000.

A few days later, the price bounced a full $45,000 even to $3,995,000. For that, one gets the aforementioned architectural whizzbangery as well as four bedrooms; four bathrooms; 4,350 square feet; bones in the 1860s; a rooftop conservatory (for god's sake!) that leads to a roof deck; central air and underfloor heating; five gas fireplaces; and four parking spaces (two garaged). The townhouse last went back in May 2009 for $2,500,000. Stay tuned. (H/t Curbed Cape Cod.)
· Listing: 188 West Brookline Street [Sprogis & Neale]
· Our PriceBumper archive [Curbed Boston]