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Weekend open house tour: Living in less than 500 square feet in Boston

Small on space, but big on style and function

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Before micro-units became a thing, Bostonians were living in small spaces as a matter of course. Take, for instance, these open houses this weekend. Many were recently listed and will run you around half a million dollars or less.

These units can be found throughout the city, from Back Bay to Jamaica Plain to Eastie. The key thing to remember for small-space living is that you don’t need to sacrifice style or function. There you go: Boston has been setting trends before it was even cool to live in tiny.

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1. 342 Commonwealth Avenue, #5

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342 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Open House: Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price: $550,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 490
The Pitch: “This newly renovated second floor unit boasts new 7' tall energy efficient insulated historic bay windows, refinished gleaming hardwood floors, new paint and new ceilings 10' high.”

2. 252 Commonwealth Avenue, #4

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252 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Open House: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $529,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 475
The Pitch: “ The living area offers tall ceilings, bow with two windows, custom murphy bed, decorative fireplace and large closet.”

3. 321-325 Meridian Street, #9

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325 Meridian St
Boston, MA 02128

Open House: Sunday, 12-2 p.m.
Price: $309,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 445
The Pitch: “The high ceilings and sunny rooms make it feel spacious and airy. Sunny and private deck overlooking the parking for entertaining”

4. 315-317 Beacon Street, #1

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315 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

Open House: Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m.
Price: $459,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 444
The Pitch: “Spacious studio with private garden patio, large windows, hardwood floors, working fireplace, queen size murphy bed and creative storage make this home live larger than its square footage.”

5. 16-18 Walk Hill Street, #8

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16-18 Walk Hill St
Boston, MA 02130

Open House: Sunday, 2 - 3 p.m.
Price: $225,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 439
The Pitch: “This one bedroom is full of light and charm: Open floor plan, exposed brick wall, and a tiled bath.”

6. 145 Everett Street, #1

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145 Everett St #1
Boston, MA 02128

Open House: Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price: $239,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 404
The Pitch: “The whole building was recently renovated five years ago with upgrades including new granite counters, appliances, cabinets, and fresh paint.”

7. 16-18 Walk Hill Street, #9

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16-18 Walk Hill St
Boston, MA 02130

Open House: Saturday, 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price: $225,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 390
The Pitch: “Located in a historic firehouse in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, close to many green spaces.”

8. 119 Marlborough Street, #1

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119 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116

Open House: Saturday, 1 - 2 p.m.
Price: $449,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 370
The Pitch: “This pristine studio home features stunning details, including gleaming hardwood floors throughout, custom built-in shelving, dramatic high ceilings, and plenty of natural sunlight.”

1. 342 Commonwealth Avenue, #5

342 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Open House: Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price: $550,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 490
The Pitch: “This newly renovated second floor unit boasts new 7' tall energy efficient insulated historic bay windows, refinished gleaming hardwood floors, new paint and new ceilings 10' high.”

342 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

2. 252 Commonwealth Avenue, #4

252 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Open House: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $529,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 475
The Pitch: “ The living area offers tall ceilings, bow with two windows, custom murphy bed, decorative fireplace and large closet.”

252 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

3. 321-325 Meridian Street, #9

325 Meridian St, Boston, MA 02128

Open House: Sunday, 12-2 p.m.
Price: $309,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 445
The Pitch: “The high ceilings and sunny rooms make it feel spacious and airy. Sunny and private deck overlooking the parking for entertaining”

325 Meridian St
Boston, MA 02128

4. 315-317 Beacon Street, #1

315 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116

Open House: Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m.
Price: $459,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 444
The Pitch: “Spacious studio with private garden patio, large windows, hardwood floors, working fireplace, queen size murphy bed and creative storage make this home live larger than its square footage.”

315 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

5. 16-18 Walk Hill Street, #8

16-18 Walk Hill St, Boston, MA 02130

Open House: Sunday, 2 - 3 p.m.
Price: $225,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 439
The Pitch: “This one bedroom is full of light and charm: Open floor plan, exposed brick wall, and a tiled bath.”

16-18 Walk Hill St
Boston, MA 02130

6. 145 Everett Street, #1

145 Everett St #1, Boston, MA 02128

Open House: Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price: $239,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 404
The Pitch: “The whole building was recently renovated five years ago with upgrades including new granite counters, appliances, cabinets, and fresh paint.”

145 Everett St #1
Boston, MA 02128

7. 16-18 Walk Hill Street, #9

16-18 Walk Hill St, Boston, MA 02130

Open House: Saturday, 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price: $225,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 390
The Pitch: “Located in a historic firehouse in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, close to many green spaces.”

16-18 Walk Hill St
Boston, MA 02130

8. 119 Marlborough Street, #1

119 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116

Open House: Saturday, 1 - 2 p.m.
Price: $449,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square Footage: 370
The Pitch: “This pristine studio home features stunning details, including gleaming hardwood floors throughout, custom built-in shelving, dramatic high ceilings, and plenty of natural sunlight.”

119 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116