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Weekend open house tour: the North End and its water views

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With so many new condos going up around the city, it’s easy to forget some of Boston's more established buildings and areas. One such neighborhood steeped in history and historic buildings is the North End.

Before you write it off and look elsewhere, consider that the North End and the adjacent Waterfront is relatively more affordable than the South End and Seaport, respectively.

What does the North End have over its counterparts? Customized homes in an established neighborhood with proximity to the water's edge.

Some of the open houses this weekend offer the most dazzling views of the Harbor that can be found nowhere else (including from Charlestown's coastline a quick hop away). There’s also a charming home in a piazza right in the heart of the North End to round out this week’s tour.

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1. 343 Commercial Street, #310

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343 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109
Open house: Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Price: $2,599,000
Size: 2-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 2,075
The pitch: “South-facing brick and beam penthouse with city and harbor views from the private balcony at Union Wharf.”

2. 4 Battery Wharf, #4603

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4 Battery Wharf
Boston, MA 02109
Open house: Sunday, 12-1 p.m.
Price: $2,500,000
Size: 2-BR, 2.5-BA
Square footage: 1,189
The pitch: “This penthouse level unit at Battery Wharf has an enormous living/dining room combination, two wonderful master suites, and a 70 feet long private balcony.”

3. 197 Eighth Street, #PH221

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197 8th St
Boston, MA 02129
Open house: Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Price: $2,049,000
Size: 2-BR, 3-BA
Square footage: 2,152
The pitch: “this rarely available, direct, front and center duplex penthouse faces down on the harbor and has a covered private outdoor deck.”

4. 414 Commercial Street, #1A

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414 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109
Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Price: $1,649,000
Size: 3-BR, 3-BA
Square footage: 2,096
The pitch: “This home was recently underwent a complete renovation and redesign. The location, renovation, and charm make this home the best value on the North End waterfront.”

5. 343 Commercial Street, #501

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343 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109
Open house: Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Price: $1,399,000
Size: 2-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 1,363
The pitch: “The gorgeous Brick and Beam detail combined with soaring ceilings allows the incoming buyer to create a one-of-a-kind prominent Waterfront home.”

6. 6 Henchman Street, #4-6

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6a Henchman St
Boston, MA 02113
Open house: Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Price: $1,375,000
Size: 3-BR, 3-BA
Square footage: 2,929
The pitch: “Newly constructed parlor duplex with a private entry on the edge of the Waterfront designed and finished with top-of-the-line craftsmanship.”

7. 13 Thacher Street, #6

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13 Thacher St
Boston, MA 02113
Open house: Sunday, 12-2 p.m.
Price: $575,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 810
The pitch: “Spacious two bedroom home is located in a charming North End piazza.”

1. 343 Commercial Street, #310

343 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109
Open house: Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Price: $2,599,000
Size: 2-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 2,075
The pitch: “South-facing brick and beam penthouse with city and harbor views from the private balcony at Union Wharf.”
343 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

2. 4 Battery Wharf, #4603

4 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109
Open house: Sunday, 12-1 p.m.
Price: $2,500,000
Size: 2-BR, 2.5-BA
Square footage: 1,189
The pitch: “This penthouse level unit at Battery Wharf has an enormous living/dining room combination, two wonderful master suites, and a 70 feet long private balcony.”
4 Battery Wharf
Boston, MA 02109

3. 197 Eighth Street, #PH221

197 8th St, Boston, MA 02129
Open house: Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Price: $2,049,000
Size: 2-BR, 3-BA
Square footage: 2,152
The pitch: “this rarely available, direct, front and center duplex penthouse faces down on the harbor and has a covered private outdoor deck.”
197 8th St
Boston, MA 02129

4. 414 Commercial Street, #1A

414 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109
Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Price: $1,649,000
Size: 3-BR, 3-BA
Square footage: 2,096
The pitch: “This home was recently underwent a complete renovation and redesign. The location, renovation, and charm make this home the best value on the North End waterfront.”
414 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

5. 343 Commercial Street, #501

343 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109
Open house: Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Price: $1,399,000
Size: 2-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 1,363
The pitch: “The gorgeous Brick and Beam detail combined with soaring ceilings allows the incoming buyer to create a one-of-a-kind prominent Waterfront home.”
343 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

6. 6 Henchman Street, #4-6

6a Henchman St, Boston, MA 02113
Open house: Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Price: $1,375,000
Size: 3-BR, 3-BA
Square footage: 2,929
The pitch: “Newly constructed parlor duplex with a private entry on the edge of the Waterfront designed and finished with top-of-the-line craftsmanship.”
6a Henchman St
Boston, MA 02113

7. 13 Thacher Street, #6

13 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113
Open house: Sunday, 12-2 p.m.
Price: $575,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 810
The pitch: “Spacious two bedroom home is located in a charming North End piazza.”
13 Thacher St
Boston, MA 02113