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South End open houses: 10 brownstone options for under $1 million

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This week's open house tour heads to the South End, pre-construction boom, when the neighborhood was known architecturally mostly for either single-family or converted brownstones.

Expect the modern-day versions to have clean designs and subdued color palettes, but to not be short on extras such as designer kitchens, expansive windows, and tons of extra upgrades.

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1. 10 Lawrence Street, #1

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10 Lawrence St
Boston, MA 02116

Open house: Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $989,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 917

The pitch: “Quintessential parlor/garden duplex home with private patio also features a spacious living area with custom built-in office, wood fireplace, and a large oversized kitchen.”

2. 209 W Springfield Street, #1

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209 W Springfield St
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Price: $869,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 722

The pitch: “Newly converted in 2010, this garden oasis offers patio access through double doors and is complete with a wall of exposed brick and built in shelving.”

3. 455 Massachusetts Avenue, #3

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455 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Price: $810,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 763

The pitch: “Pristine and newly renovated, this outstanding home has custom details throughout.No expense spared. Italian designed chef's kitchen with sleek contemporary imported cabinetry, gas cooking, integrated top of the line appliances, and wine fridge.”

4. 435 Shawmut Avenue, #3

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435 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Price: $949,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 922

The pitch: “Sun-drenched, extra-large, floor-through one bedroom home overlooks lovely Blackstone Square Park with corner exposure allowing for windows on three sides which flood the unit with natural light.”

5. 536 Massachusetts Avenue, #1

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536 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $489,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 850

The pitch: “Sunny front -facing home on street level opens into an inviting living room featuring tall ceilings, bow windows, original carved marble fireplace, and hardwood floors.”

6. 80 West Concord Street, #5

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80 W Concord St
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $824,999

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 920

The pitch: “Bright penthouse duplex with three exposures and a perfect setup for entertaining with the kitchen and living space on the main floor and a bedroom oasis located on the upper level.”

7. 578 Massachusetts Avenue, #2

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578 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 12-1 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $959,000

Size: 2-BR, 2-BA

Square footage: 1,169

The pitch: “One of the grandest turn-of-the-century parlors in the South End, this home features original detail including massive crown molding and window casings, hardwood floors, fireplace with marble mantel and high ceilings.”

8. 21 Father Francis Gilday Street

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21 Father Francis Gilday St
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Sunday, 1:30-3 p.m.

Price: $979,000

Size: 2-BR, 2-BA

Square footage: 1,186

The pitch: “This Parisian-style corner penthouse combines classic architectural warmth and modern designer finishes.”

9. 30-34 E Concord Street, #2

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30-34 E Concord St
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 12-2 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $699,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 878

The pitch: “This garden duplex is located on a tree-lined street and features ten foot ceilings and four enormous west-facing windows offering beautiful natural light.

10. 1750 Washington Street, #1

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1750 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Price: $419,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 532

The pitch: “This sun-filled, second-floor, corner home features a wide-open floor plan and a corner living/dining with fireplace and desk area.”

1. 10 Lawrence Street, #1

10 Lawrence St, Boston, MA 02116

Open house: Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $989,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 917

The pitch: “Quintessential parlor/garden duplex home with private patio also features a spacious living area with custom built-in office, wood fireplace, and a large oversized kitchen.”

10 Lawrence St
Boston, MA 02116

2. 209 W Springfield Street, #1

209 W Springfield St, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Price: $869,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 722

The pitch: “Newly converted in 2010, this garden oasis offers patio access through double doors and is complete with a wall of exposed brick and built in shelving.”

209 W Springfield St
Boston, MA 02118

3. 455 Massachusetts Avenue, #3

455 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Price: $810,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 763

The pitch: “Pristine and newly renovated, this outstanding home has custom details throughout.No expense spared. Italian designed chef's kitchen with sleek contemporary imported cabinetry, gas cooking, integrated top of the line appliances, and wine fridge.”

455 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

4. 435 Shawmut Avenue, #3

435 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Price: $949,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 922

The pitch: “Sun-drenched, extra-large, floor-through one bedroom home overlooks lovely Blackstone Square Park with corner exposure allowing for windows on three sides which flood the unit with natural light.”

435 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118

5. 536 Massachusetts Avenue, #1

536 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $489,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 850

The pitch: “Sunny front -facing home on street level opens into an inviting living room featuring tall ceilings, bow windows, original carved marble fireplace, and hardwood floors.”

536 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

6. 80 West Concord Street, #5

80 W Concord St, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $824,999

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 920

The pitch: “Bright penthouse duplex with three exposures and a perfect setup for entertaining with the kitchen and living space on the main floor and a bedroom oasis located on the upper level.”

80 W Concord St
Boston, MA 02118

7. 578 Massachusetts Avenue, #2

578 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 12-1 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $959,000

Size: 2-BR, 2-BA

Square footage: 1,169

The pitch: “One of the grandest turn-of-the-century parlors in the South End, this home features original detail including massive crown molding and window casings, hardwood floors, fireplace with marble mantel and high ceilings.”

578 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118

8. 21 Father Francis Gilday Street

21 Father Francis Gilday St, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Sunday, 1:30-3 p.m.

Price: $979,000

Size: 2-BR, 2-BA

Square footage: 1,186

The pitch: “This Parisian-style corner penthouse combines classic architectural warmth and modern designer finishes.”

21 Father Francis Gilday St
Boston, MA 02118

9. 30-34 E Concord Street, #2

30-34 E Concord St, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Saturday, 12-2 p.m.; Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $699,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 878

The pitch: “This garden duplex is located on a tree-lined street and features ten foot ceilings and four enormous west-facing windows offering beautiful natural light.

30-34 E Concord St
Boston, MA 02118

10. 1750 Washington Street, #1

1750 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Open house: Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.

Price: $419,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 532

The pitch: “This sun-filled, second-floor, corner home features a wide-open floor plan and a corner living/dining with fireplace and desk area.”

1750 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118