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Close Quarters

A clever eye could turn these studios into space-saving stars.

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May 25, 2008

$111,900
881 BROADWAY, UNIT 56, EVERETT

SQUARE FOOTAGE 507
CONDO FEE $179
BATHS 1 full
2007 TAXES $967
LAST SOLD FOR $91,250 in 2007

PROS What this unit lacks in sex appeal it makes up for in price. With new vinyl floors and new wall-to-wall carpeting, as well as new appliances and a new wall of windows, it is clean and bright. It offers in-building laundry, extra storage space, one deeded parking spot, and a private patio that looks out onto the parking lot and neighboring treetops. The location is convenient to public transportation, shops, and restaurants, and the condo's layout allows for a separate eating area. CONS The unit could still use some work and does get street noise. Contact Rick Dickson, Powder House Realty Group, Harvard, 978-400-1100, powderhouserealtygroup.com

$164,900
22 ORKNEY ROAD, UNIT 43, BRIGHTON

SQUARE FOOTAGE 425
CONDO FEE $223
BATHS 1 full
2008 TAXES $1,659
LAST SOLD FOR $70,000 in 1985

PROS With a little work, this place, in the heart of Cleveland Circle, could be a gem. Steps from the C and D trains, shopping, and restaurants, the unit has hardwood floors, south-facing windows that look out onto a quiet alley, and an alcove large enough for a queen-size bed. Switching the locations of the bathroom and kitchen would allow for a more open plan. An advantage of its fourth-floor location is that you're just one flight from the common roof deck. CONS It is a walk-up, and the kitchen and bath need updating. Contact Josh Fetterman, City Realty Group, Brighton, 617-470-2111, cityrealtyboston.com.

$310,000
9 HAWTHORNE PLACE, UNIT 9K, BOSTON

SQUARE FOOTAGE 637
CONDO FEE $356
BATHS 1 full
2008 TAXES $2,755
LAST SOLD FOR $275,000 in 2008

PROS Just gut-renovated, this condo has sparkling parquet floors, plenty of closet space, a tasteful tiled bath, and a beautiful open-plan kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, maple cabinets, granite countertops, and an island with breakfast bar. The sleeping area is separated by a half-wall and soffits, and street noise is virtually nil. Though there's no private outdoor space, the landscaped grounds offer a peaceful oasis, and amenities for this Art Deco-style building include security and a 24-hour concierge. Indoor and outdoor pools and a health club are available. CONS Parking is not deeded. Contact Richard Drinkwater, Otis & Ahearn, Back Bay, 617-407-1188, otisahearn.com.

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881 Broadway, Unit 56, Everett 881 Broadway, Unit 56, Everett
22 Orkney Road, Unit 43, Brighton
22 Orkney Road, Unit 43, Brighton
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