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Peek inside a sleek 273-square-foot apartment in the South End

Buying South End
The 273-square-foot studio is one of 25 units at 529 Columbus Ave.

Bigger isn’t always better.

529 Columbus Ave., Apt. 17, has just 273 square feet of living space but all of the necessities. Located along bustling Columbus Avenue in the South End, the unit opens into a 16- by 13-foot “great room” that entertains by day and converts into a bedroom at night, thanks to a queen-size, pull-down Murphy bed that acts as a space-saver. The kitchen is equipped with wooden cabinets, a range, a refrigerator, and a freezer. The bathroom was remodeled in 2016 and has a walk-in shower with white subway tiling.

Adding to its chic vibe are hardwood flooring, high ceilings with plaster detailing, two south-facing windows, and an original (but now decorative) fireplace complete with a marble mantelpiece, according to listing agent Matthew Cloutier. 

The parlor-level apartment, which went on the market August 1, is now listed for $395,000 after a recent $50,000 price cut. It’s one of 25 units in an elevator building that’s been converted from four consecutive brownstones, Cloutier said. 

The building also includes a common roof deck with Back Bay views as well as laundry facilities in the basement.

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