Home of the Week: Girard displays work of local artists, takes nod from Midcentury Modern masters

Home of the Week Boston South End
At Girard, residents can rent a one-bedroom, furnished unit for up to day seven days when relatives and friends visit.
At Girard, residents can rent a one-bedroom furnished unit for up to day seven days when relatives and friends visit. Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff

600 Harrison Ave., South End

Rent: One bedroom and one bath (from $2,950); one bedroom, one bath, and a den (from $3,430); two bedrooms with one bath (from $3,600); two bedrooms and two baths (from $3,995); and three bedrooms and two baths (from $6,950). Rent for the model unit featured here is $4,125.
Year built: 2016
Number of units: 160
Utilities: Tenant is responsible for electric, water, and sewer.
Pet fees: $75 for dogs; $50 for cats. Maximum two pets per apartment
Bicycle storage: Complimentary
Property manager: Bozzuto

The inspiration for the design of Girard, a new South End neighbor, is from not so long ago: the Midcentury Modern designers known by their surnames ­­— Eames, Knoll, and Nelson — who brought new colors and shapes to everyday living.

And in a genuflection to the artist community marbled into the South End, there are 12 small galleries in which the work of local artists is displayed.

The third-floor model apartment is a two-bedroom, two-bath plan with ceilings that are around 9 feet, Scandinavian white oak floors throughout (except the baths), and natural light that floods the open layout encompassing the kitchen, dining, and living spaces. In this main living area, the windows are floor to ceiling. (From the street, this design invokes images of computer cards and the 2000 presidential election.) The kitchen has long, white Silestone counters, a glass-tile backsplash, and stainless-steel appliances. There is an island with seating for two, and a circular table in the dining space separates the kitchen from the living area.

The larger of the two bedrooms features a screened, rectangular window. A walk-through closet with metal and wood shelving separates the bedroom from the full bath, which has a long, single vanity with a Silestone counter and a glass-front shower. The floors and shower surround are a white tile.

The second bedroom is staged as an office/family room in this unit, complete with a couch and television. It has a deep closet. The second bath is off the main hallway and features a single vanity and a laundry closet. Every unit has stacked Bosch washer/dryers.

The building offers a “Wheel Room’’ with bike racks that are a brilliant orange. Dog owners can take in the excellent views of Boston from the dedicated pet area on the roof terrace. Other amenities include fitness and dog-grooming centers.

The best public spaces are on the penthouse level. The view from the roof terrace is fantastic and covers what might now be called Oldish Boston (Beacon Hill and Back Bay). Directly across from the building are the beautiful Gothic Revival features of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (1875) and then to the right, there is the Prudential (1965) and 200 Clarendon (the John Hancock Tower, 1976).

The view is not the only attraction. There are gas grills and a fire pit, as well as plenty of seats to catch the sun at the top of the seven-story building. The same floor hosts the Eames Penthouse, which offers a full demonstration kitchen with a gas stove and marble counters, a fireplace, and Midcentury Modern furniture.

Residents can rent a one-bedroom furnished unit for up to seven days when relatives and friends visit.

The building is 82 percent occupied.

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