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Listed: For under $360,000, an eclectic South End apartment made for an artist

Buying South End
139-East-Berkeley-St-Boston
Located on the edge of the SoWa Art+Design District, this apartment is available to qualifying artists. Ali Pierre-Etienne/Boston Virtual Imaging

For an artist looking for an affordable city abode, this 1,002-square-foot apartment at 139 East Berkeley St. could be the answer.

Unit 102 is on the market for $359,040 for any qualifying buyer with Artist Housing Certification from the Boston Planning & Development Agency and an income under $66,650 for one person and no more than $76,200 total for two, according to the listing. 

The building is located on the edge of the SoWa Art+Design District, described on its website as “​​a corner of the city filled with the eclectic and the unexpected,” where artists can set up shop or sell their wares weekly on Sundays at SoWa Open Market.

“It’s a great location for any artist trying to get their work shown or working in the area,” said the listing agent, Eain Williams of Compass.

The one-bedroom, one-bath itself could be filed under the eclectic and unexpected, with shiny epoxied-concrete floors throughout that are painted royal blue with a matching quartz countertop in the kitchen. 

The kitchen and living/dining space are part of an open floor plan, flooded with light from a set of nearly floor-to-ceiling windows.  

The space has plenty of other lighting options as well, with recessed and pendant fixtures in the kitchen, a track of spotlights, and orb-shaped lantern pendant lights in the combined living/dining room.  

In addition to the blue countertops, the stainless-steel refrigerator, double-tiered counter (the upper level is white marble), and translucent cabinet doors add to the kitchen’s modern look. Down the hallway, the bedroom has a doorless entryway, exposed pipes, and a single-door closet. 

The room near the entrance is outfitted with a Murphy bed, and the sellers used it as a bedroom, though it has only one point of egress. 

The bathroom has a tile floor, a shower/tub combination with a matching tile wall, and a vanity cabinet topped with white marble.

The apartment comes with a washer and dryer and access to the building’s shared roof deck. Water, sewer, and insurance are included in the $170 association fee. 

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