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The tiny Newton home listed for nearly $450,000 is a sign of the times

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The home has a loft-style bedroom that can fit only a mattress. Charles Shaw of Vis-Home

For $449,900, this Newton bungalow could be just the place for someone looking to downsize. Just so long as they’re looking to size way down. 

At just 251 square feet, 1295 Boylston St. is a studio-style cottage listed as a one-bedroom, one-bathroom single-family. 

The bedroom, described on the listing as a “Skylit Sleeping Loft with Knee-High Ceiling,” is similar to a setup in a camper, the home’s listing agent, Hans Brings of Coldwell Banker Realty, said. 

“It’s one large room with a loft above. The loft is kind of camper-style, where it’s about knee high,” Brings said. “It’d be great for a mattress and a place to sleep, but that’s about it.” The space would likely fit a queen or double mattress, Brings said, but not quite a king. 

The open layout below the loft has a kitchenette with granite countertops, a stainless-steel stove, and an electric stovetop. The full bathroom comes with a tile shower, and it is the only space in the home with doors. The wood-look vinyl floors were recently updated, along with the kitchenette, bathroom, and HVAC mini-split system. The home has an unfinished basement with a bulkhead.

The home, which dates to 1970, sits right on Route 9 on a 0.06-acre lot with enough parking for at least three vehicles.

Though the cost of the home— which comes out to $1,792 per square foot— may be hard for some buyers to stomach, it is less expensive than a number of other options in the area, a fact that underscores the frenzy that has overtaken the market in and around Boston. 

The estimated monthly cost for this home is $1,889, according to Realtor.com — slightly lower than the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Newton, which is $1,938 a month, according to Zumper.com. The home is also the least expensive single-family option on the market in Newton right now, Brings said, noting that the next closest is listed for $637,000, Brings said. 

It could be a perfect second home for someone who spends weekends on Cape Cod or “someone who just needs a place to hang their hat while they’re working in town,” he said. 

In the listing, Brings also suggested the home could serve as a meditation or exercise room or simply extra storage. 

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