Rare Find in Forgotten Boston Neighborhood

David Bates / October 30, 2013-3:07 pm


12 Piedmont

12 Piedmont, Bay Village. Building and view form the deck.

Head down Arlington Street past Stuart Street and if you’ve had your morning coffee, you just might notice that tucked into the left is the majority of Boston’s smallest neighborhood, Bay Village. Due to its proximity, some may easily confuse Bay Village as being part of Back Bay or the South End, but the members of the Bay Village Neighborhood Association know it is a distinctly different neighborhood and “consider it to be the friendliest, most dynamic and most conveniently located neighborhood in Boston.” They may have a point.

When I think of buildings in Bay Village, I think of historic-era brick-buildings with exceptionally small footprints. Those definitely were the characteristics of the four-family I recently sold there which was built in 1899 (34 Melrose Street). But not so with the development at 12 Piedmont. This building is brand new. So, I took a look at the penthouse three bed, two-and-a-half bath, and thought it was pretty cool. It has modern finishes, European appliances and a roof deck with terrific city views. It did not have parking, but Bay Village might be the easiest Boston neighborhood to secure rental parking. Of the six units constructed at 12 Piedmont, only two duplexes are still available for purchase. Unit #1, a lower duplex with 1,875 square feet is  on the market for $1.399 million. The penthouse, a bit smaller at 1,147 square feet, can be purchased for $1.099 million.