Really Small Back Bay Condo Sales

David Bates / February 21, 2012-1:04 pm

I received an introduction to small Boston condos early in my real estate career. I was taking a buyer to open houses on a typically hot New England summer Sunday, and was trudging up a narrow downtown stairwell to see a top floor two bedroom that my summary sheet indicated was just 375 Square Feet. I wondered if it would be worth seeing? To my delight, those sellers knew how to make 375 square feet work as a 2-bedroom.

Here are some thoughts on some of the smallest homes that sold in Back Bay in 2011, homes which were rumored to be so small that prospective buyers had to go outside to change their minds about purchasing (LOL):

8 Garrison #112 — One of the smallest condos that sold in the city last year, this condo measured in at 225 square feet. The loft bed, however, made it feel like at least 230 square feet.

483 Beacon #84 – The median size of a Back Bay one bedroom is around 680 Square feet This condo with terrific views was one of the smallest one bedrooms that sold in 2011. It measured 330 square feet. Simply put, you can fit two of these in the average Back Bay one bedroom.

534 Beacon #706 – This was the smallest Back Bay two bedroom condo that found a buyer in 2011. It had million dollar views and a half million dollar sale price. At 705 square feet, most may consider it “tiny,” but to some in Beacon Hill it might be palatial — as it was nearly two hundred square feet larger than the smallest Beacon Hill two bedroom sale which measured in at only 506 square feet.