The location was what drew Eoin Barry to renovate the two-family home at 88 Gordon Ave. in Hyde Park into two condos.
But what will likely draw in a buyer for condo No. 2, available on the home’s upper floors, is the price, nearby MBTA train stations and craftsmanship.
“The location is huge,” said Barry, a developer and owner of CPAC Contracting Services. “It’s very walkable.”
Close to both the Hyde Park and Fairmount commuter rail stops and the Stony Brook Reservation, the place feels both far from downtown, which it is, and close to city conveniences.
Listed for $449,900, the condo offers a lot for what is essentially new construction — there are two master bedroom suites, a third bedroom, three bathrooms, an open living and dining area, and handsome finishes.
Nothing in the place feels shabby or plastic. Throughout are stained oak floors and oak details, such as a built-in shelf in the stairwell and bedroom window seat. The kitchen counters are black granite that contrasts pleasantly with white cabinetry and stainless steel range and fridge. Glass showers are in the master bathrooms, which are all lined with ceramic floors. Outside, the home is clad in wood shingles.
“Personally, I like to just pay a couple dollars more and get it done right,” Barry said, of his approach when renovating homes, which he calls a “side gig” on top of his commercial contracting business. This house, he said, was gutted down to the perimeter walls.
The result is a bright and open 1,446-square-foot condo that feels like a new house, and that has long views of the neighborhood and foliage surrounding it. There are also a small grassy yard, parking, deck and patio, as well as lots of extra storage space.
Having worked on places in the cramped Back Bay, Barry said, he’s learned to use space efficiently, fitting in storage closets and shelves — such as the stairway shelf — wherever he can, he said.
But for those finishes, he said, his wife gets all the credit.
“She picked the cabinets, countertops and the stain colors for all the floors,” said Barry. “She’s definitely got an eye for it.”...Read more