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    For sale: Condominiums overlooking parks in the Emerald Necklace

    These two city condos overlook gems in Olmsted’s meandering urban parkscape.




    CONDO FEE $120 a month

    BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 1 full


    LAST SOLD FOR $425,000 in 2016

    PROS On the first floor of a 1930 brick two-family, this unit is across from Olmsted Park, close to Centre Street and Jamaica Pond. Enter through a small foyer into the living room, with original wood trim, built-in glass cabinets, and modern gas fireplace; there are hardwood floors and custom radiator covers throughout. Off the dining room, a remodeled bath sits between two bedrooms with good-sized closets. The updated kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances, and Shaker-style maple cabinets; the repurposed pantry holds a stacked washer and dryer. Out the back stairway, there’s a screened-in porch; one tandem driveway spot is included. CONS An offer has been accepted as of press time.

    Michael McGuire, Insight Realty Group, 617-839-8944,

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    11 PARK DRIVE #29 / FENWAY

    SQUARE FEET 1,100

    CONDO FEE $445 a month

    BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 1 full


    LAST SOLD FOR unknown price in 1970s

    PROS This fifth-floor unit in a 1920 elevator building boasts incredible views of the Prudential Tower and the Back Bay Fens just across the street. The entry offers more interest than the typical apartment-building door, with a full-length exterior shutter and an original floor-mounted police lock. Enter into a slim living area that acts as a hub for the entire unit. To the right, there’s a galley kitchen with laminate counters and a new stainless refrigerator, and a bright bath with clawfoot tub. Two enormous rooms (one lacks a closet) at left have spectacular city views, and there’s another bedroom at the back. Condo fee includes heat and hot water, and there’s coin-operated laundry in the basement. CONS No deeded parking.

    Daniel Lee, Town Property Group, 617-899-8529,