The Modern South End

It’s been a while since we touched base with the Modern South End loft-style condo development on the border of the South End and Roxbury. What’s left at this 25-unit move-in ready Dennis Duffy design? 12 units according to the Boston MLS.

That’s right, 12 units, priced from $489,000 to $1,495,000 and ranging in size from 899 to 2,592 square feet. Mainly 1 bedroom 1 bathroom loft-style condos remain, along with three 2 bedroom 1.5 bathroom units (starting at $699K price point), and the then you have the grand Skyliner penthouse with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Parking, except with the Skyliner, is not included in the listing price, but available for sale from $29K-49K.

Our Featured Open House take places Sunday, April 13, 2008 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Modern, located at 255 Northhampton Street, one block west of Massachusetts Avenue, between Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street.

Modern South End


  1. Any word on phase 2?

    Do all penthouses start at a million plus? I don’t think you can justify it in this area.

  2. As one of the listing agents for The Modern perhaps I can clarify a couple of the responses. The Modern consists of 6 full floors with a half-floor sitting on top of the building along with a common roof deck. On this half floor sits the SkyHouse which is a 1-bed/1.5 bath unit and which sold during pre-construction.

    The 6th floor is comprised of 4 penthouse units. One penthouse unit has sold and 3 remain. Penthouse prices range from $599k – $765k. Based on many requests from buyers, The Modern created what we call the Skyliner option, which is the ability to combine 2 Penthouse units (#’2 & 3) creating a truly spectacular space consisting of nearly 2,600SF, dramatic skyline views, 2 private terraces, 2 garage parking spaces and priced at $1,495,000. The ability to customize that amount of space on one floor at the penthouse level is rare in Boston – let alone the South End, so the Skyliner provides a unique opportunity to certain buyers.

    Although The Modern is now 60% sold out, we still have a good selection of 1 and 2 bedroom units available starting at $489,000.

    I hope this helps to clarify the previous responses.

  3. I just read on another blog that the remaining units in this building are being auctioned off. I wonder if there’s any truth to the rumor.

    I think it’s an attractive building but the photos don’t accurately represent the neighborhood. Maybe in time the street will be cleaned up as the area gentrifies, but at the moment it has the feel of a dirty alley. The bedroom in the photo above looks over a dirty gas station, If I’m not mistaken.

  4. According to an article on, the remaining 10 units will be auctioned off on May 18th.