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$35K Rental, the M Block, Southie Condos, and More

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The latest from our neighborhood-savvy sister site, Curbed Boston.

BACK BAYThe biggest new rental listing in the entire Hub is for a recently traded penthouse at the Clarendon on Stuart Street. The 3-BR, 3.5-BA, 3,545-square-foot spread (pictured above) is asking $35,000 a month, plus a $35,000 security deposit.

FORT POINTDevelopers and brokers are trying to make a new moniker stick in Southie: "M Block." It refers to Melcher Street, which is undergoing a boatload of change due to new developments like 49 Melcher and 51 Melcher.

CENTRAL SQUAREAs many as 15 properties in the area traded last year, and their new owner has big development plans. A "gateway" kind of development, in fact, is being discussed for the Quest Diagnostics building where Mass. Ave. skirts Main Street.

SOUTH BOSTONOur David Bates deep-dove into the neighborhood's condo market and came up with gems like this: Of the condos sold since 2005, "1,964 (50 percent) had 'granite' in the MLS remarks section and 1,050 (27 percent) touted 'view' in the MLS remarks section."