Every Saturday, Charles Anderson takes a stroll from his two-bedroom condo at the Penmark and gets his weekly pastry fix at Flour Bakery.


“The Washington Street district reminds me of NYC with large parks, wide boulevards, urban amenities, but with a spacious sense,” says Anderson, a financial administrator at Harvard University, who has lived at the Penmark for almost two years. The self-professed foodie loves the building and neighborhood but reluctantly put his two-bedroom unit on the market recently so he could be closer to work.


The Penmark, a 69-unit renovated schoolhouse located on Father Frances Gilday Street in the South End, is the perfect living arrangement for food buffs.


Step outside the luxury building and you’ll find yourself in the mecca of gourmet eating. Walk less than two blocks and nosh on Spanish tapas at Toro, Italian at Stella and South Asian at Ginger Park Kitchen & Bar.

Having a party? Head over to Foodie’s Urban Market for pate and olive tapenade, and pick up tasty French wine at BRIX Wine Shop.

“It’s really in the mix of all the best restaurants in the South End. In many ways, it’s the foodie spot to be in,” says Rebecca Davis Tulman, a broker with Hammond Residential, who has a two-bedroom listing in the building for $819,000.

The building, which was completed in 2007, is the site of the original Boston College High School, making it a historical site.