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  • Charlestown single-family offers Beacon Hill charm at condo's price

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Charlestown  |  May 1, 2011 8:44 AM  |  653 views  |  No comments

    If Beacon Hill townhouse living is beyond your budget, consider the value 512 Medford St. offers for a mere $359,000: two full levels of living for a growing, active family.

    The 1880 brick single-family rowhouse's 950 square feet of living space includes two generous bedrooms, a small child's bedroom or office, spacious common areas, a granite/stainless kitchen, a stylish new bath, a private pebble-finished patio, an automatic skylight, hardwood floors, huge basement storage and laundry and more.

    The rooms are lovingly treated with a designer color palette catering to today's tastes, in pleasing contrast to the old building's historical character.

    Best of all, 512 Medford St. is located in a neighborhood as historic and convenient as Beacon Hill: Charlestown.

    The large windows bring light and historic neighborhood views into the large living room, which features a classic woodburning fireplace. A wall opening with a counter forms a handy pass-through to the eat-in kitchen.

    The unusually large eat-in kitchen maintains the building's historical character with its exposed brick, custom paneled cabinetry, refinished hardwood floor, ceiling beams, granite counter, and backsplash with Native American-inspired design. Stainless steel appliances — including an Energy Star certified refrigerator — add a contemporary contrast.

    A French slider connects the kitchen to the pebble-pressed patio, your private outdoor space, surrounded by a stockade fence with a trellis strip suitable for growing roses, climatis, ivy, etc.


    The three bedrooms have a wide variety of wall treatments and spaces for family members of different ages and tastes.

    The shared bath has been stylishly updated with faux Sienna marble tiles, a designer vanity with projecting bowl sink and Beaux Arts-style cabinet doors, and a deluxe glass shower with built-in bench.

    Located at the base of historic Bunker Hill (where the revolutionary battle was not fought — it was fought on Breed's Hill, where the Bunker Hill Monument actually stands), 512 Medford St. is within reach of a rich array of neighborhood resources, including Doherty Park, Edwards Playground, Mathews Salad House, Charlestown Working Theater, bus service to the Orange Line subway, access to Route 99, and much more.

    For more information on 512 Medford St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

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  • A ship-shape condo at Charlestown Navy Yard

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Charlestown  |  April 12, 2011 9:18 AM  |  867 views  |  No comments

    An 1899 shipbuilding facility at 42 8th St. in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard was handsomely renovated into 367 residential units in 1981 by Anderson Notter Finegold, Inc., who rechristened it Parris Landing. Master designer Philippe Starck added the finishing touches in 2006.

    Now you can benefit from this architectural masterwork at a reasonable price in the condominium's Unit 5213, offered at $475,000. Strategically located in Building 5, the 932-square-foot, 2-bed, 2-bath unit has southwestern exposure and an enviable view of the grassy courtyard.

    The carpeted living-dining room takes advantage of the old building's large windows for light, its cathedral shipbuilding space for a high-ceilinged open floor plan, and its exposed brick for historical memory.

    The dining area connects directly to the kitchen through a pass-through wall opening over the sink for food service and cleanup convenience. The ship-style galley kitchen lines up black granite counters, classic paneled cabinetry and state-of-the-art appliances conveniently along facing walls, accenting the space with a hardwood floor, ship-deck style.

    The exposed brick walls give the carpeted bedrooms ship-cabin coziness, while the Starck color palette brings the spaces into the contemporary realm.

    A 2,800-square-foot fitness center is one of many high-end building amenities at Parris Landing. The others include a conference and resident club room, a 24-hour concierge, professional on-site management and a seasonal outdoor pool.

    Beyond the pool and courtyard are the great pedestrian neighborhood of history, restaurants and recreational amenities the Charlestown Navy Yard became following its closing in 1974. Steps away are the U.S.S. Constitution, a.k.a. Old Ironsides, America's oldest commissioned naval warship; the USS Cassin Young, a destroyer that served in the Pacific Theater during World War II; Charlestown Naval Shipyard Park; Tavern on the Water; the U.S.S. Constitution Museum; and numerous water taxis and shuttles to Logan Airport, Boston Harbor and the Harbor Islands.

    For more information on Unit 5213 at 42 8th St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

    Post created and published by: Todd Larson

  • Pleasant unit in peaceful neighborhood

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Charlestown  |  February 8, 2011 11:44 AM  |  628 views  |  1 comment

    Built in 1989 in the gambrel colonial style for which Charlestown is historically known, 7 Pleasant St. contains a 1,207-square-foot, 2-bed, 1.5-bath duplex unit that takes you back to colonial times with its architectural details, hardwood floors, private garden, historic neighborhood, and overall sense of the whole-house independence of Boston's founding days.

    That sense of independence is evident in Unit 7's first-floor living room. You have direct, sunny views of Pleasant Street through new thermal windows with old-fashioned plantation shutters, and your own woodburning brick fireplace, surrounded by a wood mantel crafted in fine colonial tradition.

    That spirit of '76 continues in the formal dining room with a deep red wall treatment, a chair rail, wainscoting, a chandelier, a crown molding and more plantation shutters.

    The kitchen is colonial and contemporary combined, appointed with classic custom cabinetry, granite counters and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances.

    The carpeted bedrooms are at garden level for cozy warmth but still have plenty of square footage and ceiling height for a comfortable living-sleeping arrangement.

    The private garden patio is generously built in with flower planters, paved with brick-hued terra cotta tiles for a Beacon Hill feel, and charmingly surrounded by a picket fence for that old home look.

    Located in Charlestown's Gaslight Historic District, 7 Pleasant St. is steps away from some of the neighborhood's most historic sites. Right down Pleasant Street is the Warren Tavern. Founded in 1780, it is Massachusetts' oldest tavern, and was a favorite watering hole of the likes of Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

    Right up Pleasant Street is the Bunker Hill Monument, the tall granite obelisk marking the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Also in the neighborhood are Element Day Spa, Tangierino Restaurant, Sorelle Bakery & Cafe, Tedeschi Food Shop in Thompson Square, Charlestown Nursery School, Bunker Hill Community College, and MBTA Orange Line subway service at Community College station.

    For more information on Unit 7 at 7 Pleasant St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus

    Post created and published by: Todd Larson

  • New at The Nautica: Ship-shape duplex at 1 Warren St.

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Charlestown  |  January 16, 2011 11:34 AM  |  638 views  |  No comments

    The Nautica, the 100-plus-unit condominium community built at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard over the past decade, has a 1,264-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath duplex unit now for sale at its 1 Warren St. address. Offered at $719,900, Unit 107 is waterfront living at its loftiest, in terms of light, harbor views, and convenience to shopping, dining and sightseeing in two historic Boston neighborhoods.

    The large, fireplaced living-dining area lets you partake of picturesque views of the historic Charlestown Navy Yard and its crown jewel, the U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). Launched in 1797, she is America's oldest commissioned warship. Like the durability of the solid oak hull of Old Ironsides through countless wars including the War of 1812 and her skirmishes with the Barbary Pirates, the floors of Unit 107 are also made of oak and are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

    The dining area is conveniently situated by the open bar counter of the kitchen for easy food service and chats with the cook as your repast is prepared. Like the galley of a ship, the kitchen is arranged in intimate galley style with three sides of granite counterspace, custom built-in cabinetry, and state-of-the-art appliances for food prep at all levels.

    The upstairs master bedroom lets you wake up to a fuller view of Boston's skyline and Charlestown's sky-blue waters, and is plushly carpeted for your comfort.

    The master bedroom has its own en suite bath with broad Corian vanity and full shower. The unit has its own laundry.

    Unit 107's views are not only beautiful; they are also indicative of the unit's convenience to everything imaginable in Boston. The Navy Yard's U.S.S. Constitution Museum, which details the history of the great ship and the town it grew up in and sailed away from, is just steps away. Regular free tours of Old Ironsides are given on a seasonal basis.

    Also nearby is City Square, Charlestown's center of community and commerce, where shops and fine restaurants, including the historic Warren Tavern, surround you.

    The U.S.S. Constitution and its Museum on the Freedom Trail, Boston's red pedestrian path leading to the historic landmarks that played a major role in the founding of our nation. The trail takes you across the Charlestown Bridge to Old North Church and the Paul Revere House in the North End, Boston's oldest neighborhood, which is best known for its abbondanza of Italian restaurants and cafes. Convenient Commuter Rail, Orange Line and Green Line service at North Station are en route, not to mention Boston Bruins and Celtics games at TD Banknorth Garden.

    For more information about Unit 107 at 1 Warren St. at The Nautica, or to arrange a private showing, contact CondoDomain's City Vice President, Jessica Quirk, at 339-227-0058.

    Post created and published by: Todd Larson

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