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WHAT: A penthouse overlooking Boston Harbor, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms
HOW MUCH: $2,350,000
SIZE: 2,618 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $898
SETTING: This condominium is in an old warehouse on the Boston Harbor waterfront, a former industrial neighborhood next to Boston’s North End now known for its loft conversions, private docks and waterfront parks. The mouth of the harbor is across the street; ships can be seen from the condo’s living room. Coffee shops, restaurants and bars are within walking distance. Bus and subway stops are within a few blocks.
INDOORS: This two-story penthouse is in a four-unit building built about 1890 and likely used as a warehouse. It was converted to a condo in 1986 and updated within the last seven years. Wood beams, brick walls and other vestiges of the original structure were left intact, augmented by contemporary fixtures such as stainless-steel kitchen appliances and walls of glass.
The entry level has a kitchen, a living area and two bedrooms. The second level has another, larger kitchen, a living and dining area and two bedrooms, including the master suite. Connected by a floating staircase, both levels have open floor plans and harbor views.
The second level is spacious and bright, with a vaulted ceiling paneled in skylights that rises nearly 19 feet, and a wall of glass facing the harbor. The kitchen is all stainless steel, from appliances to surfaces. A built-in wood credenza with a granite top extends from the kitchen into the living area along an exposed brick wall, painted white. Floors here are Asian walnut.
The master suite, in a loft over the second-level living area, has a massive skylight and harbor views. A heavy wood door salvaged from a barn inVermont slides to reveal the master bathroom, which has a jetted tub set against a rough stacked-stone wall, as well as a stone-backed shower and a custom wood vanity.
Parking is available at a nearby garage for about $400 a month.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The second-level living area opens to a 21-foot-wide deck overlooking the water. The deck has bench seating and a hot tub.
TAXES: Approximately $18,041 a year, plus $741.57 a month in condo fees, which covers hot water, gas, insurance and building maintenance
CONTACT: Carmela Laurella, CL Waterfront Properties, (617) 624-9700 / (617) 797-2538; clproperties.com
When you want the most luxurious place to live in Boston, look no farther than the waterfront area. The charming properties lining the waterfront on all sides of downtown Boston bring you the best in luxury living, top location, and a great view of the Boston harbor lit up every night. Look in a few areas to find the right property to purchase in Boston so you can enjoy the best the city has to offer in dining, neighborhood attractions and modern living.
Back Bay luxury apartments and homes are situated in a great location, just off the Charles River and near plenty of Boston attractions. Living in Back Bay, you will be just a few minutes’ walk away from historic Copley Square, which is home to Old Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library and the John Hancock Tower, which is the tallest skyscraper in New England.
If you would like to be within a stone’s throw of the Massachusetts State House, check out Beacon Hill real estate. The area is the most desirable in Boston, with a great view and plenty of shopping and entertainment. The federal-style rowhouses will charm you with their old-world character and high-end renovations.
For the best waterfront views, North End is the place to be. This neighborhood, situated just north of downtown, features the historic Paul Revere House and the Old North Church, but has all sorts of modern amenities as well. North End condos are in easy walking distance of over 100 restaurants and have a great view of several wharfs along the Boston waterfront.
Just south of North End, you will find Rowes Wharf, a strip of luxury residences, restaurants and hotels on the water just east of downtown Boston. Living here, you will have great waterfront views and access to the best that Boston has to offer, including a floating stage with concerts during the summer.
Lucia’s Restaurant, in the heart of Boston’s old North End, is hosting the “Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser” on January 19, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The intent is to raise $15,000 for wounded soldiers returning from the front lines. Of equal importance, is to highlight the sacrifices made by those in military service.
Part of the fundraising event is a raffle for items including a signed Bruins jersey, signed Bruins hockey stick and a pair of tickets to a home game of the NHL Boston Bruins. Tickets for the raffle are already on sale at Mangia, Mangia restaurant and at the Hanover News. A silent auction is also planned. Appetizers are provided by Lucia’s Restaurant.
The authentic Italian eatery is within walking distance of some of Boston’s most treasured landmarks. One is the Paul Revere House, dating back to 1680 and home to that famed rider of the same name. Another is Old North Church, otherwise called Christ Church, built in 1723 and from which two strategically placed lanterns are credited with officially starting the American Revolution. It is the oldest Boston church still standing.
This historic part of the city is also home to some luxury Boston real estate. Within walking distance of Lucia’s is the brick and glass façade of Lincoln Wharf, a high-end 119-unit condominium offering luxurious surroundings and stunning waterfront views. Also nearby is Battery Wharf, offering one, two and three-bedroom condominiums on a coveted stretch of Boston waterfront real estate. The complex shares the wharf-side space with the Exhale Mind Body Spa, the upscale Aragosta Bistro and the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel.
Boston’s Old North End is also a draw for outdoor enthusiasts. Paul Revere Mall is in the center of the neighborhood and features an equestrian statue of the revolutionary, along with plaques dedicated to other Bostonians involved in the struggle. On the southern end, near even more examples of Boston luxury condos, is Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, opened in 1976 to celebrate the bi-centennial. It is the perfect place for an impromptu picnic or a stroll along the Harborwalk.
It was a joyful occasion on the Prado on Sunday, filled with Christmas cheer and holiday spirit during the Macy’s Enchanted Christmas Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting presented by the City of Boston.
Men, women and children of all ages gathered together in the North End to observe the Tree Lighting with Mayor Tom Menino and welcome good ol’ Saint Nick.
The event featured a fantastic holiday scene as the trolley tour stopped by the Paul Revere Mall area with an assortment of carolers, caracters and North Pole inhabitants.
On behalf of CL Waterfront Properties, LLC, we are pleased to present a unique development opportunity at a prime location on Boston’s Waterfront. Located across from Lewis Wharf at the intersection of Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue, this property is situated steps to Boston’s Harbor, the Greenway, Faneuil Hall, the Historic North End and approximately ¼ mile from Downtown Boston and all major transportation points.
The site is comprised of 4,524 square feet and has a FAR of 3:0. Prime location and high visibility make this site a rare opportunity for development. Contact CL Waterfront Properties today for more information.
By Christopher Smith
Boston.com recently reported that Boston’s downtown condominium market rose by more than 22 percent in the third quarter as home buyers gained confidence in the city’s core residential areas according to data released by the Listing Information Network, a company that tracks the downtown real estate market. Sales along the Boston Waterfront are also rising!
Condo sales in the Waterfront/North End continued to strengthen in October, as 15 properties closed with a total sales volume of $15,184,000. The average sale price for the month was $1,084,000, which is considerably higher than October 2010 when the average sale price was only $767,000.
Year to date, CL Waterfront continues to be the Waterfront’s top brokerage; having closed more than $52M on 50 transactions. Since opening in the winter of 2010, CL Waterfront has already sold more than $100M in real estate.
If you need help selling your Boston Condo, contact CL Waterfront today.