The owner made renovations and upgrades, leaving nothing out and focusing on making a meticulous, well-planned home while keeping touches that are a nod to the building's former life.
Anyone looking for loft living in an historic building needs look no further than this spectacular home in the former Baker’s Chocolate Factory in Dorchester at 1245 Adams St.
Unit 506 is a bridge unit in the Lofts at Lower Mills building. It boasts 1,925 square feet and includes space that spans the street between two buildings.
A rental unit for five years, the current owner purchased Unit 506 two years ago. The owner had a real fine flair for design and an eye for details in mind when he purchased it.
The owner made renovations and upgrades, leaving nothing out and focusing on making a meticulous, well-planned home while keeping touches that are a nod to the building’s former life.
“No other unit looks like this,” broker Julie Holenport of Coldwell Banker said.
This home is being offered for $1,259,000.
An amazing chef’s kitchen showcases some of that detail with Colorquartz white counters with marble backsplash and Calacatta Lincoln marble on the large and beautiful 11-foot island.
The island is perfect for informal meals and snacks and has a built-in small beverage SubZero refrigerator with optional wine racks as well as a multitude of drawers and cabinets for storage.
Four big Bosch ovens include two wall convection ovens, a convection microwave and a convection steam oven along with a Wolf induction cooktop and 36-inch range hood.
Other finishes include a Kohler touchless faucet and sink and a mixer lift so heavy duty mixers do not need to be stored on the counter, but are easy to access and use.
Like the two bathrooms and entry, the kitchen floor has radiant heat to keep feet warm on those early winter school or work mornings.
A large dining area abuts the kitchen. It has a lofty 10-foot ceiling, and offers a big enough space to hold an oversize table for any type of gathering.
Game day meals are perfect for a crowd here because the space is also wired for a TV and comes with a mounting bracket.
The bridge area in the home is its living room, featuring six oversized windows spread out through the length of the 29 x 13-foot room. The wonderful high tech finishes include solar rolling shades and wireless thermostat controls.
Views from the bridge include the Neponset River and the sitting area is large enough for a grand piano.
For a good night of sleep, this home has two bedrooms with a stunning king size master bedroom and bathroom that also have sophisticated finishes such as recessed lighting and surround sound in both rooms that connects to the master bedroom TV.
An enormous master closet spans two sides of a passageway in the room making for double the storage one would normally expect and a space that could be used as a dressing area.
The bathroom has a large spa shower with your choice of three types of showerheads, a heated towel rack, his and her sinks, and a Toto Washlet.
With the exposed wooden ceiling and brick walls, the bedroom showcases the history of the building while still leaving room for the contemporary feel of the home.
A guest bedroom is large enough for a king size bed and also has the exposed wooden ceiling and brick walls.
It is connected to a second full bathroom with a custom laundry space and a Kohler touchless toilet system, which is another one of the upscale fixtures found in the residence.
There is also a 12 x 12-foot bonus space that could be customized any number of ways from a nursery or office to another guest room.
While the three buildings in the complex hold 175 residences, there are 50 garage parking spaces. However, the homeowner of this unit purchased two of those spaces and they are part of the new owner’s purchase.
The heated garage also has a bike storage area.
Other amenities include a large onsite indoor pool, a great gym and a gorgeous courtyard terrace with beautiful river views and grills, trash and recycling on each floor and remote controlled buzzers to let visitors or even delivery people into the building to leave packages in the mail room.
There is also a club room with a full kitchen in the next building that can be rented for a nominal cleaning fee if one wanted a large gathering such as a birthday party or baby shower outside of the home.
For those working in the city, a trolley stops right in front of the building and in two stops arrives at the MBTA’s Ashmont Red Line station. If a car is preferred, the heart of Boston is a short seven-minute commute.
“There are big spaces. It doesn’t feel like a condo,” Holenport said. “For professionals, it’s an easy commute into the city. Taxes are half what they are in [other sections of] Boston.”
When visitors come and want to see the area, there are numerous walkable spots to take them, including restaurants such as 88 Wharf, Steel and Rye, and the Lower Mills Tavern. There’s also the Lower Neponset River Trail to take a stroll.
For more information or to set up a viewing contact Julie Holenport at 617-605-3429 or Julie.Holenport@nemoves.com.
The history of Baker Chocolate is interesting. The company began in 1764 when John Hannon and the American physician Dr. James Baker started importing beans and producing chocolate in Dorchester’s Lower Mills.
Hannon never returned from a 1779 sailing trip to the West Indies to purchase cocoa beans. His wife sold the company to Dr. Baker in 1780, and the company was renamed to the Baker Chocolate Company. The first product was a cake of chocolate for making a sweetened chocolate drink. Distribution was mainly in this part of the country until 1804 when Edmund Baker, son of Dr. Baker, inherited the family business and increased production and the product line with a state-of-the-art mill.
The company continued to grow throughout the 19th century, reaching all parts of the country.
The trademark logo of La Belle Chocolatiere was adopted in 1893 by the fourth-generation family owner, Henry L. Pierce, step-nephew of Walter Baker. Pierce advertised Baker’s Chocolate heavily.
Following Pierce’s death in 1896, the Forbes Syndicate bought the company, which it sold in 1927 to the Postum Cereal Company, later known as General Foods. Production was moved from Dorchester to Dover, Delaware in 1969. Today, General Foods is owned by Mondelez International.