This remarkable classic home at the base of Monument Square, one of Boston's oldest properties, has been meticulously renovated to the highest quality and highlights the home's modern style and amenities against the backdrop of history.
Monument Square – a street aptly named because it embraces a national historical park with its wonderful green spaces and the Bunker Hill Monument – not only has a rich history, but also a remarkable home for sale.
A tri-level home located at 47A Monument Square has 2,038 square feet of living space with three-plus bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half-bath listed by Jennifer Taves of Preferred Residential Properties for $1,839,000.
Monument Square and the building itself have a fascinating story. According to local lore (sah-archipedia.org), the Bunker Hill Monument Association (established in 1823), initially stipulated that the battle area was to remain undeveloped, but financial difficulties intervened.
The association subdivided its 15 acres, laid out streets named after local Revolutionary battles to the north of the monument, and auctioned off house lots beginning in 1839. Over the next several decades, these streets were developed with a variety of single family, duplexes and small townhouse rows. In the late 1800s, deed restrictions for larger lots specified three-to-four-storied buildings with a minimum setback.
Two frame Federal period buildings that document development of the south side of the square predate the association’s involvement. A local housewright constructed the James Coolidge House (1803-1909, 47-47A Monument Sq.), a two-and-a-half story Georgian Colonial house with gambrel roof occupied for much of the 19th century by several generations of mariners from the Smith-Hammond Henshaw family.
This remarkable classic home at the base of Monument Square, one of Boston’s oldest properties, has been meticulously renovated to the highest quality and highlights the home’s modern style and amenities against the back drop of history.
Double doors open into a well-planned entry/mudroom with cubbies, hooks and a built-in bench that flows into a formal foyer with a large skylight. A half bath with hardwood flooring and a pedestal sink is conveniently nearby.
The spacious open floor plan allows the main living space to flow seamlessly from area-to-area, blending timeless elegance with hints of contemporary flair.
With a full complement of chef-worthy appliances, including a Wolf six-burner (professional) gas range, a two-drawer Fisher & Paykel dishwasher and a Sub-Zero refrigerator that has integrated panels matching the cabinetry, the wide U-shaped kitchen is both functional and beautiful.
Cabinets are accented with a tumbled tile backsplash. The large center island, topped with granite, has open shelving at one end, a closed cabinet and drawer at the other end, and seating for three people. Lots of windows afford natural illumination while the pendant and recessed lighting provide ambiance and task efficiency.
Well-proportioned for easy furniture arrangement, the living–dining area is spacious and bright. A dining area for at least six-to-eight people fits comfortably in a sizable bump-out with nine-over-nine windows.
Thoughtful details such as surface heating vents that match the polished hardwood flooring throughout maintain the overall clean-line design.
On the second floor, French doors lead to a spacious master bedroom with views of the city’s skyline that includes the Zakim Bridge and surrounding buildings. A deep bump-out with four nine-over-nine windows has comfortable built-in seating.
This sleeping chamber that easily fits a king-sized bed has a double closet.
A generously-sized full bathroom has a tub/shower combination with a subway tile surround. Marble details (white Carrara on the sink countertop and a mini-tile floor) are elegant timeless touches. The commode is by Toto.
The other large bedroom has two exposures with four windows. Both wardrobes are fully customized with open shelves and cubbies; one is a double closet; the other is a single closet, extra-deep (almost a walk-in).
This home is filled with unexpected amenities. Consider seven zones of Sonos surround sound with speakers found in every room. That system, along with the Q-motion motorized window blinds (even in the kitchen), iPad doc and Nest thermostats, are all controlled by apps.
The lower level boasts a professional state of the art home theater, complete with a jumbo Da Lite 106-inch flush mount movie screen and Sony HW55ES 1080p 3D SXRD projector for the movie enthusiasts. These great entertainment delights are all staying with the home.
A large bedroom suite has a customized walk-in closet.
As an added convenience (for guests and/or movie goers), the full bathroom has a tub/shower combination with a tile surround. Marble is the material of choice. White Carrara is used on the sink countertop and six-sided marble tiles are on the floor.
This level also features a sizable home office with beautiful custom cherry cabinetry, effective and efficient for entrepreneurs.
On a practical note, laundry facilities are on this level as well and include a full-size stackable Samsung washer and dryer. Nearby is a big linen closet – “techie headquarters” – floor-to-ceiling set up for the sound system.
With a private entry to the courtyard via the guest bedroom, the number of uses for the entire lower level expands exponentially.
A private deck, accessed from the kitchen, leads down to a brick paver-covered patio, gardener’s shed and tandem parking for two cars.
Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston. Home to significant landmarks including the USS Constitution housed in the Navy Yard – known also as the Charlestown Navy Yard and formerly as the Boston Navy Yard and Boston Naval Shipyard – this picturesque waterfront community offers a plethora of places to go, people to see and things to do - a flourishing amalgamation of traditional with contemporary.
To see the beauty of 47A Monument Sq., there will be an open house from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.