Penthouse 411 is one of 44 units in the former Charlestown High School that will amaze owners and guests alike, whether one is a history buff or not.

If the stunning backdrop of the Bunker Hill Monument across the street isn’t enough to get history buffs excited, a penthouse unit at 30 Monument Sq. in Charlestown should be.

Penthouse 411 is one of 44 units in the former Charlestown High School that will amaze owners and guests alike, whether one is a history buff or not.

According to owner Beth Christensen, many years ago, the city allowed the schoolhouse that stands out on the square to be built of granite in a nod to the Bunker Hill Monument across the street when all other buildings had to be constructed with customary brick.

Built in part of what was once the school’s auditorium/amphitheater, the soaring 22-foot high barrel vaulted and coffered ceilings, ornate plaster cornices and columns and arched windows were preserved and flourish throughout this spacious home.

The beautiful hardwood cherry floors continue from the living/dining great room into the hallway, another perfect place to entertain. Adding a small table and chairs in a nook will create a European café-like ambiance while offering stunning views of the Bunker Hill Monument and beyond from yet another adorned arched window.

Seating for three at a peninsula allows for informal meals and snacks or chatting with the cook during meal prep time while discreetly separating the living/dining great room and the kitchen in this stunning open floor plan home.

“In terms of entertaining space, you’re part of it here in the kitchen (as well),” Christensen said.

A chef’s kitchen has all the high-end Bosch appliances one could want while the countertop range is a well thought out area with attention down to the smallest detail.

On either side of the cooktop are narrow cabinets with shelving to hold a myriad of spices, keeping them at hand when cooking while a drawer underneath the cooktop holds all the utensils used to prepare a meal.

Functionality does not mean beauty and elegance take a back seat as evidenced by the gorgeous marble subway tile backsplash, cherry Shaker-style cabinets, soapstone countertops and even glass-fronted cabinets to showcase glasses and stemware in this chic update on a classic kitchen.

The 11-foot-high pantry nook and built-in bookshelves off the kitchen provide lots of storage.

In fact, with every bit of space well planned, storage anywhere in the home is not a problem.

Off the pantry hallway is a guest bedroom that can also double as an office. With built-in cherry cabinets and drawers and room darkening shades, the space is perfect for privacy and comfort.

One of two full bathrooms and a closeted full size stackable washer and dryer are found on this floor as well.

Stairs, with underneath storage, leading from the foyer to the loft include shelves and wall space to display artwork.

The loft-style master suite is simply amazing. All the architectural details found on the lower level have ascended to the loft area embraced by the barrel-vaulted ceiling.

As the former lanai, this loft overlooks the lower level, yet has all the privacy desired and is large enough to hold a queen-king sized bed with a credenza and sitting area.

With soft-close drawers, shelves for shoes, a special jewelry display drawer as well as a built-in armoire, the customized closet with automatic lights eliminates the need for dressers and bureaus.

A wall-length storage space has cabinets below and customized cabinets on the counter to hold whatever else a homeowner needs to make this bedroom a haven for rest.

In the master bathroom, mother-of-pearl tile covers the walls of the shower/bathtub area while a porcelain floor has a marble-like look.

Beadboard on the walls match the beadboard detail on the medicine cabinet creating a practical yet elegant and unified space.

“(This condo) is very practical and functional, but it’s really nice to look at, too,” broker Nancy Roth of Gibson Sothesby said. “It’s very high end.”

Discriminating buyers will appreciate all the details that make this home stunning.

Some sought-after amenities that not all associations offer include one garage parking spot and one outside parking space, a separate storage locker in the garage and the ability to buzz someone into the building remotely for package delivery.

City lovers will welcome this quiet home that while near the Monument, shelters its residents from any lights, crowd noise or traffic sounds below.

People will also be amazed with its location in the city. In addition to appreciating the suburban feel to the home, the owners will also enjoy the abundance of shopping outlets such as Wegmans, Home Depot, TJ Maxx, along with the variety of restaurants at Assembly Square and more just to the back of the building.

With plenty of public transportation close by, a car is optional.

Now and then the area "is hard to get (in and around by car),” Roth said. “There are so many restaurants in the area, it gets congested at times.”

All sorts of public transportation is close by, including water taxis that can be taken to Logan Airport, New England Aquarium and many points on the waterfront.

“You have all the advantages of a suburban location…” whether you chose to drive or use public transportation or walk “you have all the amenities of a city,” Christensen said. “It’s a great location. People who went to school here still hang out in Charlestown.”

Listed at $1,549,000, this opulent pent-home with more than 1,847 square feet has to be seen to appreciate just how remarkable it is.

Unit 411 is “really unique,” Roth said. “There’s nothing like this in Charlestown” Christensen said.