Stepping into Unit 207 at 10 Bowdoin St., one is immediately struck by the uniqueness of the residence. Not only is it one of the largest homes in the building, it has had only one owner since Bowdoin Place opened in 2004.
Newly listed at $1,795,000, this lovely corner unit on Beacon Hill with 1,740 square feet of living space includes three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a powder room.
“The sheer size of this unit for Beacon Hill is unusual,” broker Alan Fincke said. “For the square footage, (the $704 per month association fee), this is probably one of the best deals in town.”
Aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, the unit is filled with gentle curves and roundness instead of the sharp square and rectangular lines standard in most condos in Boston.
A circular foyer with a hidden closet that blends in with the wainscoted walls is one of the first things one notices.
With a wide open floorplan, the spacious living room is adjacent to the dining area and kitchen. The curvature of the living-dining room walls includes 10 large windows that flood the home with the warmth of natural lighting.
Granite counters and professional GE stainless appliances are just two of the features of the home’s kitchen. Sliding drawers in the cabinets are convenient for retrieving needed items while a breakfast bar seating is available for informal meals and snacks.
“With many units on Beacon Hill, the layout can be very odd,” Fincke said. “The flow in this (home) is very nice and spacious.”
Off from one side of the foyer, the master bedroom suite and a small bedroom or cozy den as well as a powder room are located. The master suite boasts a large walk-in closet with shelving and storage galore, large windows and an en suite marble bathroom with a stall shower and soaking tub.
Looking out over Bowdoin Street, the other room has a large closet for storage and also many windows for natural lighting. Ideal as another bedroom, this room could also be used as an office or den.
Also off of the foyer is a separate wing. Currently used for guests, homeowner Bill Lauch said, “This foyer, when people stay here, sort of separates them. They have their own bedroom and bathroom.”
With almost a whole wall of windows, nine-foot ceilings, a double-wide closet and a marble floored bathroom with a tub and shower, guests will enjoy the luxury of privacy and comfort when visiting. The hallway has a closet for the stackable washer and dryer that were purchased in 2016.
This wing would also be perfect for teenagers or younger children.
Two other unique features in the home are the HVAC and soundproofing.
Electric baseboard boosters for heat are in most rooms, although according to Lauch, he and his family never used them.
“It’s unique,” Fincke said. “In large buildings, you usually don’t have that much control of the heat. Here, you control your own heat and air conditioning.”
While rooms in the home face Bowdoin and Cambridge streets, outside traffic and noise are barely heard. The same can be said for the two common walls the unit shares with neighbors.
“The construction of the building was very well done,” Fincke said. “There is soundproofing between common walls, cork between floors and very high quality windows. It’s very quiet for being in the middle of the city.”
This boutique building is filled with amenities.
The fourth floor has a spacious library with a wet bar. Residents may reserve this expanded entertainment space for business events or family celebrations, holding a bridal/baby shower, birthday/anniversary party or gathering before heading out to dinner for the evening.
Should more storage space be needed, a climate controlled 10 x 5 x 7-foot storage unit on the first floor will hold many extra items. There is also a rack for bicycles in the storage area.
A concierge is on duty Mondays through Fridays and can collect parcels, then display a digital message by the package room to let homeowners know that chattels are waiting for them.
Parking can be at a premium in Boston.
“Not many places on Beacon Hill have (a guaranteed parking space).” Not so at Bowdoin Place. “One of the things unique to this building is underground individual parking,” Lauch said. “Residents have a deeded parking space with their unit.”
With direct access to the building from the parking garage, there is no need to walk outside during inclement weather to get to or from a car.
There is also parking for residents or guests at the adjacent Saltonstall Building where Lauch said there are special weekend rates of $9 or $10 for parking after 5 p.m. on Fridays and leaving before 8 a.m. on Mondays. The same rates apply on weeknights.
“It’s nice, you don’t get that on Beacon Hill,” Fincke said. “(Other places) you’re almost afraid to have guests over;” you have to wonder, “Where are they going to park?”
Lauch said because the State developed and built the building, there are multiple elevators, wide doorways and ramps in hallways making it handicap accessible for people.
There are condominiums on floors two through five in the building while commercial businesses including a pharmacy, bank and day care are on the first floor.
The Saltonstall Building, accessed from Bowdoin Place, also has some commercial enterprises such as Dunkin Donuts, which means not having to go outside for a morning cup of coffee.
Location is a key feature of Bowdoin Place.
“The location is fabulous,” Fincke said. “It’s in walking distance to everywhere.”
There are many points of interest within a 10-minute or less walk including Faneuil Hall and Boston Common. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are nearby as are restaurants on Cambridge Street. With public transportation, getting round the city and beyond is easy.
For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Alan Fincke at 617-851-9000.
There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.