Leslie Adam of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has listed this 1,551 square-foot unit with two bedrooms, two and one-half bathrooms for $1,895,000.
Newly and stunningly renovated, this south-facing duplex on a beautiful tree-lined street in the South End is a great find. Unit 1 at 92 Chandler St. is a spacious home, filled with fine finishes and luxurious amenities with a floor plan designed for contemporary living.
Leslie Adam of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has listed this 1,551-square-foot unit with two bedrooms, two and one-half bathrooms for $1,895,000.
An inviting sense of “arrival” begins with full access from the common entry through a 19th century double door opening into the vestibule. It continues in the unit's large foyer with a tray ceiling.
The visual experience is enhanced with the double crown detailing – a subtle, yet elegant touch (one of many), and lustrous flooring – red oak boards with an espresso/walnut stain. Both elements are found throughout the residence.
These details may conjure up an old-fashioned experience while effectively embracing the sophistication of the original brownstone. Yet these features blend well with the overall contemporary stylings found in countless ways throughout this thoroughly modern unit.
Consider the germane intermingling of the old and the new on the boudoir/entry level where either of the two spacious bedroom suites can be utilized as the master chamber.
Bedroom A has three two-over-one windows with deep window sills – old-fashioned features with a modern twist. Bedroom B has a curved wall accented with two windows – an instant focal point.
While Bedroom A has a wall of closets with open shelving, Bedroom B has double closets, each providing a substantial amount of storage.
The en suite bathrooms, on the other hand, are chic with a classic twist. The glass oval door knobs, reminiscent of the glass knobs of yesteryear, are used on the door and bathroom cabinetry.
Bathroom A has a radiant-heated marble tile floor in a traditional basket-weave pattern. This design continues into the large fully tiled step-in shower with two body sprays and a built-in product niche and a frameless glass enclosure.
Bathroom B has a tub/shower also with a built-in product niche and two body sprays. The marble surround is in a herringbone pattern.
The floating vanity has a Carrara marble countertop with Grohe fixtures, standard in each bathroom. Bathroom A has a double sink, while bathroom B has a single sink.
Decorative wrought iron balustrades complement the wood railing in the staircase connecting the entry level with the fully open concept kitchen-dining and living room on the lower/garden level.
These exceptionally well-proportioned spaces (another well-recognized 19th century feature) have a modern take, especially in the ideally-sized open-space kitchen.
A wall of white cabinetry with textured glass doors (and a floor-to-ceiling pantry) has under cabinet lighting and is accented with a white tile backsplash and marble countertops.
The center island base hosts a contrasting color with a matching marble countertop – every bit as beautiful and functional, seating three or four comfortably.
This chef’s haven maintains a Thermador appliance suite that includes a microwave drawer in the island and a refrigerator and dishwasher with integrated panels plus a stainless-steel sink.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining/family room – perfect for entertaining. Anchored by another curved wall (with two more windows), this area is both large and versatile. Wherever the dining area is placed – across from the center island that can double as a server or nestled against the curved wall – the space can easily accommodate six, eight or more for “formal” occasions while the number expands exponentially for casual affairs.
This well-planned living area even has a bar setup complete with beverage refrigerator tucked under the staircase next to a coat closet. A bonus “interior” spot is a perfect place for additional furniture such as a credenza, if desired.
A Plexiglas half wall adds an interesting dimension to the flow-through space, delineating the spacious step-down living room without cutting it off from the kitchen/dining area.
The gas fireplace adds a traditional element with a decorated arched stainless-steel/black insert. This striking focal point is flanked by built-ins with open and closed shelving.
Two floor-to-ceiling windows with deep sills overlook the unit’s beautiful and private outdoor space accessed via a full glass door.
The large landscaped bricked patio/garden is surrounded by a tall custom mahogany fence that allows privacy to rule. In addition to gas (a large grill fits well) and electricity, this area handles a table and chairs for four or more.
“The garden level of this home is a perfect combination of light and space with the open plan kitchen with its marble center island, [dining room and living room] and the large adjacent garden that offers a wonderful space for entertaining or to just enjoy as an ‘exterior room,’” said Adam.
A circular staircase leads to abutting Lawrence Street and showcases another unique feature – the gated “yard” that doubles as a second private entry to the residence very much like a single-family home.
Back inside the home, one final example demonstrates how to do classic with a contemporary twist. The half bathroom, located on the lower level, has marble tile installed in a vertical pattern behind the floating vanity adding texture and pizzazz.
And to complete this floor, a pocket door off the kitchen opens to a separate laundry room with a full-size Maytag washer and dryer, a convenient shelf for folding clothes and a tile floor for easy maintenance.