Looks and newness begin just beyond the front door with wide, dark-stained oak flooring that runs throughout. These beauties are accented with double-crown molding plus straight-lined window and door casings in crisp white.
With this newly renovated penthouse duplex at 9 Mystic St., Unit 2 in Charlestown, the three L’s of real estate deserve a revamped interpretation: location, looks and lots of luxurious touches.
An emphasis on “new” is equally relevant as the renovations were completed last year.
The entire package – 1,473 square feet of living space that includes three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room – is listed by Diane Valle of Boston Portfolio Properties, LLC for $1,149,000.
Looks and newness begin just beyond the front door with wide dark-stained oak flooring that runs throughout. These beauties are accented with double-crown molding plus straight-lined window and door casings in crisp white. Extra detailing is on the deep bump boards. Three windows keep the entry-level open concept living-dining room and kitchen filled with natural light all year long. The high ceiling (it’s nine-foot high plus) makes this large flexible space feel even larger.
A server and/or chest as well as bookcases for storage or decorative displays fit easily into matching bump outs/niches in both the living and dining areas. In addition, seating arrangements, be it for dining or conversation, adapt well to varying configurations. Dinner for two-to-six people or more, for example, is more than doable and obviously movable, depending on one’s preferences.
Not content to merely follow the rules of form and function, the galley-like kitchen exceeds them. A grand-scaled center island seats at least four and, along with ample storage options (drawers and cabinets), it has a dishwasher and microwave. The two-inch thick granite countertop is impressive while the deep rectangular sink provides a bit of sparkle.
The cabinetry demonstrates how to combine practicality, style and beauty. First, there is an abundance of cabinetry that includes an almost floor-to-ceiling pantry. Additional work/prep/server space about five-feet long is directly opposite the island. It has upper cabinets, too. Of course, all upper cabinets have under-cabinet lighting.
When it comes to looks, however, this kitchen is outstanding. The lacquer-like finish on the pure white upper cabinets (those over the server have textured glass inserts) is a dramatic contrast to the textured-looking ebony finish on all base cabinets.
The gleaming mini-subway tile backsplash and a stunning stainless steel and glass hood over the four-burner gas range are glittering accents. The result is a chic modern look that complements the clean architectural elements throughout the residence.
Every room, large or small, reflects this combination of style, practicality and beauty. In the powder room off the open living-dining room, for example, the floating vanity with a ceramic sink has a single-lever faucet. The Glacier Bay commode has a top-flush mechanism – no extraneous handles here.
A spacious den/family room, which is directly off the kitchen, is also well-proportioned. Four open shelves within a niche work for decorative displays and/or a mini-library and two large windows allow for ample natural light. In addition to a deep single closet with custom shelving, this room has a large, lighted walk-in closet with custom inserts.
Using this as guest quarters or even a master suite is an option because of the sizable en suite bathroom. The loo has a Glacier Bay commode, two sinks in a floating vanity and a large step-in shower with frameless glass doors. Oversized tile (12-inch by 24-inch) used in the shower surround is a luxurious touch.
The second floor landing does more than provide access to the bedrooms. Thoughtfully configured, this area is large enough for a computer station and has laundry facilities, too. A full size stackable Electrolux washer and dryer have their own space complete with shelving and extra room for storage.
Access to the walk-out roof deck is also off the landing. The deck, piped for a gas grill, easily accommodates tables and chairs for all your dining and viewing pleasures. The Bunker Hill Monument is part of the grand rooftop view of Charlestown from this outdoor haven.
Large and bright, the master suite has closets and storage space to spare. In the king-bed size sleeping chamber, two bump outs (one on each side of the bed) are large enough for His ’n’ Hers bureaus/chests. The walk-in closet has open floor-to-ceiling shelving and customized hanging spaces.
A pocket door leads to the en suite bathroom that has a fully tiled step-in shower with a frameless glass enclosure and a surround with extra-long subway tile. Decorative tile inserts about five feet from the shower floor add a touch of glitz. Even this room has storage – a built-in wall cabinet.
The second bedroom, which could also be a nursery, office or an extra guest room, is also a light-filled space with two windows. A Murphy bed would make this a great multi-purpose room. One large niche works for a desk or crib while a smaller one has built-in shelving. On a practical note, the deep double closet has custom inserts.
The shared bathroom has a floating vanity with a white lacquer-like finish complemented by white subway tile surround in the combination tub/shower.
For a personal tour of this delightful home, contact Diane Valle at 617-791-5663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.