Boston Portfolio Properties LLC, is listing a remarkable condominium home, Unit 2 at 5 Monument Sq. in Charlestown for $2,495,000.
You may know the story of Sarah Hale, the highly influential editor of Godey’s Ladies’ Book, a popular women’s magazine of the 1800s. When the money ran out and construction stalled on Charlestown’s iconic Bunker Hill monument, she organized a fundraising bake sale/craft fair among the women of Boston and also asked her magazine’s readers to contribute a dollar each so construction could proceed. Through these efforts, Hale was able to raise $30,000 and the monument was completed.
If you’re lucky enough to live on Monument Square, that granite obelisk, which commemorates the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, becomes your focal point and the green space around it becomes your home’s de facto front yard.
“It sets the tone for the whole place,” said Diane Valle.
Valle, of Boston Portfolio Properties LLC, is listing a remarkable condominium home, Unit 2 at 5 Monument Sq., for $2,495,000.
“You can’t find anything like this,” she said. “It has such grandeur.”
The 13-foot ceilings, original moldings and intricately carved pilasters surrounding tall mahogany doors that greet you from the home’s private entrance and mudroom area may deceive you into thinking you’ve arrived at a historically-styled home.
As you’ll come to see when you ascend the grand staircase, this place is actually designed with contemporary panache.
“It embraces the old, but incorporates a new style of living,” said Valle.
The second floor is all about entertaining. An open space that offers beautiful views through bay windows, it contains a two-sided gas fireplace that goes through to the dining room. After dinner, the homeowner can open the double doors so guests can enjoy city views from the Juliet balcony.
A nearby catering kitchen has wood cabinets, a SubZero beverage fridge, GE Profile oven and a GE dishwasher. There’s also a dumbwaiter, a little elevator used for transporting plates of food between floors. It’s a great convenience and rarely seen in modern properties. For entertaining, it’s ideal, especially because the main kitchen is one floor up.
A powder room is a necessity for an entertaining space and this one doesn’t disappoint. A decorative wall treatment coordinates nicely with the marble floor.
Also on this floor is a library with a wall of built-in bookshelves and a view of the monument. If the next owner wants to create a bedroom on this level, the space could be repurposed easily.
The next floor of the unit is the family level. Its big custom kitchen has dual islands topped with granite and incorporates a ton of storage, including cabinets with a modern, shiny finish. Cooking and cleaning up is a pleasure, thanks to a Thermador gas cooktop, tall SubZero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher.
At the front, a fireplace adds coziness to the family room. The owner is taking the artistically tiled surround with her (it’s attached with Velcro), but looking at it shows how creatively a space can be decorated. Small stands built into the wall feature sculptures, a nice accent in a home that’s made to show off an art collection.
The full bathroom on this floor has a slate floor and a pedestal sink that’s a work of art in itself. There is a shower and a double linen closet here.
Spacious and comfortable with soft carpeting and a large closet, the guest bedroom is quiet and private.
As you traverse the curved stairway to another floor, you perceive a flood of light showering down through an oval skylight at the top of the stairs. Even on a cloudy winter’s day, the light is astounding.
You’ll want to step into the master suite to admire the three walk-in closets. The en suite bath features an extra-large Jacuzzi, a corner shower and a black granite vanity. The master bedroom provides views of the monument and nightly pink sunsets. A marble fireplace adds interest to the room.
Down the hall, there is an office with built-in shelves and storage cabinetry. Three windows, facing northwest, illuminate the room.
Another guest bedroom has two large windows and soft carpeting. Tucked in across the hall is a full bathroom whose tile is subtly striped, coordinating with the wall treatment.
A fourth bedroom offers a wonderful view, right down the mouth of the harbor. This bedroom’s bath has a shower, an attractive pedestal sink, dark tiles on the floor and handmade accent tiles on the white tiled wall.
Take the stairs to the home’s great roof deck. You can see how the Zakim Bridge was designed to replicate the monument. The Tobin Bridge is right behind you.
“You’re so high on the hill here that the views are expansive,” said Valle. “Up here, you have the whole city at your fingertips.”