Probably the first thing you'll notice when you walk into the entryway at 10 Constellation Wharf, Unit 10 in Charlestown is the compass rose created in the floor tile, pointing true north.
Probably the first thing you’ll notice when you walk into the entryway at 10 Constellation Wharf, Unit 10 in Charlestown is the compass rose created in the floor tile, pointing true north. It serves as a reference to the nautical décor within the unit and most of all, to the expansive water views that delight the eye from every level of this triplex.
The foyer is spacious with bright light pouring down from above, even on a cloudy day. It’s a welcoming feeling. Pale carpeting in the hall makes the most of the light.
Ready for entertaining, the home has a spacious coat closet and first floor full bathroom with a tub/shower combo where you might have expected only a powder room. A complete wet bar is straight down the hall.
The attractive room you come to at the rear of the unit is the fortunate homeowner’s office. The custom cherry built-ins are solid and the wood-burning fireplace built into a stonewall looks very cozy, but the main attraction is the view out the window. A wall of glass sliders leads to a private deck, so go out and admire the view. Start imagining a summer spent in this spot.
Looking left to right, the water seems to go on forever and you can catch sight of many Boston landmarks from the Black Falcon terminal to the Back Bay skyscrapers. The Customs House is visible, as is the spire of the Old North Church.
“I don’t know of any other property in Boston that gives you such an expansive view,” said Karen Peters of Otis & Ahearn Real Estate, who is listing the home at $1,990,000. “You feel so connected to the water here.”
It’s hard to tear yourself away, but you’ll want to go back inside to see the rest of the home. A wrought iron railing on the stairs provides a nice contrast to the soft carpeting. The second floor is the living area, and it’s the most guest-friendly part of the home.
The bright dining room is open with room to seat 8 or 10 people, so make sure you bring a long table when you move in. Nice details start at the floor with the hardwoods arranged in a herringbone pattern. Glass built-ins display the current homeowner’s extensive collection of antique china. You can also use them for books, trophies or your own dishes, whichever you prefer. Two Marvel wine chillers in the room will make you feel like “host of the year.”
Inevitably, you’ll be drawn back towards the water, and the living room is the ideal place to observe it. Painted in dusk blue, the room glows in the evening when the sky and the water turn the same color.
The wood-burning fireplace is the other focal point in the space. Hand painted with sailing ships, the tile work on the fireplace surround is stunning. A rectangular space underneath was designed to provide a convenient place to stack firewood.
At the other end of the floor is the kitchen. The homeowners chose a mulberry wall color from the speckled stone countertops and it creates a cheerful mood. The triangular island is enormous with plenty of storage beneath and stylish pendant light fixtures suspended overhead. You can serve casual meals at the island or at the kitchen table.
All the appliances are stainless steel, and all by KitchenAid. The rustic, nautical look of the wood floor complements them nicely. You can store a wealth of groceries in the two pantries and within the white cabinets.
Guests can use a nearby powder room with a hammered metal sink.
Bedrooms are one level up. A row of windows at ceiling height pours light down the stairs. There’s a slim ceiling fan to keep air moving in summer.
A guest bedroom at the front of the unit gives you the feeling of being on vacation at a Cape Cod inn. It has its own full bathroom with subway tile, and the laundry room with stacked Whirlpool washer and dryer is across the hall.
Finally, the master suite has its own private balcony, bringing you gorgeous views every morning. The en suite bath is luxurious with radiant heat flooring and a digital multi-head shower.
As complete as this is unit is, it has amenities you might not notice right away. There’s surround sound on every floor. Although the home was built with a single zone, the renovation created three zones for heating and air conditioning. The floor plan is versatile, so if you’d prefer a first floor master suite, it’s entirely possible here.
Two garage parking spaces are included in this purchase, one in the home’s attached garage and one in the garage across the street. When you come home to this gated community, you’ll never have to worry about where to put your vehicle. Either way, the best part of your day will be returning to the water.
An open house is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 Constellation Wharf.